Archive for the 'est em' Category

30th Oct 2009

Age Called Blue

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Rock star boys always make me happy. Throw in the angst that Est Em is known for, and I’m madly in love. Manga doesn’t get much better than this. I need to remember that when I get burnt out on the genre that reading Est Em is a surefire way of reminding myself why I like this damn genre in the first place.

We start off with the story of Nick and Billy, a singer and a guitarist. They’re being torn apart by addictions and their attraction to each other. They’re no good together, but they’re even worse apart. When the band starts to take off, Nick’s free-wheeling ways wear thin on the other band members, but Billy can’t see himself without Nick at his side.

It all manages to make me happy and break my heart at the same time–something Est Em has always been able to do. I go into her releases knowing that I’m going to end up crying, but look forward to them anyway.

Do not miss this one. Rob your piggy banks, put off buying something else this week, but pick up this release. It will bring you back to your first days of reading scanlations–the first thrill of the wonderful combination of angst and boys in love–that got you into this genre in the first place!

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Age Called Blue, est em | 2 Comments »

16th Feb 2009

Red Blinds the Foolish

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Est Em seems to be the breath of fresh air that I need to keep me interested in this genre. I’m sorry. I do love my boys humping, but there are only so many tales of school-boy angst that I can take before my brain feels like it’s leaking out of my ears. However, I pick up a release like this and it reminds me of just why I do this and why I love this genre. I like the fact that her works make me think, don’t always have a happy ending and skillfully handle subjects that some people might not think would be friendly for happy, hot boysex.

The title story revolves around a matador and the butcher who takes care of his kills. Bullfighting has never been sexy for me, but I can see the fascination. It’s not a truly happy story and you’re left wanting to know exactly what happens to these two characters, if they’re able to salvage their relationship and still able keep the important parts of who they are.

There are stories about love that is lost, love that struggles and love that is just warm and accepting. These stories feel more real than anything I’ve ever read before.

Buy this one. I don’t care if you ignore the rest of the suggestions that I’ve made or am going to make. If you’re tired of the constant parade of fluffy stories with no substance and are getting tired of the whole damn genre, this one will remind you of why this genre can be great.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, est em, Red Blinds the Foolish | 1 Comment »

25th Jan 2009

Seduce Me After The Show

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I know this one has been out for a while, but I just got my hot little hands on it. As we all know, money’s tight and I had to curb some of my manga buying. Yes, most of the books we review are bought with my small amount of disposable income. This is part of the reason I’m so cranky when I get a crap book. That’s money I just threw away.

So, now I’m only buying manga that really grabs my interest. I’m less likely to take a chance on a new artist. The cover for this release didn’t really grab my interest, so I didn’t pick it up. Then, a week or two ago, I read a review that a friend of mine had written. After her glowing review, I started whining about the fact that I never picked it up and now was too poor to do so. She took pity on me and mailed me a copy.

If you haven’t already done so, go and pick up a copy of this one. One of my constant complaints is that we rarely see anything new. No new plot lines, no new characters. Everything is just recycled and repackaged. This, however, is all new. The stories are not quite what you would expect and end up pulling at your emotions. I didn’t find any saccharine sweet endings in here. It was more melancholy than anything, but it made me want to know what else happened to the characters. What would happen to these guys six months down the road? Would they still be regretting the decisions they made? And, don’t even get me started on the cats.

The art, while not amazing, was quite good. It actually reminded me more of some of the better GloBL artists that are working now, rather than something that’s traditionally Japanese. It was a really nice change of pace and, in a small way, helped to remind me of why I love this genre in the first place. It’s also dangerous because it prompted me to go to Amazon and drop a pretty penny on manga–including another release by this author. It was just what I needed, really–a breath of fresh air.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, est em, Seduce Me After The Show | 2 Comments »