When I read the summary and saw the word "prison", I was immediately reminded of Deadlock Series, Under Grand Hotel and Lucky Dog 1 and thought "Oh this could be very interesting" plus it was written by one of my fave authors, Konohara Narise-sensei.
It was far different from those titles though. But I didn't care. The story was really good and I cried alot. It feels like this could really happen in real life and that's what I love about it.
The only thing I could complain is probably... lack of art. Yeah no illustration or whatsoever. But it didn't matter to me. I was imagining them and the scenes in my head so it's good. But of course I would like to see an illustration.
I read the parts in this order:
Main Volumes: In the Box > The Fragile Swindler > Out of the Cage
then followed by the short stories: And then... > Rainy Day > Field of Silver Grass > Summer Vacation
Personally I really like "Summer Vacation" in the short stories! I guess you'll understand me once you read them all.
This novel is full of drama (there are some funny moments too I guess) so I suggest to mentally prepare your heart. But maybe it's just me since I'm such a crybaby.
Edit as of 9/30/13
"But maybe it's just me since I'm such a crybaby. "
No scratch that. It will make you really cry. I just finished the entire "Summer Vacation" and please.. really prepare your heart. Nevertheless this is definitely worth reading! This is such a great bittersweet story! And I can finally say this is the best story of Konohara Narise-sensei so far (well for me).
15 of ? chapters read
I played the game and I actually love the story of LD1 (putting aside the yaoi). It's very interesting and thrilling especially since I love mafia stories and action.
The story is about Gian, a low-ranking member of CR:5, (the name of their group) often gets thrown in the prison but always manage to escape whenever he wants. He earned the nickname "Lucky Dog" because of his incredible luck in almost.. everything. But then an unfortunate incident happened and 4 captains of CR:5 were captured as well. Now this is where Gian enters. He received a letter from the boss of CR:5 telling him that he got promoted into captain and he will also succeed him as the new boss IF he can escape the prison along with the other 4 captains.
If it will follow the storyline in the game, the setting will be like this: Prison -> Escape -> and finally their destination, Daivan, where Gian will become the boss. I'm not sure with the canon ending because there are different endings in the game (different routes) but all of them are good though. And it actually made me cry.
Art is good.. though there are times that it's a bit.. off but overall it's good. The art in the game is much more awesome though.
Haa... I guess I'm being biased but I super super really really reaaaalllyy love all the characters here! Especially my faves, Gian and Giulio. Combine these characters:
Gian - A happy-go-lucky kind of guy
Ivan - An idiot who has a temper but kind of tsun
Giulio - A guy who has a passion in killing but is super loyal to Gian
Bernardo - Like a mother-figure of the group maybe
Luchino - I would describe him at the smartest in the group and the playboy maybe
And you'll get a really interesting group. They're really lovable T^T
This is very entertaining to read! And I enjoyed it alot. Especially if you played the game, you'll really appreciate the manga.
If you're up for a thrilling-action with lots of bishies manga, then give this a shot~
I recommend you to play the game as well (that is if you're a BL/Yaoi fan) because you'll get to hear their voices and feel the excitement of the story! Plus it will definitely make yaoi fans HAPPY because they can pick they're fave pairing! read more
7 of 7 chapters read
Samejima-kun to Sasahara-kun is very entertaining to read. The story is nothing really special. Friend A falling in love with Friend B. However, because of the cuteness of those two, you will come to love it.
It's just your typical BL/Yaoi story. The story only revolves around Sasahara and Samejima. But the good thing about this manga is it will always make you laugh and squeal. It's not really a forgettable story even though I said it's just your typical manga. Well at least for me.
Art is really good. Cute, funny and the sex scenes are hot.
Really! Those two are just so lovable. They're not really annoying or anything.
I really enjoyed this alot. So if you're ever wondering if it's worth to buy this manga, IT IS!! GO BUY IT AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! (not that I bought the manga though.. my friend just scanned it for me T v T)
5 of 6 chapters read
Though the story isn't that original. In fact, it's your typical BL story.. like the over-used "the person who lost his memories" plot but I still find it cute and nice.
Don't worry. It's not a drama or the usual heavy plot regarding the person who lost his memories. (still can't move on regarding Cold Fever >.>
5 of 5 chapters read
Just OMG.. I totally LOVED IT!
This manga has 3 stories. You're Hopelessly Cute (2 chapters), Useless Goalkeeper (1 Chapter) and Sorry, But I Love You (2 Chapters)... and I must say.. I just love all the stories! Seriously!
