45 of 45 chapters read
Where do we draw the line with this being boy love? Even though this is labelled as 'Shoujo' and 'Gender Bender' I would actually label this 'Shounen-Ai'.
Let’s go over the facts: Ayato is a genderless human; nether male or female. However, his family chose to raise him as a boy, so even though Ayato hasn't become a gender yet he is seen as a 'prince'. So when Ayato starts kissing another boy, my little boy-love flag starts waving.
Magnolia is a fantastic romance series based on fluff. Oh yes, this has lots of fluff. Blushing, kissing and lustful looks from each and every character that crosses Ayato's path. This is addictive and to simplify the reason why: it's because of those moments. When Yugo Wolf pins Ayato down my heart starts to sing!
This also has many love interests. Ayato's body is different. As he gets older he starts to produce the smell of the Magnolia flower which causes a frenzy to whoever smells it - even his brother and his butler can't resist him - and because of his smell, Ayato is torn between real romance and the power of the 'Magnolia' causing all sorts of dramas - which i like.
The art is breathtaking. The character designs and scene layouts are very detailed. I've read a few of Naked Ape's works and am in awe over the art...but not so much the drama. I find their other mangas a little too serious for my tastes. Magnolia is by far my favourite solely because of the romance.
My only negative would be that the plot development is slow. It drags out the story and as far as chapter 35 not much has progressed until, that is, the abrupt ending at chapter 38. The drama was drawn out to hook the audience and make them assume they are in for the long haul only to conclude 'most' of the mysteries in the last 2 chapters. Hu?! maybe the writer just wanted to end it?
I rarely give 10/10 scores but I feel this deserves it, because of the romance and the art. This also has comedy that had me giggling at times but it doesn't control the events. The story is a little farfetched but very enjoyable; as I like romance mixed fantasy stories.
If you like multiple love interests, lustful scenes, subtle comedy and good art; you will like this. The negatives consist of an abrupt ending and drawn-out drama.
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18 of ? chapters read
The plot seems simple enough: Fumi tells his best friend that he is gay. The best friend (aka Shunpei) doesn't handle it well and, in a very comical way, expresses his thoughts over the sudden news. Chapter one ends with Shunpei (the straight-as-an-arrow best friend) deciding that he likes Fumi and becomes jealous over the fact that Fumi is already dating someone else, aaaaaand so it begins!
Look, the story is nothing new and as typical as they come. So, in that respect I think the comedy, the characters and the art stand out more than the scenarios. The comedy had me laughing out loud at times but also has the drama to match. The manga touches on all the typical yaoi issues: jealously, insecurities, competition, secrets, miscommunication, ex-girlfriends, coming to terms with gay sex...everything, so, with the same recycled situations I focused more on the other aspects of the manga and if you do to, you would probably enjoy it more.
The only real negative I'll will point out is that even though the plot is entertaining, it's slow. It takes a while for their relationship to get going. However, even though I say it's a negative, it's also the reason why it's so good. Shunpei was originally straight, it takes him a loooong time to come to terms with gay sex, instead of "Oh, a gay man love me? okay, lets do it!" *cue sex scene*. He loves Fumi but struggles with that part of the relationship; which I like.
Now to my favourite part: the art. Wow, just wow! The panels are well structured and deliver the scenes brilliantly. I like the modern designs with the clean shading and images. Also, the coloured extras at the end of each volume had me blushing like a high school girl; hot! However, the art is always in the eye of the beholder; you either like it or you don't. I personally love it and find myself driven to certain mangas due to their art, this included.
I enjoy this manga because, basically, it's makes me happy. Nothing terribly dramatic happens and the scenes are SO over used but out of all Nekota Yonezou's mangas this one is, by far, my favourite and the sole reason is because it ticks all the boxes for a good yaoi-rom-com.
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7 of 7 chapters read
Yes the handsome Roku, who's a president of a business and high earning citizen, is afraid of the dark. Not a problem, as Iori is use to sleeping with his younger siblings all the time...but when Roku 'touches' him one night Iori must comes to terms with what their relationship really is.
If you've read any of Puku's works you will know what you're in for; some cute chibis, funny scenes and strangely addictive characters! I love Puku's mangas because she delivers simple rom coms that are not over the top, smutty or demanding. Just refreshing romances based around quirky characters.
