On his very first day at a brand-new job, shy Shima is trapped in the elevator with a hungover mess of a guy... who turns out to be his boss! Togawa's prickly exterior definitely puts the rookie recruit on-edge, but it doesn't take long before Shima's every waking thought is invaded by his overbearing yet totally thoughtful superior. Will Shima put aside a history of disappointment in order to take a chance on a complicated relationship?
No Touching at All breaks every rule in the office handbook in the name of mixed signals, shared memories, and the sweet surrender of an after-hours liaison! Shima and Togawa butt heads both at work and in the bedroom... but their inexplicable chemistry is far too intense to ignore. Can these two men forget their painful pasts and move forward hand-in-hand?
Doushitemo Furetakunai --I absolutely don't want to touch you-- tells the story about Shima and Togawa, your average company workers. Shima is the new guy, he has a shy and blunt personality; he doesn’t talk unless it’s necessary and when he does he is very incisive. Togawa finds these traits really interesting and, after a really bad first impression, he can’t help but want to tease Shima every time he sees his inexpressive face. This situation could turn out to be a normal boss/employee relationship, or even a good friendship, but, what happens when Togawa accidentally discovers the other side of Shima and becomes even
more curious about him?
Yoneda Kou is another mangaka that, working with a common plot, can achieve an amazing result that stands out from your usual BL. The greatness of this manga is on the details and the way the story is presented; normal, realistic and focusing in the characters’ feelings. We are allowed to see some pretty painful struggles, bad decisions based on a confused judgment and love as it is most of the times; really complicated and scary.
This story is deep and with a perfect amount of drama that doesn’t go to the point of becoming unnatural. It centers on a major fact of life: in a good or bad way, the sad parts of a person’s past affect their personalities and choices forever. Togawa and Shima represent different ways of dealing with those painful memories; they are polar opposites that wouldn’t have been more than friends if it wasn’t exactly for their difficult pasts.
The flow or direction feels kind of melancholic in a really beautiful way. It’s like an extract of real life moments where every detail, from the dialogue to the illumination, becomes an important part of a whole; each moment is dyed with a particular emotion, along with the characters’ thoughts, and nothing feels off or out of normal. Thanks to that we are able to sympathize with them and to actually go along with the mood in every moment. Certainly, there must be some sort of magic here that brings forth a painfully beautiful story, and even the sex scenes add to that, being so simple and yet so sensual and full of meaning.
The art is beautiful, simple and smooth, soft at some parts darker at others. It’s a nice style that feels good from the very beginning, and later you become aware of the tidiness and the small changes that come along with the mood. Maybe all the faces look similar but their expressions are nicely defined and every character is well designed. Definitely a unique art style that has become one of my favorites already.
The characters are portrayed in such a natural way, like real men with their particular traits; really different from your usual role's presentation. Shima might seem girly at first since he has a shy personality and it's often called cute, far from reality, he has a really sharp tongue, he is really bold most of the times and knows how to take care of himself. What might be out of place here and brings a bit of stereotype is how easily the relationship began, like a straight guy wouldn’t have a problem getting involved with another just for the sake of desire, makes me wonder how open minded had Togawa been raised.
Doushitemo Furetakunai is one of those gems of boys love that are really worth reading several times, you can always enjoy it in different ways. Surely, this is a story a lot of people can identify with, the main trouble for this couple might seem the straight/gay issue but it actually isn’t. Fear of falling too hard and not being able to stand the loss later, that’s it. In the end, the realistic touch of it calls to a deeper reflection; how much risk can we take in order to be happy?
---Queen2408 for the Anti Girly Uke Yaoi Club. You are invited to join and participate in the discussion.
I'm not gonna say outright that I'm a big connoisseur of simple yaoi-driven stories. In fact, this is really only the third one I've read. But I'm not stupid enough not to know that this one really wasn't exceptional.
I guess it stood for its one true purpose: an angsty little story about two misunderstood bishounens who have sex frequently. But really, that's all it was about. It DID have a plot, I guess, if you could call that story "satisfying", but then again, I keep losing myself. This isn't an action-adventure. This is a yaoi.
In that case, it was pretty good. The sex
scenes were undoubtedly hot. And....that's all I really have to say. The characters themselves at least had SOME personality, even if there wasn't too much depth to them (despite having tragic backstories).
At the end of it, it wasn't too memorable. It was saucy when there was saucy stuff going down, but overall...it was "meh".
Doushitemo Furetakunai is only BL manga I have read thus far that seamlessly blends drama with yaoi, with just a light comedic touch (after I read a succession of panels that lead to me thinking "Aww, that's really sweet", this line suddenly shows up "Don't fart in your sleep" (lol) and strangely, it never seriously detracted from the whole "sensitive" mood that was set). Though DF only has 9 chapters, the story was told beautifully and nothing felt rushed. Not one panel in the manga felt excessive or out of place, they just flowed nicely into one another. The whole story might've well been based
on true life or something, it had that kind of feel to it.
Though the art might not have been the flashiest one out there, it was still very well done and was perfect for the story. The two main characters weren't drawn like your typical bishies; on the contrary, they had a very "average" appearance and this actually fit nicely with the tone of the story.
The two main characters were well-rounded: both had obvious flaws and these are what gave them a certain degree of relatability (their design played a major part in this as well). And of course, one thing I'll always appreciate: the uke wasn't overly girly. Though he had his blushing maiden moments, they were few and all had a specific purpose.
In summary, DF is one of the few manga's I've read where everything just fit like a glove... compelling storytelling mixed with just the right style of art.
This was one of the most touching stories I've read. It's very rare for a manga to elicit an emotional response from me but this one did. I full-on wept and that surprised me.
What I loved about this story:
1. The plot was moving, down-to-earth, and relatable.
2. The characters were extremely endearing and neither was a typical seme or uke.
3. The artwork really brought out the personalities and body language of each character.
4. It made me laugh; it made me cry.
I think what struck me about this manga was how real it felt. There was nothing spectacular
about the setting or the characters. It's a normal office setting and both characters are fairly normal looking guys. Shima's insecurity, brought on by his previous relationship, is so relatable it's palpable. Who wouldn't feel exactly the same way under those circumstances? It's very easy to empathize with him.
Both characters are very straight-forward and honest in their own ways and I love that. I get tired of the stories where 95% of the story is filled with a character denying his own feelings. This story doesn't do that. The characters struggle with a lot of things but denial of their own feelings isn't one of them. And that's refreshing.
The artwork in this manga is simplistic and yet amazing. This artist has a unique gift for capturing the body language of a man, and not in a shoujo / bishie kind of way. There's just something so real about the art in this manga, so genuinely, naturally male, that's it's entrancing. Their speech is that way too. The way the characters talk to each other is so natural and so male. There's no extra words or syllables like in female speech. It's short, sharp, staccato, almost monosyllabic but that's how men talk. And it makes it all so much more vibrant and real.
There wasn't an abundance of sex in this manga but I didn't feel disappointed by that. It had just the right amount for a story of this nature and it was drawn in a way that was both erotic and emotional.
This is in my top three favorite yaoi manga of all time. I highly recommend it.