Archive for the 'Kanzaki, Takashi' Category

08th Feb 2009

Double Trouble

Rating: ♦♦

I have some kind of mental block when it comes to this artist. I got some books from DMP last week and I grabbed this one to review because the art on the cover was the most appealing. I read it, thought it was utter crap, then put it down until it was time to write the review. Today, I go to add the artist’s name to our tag list and I find that the name is already listed. So, I start searching to see what else this artist has done.

That’s when the cursing started. For those of you who have the same mental block that I do, this is the artist who brought us Love + Alphα and Heavenly Body. This release is more of the same. Same crappy story telling, same pretty art. The only thing that the other releases have that this one is missing is some graphic sex. In fact, the plot line in this release is close to incomprehensible.

We have Kou, who’s moved away from home to attend high school and to avoid forcing his advances on his step-brother, Naruki. This oh-so-clever plan is foiled when Naruki decides that he misses Kou and to attend school with him. Now Kou is faced with keeping the horde of horny teenaged males away from Naruki’s sweet ass. Everyone seems to be attracted to Naruki’s innocence and naivete. To help combat this, Kou’s roommate, Yoshino, comes up with a plan. He will hypnotize Naruki into being someone who can stand up for himself. Well, things don’t work out exactly as planned and they end up turning meek little Naruki into uber-seme boy every time he gets aroused.

Just to make things even more crack-tastic, seme-Naruki’s favorite source of relief is Kou. Kou isn’t too pleased as he was planning on being seme and he’s not sure of Naruki’s true feelings. Throw Yoshino into the mix with the fact that he wants into Kou’s pants and you’ve got something that is definitely not easy to follow.

I like my plots to be a bit crazy, but I also don’t want to feel like I’m watching a bad 80’s soap opera when I’m reading my manga. I need to figure out a way to embed Takashi Kanzaki’s name into my head, so I can avoid all of her works in the future. I don’t need to get this cranky when I’m writing reviews.

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19th Jan 2009

His Arrogance

Rating: ♦♦

I have this odd mental quirk. I have a horrible time at remembering names of manga artists. Oh, I remember my favorites and the really well known ones, but other than that, I don’t have a clue. This has actually served me well when reviewing because I pick up a volume and don’t know that I’ve hated stuff by this artist before.

So, it should come as no surprise that I was reading this volume and thinking that the art is good, but the story is absolute crap and then wracking my brain trying to remember if I’ve seen this level of crap story and good art before. Of course, I have. It’s the artist who brought us such gems as Love + Alphα, Heavenly Body and Falling Into Love. My question is, does anyone think these stories are actually any good? Look past the semi-graphic sex scenes. Look past the pretty art. There’s no actual content.

I know I’m a fan of some pretty crappy manga. However, the crappy manga that I enjoy and follow at least have story lines that can be likened to a soap opera with their complexity and ability to make me exclaim ‘what the fuck?’ at least once a volume. This storytelling just bores the crap out of me.

So, we have Ryou, whose brother is a world famous model. Ryou lives in the same dorm as the models. The dorm is owned by his family. His family runs the modeling agency too. This puts him into close proximity to lots of pretty boys. One of the salient plot points for this manga.

One of the models, Kazuto, wants to win Ryou’s heart. The problem is that Ryou has a bit of a brother complex and no one can match his brother, Tomohito. Kazuto must prove his worth to Ryou before Ryou will give him the time of day. This proof not only involves molesting Ryou at every possible opportunity, but also proving himself as a model.

Pretty boys, check. Slight hint of possible incest to titillate the readers, check. Boring-ass story line, check. We’ve all seen this before. I’m hoping I’m going to be able to remember this author’s name so I don’t have the unpleasant surprise of picking up another one of her works and getting disappointed, again.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦, His Arrogance, Kanzaki, Takashi | 2 Comments »

02nd Nov 2008

Falling Into Love

Rating: ♦♦

There’s really nothing wrong with this release. I just don’t care for Kanzaki’s storytelling. She’s a talented artist and if she ever released an artbook, I would most likely buy it. I just want to look at the pretty pictures, not suffer through her attempts at stringing a story together. I’m going to guess that she’s popular somewhere for June and 801 to keep bringing her stuff over, but in all honesty, I’m tired of her and I’ve only read three or four releases by her.

