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J LHLS Archives: June 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Yakuza in Love (volume 1)
Story and art: Shiuko Kano
Publisher: Deux Press
ISBN-10: 1934496073
ISBN-13: 978-1934496077

Review by Cat

God damn. Although I enjoyed and loved many of Shiuko Kano's manga, I usually write her works off as a notch above PWP (Plot? What plot?) because her characters' larger-than-life personalities (and, sometimes, sexual antics) tend to overshadow everything, including the plot itself.

When I cracked Yakuza in Love open, I expected the same: a large cast of strong personalities and a chaotic plot along with its seemingly random sub-plots. While it does live up to my expectations, it's a little different this time round: it actually has a plot. Even its sub-plots have a purpose here. Well, colour me shocked. [more]

Posted by Cat @ 07:58 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My One and Oni
Written by Misa Izanaki
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN -10 : 1-60370-327-7
ISBN -13: 978-1-60370-327-7

Review by Linda Yau

When Alexi was ten years old he was always thinking that a monster lived in his closet. This made him scared of sleeping. Monsters aren't supposed to exist, but in this room and story there is really a monster living in the house. Kai is a handsome and sexy Japanese oni who guarded over Alexi's maternal family for several generations.

Flash forward fifteen years later, Alexi has returned home from college, gay and busy with academics. During the first night, while Alexi was sleeping, he thought that he was having a wet dream when in reality; Kai had some action with him. The second night is when Alexi sees him for the first time, naked and in the shower. Apparently Kai had fallen in love with him and Kai does follow Alexi back to his college determine to stay with him for life. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 09:51 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

God of Dogs
Story and Art: Satoru Ishihara
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-587-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-587-2

Review by Kris

I'm going to quote from the back:

"The notoriously vicious Chinese Mafia has lost its next rightful heir... to sudden suicide! Now, the esteemed "God of Dogs" Tsai family must race against the ticking clock and hunt down the child of the deceased eldest son in order to preserve their ancient, sacred legacy. Meanwhile, the mysterious Archer has been convicted of killing his father and is on his way to jail. What will fate reveal for the powerful Tsai clan's criminal dynasty AND this strange young man?

In God of Dogs, a feared family demands the service of a special descendant... but can the chosen one fight back? A rebel with a mind of his own is trapped in a bloodline riddled with secrets, murder, and the constant threat of betrayal. Will he break the centuries-old chains that bind him to this history of violence and stand on his own two feet, or does he have no choice but to bow at the altar of his wicked forefathers?" [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:02 PM PST [Link]

Monday, June 2, 2008

Blue Sky
Story and art by Yuko Kuwabara
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569707197
ISBN-13: 9781569707197

Review by Jilly Gee

There are two princes at the all-boys dormitory, Seiran, for Seika Academy: Ryoichiro Kihara, the Prince of Warm Spring Sunshine and Kyosuke Yoshimi, the Beautiful Prince of Ice. Of course, these nicknames can only convey one side of their personalities. Contrary to his Prince of Warm Spring Sunshine moniker, Kihara, also Chief Resident Advisor of the dorm, schemes to get Yoshimi as his roommate, to take advantage of a prophecy that says the Chief R. A. always has a romantic relationship with his roommate. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 11:46 PM PST [Link]

Satyr-Day Night Fever
Written by Kiernan Kelly
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-187-7
ISBN-10: 1-60370-187-7

Review by Linda Yau

Bill isn't your normal next door neighbor; rather he is an infamous gay porn star who is quite well endowed and a satyr. Same species as the teacher of Hercules in that Disney movie, but Bill as descriptions mention is better looking, so wipe Philoctetes out of your head. Mitch is his childhood best friend. After a past incident, Bill never thought that Mitch would be interested in him, until recently a moment occurred when Bill sees that Mitch is perhaps denying his interest in him. Can they have a lover's relationship then? [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 06:51 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Golden Prince and Argent King
Story and Art: Kouko Agawa
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-720-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-720-3

Review by Kris

I didn't know much about Golden Prince and Argent King except what I read on Juné's website. All I know is that it sounded interesting and I wanted to check it out.

Golden Prince and Argent King is the tale of Yuuki Kujou. Yuuki's mother was the mistress of a rich businessman. She had insisted on raising an upstanding son and Yuuki didn't know anything about his father. Not long after his mother's passing he was informed that he was the son of a rich businessman, but that he also had two older brothers. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 06:22 PM PST [Link]

Immoral Darkness
Story by Miya Matsuda
Illustrations by Yukariko Jissohji
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1569707138
ISBN-13: 9781569707135

Review by Jilly Gee

Shiina is beautiful, cool, and makes quite a bit of money for someone his age. Unfortunately, his good looks have made him somewhat conceited, the coolness is a shell he hides in to keep people out of his heart, and the money comes from the older woman he sleeps with to make up for the lack of affection from his mother. His math teacher, Sasagawa, however, sees right through this cool attitude to his loneliness and offers Shiina the love and affection he so desperately craves in return for his trust. Shiina is not forthcoming with this trust, considering that said teacher beat up a high school student, stole Shiina's money, and then raped him in a public bathroom. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 03:33 AM PST [Link]

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