Kairi Shimotsuki – Blu – 2010 – 2 volumes
I reviewed this at the final Manga Minis column at Manga Recon, so you can check out the review over there.
It was bad. So, so bad. Anyone who’s interested probably knows my taste in BL by now (older men, modern settings, no incest, no older/younger, no non-con), and this isn’t even close. It’s also terrible. But perhaps it might appeal more to people who like action-oriented BL and extremely abusive, angry semes and whiny, girly ukes. Bah.
Kairi Shimotsuki – Blu – 2009 – 2 volumes
I reviewed this volume over at Manga Recon, so you can check out my thoughts over there.
I’ve got no love for Madness. I can usually find something to like about even the worst series, or things I don’t personally enjoy, but Madness was just boring, had awful characters, and wasn’t even a BL book like I thought it was. Or, it was, but it was a BL book with no romance, sex, or even chemistry between the main characters save for a scene towards the end.
It… uh, is super-long though (261 pages), and I’ve heard other people say they enjoyed it. But I really hated it, and I don’t say that often. It may just be because of the total lack of romance, though. Well, that and the whiny main character. Even bad BL books have romance, and that makes them at least tolerable reads. Madness was more action-oriented than it was romantic, so… maybe if you like action, and love figuring out confusing fight scenes.
edit: WHAT?! The author also wrote Sengoku Basara?! I couldn’t make heads or tails of the action scenes here, seriously, and I know Sengoku Basara is an action-heavy series. Maybe her art’s gotten better since this one?