Synonyms: The Reason His Earlobes Redden, A Reason for Earlobes, Ushirosugata no Natsu no Neko, Tsumuji no Mannaka, Kuchibiru no Teppen, Yubisaki no Biyaku, Love Potion Fingertips, The Top of the Lip, The Center of the Hair Whorl, The Summer Cat Turns Its Back
Mimitabu no Riyuu starts really good with the first chapter, and in my opinion it should have ended with it. Going through the second chapter of this manga is tolerable, but all the subsequent chapters seemed unnatural and unnecessary, and the characters became a grotesque representation of what they were in the chapter one. Chapters 2/5 are pretty much identical, except for that feeble attempt at changing the point of view in chapter 3, which delivered the finishing blow to Yamaguchi's credibility as a human being. I think the mangaka attempted to make seme seem less of a seme, and uke less than an
uke, which is in itself a commendable effort, in which she, I'm afraid failed miserably.
To sum up, the first chapter is worth reading. The rest of Mimitabu no Riyuu offers very little except a few nicely drawn smutty scenes.
For some reason this manga has been reviewed only by readers who truly dislike it... why?? If there is already a review describing the short comings, one should be enough. Was it really horrible enough to rate a 2 and review it as such a disgrace of literature that it was done twice?? NOPE!
Usually I only rate manga with a score below a 5 if it is truly heinous, and so bad that it isn't even worth giving a review. I find it a little unnerving that there are only negative reviews to judge this manga by, so I am going to write
one that showcases just how much enjoyment I got out of this manga.
Don't get me wrong, of course we read reviews to see if a manga is worth our time. And, it is helpful to read reviews that outline things readers may not want to read about. Such is the case with the rape scene, if you cannot stand a bit of forced intercourse, yes, stay away. But, I would like to point out that said scene is not over the top,and there is no shedding of blood or hellish bondage or mutilation at all. It takes up about 1 page and is ended almost as soon as it started.
So without further ado, lets start my review :)
Story: It's yaoi, the other reviews did have that right, it has most of the stereotypical scenarios that play out in most BL manga. But I found the format and delivery of the story to be good.
Characters:The attitudes and characteristics of the MCs are also correctly pointed out. There is an abusive uke (because he hates PDA) and an obsessive seme (to the point of stalking). But some how those characteristics charm me in some way. And lets not forget a better than average female character, the ukes sister. Most yaoi cannot integrate females in anything but bad conditions, and then they are removed from the story somehow. Plus one, right there.
Enjoyment: At the time of this review, I have read the manga twice. My initial score was an 8. Then I read the reviews and was in awe of how far off my score differed from them, so I read it again. Still sticking with a solid 8. The story kept my attention, made me laugh, feel for the characters in one way or another, and left me with a smile. To me, that's an 8.
Overall: In my humble opinion I think this manga deserves better than what was previously stated. Give it a read if you enjoy a bit of angsty college life and misunderstandings that result in a comedic couple.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. I chose to include them because some events in the story might be harmful and/or triggering to some readers. TRIGGER WARNING.
This, just like the mangaka said, is a very typical yaoi. Don't expect anything more.
Storywise, well, it's a typical yaoi. Throw in an abusive "tsundere" jealous uke to "strengthen" their relationship, and a seme that first looks like he loves the uke but turns out to be obsessive and rapes the uke but everything is, of course, fine after that because yaoi.
It seems to me that every single character is unlikable or weird in a very bad way. Even the side
characters were bad, and everyone was unoriginal. Yet again the author said they wanted to appeal to a bigger audience, so I get it.
The art was not bad, I could tell everyone apart easily and it's not exactly the same as every other yaoi. Though the uke is still petite and has them long hair and the seme is huge with a handsome face.
Was it enjoyable? Not at all. I wanted it to somehow become better as I read on but it kept going worse and worse, and then it ended like that. The only thing I didn't find appalling was the art.
There's nothing else to say. It's a short, stereotypical yaoi, with all that typical yaoi stuff in it.