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The idea stems from North American and European stories, originally meant to be parodies of science fiction/fantasy works depicting male wolves in love: the alpha, beta and omega. But the Japanese manga authors’ have taken the “omegaverse” to a whole new level. I get it, but I can’t say that it’s my favourite in the world of yaoi. Most of the time in this subgenre the uke, generally an omega, is raped by either one or multiple alpha-males that lose their minds when he goes into heat, releasing sweet smelling pheromones. Of course, the aim is to get him pregnant whether he’s in agreement or not. I find the “I’m wholly submissive to my partner no matter what he does to me” along with the animalistic undertones in this type of story less than appealing. The alpha will bite the omega’s nape to claim as his mate, and then the omega can’t engage in enjoyable sex with anyone else, and in some cases, never again. And if the alpha turns his attention elsewhere, the omega is emotionally and physically hung out to dry. Not to mention his family, friends and society will in most scenarios shun him for his uncontrollable heat and lack of physical prowess. In this world of layered socially acceptable abuse the betas are more or less segregated for being nothing special (normal). Sexual dominance is the name of the game, and shaming your partner seems to be the only logical means of achieving that goal.
Anyway, you get the picture. The omegaverse does nothing but promote the unhealthy treatment of the weaker sexes. Now, having said that there are exceptions to this rule. Meaning, there are a number of really funny, sexy, sweet stories as well. I’ve chosen only few of what I’d call good stories. Of course there are more, but I’ve decided to save those for another post!
1. Sayonara Alpha by Ichinashi Kimi is labelled as a shotacon yaoi. However, it turns out this story is anything but. Chika lives as an alpha for self-preservation until he saves elementary school boy Haruka, and discovers Haruka is his fated partner. This story is good, both characters are endearing, and the best part is Chika is a decent enough to wait until Haruka is grown before engaging in a romantic relationship. Actually, he has the patience of a saint. Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.
2. Abarenbo Honey by mangaka Kevin Tobidase is a 2015 high school yaoi that first tells the story about Kuma, a tough teddy bear loving omega, who falls for yakuza alpha Hachi. Kuma is a bit flakey, but he’s crazy about Hachi, who actually has a big heart. The second story is about a long-standing unrequited love between Suzume and Mitsurou (Hachi’s guard dog). Both stories have their funny and adorable moments, and each character grows as the story progresses. And by the end you've got a cast of mature, capable men who have captured the reader's heart.
3. Haikyu!! Dj – Red Road, Gold Sun is a doujinshi (self-published/slash fiction) manga by Takamachi and Zenra. This short story about Haikyu characters Bokuto and Kuroo is a very sweet story that deserves a sequel. Kuroo is betrothed to a prince, but along the way he unexpectedly meets the prince’s younger brother Bokuto, who knows that they are fated to be together. The artistry is pretty and the story is worth reading. Red Road, Gold Sun is a HEA romance; no explicit sex.
4. Totsugimasen Kara! By Sunako is all about finding Jin Tenmei, the wealthy young master, a wife. And the least expected of the spouse hopefuls, Itsuki, manages to catch Jin’s eye. This manga is ongoing. The characters very likeable and their relationship growth fun to follow. I can't wait to see what happens in the upcoming chapters.
Happy Yaoi Hunting!