27th May 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
27th May 2008
Imagine you’re homeless, hopeless and a rich man takes you in to be his love slave. Yeah, not entirely a bad situation, in my opinion. This is the story you’ll find in Enslaved by the Dragon.
I found the story to be somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable. It has a good flow and didn’t beat around the bush with a lot of nonsense. The angst level on the slave’s part is good and is conveyed very well through Studio Kosaru’s illustrations.
However, the illustration of the book left me wanting. I wanted more detail. I wanted to see penises and penetration. The backgrounds were too general and didn’t give me that sense of luxury I’d expect with such a rich man.
Also in this book is a short story entitled “The Snow Demon” by Tina Anderson and Yishan Li. I’ve read a few of Ms. Anderson’s works and I’m always entertained. This story is no exception. Of course, it’s not everyone’s taste, but a little non-con never hurt anyone.
Yishan Li did a very good job with illustrations. I did find some of the proportions and perspectives wonky, but it didn’t necessarily take away from the overall quality.
All in all, Enslaved by the Dragon is not for everyone. American yaoi manga has a very different feel than Japanese. I don’t think most hardcore fans would be willing to fork over the money for American because they associate yaoi with Japan and everything else is fanart. In some respects, they are correct; in many, they’re wrong. I say keep an open mind and just try it.