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Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club
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Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club

Posted on Nov 14th

Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club
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Satou is a young college student who's found himself in dire financial straits. He can't even seem to fork out enough money to pay the rent, so it's no wonder he goes to school feeling less than cheery... But, it just so happens that his friends Yuusuke and Kaname know of a perfect way to remedy that and introduce Satou to a certain lucrative part-time job. It turns out that Satou is to become a guinea pig for the so-called Yaoi Club!
The scenes where Satou is being taught what yaoi is are positively hilarious. He learns everything from the origins of the word "yaoi" to other vital information that yaoi fangirls and fanboys have at their disposal. This manga is also a perfect introduction for those who'd only just recently gotten into yaoi. The story is very comical and fast-paced, so there's never a dull moment. Observing how Satou slowly but surely comes over to the dark side also feels very rewarding. Don't forget to check out the bonus chapter available only on Renta!: "Welcome to the Yaoi Research Club: 2-in-1 Bonus Chapter".
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I Love You, Satsuki!!
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I Love You, Satsuki!!

Posted on Oct 17th

I Love You, Satsuki!!
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Okay, first of all, the cover is a little misleading - you've gotta open the manga to see the true beauty! The art is really nice, and there are a few panels that I could just stare at for ages they're so pretty! Story-wise, this manga is a total gem. Hajime is small and unassuming. He covers his eyes with his hair and even his own classmates are oblivious to his presence. He's got a big heart, though, and a lot of courage, and he tells the guy he likes how he feels, knowing he'll probably be rejected. The guy - Satsuki - gets a little freaked out by Hajime's overzealous confession and tries his hardest to ignore him, but how can anyone ignore such a cute little button!? Satsuki says they can be friends, and Hajime is more than happy with that, but Satsuki's feelings slowly start to change... Add in some childhood friends and a meddling rival and you've got a slow-burning wonder of a manga (that I need the next chapter of right now!!!!)!
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Oblivious Love Factor
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Oblivious Love Factor

Posted on Sep 19th

Oblivious Love Factor
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Don't you simply love stories where the main character ends up sleeping with someone they really hate? I know I do!
Shun looks extremely serious and reliable, but he's actually obsessed with carnal pleasures. He and his friend with benefits decide to try out something different, and Shun goes to work with a toy buried in his butt. (Un)fortunately, his cover is blown by his nemesis slash colleague, Ichinose. One thing leads to another, and they end up going at it!
I found myself smirking while watching how Shun is torn between giving in to pleasure and being terribly embarrassed by the whole ordeal. Ichinose is worried about Shun's willingness to sleep with anyone, as long as it feels good. Shun insists that he doesn't need love, but Ichinose promises to take care of his physical needs. His statement is quite explosive! While reading this story, you end up asking yourself if they're oblivious or if they're just airheads beyond help. You'll definitely feel both their frustration and excitement!
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A Sweet Beast [Plus Bonus Page and Renta!-Only Bonus]
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A Sweet Beast [Plus Bonus Page and Renta!-Only Bonus]

Posted on Aug 22th

A Sweet Beast [Plus Bonus Page and Renta!-Only Bonus]
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Masato Saeki's an elite bureaucrat working at the Ministry of Education, but his real self is a man-eater with a taste for straight virgins! His life gets turned upside-down when he meets Kei Honjo. Kei wastes no time using Masato's secrets to blackmail him, and that's how their relationship starts.
The very moment when Masato, who always used to do as he pleased, gets pinned down instead is downright delicious. You'll end up grinning as Masato keeps telling himself that Kei's not his type at all, and yet he's inexplicably drawn to him time after time. Before you know it, you'll be rooting for Kei as well, and the way he can't help but be fascinated by Masato. Suji's stories are always polished and well thought-out. The plot is both charming and creative. "A Sweet Beast" will pull you right in, so be sure to check it out!
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I'll Be Gay! Body Switcharoo
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I'll Be Gay! Body Switcharoo

Posted on July 25th

I'll Be Gay! Body Switcharoo
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This series is unbelievably hilarious! It never fails to make me laugh no matter how many times I read it. Kei is gay, a bottom, and tragically unable to reach climax. Sho is the biggest narcissist known to man and hates other people touching his beautiful body. One fateful night, the two collide (literally) and switch bodies! Suddenly, Kei is able to feel pleasure, and Sho is able to feel himself! It's a win-win situation! It's not smooth-sailing, though, since Sho's personality is larger than life, while Kei is pretty apathetic about everything, meaning their interactions are always really amusing. There's a lot of visual humor in this manga, too, combining beautiful art with comical expressions. Neither character is particularly likeable, but I love them both anyway. Just give it a try - you won't regret it!
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Unexpected Love Serendipity
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Unexpected Love Serendipity

