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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Porno Superstar - Yaoi Review #yaoi #book review #manga #nanami

Porno Superstar by artist and author Nanami was originally released in 2000. This mangaka also wrote a spin-off titled Shiny Star, which is an ongoing series, as well as Kiken na Otonarisan and others, including various co-creations.
Now, I’m not going to lie and say “Hey this yaoi is hilariously fabulous!”, far from it. Although well-written with deliciously attractive characters, Porno Superstar will make you cringe, cheer and cry, and almost all at the same time. Yamashita is a 26-year-old gay virgin and it’s his internal dialogue—how he views himself and his personal history—that really sends the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride. I couldn’t help but feel for him as he slowly dragged me deeper and deeper into the depths of his despair. Lonely and introverted and desperate for affection, Yamashita isn’t your typical uke. He’s unique in the fact he’s quite intelligent, but he just happens to make a bad judgment call because he’s star struck (well he views it that way in the beginning).

The other main character Asaoka is the 23-year-old son of the vice president of the company where Yamashita works. And I know if you read this yaoi you will want to pummel this guy for his, and there’s no other way to say it, shitty and deplorable attitude. But, don’t write him off immediately. Even though he’s the complete opposite of Yamashita, aggressive and a bully, and he can never seem to find the right words, he also becomes the answer to Yamashita’s prayers. Asaoka has his own private issues to deal with and near the end he shows a truly wonderful romantic side.


I won’t bother with a synopsis because this yaoi takes off from the very first page, but what I will recommend is really take the time to read Yamashita’s thoughts. I don’t know any personal history about the mangaka artist, but this plot was one of the most tragically realistic I’ve read in a long time. Yamashita’s fears literally tugged on the old heartstrings. As for the art, it was quite beautiful. If you like this yaoi the spin-off Shiny Star is a must read; another manga I will review in the near future. Five stars for Porno Superstar!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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