Out of Control – Manhwa Review

We all know that lesson we are taught as a child, you know the one. Don’t judge a book by a cover. Well life is not as kind as an after school PSA about being kind to each other and sure does Kim Jaerim know it. He is not one of the pretty people and the way he see’s the world it seems everything is so much easier for those that are the beautiful people. In fact he is quite sure that despite his grades it is because of his face that he has lost the recent student council elections. When his complaining about this to himself he is over heard by the bishie level handsome Yuri. Oh and Yuri also hates ugly people.

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Out of Control or Never Understand (I don’t know why this manhwa has two titles) is a story that it took me a while to sit down and read but after reading the first chapter I was kind of hooked, this one took me a while to get into. It is a slow burn story and that is not a bad thing but the first few chapters do feel like they drag on a bit and it at times can be a very cliche yaoi story; hate turns to pity, pity turns into real kindness and then eventually something more. Both characters have a lot of growth throughout the story and one of the biggest changes is that lesson I mentioned at the beginning of this review.

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Just because someone looks ugly does not mean they are a bad person and vice versa is true as well. Just because someone looks perfect does not mean their life is perfect, if anything that perfect visage could just be a mask they wear in public after all everyone has an ugly side whether that is physical or emotional. This is a powerful lesson that we seem to need to learn over and over again in life. From being taught as a kid (well I was) that just because one of the other kid in you class looks a little different does not mean they are bad or scary. A lesson I learned later in life is that just because someone seems kind and is pretty does not mean they are a good person. Does that mean we should not trust beautiful people and automatically trust people who in our eyes are not beautiful? Fuck no, life is not black and white, good and evil. There is no one stereotype that will fit everyone who you think will fit that stereotype. That is what makes people well a person.

When stories like these go beyond the stereotypes of the characters you get characters that are more relatable, you get characters that feel real. Real characters is honestly something that is very lacking in modern media I have found, whether that be books, movies, anime or TV shows. Anime is the best place I can speak of examples of this because I watch more anime than partake in many of the others. Anime has become way too heavily reliant on fitting a quota of character types and tropes into their narratives. On one level this makes sense, you learn what your audience likes, you incorporate that into your project and with a lot of marketing and a little luck you make a profit from that show. This goes for yaoi which I went into some detail with my reviews of Close the Last Door and The Tyrant fall in Love.

Out of Control is a sweet sometimes cute, sometimes ugly and sometimes a bit of a hot mess of a boys love story that will get you invested in the boys involved and is a good read if you are looking for something with drama and a whole lot of fluff and to read over Lezhin!

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First Impression – BJ Alex

One of the newest Manhwa to catch my attention on Lezhin Comics has been the recently released BJ Alex by Mingwa. Also BJ does not stand for blowjob my fellow yaoi lovers but Broadcast Jockey. So please get your minds out of the yaoi filled gutter for a moment, don’t worry you can jump right back in when you read this manhwa, you got Mistress of Yaoi’s promise on that one. Most famous in the west for the phenomenon known as Mok Bang there is more to the world of Broadcast Jockey’s in South Korea and it makes sense that a story about one would be told through the medium of manhwa. It’s kind of similar to seeing something very Japanese in a manga like shrine maidens.

BJ Alex tells the story of timid Dong-gyun a lonely collage student who every night at 10pm locks the door to his bedroom, grabs a box tissues and watches his favorite live cam show hosted by BJ Alex. He is in love with the BJ’s ripped body and his openess to talk about all sorts of sexual experiences with his audience, Alex has all the confidence Dong-gyun wishes he had and a chance encounter at school leads to going out to drinks and possibly finding out the true identity of the mysterious and sexy Alex. Will this creep the BJ out or will this be a meeting of fate?

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So far this manhwa for me has been very sweet and seductive without coming across as sleazy which can be a nice change when reading a good yaoi story. I love slow burns and I’m kind of hoping for that with this one. The art style is also very enticing especially those piercing yellow eyes. (If my review of Wolf in the House is anything to go by you should know by now that I love character designs with intense eyes) i look forward to reading more of this manhwa and I hope this first impression has given you enough incentive to give this manhwa a go as well.

