Ever since salary man Saki Hiroyasu passed out from fever and college student Shinomiya Jun nursed him back to health, they have only grown closer. Each time Saki frequently visits his favorite café, Jun rushes to his side to take his order, but ends up flushed in the face. No matter what he does to change things in his life, Jun always gets poked fun of by his coworkers and teased by his lover. Will this stop Jun and Saki from continuing to be lovey-dovey as they always are?
This review will include Otokogokoro (2 chapters) and Koibitogokoro (7 chapters).
When it comes to a manga that involves a romance between a seme and uke with a huge age gap, a regular Yaoi reader would expect a whiny, indecisive uke and an annoyingly overprotective seme creating drama at every turn. This manga is far from being related to that, which makes the love story more realistic and the characters more lovable.
A pure first-love story begins. All it took was for Saki to come down with a fever in order for Jun to be united with his crush. Something that was supposed to be a one-time
meeting transitioned to something memorable and everlasting as Saki and Jun instantly became strongly attached to each other. There are lovey-dovey scenes with the couple expressing their feelings through words and action. Experiencing homosexuality for the first time together contributes sexiness and comedy towards the manga. It also lightly addresses the challenges of same-sex relationships, but the characters overcome all obstacles with compassion and understanding. The supporting characters were positive and supportive, and the wise choices made in the relationship were all thanks to them.
There is a 15-year age gap between the couple. Jun is a slightly naïve yet independent college student. He is the pure-hearted uke who is easily flustered and clueless about most things, making him responsible for the majority of the comedy presented in this manga. Saki is a rich businessman who is so gentle with Jun and spoils him to the core. Jun and Saki both are respectable and straightforward with each other, despite their first time being in a same-sex relationship.
The art is beautiful and makes Jun look so young, adorable, and innocent. Saki is drawn as a mature and attractive gentleman with his poise, manly figure, and fancy attire. The sex scenes are graphic. The settings are not extremely detailed. The surroundings are mainly outlines, but the character design and story itself outweighs that minor con.
Overall, this manga is pure romance, and the affection between the couple makes Koibitogokoro a promising and attractive read.
This review will be putting emphasis on this story and it's sequel.
SPOILERS MIGHT COME UP.
So. what exactly is Koibitogokoro? Well, it's a little complicated to explain.
If you ask me to summarize this manga in three words, they would be:
Smut, smut and smut.
The thing I sometimes, dislike in yaoi manga is the way they portray the main characters. I'm sure you may have heard many good things about this manga, like it has a nice storyline etc. but the reason I gave it an average score is because it really doesn't have much good in it. Trust me, when I say this isn't that good. The
score of 6 is considered high for this manga.
Why did I give an average score to this yaoi manga?
This is me being nice and appreciating my inner fangirl. Because, believe me when I say FanGirl: this manga has a load of smexy sex scenes and kissing.
But, that's really all there is.
the storyline isn't very special. You may have seen this overused plot many times. And as usual, the seme (top) is overpowering and very rich. The uke is a waiter who takes care of this guy while he's drunk. The uke, as usual, is very cutesy and shy. The sex scenes are hot. But there is little to no character development. The only development I've seen so far is in the sequel but it is very minimum. The seme comes into the uke's house everyday, bangs him and gradually this so-called story of their 'love' blooms.
I liked the art a lot. The emotions are displayed just right on their faces.
Other than that, I still recommend it. WHo knows? maybe you might take a liking to it.
But for me, I think this manga needs a little work.