Synonyms: His Most Favorite, Love is Swallowed Whole, A Tortoise's Love Lasts for a Thousand Years, You're Everyone's Friend
Published: Jul 10, 2008 to ?
Authors: Tanaka, Suzuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Magazine Be x Boy
Score: 8.001 (scored by 1192 users)
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Jan 9, 2010
Needless to say, this is my favourite shounen ai manga yet. Basically, it's a very light story with lots of humor, cuteness and uke abuse. So if you like seeing ukes being abused and sadistic semes this will definitely be your cup of tea. I know it's mine.
Also, don't be fooled by the tag and think this is yaoi, because so far there hasn't been any action.It doesn't keep us perverts from hoping though, eh?
Oct 29, 2011
So what is different here? The difference between this piece of masterpiece and thousands of other... UNPLEASANT yaoi manga is that this manga does. Not. Force it.
It is so realistic, yet so cute. It THANKFULLY has no unnecessary sex scenes at ALL, it doesn't show too many kisses or cuddles or stupid sentimental crap, yet it gives you that "oh-my-God-so-cute" feeling without a problem. It is in fact more of a shounen-ai, but most of all, it is a simple romantic comedy.
The fact it is yaoi doesn't really change many things and that is what I loved about it. The fact this is about homosexuals in a romantic relationship only serves to make it a bit stranger and funnier, considering the manga is somewhat of a parody on the whole "girls love a popular bishounen" thingy. And this time, all the girls... and I mean ALL of them are chasing after one single damn guy (Satou), who happens to like one other single guy (Yoshida), whom all the other girls hate. And it is freakin' hilarious, because here, that horde of horny women is actually a great comical relief, and a great exaggerating point of manga. That horde is always, constantly on a mission to win Satou over, and to kick Yoshida out of realm of existence.
And on top of all, it doesn't necesarily revolve just around the main couple, and the supporting cast is greatly introduced, they are there in almost every chapter, and they also have a lot of character development. Expect awesomeness, which is a great success for a yaoi. Huge.
So what exactly can you expect from this manga? You can expect comically planted bishounens, love-craving "regular" people, comical relief woman horde, tons of laugh, a few fine parodies, and an unexpectedly cute "ugly" character to love.
Dec 10, 2013
Over the past few weeks, I've spent a lot of time looking for a good yaoi manga. I'm a lesbian myself, but personally wouldn't care whether or not there was sex in the relationship - what I was looking for was a healthy, enjoyable male homosexual couple that could give me the same warm fuzzies my favorite het and yuri manga could.
I was... sadly disappointed. Actually, a more accurate way to say it is that I was horrified.
First off, there were the uke/seme tropes. Now I understand why they exist, and can enjoy them under certain circumstances. They're there so the target demographic of teenage girls can more easily slip into a fantasy when there's one character in the gay relationship who acts more 'girly' and another who acts more 'manly.' However, these roles become very troubling when taken too far, with the uke being a doormat who lets the seme treat them like sh*t. It's especially bad when the seme never gets called out on it (and sometimes what they did is sexual assault/domestic abuse!) or does something nice to make up for it and is completely forgiven. There's lots of other problems with these tropes that I don't have time to go into now.
Hand in hand with this issue are the consent issues. There are so many! Just because both participants are male does not mean it's okay! RAPE IS NOT ROMANTIC. Don't believe me that this sort of stuff is rife in the community? Please direct your eyes to Junjou Romantica, Honoo no Suna, and Finder. ESPECIALLY Finder. There's about twenty more examples of this stuff I can think up off the top of my head, mostly because all but two of the twenty yaoi manga I read had non consensual sex on some level in the first few chapters. And I thought Fifty Shades of Grey was terrible...
However, this manga was like a cool breeze! It did somewhat have the uke/seme tropes, but in a refreshing way. First of all, there's the fact that our uke, while adorable in my eyes, is not traditionally attractive in any way. Then there's our seme, who's kinda a sadistic, manipulative bastard but has an interesting backstory and sharp mind. And speaking of backstory, reasons are actually given for why the characters are the way they are! Glorious!
Yoshida ("uke"), is much more interesting than most bland cookie cutter protagonists. He stands up for himself and others, feels guilty when he's hurt someone's feelings, will actually talk about his feelings (thus cutting out a lot of stupid miscommunication tropes), calls Satou on his bullcrap, and *gasp* isn't perfect! I also heaved a sigh of relief that he wasn't ridiculously dependent or needy and jealous, despite the flocks of girls constantly all over his love interest.
Satou ("seme"), is probably my second favorite thing about this manga. The guidelines say no spoilers, so just believe me when I say he's multilayered with an interesting (if absurd in places) backstory. He comes off to all the girls at school as a nice but aloof guy, but Yoshida can see that his smiles are faked and his conversation insincere. Satou is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants (for reasons actually explained!) is Yoshida.
Despite how the last sentence may have sounded, they do have a balanced relationship in the later chapters, with both parties contributing. In the beginning of the manga, it's more in the fantasy-fulfilling realm (not that that's necessarily a bad thing), with the popular guy relentlessly pursuing the social outcast in secret, but in the later chapters, it evens out into a realistic, adorable relationship. Sometimes, Yoshida catches Satou off guard, and it's the most adorable thing ever~! (Inner fangirl has surfaced!)
But the most important thing about their relationship can be brought down to this: they respect one another in a healthy way. Despite Satou's "sadistic" traits, if Yoshida told him to stop doing things (by which I mean the sex), HE WOULD STOP. And Yoshida, while initially unsure of Satou's motives, gradually grows to care for him as person. And yes, it is gradual, the building of their relationship, and it is beautiful.
So aside from not doing things I hate, what does this manga have going for it? Well, I did already mention the main leads and their relationship, but there are some very nice side characters who get a good amount of focus. Also, this is a romantic COMEDY, so here at the end of the review I will mention that yes, there are some uproariously funny moments. Not quite Ouran levels, but up there.
It's major downfall is probably the fact that... well... it hasn't been updated in two years, and it ended on as much of a cliffhanger as a high school based romantic comedy can have. *Cries* So yeah, that may minimize the enjoyment a bit.
EDIT: I have been informed that the manga has actually continued but since it was licensed, the scanalators stopped putting it up in hopes that people would buy it. As as consequence, I've given it another point for plot and I'm going to try to buy it!
Also, if typically manga high school stuff, like a lack of plot and unbelievable sh*t going down will bother you, you may want to let this one pass you by.
Still, in conclusion, it's well worth the read if you want a good time reading a relationship between two boys. read more
Jun 19, 2012
THIS IS THE BEST DAMN SHOUNEN AI THAT I EVER READ!!! I LOVE HOW THIS TWO COUPLE MAKE ME LAUGH MY ASS OUT!!! I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS!! I HAVE A GREAT RESPECT FOR MS. TANAKA FOR CREATING THE BEST SHOUNEN AI MANGA EVER IN THE HISTORY OF MINE!! READ IT NOW!! I SWEAR YOU WONT REGRET READING THIS MANGA!!