Archive for the 'Totally Captivated' Category

09th May 2009

Totally Captivated 6

Rating: ♦♦♦

More insanity and pretty boys. Really, it’s a winning combination. Ewon and Mookyul have gone through a lot during the course of the series, but the real challenge comes when Mookyul is severely injured in a a botched bid for one of the bad guys to take over his gang. Ewon, being a stereotypically angsty BL character, flips out once Mookyul is on the mend and goes into hiding. He’s got some good reasons, but, in all honesty, it’s just an excuse to draw him all pouty and pretty and to have Mookyul go all uber-seme on him.

Not that we get to see any of the uber-seme action–this is a volume that’s rated 16+. That’s really a shame because with the quality of the art, I’m sure that the smut would be really well done.

Even though I got a little tired with this series part of the way through, it managed to redeem itself in the end. It’s very endearing and something that I will be returning back to when I need to put a smile on my face.

This is not a series that you go to when you’re looking for a great amount of substance; it’s one of those that you go to when you need some pretty boys, pure escapism and just want to laugh at the absurdity of the situations. It’s not great literature, but there’s room for it in my collection. I need a good dose of insanity every once in a while.

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21st Sep 2008

Totally Captivated 4

Rating: ♦♦♦

I am still lusting over the character designs and the art in this series, but the story is starting to leave me a bit cold. I want to see more random insanity and some plot development that makes sense. However, I am still enjoying this one for the plethora of pretty boys.

So, Mookyul’s boss walks in on an intimate moment between Mookyul and Ewon, causing Ewon to start to question his place in the world and his relationship with Mookyul. As an escape, Ewon tries to return to normality by hanging out with his friends, but Mookyul does not handle Ewon being away from him well and gets himself invited along. Now given the fact that Mookyul has a short fuse and a quick tempter, this is a disaster waiting to happen, and of course it does.

Their obsessive relationship would be toxic, but because this is BL, it works. Everything is forgiven and they spend the rest of the release rehashing their obsessive commitment to each other.

I would like to say that I’m still totally captivated by their story, but I’m feeling like the characters keep falling into the same trap, making the same mistakes and covering the same ground. If it wasn’t so pretty, I would have given up on this one by now.

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23rd Jun 2008

Totally Captivated 3

Rating: ♦♦♦

I really like this series. It has gorgeous art and silly situations with a nice dollop of angst to keep me interested. The only thing that keeps me from fully enjoying the series is the fact that it can be damn confusing at times. I don’t know if it’s because of the translation or how it was originally written. The fact that I do end up confused makes me cranky because it throws me out of the pure enjoyment of the story while I’m trying to figure out what in the hell is going on.

This time, Jiho walks in on Mookyul doing his damnedest to get into Ewon’s pants. Not surprisingly, this upsets Jiho and he washes his hands of the whole mess and Ewon and Mookyul. Only he doesn’t really. It turns out that Jiho was only dating Mookyul to make Ewon jealous.

Ewon is kind of frazzled at this point. He wants Mookyul, but now he has no job, his ex wants him and, to top it all off, he’s coming down with the flu and exams are just around the corner.

Later, it’s Mookyul to the rescue, but is Ewon ready to have a jealous, demanding, sex-crazed, ego maniac with a huge cock as his boyfriend? Mookyul seems to think so!

I still enjoy this series and think that the art is some of the best that I’ve seen, but the confusion I get every time I get a new volume is kind of creeping in on my enjoyment.

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27th May 2008

Totally Captivated 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

There isn’t much I can say about this series aside from the fact that it’s damn cute. It really is. Even with all of the impossible situations the characters find themselves in and the violence that surrounds them, it still manages to be cute as hell. I don’t think I would like it as much as I do if it wasn’t so freaking cute. I mean, there’s really not much too it, if you want to boil it down to the basic plot.

A young guy, Ewon, gets blackmailed into working for his ex-lover’s boyfriend, who just happens to be the head of an organized crime syndicate. There are also the wacky situations that evolve from being part of an organized crime syndicate. But, then when you throw in the romantic tension between our hapless hero and his miserable boss, you start to get something that’s rather special. Add in the other partners in crime and the mayhem they’re capable of, and the whole thing starts to get really enjoyable.

This time, big-boss man, Mookul, has a distant memory surrounding a person from his childhood that reminds him of Ewon. Could it be that Ewon is part of what shaped Mookul into the man he is today? Does this bode well for Ewon, who has spent most of his employment either lusting after Mookul or cowering in fear?

It’s light fluff, it’s happy fluff, but it keeps me entertained and makes me smile to read it. I really can’t ask for much more in a release.

Net Comics does a very good job of picking releases, at least in the Boys Love genre, that I just want to keep reading. Maybe they’re slipping crack in the ink or something. Whatever it is, I’m going to follow them to see what else they’re going to bring over from Korea for me to enjoy.

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22nd May 2008

Totally Captivated 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Ewon has problems. Not only has his boyfriend left him because of his wandering eye, but in his determination to get his boyfriend back, he’s ended up working for his ex’s new boyfriend, Mookyul. And to Ewon’s dismay, most of that work isn’t on the right side of the law.

It doesn’t help that Mookyul isn’t inclined to treat Ewon with much care with him hurting the ex and everything. It also doesn’t help that Mookyul is drop dead gorgeous. It’s something that Ewon has a hard time not noticing.

So, when Mookyul sends Ewon off to get payment for some outstanding loans and threatens death and dismemberment if Ewon isn’t successful, you can bet that Ewon sucks it up and becomes an errand boy for the mob. Of course, Ewon isn’t too good at this at first, he’s far too trusting and far too nice. Even threats of bodily harm from Mookyul can’t keep him from wanting to find the good in his clients.

This all changes when he realizes that the client’s been playing him. Since Ewon flubbed up in getting the money, he doesn’t get paid for any of his endeavors. Poor Ewon. All this just because he couldn’t resist looking at pretty boys.

In any case, this series promises to be far too cute to be healthy! The thing that captivated me most about this release was the facial expressions on the characters. They’re exaggerated, comical and just all-around perfect. Add in some exceptionally pretty boys, an aura of danger and you’ve got something that is far more than the sum of its parts.

It’s cute and funny. Also, it’s got pretty boys and the indication of a lot of unresolved sexual tension. Color me a happy girl!

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