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?
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!
I don't normally put up a review for yaoi manga unless they really strike a chord with me. At a mere 3 volumes, Ten Count is not normally a series I would review, however, something about it stands out from the crowd.
The manga is about the relationship between a mysophobic secretary, Shirotane (whose condition is so out of hand he can't ride on the train, eat in a restaurant or pick up something someone else has touched) and a child psychiatrist, Kurose. As someone who has struggled with a disorder, I found Shirotane to be represented really well - being both reluctant to change (there's
nothing wrong with me) while at the same time eager to be a bit more 'normal' (if I wasn't like this, wouldn't things be easier?). He has some few people who respect his condition who he is somewhat close to, otherwise people treat him with disdain (does he think we're dirty or something?)
It is rare for a serious condition like this to be treated with the respect it deserves and is NOT played up for laughs. The fact that Kurose is a psychiatrist means he understands Shirotane's condition as well as how to deal with it (I am asking you very seriously, would you prefer to fall on me, or on the floor?), and how far he can be pushed. There is no easy cure, Shirotane does not become 'fixed' by love or any such drivel, he struggles to overcome his mysophobia, with limited success.
The twist in the relationship which is probably the deciding factor in whether or not you'll enjoy the manga, is that it is interpreted as an S&M dynamic. Too often S&M relationships in manga turn out to be a lot more about the BDSM aspect than the S&M, or involve humiliation and disrespect, or rape.
Ten Count is more of a pure S&M dynamic, with Kurose always pushing Shirotane to the limit without ever taking him too far - allowing him to keep his clothes on during their (very hot) sex scenes, or his gloves, or refraining from kissing him on the lips. It is his respect for both Shirotane and his condition that make the manga a step beyond your average yaoi. He frequently asks permission from Shirotane as to what he can and can not do - and listens to Shirotane's answers, interestingly enough - except when it comes to Shirotane projecting his mysophobia onto Kurose (when he begs Kurose to 'disinfect himself' AFTER they've had sex, he outright refuses because it has nothing to do with Shirotane).
Smutty, well-written, clever and respectful, I HIGHLY recommend Ten Count.
Ten Count is a really unique yaoi manga in my opinion. I have never seen a yaoi manga placed in this kind of setting before. Granted, maybe i have not read alot of yaoi manga, BUT, it truly surprised me.
As i believe you read the summary, i will not elaborate much on its setting. Like ive said in the beginning, i have never seen a yaoi couple where one of them is Mysophobic. This is what makes this story so much different than from others. At first when i found out that Shirotani is mysophobic, i was like "wait. since most yaoi manga
have smut in them, how will this yaoi manga turn out? will it have any smut? what will happen??". So as i was reading i like how the author try to make Shirotani and Kurose a couple. Though i have to say unfortunately, i find the pacing of it a little bit fast. Just a littllllle bit.
Ive read other works Takarai Rihito made, like Seven Days and Hana no Miyako de, and i have to say her art is done really well. It is pretty consistent throughout the mangas she has done and this is no exception.
This part personally i feel was not done as well. I'll make myself clear, as of now, i have only read till chapter 16 so in the future if my problem with it is solved, then just disregard this part of the review. Okay, so on to my problem with it. I feel that the amount of characterization given to Shirotani and Kurose is totally imbalanced. There is way too much characterization on Shirotani and little to nothing on Kurose.
I dont know if its because a lot of time was focused on Shirotani or what, but i find him to be a very likable character. I find myself being ACTUALLY sad when he is sad. Also, he is consistent while Kurose is not. This may just be Kuroses character to be inconsistent but that really irritates me. You get to see the struggles Shirotani goes through and what he feels, but you do not get to see what Kurose feels. Also, in different scenes at different timings, Kurose acts extremely different. Its like as if he is possessed or something.
I dont know, i hope after chapter 16, we get to understand Kurose more.
Even though i find flaws in the characters, i still give it a 8/10 for its uniqueness and how well the art is. Sometimes you just have to turn a blind eye on things so that you can see the beauty of it. In conclusion, if youre a yaoi fan i think you should give it a try for it is new and refreshing.