Archive for the 'Takashima, Kazusa' Category

24th May 2008

Man’s Best Friend

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Oh man, I don’t even know where to start with this series. For those of you who are not already familiar with the plotline of Man’s Best Friend, it kind of goes like this… There’s this stray dog who sees this boy (Ukyo) going back and forth to school every day. The dog prays to the moon that someday he would be able to talk to the boy and just let him touch the boy’s cheek.

One day Ukyo comes across the dog being tormented by a gaggle of kids and rescues him. Ukyo is a sucker for a sweet doggie face and takes the dog home with him to clean him up. Ukyo names the dog Kuro, because the dog is mostly black.

All right, is everyone following me? Good. Now, Kuro had his wish granted. He turns into a man – complete with ears and a tail – when he gets all excited. Being around Ukyo is very exciting indeed. The first time this happens, Ukyo is just slightly freaked out and doesn’t believe that it really happened. The second time it happens Ukyo is screwed blind. Kuro’s just a bit over enthusiastic about his new body and what his new body can do.

Now after that Ukyo clues himself into the fact that the man with ears and a tail is really his faithful pup, Kuro. And they proceed to have happy sex and life is good.

There is really only one thing that slightly bothered me in the book. Kuro never gains human insight when he’s in his human form. He still thinks like a dog and behaves like a dog. But you know, every time that I got creeped out by the fact that hey, this is a dog in human form something disgustingly cute would happen and I would get sucked right back into the story.

There’s also a few other stories included in this collection. Nothing to write home about, but they’re all kinds of fun and make me sigh with the utter cuteness contained within.

Much love to BLU for including the full-color insert in this book. I know they were not able to do it with Kazusa Takashima’s other North American release, Wild Rock, so it’s super nice to have the image of Kuro in male form, dressed as a cowboy with a gun barely covering his package.

Really, there’s nothing I can pick apart with BLU’s presentation of the material. They always give a quality product. Here’s to hoping they keep bringing over series that the fans have been clamoring for.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Man's Best Friend, Takashima, Kazusa | Comments Off on Man’s Best Friend

22nd May 2008

Wild Rock

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’ve always loved Wild Rock. I loved it when I had the scanlations of it and I love it now that I have a nice bound copy for my bookshelf. Sure it’s sappy, fluffy, completely historically inaccurate, caveman sex; but that’s half the fun of it!

For those of you who don’t know the basic plot-line, it revolves around the sons of warring clans back in prehistoric times where men wore loincloths and thigh-highs, were clean shaven and were drop-dead gorgeous.

The sons meet, angst, fall in love, then unite the clans. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but that’s really what it all boils down to. It’s simple, sweet and very endearing. I like it because it is short, simple and sweet. It’s got a happy ending that leaves a smile on my face. I can’t ask for more from a manga.

BLU did another great job with publishing. I guess this book was supposed to have a full-color insert, but BLU found that it was going to cost too much and the projected sales were not high enough for them to justify including it. I can definitely understand that. I’m sorry it wasn’t included, but I am happy that they were thoughtful enough to let us know WHY it wasn’t included.

I guess this means we’re just going to have to buy lots of BLU manga to make sure that we get all the extras for next time.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Takashima, Kazusa, Wild Rock | Comments Off on Wild Rock