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Knight of Alanoc – Comic Review

I am so pleased to be able to cover another work by the lovely Aero Zero here on Yaoi Playground. As you guys may remember, during last year’s Pride Month I covered there comic Men Plus Monsters and I have been meaning to cover one of their other amazing comics, Ace of Beast for a while now and that review is coming I promise. Today’s review, however, is a prequel to the comic Ace of Beasts recently released called Knight of Alanoc which is available for purchase on the creators site and if you are a fan of buff bara men who are also the most adorable men you will ever see then you need to check out this amazing comic!

Being a prequel to Ace of Beast you do not have to read the previous work to follow this story which tells of the meeting of two of the main characters from Ace of Beast, that being the ruthless lieutenant Osric, who has had no luck when it comes to love and so has recently decided to give up on the idea of love until a mysterious swordsman Xerxes, comes into his life. This is a slow burn romance that will tug at your heart with just how adorable these two are.

My first impression of this prequel comic? This is the most adorable comic I have read in a long time and I do mean adorable! Seriously Aero Zero has really outdone themselves with the character designs of the men in this one. All the characters especially the two main characters come across as tough amazing men, but they have the most adorable sweet side that just makes me swoon. I just love this mix of adorable cuteness and big tough men, it’s cute without losing any masculinity and I know for some this might seem hard to believe but it is true!

Seriously could these two lovebirds be any more adorable?

The story of the comic as I wrote is very sweet, heartwarming and surprisingly SFW for Aero Zero’s work… until you get to the amazing epilogue which contains my favorite kind of swordplay if you catch my drift. Overall this is one amazing comic that if you are a fan of bara with a sweet side you owe it to yourself to check out this comic!

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Men Plus Monsters – Webcomic Review

Teratophilia, the sexual attraction to monsters, you know like that recent movie Shape of Water. I love that movie, by the way. I have come to terms with my weird tastes, moving onto the review!

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You know what my biggest complaint is when it comes to porn with monsters whether that be tentacle of otherwise? More often than not that porn is nonconsensual. Now one may argue that many a monster might not have the mental capacity for consent, but that is not a point I am here to argue today or any other day if I am completely honest. But what if I told you there was a hardcore bara webcomic that had consensual gay sex between a human and many other humanoid based monsters?

That is what artist Aero Zero wanted to create and their work is absolutely amazing! A very, very, very kinky human (trust me I needed to use the word very that many times for him), monstrous cat boys and even a slime monster that doubles as a tentacle monster? Then the artist goes and chucks in a robot for good measure and let’s just say that is just another tick on my checklist. I mean come on I have featured many a Transformers fanfiction over in Fanfiction Rec and my all time OTP is Skyfire x Starscream! Got off topic there but the fact of the matter is this. I freaking love this comic!

Men + Monsters is about Royal Guard Lex and his robot companion Akilas rescuing an injured monster one day and upon getting to know the monster Lex decides he can live out some of his long lusted for fantasies with a monster. Lex is one horny protagonist who seems to think sex is the answer to a lot of life problems but sleeping with a monster when part of the royal guard is very taboo and the three end up on the run. What follows is a very fun and amusing adventure with lots of fun with monsters.

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The comic can be read online through the artist’s official website and you can also purchase prints and paperback copies of this comic and another comic on the website called Ace of Beast through the sites store. and you can also support the artist himself through his Patreon. Admittedly I have not read as much of Ace of Beast as I have of Men + Monsters, I just find Akilas so amusing that every time I go to the site I end up reading Men + Monsters again.

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Is it weird that I just adore how Aero draws his characters tongues? I think I might be revealing too many personal fetishes in this post

I love finding amazing webcomics like this one and showing my support for the artists that go for their passions! Till next time I’m Mistress of Yaoi!

 

 

Strange Flesh – Indie Bara Game Review

When I sat down and played ‘Strange Flesh’ after coming across it on the Bara subreddit community I thought I was going into a standard side-scrolling beat’em up game with a top coat of bara aesthetic, but as I delved deeper into the game I came to realize that there may be more here than a barman with hypnotic smoke and a very naughty bara beat em up. This is a game that delves right into the psyche of its target audience and the first hint of this comes in the game’s title ‘Strange Flesh’.

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“And Angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode. He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after Strange Flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment in eternal fire.”  Jude 1:6 

A quote from the Holy Bible might be a strange way to start this review but there is a lot of comparisons within the game that can be found within this one quote that for decades upon decades or perhaps even longer has been used to condemn those within the LGBTQ+ community and that makes it a very stark contrast with one of the other big themes in the game. Self-acceptance, even if those around you won’t approve. One of the most annoying enemies in the game is a flying angel called ‘Father Figure’ that takes the form of a priest with wings. Religion in society is used as just another restraint against those who are not necessarily evil but are made to feel guilty because of their lifestyle choices.

You play as the Bartender in this game as you work your way through the subconscious of Joe, a miserable salaryman who has spent so much time suppressing his true self from a society that it has left him alone and well miserable. This is a scenario many within the LGBTQ+ community can relate to, having to act ‘normal’ in front of the world so that you are not judged or ostracized for not being what everyone else thinks you should be. As you work your way through the game, you work your way through Joe’s subconscious and meet much of what Joe has suppressed in the way of enemies. You can choose to attack these enemies with punches and kicks or you can choose to seduce and hypnotize with your smoke. Your actions throughout these levels towards these enemies determine which of the three endings you can give Joe. Two could be considered bad endings that have Joe giving into this temptation and becoming either a cocky rock star of the bar or the biggest cock slut in town. There is a third ending that can also be unlocked after you have done the first two and I like to think that that one is the true ending for this game and it is something so beautiful I do not want to spoil it.

