Category Archives: – School

Love~Sakuraoka Private School Dormitory

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Author: Tachibana Venio
Illustrator: Kitahata Akeno
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Boku no Koi no Hanashi Himegoto

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Author: Shinba Rize
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I actually wrote half of the review for this manga and was ready to finish it at the beginning of this month when Kamiyan had the accident. I then stopped because I totally lost the energy to write, especially when I was SO LOOKING FORWARD to his role in this manga as it would simply be P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Well, I guess that’s life. I just have to wait for another chance . There WILL be a drama CD coming out in October. I am not sure whether I will listen to it (depending on my feelings). I’m very interested in Kondou’s UKE debut but complicated feelings but I finally decided to listen and I’m glad I did because both Hirakawa and Kondou are very cute in the drama!

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Hidari te wa kare no yume wo miru

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Author: Kannagi Satoru
Illustrator: Odagiri Hotaru
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My review is based on the drama CD only because I left my novel at home. I might fill in the details when I go home the end of this year from the novel. This is the second in the “Only the Finger Knows Series”, one of the first series to be translated into English (perhaps). The English title is “The Left Hand Dreams of His” . Please refer to my other reviews for my impressions on the rest of the series.

PREVIOUS REVIEWS: Only the Finger Knows // The Ring Finger Falls Silent

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Bukiyou na Silent

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Author: Takanaga Hinako
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Until HE comes back, I still can’t listen or write drama CD reviews 😦 However, I can at least do manga reviews and the one I pick is one of the manga I LIKE THE BEST!

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Yabai Kimochi (Desire)

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Foreword by Nanya: This manga was originally titled Yabai Kimochi (in Japanese) but the English licensed version is Desire. I don’t think the title is very appropriate because the word "desire" is neutral and does not convey the "dangerous feeling" as in the Japanese title 💡 (end of foreword). Anyway, you can purchase the English version HERE and the original version HERE.


"Love without sex… or sex without love" Toru is a generally drawn back and shy student who harbors a secret crush on his best friend, Ryoji. While Toru hides his feelings and tries to treat Ryoji as simply a ‘friend’, Ryoji makes a comment one day that will change Toru’s life. Where it seems Toru is attracted to his friend, it might also be the same for Ryoji who can’t seem to keep Toru out of his head when he’s making love to women. Poor Toru’s world gets thrown for a whirl when Ryoji suggests sleeping together to hopefully cure his ‘confused’ lust. How long can Toru keep his true feelings at bay, and will he really let Ryoji have his way?
When the first volume starts, Ryoji’s first words are "I wonder why when I look at you I get turned on." This startles Toru enough that he drops the rice he’s eating for lunch and kind of stares for a minute. He manages to rise a bit of courage to ask why, while his brain is fussing over whether Ryoji might know that he has a crush on him or not. We see a few flash back of how things were before Toru fell for his friend and you also learn why. "I became attracted to his positive attitude" Toru feigns indifference, asking how he should know why Ryoji feels that way and Ryoji passes the situation off as nothing, which appears to be out of character for him.


You quickly meet Tadashi, another close friend of Ryoji and Toru’s who appears while they are eating lunch and begins bickering with Ryoji over school work and teachers. He also errantly introduces Kashiwazaki, a fellow art student of Toru’s. Ryoji is soon cornered by a woman who wants to date him and Tadashi pulls Toru away to ask him if Ryoji has mentioned his ‘problem’ yet. He give’s Toru a word of warning about not taking it serious as he didn’t want to see his friend hurt. When Ryoji returns he mentions that he agreed to date the woman, in which Toru ducks out politely and runs off to the art room. Obviously upset about the news he debates what it would be like to have breasts, making Kashiwazaki, who happens to be in the room, worry about him.They talk about an assignment and go home.


