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21st Jul 2008

Sleeping With Money

Rating: ♦♦♦

You know, there are some things that would just work better as a manga. Comic depictions of violence is one of them. This book is filled with things of that nature. Things that when you’re reading them are silly, but when you look at them in a manga, they register as being part of the story. Maybe it’s just me, but I find the idea of some giant yakuza guy kicking his subordinate in the side for saying something stupid to be much more silly when it’s drawn. Maybe years of watching Tom and Jerry have desensitized me to comedic violence when it’s drawn out.

We have our bumbling yakuza, Tatsurou. Well, okay, not really bumbling. He’s pretty good at what he does, which is collecting money for loan sharks, but he’s still not quite where he wants to be. Oh, he’s got the look, the suits and the voice that can make people quake in their shoes, but he still doesnt carry much respect.

When he’s called on to collect a debt from a business man who helped Tatsurou when he was younger, Tatsurou has a bit of a crisis of conscience. This leads his boss to up his demands for money, something that Tatsurou just can’t come up with. When he goes to drown his sorrows at a bar, he runs into an old high school acquaintance, Sagami. In a drunken stupor, Tatsurou tells all of his problems to Sagami, including his woes about being unable to collect the debt. Sagami decides to take matters into his own hands and burns up the promissory note for the business, leaving Tatsurou with no way to collect on the funds.

See, Sagami has a secret. He’s been in love with Tatsurou ever since they faced each other in kendo competitions when they were younger. Sagami now owns the company, Lovely, which specializes in giving high risk loans. Lovely will sometimes use the yakuza to help collect on the debt.

Now Sagami has something to hold over Tatsurou’s head. He’ll give him the money he needs to give to his boss, but he’s going to have to pay him back and, what better way to work off a debt than in bed?

This poses a problem for Tatsuro. He’s desperate to get the money, but he thinks he’s straight and has no interest in sleeping with Sagami. Now, we all know where this is going, right? Sagami is amazing in bed. He makes Tatsuro come harder than he ever has before. So, Tatsuro keeps coming back for more.

It’s cute once you get passed some of the glaring editorial errors. It’s just odd enough that I’m laughing at some of the conventions of the genre, but it’s not so out there that I’m wondering what kind of crack the author was smoking when she was writing this. I still say that this would have worked a lot better as a manga, but for a quick read, it’s kind of fun.

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