Makoto Tateno – DokiDoki – 2010 – 2 volumes
I covered this volume over at the weekly Manga Minis column at Manga Recon, so check it out over there.
I’m developing a Yoshinaga-like crush on Makoto Tateno. Happy Boys is the least of the series I’ve read by her, but for a manga adaptation of a really cheesy live action show, it’s still pretty good, and I wound up enjoying both volumes. I’ve also read Yellow and Angelic Runes. She has no less than 500 volumes available in English, so I think I’m going to start sampling a few others.
Makoto Tateno – DokiDoki – 2009 – 1+ volumes
I reviewed this for Manga Recon, so you can check it out over there.
While Happy Boys is certainly a stupid title for a series, and I fear bad BL books like the plague (most of the truly negative reviews I’ve written have gone to BL books that have deserved it), this one wasn’t bad. I liked it, even though it was sort of light and insubstantial. It’s a slice-of-life volume with nice stories, though I didn’t get into the characters as much as I would have liked.
Also, it’s not even close to being BL, though the entire thing reads like it really should be. Seriously. I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and for one guy to get into someone else’s pants the entire time, and it just never happened. Bravo, Happy Boys.