Yoshida's poor popularity and constant teasing are caused by his unfortunate looks. He's short, scrawny, and is infamous for his almond-shaped eyes and the evident scar which plagues his left cheek. Just when Yoshida's school life continues to spiral down, Satou, the school's celebrity, confesses his love for him! But this is not good news at all when Yoshida assumes the worst in Satou since it's tough to trust those of high social status. With the help of both old and new friends, uncovering past memories, and the life-saving sound of the school bell, will Yoshida ever escape his bitter charades to his true sweet and friendly side?
Aitsu no Daihonmei breaks every rule in the romance handbook in the name of mixed signals, shared memories, and the sweet surrender of after school liaisons! Satou's feelings are crystal clear as Yoshida struggles in concealing his true colors. Blast off to the crazy adventures of Yoshida and Satou as the fruits of their labor grow of both their relationship, and of themselves as well.
Volume 1: Kimi wa Happoubijin (You're Everyone's Friend)
Volume 2: Kame no Koi wa Mannen A Tortoise's Love Lasts For A Thousand Years, Love is Swallowed Whole), Koi wa Marunomi (Love is Swallowed Whole)
This manga... Words cannot describe my love for this series. I check for updates every day, sometimes twice. It's urging on the side of obsession.
Needless to say, this is my favourite shounen ai manga yet. Basically, it's a very light story with lots of humor, cuteness and uke abuse. So if you like seeing ukes being abused and sadistic semes this will definitely be your cup of tea. I know it's mine.
Also, don't be fooled by the tag and think this is yaoi, because so far there hasn't been any action.It doesn't keep us perverts from hoping though, eh?
This is probably one of the legendary ten yaoi that we're actually grateful to exist. Yes, it is that good, and it comes from a yaoi basher. Because we all know how horribly, amazingly idiotic and illogical yaoi can be, right?
So what is different here? The difference between this piece of masterpiece and thousands of other... UNPLEASANT yaoi manga is that this manga does. Not. Force it.
It is so realistic, yet so cute. It THANKFULLY has no unnecessary sex scenes at ALL, it doesn't show too many kisses or cuddles or stupid sentimental crap, yet it gives you that "oh-my-God-so-cute" feeling without a problem.
It is in fact more of a shounen-ai, but most of all, it is a simple romantic comedy.
The fact it is yaoi doesn't really change many things and that is what I loved about it. The fact this is about homosexuals in a romantic relationship only serves to make it a bit stranger and funnier, considering the manga is somewhat of a parody on the whole "girls love a popular bishounen" thingy. And this time, all the girls... and I mean ALL of them are chasing after one single damn guy (Satou), who happens to like one other single guy (Yoshida), whom all the other girls hate. And it is freakin' hilarious, because here, that horde of horny women is actually a great comical relief, and a great exaggerating point of manga. That horde is always, constantly on a mission to win Satou over, and to kick Yoshida out of realm of existence.
And on top of all, it doesn't necesarily revolve just around the main couple, and the supporting cast is greatly introduced, they are there in almost every chapter, and they also have a lot of character development. Expect awesomeness, which is a great success for a yaoi. Huge.
So what exactly can you expect from this manga? You can expect comically planted bishounens, love-craving "regular" people, comical relief woman horde, tons of laugh, a few fine parodies, and an unexpectedly cute "ugly" character to love.
do I have to say anything else? Lol. I have fallen in love with the series at first read. This really is one of the best SHOUNEN AI I have read so far. And it didn't disappoint the fangirl inside of me.
I screamed and laugh at every page and chapter of this manga.
Yoshida and Satou are an interesting couple and you would love them and their story.
So I highly recommend this series to those shounen ai/yaoi fans that likes to read a new and refreshing manga. :)
His Favorite will forever leave a lasting impact on me. Not for its tear-jerking plots or artistic views, but simply in how much enjoyment the author brings out from the reader.
