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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Yeah It's Twisted - Doronuma #bookreview #manga #adult #mustread

I understand the basic steps of manga publishing, which is similar to the process here, but when it comes to moral scruples, I haven't a clue how the Japan publishers think. It seems to me that they are pretty lax when it comes to allowable content. Certain scenarios that European and Asian cultures seem willing to accept are miles from what Western culture deems permissible. But, having said that there is a huge difference between drawn images and actual photographs, where someone is obviously forced to do something against his or her will. But I still wonder... WTF? I've added an example of a "WTF" below. 

For Example:

**Wikipedia: Shotacon (ショタコン shotakon), short for Shōtarō complex (正太郎コンプレックス shōtarō konpurekkusu), is Japanese slang describing an attraction to young boys and is shota in manga. It refers to a genre of manga and anime wherein pre-pubescent or pubescent male characters are depicted in a suggestive or erotic manner, whether in the obvious role of object of attraction, or the less apparent role of "subject" (the character the reader is designed to associate with), as in a story where the young male character is paired with a male, usually in a homoerotic manner, or with a female, in which the general community would call straight shota.[nb 1] It can also apply to postpubescent (adolescent or adult) characters with youthful neotenic features that would make them appear to be younger than they are.[2] The phrase is a reference to the young male character Shōtarō (正太郎) from Tetsujin 28-go[3] (reworked in English as Gigantor). The equivalent term for attraction to (or art pertaining to the erotic portrayal of) young girls is lolicon.

Now, I don't want to get into who has the right to say what is permissible content and who doesn't or what is permissible content because that will just open up a can of worms I'm not willing to address. I admit I've written narratives in the past that some readers found disturbing. One story, in particular, elicited an emotional response. The readers felt for the protagonist. And I hate to say it, but that was exactly my intent. I wanted the readers to become "emotionally invested". I guess the question is: how far do you go to elicit a response?

I will read just about anything in any genre, but I do draw the line when it comes to anything perverse that involves children or rape unless it is essential to the plot and handled in an appropriate manner. I also understand at times there is a need for shock value, and it has its place. But I still say less is more and allowing the reader's imagination to run wild on its own can produce a stronger, more lasting emotional response. Plus, you don't upset the "censors".

Which brings me to my book review. Just as novels and comics are classified under a specific genre and sub-genres based on the story content, so are manga. The following manga is listed under yaoi with sub-genres of drama, mature and 18+.

Book Review:

Doronuma or Because I Love You by Tomochi

If you're interested in reading an upsetting and somewhat disturbing although realistic story, look no further. Mitsuru has been with Kouichi for five years, when he finds out, after a lengthy absence, Kouichi got married and lied about being away for work. And this is how the emotional turmoil begins. Mitsuru continues to have sex with Kouichi until he decides he's had enough; he's disillusioned and deeply hurt. But the boyfriend insists that the marriage is a sham, he still loves Mitsuru, and he refuses to break up with him. But Mitsuru hooks up with a bartender by the name of Shougo (who really does care about him), ignoring Kouichi's phone calls until Kouichi becomes a possessive stalker-type. 
After that the story takes a turn for the worse, breaking the reader's heart, as Mitsuru allows Kouichi to ruin his life. At first, I nearly threw the book out the window because I couldn't handle Mitsuru's his lack of confidence. I understood his feelings, but at the same time, it was so distressing. But, I hoped the situation would improve, and that drove me to continue reading. Finally, the pot of gold appeared at the end of the rainbow!!!! 
The main story in Doronuma is good, Mitsuru's internal dialogue keeps the flow, while Shougo made me smile. The second story is less emotionally taxing but also a decent read.

The reason I became so emotionally invested in this manga was Mitsuru's sweet and endearing nature and his internal dialogue. Even though he tried to be assertive, he lacked self-worth, and Kouichi knew it and refused to let him be with another man. But in the process, Kouichi became an abusive partner. It was so frustrating to see Mitsuru continually make bad choices even when he knew they were bad. And Kouichi was no better until he finally put a stop to their toxic relationship. When Kouichi made that decision, his character was somewhat salvaged, and Mitsuru was forced to face himself. The art is pretty and, of course, there are numerous sex scenes, but some are not pleasant.

Blak Rayne
'Taking erotic to a sinful new level.'

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