23rd May 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
23rd May 2008
I’m usually a big fan of Nase Yamato. I thought Chintsubu, her series with the talking penises, was hysterical. Even though some of her characters look like they’re too young to be able to get an erection, the quality of her stories always helped me to get past my hang-up and just enjoy them for the crack that they are.
With that being said, I was kind of disappointed in this release. I mean, it was cute, but it just wasn’t as good as her works that I grew to love through scanlations. Hell, this release barely deserved to be wrapped in plastic and slapped with a warning label. The one and only sex scene wasn’t explicit at all. I’m used to Yamato’s work being slightly bawdy and definitely a bit more graphic.
We have Mizuki, an underachiever who just lost his job and his apartment. Mizuki doesn’t want to go back home and mooch off his parents, so he goes to see his older brother, Koichi. Koichi lives in the company dorms for unmarried men. There are very strict rules in the dorms, including the rule that only permits employees to be in there. So, of course, Koichi’s solution to Mizuki’s dilemma is to sneak him into the dorms and swear all of the employees on his floor to secrecy.
Now, Mizuki’s stuck in the dorms and takes to cleaning up after all the guys on the floor. Eventually, they all kind of adopt Mizuki as a mascot, well, all except Koichi’s roommate, Toru. Toru and Mizuki don’t get along at first. However, once Mizuki sees the softer side of Toru, he’s smitten and wants nothing more for Toru to see him as something more than a pet that they all need to hide.
It’s sweet, really it is, and there are some fairly humorous bits, especially when they were trying to sneak Mizuki into the dorms inside a golf bag. It just didn’t have the same excitement that some of her other releases have.
I don’t know why they picked this title instead of going with one of her more popular releases. I think they did themselves, and Yamato, a disservice by choosing this release to introduce her to a North American audience.