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Oct 29, 2018
Such a sweet manga, I'm glad I read it. Just a few points about each category:

Story:
The whole "delinquent turned good" trope is at work here, but I don't think that's a bad thing! The reason Jimmy pickpockets and stuff is briefly explained in the manga, which I thought was nice. One thing that caught my eye right off the bat was the (very apparent) age gap. Usually I'm not into that sort of thing, but in this story, I feel like it wasn't weird/awkward in any way. Drama arises between the two because of Reese's dark past, a nice departure from a typical lovers' read more
Sep 23, 2018
Preliminary
So this finally came out (no pun intended)! I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this OVA. I could never get super into the manga, so when the anime came out, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. As someone who loves BL, I was super pumped when this got announced. It pained me to wait for a sub, but after I found one online, I was not disappointed. Here are a few of my thoughts:

Story: 7/10
So, the concept of this is a little ridiculous, to be fair. The idea is that the main character, Toono, needs to join a read more
Jul 23, 2018
This manga, just wow. I haven't read something this emotional in a long time. I'm really glad I did though, because the ending was definitely worth it. The story is about someone who forgets his lover after banging his head, which seems like a good setup for a happy reunion. However, the forgotten man (Yukihiko) is hesitant to get back together for more serious reasons (I don't want to spoil anything!!!). This is my favorite kind of manga: short and sweet. The sweetness, however, is greatly improved by the hardships/feelings the main characters overcome. If I wasn't in public while reading this, I probably would read more
Jul 18, 2018
I don't think the description of this manga does it justice at all, the story is much better than that. The story is really about someone unsure about his sexuality and the steps he takes to learn to love. What I really liked about this manga was how accepting the main characters' friends were about being gay. The main character (Noboru) just drops it in conversation and his friends are totally okay with it. Not only that, they support him in his journey of self discovery. I guess this is where the "egging" in the description comes into play, but Noboru's "confession" isn't just about read more
Jul 15, 2018
Hatsukoi no Tonari follows the tried and true plot of "people who knew each other a while ago and meet again." What's more is they had a teacher/student relationship before. This sounds like an incredibly cliche manga, which, to be honest, it is. That doesn't mean, however, that it isn't enjoyable! I'm a total sucker for this kind of thing, so if you want a short, sweet love story, I definitely recommend this. I felt kind of bad for the student in this story because it felt like the sensei was stringing him along, but the conclusion and love confession makes it worth it.
Jul 15, 2018
I loved this manga! The art was nice (especially Yato) and the story was paced nicely. The characters are polar opposites, but they bring out the good sides of each other. The other characters in this manga, such as Eiju's coworker and statue (Jizo) made the manga much funnier! The trope of "hot headed guy and cool headed guy" is used here, but I think it positively contributes to the humor. The fact that they incorporated the supernatural aspect into the plot made it much more engaging. This made the story more than just your typical "two guys meet, start developing feelings, conflict happens, they read more
Jun 21, 2018
This manga is great. All of the spin-offs of this are great too; I guess Kotetsuko really likes writing about baseball players. The pacing of this manga is pretty good and the art is nice as well. Kotetsuko has a habit of drawing her characters in a very similar style, so if you get confused reading the other baseball spin-offs, don't worry! I did too. The buildup to their love is well done, and it is interesting to see sports brought into it as well. The sports actually plays a part in the story, but I won't say anything more than that. . Kotetsuko loves read more
Jun 21, 2018
Yet another stellar manga from Yamamoto Kotetsuko, and 27 chapters no less! The closest thing I can liken this to is Honto Yajuu, which is insanely popular, yet this isn't. This manga starts with the characters basically in love already, with Saku declaring his intention to marry Ryota in chapter 1. The remainder of the manga is them being head over heels for each other while running into bumps in their relationship. These bumps usually involve Saku's family, other men who like him, or their uncanny ability to be walked in on during sex. This trope is a bit overused, I know, but it's executed read more
Apr 29, 2018
This manga is one of the more underrated ones in the BL genre, in my opinion. The romance between the two characters is really sweet, especially at the end. Their relationship in the beginning is something I haven't seen before (the fact that he's a "rental boyfriend"), but I thought it made the "chase" more unique, in that the main character (Daiki) had to stop going to classes to earn more money. If this was real life, I'd consider this to be pretty fucked up, but since it's a manga and we BOTH know they fall in love, I don't worry about it.


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Feb 13, 2018
This manga, albeit slightly cliché, is one that fits the bill of what I want a yaoi manga to be: good art, infrequent smut, and characters who genuinely like each other. The plot is rather basic, but throughout the manga's eight chapters, you get to know the characters relatively well. Why this manga is called "The Killer," I have genuinely no idea. Haibara works for a pharmaceutical company (or something) and Hojo works in a bar.

The first thing that drew me to this title was the cover art - I don't know what it is, but I really like the design of both characters, read more