Archive for the 'Fujiyama, Hyouta' Category

24th May 2008

Ordinary Crush 1

Rating: ♦♦♦

As cute as this release is, I’m just tired of school-boy romances. Damn, I never thought that would ever come out of my mouth or that I would type that out. Usually, I love school stories. There’s so many excuses for perversion! But I just don’t know how many more sweet, lovely stories with not that much sex that I can take. Dammit, after all the angst and drama I want some down and dirty smut!

So, this story takes place at the Kinsei Private School, an all-boys school, where 90% of the population is rumored to be either gay or bisexual. Enter in one straight boy who’s actually there for the education and not to find a piece of ass. He decides to make one of his seniors an offer: pretend to be my boyfriend and we’ll deflect away all the unwanted attention, so we can pay attention to more important things.

But you know how these stories go, our senior may be hiding feelings, and the feelings just may be reciprocated.

All in all, it’s really not a bad release. I’m really quite fond of the art style. It’s detailed, but sketchy and the expressions on the characters’ faces are wonderful. I think I’m just burnt out on school-boys. If you’re not burnt out on school-boys, then there’s a hell of a lot to like in this one!

The redeeming part of this release is the fact that the author can tell a damn good story. I wasn’t that into the main story, but the extra story about the android and his cranky owner got me. Why stories about androids fascinate me is still a mystery, but I’m happy to go with the fascination. It usually brings me to very good things.

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22nd May 2008

Spell

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

This was your basic, run of the mill, get-together story, but the way it’s told made it completely charming. It’s one of those stories where you’re rooting for the characters to just get together and quit acting like idiots.

Natori isn’t too fond of ‘date parties’ but when his best friend, Takeda, begs him to attend, Natori can’t bring himself to say no. At the party, Natori meets a friend of Takeda’s and they hit it off. Natori and Kisugi spend the rest of the evening together drinking, laughing and having a hell of a good time.

The good time is slightly dampened the next day when Takeda drops the bomb that Kisugi is bisexual and definitely dating males; though Natori shouldn’t have anything to worry about, as Kisugi would never hit on one his friends. Natori doesn’t have a problem with Kisugi’s sexuality, he’s just a bit shocked at how open Kisugi is about it and how Kisugi will answer any and all questions about gay sex that Natori may have. As time goes by and the friendship between Natori and Kisugi grows, Natori begins to want to be more than friends with Kisugi. He’s getting jealous of Kitugi’s boyfriend and of the time he gets to spend with Kisugi.

There is a happy ending at the end of it all, but like with most good stories, it’s a hell of a ride getting there.

The artwork in this release is very nice. I wasn’t familiar with this artist before this book. Her sketchy style quickly won me over. While not as polished as some of the other artists I enjoy, the sketchy style lets her portray incredible amounts of emotion in just a few lines. All in all, it’s a damn good release. Definitely something that’s going into my permanent collection.

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