Top 5 Favourite Reads on Futekiya

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It should come as no big secret by this point that my absolute favourite subscription service of the last year has been to the amazing site Futekiya, an online library of legally acquired and released yaoi and boys love content! Whenever I have a chance to legally support the genre that I adore so much I will do so and it is for this reason why I want to share my top five favourite reads so far from the site.

Now this is a list of favourite, so these are to my personal reading tastes and if any of these titles need tw warnings I will mention them within the list, I am also limiting this list to one per author because otherwise a certain author would be the bulk of this list and I wanted to use this as a chance to write about some titles I have yet to write about here on Yaoi Playground.

5. I Want You So Much That I’ll Let Him Violate Me by Funa

This title is why this post features trigger warnings so before I go into what this title is about here is the list of trigger warnings for this title that will not be for everyone; dubious consent, Rape and incest between cousins. I should have hated this title, no really I should have. It encompasses so many yaoi tropes that I have stated I hate including I rape you because I love you and yet… The tragic love triangle found within this title drew me in as well as the fact it is a yaoi story that features one of my biggest kinks that being older men in suits.

The manga tells the story of Kimichika who ever since he was a young boy has had a crush that turned into love for his grandfathers android butler, but when his grandfather passes away and leaves the android to Kimichika’s cousin, well things get complicated when he reveals he knows how Kimichika feels for the android, so he makes an offer to him that if he wants to android he must do something for him in return and with a tag like love triangle you know where this story is going and the bitter ending that could almost be seen as either sweet or sad is up to the readers interpretation of what they just read.

4. Cherry Boy Tiger and Hot and Cold Rabbit by Miwa

My most recent read on this list, I must admit I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this series. I have always had a soft spot for bunny boys in my yaoi but have also had a strong dislike for the tsundere personality type when it comes to characters so titles that include these kind of characters can be a real hit or miss for me. I love how the first few chapters of this manga introduce you to the world you are stepping into with this manga, a bunny boy host club that offers extra services for a price. How the place works is easily introduced like how host boys are white rabbits and security are men in suits with black rabbit ears. Then the meat of the story begins with a strained relationship between a reluctant security bunny and a mischievous worker who takes offense to being accused of having it easy. The relationship does involve a bit of dubious consent, which can be a big no for some but this is also a manga that plays with a few kinks you do not see too often. These include bunny boy outfits, men in suits, stockings and foot play to name a few. I myself found it to be an amusing read and is worth checking out if this sounds to your taste.

3. The Midnight Association for Broken Hearts by Minamoto Kazuki

Sometimes you do not want to read a long story but you want that yaoi fix and when that happens to me I love a good yaoi anthology series, one of my all time favorite’s of these is the Yaoi Hentai series from Yaoi Press released in the 2000’s, and I have noticed in recent years I have seen less and less anthology collections so when I found The Midnight Association for Broken Hearts I was very happy to see it was a collection of various yaoi stories. Out of the stories in this anthology my favourite is most definitely the first. To heart broken men eating away their sorrows late at night at a family restaurant only to find they are both heart broken and what starts as a friendship soon turns to love, the only problem… in the bedroom they are both bottoms! The other stories are just as adorable except for the third one for me, not a fan of blackmail and dubious consent most the time… but being an anthology if that is not your taste you can just skip it!

2. Can I Buy Your Love From a Vending Machine by Yoshi Haruaki

I absolutely loved reading this manga’s chapters daily as it came out last month, if fact I loved it so much that I started my review for it the same day I finished the final chapter which you can read right here. As stated in the review I am not usually a fan of the will they won’t they romantic comedy and quite often find them downright annoying but this sweet tale of a salary man and a vending machine stocker is just so many levels of adorable and will keep you hooked from start to finish and is a perfect choice for a read if you are looking for something that is more fluffy than sexy.

1. It’s Fine If It Is Just a Dream by Ayu Yamane

The one thing I have loved most about being a subscriber to Futekiya, is finding titles and authors I would never have found before, and if I had not limited this list to one per author then every single entry on this list would have been her work, so I decided to go with the title that got me hooked on her work. The art style of their work is very different to anything else I have seen in the yaoi and BL genre and the artwork reminds me a little of a children’s picture book, but these are stories that can tackle heavy themes of loneliness and being treated as an outcast and maybe perhaps finding a happy ending with other outcasts or lonely souls. I have already given a full review of this title and it can be found here, other manga’s of theirs I can highly recommend include The Stray, Necktie and Praying Mantis and Moja & I.

I hope this list has given you some great recommendations of titles worth checking out over on Futekiya and if you have yourself have read anything on their not featured on this list let me down in the comments below and why you recommend me checking it out. Also if you would like to see more list posts like this from me let me know! And if you want to know what I am working on, currently reading or what yaoi vn’s I am currently playing check out my Twitter, but only if you are 18+ because I post and share a lot of naughty stuff.

Can I Buy Your Love From a Vending Machine? – Manga Review

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I must confess I am not a fan of one popular trope that can be found in many romance stories and that is the will they won’t they story. It’s why I very rarely enjoy romantic comedies. I’m not saying I hate all stories with this trope. It just feels very over played for me, especially when it comes to romantic comedies. There are some exceptions to this for me though and today’s manga which I read on Futekiya is one of the most adorable boys love titles I have read in a long time.

The manga tells the story of salaryman Ayumu Koiwai and his little crush on the man who refills the vending machine in his building and for Iwai this is a crush that is driving him mad, he can not even talk to the man without blushing, little does he realize the Yamashita also has a little crush on the cute salaryman.

