Hardworking, good-looking, and heir to daddy's company, Shimano thinks his life's just about perfect. Except that he's working from the bottom up in the company, and he can't seem to get along with Kurokawa, his manager. Competent but flippant, Kurokawa always seems to pay extra attention to Shimano, whether it's teasing him to make him work harder or covering up for his mistakes, which of course drives Shimano crazy. So he has Kurokawa firmly blacklisted until he realizes that Kurokawa's private life isn't a bundle of roses and begins to sympathize...and how are you supposed to hate someone you sympathize with, anyway?
This is everything a good yaoi should be: smart, funny, empathetic, and hot as hell.
'Charismatic' is the best word I can think of to describe Doushiyoumo Nai Karedo. It's not got elaborate art or a 100% unique plot; what it does do is spin the old chestnuts of office romance and "does he love me, does he not, oh woe is me" into something that feels new - and honestly is that not what makes yaoi readers punch the air, the new? We don't really get it that often.
The strength of this manga is in its characters: Shimano, the young guy who's got it made as the popular, handsome heir to his father's company starts to work under his competent (though non-elite) loud-mouth superior in the firm, Kurokawa. They do not get on. Kurokawa provokes Shimano into revealing his more arrogant, spoiled side, and Shimano provokes Kurokawa into, er, making Shimano his 'pillow'. Sexual tension of course then ensues, and as Shimano comes to see his superior in a new light, he begins to find himself needing a closeness it appears he's never experienced before. While divorcee Kurokawa is more obviously in need of some companionship, the reader starts to see Shimano might need a few hugs too, if not more. Many, many more.
(Can I just say that Natsume Isaku does yearning SO WELL? I almost hugged my *computer screen*.)
How you respond to the art all depends on your expectations. If you want flowers and flowing locks and psychological layouts, then you will be disappointed. If you want confident, clean, charismatic artwork that expresses both humour and emotion perfectly, then look no further. My personal make-or-break art foible is in the way a mangaka draws eyes, and Natsume Isaku has totally conquered me on that front - lovely and strong, and able to express hilarious sneakiness.
Doushiyoumo Nai Karedo is a blunt manga. What its characters feel is 'said' right there on the page. This can add up to tremendously effective sequences of emotion, where Shimano and Kurokawa can dance around each other, but not around the reader. If this is your cup of tea, along with characters growing in front of your eyes, humour, adult emotion, men in suits (hooray!), and a truly excellent translation job, then it is definitely worth a try.read more
I'll keep it short. This was one of my first yaoi/BL mangas and after a year or so of reading it, along with a bunch more, I surprised myself in still giving it a 10 after a second time. The story is set between two salary men, Shimano and Kurokawa, which is pretty usual. However, you get captivated by it because:
- It's really good paced;
- There IS character development, you can see their backgrounds and the progression of both the relationship and the characters is well done;
- The sex scenes are pleasing. That's the only thing I'd change though, there should be more of them. But you won't be disappointed;
- The art style is satisfying, still this is more personal. The proportions are good enough (aside from the yaoi hands, they are there but it's not that bad), Shimano isn't girly, both are hot.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend it whether you are still initiating your yaoi/BL journey or have come a long way already, because it's hard coming across a good balance between all the smut and the over sugarcoated shounen ai out there. Plus, I find the length ideal, neither too short or too long. It's worth your time.
I don't even know why I friggin' like this manga. I just don't know. I just kinda started reading this manga, kinda liked the chemistry between the two main characters, kinda liked the cute side stories, kinda liked the clean art, and in the end, after I finished it, I screamed on the top of my lungs. I LOVE this manga.
Story - I, as much of a BL fan I might be, am very picky about BL stories. I love stories with certain depths to it, but not so overboard you'll get tired understanding it. The thing about Natsume Isaku's mangas is how the stories are so simple, so easy to understand, yet so adorable and so beautiful. It's basically about two dudes who were once kinda enemies, suddenly they kinda fell in love with each other, and kinda do ~sexy~ things together (I kinda abused the word "kinda" in this review, ok I'll stop). The story isn't something that gets you very agitated for the emotional scenes and very embarrassed for the sentimental scenes, but it is... very easy to read and very easy to love. The story just flows, with bits of cuteness and sexiness here and there, and I just loved it. It is something you can just re-read for so many times without getting bored. The hot scenes don't DOMINATE the entire series, in fact, they are very nicely put and they work as some kind of fuel that ignites the story. I loooooooove them to bits.
Art - What can I say, Natsume Isaku's art is, as I have stated, very clean and at the same time, beautiful. At the same time, because it's quite clean, the hot scenes might not be as hot as you guys want. But for me, it's just perfect. Sometimes you just have to focus on building the chemistry and adding cuteness to the characters and not give us readers a lemon overdose...
Character - Very cliched, I must say, but I still love it. Why bother criticizing characters because they are overused, damn just bear with it. At least the main pair works well with each other. I love them and I love how they interact. How they somehow built their love and just fell in love like that.
I really enjoyed reading this manga. It's a really light read, a really cute one in fact. If you're running out of some cute BL manga stock, and you want to read something to enlighten your day, I sincerely recommend this to you guys. Beware, you might die of dem cuteness attack.read more