As a slice-of-life manga, don't expect too much. Half the "story" is watching the characters drive the plot themselves, which, past hindsight, is a lot more difficult to do than others give credit for. There has yet to be any giant arcs longer than Satou's past which is a shame because I would like to see the mangaka go all out like that again. They have a unique sense of humor that understands when
not to take themselves seriously yet keeps it impactful to the reader. Alas, I also feel the need to bring up that this series can be distinguished from many others in that the main pairing has yet to sleep together yet are still interesting enough to drive the story forward almost completely on their own. Their love is what this series treasures, and I give so many props to the mangaka for taking this route.
Notice that I said "almost completely on their own." There are a few subplots here and there. And luckily, it's another thing I can appreciate about the story. I adore the incorporation of the two secondary pairings: Nishida/Azuma and Toranosuke/Yamanaka. The first pairing takes seven volumes before being brought in. SEVEN volumes. By then, Nishida is already a lovable character that readers can connect with; he's not there just to be gay. THAT'S how you do it yet it seems all other yaoi's love to miss that mark. Meanwhile the latter pairing ends up happening as an epilogue to an event in the main Satou/Yoshida plotline. After a few developments, it becomes a bit of a recurring secret that no one but Yoshida is in on. And there really is something special about that. Then there is the adorable hetero Akimoto/Yoko couple which proves that not every character that appears in a BL manga are necessarily going to be BL. The story manages to incorporate these four pairings in completely different ways that keeps itself fresh and still wonderfully hilarious.
At first glance, the art is nothing spectacular. The color spreads aren't as breathtaking or panels as detailed as other popular series, but you can tell it tries to hit the readers from a different perspective than that. There is the ever popular intentional derp school shot that the author loves exploiting for a laugh. You can't help but root for an artist that has the courage to make fun of themselves. Yet where the art shines is the design. The design of Yoshida is so lovably unique that you could spot and recognize his character from several miles away. Satou, although seemingly the typical good-looking love interest at first, becomes a human who expresses embarrassment, insecurity, and self-conscious anger that is well supported by the drawing of his facial expressions. Other characters such as Akimoto and Makimura draw out chuckles when they appear. And the artist actually utilizes the lack of variety in the design of the school girls as a running gag.
By far the strongest point of this series is its characters; particularly the main Satou/Yoshida couple. Yoshida is there to break every existing troupe while Satou derails half the situations into hilarity, making for a pairing that is nothing short of a great match. Couple dynamics aside, Yoshida experiences the typical high school guy crises involving his popularity and his relationship with Satou, yet it never gets to the point where he comes off as anything but simply a likable guy who's just wondering what will happen next. But then we add on top his other more subtle traits. Traits such as his complete acceptance for who he is and that being "ugly" shouldn't drive how much fun he has in life. Traits such as how he does stand up for himself and his friends when appropriate, simply because it's part of who he is and not as a plot device. And you've got a character that is not only solid but admirable and memorable. The thing is, none of these quirks Yoshida possess are overdramatized either but rather universally accepted as just being there. As many of great writers say, "show, don't tell." And Yoshida is a prime enough example of that where he goes onto my favorite characters list.
Then we have Satou, the more inhuman one of the pairing. He comes off as a typical popular guy cliché who chases down the outcast in secret for seemingly no reason at all. At this point you'd expect some love at first sight monologue or a flashback where one single insignificant moment between him and his love interest dictates the rest of his life because shoujo sparkles. *queue fangirl fantasies here* But no. The thing is, while it can be argued he starts off that way, that's not the route the manga takes at all. For reasons actually explained, he's a sadist. Or, a sadist who's an outlier from other sadists. Now that's quite a character. By the time you get to the end of his past, you can physically see why he's in love with Yoshida. We aren't told he is, but who needs to be told when it's right in front of you? Earlier I mentioned that this pairing is what drives the story forward almost all on their own, and these two are definitely strongly written enough to do that.
There are tons of different types of series: those which appreciate their fanbase, those who love torturing them, those that feed the readers' intelligence, those bottom of the barrel mediocrities that just don't care, etc. His Favorite is of the kind that aims to capture your heart to hold it warmly in its palms and nothing else. I think a lot of people forget how these types of series are getting rarer and rarer. I feel nothing but fondness when this manga is brought up. It definitely deserves an anime adaption.
I'm still following and buying the volumes online to this day. I just can't get enough of this manga.