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27th May 2008


Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I really want to like Shiuko Kano. Her work is filthy, explicit and she explores themes that a lot of artists would not touch with a ten-foot pole. The main problem I have with her work is the fact that she loses the story every time she tries to write something that’s more than three or four chapters long. They all start off so well, but by the fifth chapter it’s dissolved into mindless gibberish interspersed with bouts of wild-hot-monkey sex.

This release solved the problem I have with most of her work. It’s a series of vignettes, none of them more than two chapters long. Oh, happy day! Filthy smut that makes sense. I am a happy girl.

My favorite story revolves around two half-brothers, living in a traditional home. There’s a lot of jealousy and anger on part of one of the brothers, but also one hell of an attraction to his half-brother. There’s murder, babies being switched at birth, lots of fun plot twists and at the end of it all, feelings that really shouldn’t be there coming to the forefront.

See, all kinds of fun taboo things going on here. Half-brother incest makes me happy. I don’t know why, and I most likely don’t want to explore that kink too much, but reading about it just gets me going.

801 Media is really showing that they’re at the forefront of quality when it comes to releasing BL manga. Tight, clean binding, full-color inserts, dust covers… I can’t ask for anything more from a production company. I know I’m a broken record on this, but I’m tired of being expected to shell out extra money for my boysmut, just to have it be presented to me in a shoddy format. This is not shoddy in any way, shape or form. This is fucking beautiful and, again, this makes me a very happy girl.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Affair, Kano, Shiuko | Comments Off on Affair