I’ve been reading quite a lot of books these last couple of days so this is a collection of my thoughts on them.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here but I read (and buy) quite a lot of non-Japanese web comics. The online magazine Whut*Nani? is very good read and yesterday I just found a gem via Whut*Nani?. If you have time, check out Hazel and Bell’s Always Raining Here.
Chinkami‘s a manga by Nagai Saburou that’s filled with gag about lesser gods. The 4-koma part acts as an extended character introduction but it’s not as hilarious as the main manga. One sentence to describe the manga? Seinen slice of life gag that’s filled with gay men.
Why haven’t I read Takaguchi Satosumi‘s Utsukushii Otoko sooner! It’s a sci-fi BL story about a team of space pilots, Dance Mania under the esteemed M2 Rimstein, who was put under cold sleep 30 years ago by the military to preserve his talent. M2 was awaken for a mission to stop a coup d’état and lead a team three talented pilots, Stellasta, Malloy and Cloud. After the mission, the military put him back to sleep again but an unknown enemy managed to capture the sleeping M2 and brain washed him.
Of course this is just the plot for the first 2 volumes. Later, you’ll get to meet M1, M2’s dad, M2’s dad’s son who’s in love with M2, conspiracies, betrayal, love, sex. :D I’m a little put off by the ending but the story’s great enough for me to ignore that tiny problem and the corniness. The mecha’s drawn by Kakurai Missile.
I read Hagio Moto‘s Marginal just recently and Poe no Ichizoku. I can see why there are so many fans of hers out there who wrote a lot of in-depth analysis on her manga. They are just so finely crafted and well researched! My favourite of the two has got to be Marginal. The storytelling there’s more solid and less Osamu Tezuka-like fast paced sequences.
Marginal is about a mysterious world where the concept of men and women does not exist. A world that is filled with just men and one being who gave birth to men, the Holy Mother. But, Holy Mother’s getting to old to give birth anymore. The 11 cities of that world’s slowly crumbling due to decreasing amount of population. The situation gets even worse with the assassination of the Holy Mother…
This is one BL which I can have an intelligent discussion (about a BL manga) with my bf too. In his words, Marginal is an “inevitable BL“.
Poe no Ichizoku actually consist of a few short stories strung together with the recurring characters from Poe Clan. The Poe clan are a family of immortal beings that feed on human blood. The stories’ timeline jump around but there aren’t any glaring plot errors. It’s like Hagio Moto wrote a detailed story in sequence and she just jumble them around. The last few chapters are in sequence though.
A little update for those who requested a review. I’ve written the draft for Karada Meate de Waruika by Komizu Kiyo and a rough version of Miyagi Tooko’s version of Genji Monogatari. Currently flattening the covers to scan.