Posted on June 27th

Unexpected Love Serendipity
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I'm a fan of meco's works because they're all a wonderful mix of humor and smut, and this one is no exception! At a party, Shimizu lies to escape some man-hungry women and says he's gay. They don't believe him, so he does the only sensible (?) thing and kisses his male colleague, Karasuma! Drunk logic for you right there... Anyway, the women follow the two guys out of the party, so they hide in a love hotel! And, you know, since they're there, they may as well try the whole "gay" thing... I absolutely love the dynamic between Shimizu and Karasuma and how they continue bickering even while they're doing the deed. I couldn't stop laughing out loud, either! It's not just the dialog that's funny, but the background text, too. There's also some realism to it as well, with the characters discussing the intricacies of butt sex, but even that is handled in a humorous way. And the smut! The smut is beautiful and plentiful but certainly not overwhelming; it's just right. The way Shimizu and Karasuma's relationship develops is really sweet, too. It's just an awesome manga and I could continue gushing about it for quite a while, but instead I'm just going to implore you to read it!!
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I Never Taught You That!
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I Never Taught You That!

Posted on May 30th

I Never Taught You That!
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Q: Why would a student who also gets top grades suddenly turn in a blank assignment?
A: Because he wants to get the teacher's attention!
It's like an evil genius's plan right from the start! And only Mr. Tsuji doesn't see through it! You seriously can't help laughing at him, though. (In a nice way, of course.) After his wife tells him she wants a divorce, he's totally convinced that no one could possibly find a guy like him sexy; he's around 30 (so clearly past his prime), he's oblivious, a softie, too nice for his own good, and ultimately lonely. He believes in what's right but can sometimes be a bit of a pushover. The only one who knows the real Masaki Tsuji is Sohta (a.k.a. Evil Genius), who's been watching the teacher in silence. Then, in turn, I love watching Sohta as he tries to prove his love!
Yes, their relationship may have started with Sohta blackmailing Masaki, but his heart was totally in the right place (even if other parts of him weren't...)! He just wanted to comfort him and hold him and dry his tears! (It's not his fault he petted Masaki's other head... Or was that part of his Evil Plan™?)
The road to love is long and (very, very) hard... Will these two come... I mean... overcome the obstacles in their way!? Read to find out, and don't miss the sequel, "Listen to Your Teacher!"
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Your Butt Fetish Is a Pain in My Ass
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Your Butt Fetish Is a Pain in My Ass

Posted on May 2nd

Your Butt Fetish Is a Pain in My Ass
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The two main characters in this, Amamiya and Arashiro, are both amazing. Neither of them have any interest in guys (to begin), and their reactions to their inexplicable attraction is really amusing. Amamiya is super insecure about his (beautiful) big butt, but he gets hot when Arashiro touches it. Arashiro enjoys the squishy feeling, but he doesn't want to admit he might be into a guy. After Arashiro (accidentally) gropes Amamiya's butt once, they both want to feel it again, and when it does (accidentally) happen again, they then try to deny they don't want more. There's not a lot of angst in this; instead, there's cringe-worthy but heart-pounding sexy scenes, where you're thinking "oh my god, you can't do that!" while simultaeneously thinking "oh my god, YES do that!!" It's sweet and hilarious and the art. THE ART!! There are so many close-ups of butts, it's unreal. A string of butt-related songs is going round in my head just writing this and it makes me want to read the whole thing over again. Get that ass, read this book!!
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Crack Star [Plus Digital-Only Bonus]
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Crack Star [Plus Digital-Only Bonus]

Posted on April 4th

Crack Star [Plus Digital-Only Bonus]
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Tomo Kurahashi proves herself the master of depicting budding Yaoi love with Crack Star.
Mio shows up at Shino's doorstep suddenly one night after five years. He's got nowhere to stay, so he crashes with Shino. Shino struggles to come to terms with Mio's unchanging child-like quirkiness and his own feelings for Mio.
Kurahashi's such a master artist and storyteller that even Hibiya and Mr. Aoyama, the so-called villains, are actually rather lovable.
This story features all the stages of relationships, from falling in love to breaking up to even getting badly hurt. Check out this bittersweet but heartwarming manga today!
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HANGOUT CRISIS
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HANGOUT CRISIS

Posted on March 7th

HANGOUT CRISIS
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I feel like this is Owal's best work, but then I may be biased because it was the first one I read... I'm a sucker for straight boys getting it on and then discovering that maybe they're not quite as straight as they first thought...! This story is set in college, and two friends who're both known to be popular with the ladies get drunk one night. Not having any attractive women to take home, they decide to go to a hotel together instead! (Because why not?) They discover the joys of gay!sex in long, beautiful, sound-effect-filled scenes, but then pesky emotions start making themselves known! I can't deny that I love a little angst to tug at the heart-strings, and this definitely has that, too. Not to worry though, because as with all of Owal's work, there's a wonderfully happy ending! Try it if you're not afraid of a little smut and love a good story!
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FIRST-LOVE LOGIC
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FIRST-LOVE LOGIC