A new day starts (I’m unsure if it’s the day after or some time after, they don’t specify) and everyone is complaining about Ryoji’s new girlfriend and her intimidating nature. Ryoji once again mentions to Toru that he becomes aroused by him, asking if he had thought about it after he’d mentioned it to Toru the first time. Toru gets really flustered and shouts that he had been totally over it, trying very hard not to let his secret out about loving the other male. Toru and Tadashi talk again, and Tadashi explains to Toru that it’s a pretty natural thing for one male to think about another in such a situation his interpretation of it all is "Amoung guys who belong to sports clubs, I hear it happens quite often…giving hand jobs to each other…" Toru ends up being called out of art class later by Ryoji who proposes that they sleep with each other to "…see if I can satisfy myself with you…"


Of course after some hysterics, Toru agrees as long as Ryoji promises to stop if he says so. After school we lead into our first sex scene, yum. The action starts out in the shower, Ryoji helping Toru release some ‘energy’ before their real session. I find Toru rather cute in this shower scene because he gets rather flustered and angry when it doesn’t take very long for Ryoji to get him off. They move on to the bed where Ryoji gets in his first kiss, it’s an adorable scene because the smile on Ryoji’s face reminds me of some sort of overly satisfied animal, maybe a bear? Now, although Toru shouts several times for Ryoki to stop he never does, pretty much breaking the deal they made. Ryoji only makes the situation worse when he comments that "It was different from what I thought" Toru’s brain clicks that Ryoji must be disappointed and goes home.


The next day, Ryoji acts rather as if nothing happened, Toru seeming to have a lot of trouble forgetting. He settles on trying to make things ‘normal’ again, though he tends to get rather tense around Ryoji. Ryoji asks Toru if he wants to stop by his house to pick up a cd, seeming to be rather insistent on getting Toru to come over. When they make it to the house Ryoji ends up pinning Toru to the bed and Toru becomes a little hysterical as Ryoji advances on him, crying out about how Ryoji had been disappointed. Ryoji destroys that lie with his next line "It was better than I thought, it was beyond my expectations" Toru questions why he spent so much time crying over something his mind had made up and tries once more to get away from Ryoji. Toru and Ryoji end up having sex again, confusing poor Toru even more than he already was.


Toru contemplates over why he can’t seem to stop loveing Ryoji despite the pain he’s caused him. Kashiwazaki enters the art room where Toru has ended up, questioning his classmates lack of appetite. They once more talk about the class project that’s due before being interrupted by Ryoji, who appears a little jealous of the two. Toru’s inner monologue runs on about he is just the ‘in toy’ for Ryoji and eventually he’ll be abandoned. By this point Tadashi has noticed the change in Toru, easily guessing what the problem could be. It’s thrown out in the open that Tadashi is very aware of Toru’s feelings for Ryoji and how it’s wrong that Ryoji is simply using Toru for physical pleasure. Toru once more runs off, worried that he might end up losing two friends because of what he’s allowed to happen.


Toru meets up with Kashiwazaki who asks about his problems. After assuring Toru he could at least be a good listener, Toru tells him about having sex with his friend and how he has feelings for the man but it isn’t reciprocated. Kashiwazaki suggests Toru date him as a sort of ruse to keep Ryoji from using him. Toru is persuaded into agreeing and pretends to see Kashiwazaki, managing to break things off with Ryoji who was rather reluctant. Tadashi shows up at Ryoji’s door, asking Ryoji how he could be so horrible as to treat his friend that way. Ryoji tells him that he won’t sleep with Toru anymore becomes Toru seems to be very much in love, Ryoji of course believing it’s with Kashiwazaki. Tadashi becomes confused when he hears this from Ryoji, sure he had been right when he pegged Ryoji as Toru’s love interest.