The first one which is You're Hopelessly Cute.. is the "seme who likes to bully his uke" type of story. An older uke and a younger seme. Sadistic Flower Shop Owner x Salaryman Who Likes Older Guys. A truly cute, funny story that will really make you smile. The story will go like this:
Seme owns a flower shop and uke works in a company and seme's flower shop supplies that company with their flowers. Seme then discovered uke having an affair with his chief but uke was dumped by him.. Seme at first was mean to uke but later on confessed to him (of course in a sadistic way XD) Well pretty much the story will go like that. It's really nice!
The second story is Useless Goalkeeper.. it's short but it's very cute, too. Uke is a loner at school and seme was wondering why he was always alone and started talking to him but uke instead lashed out to him saying he's just using him for his own-satisfaction. Then later on the two will get along but one day they will have a misunderstanding since uke thought that seme was just really using him for his own satisfaction. But in the end it's just a misunderstanding and seme confessed to him! :D
And the last story which is Sorry, But I Love You is.. oh boy. I can't describe the cuteness of this story! Will make you go "Awwww!"
(this time I'll use their names) Kei is working in a pub as a waiter but he's not gay or a tranny. Then one day he's co-worker, Tadashi, who is a tranny confessed to him! He's beautiful and tall to boot. But Kei rejected him cruelly, saying that he really hates transvestites and guys who cross-dresses (since he's father is a tranny, too and the owner of the pub)... but later on the two finally accepted their feelings to each other.. but the thing is.. Tadashi is the seme and Kei is the uke!! How CUTE is that?! XD
I really love the art.. I love this kind of artstyle! So gorgeous~!
I just love how the manga-ka portrayed all of the characters! They were really unpredictable and it makes me happy! :D
Seriously.. this manga is so cute and funny! Too much fluff and cuteness! It's like a total package!
I recommend it if you like some cute and funny yaoi manga. The story itself is simple and not realy deep but definitely worth reading. The H scenes were good, too but not that extreme. You will definitely love all the stories! So if you're just getting bored and want some enjoyable manga to read, then better read this one! read more
1 of 1 chapters read
Awww.. this is such a cute and very sweet oneshot! SERIOUSLY!! Very worth reading!
The story is simple but you will totally enjoy it. It's not the usual "Master and Servant" if that's what you're thinking because of the title.
More like, the story is about a kohai who is a freeloader on his senpai's house. And that kohai has feelings for his senpai. But senpai already has a girlfriend. But it turns out that the girlfriend was cheating on senpai and kohai comforts his senpai and confessed to him. Something like that.
Gyaaa.. I'm not sure why I gave it a ten but the art is really cute!! I guess I'm being biased because the art really reminds me alot of the 1827 (Hibari x Tsuna of KHR!) Doujinshi that I've read before. I forgot what title but the art is really the same!
Aww.. they are such a cute pairing. I like the uke here. Not the annoying girly type. And seriously.. those two really looked like Hibari Kyoya and Sawada Tsunayoshi from that doujin.. though senpai (Seiji) is more on the harmless category.
Awww... I really loved this oneshot.. and I don't get tired reading it again and again. So funny and cute and fluffy! Kyaa~
Well this is a good start for those who wants to try yaoi. This oneshot is really not yaoi.. maybe soft yaoi.. and if you're looking for something fluff, sweet and cute short story.. then try reading this one!
Warning: This is gonna be long and might say some spoilers. OTL
The 3rd and last installment of the Cold Series. And I must say.. THIS IS SUCH A DEPRESSING NOVEL. No kidding. I was really really excited to read Cold Fever because I really really loved the previous novels, Cold Sleep and Cold Light. But after reading it.. well I didn't feel regret nor disappointment.. instead.. I just feel REALLY SAD. UPSET. DEPRESSED.
I dunno if it's just me being a crybaby or not but I cried.. in like EVERY SCENES! No, it's not because the scenes were very touching.. instead it was really too much for me to take in. Violence, drama and some emotions I can't really explain. T^T
why it's too much? It's because.. I see the novels, Cold Sleep and Cold Light, as a bitter yet very sweet and not too complicated stories. But Cold Fever is ALMOST like an entire different level.
In Cold Fever, Tohru will regain his memories from before the accident!! But the thing is.. HE LOST his 6 YEARS of MEMORIES when he had the amnesia. HOW CLICHED IS THAT?!!! ARGH!