The art is also favorable. The level of detail in the smallest things: clothing, backgrounds, anatomy...even in her chibis you can see good design. I not talking 'Rihito Takarai' here but definitely in a class of her own.
I enjoy this manga because it always leaves me with a smile on my face, no matter how many times i read it. Look, nothing terribly exciting happens and the drama or scenarios are not gripping; it's simple and enjoyable. Also, although this is a yaoi - the first from Puku, as she mainly does Shounen-Ai's - it's very tame. Good, but tame.
Conclusion: If you are after a refreshing romance with loveable characters, adorable art and some good laughs, you will enjoy this.
PS: The name 'Caramel' is based around the argument between Roku and Iori about having Caramel sauce with pudding. Roku doesn't like it, where Iori does. I must say, after all the talk about delicious caramel pudding i had to make my own...and I'm siding with Iori! haha
6 of 6 chapters read
The plot could be called some-what boring. It involves high school boys in the baseball club. Most of the events take place either in the club room or on the club grounds. Nothing dramatically happens. They talk. They train. They play baseball. And while that's happening you get an insight into the characters thoughts and emotions.
There are two main characters. One is the 'Prince' who is athletic, good looking and friends with everyone and the other is Hikita. Now Hikita has a reputation of scowling at people when he's nervous so everyone thinks he has a scary face, even though he's kind and hard working, everyone avoids him. The only person who knows his true self is Imai (the prince).
I like how the mangaka portrays Imai. You get an insight into his mind. He likes Hikita - scowling face and all - and becomes monopolizing over keeping his true self from everyone. Straight away you find out how Imai wants to 'see' and 'hold' Hikita. Although he doesn't act on his thoughts...it's clear that he likes him, very much.
Now about the art. The art doesn't appeal to me at all. But i some-what feel that the mangaka wasn't trying to win her fans over with the art. She was trying to express a cute little story about an ugly guy who wins the heart of the popular guy. Even though the art was plain, sketchy and dull i still found Hikita cute at times and after a while, he really warmed up to me. I will say this though: if you're looking for bi-shounens...this isn't the manga for you.
My last thoughts for this manga is it's really refreshing and a joy to read. I found myself smiling at many scenes and wanting to follow this series through and see their relationship develop more*. I liked the simplicity of the plot, the characters and above all: the romance.
*This is volume one, the story continues in volume two.
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6 of 5 chapters read
This is a fluffy romance between two high school boys, or so it seems. Guy Number One (now known as G1) witnesses Guy Number Two (aka G2) watering some plants at school, whist singing. From that moment on his realised he loves him and starts acting - as G2 worded it - like a 'Effeminate' towards him: making him bentos, calling him a bride, smothering him with affection.
Of course G2 being straight was repulsed by G1. The first chapters consist of G2 showing a less than impressed face towards G1's actions. He calls him annoying, beats him off and wonders why this guy comes day after day to annoy him.
So over time G1 can't contain his love for G2 any more and starts to insinuate dates and inviting him over to his house. Of course G2 isn't fooled and wouldn't put himself in a position where he's alone with this guy, well and truly knowing what would happen.
The rest of the plot is a mix of comedy and nose bleeds as the two dance around the fact that a guy likes another guy...which is gay love.
The part that annoyed me is that G1 was waaaay over the top but once he realised G2 won't commit he gives up. Just like that. But oh on! It's too late now...because G2 has started to like him back! ALL that love and affection for MONTHS has finally forced him into a corner where NOW G2 can't live with him! What?
I'm sorry! but that's manipulation...not love! That's what annoyed me. Sure they end up together and it's really cute with kisses and lots of blushing but i found it some what disturbing.
Look, in the end this was a nice little manga and i even rated it a 7, but the whole time i couldn't get past that type of romance. read more
7 of 7 chapters read
[ Story - 7 ]
The plot is cliche. I won't lie. The cover art can tell you exactly what this is about: There's a Prince. There's a boy slave. Add the two together and you get a 'Prince Saves Slave' plot. Even though this is overused it never gets old - well not with me anyway.
The main reason i love this manga so much is because it's not smut. I repeat: NO smut! trying to find a consensual relationship between a Prince and a Slave is rare. This, however, would be considered my perfect combination of romance between a Prince and a slave.
