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08th Sep 2008

Love Recipe 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this release. The first volume was so sweet and funny that I found myself completely hooked. I’m happy to say that the second volume continues with the sweetness and inspired lunacy that made the first volume such a treat.

So again, we have Ozawa, who is very earnestly giving his all to the publishing company. He’s determined to be the best editor that he can be. This is all well and good, but it doesn’t leave him much time to see his lover, Kakyoin. Now, if you remember from last time, Kakyoin is a BL artist, working under a female pseudonym. The only people that know he’s a male are Ozawa, the head of the editorial department and Kakyoin’s devoted team of Gothic Lolita assistants.

When Ozawa and Kakyoin manage to be alone with each other, it’s explosive, but it’s really hard for them to find that time. Things get even more strained when the head of the editorial department sends Ozawa on an interview to judge a new artist.

This new artist just happens to be a gay man. When the new guy shows promise, the editor-in-chief is no dummy and wants to see if she can make magic happen twice. She wants Ozawa to work with this new guy, to see if he can inspire him the way that Kakyoin does. Ozawa’s game as long as he doesn’t have to sleep with the new guy. His ass belongs to Kakyoin.

Then, the editor-in-chief gets the bright idea that Kakyoin should mentor the new guy. That would work, except for the fact that no one knows that Kakyoin is a guy! Ugh! What a mess.

It all works out in the end, but it’s quite a ride getting there. I love the humor and the tone of this series. It pokes fun at the BL industry without ever being mean-spirited. It’s just all-around cute and wonderful. The only thing that I don’t like is the length of time between releases!

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦, Higashizato, Kirico, Love Recipe | Comments Off on Love Recipe 2

24th May 2008

Love Recipe 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

There is a rush of excitement when I pick up a brand new series, one that I was not already familiar with through scanlations. I never know if it’s going to be good or absolute crap. I’m at my happiest when I find a series that starts off being really good, then find out that not only is it really good, but it’s sexy, endearing, hysterical, all-around perfect and it leaves you hoping and praying that the next volume will come out quickly.

We’ve got Ozawa, who just landed his dream job at a publishing firm. He’s full of excitement, dedication and ready to give his all to the company. Of course what he didn’t realize was that he was going to be working for a Boys Love publisher.

His first assignment is to get the finished drawings from Kakyoin, a BL artist who is notorious for missing deadlines. No one told Ozawa that Kakyoin was a male manga artist, and that sometimes an editor has to get up close and personal with the artist to get the manga in before the deadline.

Add in a trio of female assistants, fully decked out in EGL finery, Higashizato’s adorable habit of drawing the main characters as an angel bunny or as a devil bunny at opportune moments and you’ve got something that is truly funny and completely endearing.

Make sure to check out the covers of the doujinshi that they have Ozawa read when they’re trying to get him to understand the appeal of the genre. I spotted references to Prince of Tennis, Saiyuki, Sailor Moon and Fullmetal Alchemist. Not to mention the fact that the section chief of the production company completely reminds me of Kaori Knight from Sailor Moon.

This series is going to be a lot of fun for all BL fans. It gently pokes fun at the genre and the fans while sucking you in and making you a fan of it in turn. Rush out and grab this one, it’s really too cute for words.

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