 
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Wolf in the House – Manwha Review

What we want and what we get in life is constantly changing, but there are some things we find in life that we want to keep a hold of. The things we don’t want to change in life are the most precious of all and we would do anything to protect them. I started reading Wolf in the House mostly because I thought the blue-eyed guy on the cover was hot, that is what drew me in but the story I got was an amazing and emotional journey.

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Don’t worry it’s not ‘that kind’ of romance

After being ghosted by his off again, on again partner of ten years Munsik on impulse upon seeing an advertisement online to foster a husky at the local shelter, but when he leaves the husky at his apartment to go buy the dog some food he returns to find a handsome man in his apartment and his dog missing! The man who shares the name of his new dog Baxon tries to convince Munisk that he is a werewolf. Human by night and a husky in the day, and so begins a story of self-acceptance, acceptance from others and the hard choices life throws at us.

One of the things I love most about this manwha as well as the characters in the world building and lore that goes into this world and one of the most amusing conversation at the beginning of the story when Baxon is trying to explain why he believes other werewolves exist where he is going ends in a hilarious punchline about of all things kangaroos.

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Wolf in the House is the first manhwa on Lezhin that has stuck with me emotionally and is the first BL story in a long time to bring a tear to my eye. If you are a fan of unconventional love stories and yaoi you are going to love this manhwa. The main pairing of Munsik and Baxon are beyond adorable whether Baxon is inhuman or dog form and as a Husky, he is downright adorable. I also really love the simple art style of the manhwa the minimal color pallet make the times where intense color is used a lot more mesmerizing, like Baxon’s beautiful blue eyes. If you need a break from the darker side of the BL on Lezhin because you have been reading Killing Stalking I would recommend giving Wolf in the House a read to balance things out with a little fluff and some really hot yaoi scenes.

 

Killing Stalking Season 2 Review or So You Thought the First Season was Dark?

Throughout my first review of the manhwa I wrote about what about this story draws us in and the importance of stories like this being a part of the modern fiction. This is because they open dialogue for these issues in real life. After everything that happened in the second season, I still stand by this. The dark themes continued throughout the second season that was for sure. With an ending that was a perfect climax to the story of the second season, it left me wondering how I was going to tackle the dark rabbit hole that is Killing Stalking once again.

Season two starts off where season one left off with the aftermath of Yoon Bum’s second kill, at the amusement of Sangwoo. But the outcome of this act is not what Sangwoo wanted he realizes when he asks Yoon Bum how he feels as the young man is freaking out. His response is he feels nothing and this is where the story of the second season begins with a feeling of nothingness and then anger from Sangwoo. Anger that his capture does not feel the same thrill as him in what he loves, he wanted to share something he loves with Yoon Bum and Bum’s rejection of enjoyment at this moment is not what Sangwoo wanted. In a way, this rejection of action feels like a rejection of everything Sangwoo feels he has done to ‘help’ Bum. In anger he throws the same rejection at Bum to the point of trying to throw away Bum, to set the man free. Something that Bum had once wanted but now fears. It is a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome, for as fucked up as this life with Sangwoo is in Bum’s mind that’s not what matters. What matters is that he has a life with Sangwoo, something he has wanted and now has and does not want to let go of and later in the season Sangwoo takes full advantage of this fact to save his own ass.

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What follows is a road trip and hike from hell that involves the disposing of the dead body of the girl. Though it seems around Bum Sangwoo is beginning to lower his guard as he slowly reveals more memories of his past, from eating apples with his mother to well I won’t spoil the surprise that Bum accidentally steps on. It is this mix of cruelty and kindness from Sangwoo that makes his character feel like a real abuser. When someone thinks of an abusive relationship one might think of someone who constantly mentally and physically beats a person down. Making them feel nothing more than worthless and though this is part of the cycle of abuse it is not all of it and if anything sometimes it, not even the cruelest part.

