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12th Nov 2008

A Capable Man

Rating: ♦♦♦

I like Hinako Takanaga. I’ve liked her ever since I read the scanlations of The Tyrant Who Fell In Love. While she’s not out and out raunchy, she does have a nice bit of filth in her stories, and there’s a nice thread of lunacy running through her works.

Now, given the fact that I’m really sick and tired of anthologies, I was of two minds going into this one. I was looking forward to seeing new stuff by Takanaga, but I wasn’t looking forward to short, quick stories with little character development.

The first set of characters proved that my reluctance was well founded. I just didn’t give two shits about what happened to these guys. Shingo has always liked men who were exceptional. His best friend, Koji, has devoted his life to making himself exceptional, so Shingo will pay attention to him. When Shingo’s cousin, who is an exceptional man, comes back on the scene, Koji feels threatened. In the wonderful world of BL, a threatened potential seme when faced with an emotional uke, turns into a full-out seme with the power to force his reluctant uke into the world of pleasure. Yeah. It’s the same contrived plot that we’ve seen over and over again.

Thankfully, the other stories in the release were a breath of fresh air. I particularly liked the ones about the teacher and his student, and the teacher’s non-behaving hair, and the chef and his apprentice who develops a masochistic fetish for his sempai.

While I can’t recommend this one wholeheartedly, it is good enough to say on my keeper shelf. As always, BLU did a very nice job of presentation. I’m pretty sure these are early works of Takanaga, so it’s easy to see the glints of quality that can be found in her later work.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦, A Capable Man, Takanaga, Hinako | 2 Comments »