Archive for the 'Loveholic' Category

12th Dec 2008

Loveholic 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Again, that faint squealing sound you hear in the distance? That’s the sound of me letting out a fangirl shriek for getting a copy of this in English. What can I say? Toko Kawai just does it for me. Sweet angsty stories, gorgeous art and bits of humor sprinkled in to keep me grinning, even while the characters are suffering.

Now, this isn’t one of her really angsty series, but it does have its moments and they strike me hard. If you’re not a Kawai fan already, you should be. She’s not as graphic as some of the other artists I sing the praises of, but the sheer quality of her work makes up for any lacking in smut.

When we last left Nishioka and Matsukawa, things seemed to be going well. They had started to admit their feelings and were well on their way to falling into bed on a regular basis. However, because this is the wonderful land of boy smut, things don’t always work out the way we want it to for our intrepid heroes.

Work pressures and rivalries throw obstacles in their way, making the path to a happy-ever-after seem further and further away. Of course, we’ve got a happy ending in there. This is the wonderful world of yaoi, but Kawai really makes them work for it.

I can’t rave enough about this artist and this series. She always goes directly to my keeper shelf.

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24th May 2008

Loveholic 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Let me say once again, that anything by Toko Kawai just makes me a very happy girl. Here stories are just melt-your-heart sweet. In this series we’ve got Nishioka, a photographer, and Matsukawa, a very successful businessman.

Matsukawa uses Nishioka as a photographer on most of his advertising projects, even though Nishioka’s antics drive him a bit nuts. Matsukawa stick-in-the-mud attitude drives Nishioka a bit nuts as well, so with the two of them going up against each other, fireworks are sure to fly.

Now, add in the fact that both boys are harboring feelings for each other and things really start getting interesting. Nishioka has a secret collection of photographs that he has taken of Matsukawa that he looks at when ever he’s feeling down.

Both boys have thorns they keep around their hearts. They’ve both had some pretty bad things happen to them in the past that made them leery of letting anyone else in. They do eventually get together and it’s made all the sweeter for the pain they had to go through to get there.

This release has Toko Kawai’s signature messy line work and heartbreaking facial expressions. I don’t know how she manages to imbue so much emotion on the faces of her characters with so few lines, but she does it.

June Manga has been releasing so much great stuff lately that I’ve been hard pressed to not jump and down with joy when the mail comes with a package of books for me to review. I just want Toko Kawai to release more series so that June Manga can pick them up for release and I can curl up and get comfortable with her characters. They’re the perfect antidote to a rotten day.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Kawai, Toko, Loveholic | Comments Off on Loveholic 1