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Longing for Spring by Mariko Hihara
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Story-wise, the book was pretty good. Product-wise, it was pretty bad.

+ the story

The uke and seme were typical, but they weren't a caricature. They weren't as meek and cruel, respectively, as the book description and cover suggested to me. (Not that I would have minded it anyway.) The uke was fortitudinous, and the seme was sympathetic. I liked the couple in no time flat.

It was pretty well plotted for a yaoi that I had low expectations for. Not to mention decently translated, considering the publisher. The dubcon smut was hot and plentiful. It took no effort for me to believe the men belonged together.

Unfortunately, the sexytimes were too brief for my liking. No scene lasted long enough for me to feel heat. I would have been fine about it were it not for the climax and the censorship.

The climax had to go serious and sad on me for a couple pages before it got to the HEA. The seme was already sympathetic. I was perfectly fine being told of the seme's tragic past. I really didn't need a flashback to show the sad to me. It was a buzz kill. I wanted the book return to the smut. The HEA was pretty bittersweet. YMMV, though. Some readers may find it heartwarming.

+ the product

The yaoi was censored. The penises were whitened out. *eye twitch* BUT it's my fault for not reading the book description fully and learning the sexual content would be censored on Kobo. *smack self*

The book has 80 pages. There are a couple extra pages that the Japanese version doesn't have (or at least the scanlated version of it). The two extra pages at the beginning explains the time period. The five extra pages at the climax contains the aforementioned flashback. You're not missing out on anything if you read the scanlation.

Conclusion

I rate Longing for Spring 3-stars for I liked it. Mildly. I don't recommend buying it on Kobo, 90% coupon code or not. I strongly recommending buying it on Nook where it isn't censored.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
October 19, 2012 – Shelved
October 19, 2012 – Shelved as: yaoi
October 19, 2012 – Shelved as: mm-historical
March 9, 2014 – Shelved as: recently-reviewed
March 9, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed

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Gaa-chan One comment... S.M.U.T.T.Y...


Experiment BL626 YEsssssssssssss. #_#


Gaa-chan So, my advice would be to get any version beside Kindle (=censored). It will be released on Nook and Google Play. ;3


Gaa-chan yeap they do! The authors have to blur out all the juicy parts or Amazon pulls out their book. it happens constantly. Xo


Experiment BL626 Thanks for the notice! To think of all the money I wasted on Kindle mangas... x_x


Gaa-chan Some releases arrive only on Nook (if publisher/author doesn't want to modify the content). This one definitely is too hot for Kindle.


Gaa-chan It's already out on Kindle... It was censored, so I'm waiting for Nook ;3 but... it is meaty ;3


Experiment BL626 The good stuff was in mosaic? :(


message 9: by Yoshi (new)

Yoshi mosaic? WTF......


Experiment BL626 Like this, Yoshi:




message 11: by Yoshi (new)

Yoshi Of course I know what mosaic is! I can't understand why most of the Japanese porn is with mosaic.


Experiment BL626 I don't understand it either. But this time, it's not the Japanese government doing the mosaic, but Amazon is.

Wait... How do you know most of Japanese porn is with mosaic? Oh Yoshi, you never cease to surprise me. XD


message 13: by Yoshi (new)

Yoshi It's just common knowledge...... LOL


Gaa-chan hehehehe ;3 nopes it was smudged or kinda blurred out ;3 You could still see the important parts but hey, I like it in all the glory ;3


Experiment BL626 Yoshi wrote: "It's just common knowledge...... LOL"

Yes. Common knowledge. Sure. ;)

Gaa-chan wrote: "hehehehe ;3 nopes it was smudged or kinda blurred out ;3 You could still see the important parts but hey, I like it in all the glory ;3"

Can't believe they smudged the smut. It is The Most Important Part. @o@


Gaa-chan Well, it is important ;3 but hey this book has really likeable protags! I even liked Oshio... in my own twisted way... ;3


Gaa-chan Weasel wrote: "Experiment BL626 wrote: "I don't understand it either. But this time, it's not the Japanese government doing the mosaic, but Amazon is.

Wait... How do you know most of Japanese porn is with mosai..."


Unfortunately that's no longer the case. The law in Japan changed last year I believe. As to Amazon, it's not the first time when they pulled out yaoi manga from their store. Some publishers simply don't release too smutty titles on Kindle. See DMG for example. XO


Gaa-chan Weasel wrote: "Gaa-chan wrote: "Unfortunately that's no longer the case. The law in Japan changed last year I believe. As to Amazon, it's not the first time when they pulled out yaoi manga from their store. Some ..."

That you won't see "giant penises with a tiny little black or white bar" any longer.


Gaa-chan Weasel wrote: "Ah, okay. So they're blurring that now. When I first read your comment it sounded like they..."

I wish! Since they can't sell manga with the sex content to the minors anymore, JPN publishers just edit the smexing out. Amazon is a bit different story though. There was this huge ruckus a while ago when the guys from Amazon started pulling out graphic yaoi books from their store. The problem was that a graphic hetero-hentai was still there ehhh. Well... I did boycott Amazon for a while then.


message 20: by Myka (new) - rated it 3 stars

Myka Looks like I will be waiting for the Nook edition then. Thanks for the heads up.


message 21: by Gaa-chan (last edited Oct 21, 2012 07:33PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Gaa-chan Ashlyn wrote: "Looks like I will be waiting for the Nook edition then. Thanks for the heads up."

No prob. :3 I'm sure it will be announced on their Twitter and FB. XO


message 22: by Anniken (new)

Anniken I usually buy them at Outland in Norway. Most of my yaoi mangas aren't blurred at all. I don't think they do that here XP
I also order them online at Tanum, which is a online store (I think) and those aren't blurred either.


message 24: by Myka (new) - rated it 3 stars

Myka Does anyone know if the Kobo version is being censored?


Experiment BL626 I bought it on Kobo, and it's not any more censored than Amazon or Nook, which is to say the penises are white space. Disappointing.


message 26: by Myka (new) - rated it 3 stars

Myka Meh. This new censorship sucks. Sad to say I miss the white lines.


Experiment BL626 It really does. Not to mention the poor image quality. Official shit should always be better than the scanlation shit, not worse.


message 28: by Myka (new) - rated it 3 stars

Myka Agreed.


message 29: by Anniken (new)

Anniken Experiment BL626 (Against GR Censorship) wrote: "Is it this Tanum: https://www.tanum.no/ ?"

Yupp, but Tanum only takes norwegian addresses I think, I´m not sure though :P


Experiment BL626 Ashlyn wrote: "Meh. This new censorship sucks. Sad to say I miss the white lines."

Sorry. I should have read entire the book description. On Kindle and Kobo, the advisory note say it is censored. But on Nook, it isn't.


message 31: by Myka (new) - rated it 3 stars

Myka So Nook is the way to go with this book.


Experiment BL626 Yup. Nook seems to be the only ebook retailer that doesn't censor... which is worrying since B&N is going down in the dumpster. How long will Nook last? :(

Man, talk about stuck between a rock and a hard place.


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