Posted on February 7th

FIRST-LOVE LOGIC
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This is a super refreshing yaoi manga in that both the top and bottom are total dorks! Neither of them are even a little bit cool, and they're both naive and gullible, but they're so pure-hearted!! And sooo cute!! It's based off that movie about a holiday in Rome, but has a lovely gay twist. Prince Richard of England has come to France on business, and Shigeru works for a newspaper that's doing a story on him. They end up running into each other (literally) when Richard tries to escape his princely duties, claiming he's had enough. (Spoiled, yes, but his pout is adorable.) Shigeru takes Richard around, showing him how commoners live, and... well, I really don't want to spoil it, but stuff happens. *wink wink nudge nudge* Interferences and misunderstandings follow, providing a nice smidge of angst, but of course there's a wonderful happy ending! Aaand, we even get a side-story about Richard's aide and his cook! (Now those two are cool.) I know the cover might seem a little tame, but you just have to look inside to see how lovely the art is, and it's such a feel-good story with really likeable characters that it's impossible not to enjoy!
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GELATERIA SUPERNOVA [PLUS Renta!-ONLY BONUS]
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GELATERIA SUPERNOVA [PLUS Renta!-ONLY BONUS]

Posted on January 10th

GELATERIA SUPERNOVA [PLUS Renta!-ONLY BONUS]
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"I should've just told you I loved you when I realized it for myself."
Both sweet and slightly bitter at times, the poetic way that this story uses the flavors of gelato to express the deepening relationship of these two characters is really lovely. It's the type of storytelling that makes each moment feel delicate and emotional, skillfully expressing the characters' feelings of love even as they are unable to express them to each other directly. There was a beautiful sensuality even in the scenes where they are simply eating gelato... And of course, when they tasted each other's kisses afterwards.
The story is told mostly from the point of view of the uke, but it was comfortingly sweet to read a bit from the seme's perspective towards the end of the manga. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the type of story where mutual romantic feelings continue to grow even as they slip by unnoticed, eventually coming together for a very happy ending!
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ME, MY BOSS, AND OUR LOVE STORY
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ME, MY BOSS, AND OUR LOVE STORY

Posted on December 13th

ME, MY BOSS, AND OUR LOVE STORY
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The story begins with the straight Tomoaki starting at his very first job and finding out that his very first boss, Chikashi, is gay. Now, it's still pretty uncommon to be out at work in Japan, so Tomoaki is quite taken aback, and the story progresses as he deals with this information.
Despite appearances, this manga is actually a comedy, and there are loads of scenes that had me grinning. It has some serious, realistic scenes that pack a punch too, though. I think that's what I love most about it! Tomoaki insists that he hasn't been straight since he developed feelings for Chikashi, and honestly, it's just such a nice difference to the normal yaoi stories where they're only gay for each other or try to deny their feelings for another guy or whatever, I actually shed a tear. I've been waiting so long to read a story like this...! But, on the other hand, it's not like, "'I like you!' 'I like you, too!' And they both lived happily ever after~" Chikashi is constantly worrying about what others will think of Tomoaki for being with a man and whether their relationship is worth it for Tomoaki. The characters' backstories are well fleshed-out, and you get to see both the good times and the bad. It's nice watching them all grow. I especially like the CEO, who plays a pretty big part... We get to see his past, too! (Yay!) So, yes, this is a comedy, but it will also tear your heart out through your eyes... Good times!

Aaand, as it happens, this is actually the first volume in a triology! Don't miss the second volume, "Me, My Trainee, and the Sequel to Our Love", out on December 13 2017!
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A WARPED TRIANGLE, UNDONE AND ENTANGLED
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A WARPED TRIANGLE, UNDONE AND ENTANGLED

Posted on November 15th

A WARPED TRIANGLE, UNDONE AND ENTANGLED
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"Warped" is definitely the right word for this! I kind of read the whole thing with wide eyes and my mouth hanging open and there may have been some random swearing, too. I don't think this is like any yaoi I've ever read before - in a good way! Kura and Kamota are roommates in high school. Kamota's your average teenage boy, just trying to fit in and hoping to get a girlfriend (and get laid). Kura's pretty dark and hates everyone (so, maybe a typical teenage boy in that sense?). They reeeally don't like each other. Kamota's best friends with Hajime, who's cool and popular and tends to grope Kamota in the halls, which makes everyone think they're dating. Kura and Hajime are in the same class and have known each other for years. Hajime is pretty much the only person who talks to Kura. One day, Hajime helps Kamota get off, and Kura walks in just in time to be accidentally involved. Hajime and Kamota's relationship develops (a little weirdly, but, you know, still hot/sweet), but then we learn more about Kura, and something happens between him and Kamota, revealing Hajime's true feelings, and it's just a melting pot of teenage hormones and angst and wtf. I don't even know who to recommend this manga to, because I wouldn't have thought it'd be something I'd enjoy, but I ended up loving it! Just, give it a try, is all I'd say. That, and "don't try this at home!"
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YATA & MOMO
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YATA & MOMO

