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.
Let me start with a caveat. I read the reviews here first and then started reading Ten Count. So, I was initially not happy with the dominating seme and forcing...may be coercion is a better word for it...that is depicted in Ten Count. However, I couldn't get the story out of my mind. It really hits you in your heart. So, I wondered if I was missing something and I read it again.
And here's my opinion. A lot of the reviewers here focus on the BL trope and maybe they're sick of it. But in this story, I believe it truly was a part
of their dynamic. I'm sure no modern-day 26 year-old would wait 6 months to have sex and even longer to kiss. The main character never advertised himself as a saint. But he showed extraordinary resolve in waiting as long as he did. If it was left up to the protagonist, they'd never touch. So, I think coaxing him to feel pleasure and trying to give him a different perspective because he truly loves his partner is miles away from the blatant disregard of consent shown in other BL manga.
I would implore any new reader to set aside any preconceived notions about the manga and truly try to experience the anticipation and angst that is depicted beautifully in this manga. I've read it 3 times and all 3 times, I ended up crying because of how beautifully they fit together. They need each other. It's almost painful to imagine how much.
As I said before, I didn't like the coercion the first time I read this manga, but after re-reading it, for the characters, it makes sense. Because from the first volume itself, Shirotani's heart races every time they meet. I think the author was trying to show that if he really didn't want to push his boundaries, he wouldn't be with someone who says he can't control himself around him. I also really enjoyed reading about their troubled pasts. It was messy, uncomfortable and very sad which is how life is. I found it very realistic.
This is the best art I've seen in yaoi manga. Especially the detail in their hands. It was so delicate and beautiful.
Although there are fleeting moments when the main characters actually have fun and show some spirit, like the aquarium scene with the penguins and meeting Ueda-san at the cafe, I feel like it could've been explored more. We don't see enough of it. Although the smut was great, it was too much compared to the little character development we see towards the end. So the last 2 volumes were a little out-of-balance for me. I do think it may be because the author was sick and produced very short chapters toward the end. However, I like that not everything was resolved and their relationship was still a work-in-progress at the end. It would be very unrealistic to see everything resolved for an OCD patient within a year of meeting someone new.
I read it 3 times. Every time I read it, I realize something new. It really is a poignant story. Not because of the porn. But because of the painful, ordinary conversations between people that make you cry. My favorite scenes are Kurose's past, the 'Please don't throw me away' scene, 'I guess your tears are contagious' scene, Nishigaki scene, and their beautiful first kiss.
There is coercion in this manga, yes. But it fits with the premise of the manga. Even after they have sex, Kurose shows incredible consideration for Shirotani's condition. He does wait for 6 months. He stops being his doctor within 3 weeks of meeting him. There are reviewers who misrepresent him by saying he's a psychopath, unethical and a stalker *rolling my eyes*. Every time he met Shirotani was either a coincidence or previously agreed upon. He stops talking to him for months on end to give him space sometimes or because he didn't want to take advantage of his trust. And within a month, he tells his true feelings and is very straight-forward. So if Shirotani really didn't want to pursue the relationship, all he had to do was cut ties with him and not show up to their next meeting. I really don't understand the reviewers who say it's borderline rape. Because they assume that a 31 year-old male is somehow a helpless damsel in distress. -_- Anyway, I just wanted to write about my experience because this manga is bashed on many unwarranted grounds. I love it and I'm sure many more people will love this delicate little world too.
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.
I have to say that I did not dislike the manga, but it’s not exactly my personal choice of storyline. On the other hand though, I almost immediately developed a liking for the two main characters. Especially what drawer me into the storyline, is the fact that both Shirotani and Kurose, have such opposite characters, and I believe that’s what makes it great. Regardless of the fact that, it has a few sexual scenes, it does not heavily base it on that, instead it really focuses on the character development, and how Shirotani and Kurose develop their relationship. It’s just a bit of a shame,
that the series was pretty short, and it would be great if a sequel is made for the manga. Worth the read, but it would not be something that I would re-read.)