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!
Thanks for reading, feedback is appreciated ♥
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! ;)
Thanks for reading my review. Feedback is appreciated ♥
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.
Hope my review was helpful. Feedback is appreciated ♥ read more
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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1 of 1 chapters read
Even though this is a short story is still packs a punch. I find myself re-reading this many times and was surprised there were no reviews. So without further adieu...
[Story - 7]
The story is deep. It involves war, politics, death and above all love. The dialogue is intense and i found that i didn't quiet grasp the politics of war - not my strong points as a fan - but could still enjoy the plot just the same. It was sad. I won't lie. It left me feeling depressed with a longing for the two as they struggled against the war and their own beliefs.
Don't let it put you off but just don't expect a happy ending, something I've noticed with all of Inariya works.
[Art - 10]
What can i say? I'm a HUGE fan of Inariya's art. Massive fan. Her level of detail is outstanding. Whether it be the backgrounds, the anatomy or just her characters, her works stands out from the rest. If you're going to read this for any other reason...do it for the art alone!
[Character - 7]
I'm not someone who can break a character down and analyze their 'being' but for the sake of the review i will say that each character made an impact on me. The boy for his cold but caring characteristics and the man for his shell-shock depression who can still show emotions.
I mentioned about how this has love. Well, the love you probably think of is not the love I'm talking about but more a bonding between the two. They don't confess, kiss or hold hands and skip off into the sunset but instead spend time together as two enemy's. But with time grows acceptance. And with acceptance grows a bond. But when that bonding is jeopardised how does their true colours shine? This is what i found most intriguing about the characters.
[Enjoyment - 6]
It's a bit skeptical giving my enjoyment a 6 after giving such high scores everywhere else but my reason being that is even though this manga is outstanding it's still sad and depressing. So my enjoyment wouldn't be classified as a happy one overall.
Also, it's just way too short. I would have loved for this to become at least one volume long but i can't argue with why it's short and the ending was suited - even though it was sad :(
[Overall - 7]
Lets recap: so even though this is short it's a good read. I would say the highlight of this manga is the art. Also being a fan of Inariya i expected some action *wink wink* but you will NOT find that here. Lets just make that clear.
So why do i re-read this so much? i like the feeling i get from their bond at the end. It tugged my heart strings and almost makes me weep for them. I'm a big sap :)
Thanks for reading, I hope this was helpful ♥
6 of 6 chapters read
Most romance stories are so a-like that they start to blend together. Same meet cues. Same developments. Same endings. They get to a point where it feels like I'm reading the same story over and over just with different characters and situations.
'Entangled Circumstances' falls into that category.
Ahhh yes, the plot. The main drive. The whole reason you pick this manga up. Well this one is as typical as they come: two friends. One is in love with the other, while the other is totally oblivious. They work together after being friends during collage and so the story goes.
I gave this a low score because it was predicable. Nice, but same old. Slice-of-life drama with jealously and competition being the main objective. While ignorance also plays the main theme between the two.
Soft, light art. Yep. Nothing special but still clean and easy on the eyes.
The characters - even though plain - were reasonable. The uke was a typical tsundere *yawn* as the seme was popular, good looking, the 'Prince' of the school. Nothing new here folks.
My enjoyment wasn't anything to remember. I read this early in the morning before my morning coffee and didn't miss any dialog or plot. It was simple but pleasant. Generic but satisfying. It put a smile on my face and that was all.
So my overall feelings are that I enjoyed this as i felt obligated too so my hard earned money wasn't wasting but will not re-read as it was typical and predictable. In the end it was a pleasant read with a simple plot and characters.
4 of 4 chapters read
I like the art. The art is almost identical to Rihito's works (aka Seven days, Only The Flower Knows, etc). The characters are well designed and the scenes are soft but very detailed. I especially like the detailing. The anatomy, the clothing, the backgrounds....stunning! But this was all this manga had to offer.
I didn't like the plot. Yes, at first it was as expected: slow paced with minimal love interest that was growing with a few heart flutter scenes...until it took a turn. I can't go into details without giving away spoilers but i feel that it enhanced the drama too quickly and i seriously thought i missed pages?!
Putting that aside the relationship also came to a halt. It was developing and building...then nothing *sigh*
Yohito (the uke) was a weird one. He is a social outcast with an attitude that showed that he really didn't care. He did as he pleased. Spoke as he pleased and just did...well what he felt like doing. He ate when he was hungry. He slept when he was tired....he really reminded me of a pet cat.
While Keiichiro (the seme) was almost the opposite. The story follows Keiichiro as he found something interesting in Yohito. He started to stalk him and ended up becoming his friend..without Yohito really realising it. He slowly entered his life and even though he wasn't appreciated when the moment came he becomes Yohito's only means of existence. I like Keiichiro :)
This would have been a lot better if it was longer. It seems like Keiichiro has a very dark past but it wasn't explained and the mangaka glazed over it only showing us a small fraction - not enough in my opinion - which lacked overall. Same with Yohito. He had some childhood trauma that wasn't explained? *sigh*
In the end I'm glad i purchased this but i won't be re-reading it any time soon. If i do it will be for the art and 'cuddle' scenes only.
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7 of 7 chapters read
[ Story ]
Plot is basically about twins who have a serious brother complex for their older brother. So of course lots of 'moe-moments' as they act out their day-to-day lives chasing after their brother. Baths together, cuddles, kissing, monopolizing him in every way. The complex, however, starts to escalate when a third party shows interest in their brother.
There was also a nice little plot twist thrown in - i won't give it away - that added a nice break from the comedy/chibis. I like the story. It was simple and heart warming. Made my heart flutter.
[ Art ]
I was drawn in from the cover art but was pleasantly surprised with what followed. At first i didn't like it but the more times i read it the more it grew on me. The younger twins are HOT! Their eyes took some getting use to but the anatomy, chibis and scenery won me over.
[ Character ]
What can i say, the twins are typical twins: same on the outside but have different personalities. At first you don't notice but as the layers are stripped away you start to pick up on the subtitle things, like who 'likes' Nao and who 'Loves' Nao more.
Nao is your typical 'in-denial' character...or so it seems. As you get closer to the end you realise how much he actually pays attention to his brother's love. I like Nao, he's not just some stupid uke. He really brings something to the table which makes the story so much better.
[ Enjoyment ]
This always brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. Sure it's typical BL with the same scenarios, but i found that the silly comedy and the touching drama elicited many emotions from me. I was laughing at the comedy. I was blushing as the twins devoured their brother and i was sad when Nao was at his low point. The only thing i would criticize was the lack of 'juicy' scenes but the plot, characters and, well, everything else made up for it.
[ Overall ]
This is one of those rare BL's that has a good dose of everything: good comedy, sweet romance, good characters, interesting drama scenes and nice art. I wouldn't suggest this for a quick fix as i feel that would underrate it for what it is. Instead, read this for a heart warming BL.
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