Tyrant Falls in Love 3
August 7, 2011
Hinako Takanaga – June – 2011 – 8 volumes
After having a stormy conscience over enjoying this series despite the non-con in the first volume, reading Ze 3 put things in perspective for me. That book made me feel truly bad for reading it, whereas here, especially after reading Challengers, there’s definitely an emotional attachment between the characters. Still, that doesn’t excuse it, but… reading a real rape scene is much different.
Anyway! Volume three only made me like this series more. Morinaga goes away through the first half, and Isogai puts in an appearance. Isogai was my second-favorite character from Challengers, and very capable when it comes to judging people. Isogai sees something he shouldn’t have between Souichi and Morinaga (PDA that made even me blush), and with a leer, he decides to use it against Souichi. His blackmail is exquisite. He also gets as much mileage as possible out of it. I laughed all the way through the first half of the book.
Morinaga misunderstands the blackmail (given the way he was “blackmailing” Souichi for the first couple volumes), and after making a big public scene, Souichi angrily reassures him that the only person he wouldn’t beat to death for doing that is Morinaga. Because he hates gays. Morinaga is the exception.
Souichi’s emotional moments are a thing of angry, completely affectionless beauty. They are what they are, though, and it makes Morinaga happy.
Seriously. Every volume of this series is hilarious, romantic in just the right ways, and makes me like both Morinaga and Souichi more and more despite the terrible qualities they both possess. I don’t know how it manages to be so utterly charming and addictive every time, but it’s great stuff.
One of the biggest kicks I get out of this series are the facial expressions on the characters. This is definitely a change from Challengers, where Tomoe basically has one face he makes at all times. Souichi actually only has a few facial expressions, but I love how they suit his character in every situation. Basically, he always looks angry, pissed, or nonplussed, and occasionally surprised. He even manages to scowl all the way through sex, which is a source of amusement to me. Similarly, Morinaga has a couple unusual facial expressions in his repertoire, particularly when Souichi finally does something that makes him angry. His face hovers somewhere between amused and horribly depressed at these points, and usually he’s doing something terrible while making this face.
Another one of the finer points I happened to notice while reading this volume is that… Souichi doesn’t use an honorific with Morinaga’s name. Ever. This is highly unusual, since even the most devoted lovers in BL books usually still call each other by their last names along with the super-polite “-san.” I thought this was a show of closeness on Souichi’s part, but I notice he does this a lot, actually. Kurokawa, from Challengers, is also never addressed with an honorific. Neither is Isogai in this volume. And I don’t think he often uses honorifics with his siblings either, both of whom call him “nii-san.” I don’t think these honorifics are lost in translation, since all the other characters use them all the time. I’m inclined to believe he feels close to Morinaga and his siblings, but I’m baffled about Kurokawa and Isogai. Is he doing it to be rude? Does he just not use them? Is he the only Japanese person ever that finds these honorifics bothersome, for some reason? I notice he occasionally uses them to address other students at the university, but that’s been, like… one time. Maybe he just doesn’t bother for people he needs to be himself in front of?
Anyway. I’m happy I read the volumes when I did, because now I don’t have long to wait for volume four. Again, I’m troubled by its beginnings, but this is probably one of the best romance comics I’ve ever read.