As for the 'Historical' genre tag: even though you get the feeling this is based in the ancient middle east where slaves were common...there are modern details: the Prince has a car, a phone in his office, western butlers? At first i didn't notice...until i saw the car. Look, it doesn't matter i just think the 'Historical' tag is invalid.
[ Art - 9 ]
I pay attention to art. The art can make or break a manga for me, and this doesn't disappoint! The character design is no less that prefect. Glossy skin, gorgeous eyes, handsome prince...and the fashion designs for the boy are sexy with a Arabian twist: tummy and thighs exposed with lots of jewellery.
I have read many works from Ken Homerun and i seriously admire her art. A mangaka worth following!
[ Characters - 8 ]
I like many characters in this manga - not just the main two. I like the brother butlers, as they did play an important role in bringing the two together, and also bought the comical relief.
The Prince was a stereotypical prince: spoilt, playboy, handsome, bossy, stuck-up - the Brother Butlers nicknamed him the 'Tyrant' as he tends to loose his tempter quiet quickly - but has a soft side when it comes to Aisha (the boy).
As for Aisha: he is quiet, shy, sweet, grateful and confused. He'd been a slave for most of his life - selling his body. So he doesn't know how to act when the prince doesn't use him for what he believes he is only good for. I also like him because it wasn't designed to be some stupid uke. Sure he gets jealous and acts like a child (which...he IS a child) but that just makes him more cute, as his actions are pure and genuine.
[ Enjoyment - 9 ]
I really enjoyed this as i love any stories about a prince falling for a normal citizen. It has that air of fantasy mixed with realty.
I also like how this wasn't smut, as i mentioned before. Nothing turns me off faster than "i rape you because i love you" plots *gag*
[ Overall - 9 ]
TL:DR? okay, if you want to read something that warms your heart and leaves you smiling, you will enjoy this. It has comedy, romance, drama and hot characters! Their together scenes are not smutty or distasteful as they are consensual and sweet. Also, the art is amazing!
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3 of 3 episodes seen
[ Story - 6 ]
Okay, so the story is a little boy's wet dream: a guy makes his 'perfect girl' and she is perfect in every way...except in reality. When his 'perfect girl' wakes up he must give her a name and a back story. Like, come on, she didn't just appear out of no where. So when she attends school, yes his school, how else can he explain who this girl is and that she looks exactly like the school's queen: Marie! How else you ask? - you're gonna love this - by saying she's his sister!
So of course telling your shiny new toy that it's your sister can stick a wedge faster between you than any incest block. So how does the robot react? like a sister! Now Hiroshi is fighting against his creation's love. He made Marie for the purpose of having the perfect girl and instead got the perfect sister.
Like i said, the story is all the ingredients to a ecchi breakfast, even Hiroshi buying her 'panties' was an adventure, but if you look past that there is a cute little story there. Hiroshi loves his creation and not only because it looks like his high school crush but also because after time he likes having a sister more than a girlfriend and starts to realise how important having a sister can be. But of course walking along the boardline line of incest the story must take a 360° at some point to get the romance back on track. As episode three rolls on 'Marie' starts to realise what her role is really about and who she really is......aaaaaand then it ends!
Okay, so the three OVAs are short and the story must continue on in the manga, which i never read, but as far as the OVA's go it was just the beginning to their story - which left me disappointed with no ending *sigh*
[ Art - 6 ]
For 1996 the art was pretty good. I couldn't watch it now and say the same thing though. Not with todays technology, with 3D graphics and computer colouring and all, but for 1996 it was appealing. Soft colours and art. Typical really but nothing special.
OH, I do remember that they had big ears though?? haha
[ Sound - 6 ]
I never know what to say about sounds *shrugs* it was good.
[ Character - 6 ]
So the characters were a little 2D - yes i realise my pun! Hiroshi was your stereotypical loser: not many, if any, friends. Gets picked on. Talks too much. Gets himself into situations by lying. No girlfriend and still a virgin. Although, he was smart enough to make a robot that looks like a human?? o__O Marie was also your typical 'good girl'. Soft speaking, innocent, beautiful, justice of peace, goodie goodie - i would say a character that has been written so many times before but considering this came out in 1996 she could have been the first of many.
