6 of 6 chapters read
I liked the romance pacing - if that's how one would describe it - as the scenes jump around slowly filling in moments and events. Really, the story is very basic: boy saves other boy from bullies on a whim and then they start having a sexual relationship. The plot is then a dance between the two deciding what their relationship exactly is. Is it more than just sex? is it love?
I like the character's personalities. Hazumi, the uke, is a little weird and doesn't talk, let alone express his thoughts, but he knows what he wants where Kakuno, the seme, was described by Hazumi as fickle; goes along with anything but changes his mind quickly without a second thought - or so it seems.
The art is outstanding. It's crisp and modern with clean lines and shading. Koizumi Kiyo only has a few, if only two, mangas that i could find. I hope to see more from her in the future.
The second arc, to this manga, is weird at it's best. The story can only be described as "odd". I mean, if some random climbed through my window...i wouldn't cross-dress and fondle him with my foot. It had a cute ending, though i personally liked the first story the best.
My score is driven by the art. Kiyo really knows how to draw hot semes, damn! The plots are generic with a small twist of quirkiness but not exactly mind blowing. I would recommend reading this for the art, a few giggles and simple conclusions. read more
8 of 8 chapters read
It's basically about a sixteen-year-old who falls for an eleven-year-old boy. Even Kazuo (the sixteen-year-old) knows it wrong, but he can't fight his feelings. Also, while this is happening, he is totally oblivious to his friend who is slowly closing in on him. And i mean 'literally' closing in. Touching him. Lending on him. Even the girls in his class started catching on, everyone except Kazuo, who is too caught up on his eleven-year-old friend to notice, until a stolen kiss that is.
Oh and somewhere in all this, there's a story about a kitten found in a box - the meet cute between the two boys.
Honestly, this was a mess. Characters. Plot. Art. Romance. Everything. The ending was also lacking. It had a great potential and was just, in my view, delivered poorly. The plot was also choppy and jumped around.
I only gave it a decent score because i finished it and it did make me smile and giggle over some events. I can't see myself re-reading this though as it left no lingering impressions what-so-ever.
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17 of 17 chapters read
Welcome to Nyan Cafe is a series of short arcs involving cat-boys who work at a cafe. And when i say "work", i mean they act more like hosts e.g. entertaining customers, getting attention, acting cute. Nothing terribly exciting happens. They play with toys, interact with each other and do what any neko would do: act cute.
The story revolves around a new member called Shiro. Shiro gets adopted by the owner, meets the other cats at the cafe, learns how to act for customers aaaand that's about it. The plot is next to none. Sure there is a little story thrown in there but mainly it's just 2-5 page arcs over little events like taking a bath, getting a new toy, meeting the girl-cats next door, etc
This manga is pure fan service for anyone who likes cat-boys. The art is amazing. Fresh designs with clean lines and shading and cute, oh my god cute! When Shiro was playing with a paper bag I lost it laughing. Anyone who has a cat can relate to how much cats love the simplest things.
Don't expect much from this for you will surely be disappointed. Instead come into this with the intentions of having a little giggle over the events and a gawk at the cuteness overload from the characters.
Also, I'll just add: I found it a little confusing to read as the panels read from top-right down to top-left down. Not like a typical manga from right to left, then down. read more
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.
Thanks for reading ^^
> There is currently 4 on-going volumes at the time of this review. read more
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!
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 180° 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 ♥