Love Pistols 3

April 12, 2015

Tarako Kotobuki – SuBLime – 2012 – 8+ volumes

OH GOD THIS SERIES.  I randomly picked up volume 3 after a two-year hiatus, since I hadn’t reviewed it here yet.  I remember liking it, and I actually read the first four Tokyopop volumes before the SuBLime release.  The books tend to cover different couples, and usually has all the notes about the “Zooman” system inside each volume, so I thought I’d be okay.

And it started off great!  There’s a cute story about a surgeon and nurse.  They were childhood friends, and the nurse’s twin brother dated the surgeon when they were all in high school.  But it was the nurse that wound up having a connection, and the two fooled around casually in high school.  But their families didn’t get along, so they were separated until the surgeon wound up at the same hospital as the nurse.  The two start up another friendship, and become casual sex partners, no strings attached.  But the twin still has a major crush, and the nurse runs away when the twin declares his feelings for the surgeon.

Cool BL story, right?  It pretty much had me until the (male) nurse got knocked up, and then I remembered how weird and sorta freaky this series is.  I forgot the zoomans were all about “fertility” and had special “womb worms” that aided homosexual couples in childbearing.  Thankfully, they don’t go much past the mechanics of that, because it freaks me out a little bit.

If you’re curious about the zooman connection, the couple is a snake and a mongoose (some category of cat?).  Also, the snake is one of those seme giants, the type that are, like, twice the size of the uke, that periodically show up in BL.  Norio is pretty tiny compared to Kunimasa, but man.  The surgeon’s huge.

But most of the book goes back to Norio and Kunimasa.  Kunimasa is rather heartless, and while their relationship is passionate, it’s not very romantic, and Kunimasa is treating Norio badly here.  Unusually for BL, this story explores that, and has Norio… kind of break up with Kunimasa after Kunimasa makes jokes about sharing Norio and comes right out and says he doesn’t love him.  This is a cliffhanger ending, and I assume that Kunimasa will see the error of his ways and reform next time, because this is BL and that’s what happens.  But again, that it bothered to call attention to the poor treatment is unusual.

If I recall, the woman that shows up on the last page is one of the reasons this series stuck with me for so many years, and why it’s worth a re-read.  It is, again, batshit crazy in nearly every way, but it’s just so creative, and fairly easy to follow in its mechanics, that it’s worth the read for the brave souls that try.

Also, I love author notes in BL books that are super cheerful and innocent that come right on the heels of something absolutely filthy in the afterward.  This book may have the best transition yet.  The last sentence on one page is Kunimasa’s wish:  “Penetrate him and come deep inside him.  But first, just do him.”  At the top of the next page is Kotobuki’s author note:  “Thank you so much.  This is Tarako Kotobuki.  I’m so happy you’ve been reading my series.  Please continue reading!”  I… got whiplash.

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