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The last Review was such a dark one that I wanted to take a different route for the next one but at the same time, I thought I would keep it with the theme of a psychological story. Then I remembered a manga I read a good couple of years ago that would be perfect!
A mostly anthology series of stories with each almost being self-contained, the main focus of each of them being our enigmatic therapist Kain and occasionally a barman from another bar in the same district who seems to be an old friend of Kain’s from the way the two interact at the end of each story.
Everything about Kain is designed to drag the reader and clients in, his androgynous sexual appeal and careful choice of words are like the most seductive of honey that will help cure the hearts of those who see his help.
As for the ‘therapy sessions’ well they are wet, sticky and very yaoi, my readers. One thing that will be a put off for this story for some is the subject of dubious consent at times. To explain without too many spoilers there is a hint of hallucination with Kain’s efforts and this might cross a line for some, for me, it does not because this is fiction.
I’ve mentioned this before but I myself do enjoy taboo subject matter when it comes to fiction, breaking taboos without a risk of actually hurting others can help us explore ourselves. (Probably why one of my favorite TV show is Hannibal at the moment, though some certain undertones help that as well ;p)
Another manga that might not be for everyone, though definitely open to more people than ‘Killing Stalking’ if you like your yaoi hot and sticky with an emotional edge this is a mango worth looking into.
Aki is a Jittemochi, a commoner of Edo with the power to arrest and he is helping investigate a series of mysterious murders in Edo. He is a man with a frightening past in which he was kidnapped as a child, what does this have to do with the current investigation? More than Aki ever thought and an encounter with a mysterious stranger is about to change Aki’s world forever. Kuga is defiantly hiding something from Aki but all Aki can do is get swept away.
This is all I’m going to say about this stories wonderful plot because discovering the winding mystery of this plot is what makes this one of my favorite manga in my collection. The artists behind Duo Brand – Haruka Akatsuki and Nobuyoshi Watanabe are amazingly talented artists and their artwork truly shines with this one-shot manga. (My favorite work of their’s being a Lord of the Rings Doujinshi )
Character development is something that can make or break a yaoi title for me, if I cannot get invested in the characters I cannot get invested in the romance. When I read yaoi I want more than just a dirty story most of the time. I want characters with heart, characters that pull me into their world and perhaps even make me lose myself in their world while I read.
The fantasy of escapism found in this kind of medium can be the most therapeutic in times of stress or uncertainty in our lives. There is a comfort in losing ourselves to these fantasies every once in a while and Isle of Forbidden Love is definitely one of this Fujoshi’s favorites.
Oh, you knew this one was coming after mentioning the title in my The Yaoi Fangirl that fell in love with Bara post! Miscreant Next Door by Hiromi Miyoshi was the first bara title I ever read and it is a story I have loved since, but what is it about this short twenty-five-page manga that made me full for an entire genre?
If I’m completely honest it was the main character Yasou that drew me in. (he’s the cutie with the glasses) He causes his own drama when he moves into his new condo upon meeting his neighbor Ichijou. Yasou’s unbelievable level of density to the situation he has put himself and Ichijou in is hilarious and yet sweet.
What follows is an amusing story about wrestling, chest massages and a climactic reveal that leads to an even greater climax than before if you catch my drift. Miscreant Next Door is a manga I introduce to many a yaoi fan who is curious about the genre of Bara but don’t want to completely go into the deep end of burly, hairy men and hardcore sex scenes.
This manga feels like a short yaoi story with just different kind of men in the story to the usual bishies we all love in our yaoi classics and the biggest surprise for me upon my first reading was who was in which position in the bedroom as I was expecting things to be the other way around.
A definite must-read for those curious and easy enough to find online through a google search I cannot recommend this title enough to fellow yaoi fangirls!