This is an anthology and it’s pretty predictable. School boys with impossible romantic entanglements. Sex scenes that are only tepid and no emotional hooks to make you care about the characters.

The first story is about Hisashi, a amateur model, and fan of the supermodel Tomohito. Tomohito is nothing like Hisashi imagined and a surprise kiss leaves Hisashi questioning whether or not he really wants to get involved with a business that has people like Tomohito in it. He doesn’t wonder too long, though, because the limp sparks fly between these two and they end up in a relationship. It’s hard to care about the fact that they have a happy ending when you really don’t give a shit about what happens to the characters.

Now, I know 801 is better than this. Most of their releases are things that I’m really excited about–things that go directly to my keeper shelf. I’m going to hope that their next release is something better, something that’s hot enough and engaging enough to erase this release from my memory.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦, Falling Into Love, Kanzaki, Takashi | 2 Comments »

28th Sep 2008

Heavenly Body

Rating: ♦♦

I wanted to like this one. Nothing makes me happier than angels and devils copulating with humans. I just like boys with wings. Sadly, this release didn’t hold up to the promise of pretty boys with wings banging other boys’ brains out. I spent the entire time I was reading this trying to figure out what was going on and just why this sucked so badly.

It’s the mix of bad plot and bad art that really did this one in. Now, this one was done by the artist who drew Love + Alphα and if you remember, I liked the art in that one. This must be an early work by the artist because all it reminded me of was some of the craptastic stuff we saw coming out in the 90s. Big-eyed uke-boy with no brain in his head and nary an expression on his face. The whole thing is leaving a bad taste in my mouth because I was so disappointed.

Someday, some artist will do a release that has gorgeous angels and demon boys banging. It will have a plot that is hot enough to soak my panties and it will have art that will leave me drooling. Innocent Bird doesn’t count because it wasn’t nearly graphic enough for me.

There’s Hazumi, who’s roommates with Luke and Ray, two foreigners. Things are going well aside from Luke and Ray competing for his affections. Hazumi’s in for quite a surprise when he finds out that Luke and Ray are from a much more exotic locale than he expected. Luke is an angel and Ray’s a demon.

The only thing that amused me about this release was the fact that it was the angel who was doing his best to get into Hazumi’s pants and not the devil. I like the idea of horny angels. It makes me happy. There’s a deeper meaning to the erotic battle that Ray and Luke are waging. The person who gains Hazumi’s heart will win control of Earth for his angel or demon brethren.

It sounds more interesting than it really is. In all honesty, I’m very tired of scenes of blowjobs sans penises. I know there’s a lot of censorship and that Deux is presenting the manga in the format that they got it in, but I am really, really tired of the glowing cones of light.

I would say to avoid this one. Deux has a lot of other releases that are more deserving of your funds.

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07th Sep 2008

Love + Alphα

Rating: ♦♦♦

I’m torn on this one. On one hand, it’s really pretty and parts are kind of hot. On the other hand, the story is nothing I want to write to you all about in gushing terms. It’s just kind of so-so. One of the hardest parts about writing reviews, is trying to find words when something is just mediocre. Words are easy to come by when I love a release or when I want to warn you away from one, but when I don’t feel much of anything about a release, writing a review starts to feel like a book report. I always hated writing book reports.

So, this is a BL twist on a ghost story. Yuuya is caught between Kyosuke, a former classmate who is now a ghost, and Katsuki, a childhood friend who on top of wanting to get into Yuuya’s pants and has the ability to be possessed by ghosts. Kyosuke wants Yuuya, but being a ghost, he can’t touch him. Then Kyosuke takes over Katsuki and finds out that he can touch Yuuya. This equals much happiness for our ghostly friend.

Katsuki doesn’t care for being possessed, doesn’t care for Yuuya being friends with Kyosuke and is just all around cranky with the situation. Poor Yuuya. He’s getting molested every time he turns around. This is what makes the story slightly hot. What detracts from the hotness is the lack of character development and the fact that I really don’t care about the characters motivations.

This is one where I would just skim through the pages where there was a semblance of a plot to get to the smut scenes. There’s a definite market for a release like this, but it’s not quite my cup of tea.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦, Kanzaki, Takashi, Love + Alphα | 1 Comment »