When the President got into an accident, Shirotani Tadaomi met Kurose. On their very first meeting, Kurose could tell right away that Shirotani is mysophobic and said that it's pretty bad while suggesting it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Shirotani was left perturbed by the encounter. Who is Kurose? And how was he able to tell Shirotani's condition?
Ten Count has been published in English by VIZ Media under the SuBLime imprint since August 9, 2016; in French by Taïfu Comics since September 25, 2014; in Korean by Ruvill since October 10, 2014; in Thai by Luck Pim since April 2015; in German by Tokyopop since April 13 2015; in Polish by Kotori since November 18, 2016, and in Spanish by Ivrea España since October 2017.
At first I didn't think too much about Ten Count till the internet was shoving it i my face, won't hurt to read it right?
At first the story was really slow but if you like slow pacing it'll be perfect for you! It also giving you a trill when something major happens, it follows a man with a phobia and his journey to overcome it with the help of a unexpected friend. The relationship between the two is complicated, but things seems to be working other even if new troubles appear.
Nothing much to said other than it's GORGEOUS, the colours flow smoothly together making
a true work of art.
Each character seems to be stugglering with their own problems, some are expressed and some are kept in, they are trying to overcome their demons while helping the other with their's. The relationship between the two can be confusing or bumpy at time, still is actually, it's very strange but there's hope it'll become clearer.
I'm thinking I might pick this up again in the future when it's been completed because the art is just too beautiful, but I felt the story + characters were really lacking, especially after volume 2. I loved the first two volumes and was expecting that, if it continued the way it was going, it'd become a new favorite. But Kurose's behavior from volume 3 on really turned me off, and I felt that Shirotani was a really flat character that had far too many stereotypes.
But, like I said, the art was beautiful and I'm a sucker for that, so I might pick this up
again when the final volume comes out in Japan and try it in Japanese the second time around.
This manga, even if it's not finished yet, has been a huge disappointment for me. I started reading it because Takarai Rihito's art style is beautiful and when I read the plot, I thought, "hey, this could be nice!" but since the very beginning, it wasn't what I was looking for.
My lowest scoring is for the characters. Both, Shirotani and Kurose are so flat and stereotyped that it's disgusting. Shirotani is the typical shy and insecure uke, and you can probably say that's because of his phobia, but I rather think it's the opposite – the mangaka seems to use his phobia to make him
such a passive man.
On the other hand, we have Kurose, who at first you can think he's a nice and careful guy, maybe a little quiet, but kind of gentle in general. I thought so, but I was wrong. From the second volume on, he started to change in a very bad way. He became that sadistic seme who is so controlling over his boyfriend. He even reminded me of Christian Grey sometimes. Clichéd.
I think the story could have had a better development, but it focus on the sexual matter. This manga isn't about how Shirotani overcome his phobia thanks to Kurose and fall in love, it's about how Shirotani overcome his phobia thanks to having sex with Kurose (and fall in love, yeah). This has been something very present since the first volume, but in the third one it's the only matter.
Overall, I rate this manga 6/10 because I think this mangaka's art style is very pretty, but it became so PWP that I couldn't keep reading. I recommend this manga to those people who are ok with a whole chapter describing the seme boy fingering the uke boy (... this isn't a spoiler, is it? I hope not).
Takarai Rihito-sensei is known for her beautiful art in various series especially Seven Days and eventually made her own manga, Hana Series (Hana no Mizo Shiru + Hana no Miyako de) and not only she make beautiful art but her story is absolutely lovely too.
Now she brought another unique and lovely piece, Ten Count.
The story is really interesting the first time I read it. A guy who has Mysophobia (fear of contamination and germs) met this other guy who coincidentally works at a psychiatry clinic and is now trying to cure his phobia.
Just thinking about their situation really makes me (super) curious on what
will happen or how their relationship will work because the "uke" is mysophobic (meaning he dislike being touched and thinks everything in the world is dirty) and since this is also a yaoi manga.
As usual, sensei's art is really absolutely stunning and gorgeous which make this manga more interesting.
I think sensei really makes nice characters that suit each other. Just like Arikawa and Misaki of HanaMizo and now Kurose and Shirotani of Ten Count.
There is something about those two that makes me really love and support them both. (I guess that's what you call chemistry with each other?)
Though I sometimes don't get Kurose Riku. I can't grasp his whole personality yet but he looks like the "gentle seme" type for me but we will see...
Enjoyment/Overall: 10/10 / 9/10
I think this is the first time I encountered this kind of story (like you know, a mysophobic person... you can't really predict what will happen) so I'm really looking forward to it so much (since it's still on going).
The pace is kind of slow I guess so it's sometimes frustrating because I want to know Shirotani's past and what caused his phobia but I guess that's one of the good points of the manga. I don't want it to be rushed so I hope the quality will not drop!