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06/24/2008 Archived Entry: "Yaoi review: The Devil's Secret"

The Devil's Secret
Story & Art by: Hinako Takanaga
Published by: 801 Media, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1-934129-22-7

Review by April Kimm

As always, 801 Media has quality presentation: the manga is similar in size to the original Japanese manga with a nice dust jacket and a color cover page. Hinako Takanaga is the mangaka of "Challengers" (complete 4 volume series available by DramaQueen), "Little Butterfly" (complete 3 volume series available by DMP), "Dekiru Otoko ga Suki Nanda" (licensed by Blu), "Kimi ga Koi ni Ochiru" (licensed by Blu), "The Tyrant Falls in Love" (licensed by DramaQueen), "Bukiyou na Silent," "Croquis," "Kimi ga Koi ni Oboreru," "Liberty Liberty," "Love Round," and "Study Hard." The manga is composed of 5 chapters: 2 involving the main characters Father Mauro and Raoul, 1 involving the side character Raoul's older half-brother Baldur, and 2 unrelated one-shots. "The Devil's Secret" is one of Hinako Takanaga's yaoi manga that gets straight to the smut in the first chapter. The only chapter without smut is the second one-shot, "Before Winter Comes," a shonen-ai with a patient seme who pines for his uke.

Father Mauro helps Raoul only to discover that he is an incubus. While Father Mauro tries to come to terms with this new discovery, Baldur comes to retrieve his lost little brother, who had no idea who he is or where he comes from. After Baldur relates the whereabouts of Raoul to their father, he reunites with his estranged lover Zahan. "The Devil's Secret" is a comedy about a forsaken seme, Raoul, who is in love with his innocent uke, Father Mauro, who is the only one who believes in him. Baldur, on the other hand, is a strong-willed uke who doesn't take kindly to finding out that his seme's explanation for his neglect was a lie.

"Let's Do Something Useless" is a one-shot about Hagicchi, a student teacher who doesn't understand gays, especially Sawatari, who hits on him on the street and ends up being a student in his class. In response to being asked out, the uke punches the seme in their initial encounter, which only attracts the cheerful seme.

"Before Winter Comes" is a one-shot about Yuba, who confesses to his best friend Tomono at their high school graduation and promises to wait for his response. Despite text messages during the course of a year, the uke doesn't respond. When he finally does, it's only to realize that the number has been disconnected.

"The Devil's Secret" is an enjoyable read by a solid mangaka, who depicts semes who are very much in love with their reluctant ukes.

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