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There is a large lack of video games out there aimed directly at the LGBTQ+ community and I am not about to say we should change the games and franchises we already have to be more inclusive, I am saying however that when these kinds of games come out we should support them. I myself am not a huge fan of side scrolling beat em up, but when I learned the premise behind this game I just had to give it a go. Even though, yes I know I am not the target demographic for this game, but I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Also, it’s free to play so there is no reason to not give it a go unless of course, you are not a fan of hardcore bara content, this game is most definitely not safe for work. You can download the game directly from the creator’s website and it is available to play on both Mac and Windows pcs and can also be played through the browser if you would prefer that. If you enjoy the game do not forget to perhaps tip you barman so that the team behind this amazing game can create future projects.

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Those Yummy Creators at Yaoi Press Have Another Awesome Project!

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We need your support to make this game. Please become a backer on our Kickstarter or help spread the word! PLAY THE GAME DEMO HERE! Burly Bara Men + a Yaoi Sci-Fi Story = To Trust an Incubus, an uncensored adults only dating sim that puts muscly men with sexy incubi. We need more sexy […]

via To Trust an Incubus Yaoi/Bara Visual Novel — Y Press Games

This is one game I really wish I could play the demo for, but since I am using my mum’s laptop I am going to have to hold back on this one. But everything I have seen from the preview video to the artwork for this project looks even yummier than My Magical Demon Lover . I have made it no  secret that Mistress is a big fan of those delectable Bara men and for my fellow yaoi fans who love bara this is a Kickstarter you need to pay attention to.

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He is a God on a Mission – Priapus

priapusZeus is not happy with the state the world is in, he is disappointed with humanities disposition for conflict, war, and cruelty so he wants to put an end to the human race. The only problem, this Zeus does not like bloodshed (I say this because if you are familiar with Greek mythology, well Zeus was not this kind) so he leaves the task of eliminating the human race to Priapus the god of fertility and harvest.

Priapus declares open season on the male population for himself and makes his decision. I’ll just make it so they never breed again and make every single man gay for me! (Of course, practically we know this will never work, but as you read the manga you will find yourself rooting for this sexy god!)

If you are looking for a politically incorrect hilarious romp of a bara manga you will thoroughly enjoy this read, maybe even as much as Priapus enjoys himself and others, though I don’t think anyone can enjoy themselves as much as our god of harvest.

cbt9hntukaacwltPriapus comes from the artist known as Mentaiko, their artwork can go from muscular pretty boys all the way to burly, rugged and of course hairy men. The third of which is more popular within the bara fandom which is aimed mostly at gay men.

Also on a side note, I must warn all readers… if you are not ready for hardcore bara and do an internet search of Mentaiko’s work, whether it be through a search engine or on a site like Tumblr, you might want to turn on the safe search.

THIS ARTWORK CAN AND DOES GET VERY HARDCORE!

23902538_mPriapus takes an almost comedic parody approach to the bara genre however and that’s why I love it, in fact one chapter even parodies a popular magical girl anime that is sure to get a good laugh out of certain fujoshi as it did for me, I lost it laughing when I realized how far they were taking the joke. They did not just run with it they went full steam ahead with a very fun and messy conclusion.

This manga is yet another title not for every yaoi fan but if you want to further explore the world of Bara there is no better place for your second or even third step. If you are just curious about bara and not quite sure if it is for you I would recommend reading  Miscreant Next Door as it is a better first stepping stone into this different erotic side to the male on male fandom. It might not be for you, but maybe you are just curious as to what other fans enjoy.

 

Manga Review: Miscreant Next Door

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?

qthe_miscreant_next_door_oneshot-001If 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!

 

The Yaoi Fangirl that fell in love with Bara

Yaoi is a fantasy most often created by women for women. Bara is a fantasy created by men for men, or at least that’s how it started but the lines between fantasy for both are as blurred and mixed as the type of people that enjoy the medium itself.

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I have male friends that enjoy yaoi and I know other women that like me, enjoy the occasional bara title. For me I think my interest in bara stems from the fact as a child and teenager I became of fan of ‘Professional Wrestling’ which when one thinks about it most likely shaped my tastes to a certain extent. My first introduction to bara was through a scanlation website for yaoi manga I stumbled upon. On this site I came across a title called ‘Miscreant Next Door‘ and it immediately caught my attention because the main character was a wrestling fan. It is a short manga story that tells the story of a man who has a crush on his favorite wrestler and is also scared of his new neighbor next door because he looks like a yakuza thug. In the end it is a very sweet story that I will admit I instantly fell in love with, even though it was a very short story all the characters were engaging and even the more hardcore scenes seem to have a softness to them which I know is not common in most bara, so in a way this title feels like a hybrid between yaoi and bara.

It has the soft emotional melodrama of a yaoi love story with the brute and muscles of a bara ascetic and after reading ‘The Miscreant Next Door’ I found myself wanting more of this fusion style of story.

It would not be until of all things I got a hold of a DVD copy of ‘A Cicada in the Winter’ to add to my growing anime collection that I stumbled upon this fusion within the trailers from Kitty Media that included some manga titled that I saw it, an English yaoi comic by the artist Yayoi Neko titled Incubus and soon I got a hold of the series of books and yes I once again fell in love.judas_and_lenniel_77_by_thundertori-dr8acn

I also found as you can see from the link, Yayoi Neko’s DeviantArt page which included bara fanart of characters like Batman and Joker as well as Sherlock and Watson. The artwork is both soft and sexy with that scruffy ragged edge that seems to be lacking within yaoi work. I can understand this I suppose as most yaoi fans like the effeminate male characteristic of the bishoumen in the stories, but then there others like myself that just enjoy a different taste of things.

Until next time, I am Mistress of Yaoi and I say like what you like and be proud of it!