How familiar does the following scenario sound? They said they were sorry and that it will never happen again, but then it happens again and again and again. Every time the abuser apologizes they go back because they love them because you don’t see how kind they really are and that it is the victims’ fault because they upset the abuser. If I don’t get them mad then they won’t hurt me anymore. You are left wondering why they keep going back. It’s a cruel cycle of beating a person down so much that they think they don’t have anyone but the abuser and the victim thinking that those moments of kindness are signs of love from their abuser. They are not signs of love however, they are just a crueler form of abuse and emotional manipulation. Oh Sangwoo is a master manipulator that has his whole world fooled and Yoon Bum came from a world of his own where he had no self-worth, to begin with, he really did not stand a chance when it came to Sangwoo.

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But Sangwoo has not got everyone fooled, there is a dog sniffing out his trail and he is getting dangerously close to revealing the truth. One thing that has been made clear from the beginning of Killing Stalking is how inept and possibly either corrupt or just lazy the police are. But there is someone amongst the police force that does not trust Oh Sangwoo and on instinct alone, he just seems to know there is something up. Throughout the beginning of the season, 2 and even confronts Sangwoo in an attempt to save Yoon Bum who he is sure is a victim of something. Will this renegade police officer outsmart Sangwoo? Well, you will have to read the second season to know because it is an amusing game of cat and mouse not worth spoiling to anyone who has not read the latest chapters.

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As well as covering what I have already written about within the latest season of Killing Stalking other interesting turns have been finding out more about both Sangwoo and Yoon Bum’s past, Yoon Bum’s, in particular, was extremely hard to sit through and read for even me, it is a chapter that came with a warning for its content. It talked about being raped and abused by a family member as well as self-harm. I said it before this is not a story for everyone, as not everyone can read about stories like this and be ok with it.

The climax to the season was also another uncomfortable moment, in short, it is a rape scene between Sangwoo and Yoon Bum. Rape kind of bookends the season because there was a similar incident in the first chapter. The only difference is that the first scene involved and ‘item’ being used to abuse Bum and in the final scene well it is almost as if Sangwoo is finally claiming Bum as his own by doing the deed himself. It is a sickening act that is the culmination of everything that happens throughout the second season. I don’t know how Koogi is going to outdo the second season in the upcoming third season but you can bet that myself and many other fans are at a point with this story now where we are just in to deep to the madness that is Killing Stalking and won’t be looking back any time soon.

23434926_1290097157789372_820727902940592343_nBefore I end this review I want to share something cool with all the other Killing Stalking fans out there. A couple of months ago Koogi did an interview but sadly the interview was in Italian, I have however found a translation of this interview over on Tumblr here in English. It is a rare interview with the creator and a fascinating read for fans.

I hope you the readers have enjoyed the first review for Lezhin Month here on Yaoi Playground and Mistress of Yaoi is curious, do you have a favorite BL comic on Lezhin?

 

January is Lezhin Month on Yaoi Playground!

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Greetings and Salutations to 2018 and welcome to the first Lezhin Month on Yaoi Playground. In case you did not know Lezhin is a comic or manhwa reading site where you pay to read some really awesome comics, especially when it comes to BL. You pay for the comics you read by paying for coins that you purchase from the site and then spend coins on chapters of the stories you want to read.

Admittedly for me this all started with reading Killing Stalking for free on another site but when I found out I could support Koogi and pay to read the story on Lezhin and in doing so I would be supporting her, well I started buying coins until I had purchased all that had been released of Killing Stalking. I came for Killing Stalking but found so much more here on the website so I want to dedicate a whole month to Lezhin here on Yaoi Playground. Throughout this month I will be posting reviews and first impressions of some of my favorite and the top ranking BL on the website! Also I want to say right now this month is in no way sponsored by Lezhin. I just love their site so much! And the first review this month will be the long awaited Killing Stalking Season 2 review!

 

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In Context this moment is pretty fucked up…

Welcome to Lezhin Month on Yaoi Playground!