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wednesday ([personal profile] wednesday_10_00) wrote2015-07-12 09:45 pm

backwards reviews, forwards reviews

(Yes, I'm still doing backwards reviews. My life is Comiket. Really.)

Kaeru no Prince-sama - Panko.
[note that the paper version of this book is called Kaeru no Prince-sama and the digital version is called Kaeru no Oujisama. I'm fairly certain they're the same book, though.]
It took me a while to figure out this isn't "the frog prince," but "the frog's prince." Because one of the characters is the frog and the other one is the prince. The frog is awkward with people and has an ugly voice and everyone at work makes fun of him, while the prince is handsome and popular and nice and everyone admires him. This is just okay for me. The main character's troubles at work are very moving and all, but I just can't feel the romance between the main characters.

Comiket verdict: We're hitting this table anyway, so I will probably get the doujinshi, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. (Even if I secretly hope it's awesome and will make me love the manga.)

Omae wa Hitsuji. - Takasaki Bosco
Yuuya's apartment is destroyed in a fire, so he goes to live with a friend...and the friend's hot older brother, who also happens to be an assistant professor at their university. Tsukasa (the brother) has trouble sleeping, but accidentally discovers he can sleep while Yuuya is around. This is sooooooo pretty, but the pacing is so weird. I kept feeling like I was missing pages or maybe even whole chapters, which makes it hard for me to get into the relationship. I want to be thinking, "Just kiss already!" not "Wait, why are they kissing?"

Comiket verdict: I...why do I feel like I want the doujinshi anyway? Did I like it more than I thought? Or is it just that it's so pretty? Anyway, the other manga she's supposed to have a doujinshi for is this, which is not out yet, so...I guess the jury is out on this one? I hope Qpa stops being weird and lets me buy this as an e-book.

Eigyou Nika! - Kanai Kei
Sakisaka Ayumu and his sempai, Toujou Seiji are top in sales in their division (or the whole company? is division 2 below division 1, or above?) and so close everyone in sales division 2 jokes about them being a married couple. These guys are so crazy in love, it's ridiculous that they aren't together by the second chapter. Or maybe before the manga even starts. (Seriously, Sakisaka, snuggling in bed is NOT platonic behavior, even if Toujou is a little strange.) Instead we get misunderstandings and lots of pining, and, agh, JUST KISS. (Hey, remember what I was just saying about wanting characters to kiss...?)

Comiket verdict: YES I can't wait to see doujinshi of these dorks being all rabu rabu.

ETA: Oh, there's also going to be a drama CD of this in September. I hope it comes with an extra comic.

And, briefly, back to regular reviews:

Bokura no Gunjou - Akihira Shiro (sweh!!!)
Kinoshita Yuuma is a gay high school student who creates a blog with semi-dirty pictures of himself in the vague hopes of landing a boyfriend. Unfortunately, one of the teachers at his school finds it and Aoki Seiya (Kinoshita's homeroom teacher) tries to convince him to delete it. Kinoshita finally agrees, under the condition that Aoki play his boyfriend until graduation. (They have all these rules: no kissing, dates only in Aoki's apartment--limited to three days a week, etc, etc.)

AHHHHHHHHH. THIS IS SO ADORABLE. No, I'm calm. Sorry. But I'm SUCH a sucker for this kind of thing. The accidental discoveries of each other, the quiet scenes of them growing closer together, the hugging...GAH, THE HUGGING. And the pining! AHHHHHHHH. Just...bury me in this story and leave me to die. I'm sad that this is a regular review and not an anticipation of something to buy at Comiket. Why don't all the BL mangaka write doujinshi??

Yamada to Shounen - Mita Ori (sweh!)
Chihiro is a high school boy in love with his friend, and gets drunk on Christmas Eve while his friend is out with his new girlfriend. Yamada, a straight, average joe kinda guy, happens to find poor Chihiro passed out in some bushes, and takes him home. Chihiro falls for Yamada pretty much right away, and Yamada is confused to find that he's also kinda attracted to this adorable high school boy.

Oh, this is super cute. Chihiro just so cute and innocent, and the way Yamada dotes on him is so sweet. Awkward, but sweet. (He needs to take doting lessons. But he tries.) Gah, I just found the author's blog and there's an extra story for this in Canna 42, so I'll have to get that, too.

[identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com 2015-07-13 06:41 am (UTC)(link)
This probably makes me the best choice for Panco's table, since I do not want the Kaeru doujinshi but will want anything Hinekure. (I haven't read past the first chapter, so why do I think Hinekure is the best thing since BL was invented? Watch the frog doujinshi be the best thing ever and completely flip the manga.) Anyway, Kaeru was available fully scanlated and I had the same reaction you did re: lack of romance but was somehow less moved by his work plight, since it seemed it was mostly in his head and/or carelessness from his senpai? Maybe the senpai needs a boyfriend who can teach him how to say things nicely.

Can't wait to read Eigyou Nika! (Yay, Kinokuniya!) I wonder if I can stay awake long enough to make sense of it tonight?

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2015-07-13 12:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Watch the frog doujinshi be the best thing ever and completely flip the manga.

Ha, it will be if you don't get it! (Just kidding. maybe)

since it seemed it was mostly in his head and/or carelessness from his senpai?

Of course it was all in his head, but that doesn't make it any less distressing to him. Honestly, parts of it were a little painful for me to read because they hit a little too close to home.

On the other hand, why should someone be expected to do an awesome job at something they hate but were transferred into against their wishes? Ugh, Japan.

Maybe the senpai needs a boyfriend who can teach him how to say things nicely.

I would totally read that.

I wonder if I can stay awake long enough to make sense of it tonight?

Did you?

[identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com 2015-07-13 07:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Of course it was all in his head, but that doesn't make it any less distressing to him.

But right now, my sense of "workplace" bullying is defined by Mayuzumi. So while froggy was distressed, it was in his head and he has a prince and all. Mayuzumi has real issues and a really mean boyfriend until episode 73. Also, I'm guessing the translation doesn't convey the froggy voice as well as the original Japanese, which may also have an impact on how I read Kaeru.

I didn't want the Eigyou Nika! discussion to disappear into chat, so: I believe this is the cutest, sweetest manga I've (picture) read since Kanda Neko's Otokogokoro series nearly two years ago. (And considering how much I like Sick, I think that's saying a lot.) I can't believe we're going to be lucky enough to get doujinshi for this, and I am so grateful you are all over Comiket right now. Toujou! *heart*

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2015-07-14 12:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Next time I'm having a crummy day at work, I'm going to try telling myself, "well, at least I don't work with Akashi," and see if that helps. (I hope this technique doesn't make me laugh in the face of someone annoying.)

...Joking aside, however much of Frog's problems (I forgot his name already, sheesh) are in his head, overhearing people make fun of you sucks, end of story. That was NOT in his head.

I'm guessing the translation doesn't convey the froggy voice as well as the original Japanese

If so, it wasn't a translation issue, it was a typesetting issue. There's nothing weird about what he says, just his voice, so sometimes the font would look funny to convey that.

re: Eigyou Nika - It is SO adorable. Toujou is the best boyfriend. (Do you think that's Ayumu in the Comiket circle cut? I'm not sure. I mean, I think we will at least get to buy the J Garden one, but I'm hoping the Comiket one will be them, too. I guess we'll find out soon enough.)
I love that everyone in the division (except poor clueless Kachou) has figured out that Toujou and Ayumu really are a couple and are happy for them when they announce they're moving in together. Best coworkers!