The characters were enjoyable but annoying. Predictable but interesting. Different but in the end the same as all the other ecchi/sister filled animes. Lets just say that 'characters' is not the strong point of this anime and leave it at that.
[ Enjoyment - 7 ]
I'm not too sure why i liked this so much. The sole reason might have been because this was one of my first animes and at the time i wasn't aware of the market for Japan cartoons and only knew about this one...at first. So i have a nostalgic attachment to it. That alone should make you steer clear of this. Because me being biased might be the down fall of my opinion.
But lets not let that ruin my review. In the end it had comedy, romance, drama, mild action, ecchi and, above all, it was just fun to watch!
[ Overall - 7 ]
By now you've probably worked out that this series is pretty lame and doesn't have anything real to offer and i have to agree with you. If you're planning on watching this DO NOT expect much, actually don't expect anything and you won't be disappointed. Easy.
But, at the same time, don't write this off completely. Yes, it's lame and the plot is driven to deliver ecchi filled scenes, and yes, it's only three OVA's long with no ending but it will make you laugh - while cringing - and 'yes' it will put a silly smile on your face.
If you're into classic animes then you gotta give this ago. It's only three episodes and i personally think it'd be a laugh to try and explain why it's on your Anime List - just tell em i recommended you but i didn't know what i was talking about! ;)
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58 of ? chapters read
The plot is very slow paced - not that the story doesn't progress but Song's improvement is slow and painful. This is what i found frustrating. Song is weak and pathetic and his 'improvement' wasn't only about strength but also will power and mental improvement.
Because of the pacing this manhwa has a long future, which is great because i am enjoying this but also frustrating as i know it will take a long time for him to get anywhere.
Really, the story is good but i gave it a low score because of the pacing.
I am the biggest sucker for art and when it comes to webtoons I'm like a fat kid in a candy store! The art is what makes me pick up mangas/manhwas in the first place. Webtoons are full colour panels and this doesn't disappoint. The fighting scenes and character designs are amazing. The mild ecchi is also pleasing because the girls are beautiful/cute/sexy and Song even pulled a few heart strings in recent chapters. Pure joy!
Song's character is cleverly designed. Sure he's pathetic, weak and depressing which makes it hard to like him but isn't that the main focus? This is about how Song becomes a better person, so at first no-one likes him and everyone pity's him but with the girls help he starts to get better.
The girls are also great characters. You don't get back stories or in dept analysis because the girls are already at their highest potential and frankly...TOTAL AWESOME!
All the girls are strong, can fight and have wicked personalities. I find myself liking many of the girl characters - which is rare for me, as i find many girls in typical mangas are weak and stupid BUT not in this manhwa! It's like the total opposite: the girls rule this and the boys come in second! *grins*
Like i said, this can be frustrating but at the same time totally breath taking. I even found myself crying when Song was at his lowest point. It was at that moment that i knew this Manhwa was something else. I rarely get emotional from comics.
I don't normally read depressing auras but the action/fighting kept me page turning. I love a good action. I love the suspense and drama of it all. This also has subtle comedy. The comedy can be the ice breaker and i found myself laughing out loud at times.
This has a good dosage of all genres and is delivered evenly to give a great read, hence my high score.
This series is still on going, so writing a review can seem either biased or pointless - i'll let you decide.
The point is that this manhwa is worth your time. Don't be put off by the genres or synopsis and give this ago - i did and I'm glad i started this!
I would suggest: if you LOVE good action/fighting then this won't disappoint but this also has some depressing issues involved around bullying, which ads drama but can be off-putting as you follow Song's depressing life for many, many chapters.
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10 of 10 chapters read
[ Story 9/10 ]
Arch 1: the plot is gripping. Secret Agent Zenji resigns due to a terminal illness, as the synopsis states, and while walking home he gets caught up in chase with some kid, Madoka, as they get shot at trying to escape. Right from the get-go the action starts and only gets better! The kid claims that he wants Zenji's body. Zenji, of course, takes it jokingly as a come-on but you soon find out why Madoka likes his body so much and how important he really is. This is where the supernatural & yaoi side of things comes into play - my favourite part!
