02nd Aug 2009

On Bended Knee

Rating: ♦♦♦

While we’ve seen this type of anthology before, and I’m pretty bored with it, there are elements in this release that makes it worth reading. I enjoyed the art. The stories, while predictable, were cute. Just about everything that could be done well was done well. It’s just that this kind of anthology is a dime a dozen with 801 Media. Cute boy #1 meets up with cute boy #2. There’s some angst and misunderstanding, then POOF! It’s happy buttsex time.

So, it’s really hard for me to get all excited about this release when there’s nothing to get excited over. Now, if they wanted to bring over something this artist has done that had a bit more of an in-depth plot line, I would be all over it.

The opening story was kind of cute. It revolved around a leader of a foreign crime syndicate, his bodyguard, who has been in love with him forever, and how they got around to admitting their feelings for each other.

Then, there was the story about the doctors who were carrying on a relationship during work hours. That is until one of them decided that he had enough of screwing in the hospital and then starts angsting because the other doctor won’t talk to him.

Lather, rinse, repeat. It’s just different costumes on practically the same characters.

If it wasn’t done so well and with so much lightheartedness and joy, I would really be cranky with this release. Yet, in reading the author’s notes, her joy in the characters and the fun she had while writing the stories shine through. Honestly, I can’t get too angry with it.

This is an artist I’m going to keep my eye out for more of. I just hope I can get something more in-depth than a boring, old anthology.

4 Responses to “On Bended Knee”

  1. Monday morning news roundup « MangaBlog Says:

    […] vol. 1 of Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project (Manga Maniac Cafe) Cynthia on On Bended Knee (Boys Next Door) Snow Wildsmith on Part-Time Pets (Fujoshi Librarian) Connie on vol. 2 of Record of […]

  2. Monday morning news roundup « MangaBlog Says:

    […] vol. 1 of Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project (Manga Maniac Cafe) Cynthia on On Bended Knee (Boys Next Door) Snow Wildsmith on Part-Time Pets (Fujoshi Librarian) Connie on vol. 2 of Record of […]

  3. Melinda Beasi Says:

    It heartens me to see that I’m not the only one who would like to see these anthologies replaced by actual stories. I agree regarding On Bended Knee’s genuine charms as well, but mostly I would rather not see these types of releases anymore. Well said!

  4. lore Says:

    From reading through the DMP set of sites, and in brief exchanges of information with DMP, it seems to me that June licenses these kind of anthologies to “test the market” for that mangaka’s work. If the anthology sells well, June will go back for more. If it doesn’t…I believe it’s a harder time convincing June to pick up more of the mangaka’s work.

    What June hasn’t figured out yet is that they have saturated the market with one kind of book and made us all thoroughly sick of anthologies. I can only imagine that long-time readers of BL are starting to buy less anthologies in general.

    I tried to communicate to DMP/June that an anthology wasn’t a fair look at a mangaka’s potential. Often anthology stories are early works or works the mangaka might not be able to show off their best creativity for whatever reason (stories might have been filler and edited down, specifically requested from an editor, rushed, etc.).

    I’m not sure DMP/June really *heard* me — I’m no one, really — but we won’t know if June/801 will change their licensing habits until late next year, when their most current licenses will have mostly been cleared out.

    Here’s hoping, though! And thank you for the review!

    love, lore