There are only two chapters available of Hajimari wa Naka Kara / Beginning with Kara, which is kind of a bummer because this story is not a lot more than a smutty romp, but I was certainly enjoying the smut and the romp.
From the title page, which has been scanned, it looks like this volume is actually supposed to have two stories in it, the second being called “Shio Fuite Chi Katomaru.” But, the updates stopped over a year ago.
In this story, we have two salarymen: Itoguchi and Kiyama. Itoguchi runs a side-business selling ‘urethral play’ sex toys and, a few nights ago, he discovered that his boss, Kiyama is one of his customers. When Kiyama asks him to redo some report or other, Itoguchi does it and adds a note:
Kiyama brings Itoguchi back to his apartment. He puts two-and-two together and figures out that Itoguchi must be the admin of the sex toy website, and decides that he’s probably being set-up for blackmail. He’s willing to pay off whatever amount Itoguchi wants, but Itoguchi says, no, actually–he’s not after money. He’s just interested in Kiyama. He’s never used this toy on a guy before, and he’s curious. Plus, he’s wiling to teach Kiyama how to use it on himself.
This leads to all the sex.
All the graphic sex.
Even though, of course, Itoguchi has to have this thought while literally in the middle of ravishing Kiyama:
Because, actually, he finishes “This is bad. Even though I’m not gay…” with “… I really want to f*ck him,” and, to the joy of anyone tuning in for ALL the SMUT, he does. The chapter ends with mutual satisfaction and a promise by Itoguchi to follow-through with his offer to teach Kiyama to use the toy.
The second chapter continues their sexual adventures. Itoguchi has talked his boss into wearing a sex toy during the day at the office, and, after “helping him out” in the bathroom spends some time having thoughts about their relationship. Mainly, Itoguchi seems torn between the fact that he really loves torturing Kiyama in perverse ways, but also is starting to.. like him.
So, of course, to test his resolve to just be a playboy, Itoguchi takes his “obedient” Kiyama out to something called a “Happening Bar,” which I am surprised?/not surprised? to discover is a Real Thing in Japan. (If you’re curious, at least one English-speaking visitor to a Happening Bar has blogged about their experience.)
This whole kinky exchange seems to be going well and Itoguchi is comfortable in the fact that, yeah, it’s not that he’s into Kiyama THAT WAY, he’s just a pervert… only when a stranger joins them, he gets all doki-doki jealous and realizes that he wants Kiyama all to himself, ONLY to himself. But, he still tries to push past that feeling until Kiyama is the one to say that he’s not into it with the other guy.
More sex ensues and the chapter ends with this sort of half-hearted lust confession in which Kiyama implies he stopped because he was sure that was what Itoguchi wanted, but Itoguchi figures it’s clearly something more.
It says “end,” but there’s the tease line “Their love story has just began?”
It is a sort of conclusion, however, since it’s clear that they both have decided to be, at the very least, exclusive sex-friends. Itoguchi is also clearly feeling on the precipice of something “dangerous,” so probably the rest of the story CAN be inferred. Personally, being a very smutty romantic, I would love a few more scenes of how they go from all the kink to settling into to domestic kink, but I guess that’s what fan fiction is for….
At any rate, I would only recommend this one to someone who isn’t super-interested in plot. I have probably expanded far more on the emotional states of the characters than anything that is actually revealed in the text.
Also, if you are at all turned off when someone says ‘don’t do that,’ and someone else does the thing anyway, this is not for you.
Did I enjoy it anyway? Am I super-bummed there isn’t more?