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27th May 2008


Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Hm, how do I review Brother without sounding like a dorky fangirl? I don’t know if it’s possible. Simply put, I loved this manga. I will warn you now, if incest, even without blood relation, grosses you out, do not buy Brother.

Technically speaking, the art in Brother is great. Faces are expressive. Clothing is rumpled and realistic. There’s actually pubic hair to go along with those big penises! (*squee*) The color panel in the volume is wonderfully printed. The slipcover is glossy high quality stock. Brava, Drama Queen!

So, on with the story. Asuka Momoki (uke) is a gorgeous 22-year-old virgin. Why is he a virgin? He’s secretly impotent. Asuka’s younger, beautiful step-brother, Yui (seme), is the cause of his perpetually limp state. Through circumstance and confession the brothers discover their mutual love. Of course, raunchy sex ensues.

I’m not saying that’s all there is to Brother. Oh, no, there is much more than that. Brother is a very creative, and often funny, manga. I found myself giggling or outright laughing with the story. And Asuka and Yui’s half-sister, Shiori, is just the cutest thing.

I will happily recommend Brother to every yaoi fan. Drama Queen did an excellent job with translation and giving the readers the original format. The story/art is very enjoyable and worth every hard-earned dollar.

Posted by Nikita | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Brother, Ougi, Yuzuha | Comments Off on Brother

23rd May 2008

Rising Storm

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Rising Storm is an early work from the manga-ka who brought us Brother. While it is fairly evident that this is an early work, and that most of the stories are excuses to show pretty boys screwing madly, it’s still fairly enjoyable.

First off we’ve got the short story collection that gives the book it’s title. “Rising Storm” is about a young black belt who ends up working for a wealthy recluse for the summer. A chance meeting leads to exaggerated clumsiness and lots of screwing madly.

“A Yokohama Story” revolves around a dentist who has never felt passion and the young waiter who’s teeth he becomes obsessed with checking for cleanliness. The dentist story is very cute. I think it’s my favorite in this collection. I’m a sucker for the cold, unfeeling guys who lose it when they get exposed to sex.

“Killing Me Tenderly” was the only short story that really felt off to me. The violence in the story didn’t seem to mesh well with the light-hearted fare that was found in the rest of the book. I’m sure that it will appeal to some people, but it really wasn’t my cup of tea.

I don’t know how Drama Queen did it, but they managed to get the original, uncensored version of this book. No glowing cones of light, no white strips blocking out the important bits, these are full-blown erections, drawn in all their glory. It’s fun and it’s filthy. It may not have the in-depth plot that some of my other favorites, but it’s a fun read. Really, that’s all I’m looking for with my manga.

Way to go, Drama Queen. We’ve got a book that’s well-translated, has a dust cover and the full color insert. They kept all the honorifics in, as well as the cultural references. I’m looking forward to seeing what else this company will be bringing over for us.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Ougi, Yuzuha, Rising Storm | Comments Off on Rising Storm