Meaning, he FORGOT all the memories he had spent with Fujishima in those 6 years!! And of course he only remembered his hatred for Fujishima. :c and you can already tell what will happen. Without his 6 years of memories, Tohru came back to who he really was. The Tohru who is short-tempered, abusive, impatient person. He tortures Fujishima. He's so horrible and mean to him.. forces him to have sex with him. And what DEPRESSED me more is that.. even in the end.. Tohru didn't regain his 6 years of memories AT ALL. T_T
And even if the scene is not really worth crying over.. I can't help myself but to cry a little because I keep remembering those sweet times that Tohru and Fujishima had shared before. If felt like Cold Sleep and Cold light were a waste instead. Seriously.
Though it was STILL a happy ending.
I dunno if it's just me but I think the art kinda changed. o.o I kinda prefer the art in Cold Sleep and Cold Light.But still it's looks nice.
Ugh.. I dunno what to say.. I really really loved Tohru in Cold Sleep and Cold Light.. he was so sweet and all.. but in this novel.. I can't help myself but to HATE HIM COMPLETELY!
I mean, I remembered this particular line of Tohru in Cold Light:
"You keep saying I'll leave you when I get my memory back, but that's not true, I won't. Because I love you. No matter what the me before I lost my memory says, I'll convince him. I'll tell him I love you."
It was really so sweet that it moved me to tears. And the last scene in Cold Light.. wherein Tohru baked a cake for Fujishima on his birthday. That scene was sooooo sweet! So whenever I remember that, my eyes were starting to get teary because I know that in this novel.. that Tohru will never ever come back...
For me in my opinion.. the Tohru (who regained his memories) is not really inlove with Fujishima. He's just obsessed with the thought of "I don't want to be alone anymore" and that's why he's still with Fujishima in the end.. but I hope that's just my imagination. Haha
And Fujishima also.. I really felt so sorry and sad for him.. but I'm kinda annoyed with him, too because even though Tohru was abusing him.. he was taking it without a complaint or something.
Though I said I really really hated Tohru in this one.. but my hatred for him decreased in the later scenes (in Last Fever) but still.. I will really miss the old Tohru. The Tohru who really loves Fujishima so much. The Tohru who loves to bake cakes... awww.. :c (For your information, he retired from being a patissier and became a photographer =.=)
I'm not really sure how to score this one.. but I guess I'll give it an 8 despite what I've been saying up there. After all.. I really loved the Cold Series.. but for me.. Cold Sleep and Cold Light were really ENOUGH. Cold Fever is alright.. I still liked it.. but I don't think I will read it again because I might cry again.
Hmm.. this novel made me so cry so much!! GAAH! But I still like it.. :c but for those people who really want to read it.. then don't expect sweet moments. Because it's not like that at all. Maybe in the last scene (in Last Fever). Just think of it as "the seme who wants to bully his uke" XD
If you haven't read Cold Sleep or Cold Light.. I guess it's alright to read this one, too. There's a recap at the beginning and you will understand what happened from before. And I must say.. you will not feel that sad nor depressed (well that is if you haven't read the previous novels). read more
4 of 4 chapters read
The story is a continuation of the first installment, Cold Sleep. In this novel, you will get to learn more about Fujishima's past. And his connection to Tohru. With more drama and twist on it.
I just find Fujishima's past really sad.
Nothing change much here. I still loved the art.
Well from 9 in cold Sleep, I made it 8 here. Well this time this book was in Fujishima's point of view. And learning more about Fujishima's personality when he was young was kinda a let down. Well not that much though. But Tohru is still the same. In fact he's so sweet that I came to love him more!
I still enjoyed the second volume. It answered most of my unspoken questions. And I just love how their relationship turned out. I can't ask for more! :D
It was really good. I recommend it to people who likes light stories (nothing complicated) with a taste of drama and bittersweet romance on it. read more
Only The Ring Finger Knows is probably the most sweetest thing that I've ever read. I loved this novel for a seriously long time and even now it's still making me go "kyaaa" over it.
The story is.. I guess your typical boys love, school life story. But I can't help but to think that there's a uniqueness in the story. Like how they (Kazuki & Wataru) fell for each other.
It started with the ring that Wataru lost. Then after a week, it came back to him and after that he became very attached with it. Then one day, he accidentally exchanged rings with the most popular boy in school, Kazuki Yuichi. And Wataru was shocked to find that they have the same ring! Is it just a coincidence? Or is there a hidden meaning about it?
