Hm... how to put this. This wasn't bad, but it didn't tell me anything I didn't know, really. Reading it didn't change anything in me at all, and I thHm... how to put this. This wasn't bad, but it didn't tell me anything I didn't know, really. Reading it didn't change anything in me at all, and I think I expected it to.
It paints a realistic picture of the last days of the second World War - or wants to, I suppose. I think I have a problem with the mix of biography and prose - whenever Walter acts like the protagonist of a novel it kept throwing me off. I also could have done without the constant, No homo! I didn't quite get the purpose of introducing several gay characters (or at least men who have no problem fucking other men) and Walter always refusing them. I know I tend to be a bit hypersensitive in that regard but I honestly didn't understand it.
I probably had too high expectations - and had to realize once again that modern German literature just isn't quite my cup of tea....more
At this point I have literally read almost all the comics published by this label, and while I didn't love all of them, I liked pretty much everythingAt this point I have literally read almost all the comics published by this label, and while I didn't love all of them, I liked pretty much everything I read. There's something about the atmosphere of the works that fits my tastes perfectly. And you get to read the comics for free at first! Not that that is very helpful if you like everything so much you end up buying the whole lot.. but I consider that a good thing!
Anyway, as for 鈍色ムジカ - Takuma and Yuki used to be best friends at school, and while Takuma is sad when Yuki leaves for Italy to become an even better cellist, he also wants him to fulfill his dreams. At first, they kept sending each other letters, but at some point Yuki stopped doing so. Years later, Takuma is working for a home care company, and the difficult new client he is entrusted with turns out to be Yuki - who is almost blind after having been in an "accident". Takuma doesn't tell Yuki who he is, but even so the atmosphere between them soon is reminiscent of their time back at school - and then Yuki tells Takuma there was someone he was in love with back then...
I was drawn to this because of the cello, to be honest, but I soon grew very fond of both Takuma and Yuki. And while the fact that Takuma doesn't tell Yuki who he is is a tad constructed, I also love situations like this so I didn't mind. Their relationship is really lovely and the art is gorgeous and I really didn't expect this to love as much as I did. Also, this is the second manga by this label where I was 100% surprised as to who the uke was. That is also a good thing! While that isn't true for all the manga, the seme/uke dynamics here aren't as obvious as in other BL manga.
Seriously, if you can read Japanese, give at least one of their manga a try. My current favourite is "Milk and Brown sugar", which is set in a cafe. (Another setting I love.) You can have a look at their line-up and read samples of all their manga here. ...more
I don't read romantic shoujo all that often, but I was drawn to this because of the cute little chick I saw in the preview, and while I am clearly notI don't read romantic shoujo all that often, but I was drawn to this because of the cute little chick I saw in the preview, and while I am clearly not the main demographic of this, it was really cute and I enjoyed it. I bought the first two volumes, and I'll see about the following volumes depending how one storyline plays out. ...more
I was in the mood for a light romance yesterday, and when I peeked into this at work, I thought it'd satisfy my craving, and it did. It was fun and diI was in the mood for a light romance yesterday, and when I peeked into this at work, I thought it'd satisfy my craving, and it did. It was fun and did what it was supposed to do: entertain me. The main characters were both likeable (Anna more than James, though it's nice to see he actually grows as a human being) and while Anna is trying to find a boyfriend, she doesn't consider it the one thing that will make her life complete. The way their relationship grows (and its ups and downs) felt realistic enough. I'll never feel entirely comfortable with some of the tropes and conventions of the genre, but feel it would be unfair to hold that against the book.
If you want a light and fun romance, this is a really nice choice. Also, the translation was really good as well - so far, the translations from this publisher have always passed my muster.
29 year old Kazusa has left his former job as a trader to help his father's publishing company, which hasn't been doing so well lately. Kazusa is a nu29 year old Kazusa has left his former job as a trader to help his father's publishing company, which hasn't been doing so well lately. Kazusa is a numbers man, and keeps being baffled by the editors who don't seem to care about profit, but rather about making good books. There's an important new project which could play an important role in saving the company's future - a photo collection by a famous former war photographer called Touno.
This being BL, Kazusa ends up having to agree to live with Touno for a month, working hard to keep him entertained. I leave it up to your imagination what that entertainment looks like.. in any case, the setting is of course completely ridiculous and rather far removed from reality. However, both Kazusa and Touno have scars - some physical, some not - and some serious trust issues, and I found it fascinating to watch how they overcome that. I won't lie - it took me a long time to get into it, and there were parts I didn't like that much (if you're triggered by rape scenes, don't read this). But at some point it somehow started to come together for me.
It's far from perfect - even though it's a thoroughly revised edition of a formerly published book, some plot elements are overly forced while in the end is resolved a little too easily. However, I really appreciate how Sano Fuyuko takes the darker aspects of people's psyches and still manages to tell a story that isn't completely depressing. I don't know how to explain it.. I don't like her books the way I love those by Nagira Yuu or Eda Yuuri, but she's getting close to being the third of my favourite BL novelists. Even though I don't always like everything about it, I always end up loving and caring and hurting for her characters. ...more
The more books I read by her, the more I like Sano Fuyuko. It's hard to pinpoint what makes her books so special - maybe that they never are quite whaThe more books I read by her, the more I like Sano Fuyuko. It's hard to pinpoint what makes her books so special - maybe that they never are quite what I expect.
This is a yakuza story about a normal young art student who is suddenly dragged into the middle of a yakuza succession fight since he is the son of a yakuza boss (whom he has never met before). The story has some rather dark parts, which I actually liked. Some bits are a bit unrealistic, but nothing you don't find in movies or other novels. I'm looking forward to reading the other parts of the series at some point.
The best thing about this is definitely Nagito's tattoo though. And I loved the way his pictures are described - extremely sensual....more