Posted on October 18th

YATA & MOMO
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We know you've all been waiting, and now Harada's works are finally available on Renta!
"YATA & MOMO" isn't your typical yaoi. For a start, Momo's a useless good-for-nothing who fails at everything he tries. He's also a hedonistic twink with no moral compass... He meets Yata under some of the worst circumstances imaginable, but Yata can't leave well enough alone and is quite taken by Momo, so takes him in. After many trails and tribulations, the two of them end up falling in love, but... Well, let's just say that the two of them are in a league of their own! It may be kind of a dark story, but it's also hilarious!
I think one of Harada's charms is that they make the characters seem real. Like, despite the fact that Momo is completely unable to hold down a job, he really tries hard for Yata's sake. Momo honestly does love Yata, and he tries to show it in his own Momo-way. I could easily see how Yata was the one good thing in Momo's otherwise grim life. I recommend reading this once, then reading it again knowing what lurks in Momo's mind!
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I LIKE GAY MANGA, SO WHAT?
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I LIKE GAY MANGA, SO WHAT?

Posted on September 20th

I LIKE GAY MANGA, SO WHAT?
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The title of this manga is basically my life. The story itself is amusing, but I have SO much sympathy for Sena. Like, he got into yaoi exactly the same way I did! (And I'm sure many of you had the same experience too.) You just pick up a book that looks pretty and OH MY GOD THE GUYS ARE KISSING! ...And then you're on board with it and there is no turning back. Yaoi 4 life. (Or, more accurately, hiding all your manga for life...) Sena has the added complication that he's a high school boy who can only talk to one guy outside his family, which just makes me love him more! And then, as us yaoi fans are wont to do, he starts thinking about said guy (Hayato) with another guy, but the feeling in his chest isn't the one he was expecting. He's just so cute and oblivious and way too relatable. There are other stories in this manga, too, so have a read and see which you like best!
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SEX FRIENDS [PLUS DIGITAL-ONLY BONUS]
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SEX FRIENDS [PLUS DIGITAL-ONLY BONUS]

Posted on August 23rd

SEX FRIENDS [PLUS DIGITAL-ONLY BONUS]
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Toua, the bottom, is kind of more like your typical yaoi top in that he has no interest in love or being special to someone, and he doesn't even kiss unless it's during sex. He enjoys his life of pleasure! If the person he's with does fall in love, it's over between them. Otherwise, he's happy to continue a purely physical relationship. There is in fact a reason for this, but it's not super dark or dramatic, and it's just kind of slipped in smoothly as part of his past, which makes a nice change. It's like, he's afraid of love, but at the same time, that's all he really wants. So, he has lots and lots of sex, especially with Jiro, the awesome top whose expression never changes. I can't quite put into words why, but I really like Jiro. Maybe he just seems really real... Anyway. Toua may be afraid of love, but he's also afraid of hurting Jiro, which hurts my heart oh-so-good. You'll have to read it for yourself to see how it ends, though! My rating? 10/10, would definitely read again.
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LIFE... AND THEN SOME
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LIFE... AND THEN SOME

Posted on July 26th

LIFE... AND THEN SOME
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I really like Chisa Otomi's works, and this manga was no exception! It's about a small detective agency and the two guys who work there. The detective, Keiji, is straight, but as is wont to happen in yaoi, he keeps getting cases involving gay guys. Eisei, his assistant, totally takes it all in stride, and you kinda get the feeling there might be more there... I just love Keiji's innocent (?) reactions to all the gayness!! And there's one of my favorite tropes; the pretending-to-be-a-couple one! It's especially lovely because Keiji's so awkward and Eisei's so flustered and I just end up squeeing all over the place. There's a smidge of angst, too, which hurt my heart oh so good, but rest assured, there is a happy ending! (In more ways than one, if you catch my drift *wink wink nudge nudge*) And if that's not enough to sway you, a kitten makes an appearance as well. What's not to love!?
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STORM OF LOVE
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STORM OF LOVE

Posted on June 28th

STORM OF LOVE
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The bottom in this is so charming and confident and glamorous! In contrast, the top's all stubborn and refuses to acknowledge his own feelings. When you put the two of them together, you can practically feel the sparks fizzling away between them! I've read a lot of yaoi in my time, but I've never encountered anything quite like this...
Let's start with the art. It's absolutely gorgeous, with smooth lines and almost translucent characters. The way the author draws surprised and embarrassed expressions is amazing - I could look at them all day!
The setting and story match the art perfectly, too. It's like everything is exactly where it's meant to be, and you get totally drawn in to the characters' world. The way they go from being taken with one another, to admitting their true feelings, to finally getting their happy end filled my heart to bursting.
But, the best thing of all is the characters themselves! The bottom is the star of the kabuki theater, and he definitely wins all the awards in my book. He's so, so beautiful... *swoon* I like how the top's all straight-laced, but is actually kind of an airhead. It's super cute! This manga is just... Yeah. Time to go read it a few more times...
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BOSSY BOTTOMS ON TOP!
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BOSSY BOTTOMS ON TOP!

