Archive for the 'Yamagata, Satomi' Category

27th May 2008

Fake Fur

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

There’s something endearing about a story that walks you through the characters evolving sexuality, figuring out exactly what they want/need in life and how they are going to get it. Especially when it’s handled as deftly as it is in this book. After only about twenty-five pages into the book you find yourself caring about the characters and wanting them to realize their happiness.

We have Yamashita, who doesn’t think there’s anything really wrong with being attracted to males, he’s been attracted to them his whole life, he just doesn’t feel the need to act on his feelings. That is, until he spends more time with his friend Kubo and realizes that he wants to kiss him. He gets his kiss, but realizes that he wants more than a friend. He wants something that Kubo’s not ready to give him. So Yamashita starts looking for something. He’s not sure exactly what he wants, but he’s going to know it when he finds it.

While this isn’t one of the more explicit 18+ titles that June Manga has released, it is one of the sweetest and most captivating that they have released. I would put the quality of this book right up there with Toko Kawai when it comes to being able to pull at your heartstrings.

Reading this book left me feeling warm and happy. It’s the perfect manga to curl up with on a rainy day when you just want to be left with a feeling of satisfaction and that all is right with the world.

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24th May 2008

Manic Love

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

This is by the artist that brought us Fake Fur and takes place in the same universe. Since I’m still nursing a massive bit of love for Fake Fur, I’m extremely happy to have this book come onto my radar.

We have Maki, who enrolls in a summer prep school to prepare for his exams. He and his tutor, Haruji, start in on an affair, that, while leaves them both physically satisfied, leaves them emotionally lacking. Maki’s fallen for Haruji, who still has feelings for his old lover, Mizuguchi. Mizuguchi is a teacher at Maki’s high school and suggested to Maki that he take part in the tutoring sessions, and told him about his adventures with a younger Haruji. See, Haruji and Mizuguchi used to be lovers, and they had both convinced themselves that it was just sex with no feelings involved.

Confused yet? Don’t worry. It all makes sense when you read the book. Maki’s character appears in Fake Fur, so it’s really quite neat to see why he acts the way he does. It’s an odd story. One where you’re not quite sure which couple you want to root for.

Satomi Yamagata excels at writing stories that challenge the reader. There is no stereotypical happy ending. It’s real, pretty raw and you end up caring about the characters far more than you really should.

I hope that more work by this artist is going to be brought over. It shows far more depth than most of the stories that are getting released currently. Don’t get me wrong. I love my escapist fluff, but sometimes I want a story that I can really sink my teeth into. Satomi Yamagata definitely delivers!

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