Now if this story had gone down the route of the two of them constantly trying to ask each other out only for the punchline of a joke being for them to constantly be interrupted, I would have lost interest in this manga very quickly. Lucky for me and many other readers the story sees the two of them begin a cute romance of dating, getting to know each other and even a little bit of drama that is just enough to bring a little excitement to the story but not enough to break the adorable slice of life aspects of the story. It

It’s a comfy read that leaves you wanting to keep reading at the end of each chapter with a very satisfying and adorable ending and with each chapter originally being released daily the story kept me coming back each day to see what happens next. The whole story is now released and is a cute read I recommend for those new to the BL genre but also has enough of a touch of spice near the end that will keep veterans of the genre satisfied as well.

12 Days of Yaoi – Sleeping with the Stallion – Yaoi Manga Review

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Futekiya has most definitely become one of my favourite subscription services this year and I have found so many awesome yaoi titles on there with notable favorites for me being It’s Fine if it’s just a Dream and Lust -Fantasy- and today I want to write about another of my favourite reads.

Sleeping with the Stallion is a short one shot yaoi manga that brings together two of my favourite genres, a good sports story in this case horse racing and yaoi and don’t worry only humans involved in this yaoi story. The manga tells the story of a successful jockey by the name of Evan who since moving to Japan to compete is on a losing streak and if he does not improve soon his trainer Misaki will have to let him go. To complicate matters Evan and Misaki are dating so they don’t want to separate. Is there anything the pair can do to improve Evan before its too late? Misaki has a plan to help Evan but Evan is not sure he likes this plan.

This was the first title by author Mec that I read on Futekiya and I have since then become a great fan of their work. Their titles including this one have just enough drama to not fall into the completely melodramatic hole that a lot of yaoi titles can do with a lot of really hot sexy yaoi scenes that come with a touch of humor that have me smiling whenever I read them. It is because of this that whenever Futekiya make announcements of upcoming titles I am always holding my breath and hoping that there is another titles from either Mec or Ayu Yamane.

Sorry that today’s post was a little on the short side… heh heh jockey pun was not intentional there, but I hope you guys are enjoying me sharing some yaoi and please come back tomorrow where I will be recommending something I haven’t in a while, a fanfiction!

Lust -Fantasy- Yaoi Manga Review

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If one thing has become obvious from my reviews over the years here on Yaoi Playground have shown anything, it is that I am a sucker for unrequited and tragic love stories within the yaoi genre. My favorite animes of the genre include the original Ai no Kusabi and Winter Cicada and one of my all-time favorite one-shot manga is Isle of Forbidden Love, an underrated gem of the genre that I see no one ever talk about, and Lust -Fantasy- by Makuno is another beautiful yaoi story that I can add to the list of me instantly falling in love with.

The artwork for this manga like all of Makuna’s artwork, in my opinion, is absolutely gorgeous that balances the line between cute and sexy, after all, it was the adorable cover for this title than initially caught my attention. The cover features Yukio the person who Kousuke respects and loves more than anyone in the world, but he treasures the friendship so much that he fears coming forward with his feelings could have him lose the one he cares for most. So he keeps his lustful fantasies of his friend to himself to the point that this fantasy has become almost a second life to him in his mine where he lives with his beloved Yukio as his will sex slave. Your heart can not help but go out for Kousuke and I found myself just wishing he would confess to Yukio.

There are a lot of BDSM elements within this story, but all the fantasies are shown to be with consent and I love this positive representation of a BDSM lifestyle within a yaoi manga, even if it is just a fantasy I am really glad this was a not a yaoi story with a rape fantasy. A consenting partner is always more appealing to me in this kind of story. When I first read the synopsis for this manga, a part of me was worried this was going to go into the realms of obsession and stalker-like behavior bordering on yandere, and though I do sometimes enjoy these kinds of stories sometimes you just want to read a BDSM story that is just filled with fluffy feels.

Being a one-shot this is manga over on Futekiya is a good quick yaoi fix without any problematic themes, so if you are looking for something a little spicier than just a cute love story with a small touch of angst maybe just maybe this will be something you will enjoy reading.

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It’s Fine Even If It’s Just a Dream – BL Manga Review

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There are a lot of angst filled yaoi and boys love manga out there. From problematic tropes and depressing stories of heart break and sometimes this is what you want to read. I myself enjoy a well written dark and angst filled story, but reading these kind of stories all the time can get very draining. When you hit this drained out point you just want to read something a little bit fluffy that still pulls at your heart strings but gives you those happy ending butterflies that only a good story can give you and I recently read the most adorable boys love manga over on Futekiya called It’s Fine Even If It’s Just a Dream by Ayu Yamane.

Yamane’s art style is very different to the art of a lot of other boys love manga artists. The best way I can describe her art style is very simplified and round. Her characters though adults are drawn very cutely but you can still tell that the characters are adults and behind her adorable art style are some very beautiful and powerful boys love stories. I have only read a few of her works on Futekiya but it was It’s Fine Even If It’s a Dream that I enjoyed most. Probably because of my love for melodramatic love stories with a happy ending.

It’s Fine Even If It’s Just a Dream tells the story salary man Kiyosaki who is transferred to a branch of his company out in the countryside after he is accused of sexual harassment from a work colleague, something he is adamant he did not do, but at the same time he does not seem to want to defend himself from the allegations. While getting use to his new job location and how quiet the new location is he slowly begins to befriend Sou a very quiet local cook and as the two get to know each other they slowly learn to trust and love each other and begin to grow a life together.

It is a simple and sweet story with just enough drama to keep you hooked but is filled to the brim with cute fluffy moments that just leave you going aww, so if you are looking for a lighter read within the boys love genre that avoids many of the problematic tropes of the genre then this is the perfect read and best of all you can legally read it over at Futekiya!

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