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Sunday, September 13, 2015

What's Your Yaoi? List 16 to 20 #yaoi #gay #manga #mustread

What’s Your Yaoi?

Welcome to BRB, everyone! Here’s the next part of my list. Enjoy!

List 16 to 20

16. Love and Marriage:
If tight-knit drama is your thing there is an abundance of stories worth reading, but by far one of the best, and I mean very best, is Youka Nitta’s ongoing series Haru wo Deitiata. After all, Ms. Nitta is one of the grand masters when it comes to romantic drama. Iwaki and Katou’s relationship spans years and never fails to elicit a wide range of emotions from the reader. From the moment they first meet these two straight men are drawn to each other and no matter the trial or tribulation they face they can’t seem to let go. Gorgeous art with an in-depth plot, memorable characters and some of the most amazingly hot sex scenes are what give Haru wo Daiteita its uncompromising appeal.


17. I Love My Boss:
Here’s another trope I know every yaoi enthusiast has read at least once. Ren’ai Shinan or Love is Difficult/Love is Hard/Love is Impossible (take your pick of the English translations) is by another one of my favourite mangakas Takatsuki Noboru. The plot is simple: Hatano’s boss Honjou is kind of a messy, uncivilized, redneck looking fellow that creeps out the female staff, and he asks Hatano for help to change his appearance because he’s clueless as to what to do. His family wants him to find a nice wife. So, because Hatano likes Honjou and admires his ability as an advertisement designer, agrees to help with the makeover. Okay, like I said the plot is simple. But, what makes this story great is not just the beautiful art, but the personalities of the male leads. Honjou (seme) really is a genuine sweetheart, which is a rarity in yaoi, and because of the type of person he is, he can’t help but fall for his subordinate. And Hatano (uke), for all his ego-tripping, is also a pretty nice guy. This was totally a feel good read, and I loved it.

18. My Love Interest is Straight with a Kid:
Out of all the mangas I’ve read that use this subject matter, Only Serious About You or Sorenari ni Shinken Nadesu by Asou Kai, is one of only a handful that has a truly realistic plot. Nothing is straightforward for Yoshioka, a gay man and long-time customer, of a restaurant where Oosawa works as a cook. Oosawa is a father and divorcee who becomes the centre of Yoshioka’s world. Yoshioka doesn’t have a good reputation; he’s had his fair share of men, but wants a serious relationship with Oosawa. Unfortunately, in order to convince Oosawa of his feelings and that they’d be good together fate has to lend a hand. What made this yaoi touching was the dynamics between the men and Oosawa’s little girl Chizu. Get a box of tissues, you’re going to need it.

19. Bitchy Bottom:
I have a hard time with the whiny ukes, they grate on my nerves, and what’s even worse are bitchy bottoms that just don’t stop. The Tyrant Falls in Love isn’t really a favourite per se, but more of a perfect match that fits the title criteria and I can appreciate its merit. Takanaga Hinako’s on-going manga series Koisuru Boukun is popular, and her characters certainly memorable. Morinaga is in serious love with his homophobic, tyrannical sempai and he goes through hell and back to tame the beast.

20. Silly Seme:

Kyoko Aiba’s Haisha Nate Kirai da / I Hate the Dentist is beautifully illustrated, and funny, and it’s all thanks to the silly, love-sick seme Hara, who has a fetish for teeth. In this yaoi the roles, or more to the point, the characteristics of the uke and seme have been swapped. Which provides a new and refreshing read. The dentist Hara is somewhat idiotic, although sly, and Moriya, the uke, poses as a tough-talking straight shooter although he second guesses himself. How strange is it when a sexy seme develops a nosebleed while receiving a blowjob? Or he gets so over anxious he’s the one to cry and babble. Regardless of the twisted personality traits, I still can’t picture Moriya topping Hara. Hara is still the seme. 

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