Shin's spirits were soaring after winning the lottery and landing a contract with a famous firm in the same day—not bad for a normally luckless office worker. He quickly plummets back down to earth, however, upon discovering that he's been saddled with an immense amount of debt. There is, however, one way he can keep his creditors at bay: become "friends" with an enigmatic and alluring girl named Kanoko. The task sounds simple enough at first, but leaves him eating his own words as Kanoko's selfish demands start to take their toll on him both mentally and physically. Will Shin ever be able to pay his debt off, or will the lust, luxury, and mystery simply overwhelm him??
Velvet Kiss is arguably Harumi Chihiro's best work. By far, the marriage between plot and ecchi/hentai always is a good one to read and observe. Especially if done well. Between the constant sex scenes and themes rampant throughout this work, there is a tender love growing between the two main characters that can be observed as the chapters fly pass. This love, while not clear at first, begins to slowly reveal itself and is very satisfying to see, if not being one of the main reasons to read this.
Harumi Chihiro's art is aesthetically pleasing to the eye in more ways than one, and in Velvet Kiss this is no exception. Although the amount of sex she drew in Velvet Kiss was somewhat excessive, it is understandable at the same time as it is somewhat true to say that the sex drives the plot.
In and of itself, the sex that Kanoko experiences at the beginning of this work reveals how shallowly she lives her life at first, until she meets the male MC, a somewhat lucky salaryman named Nitta. As the work goes on, she begins to have feelings for only one man, Nitta, and only with him can she have pleasure. If one reads between the lines, one can see where the direction of the rest of the book is going.
Needless to say the character development is also pretty exceptional on Kanoko's part. She changes from a girl without a care for life to a girl with conviction and power, and yet still retaining a somewhat tender side for the man she loves. The transition is so well rendered and made and is well worth the read.
On the other hand Nitta doesn't change very much--he remains your atypical male tsundere. Strangely enough he doesn't chase after his feelings aggressively, like some male MC's do, instead he acts through his gained wisdom from work and life in general and the way he applies his wisdom and skill is nothing short of satisfying.
Most people don't care for H manga. Undoubtedly, I'd say once most people read this they will change their mind. Some H manga, such as many of Harumi Chihiro's works, are well written and carry a bold and fulfilling plot while boasting beautiful art to boot.
Again, definitely worth the read, especially in one sitting.
5 out of 5 stars for Harumi Chihiro's Velvet Kiss. read more
I don't consider this kind of manga as an H manga, rather I put them on the smut category.
Velvet kiss is an H-manga that focuses more on the story ( that's why I consider this as smut), like Virgin na Kankei, though this one is more of the dark theme and kinda gives off a mystery theme too.
Story - 9
This story is about your everyday salaryman who got tricked(?) to an enormous debt and got another way to pay it, by befriending with a certain cute, beautiful, pretty, moe (sorry she is just too beautiful) expressionless girl.
The story goes on on how Nitta (the main character) is being played around/ordered like a slave on the first volume while giving very little information on what really is happening and leaves a lot more questions for the readers (like why is she so expresionless, what happened between her and her stepmother, what does her stepmother really wants blah blah), especially at volume 3.
Im at the latest translated chapter, which is chapter 17, and I've read the raws (though I can't understand Kanji) of the 3rd volume, and I can quite say that the story really got me, especially the cliffhanger of the 3rd volume (I won't say what it is though)
Art - 10
Its Harumi Chihiro, just that makes this a 10. And I don't care about genitals on this manga because I only consider this as smut, not as H manga
Character - 9
I LOVE KUDERE!
Kanoko is a kudere and quite the sadist (cool - dere, mostly expresionless girls, or those that really don't smile and gives off a "cool" aura), though while the story is progressing, she is showing more expressions, but that 3rd volume, seriously :|
Nitta, well, your normal salary man, he is an upright person and has been doing a good job at his work, until that loan hit him
Yoriko, the stepmother of Kanoko, this milf is behind all of this, or so it seems
There has been only a little information given atm, but character development and interactions are great, especially for Kanoko and the people connected around Nitta
Enjoyment - 8
The plot is great, the art is awesome, the characters are so great (Kanoko read more
Velvet Kiss starts off with the life of a normal "sarariman" (salaryman, jap term for businessmen) who one day finds himself with a huge debt, he was given an option to repay this by keeping a certain woman named Kanoko company. The whole story starts just like any other H mange, however the plot thickens and deepens the further the story goes, which along with the beautiful H content, will keep you wanting for more. For an H manga, it has an interesting story although keep in mind that this is a Hentai manga, therefore one could not expect much.
Art - 10
Harumi Chihiro's art has always been awesome, and it even gets better on Velvet Kiss. The character designs are gorgeous and the H scenes have some sort of elegance and simple beauty. The nether parts aren't illustrated though, which may disappoint others, however this does not mean you can't give it a 10.
Character - 8
Kanoko - the main heroine in the story. At first, she is introduced as a rich woman who's just obsessed with sex, as you progress further, you will notice that her strange personality even gets stranger, as tidbits of information about her are dropped here and there.
Shin - your ordinary businessmen who got involved in some deep shit. He's gentle, although he hates being toyed by Kanoko, most of the time he just keeps his mouth shut and vents his anger via... ummm.. making love with Kano.
Enjoyment - 9
It satisfies my desire for H, it has a decent plot, nice character designs and outstanding art. It deserves a 9. However I can't give it a 10, due to some parts being bland and the lack of other woman Shin screws with, IT'S AN H MANGA AFTERALL :D:D:D. As far as I've read, Shin has only done 2 women afaik, the one of the first chapter, and Kano.
Overall - 8
Provides vanilla H content that is more than satisfying, plot that won't bore you, beautiful art. What is not to like?read more
Work is a pain in the ass, isn't it?
Japan is a very workaholic society; I don't think I'd be exaggerating if I said they have one of the worst cases of overworked laborers in the world. Little vacation time, underpaid workers, and long hours, work in Japan literally "takes over ones life", more-so than any other nation in the world. Velvet Kiss shows this realistically. We see the characters juggle their love lives with work, which ultimately, is impossible in such a job-oriented society. I read in awe as Harumi Chihiro effortlessly told a story that flawlessly depicts this--a middle-class, average guy, through luck, encounters a crazy-ass rich beauty. Sex-friends at first, their hearts and emotions slowly grow closer together as the chapters fly by... they slowly become more than friends, and into something more.... read more