Posted on May 31st

BOSSY BOTTOMS ON TOP!
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Enthusiastic ukes and straight semes FTW! I love how innocent Yoshitaka (the top/main character) is, and the fact that you see things from his perspective. It makes a nice, refreshing change! He plans to woo a young woman in need and ends up with a very bossy guy as a roommate. Kaede, the bottom, is super pretty and just kinda comes like a whirlwind (no pun intended) into Yoshitaka's life. He's awesome! He can switch really easily from cute to seductive, too, and he's bi, which is another refreshing thing about this manga, since you don't see that with a lot of ukes. It's really fun to see him turn on the charm for both men and women. I think my favorite thing about this manga is probably how both Yoshitaka and Kaede deal with Kaede's job as a porn star. It comes up towards the end of the manga, and it's emotional but really well done. It was a totally satisfying ending! Kaede's friend Shu plays a big part, and I still can't decide if I like him or not... I did, then I didn't, but now the jury's out... Hmm. Have a read and see what you think! I couldn't put it down!
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WHERE LOVE GOES
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WHERE LOVE GOES

Posted on May 2nd

WHERE LOVE GOES
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There's a tangled web of confused and complicated feelings in this manga, and as everything is slowly revealed, you realize that behind it all is simply the proof of love. Throughout the whole thing, you wonder, "Is he lusting after him?" "Is he gay or straight?" "What's the truth??" It's hard to discern the characters' true feelings, which means no one knows "where love goes". (Heh, see what I did there?) It's like a love square, but not quite. Mr. Muroto is still caught up in the past, Mr. Izumo is in love with Mr. Muroto, Mr. Izumo's student, Tomogashima, is in love with Mr. Izumo, and Tomogashima's female classmate, Ezaki, is in love with Tomogashima...! Then, of course, there's the secret of the lighthouse... Not everyone necessarily has the happy ending they want, but I totally love the ending everyone gets. It's like the story's saying, "even if you're hurting now, tomorrow's a brand-new day." I think anyone who's ever felt like that will enjoy this story, but even if you haven't, it's still a wonderful read!
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TWO GUYS, ONE BED
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TWO GUYS, ONE BED

Posted on April 5th

TWO GUYS, ONE BED
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I can't get enough of this manga!! I really liked a previous series by this author (Training the Ghost who Possessed my House), so was super excited when this came out and I was not disappointed! It's clear the two main characters are physically compatible, and it doesn't take long for Natsuki, the bottom, to succumb to Tsukasa's charm, but their inability to express their feelings kept me wanting to read more. It's like UST, but... UET? Unresolved Emotional Tension...? It's good, anyway! The reader can see that Tsukasa's liked Natsuki from the very beginning, but Natsuki's so lovably oblivious that he doesn't realize. He does realize that he very much likes doing naughty things with Tsukasa though (even though he still kind of thinks of him as competition for girls' attention), so this is a definite must-read for anyone who likes enthusiastic ukes (and rivals)!! The whole series might seem a little long at first glance, but I think it's good because it shows how their relationship progresses and allows their personalities to grow. Plus, you know, it gives them to opportunity to get busy in all sorts of places... And the best thing of all? The first chapter of this manga is absolutely free!!
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BEAUTY & BEAST
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BEAUTY & BEAST

Posted on March 8th

BEAUTY & BEAST
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The fact that Itsuki, the top, is all mysterious and is clearly hiding something is awesome enough, but the secret being that he's a werewolf is like the icing on the cake! He was friends with Rei, the bottom, when they were younger, and they shared one kiss before Itsuki disappeared for seven years. When he shows up again, it's with the super-adorable Chota, his son! Rei smells amazing to werewolves, so Itsuki was constantly fighting his desires... (UST, anyone?) I could practically feel the angst radiating off of Rei... But, Itsuki seeking Rei out means they were totally meant to be! I love that young, immature Itsuki who chose not to hurt Rei as well as the grown-up one who chooses to be with Rei despite everything...! This manga makes my heart hurt so good, but it comes with a happy ending, so I think anyone can enjoy it! Plus, the art is gorgeous, and there are ears and tails and SUPER-ADORABLE CHOTA!!
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BRING IT ON, BUDDY!
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BRING IT ON, BUDDY!

