My manga reading has been very random since the loss of Bleach. I’m still preferring things that involve very little commitment from me (even 10 chapters seems like a lot to me these days). So, I’ve hitting the “surprise me” button at MangaPanda a LOT.
Kindan no Koi wo Shinyou was another “surprise me.”
The “surprise me” button can be very dangerous because I’ve made a rule for myself that no matter what I get, I will read it. The only time I make exceptions is if I’ve already read the manga or the chapter count exceeds 100.
Kindan no Koi wo Shiyou/Let’s Make Forbidden Love is, I guess, a story that skirts the edges of exploring beastiality, in so much that a lot of werewolf stories do. Okay, you’re saying, Lyda, that’s not the same. Werewolf stories are about all sorts of things, but not really about schtupping a doggie.
You know, you’re right.
Thing is? In this story Yatou is not a human who becomes a wolf at full moon; he’s a wolf who can become human at night, when the moon is out.
In fact, there’s an entire chapter in which our young heroine, Hisako, is jealous of a female Huskie who shows up at the shop she works at. Yeah, I’m not kidding. There’s a lot of discussion about how Yatou isn’t human, but a wolf, and how it’s much more natural for him to be attracted to OTHER WOLVES.
There’s at least one scene, an illustrated omake, where Yatsou, in his wolf form, licks between Hisako’s legs.
So, there’s that.
But, here’s the thing, I actually LIKED this aspect of the story. Not necessarily the parts where there was licking (but whatever. Not my kink, but no shame if it’s yours), but I thought that the author did some interesting things in terms of exploring the relationship between humans and their pets/wild animals, which it made the whole werewolf thing feel fresh, honestly. In fact, I would have probably enjoyed more chapters of that sort of thing (there are really only four, the fifth one is an unrelated vampire story which I didn’t read.) Unfortunately, there’s a lot of fade-to-black sex and Hisako being trapped in the wolf’s amber gaze.
So much gazing.
But I guess that’s part of what legitimately makes wolves fascinating, right? That alien, intense gaze of theirs.
Yeah, and then there’s the art style.
To be fair to Oomi-sensei, this manga was published in 2000, which is a long time ago now (though this style, for some reason, always reminds me of the late 1970s/early 1980s, probably because I was watching “Star Blazers” at the time.)
If you can’t stand this kind of over-exaggerated, elongated style I wouldn’t blame you. The only thing to recommend Kindan no Koi wo Shiyou is that it’s vaguely interesting and very, very short.
If you’re curious, here’s a link to it: http://www.mangapanda.com/kindan-no-koi-wo-shiyou.
For those of you who may be anxious for me to return to yaoi, never fear, I will be doing that presently. I had a very SLOW shift at the library the other day and I did some category searching through the catalogue and basically requested every single manga title that fit: gay men–graphic novels and comics.
Sadly, of course, this was exactly three. One of which I’ve already read and reviewed here, What Did You Eat Yesterday? But, the other two should be coming (as it were!) in the next couple of days. I already got a notice that one of the volumes came in, but, of course, it was the second volume in a three volume set. I’m going to wait and see if the other two come in the next couple of days. If not, I may just review things out of order! (It may actually be that I’ll get notified that the others are missing. This happens with a lot of things that are explicit. I think they’re taken both by people who really really crave teh pron and ALSO by people who think such things shouldn’t exist.)
Until next time! Ja mata! (or, if we’re close enough in your estimation: Ja ne!)