Archive for the 'Challengers' Category

27th May 2008

Challengers 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Let me start off by saying that I got into this series by its sequel, The Tyrant Who Fell In Love, which will be released by Drama Queen later this year. If you’re familiar with The Tyrant Who Fell In Love, you know that one of the reasons that the main character is so tyrannical is because his beloved baby brother ran off with a ‘gay’.

Challengers is the story of the baby brother and the ‘gay’ that he ran off with. Tomoe Tatsumi is lost when he first arrives in Tokyo and just slightly naive. Mitsugu Kurokawa takes pity on poor Tatsumi and takes him under his wing and even offers to let him live with him.

Kurokawa tries his very best to hide his attraction to Tatsumi, but it’s so hard when Tatsumi’s so sweet and trusting and all kinds of things of that nature.

Enter in Tatsumi’s older brother, who considers murder a ‘viable option’ when it comes to making sure that Tatsumi stays clean, pure and untainted by Kurokawa’s clumsy advances.

It’s cute, endearing and all-around one of the sweetest stories I’ve read in a long time. Top it all off with the art work being stellar, Drama Queen leaving in the honorifics and a full-color insert and I am one happy little fangirl.

No one can beat Drama Queen when it comes to a quality presentation and quality releases. They really seem to have their finger on the pulse of what the older contingent of BL fangirls want to read and the format they want to read them in.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Challengers, Takanaga, Hinako | Comments Off on Challengers 1

27th May 2008

Challengers 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Well, we’re back for more. This time we’ve got Tatsumi slowly falling for Kurokawa. Much to the chagrin of friends and family. There’s Rick, an American exchange student, who want’s nothing more but to be in Tatsumi’s pants, Kurokawa’s insane mother and Phil, another American exchange student who’s got the hots for Rick.

With complications like these, it doesn’t seem like Tatsumi and Kurokawa are ever going to get together.

Since this is a BL comic and true love trumps just about everything, of course they do end up together and life is all peaches and cream. Well, except for Tatsumi’s big brother who hates ‘homos’ with a passion and would die to know that his brother was dating one of them, but that’s another story.

There’s also a side story that includes just why big brother hates ‘homos’ so much and thinks that they are all ‘Satan’s rape demons.’ Poor Morinaga. He’s never going to get into older brother’s pants at this rate.

Morinaga is the research assistant for the gay-bashing older brother of Tatsumi’s, Souichi. Morinaga has been crushing on Souichi for a long time now, but because of Souichi’s prejudice won’t be able to act on it. Poor kid. He knows he shouldn’t be falling for a straight boy like this, but he just can’t help himself.

As per usual, kudos to Drama Queen for their stellar presentation. Full-color inserts, honorifics and all the things that I look for in a quality manga.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Challengers, Takanaga, Hinako | Comments Off on Challengers 2