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 is really a diamond in the rough. With its simple but effective art style, engaging characters, and bittersweet romance, it is truly one-of-a-kind.
Yoneda Kou's art is a feast for the eyes. Elegantly uncomplicated, it excellently portrays the characters' emotions with innocent sincerity. Yoneda avoids many of the tired artistic cliches so rampant in this genre; her characters struggle through their problems without the copiously over-flowing uke tears, without the angry seme suddenly turning into a vicious rapist, without any of the contrived scenarios added solely for dramatic effect that one usually finds in yaoi manga. The seriousness of the art and the notable lack of sight-gags and chibis really helps to set a dramatic tone from the very first glance. Yoneda's artistic style lends itself to a subtle and believable story - exactly what Doushitemo Furetakunai is.
The simplicity of the art allows Yoneda's characters to stand on their own merits and makes them more believable as regular guys who happen to fall in love. Although they are attractive, the characters are not the standard perfect, stunningly beautiful super-models. Rather, they come off as seriously normal people. The 'beauty mark' on Shima's chin is a good example, as well as a refreshing change of pace; it's not often that a mangaka in this genre includes even such a small detail in her character designs. Even something as seemingly insignificant as a mole on a character's face can have a marvelous effect on the overall realism of the entire work, and Yoneda uses this to her advantage.
Yoneda's characters aren't just visually believable, though. Their personalities and the tone of the entire story are realistic to a degree that most yaoi manga doesn't manage to achieve. The characters' issues, and the way they deal with them, are surprisingly adult and completely relatable. Further, watching all the characters interact with each other can draw the reader in, making her feel as though she is actually there with them. This sense of immersion intensifies the realism and relatability in a way that is much more commonly seen in long, multi-volume drama series than in a five-chapter yaoi manga. That is the main reason why Doushitemo Furetakunai stands out among its peers - it has more depth and soul to it than most stories in its genre. It truly feels as though Yoneda cherishes the story and puts a lot of effort into writing it, which makes reading it much more engaging.
The romance and sexuality are also quite notable in the sense that they straddle a delicate line; the line between, on one hand, the type of romance in a story for which love is a secondary theme and, on the other, the type found in typical yaoi manga where love comes first and everything else just serves as a prop to provide context for the love story. It is obvious that Doushitemo Furetakunai's main theme is the building relationship between the two main characters, but Yoneda's story-telling style allows the development of the relationship to happen in a way that seems natural and unhurried, despite the fact that it happens in only a few chapters.
The sexuality itself is beautifully done. Although sometimes a harder or more raunchy type of sexuality is preferred, it's nice to see a manga in which the sexuality is tasteful, natural, and realistic. A reader who is expecting typical yaoi fare may be disappointed - the sex is mostly implied; the scenes are short and nothing is actually shown that one couldn't view in front of one's friends. The lack of hard-core sex doesn't diminish the impact of the characters' sexuality, though. On the contrary, the way the sex scenes are presented highlights the way the characters feel for each other, and no slurping or squishing sound effects are needed to keep the scenes feeling sensual and sexy. Falling somewhere between shounen-ai and soft-core yaoi, the sexuality makes up for its lack of vividness by being alluring and sweet.
My one complaint in Doushitemo Furetakunai is that Yoneda does rely on a common theme - "the curious straight man falls for the hesitant gay man" story has been done many times already - but still she manages to make it stand out somehow. Some suspension of disbelief is required to justify why a straight man wouldn't question himself more upon falling for another man, but the fact that the straight man in question tends to be open and nonjudgmental allows this point to slip quietly under the radar without too much consideration. Ultimately the situation is questionable but still believable - one could see it happening in reality, even if it isn't a common occurrence.
All things considered, Doushitemo Furetakunai is an excellent series and a perfect diversion from the usual yaoi manga fare. The simplicity and sweetness of the art and storytelling contrast wonderfully with the complexity of the main characters and their relationship. The unhurried, calm pacing leaves one with a feeling of zen, even while impatiently awaiting the next turn in the story. This is definitely a good read for anyone who enjoys bittersweet romance stories with light sensuality and an easy-going plot.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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".read more