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Ookiku Furikabutte Volume 13 Chapter 24.2

This chapter has left me teary eyed seeing Abe-kun injured. For those who are following Oofuri, remember the time when he promised Mihashi that he wouldn’t get himself injured? I remembered that clearly in these pages. It’s as if Abe was really disappointed and sorry for what had happened to him. Sprained Abe, I wonder what Mihashi will do. Because in the past volume(I think it was volume 1 or 2) He told Abe that he couldn’t pitch properly if it isn’t Abe catching it. A sad chapter, but I’m cheering for Nishiura! You can do it!

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Dengeki Daisy Chapter 19: The Things I Can Do For You

And here we go, thanks Ochibiscans for translating volume 4 chapter 19 of our favorite shoujo manga of all time, Dengeki Daisy. I really liked how the chapter ended, well not because of what happened to Kurosaki but because it just added the spice on the manga.

This’ll be my favorite line in this chapter. I appreciated how she intensified the statement to Teru that she must also make DAISY worry about her, not because she’s a weak person, but making DAISY feel that Teru needs him, the most.

I really felt that this chapter made quite an improvement over the bond of both parties. I’m eager to read more of this!

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Soujou no Koi wa Nido Haneru

The relationship is more tense than before. It’s now vulnerable and weaker than ever, He is defenseless. He is flustered. Everything is now a mess.

The suspension bridge is about to break.

To be more precise, Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru is the sequel of Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru. It’s now more concentrated on the strengths and weaknesses of the relationship and the thoughts of Kyouichi. Another rival has arrived for Imagase and the pressure between the two is unsettling. Kyouichi stays the same. He still lacks too many puzzle pieces for him to complete the jigsaw of his true feelings.  He is still unable to see awareness. Weak as ever, he commits the same deranged mistake, twice.

If you thought the prequel had exquisite dialogues and character portrayals, you better think again after reading the sequel. It digs more unto the fine angles of the choice of words. It’s specifically breathtaking.

The character progress focuses more on Kyouichi rather than Imagase. He now takes the spotlight and is more contemplative compared to the prequel. He becomes more sensitive and affectionate. A total different Kyouichi we have seen from its prequel.

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Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru

There will always be a manga with very obscure  scenarios. Those with extensive narrations and dialogues that leads you in deep thought and reflection. Male homosexual relationships are intriguing, Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru is intriguing.

It is unmistakably a mouse trap.

If you ever thought reading one of the most decent stories that includes homosexual relationships, you may take this one into consideration. That which interweaves the art, characters and plot into a flawless lacework with no strings unwoven.

The story technically revolves around Kyouichi, a married man with lots of adultery in it. And it seems that these little mistakes he has gave a way for Imagase to create a new connection with him. Unfortunately, Imagase, a past underclassman of his, is a hired investigator of his wife. Imagase knows the bad stench of the relationship. Kyouichi’s gone frantic. He’s confused. He is dead meat if this news arrives to his wife. But Imagase assures him that his little play arounds with different mistresses will end up like a bubble with an exchange of one little thing.

His body. Imagase wants it. He wants it ever since college days.

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Doukyuusei

A song that has connected us using this tender red string of fate. With your eyes that reflects the beautiful budding leaves, I want to see you again.

Nakamura Asumiko, known as an author of many stories with cognitive storylines, once again breathes new life into the shounen ai genre with her replenishing and distinctive art.

Doukyuusei

The story follows the life of Kusakabe, a student who is whimsical and has an easy going attitude. One day, he notices his classmate, Sajou Rihito not participating during a choir practice. He seems surprised but ignores it. That afternoon, during dismissal, he forgets his lunchbox, returns to the room and hears someone who was singing the practice song. He discovered that it was Rihito behind that voice and voluntarily tells him that he can be his practice partner. The days where the two of them bond with the lyrics and notes has given Kusakabe a chance to know Rihito better. What more awaits at the end of the road the two are taking?

Comparing with the other works of Nakamura like Double Mints and Coponicus no Kokyuu, Doukyuusei is more compassionate in nature. It strokes the slice of life genre and platonic romance.

Nakamura’s artstyle has a grotesque attitude on it. It’s somewhat strange, deformed and surreal but is absolutely beautiful. The character contours and backgrounds are made most of copious emotions. It lacks shadowing but keeps up with the lining. The art is near to extravagant and far from average.

