Straight boys get up to a lot of Gay in Japan, it seems.
The hero of Pinup Boy, however, doesn’t waste time trying to find Teh Gay in some slow burn office romance. No, he goes straight to the tap (as it were). Masaki works at a gay bar–specifically his uncle’s gay bar.
His coworker, Hajime (pictured above), hates him.
And for good reason. Masaki might be handsome, but he’s a class-A jerk. He’s rude to customers and sneers at all the ‘okama,’ cross-dressers, and trans-folk who populate the bar. He’s only working there because the money is good and because his uncle gave him the job.
Even after Hajime gives him a stern talking to…
…he doesn’t listen.
In fact, it takes an incident with a very rape-y customer before Masaki figures out that maybe he should stop being such a raging A-hole.
After that, and the threat of expulsion from the manager/his uncle, Masaki vows to try to learn from Hajime.
They get along. You know, when he’s not being a jerk, Masaki can be all right. They share talks and test cocktails (the DRINKS!) together. Then, one day, Masaki sees Hajime take a package from one of the customers.
…what is it?
Illegal drugs? Something more/less sinister?
When Hajime gets all weird about changing into street clothes after work, Masaki figures he’s trying to hide whatever is in the contraband package. Seeing something hanging out of Hajame’s pants, Masaki confronts him.
The big secret turns out to be…. lacy underwear.
Okay…. somewhat unexpected.
Hajime was so secretive about it because Masaki was so disdainful of anything gay. Masaki, being so VERY, VERY straight like he is, decides he really wants to see… you know, Haijme in it.
Or at least some heavy making out.
However, Masaki, like the reader, is left with a massive boner and nowhere to go with it, because, like so may yaoi out there this one only has one chapter scanlated.
Does anybody know why this happens? I mean, I understand that scanlation is a fan-run, volunteer ‘business.’ I presume a lot of projects get dropped for all sorts of reasons, including interest and lack of resources. But, from what I can gather from Baka-Updates Pinup Boy is only one volume.
I mean, maybe this is, in fact, all there is. I’ve noticed that in some cases when a volume is actually a series of unrelated chapters, those chapters get split up and published as separate stories. So, maybe this whole chapter was just a one-shot tease published in some BL magazine and then put into an anthology volume.
But, the story doesn’t feel complete. Like, you kind of at least want a bit more of a love confession from somebody… or more sex with costumes…. or for Masaki to maybe not only stop being a jerk, but ALSO realize that perhaps he’s been so poo-poo about queer folks BECAUSE HE IS ONE… something.
The art is fairly good. The tease-y bits are tease-y.
If you want to read what there is of it, I found it here: http://www.mangahere.co/manga/pinup_boy/