Posted on Feb 8th

BRING IT ON, BUDDY!
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I'm a sucker for rivalries, and this is one of the best! I just love all that unresolved sexual tension... Which, thankfully, does get resolved here! There are various stories in this manga, but the first/last is definitely my favorite! The two main characters are ex-gangsters who were both feared and always used to be at each other's throats. They each fake their own deaths and then end up meeting again years later, but they still can't help fighting. It's really funny to see an immaculate guy in a suit and a happy-go-lucky kindergarten teacher shouting and swearing! They work really well together though, and you get to see the end of their story, which is nice. It's actually really sweet! This is also a good manga if you like family stuff, because not only does the main character in the first story have a daughter, but there's a family in the second story, too! I like seeing dependable guys looking after little kids... Especially if they get to have sneaky kisses with their boyfriends! Even more so when those kisses get interrupted!! I laughed so much while reading this and recommend it to anyone who wants a little fun with their yaoi!
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AN INNOCENT PUPPY MEETS A TWO-FACED CAT
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AN INNOCENT PUPPY MEETS A TWO-FACED CAT

Posted on Jan 11th

AN INNOCENT PUPPY MEETS A TWO-FACED CAT
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Among all the manga I've read featuring middle-aged bottoms, this one is by far the cutest! Naohito's pushing forty and he just can't be bothered to put himself out there when it comes to love and romance. He's always well-behaved and people around him often take him for a "perfect lover" but the truth is that it's all an act and he's actually just terrified of getting hurt. Naohito goes about his life pretending to be an ideal lover, all the while thinking that there isn't anyone who would love him just the way he is. He would probably continue living peacefully under the same sky were it not for a blazing comet called Tohru Akasaka that suddenly crashes down and changes everything. An open, honest and laid-back puppy meets a moody, sneaky cat that only pretends to be innocent, and the chemistry between the two is just uncontrollable! I can't stress enough how adorable Naohito is- are there any actual forty-year-olds who are that cute!? ^^; There's also some comedy gold when Tohru's spontaneous remarks hit the nail on the head and also whenever Naohito's "evil" friend, Seiji, is involved. All the lovey-dovey scenes also provide some delicious eye-candy. You simply have to check it out!
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HEY, YOUR EARS AND TAIL ARE SHOWING! THE ZODIAC SIGNS GO TO HIGH SCHOOL-
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HEY, YOUR EARS AND TAIL ARE SHOWING! THE ZODIAC SIGNS GO TO HIGH SCHOOL-

Posted on Dec 14th, 2016

HEY, YOUR EARS AND TAIL ARE SHOWING! THE ZODIAC SIGNS GO TO HIGH SCHOOL-
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You don't need to know anything about the Chinese zodiac to enjoy this manga, and it definitely has something for everyone! It's cute and funny and sexy and will leave you with all the warm fuzzies you could want. Although the first two volumes are about the rabbit and sheep, the others each feature a different zodiac pairing. They're all totally unique and somehow manage to include twists that made me grin! I think the horse and snake were my favorite pairing because they're an S uke and an M seme, which you don't see very often (if ever). I really like the love/hate frenemies thing they have going. My favorite character was the rooster though, because he's so pretty and just wants everyone to get along! I'm rooting for the rooster!! (Bad joke is bad... Sorry.) If you're looking for a little pick-me-up after a bad day, or if you're in the mood for something light-hearted and sweet, or if you enjoy reading about sexy times at school, try this!!
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THE STRANGER BY THE BEACH
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THE STRANGER BY THE BEACH

Posted on Nov 16th, 2016

THE STRANGER BY THE BEACH
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This is a really cute story about a gay guy, Shun, who was rejected by his parents, and an orphan, Mio, who until recently lived alone with his mother. Despite the sad backstories though, it's actually a pretty uplifting manga! It's set on a small island off the coast of Okinawa, so the scenery's all gorgeous, and the art is amazing. Like, seriously. There aren't any super dramatic twists or shocking discoveries, but you feel totally immersed in their lives and will likely find yourself grinning as you watch them interact (and hoping that they end up happy together!!). My favorite scene is one where Mio's wearing a straw hat but it gets blown off by the wind, and then Shun catches it...! (It's a pretty important scene, so I won't say any more than that to avoid spoilers, but it's just so wonderful...!) This manga is great if you like cute guys, proper stories, and cats! (Yes, cats.) There's a little something for those of you after a more physical relationship, too. It's perfect!
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MAGICAL YOUTH NISHIDA
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MAGICAL YOUTH NISHIDA

Posted on Oct 19th, 2016

MAGICAL YOUTH NISHIDA
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This manga is hilarious. Every single page made me laugh, or at least grin, and even on the second or third time through, it doesn't lose any of its appeal.
Nishida, the main character, is basically a professional stalker. He develops magic powers but can only use them on the guy he has a crush on. The guy, Takeshi, is pretty oblivious, and although he thinks Nishida's a weirdo, he lets him hang around anyway. Nishida doesn't pass up any opportunity to drool (quite profusely) over Takeshi, and Takeshi doesn't pull any punches when it comes to showing his annoyance. Like when Nishida turns himself into a tiny phallic "critter"... Takeshi just stamps on him, or throws him across the room, or flicks him off his shoulder. I know the art isn't typical of a yaoi manga, but the characters' expressions are so funny, it doesn't need to be beautiful. (That's not to say that there aren't some gorgeous scenes, though!)
It's such an un-serious manga, it's amazing. You won't find any naughty scenes here, but I defy anyone not to enjoy it. Just give it a try, and it'll soon become a favorite!
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HIS ROMANCE OF 500 YEARS
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HIS ROMANCE OF 500 YEARS

