So, I guess I can’t just rest on my laurels forever and need to get back to work reviewing all the smutty-smut times for all y’all, eh?
Right-o, here we go!
Over at Mangago, I discovered BJ Alex a manhwa, which does, as it happens, involve ‘bj’s, but B.J., in this case, ALSO stands for “broadcasting jockey.”
Broadcasting jockeys are basically like American / English-language YouTubers, only not always as structured, from what I can gather. There are, for instance, mukbang, in which people cook and eat food, live, while people ‘chat’ with them. It may seem strange, but I’ve watched a few (mukbang came up as a topic of conversation with a friend of mine that lives in Taiwan and I was curious, okay?), and they’re really not ALL that different than watching Markiplier play the latest horror game.
However, our fictitious “BJ Alex’ puts on a more salacious show, shall we say.
Our hero, the unfortunately named, Dong-gyun, is an extreme fanboy of ‘BJ Alex’ who normally appears in a mask.
Watching ‘BJ Alex’ is a serious devotion for Dong-gyun.
But, life continues apace for Dong-gyun, until one day, when he runs into a hot ‘sunbae’ (the Korean version of ‘-sempai’), Ahn Jiwon, who invites him to the drinks… with the college’s entire Computer Information Science Department.
There goes poor Dong-gyun’s chance at actual, real-life sex.
Worse, he gets stuck next to an annoying ‘sunbae’ who thinks it’s hilarious to torture the underclassmen by getting them super-drunk. Dong-gyun is a lightweight and when everyone else is ready to move on to the next pub, he’s so sloshed, he’s face-planted and unable to form coherent sentences. Luckily, the hot ‘sunbae’ who invited him (who just happens to be the school president) takes responsibility and gets Dong-gyun home…. where Dong-gyun promptly pukes all over him.
The puking serves two purposes: it sobers up Dong-gyun a bit AND it means that the hotty, Ahn Jiwon, has a reason to take off his shirt.
Dong-gyun has studied every inch of ‘BJ Alex’s body and he INSTANTLY recognizes that Ahn Jiwon is, in fact, ‘BJ Alex.’ This is not as much of stretch as you might think, as ‘BJ Alex’ does have a fairly distinctive birthmark on his torso and, if that weren’t enough, a mole on his neck.
Alex/Ahn Jiwon is NOT happy at being discovered. He demands that Dong-gyun keep the secret–which Dong-gyun is perfectly willing to do… if he could just get a hug.
Alex/Ahn Jiwon is surprised that that’s all Dong-gyun demands for his silence, so he complies. Only… Dong-gyun is super into it, which Ahn Jiwon finds kind of adorable… and things start to progress from there until Ahn Jiwon discovers that Dong-gyun is a virgin.
At that point he calls it off, and says, we’re done. It was nice knowing you, thanks for being a super-fan, but no more contact and for gods’ sake don’t act like we know each other at school.
Except, of course, there are tons of awkward meetings at school and elsewhere.
They mostly manage to stay apart, until… during the next show Ahn Jiwon discovers he has a new problem:
So, what will you tell him, Ahn Jiwon…?
What solution do you think Ahn Jiwon comes up with? Wanna guess? Wanna?
If you guessed, “Let’s be sex friends,” you’d be right.
Then the conflict becomes the new caveat that Ahn Jiwon lays down: We can f*ck, but you CAN NOT fall in love with me, okay?
The chapters ran out before I could find out, but I suspect that’s going to work just as well or Ahn Jiwon as all the other ultimatums he’s uttered.
Fingers crossed, anyway.
So, yeah, I found myself charmed by this. Alex/Ahn Jiwon is kind of a sociopath in that he seems to have this darker side hidden underneath is Alex/Class President persona, but I’m super-duper enamored with Dong-gyun. For a character whose salient personality trait is that he goes home to masturbate to a video star every single night, he’s actually kind of adorkable and relatable. He’s got a goofy, super-gay friend that works with him at the coffee shop, and I kind of love how VIRGINAL he is. It’s actually, for once, not that hard to figure out why Alex/Ahn Jiwon falls for the guy.
I’m going to be checking back into this one, too.