Archive for the 'Yamato, Nase' Category

23rd Feb 2009

Take Me To Heaven

Rating: ♦♦♦

I want to like Nase’s work. When she’s good, she’s hysterical. My issue with her is the fact that her ukes look like they’re all of five years old. I got into this genre because I wanted to see men humping, not prepubescent boys. She’s only done one series that didn’t have this shota style and that hasn’t gotten a US release. Add in the fact that this concept has been done much better before–Takakura Row’s I Can’t Stop Loving You comes to mind–and I’m kind of cranky.

So, there’s Fumiya, a high-school student with the ability to see ghosts. Poor Fumiya is scared of these supernatural beings, so he runs to his childhood friend, Shogo, the son of a temple priest, for help. Shogo isn’t much of a priest. He wants nothing to do with chanting and the family tradition. He just wants into Fumiya’s pants.

Still, a scared Fumiya isn’t a horny Fumiya, so Shogo does do some priest-like things to try and keep Fumiya calm. There’s a series of silly adventures where Fumiya gets scared and runs to Shogo. Finally, the boys realize that they need to be screwing and end up doing so. The end.

Yeah, that’s about all there is. Maybe if it wasn’t for the apparent age, I would be more forgiving of some of the manga’s weak points, but the entire thing just left me feeling like I wasted my money. Nase Yamato has a lot of devoted fans who will snap up this release–just don’t count me among them!

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦, Take Me To Heaven, Yamato, Nase | 2 Comments »

23rd May 2008

Pet On Duty

Rating: ♦♦♦

I’m usually a big fan of Nase Yamato. I thought Chintsubu, her series with the talking penises, was hysterical. Even though some of her characters look like they’re too young to be able to get an erection, the quality of her stories always helped me to get past my hang-up and just enjoy them for the crack that they are.

With that being said, I was kind of disappointed in this release. I mean, it was cute, but it just wasn’t as good as her works that I grew to love through scanlations. Hell, this release barely deserved to be wrapped in plastic and slapped with a warning label. The one and only sex scene wasn’t explicit at all. I’m used to Yamato’s work being slightly bawdy and definitely a bit more graphic.

We have Mizuki, an underachiever who just lost his job and his apartment. Mizuki doesn’t want to go back home and mooch off his parents, so he goes to see his older brother, Koichi. Koichi lives in the company dorms for unmarried men. There are very strict rules in the dorms, including the rule that only permits employees to be in there. So, of course, Koichi’s solution to Mizuki’s dilemma is to sneak him into the dorms and swear all of the employees on his floor to secrecy.

Now, Mizuki’s stuck in the dorms and takes to cleaning up after all the guys on the floor. Eventually, they all kind of adopt Mizuki as a mascot, well, all except Koichi’s roommate, Toru. Toru and Mizuki don’t get along at first. However, once Mizuki sees the softer side of Toru, he’s smitten and wants nothing more for Toru to see him as something more than a pet that they all need to hide.

It’s sweet, really it is, and there are some fairly humorous bits, especially when they were trying to sneak Mizuki into the dorms inside a golf bag. It just didn’t have the same excitement that some of her other releases have.

I don’t know why they picked this title instead of going with one of her more popular releases. I think they did themselves, and Yamato, a disservice by choosing this release to introduce her to a North American audience.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦, Pet On Duty, Yamato, Nase | 1 Comment »