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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Shiny Star - Yaoi Review #nanami #bookreview #yaoi #adult

Shiny Star, story and art by Nanami, is about the adult film industry. Hikaru is the top porn star and he has a contract that states he will only play the “top”. Masaya is a twenty-three year old university student who is straight, but decides after watching Hikaru perform in an intimate video, he wants to work with the adult entertainer, but also make Hikaru his. Regardless of what his manager says, Hikaru refuses to do a film with a smartass newcomer, especially when Masaya wants to top.

I read seven chapters in this series and it still isn’t complete. The two men make a bet because both refuse to bottom and then they start hanging out together, perhaps to test the waters, so-to-speak. But nothing major happens between them other than Masaya tries to kiss Hikaru and confess some type of feelings; explain what he wants. And, or course, their egos get in the way. What direction the story will go from the last page I read, is anyone’s guess, although I’m positive these men will wind up in a steamy relationship. And there is a brief appearance from Yamashita and Asaoka from Porno Superstar, which is comical.

As with the spin-off Porno Super, this yaoi has in-depth dialogue that makes me think Hikaru is trying to leave behind a tumultuous past, and Masaya is hiding something, but I can’t put my finger on it. It’s obvious he harbours some feelings for Hikaru, I just can’t tell if they’re genuine or not. Hikaru is a bit of a flake when it comes to certain things like taking directions (getting around the city), but he’s also very guarded, and for a adult entertainer that’s a naïve attitude, considering everything about him is in the public eye. I’m not sure who tickles my fancy more. Hikaru is endearing with his tough outer shell and soft inner flaws, while Masaya seems like he might be the strong silent type. 
This yaoi is labelled as a romance and it definitely has that kind of feel to it, more so than the spin-off. But Yamashita and Asaoka have an entirely different relationship, which began strictly by a misunderstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed every page, I just wish there was more. 5 Stars!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tease to Please! #extraordinary #mustread #sexy #adultfiction

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hidoku Shinaide versus Kawaii Akuma #bookreview #yaoi #manga #fiction

Nekota Yonezou’s Hidoku Shinaide/Treat Me Gently is eerie similar to Madarame Hiro’s Kawaii Akuma/Cute Demon, both authors used the same trope, one which is quite prevalent in yaoi: boy wants boy and rapes him because he doesn’t have the balls to say it or act in a respectable manner, and after months of sexual assault, the victim eventually falls in love with his attacker….
Okay, folks, I’m not into BDSM or anything even remotely sexually abusive, and I don’t really care what two consenting adults do in private, but rape is rape. Period. And rape does not constitute love. Sorry, but all the sickos out there who think they can just force someone to their will because they’ve got it in their mind it’s “okay”, nah-ah, it don’t work that way.
This is one yaoi trope I cannot stand, and I’ve read so much of it, I want to hurl. I think I’ve only come across one possibly two yaoi where the victim actually fought back and the perpetrator got what he deserved. In real life the victim does not ride off into the sunset with his abuser. *kisses and hugs* ‘Oh I love you!’ And that’s why I have a hard time swallowing these type of stories, even though there have been some truly bizarre real life cases, where the victim (usually a child) refused to escape even when an opportunity presented itself.

