Archive for the 'Yakuza in Love' Category

05th Oct 2008

Yakuza in Love 3

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Oh, Shiuko Kano, you provide me with the best crack-like manga. I knew that I was going to enjoy this release, but I didn’t realize just how much and just how wrong and filthy it was going to be.

So, when we last left our heroes, Junki had been kidnapped by a rival gang and was facing all kinds of unpleasant things. Things start off quickly in this release with the Flower gang rushing in to save Junki. Now, Chihiro goes a bit nuts after he sees a video Junki’s captors have sent them of Junki being raped and tortured. Chihiro’s been hiding his feelings for Junki under the veneer of brotherly affection, but this is enough to bring his true feelings to the forefront.

What amused me the most was not the happy-ever-after ending, but the fact that Kano included an alternate ending that was just hot, dirty and all kinds of wrong. I must really have my wires crossed when I find Chihiro all half-naked, bleeding and getting his brains fucked out to be really hot.

Kano is one of my favorite artists because she does not take herself or her art too seriously. It’s a treat to have something that’s absurdly hilarious on one page juxtaposed with something that will pull on your heartstrings on the next page.

I’m going to miss this series. I don’t know if it’s one of my all-time favorites, but it’s right up there with series like Yellow and Our Everlasting that I want to read over and over. I’m hoping that some of the other new releases that Deux has up their sleeves are going to be as addictive.

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15th Jun 2008

Yakuza In Love 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

What is it about tattooed gangsters that makes me happy? Seriously. I spend half of my time when I’m reading this series staring at the utter prettiness of their ink.

This time around, we get a little more info on Aoi’s back story, and the relationship between him and Sakiya grows even stronger. There’s a lot of longing and lustful looks, but no real consummation of the relationship.

Now, here’s where it starts getting really good. The other half of the book revolves around Junki, otherwise known as slutty Mr. Blondie, his back story and why he behaves the way he does.

Junki’s brother was part of a gang and used to bring his fellow gang member Chihiro around the house. Junki was never too impressed with the fact that his brother was in a gang and that Chihiro was one of the gang members, but everyone got along pretty well. Now, Junki’s brother never wanted him to join the gang, he wanted something better for him. But, after his brother’s death at the hands of rival gangsters, Junki rebelled and joined a gang to find his revenge.

At this point, Junki’s feelings towards Chihiro grew stronger and Junki wanted to attempt a relationship, but Chihiro always turned him away. It seems that he never saw Junki as anything more as a friend. This leads Junki to look for gratification elsewhere…

I do so enjoy unrequited love, there’s so much potential for angst. I shouldn’t enjoy the misery of these characters so much, but I do. Oh, I still want them to find a happy ending at some point, but I’m really enjoying reading about them making themselves miserable in the mean time.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Kano, Shiuko, Yakuza in Love | 5 Comments »

22nd May 2008

Yakuza in Love 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I do so love fluffy, angsty yakuza boys. I know in real life that the yakuza are not this endearing and they’re not banging each other’s brains out. But just like in Kizuna, it’s nice to step into an alternate reality where they’re doing just that.

This series has a whole gaggle of pretty, tattooed boys with guns. Our main character is Aoi. Aoi has been rising through the ranks of the Hanagumi (Flower Gang) after he saved the main boss’s life. Now, what Aoi doesn’t want anyone to realize is that his saving the boss was a total fluke. The boss was about to step on an widdle baby bird when Aoi shoved him out of the way. Hell, Aoi doesn’t even know how to throw a proper punch. He’s determined, though. He wants to be the best he can be.

Aoi gets apprenticed to Yuji, one of the under-bosses, a man who epitomizes honor and chivalry. Aoi wants to do his best to earn Yuji’s respect, but things get all muddled when feelings develop between the two. This isn’t even taking into account the other members of the gang, all of whom seem to be humping like rabid weasels at the slightest provocation.

It’s all very silly, and even though I had a hard time following the story at times, I really enjoyed this release. I haven’t seen scans of the original release, so I don’t know if the use of American slang was something the author did, or if it was a translation choice that Deux made. I really didn’t bother me that much either way. I mean, if we have a gang of men fucking each other, why can’t they use American slang? The only bad part is that this is making me want the next issue of Kizuna just that much more!

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