Thoughts like that will run in your head when you start reading it.
This novel contains 5 Volumes in total. But I've only read up to Volume 4 and some snippets in Volume 5 (because the English version of the book itself will be released on August 2012 - According to June site). And believe me.. when I haven't read the snippets in Volume 5.. I was like "OMFG I want more! SO CLIFFHANGER!" As in I totally can't sleep wondering what will happen in Volume 5 but I was glad because I found a community where that has a fan English translation on it before.
The art is just.. too beautiful. Another reason why I so totally love this novel! Not only the story but the art is a masterpiece! Odagiri Hotaru-sensei really did give justice on the illustrations!
I just loved how the characters interact with each other. Especially Kazuki and Wataru. For me they are the perfect couple!
Kazuki - Well in the novel, he is described as the most popular guy in school.. handsome.. etc! But I just love the way how he fell for Wataru. It's unlike his character. Haha
Wataru - He is just your average, normal guy in the story but despite that, Kazuki fell for him. He is stubborn and I love him because he is not the girlish-uke type which I dislike.
Asaka - Has feelings for Wataru (like a love triangle)and I really feel sorry for him but I really really love him, too..
Shohei - Kazuki's older brother. In the story he is like the obstacle between Kazuki and Wataru's relationship.. but nevertheless.. I still kinda like him!
Kawamura - Wataru's bestfriend. I'm glad that he's part of the cast because his appearance is like a relief. He's so funny and Wataru is lucky to have a bestfriend like him~
Karin - Wataru's younger sister. She knows the secret relationship of Wataru & Kazuki.. and I like her, too!
I just everything about this novel. Story/plot, characters, art, etc.. it's almost perfect for me!
If you're not really into reading novels.. then I suggest you to read the manga adaptation first! :D It's short.. only 1 Volume (it covers the first half of Volume 1 in the novel) and I'm sure you will want more and will make you to read the novel, too!
If you like sweet-light romance with a bit of drama story.. then this one is for you! read more
2 of 2 episodes seen
Oho~ Guess I'll be the first one to review this OVA!! :D
Tight Rope is ONE of my MOST FAVE YAOI MANGA by Natsume Isaku. So I was really really happy when I learned that it will have an ANIME VERSION!
I finished watching the 2 episodes and I must say.. it was good. It didn't really disappoint me like those other Yaoi OVAs. And I say it's good because even if you haven't read the manga itself, you will understand it and will definitely enjoy it.
This OVA is a Yazuza themed story. But not the serious-deep type of Yakuza story. Instead it's a rather cute and simple-sweet story. The story will revolve around Ryuu and Naoki, who were childhood friends since they were little. Ryuu is, however, the heir of the Ohara Family. But he is reluctant to take the position because he wanted to be with Naoki (yes he is SUPER attached with Naoki) but because of an incident where Naoki got hurt (not really serious though) he said that if he'd ever take the position, he have to let go of Naoki. And there are still two months left before their graduation so Ryuu was savoring his time with Naoki.
Well something like that. I don't want to spoil the story anymore.
The animation is.. well.. good I guess. But I can't help but to think Ryuu's looks is kinda different from the manga. Well not only Ryuu but I think Naoki as well. Or is it just me? XD I still prefer what they look like in the manga though. :D
Well most of Yaoi OVAs doesn't have opening or ending songs right.. though the opening and ending songs of this OVA were instrumental.. and I liked it. Their voices, too were good. They speak Osaka-ben.
Nothing much to say here.. I just love Ryuu's attachment to Naoki and Naoki's indifference. LOL
I did say I enjoyed this OVA because it's the adaptation of my fave manga!! But the ONLY THING that DISAPPOINTED me is... NO SEX SCENE AT ALL! ;o; Even HINTS!! NONE AT ALL. ToT Only kissing.. awww... and I was really looking forward to see it because in the manga Ryuu and Naoki were sooooo cute! Not that I'm a perverted fangirl but they could have included "that scene" right? Even if it's only hints. And as a Yaoi/BL fangirl.. that's a must see! But there's none! Gaaah!
Even without the yaoi scene, I guess it's okay. I still enjoyed it. So if you want a Yakuza-themed-story yet a sweet-cute one.. then this one if for you! It's not explicit at all so don't worry if you're worried about that. Then if you haven't read the manga.. read it after you watch this OVA! I'm sure you will enjoy it more!! read more