Category Archives: BOOKS

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Author: Rio Kanagi  / Illustrator: Kugo / Format: BLCD
H-level: 1 /5 / Plot: 3 /5 / Artwork: 4/5 / Characterization: 4/5 / Overall: 4/6


Yesterday I was disappointed by the drama Chocolate no you ni, but this drama totally cured me! The story is not particularly fantastic but the pacing, acting, characterization are so well balanced that once you start listening, you simply can’t stop!!

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Kono ai wo kurae!

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Chocolate no you ni

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Author: Hichiwa Yuka
Illustrator: Kane Hikaru
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Betrayed by Hichiwa sensei! ?? Apparently the uke is not the poisonous uke I expected!! Harsh review ahead so please be careful!

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Kofuku no Susume Series

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Author: Himawari Souya
Format: Manga
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Recently, I have been thrown into Himawari Souya’s world and have literally gone through all her works (aside from the hard-core shouta ones). I already introduced the Iromachi series earlier and this time, I shall introduce a completely different series: Otonari & Hiraga brothers series. It’s a series with three books: Koufuku no Susume, Kimi no Ondo, & Aruku Omoi. These three books feature two couples: Otonari Makoto and Hiraga Yukiharu as well as Otonari Minori and Hiraga Mizumo. Since I like Minori and Mizumo much more, I shall focus my review on this couple instead.

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Handwhich

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Author: Suzuki Tsuta
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This is the debut work of Suzuki Tsuta and actually earned quite a good wave of reviews among Japanese fans. I personally like her simple and minimalistic artwork (without the elegance of many mainstream BL artists) and she’s definitely on my “to-watch-out” mangaka list. There are altogether 5 stories:

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Ookikufuri kabutte

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Author: Higuchi Asa
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My Christmas review (though a bit late) is dedicated to a non-BL, baseball manga which has just claimed the 2006 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award. I’m usually not into sports manga because most of the time, they just focus on techniques and competition and before long, they enter the endless loop that lead to nowhere but boredom. Ookikufuri Kabutte (abb. as Oofuri) is different because its focus is not on techniques so much as the psychological conditions within the players and also between the players.

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Cold Sleep, Light, & Fever

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Author: Konohara Narise
Illustrator: Saikawa Nanao
Format: Novel
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Usually I review book by book but since the Cold Series is actually one big story split into three parts, I decide to review all three books together. Since Digital Manga Publishing released an English version for Cold Sleep, I will not go into details for Sleep and concentrate more on Light & Fever. As usual, my summary is filled with SPOILERS so if you decide to wait for DMP to publish the rest of the series, then please do not read any further.

Please note that aside from the main story, there is also a side story with Kurokawa and Taniguchi. There are several parts to that story (Boku no suki na hito – recorded in Sleep, New Year Snow Light in Light, and an extra doujinshi titled “COLD…”. I won’t review that couple because they’re not related to this main plot (they’re interlinked because of the advertisement “Love & Hate” in Fever.

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