I joked that after reading Kichiku, Encount / Brutal Encounter, I would read everything Owaru-sensei has ever written. I’ve compromised and read all of her m/m smut available on MangaHere. Turns out, I’d already read and reviewed: Our House Love Trouble about a college-aged guy who ends up slutting around at his new ‘share-house’ (think: communal living.)
But, there were several new gems….
If you’ve ever said to yourself, what the world is missing is a hot love story about Big Pharma, then Omoichigai ga Koi no Tane / Love Sprouts from a Misunderstanding is for you.
In Omoichigai go Koi no Tane / Love Sprouts from a Misunderstanding, you have pushy pharmacy sales rep, Kuruno. Kuruno is the guy who will do anything–yes, anything–to make a sale. Enter Ice Queen, Houjou-sensei who absolutely hates Big Pharma… for all the right reasons.
But, what kind of story would it be if Kuruno gave up easily? Instead, he sees penetrating (pun intended!) Houjou’s barriers as a challenge. Kuruno becomes even more insistent.
This culminates in the doctor not only agreeing to get Kuruno a contract with his hospital, but also invites him along to a conference out of town. The misunderstanding is that each of them thinking the other has been trying to seduce them from the start.
Owaru-sensei seems to be somewhat enchanted by scenarios where one of the guys gets caught up in the moment and ends up just going along with sex.
What’s funny is that other than one “Ah, I wonder what his smile is like,” moment from Kuruno, we really have no sense if he’s ever been with a man previous to this ‘misunderstanding.’ But, apparently, he’s just THAT willing to close the deal.
Alas, this one was last updated sometime in 2016. Despite the ridiculousness of finding myself relating to a Pharmacy rep, I’m kind of disappointed that I won’t find out how this relationship develops.
Next one I read was: Hang Out Crisis…
The description for this one starts, “Josei Tsubakiya is a rich law school student. Motoki Sakurai is the most popular guy in the education department. Together, they’re the hottest guys around, and totally irresistible to ladies.”
The set-up is pretty basic, the two party boys end up striking out one night with the ladies and drunkly decide to be each other’s consolation prize.
That’s the entirety of the plot, with the addition of Motoki finding it impossible to get it up with the ladies after having been ravished by Josei and coming to realize that perhaps, despite assurances that sex with a guy would not make him gay, he’s clearly That Way.
One thing I have to say that I love about Owaru-sensei is that her guys ALWAYS have safe sex. Condoms are always visible. Sometimes, like in this one, the condoms just magically appear, but you very clearly see that they’re on.
This is another one that seems to have stopped updating somewhere around the same time, which is also kind of a shame since I tend to like the way Owaru-sense writes and, even if I’m not super-sold on a story, her smut is often very good.
The last one I read was Junju Bitch, Hatsukoi Kei / Pure-Hearted Hustler, First-Love Style.
Haruya is a part-time gay prostitute, part-time art student. He enjoys his life, for the most part, because his work is what most people consider pleasure. It’s all good times, except he has it kind of bad for his serious, studious best friend, Hitoeda.
Somehow, Haruya hasn’t noticed that the only thing that Hitoeda ever paints are portraits of him. In fact, Haruya has somehow convinced himself that not only is Hitoeda straight, but he’s not at all interested in him.
Luckily, Haruya accidentally interrupts Hitoeda masturbating on one of his many paintings of him and kind of almost figures out that Hitoeda might have it just as bad… except, he spends a stupid amount of time NOT GETTING IT.
But, they do finally figure it out and the rest of the manga is about them learning out how to go from best friends to boyfriends…. like, dealing with Hitoeda’s jealousy and the fact that Haruya only seems to know how to say ‘thank you’ for something by performing sexual favors.
This was was probably my least favorite of the three, if only because I wasn’t especially charmed by Hitoeda. He’s fine, he’s just not my type.
Owaru-sensei has written several things that aren’t yaoi, though no one has bothered to scanlate them. If you want a full list of her work, it can be found at Baka-Updates. She’s apparently also written a couple of Tiger & Bunny Doujinshi, which I guess just means she has great taste, because I totally ship that.
Overall, I have to say that Owaru-sensei is an easy read. If you’re not into the story, her smut is very smutty and likely to satisfy. She does seem to have a type for her men–the aggressive one is usually the spiky, dark-haired one, and the ‘bottom’ is nearly always the wispy, girlish lighter-haired one–but her art is otherwise very palatable, IMHO. So, yes, if any of these stories seem like your sort of thing, I would recommend.