It ends up being found out by Toru that Kashiwazaki is not just pretending when Kashiwazaki kisses him during a flase date. Toru refuses to continue with the charade because he doesn’t want Kashiwazaki to feel the way he does, but while he’s riding the train home he decides to get off at Ryoji’s stop. They happen to run into each other and once thing lead to another, where they end up having sex again. They seem to admit afterward, that things are no good and the next scene we see is Toru working on his painting for class. What he paints, Kashiwazaki explains, is his thoughts, his ‘flame’ "I am a deviant" Toru now asks Ryoji to come see his painting, which seems to have won an award. He explains to Ryoji that it is him in which Ryoji asks about why the painting is called Desire. Toru tells him that it is how he feels for him, and finally confesses to his long-lived crush; his way of getting over it all so that he can have closure and move on. Ryouji admits that at the beginning everything had been out of curiosity but after a while Toru had become something special to him. "You know I only get aroused by you" In which Toru replies "I thought I was the only devious one".

 

Netsujou (Passion)

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This review is written by Jackal.

A girl of little moral values, my main goal in life is to do things… and do them well. :3 With a vast range of interests in otakudom I enjoy drawing, cosplay, and reading manga. While I love anime, I find that manga is more appealing and in depth. I especially love BL manga or Y-manga…. by telling you my favorite convention other than the one I help run (AniZona) is Yaoi-con you can probably guess the nature of most of my work and fandom. I’m a member of too many things with no time to visit them all but if you care to pop over at visit me or my work please do! Here’s my official website

The original title of this manga was Netsujou but it is available in English under the title "Passion" and distributed by Digital Manga Publishing since October 2004. English version 2 volumes, japanese version 3 volumes. You can get the English version HERE.


Meet Hikaru, a second year highschool student who is in love with Shima, a teacher at his school. Shima seems to not be affected in the least by his students admiration and carnal desires, he even coaxes the boy into studying harder to spend time with him. When Shima decides to ‘play date’ with Hikaru, which one of them will take it a little too far? They only have till Graduation to play out this little charade, can Hikaru make Shima love him in time?
At the beginning of the first volume, we see Shima lying on the floor and Hikaru has taken him. The poor boy doesn’t get a break, from the beginning Shima rather tells him off, stating "Maybe you love me, but remember I don’t" Poor Hikaru, what’s a boy in love to do? Stalk his interest of course! Though Hikaru doesn’t go as far as to sniff his love’s laundry or steal his garbage, Hikaru finds himself constantly watching Mr. Shima and even biking by his apartment everyday to see him. With Shima telling him to repent for his crimes Hikaru is unsure what to do to prove to his teacher that he loves truly loves him.


While Hikaru tries very hard to forget Mr. Shima he ends up finding himself at his teacher’s door all the same where he runs into Mr. Amamiya, a red hot flame from Shima’s past and also a fellow teacher at his school! With all the rumors wandering around school about these two teacher’s possibly doing the double-sided tango Hikaru finds it in his best interest to determine if the gossip is fact or fiction. To his relief the tales turn out to be untrue, or at least only one-sided and Hikaru seems to have a bit of a chance again. After Amamiya leaves we get our second sex scene, a wonderful and consensual piece that had me begging for more.


During this same scene we see the duo’s bet come into the open and Shima agrees to ‘play date’ Hikaru until the end of graduation. Well now, isn’t Hikaru the happiest little puppy in the world now? The feeling doesn’t last long though as many things arise to split this delectable pair up, Amamiya the biggest worry. Hikaru better watch out! Amamiya had Shima once and now he wants him again, what a tantalizing love triangle! While Amamiya is pulling the moves on Shima in the middle of hallways, Hikaru is studying his heart out as a promise to Shima to not let their hidden relationship get in the way of his schooling.


One of my favorite scenes in the first volume is the cellphone scene. Hikaru is being the good little puppy he is and studying, when Shima comes out of nowhere and kidnaps Hikaru’s phone after commending his student for his hard work. While Hikaru argues over no use of phones in the library, Shima taps in his number and leaves. What a surprise to Hikaru when he picks his phone up and calls Shima without even thinking. Their conversation is simple but cute one of the best line’s being Hikaru’s "So you’re saying I can call you everyday, or several times a day?" to which Shima simply chuckles.


