Omamorishimasu, Dokomademo is a BL from the author of Watashi ga Motete Dousunda / Kiss Him, Not Me. (I feel the need to point out that this Junko is no relation to me, alas, even though she, like me, goes by only ‘Junko’ and no surname.)
I picked this one to read because I found it under ‘pen pals’ in Baka-Updates, and I was curious about Japanese pen pals.
Akira is a mountain village boy who arrives in Tokyo only to discover that the company that hired him has gone belly-up. Not only that, but the dorm they were providing is also closed. Just when he’s at his wit’s end, an old childhood friend Chihira, texts asking to meet up.
Chihira is kind of a weird guy. He’s ultra rich and very much a loner. When Akira explains his situation to Chihira and begs a favor, Chihira invites Akira to live with him as a “bodyguard.”
Which all seems like a sham, until we discover there’s a reason Chihira might need a bodyguard. Turns out, Chihira is the second son of a powerful mafia family. We find out that Chihira and Aikira became friends due to some rather unusual circumstances.
Chihira never fit very well in this super-driven, yakuza family (for reasons, it is implied, of being gay,) and so one of the staff suggested he send off a ballon message (like a note in a bottle) and see who writes back.
Akira finds it in a tree near his home and writes back. They exchange letters all throughout childhood and Chihiro even comes to visit Akira’s village at one point when they’re both 10.
I found that part of the story very charming, honestly, but this is about all of it that you see.
The rest of the story is very action-oriented, though with a comedic bent. There’s a lot of attempted kidnappings of Chihiro because his older brother, who is the successor to the mafia throne, as it were, seems to have run off–only later we discover he was just on vacation.
The romance is fairly one-sided and is almost incidental. Junko is a decent enough writer that I tolerated this, but, I’m going to be honest, I don’t normally go to yaoi titles to read plot.
So, would I recommend this one? Eh. I mean, it’s a good story, but there’s not a lot of it–it’s only one volume (about 4 chapters or so.) I guess I tend to feel like if I’m going to invest in plot, I want a multi-volume thing, like Blue Exorcist or Shimanami Tasogare. For a quickie read, I prefer smut… or romance-heavy stories.
But, milage varies. If it sounds interesting, by all means. I will warn you that Akira is pretty straight and even though he agrees to live with Chihiro the sex comes only when he’s been drugged without his knowledge (not, at least, by Chihiro, but one of Chihiro’s henchmen, but still…) It’s played for laughs, but it’s one of those things that could be problematic or triggering for some.