August 7, 2011
Yuki Shimizu – 801 Media – 2009 – 11 volumes
See, it’s volumes like this that ease my conscience about things like The Tyrant Falls in Love. This volume, all the way through, is full of non-con. This is about as bad as it gets. There’s no romance. No affection on either side. Genma simply takes what he wants, because Himi belongs to him. The story is about Himi living in fear with Genma. It was hard for me to read.
Genma’s a pretty terrible person. I mean, the book twists it around by the end so that it looks like it was just Genma’s way of showing Himi he loved him, but that’s not how it looks. for the first 180 or so pages. The violence towards Himi looks more like an act of revenge against Genma’s father (Himi was his father’s Kotodama, and Genma inherited him). Himi doesn’t like it. He asks Genma to stop. Genma does not. Genma is not gentle at all. In fact, Genma complains while he is doing it.
This is why I hate non-con in BL. Because while most of it is merely disturbing, with a confused submissive partner eventually falling in love with the forceful dominant partner (this is another set of problems, but I’ll set that aside for now), I know that there are also volumes like this, and I have to be careful about this stuff. This one puzzles me, because I really liked the first two volumes of this series. There was nothing like this in them. And I’m sure it won’t continue down this path, because it looks like Genma and Himi’s story is mostly over at the end of the volume. So why?
It’s a shame I waited so long to try this volume after reading the first two. I’m less excited about the next three volumes now.