Though there are no more sex scenes within the first volume, there is a lot of flashbacks about the relationship between Amamiya and Shima as well as one particularly steamy kiss and grope between the two. The last bits of the first volume are a lot of Shima and Hikaru fluff. At the end of this volume I find Shima as a little confused and unsure, as if the relationship between himself and Hikaru is something he has been longing for but is unable to understand it fully so he treats Hikaru a little cruelly for this. There are two particular scenes that give me this impression.


The first is after Amamiya has advanced on Shima in a drunken stupor Shima calls Hikaru to visit him, saying he only has thirty minutes to spare. When Hikaru arrives he is covered in sweat and panting as he’d biked as fast as he could. Shima shows a look of surprise before smiling and leaning against the other, mentioning with a bit of dismay that although Hikaru had been racing to get there, he smelt of soap.  The second scene Shima is watching Hikaru from a window as the younger male talks to his friends. Shima notices a woman being awfully familiar and he calls Hikaru to ask what he’s doing. Giving Hikaru the impression something is wrong, he asks Shima where he’s at and the teacher replies ‘on the roof’. Well, as there were many, Hikaru climbed to the top of everyone and when he reached the last building he happened to find Shima who was playing a game. Having been very worried Hikaru raises his voice a bit and confronts Shima on not being specific before holding and kissing him. Shima makes a comment about Hikaru smelling and the boy apologizes… to which Shima corrects that he didn’t mind, that it was his smell. The chapter ends with the two kissing on the roof. After which you get one last tidbit, a scene with the odd love triangle, before the volume closes.

 

 

Kurashina sensei no Junan

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The full name of this manga is really long, Shiritsu Shouei Gakuen Danshi Koutoubu Kurashina Sensei no Junan (Shouei Private Boy’s School – High School section, the sufferings of Kurashina sensei) and so I’ll abbreviate this as Kurashina sensei no Junan in the rest of the review ^_^;;. This manga is currently serialized in Be x Boy, and is still ongoing. The story began with Kurashina Reiji (24) returning to his old high school to start his teaching career! He brought with him his favorite cat – Matsumoto san. However, just when they arrived in the campus, Matsumoto san escaped and was caught by a very tall student Asano Takeshi. Owing to the long journey, Matsumoto san was a bit sick and she vomitted onto Asano *O*! What a terrible way for Kurashina to begin his teaching career. Worse was the fact that it did not take long for Kurashina to realize he was set up by the principal ^_^;; and found himself in a position where he unwillingly became the advisor for the executive committee! The story then revolved around the funny incidents between Kura and the rest of the members of the committee. The rest of the sub stories include:

 

(1) The visit of Akiyama’s younger brother: In this story, Akiyama’s brother was asked to draw a picture of his family. Instead of drawing himself with his dad and mom, he drew himself with Takeshi and his older brother. His classmates laughed at him and so he went crying and looking for his brother. However, he could not find Akiyama so he was taken care by Kurashina sensei for the meantime but turned out the two got trapped 🙄

(2) The first year student field trip: Student in the first year usually has a field trip and since Dai-chan and Haruka are members of the executive committee, they are responsible for coordinating the trip and Kurashina sensei is there to ensure their safety. However, things didn’t go well for the cute little ones and worse, heavy rain meant the two got lost from the rest of the party. It’s there when Kurashina sensei went to their rescue.

(3) Dating at the pet shop: Kurashina sensei went shopping for books and met Takeshi by chance. Knowing Takeshi was free, he said "僕ã?¨ä»˜ã??å?ˆã?„ ❗ " … of course, that was just helping him to carry the books :P. The two then passed by a petshop and they saw the cute little puppy and played with them. They even made a promise to go to the next animal show together. Akiyama was upset Takeshi went dating with Kurashina sensei behind his back 🙂

(4) The new uniform matsuri ^0^. My personal recommendation is this story! It’s really funny! Shouei wanted to decide on a new set of uniform but they did not know how. So, the student council suggested hosting a uniform festival for students to choose and the models would be the members of the executive committee. During the show, Sakimoto and Minorikawa sensei plotted to make Kurashina wear the old Shouei uniform :P. It’s really funny. As for the characters, please see my critique below for each character!