Say Please

July 22, 2009

Kano Miyamoto – Deux – 2008 – 1 volume

Reading Fake and all its teasing made me want to read an actual BL book, a feeling that I don’t often get despite the fact it may seem like I read them all the time.  Unfortunately, I’ve read all my good ones, so I’m left with this and Hybrid Child.  I went with this since I almost always like Deux books.  Alas, this joins Chocolate Surprise as one I did not like.

I genuinely did not like Chocolate Surprise, but this book’s problem was simply that I could not relate to either of the characters, which is very important with a romance story like this.  Sakura was silent, standoffish, and sort of a jerk, and I just could not take Ryoichi seriously.  The plot is a good one, aside from the fact that I hate it when stories involve high school teachers unnecessarily (though to be fair, he teaches at an all-girls school, and Ryoichi is 21, so it doesn’t involve my dreaded student-teacher relationship taboo).  But Ryoichi’s strange, freewheeling way of dealing with life in general and Sakura specifically, and Sakura’s inability to say anything at all encouraging to Ryoichi to give him the impression that he can stay or go left me seriously wanting in the romance department, though it helps that Ryoichi is prone to burst into tears when he gets fed up with Sakura.  Also not condusive to a romantic atmosphere: bending a dude over and raping him.  Unlike every other yaoi manga, Ryoichi had the good grace to be furious, but he doesn’t go so far as to walk away from the relationship.  I wish this happened less frequently in these books.

It wasn’t terrible… everything that happened made sense, and I actually did enjoy some of the interactions between Sakura and Ryoichi.  Sakura’s occasional show of emotion was kind of nice, and never over-done.  But it just wasn’t very good, either.  Oh well.  There are plenty of other fish in the BL sea.

4 Responses to “Say Please”


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  2. ZeroSD Says:

    -Unfortunately, I’ve read all my good ones,-

    What are the good ones? Most of them look so similar to me I have trouble telling if any are worthwhile.

  3. Connie Says:

    I can name a few, but I tend to like romantic stories about older men, so those are usually what I’m looking for when I read BL books.

    If you’re interested, you might start with Seduce Me After the Show and Red Blinds the Foolish, two books by est em featuring relationships between older men. Her art is minimalist, but she makes up for it with excellent composition. Her stories are kind of quiet and melodramatic, though maybe a bit boring if that’s not your thing.

    Future Lovers is a 2-volume series that’s actually more about two gay men living their lives than any other yaoi series. It actually does a really good job of explaining and taking into consideration all the problems the two men would have, something that most yaoi series ignore, though it does still have a character that wasn’t gay, but now is.

    I also like Let Dai. It’s one of my favorite series period, but it’s ridiculously dark and melodramatic and hard to get into. It’s about a pair of high school-aged boys and is a violent coming-of-age story, but it’s nice in that every violent action has a consequence, and it takes just about everything into consideration when writing about the two boys being a couple. It and Future Lovers are about the only series I can think of that have scenes where the characters come out to their families.

    I would also mention Fumi Yoshinaga, who writes a lot of really good stories both yaoi and non-yaoi. Her yaoi, while good, is hard to recommend because it leans more towards the fanservice-y side (ie two boys and/or men totally divorced from reality and just hooking up and having a fine time together, but not always sexually in her case). My favorite was Gerard & Jacques, but I hate to recommend that one since it starts with an underage rape scene. A better example of her style in general and her yaoi series in particular is probably Ichigenme The First Class is Civil Law, but it’s been a long time since I’ve read that one. Gerard & Jacques is set during the French Revolution and is a story about the relationship between an author and his servant, and Ichigenme is about two college-age men… I think, though one or both could be an instructor. Ichigenme, and her stories in general, are good because they tend to stop and smell the roses and look at life’s little problems rather than getting into huge fights or big points of drama about whether one person really loves the other or not.

  4. ZeroSD Says:

    -Future Lovers is a 2-volume series that’s actually more about two gay men living their lives than any other yaoi series. It actually does a really good job of explaining and taking into consideration all the problems the two men would have, something that most yaoi series ignore, though it does still have a character that wasn’t gay, but now is.-

    That sounds nice.


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