Anyway, that’s where these yaoi begin, but thank God it’s also where the similarities end.
With Madarame Hiro’s Kawaii Akuma, I was disgusted from the first page to the last. Aside from questionable artistry, the attacker/seme Naruse Fuuta is an arrogant, rich, spoilt, borderline mentally deranged and an extremely abusive asshole with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He’s cute in the beginning with his big puppy eyes and sweet façade, but turn your back and wham! Seriously, the character is despicable. Just when I thought I’d read about every badass seme out there, this one takes the cake. At least Ayano Yamane’s Asami Ryuichi has half a heart, and Claus in Maiden Rose realizes he’s a rotten bastard in the end and tries to repent. A bit of an exaggeration, but you get the drift. Naruse confesses to a cute boy in school, Akiyoshi Tooru, who refuses his advances, then he goes berserk. He literally repeatedly assaults Akiyoshi physically, mentally and emotionally for months. Goes on summer break, returns, and is twice as big, stronger and more of prick than before. And Akiyoshi is the worst uke, a spineless wimp. I get it, he’s scared, hell I would be too in his position, but then he falls for Naruse…? In some demented way, these two guys deserve one another.
This yaoi is just so over the top, I can scarcely decide on an appropriate rating. It’s difficult to find any good qualities when the bad looms like a massive storm cloud. So, I give it two stars, for the fact that Madarame Hiro had the guts to push an old trope to its limit.

Treat Me Gently by Nekota Yonezou starts virtually the same. Maya sees Nemugasa cheat on a test, something he’s never done before, and in exchange for keeping the secret, he tells Nemugasa to take off his pants (blackmail on top of assault). Maya does take advantage of the situation, forcing Nemugasa to have sex with him. But here’s the difference, Nemugasa isn’t such a pushover and Maya’s bullying isn’t near as horrific as Naruse. Most of the sexual interaction happens outside of school, in private. Another point I found intriguing was how Maya used lubricant; rapists don’t generally give a shit whether they inflict pain.
Maya does truly care about Nemugasa even though he picked a horrible way to show it. Once they get over the bullshit misunderstandings, Maya becomes a doting seme, and he does eventually apologize. It takes Nemugasa a long time to forgive him, but in the end they wind up in a long-term faithful relationship that spans into college. Treat Me Gently was touching in parts and I got a real sense these two young men cared about one another deeply.
This yaoi certainly had its flaws, and I didn’t care for the nonconsensual sex, but at least the plot development went well beyond abuse and control quickly; Maya and Nemugasa evolved. So, I give this one four stars. Now, I’m going to wash my eyes out and read something completely different. :P
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Inside God's Arms #bookreview #yaoi #nekotayonezou #gay

Inside God’s Arms, story and art by Nekota Yonezou, is also titled In the God’s Arms, plus a few other translations, is the story about Renold and Roger, two young men in an all boy’s Catholic school.

Renold has just had to take in a new roommate in his dormitory: Roger Brouwer, the school Casanova and well known to be a prostitute. While Renold is initially quite put-out at the prospect of having to not only room with the guy but also leave his own dorm while Roger services his clients, the two eventually strike up a friendship and grow close. But unfortunately, as he grows closer with Roger, who notoriously dumps his clients when they start to show feelings for him beyond simple business, Renold realizes he has feelings for Roger that exceed those of mere friendship.

The plot has a simple enough outline: two young men meet due to an unforeseen circumstance and strike up a friendship, which leads to substantially more. Of course, during the process the truth comes out about Roger’s past, they fall for one another, and Renold becomes a strong nurturing lover. But this yaoi also has a dark and disturbing side. Soon as I started reading I could sense the story was heading in a not-so-nice direction. I’m not into reading gratuitous sex or sexual violence: rape does not equate love. But I do accept certain elements if they’re a necessary part of the story. Without giving spoilers: thanks to a certain incident in Roger’s past, his new boyfriend Renold is assaulted, and in order to stop the blackmail and violence, Roger puts his own life in jeopardy.
With this particular yaoi, I don’t know if I can really label either character as a definite uke or seme. Renold has the heart of a seme—that bold fighter personality, but winds up on the bottom. Where Roger, who is bigger and should be the attacker, doesn’t even come close to being aggressive enough, although he defends Renold right to the end.

I really love Nekota Yonezou’s work. She’s a superb mangaka with a style all her own and an ability to weave interesting stories, and her character development is almost perfect. So over all I enjoyed Inside God’s Arms, but for those who upset easily, you may find a few parts disturbing. Near as I can tell this is an on-going series and there are other side-stories. Five stars!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne