Archive for the 'Miyamoto, Kano' Category

07th Dec 2008

Lovers and Souls

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I really like Miyamoto even when she takes me places that I don’t expect or don’t really want to go. After reading all of these saccharine titles that have been coming out, it’s nice to have something that has an ending that isn’t happy ever after.

There’s Shiunomiya, who’s gorgeous, but lacking in the morals that most people have. He’s an art student in college which is where he meets student photographer, Matsuoka. After agreeing to pose nude for the photographer, Matsuoka ups the ante by asking Shiunomiya to sleep with him for some extra cash. Finding that he doesn’t hate male sex, Shiunomiya comes back for more and soon finds him prostituting himself for extra cash.

We’ve seen this before, right? Wrong. Yes, there’s sex and, yes, Matsuoka pulls Shiunomiya out, but the feelings don’t come through until it’s too late. Leaving Shiunomiya feeling for the first time with no outlet. So, with nothing to anchor him, Shiunomiya floats adrift.

It’s melancholy, beautiful and sweet–the perfect antidote to some of the crap that’s been coming out. It’s not one that I’m going to go back and read right away, it left me feeling too raw for that, but it is one that I will go back to when I’m in the mood for a good cry.

I’m really impressed by the releases that Deux is bringing over. I’ve been pretty much happy with everything that they’ve released so far. I’m not sure how long they can keep up this winning streak, but I’m going to keep following them.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Lovers and Souls, Miyamoto, Kano | 2 Comments »

05th Oct 2008

Two of Hearts

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I did not have high expectations for this release. The story seemed a bit silly and I didn’t think that I was going to enjoy the art. Plus, I didn’t recognize the author’s name, which is pretty weird, given the fact that I really like the other release by her that Deux brought over, Say Please. So, I’m very happy that my first impression was proved wrong.

Haruya is a talented writer who is unmotivated to finish any project. He’s happy to just putter around in his small house by the sea, letting life flow around him. His peaceful life is rocked when he meets a troubled young man, Maki. Maki can’t stand to be touched and is trying to escape from an unhappy family situation. Haruya doesn’t quite know what drives him to help Maki, but he finds that Maki becomes something he doesn’t want to live without.

It’s not the easiest relationship–Maki has issues, Haruya has an ex-lover who’s jealous enough to cause some problems and let’s not even get into the age difference. Still, with all those obstacles, they end up being far better together than they are apart and this is what makes this release a fulfilling read.

Add to all of this a cat and I am in heaven. I am a cat person. I like cute drawings of cats. Just like in Love Mode, my enjoyment of the story is increased by the addition of cute cats. Maybe that’s the secret to getting me to like a release–adding a feline.

I’m really looking forward to more from this artist. One thing that I especially enjoyed was her non-stereotypical portrayal of Haruya as a gay male. It’s nice to have a departure from the typical BL rules. Haruya is comfortable with that he is gay–it’s just who he is. There’s none of the typical angsting where he’s trying to come to terms with his feelings for another male. It’s such a nice change from the early days of BL where the guys fall in love with each other despite their gender.

Do I think we will ever see a realistic portrayal of a gay male in BL manga? No. Normally, this fact doesn’t bother me. It’s not supposed to be realistic, but a character like Haruya is a refreshing change.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Miyamoto, Kano, Two of Hearts | 9 Comments »

27th May 2008

Say Please

Rating: ♦♦♦

I’m very much surprised by how much I enjoyed this release. It’s a trite and cliched plot that I’ve seen over and over again, but it’s still a fun read. Oh, let’s not forget that it’s well drawn and cute as hell. Both are definite factors in whether or not I’m going to like a release.

Ryoichi is picking up some extra money by working at a male brothel. Sakura comes in one night and buys some time with Ryoichi. A connection is made. The boys find themselves slowly being fascinated with each other. Soon they find themselves so twined together that they’re better together than they are apart. The conflict is fairly obvious, given that one character is a straight-laced school teacher and the other one is a prostitute, but it still manages to work without making me want to scream in frustration.

There’s really nothing new and different in this book that makes it stand out from other releases that cover the same ground, but I still liked it. Deux did a very good job with presentation and translation. It’s just hard to find good things to say about content that I’ve seen before.

It is fun and if this is a plot cliche that you enjoy, I think you’re going to find a lot to like in this release. However, if you’ve gotten sick of pretty-boy prostitutes with hearts of gold and cold men who let their hearts melt when they get together, I would definitely avoid this one.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in Miyamoto, Kano, Say Please | 1 Comment »