The boy meets boy plot is simply mediocre with the usual developments. Repeating to what I have said earlier, the plethora of emotions makes up the most of the mainstream story. Flowing naturally with the current of the sequence of events.

As for the characters, the myriad of discourse and feelings makes it complicated. The lines of the poem from the classic class and the Budding Leaves song not only matched the atmosphere but it denotes the main events as well. The delivery of the innocence of their uncommon relationship without chasing skirts is also impressive, pointing out a vast of flaws in a relationship, jealousy, rivalry, love and the like. Hana-sensei’s personality is also note worthy. Suffering from an unrequited love with Sajou and with the discovery of the relationship of the main cast. It tells us that love isn’t always of happy moments. It is imperfect, unjust, and prejudiced.

As far as I can tell, Doukyuusei is one of the best works of Nakamura and is indeed another promising title. The superiority of art and the balanced stream is something worth reading for.

onicus no Kokyuu

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Otona Keikenchi

So what can you find in an average yaoi manga? Fetishes? Girly uke? Masculine uke? Aggressive seme? Shy seme? The deed? Impotency? Bishounens? Love?

If you asked me what has made me to love yaoi more, I would straightly answer Otona Keikenchi. The one who has got me in its sway. The culprit for this obsession.

Frankly speaking, Otona Keikenchi is one of the freshest manga that I have read in this genre regardless of the cliche plot. Not because I have it in my faves but on the grounds that it’s peculiarly entertaining.

The story progress isn’t slow nor fast paced. It simply starts off with Yumeji who is secretly an impotent with only the two of his best friends knowing it. He meets Seiji, an underclassman of his who has an attitude. With this, he begins to discover that Seiji is the cure of his impotency.

The timing of events just fits for a volume. Unlike some yaoi I’ve seen, the explicit scenes weren’t exaggerated. Though it has certain effects added when it comes to those prospects. The cheesy parts weren’t overdone, actually it has none. Like confessing how they love each other and the like. Nevertheless, the relationship between Yumeji and Seiji shows a distinctive tie.

I am a reader who is a sucker for great art. While Otona Keikenchi has stereotypical characters, Nekota Yonezou made them more realistic and cute by means of her unique art. Yes, I just said cute. Who doesn’t find it cute anyway? It wasn’t too mature nor too childish. Balanced should I say? No exaggerated sparkles and blushes. The chibis did a good job as well. The cuteness will make you go gaga all the time.

The characters each had a chance to grab the spotlight, even the supporting characters. Both really fits in a comical way. The progress was quite visible in the main character’s part. Yumeji with his impotency cured and developing a body smell fetish and only attracted to Seiji’s scent. On the other hand, Seiji has little of progress. He later shows more affection towards Yumeji but still has a suprematic attitude. To clear things up for other readers, this ain’t a S&M manga.

Ahhh, the love for Otona Keikenchi made me write a short review of it. Since I’ve enjoyed the cuteness(since these types is my cup of tea) why not have try it for once?Leave your lust for the meantime yaoi fans.

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Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

“You perverted space alien!”

So I heard you already found your top shoujo mangas in your list. Is KWMS! included?No? Oh, you’re just missing one hell of a great one!

Our typical shoujo mangas often comes in a bishounen x heroine + rival package. KWMS! is one of those packages that you’ll surely want to open immediately. May it be because of its art, plot or stupefying alien.

Yes folks, we do have an astounding alien in this manga, Usui Takumi. Well, we couldn’t just label him without us witnessing how he falls from a school rooftop and still survives, having top grades and has wide range of skills such as cooking the highest quality of a dish, playing the violin with an arm broken, knows table etiquette, play chess on a higher level. He also pops out of nowhere. Did I miss anything?Oh! He’s a total bishounen. What more could a shoujo fan ask for?

And of course, to complete the package, we must have a one of a kind heroine. No, not your sissy type of girl but the total opposite. The student council president of the former all-boy’s school Seika high, Ayuzawa Misaki. She manages to struggle to protect her female classmates against the boys of the school due to her hatred among men. She also helps her mother to pay off the debts of what her father has left by secretly working in a maid cafe. Unfortunately, Usui unexpectedly discovers her secret, but decides to keep it and later on is seen with Misaki all the time. Observing her during her working time and at the same time, protects her in those moments where she needs someone to depend on, even though Misaki shows her dislike on Usui’s acts, Usui’s past piques her curiosity and thus unconsciously wanting to know him more.

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