Posted on Sep 21st, 2016

HIS ROMANCE OF 500 YEARS
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I first read this book five years ago, in the original Japanese, and I still remember how I felt when I read the description.
It's not your typical yaoi manga. It's sad right from the start. The story begins with Torao, the main character, trying to commit suicide after his boyfriend Hikaru dies. When Torao wakes up, 250 years have passed and there's an android waiting for him with the same name and face as his late lover. Hikaru (version B) was made specifically for Torao, but he lacks the spark that the original Hikaru had. Torao is no happier in the future than he was in the past. Although Hikaru B tries to comfort him, he doesn't even understand why Torao's crying.
This manga is sorrowful and painful and heart-breaking. But, it's beautiful at the same time. You can't help but cry when reading it. The "romance" in the title refers not only to love, but to everyday life and the mysteries, trials and tribulations it contains. For Torao, those feelings span 500 years.
I hope you give this manga a try, because it really is wonderful.
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FALLING IN LOVE UNDER THE BLUE SKY
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FALLING IN LOVE UNDER THE BLUE SKY

Posted on Aug 17th, 2016

FALLING IN LOVE UNDER THE BLUE SKY
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I loved this manga as soon as I started reading it! You may have noticed that I'm partial to enthusiastic ukes, and guess what this has...! Yuuichi is in love with Sei, his cousin's friend, and keeps fantasizing about all sorts of naughty things and it's just beautiful. I especially like that you can't actually tell what's real and what's not until Yuuichi snaps out of the fantasy, so you're kind of wondering, "Oh my, are they actually doing that...!?" It's certainly a yaoi to make your heart pound, and definitely not safe for work, school, or anywhere other people might be! There are also scenes that tug at your heart-strings, since Yuuichi thinks his love is hopeless, and some comic relief in the form of Sei's adorable little sister. It's set in summer, too, so now's the perfect time to read it!
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IF I HADN'T FALLEN IN LOVE WITH YOU
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IF I HADN'T FALLEN IN LOVE WITH YOU

Posted on Jul 20th, 2016

IF I HADN'T FALLEN IN LOVE WITH YOU
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This might be a teeny-tiny bit spoilerish but I really love it when it turns out that the main couple had actually already met at some point when they were kids. To me, that just screams "destiny"! It's even better if this is the case with protagonists who start off fighting all the time and at a glance seem like a really bad match. This particular match consists of an elite seme, Misato, who suffers from a past trauma and a manly ex-delinquent, Nono. Those two together... nom nom! There is quite a bit of foreshadowing that points to Nono possibly being the reason for Misato's trauma and the guilt-fest that ensues is also great! Nono, being a chef, cooks a lot for Misato but then at other times he pushes him away thinking it best for Misato. The way they miss each other by inches is just so moving! It's also great to see how determined Misato becomes as the story goes on. He used to be super awkward but he's trying to grow as a person for the one he loves... aww! I wonder if that company really exists somewhere in Japan... I want to work there and secretly cheer for Misato and Nono as they shamelessly flirt with each other. Someone tell me so that I can change jobs!!
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A Liar in love
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A Liar in love

Posted on Jun 15th, 2016

A Liar in love
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I love how the super confident playboy, Hiroki, slowly falls in love with Miura, who's really shy. I mean, yes, Hiroki's kind of a jerk, but some people like that in their seme! He's never experienced real love and doesn't know how much his lies can hurt, but then he meets Miura and realizes that everything's different, even if he doesn't understand why, and he gets all frustrated and caught up and discovers that when you hurt someone you love, you get hurt, too...! Gah! But it's okay, because Miura's lovely and makes Hiroki lovely as well, and the art is also lovely, meaning this manga is just fantastic and everyone should give it a go!
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THE DEVIL'S PORNO
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THE DEVIL'S PORNO

Posted on May 11th, 2016

THE DEVIL'S PORNO
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I'm not sure how many times I've read this now, but I never get bored of it! The art is amazing, the story's amusing, and the smut...!
Lestore is really sexy, but when Kiyoteru thanks him he goes all red and shy and is just way more adorable than a demon has any right to be! I love that he keeps trying to act tough, too; it's so cute. And although Kiyoteru doesn't seem overly impressed with Lestore at the start, he gets pretty protective pretty quickly. They're really sweet together. And, like I said... the smut. Seriously. So hot. This manga is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, with a happy ending for everyone (and I mean that in more ways than one *wink wink*)!
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A Truthful Picture
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A Truthful Picture