Arch 2: this made my heart ache but for all the good reasons! Luca was an abused sex toy since he was very young. He was beaten, raped and has scars all over his beautiful body. A hitman with similar supernatural properties as the kid from the first arch kills his master. Luca's now free but doesn't know where to go and ends up with Shion. This arch had more 'moe moments' than smexy times because it concentrates on their bond. It made me awe more than once!
[ Art 6/10 ]
I'll be honest, the art isn't the best. At times there eyes didn't even line up and the whole thing looked like chicken scratchings. In some panels i couldn't even work out if it was a close up of a arm, leg, butt....while other panels were drawn beautifully with the characters being handsome/cute?
In the end it didn't ruin the manga or take away what was important but i wish it had a little more detail and 'cleaner' images.
[ Character 8/10 ]
1) Zenji (the secret agent) was a stereotypical seme, but a good one. He was blunt, unemotional and, at times, unimpressed towards Madoka but you see his 'warm' side as the story develops.
2) Madoka was a stereotypical uke. He's got a small 'girly' frame, he talks a lot, cocky, flirty and is always getting into trouble which requires Zenji to save him.
3) Shoin, from arch 2, is pretty much another typical seme. Yep, pretty much same as Zenji: blunt, unemotional and reluctant to show emotions until the plot thickens or Luca gets into trouble.
4) Luca would have to be my favourite character in this series. He doesn't talk...maybe that's why? tehee He is kind, sweet and suffers from 'shell shock' from all the abuse which makes him weak and vulnerable. I like 'damsels in distress' characters P: Plus he's really cute *moe moe moe*
[ Enjoyment 10/10 ]
This manga is a perfect example of all my favourite genres together in the one story: action, drama, romance, yaoi and supernatural! The drama revolves around police, guns and gangs which delivers action and danger. I'm also a sucker for damsels in distress, as i mentioned above, with the 'helpless' characters being rescued by the 'heroes'. Also the supernatural genre always grabs me. It would be the main reason i love Japanese comics so much. Nothing else like it :D
Oh and there's definitely some hawt action in the yaoi department *wink wink*
I enjoyed this so much i'm reading it again. Once wasn't enough!
[ Overall 9/10 ]
If you haven't started reading this yet based on what I've said so far then I'm not sure how else to convince you how good it is?
You get an extra arch, which i forgot to mention, involving 'Millie' the tech guy. It was a cute arch with some hawt scenes! Wasn't really needed but I'm not complaining :P
My only negative over the whole manga - besides the art - was that it wasn't long enough!
I tried to not go gaga over this and sound like a yaoi-sick-fan-girl but i couldn't help it >< such a good manga!
5 of 5 chapters read
[Plot - 7]
The story starts backwards. They first hook-up then development a relationship over time. So nothing new in the synopsis department but it still delivers a nice story. The story is also only one sided as you only see it from Miyabi's point of view. Keeps you guessing because you never know what Shuuhei is thinking. So the plot consists of Miyabi's mind taunting him over Shuuhei and what he's thinking/doing.
The comedy is light and cute. No drama and light - very light - bedroom scenes.
[Art - 5]
The art wasn't anything special. The characters were cute but no bishies. Simple backgrounds. Simple shading. meh
[Character - 7]
I like how the manga portrays the characters and makes you think they are something they're not - only to reveal their true selves in the end. It's like the author wants you to have the first impression only to make you realise people are not what they seem. Very clever.
One thing i will add about Miyabi is that he claims that he is only in relationships for love and love only...but he randomly picks up some boy (aka Shuuhei) and sleeps with him *clicks fingers* just like that. I found that a bit hypocritical. No-one perfect but that annoyed me.
[Enjoyment - 7]
I did enjoy this but only at a level of 'only read it once'. It was a nice story with some funny/cute scenes and nice romance but i can't see myself re-reading this any time soon.
I did like the extra side story at the end though. Answered some random thoughts/scenes that happened during the main story :)
[Overall - 7]
I was going to rate this only a 6, at first, but thought it did deserve a 7.
So overall questions:
1) Did i enjoy this? yes, it was cute and had a nice conclusion.
2) Will you re-read it? not anytime soon, if not never. Once is enough.
3) Would you recommend people to buy this? no, there's better stuff out there.
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