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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Understand My Love #bookreview #gay #yaoi #sliceoflife

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I’ve read countless books, and when it comes to mangas, I’m certain it’s in the hundreds. What I find so fascinating with mangas and comics, in general, is how they’ve evolved throughout the years within regards to the art. There are some fantastic artists, and they’ve created some memorable characters. And some stories have stuck with me either because of a particular scene or character. I may not remember the author’s name or the title of the book, but the part that sticks is never forgotten.
Boku No Ai O Shire or Understand My Love, art and story by Narazaki Souta, is a feel-good read. Chapters one to three recount college student Takuma’s story; how he meets Akio, a stranger who pays off his loan shark. Akio is the owner of a host club, and Takuma goes to work for him to pay back his debt. Of course, Akio has an ulterior motive, but that doesn’t make him a bad guy. He treats Takuma very well and is a hundred percent supportive.
There are two other stories that follow: one about a pair of Akio’s top earning hosts, another about a wedding agency consultant, and the last is an extra about the first couples.
I’ll be honest the stories aren’t mind-blowing but instead predictable. The art is pretty nice, and the characters are likable. But what makes this yaoi memorable is Akio’s nonchalant attitude when he confesses to Takuma. Akio is one of the most confident, polite and laid-back semes I’ve seen. They’re together talking, and he just comes out with it. The confession is so off-the-cuff I actually laughed because I thought: This guy has to be joking. But he isn’t, and it reminded me of someone I know, someone who can be just as laid-back and straightforward. Me. Yes, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve actually talked to people like that; in the middle of a conversation I throw a curveball, and they cringe, cry or blush. Of course, I’m not near as tactless as I used to be in my youth. I’ve learnt to curb my tongue. I blame it all on astrology since I’m a Virgo. :P Well, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

If you get a chance, and you want to read a yaoi that doesn’t involve rape, incest, raunchy over-the-top BDSM, vicious bullying, the yakuza or a hormonal teenage boy chasing his teacher and any other idiosyncrasy related to the genre Understand My Love is for you. 4 Stars!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne

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