Posted on Apr 20th, 2016

A Truthful Picture
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I'm pretty sure we can all agree that when you're in school, school is basically your life. If your classmates don't like you, the whole world might as well be against you. It's where you study (maybe), make friends (hopefully) and fall in love (if you're (un)lucky). You want to tell the person you like that you like them, but you also really don't want them to ever find out, ever. Not to mention, if it doesn't work out, you're doomed to a very lonely existence.
In this manga, Teruyoshi, the main character, is secretly in love with another boy, Kenji, so decides to sneakily take his picture and leave it at that. He's already been through hell once because he likes guys, and at only 17, once is more than enough. He keeps expecting something bad to happen, but...
Well, this isn't that kind of manga! They're happy, I'm happy, everyone is happy, and this is a wonderful manga!
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TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR! -TWO HOT SALARYMEN, GOING UP!-
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TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR! -TWO HOT SALARYMEN, GOING UP!-

Posted on Mar 16th, 2016

TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR! -TWO HOT SALARYMEN, GOING UP!-
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I absolutely love Kurumi Otsuki's manga, and this one is no exception! It has the holy grail of yaoi manga... An enthusiastic uke!! *cue cheering* Yes, he's super shy, but that just makes it all the more yummy. The dynamic between these two is amazing - they argue constantly, are always trying to one-up each other, and clearly love every second of it. The passion translates into their sexy times (which, by the way, are very sexy), but there's also a tenderness that speaks of their real feelings (even if the characters refuse to speak of those feelings themselves). Even after they start getting frisky, they still continue their petty squabbling, and it just makes them the most adorable couple ever! Two hot salarymen, indeed!
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SALVA ME
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SALVA ME

Posted on Feb 17th, 2016

SALVA ME
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I'm in love with this manga... Especially the last story, "Where Angels Fear to Tread".
Ernest and James hadn't seen or spoken to each other in six years, but the story focuses much more on their happiness than the pain of separation. (Doesn't mean my heart didn't hurt, though). Ernest didn't try to contact James once, even though he kept in contact with another of their friends. When they see each other again, their friendship resumes as though no time has passed, and it makes you think that nothing could ever damage it.
There're no naughty scenes in this manga, but the happy end is very satisfying. It's just like in the song, "Salva Me"; Carry me away from the dark I fear.
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THE EROTIC WAY OF THE MANGA ARTIST - STUDYING YAOI WITH MY BODY -
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THE EROTIC WAY OF THE MANGA ARTIST - STUDYING YAOI WITH MY BODY -

Posted on Jan 13th, 2016

THE EROTIC WAY OF THE MANGA ARTIST - STUDYING YAOI WITH MY BODY -
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Yes. Oh my god, so much yes. Cute and sexy all rolled into one. Reading Akiyoshi's reactions to Tachibana saying BL is gross makes my heart hurt so bad! It's obvious how he feels but he has to go slow so as not to freak Tachibana out (though they still jump straight into the sex, of course). And then as Tachibana gets more comfortable drawing BL, he gets more comfortable with Akiyoshi, and then... Then...! Well, you'll just have to read to find out! (But know I'm trying really hard not to squee while writing this).
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Anatomia
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Anatomia

Posted on Dec 16th, 2015

Anatomia
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This is a mystery revolving around one of the character's secrets.
The drawings are cute, while the dialogue is philosophical and ambiguous. Not to mention, it's all incredibly beautiful. I was so taken in by its beauty, I had to read it three times before I understood Eva, one of the characters, and then when I did understand him, I cried for hours.
Eva is eccentric, uninhibited, and sleeps with anyone. When we see Eva through Luther's eyes, we only see the surface, and have to dig deeper to understand Eva's "anatomy", to see precisely how he came to be the way he is. If I tried to dissect Eva's childhood, his fear of flames or his admiration of the arts now, it'd never end.
When Eva says, "I'd cut you open and then you'd burn...", it's because he's afraid of love. Can Luther uncover the truth about Eva? The answer lies in poem below.
"Where we were born? From Love.
How we would be ruined? Without love.
What helps us overcome? The Love.
Can we find love? With Love.
What makes us cry? The Love.
What should unite us always? The Love."
- Goethe
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THE SECRET OF THE MAMIYA BOOKSTORE
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THE SECRET OF THE MAMIYA BOOKSTORE

Posted on Nov 11th, 2015

THE SECRET OF THE MAMIYA BOOKSTORE
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No matter how many times I read this manga, it still makes me squee! There are misunderstandings (you gotta love a little angst) along with pretty boys not knowing or being able to express how they really feel. Tarou and Souta, the main characters, are both really likable and just look so cute when they're all blushing and nervous! Plus, you get to read about the other bookstore employees (who're all gay, of course - that's probably the "secret") and everyone takes part in everyone else's story. It's fantastic!
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THE SCENT OF SPRING
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THE SCENT OF SPRING

Posted on Oct 14th, 2015

THE SCENT OF SPRING
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If you've been in love, you've probably noticed those tiny changes in that special someone, though no one else can ever tell that anything's different. You hesitate to get too close, yet you can't stand being separated. This manga captures the sentiments of both unrequited love and the feeling of bursting with happiness.
It's amazing that we fall in love and that we can change. We're all waiting. Waiting to touch, to know, to feel special. Waiting for change.
If you feel like this, there's no doubt you'll love this manga.
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