Porno of Yankees / Yankee to Porno by Fujimura Ayao

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I mean, I just couldn’t resist a title like Porno of Yankees, could I?

SPOILERS

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There are two stories in this manga collection. The first one follows a couple of high school delinquents living in a small town, Ryuu Tachibana and Kagetora Izumi. The young men are leaders of rival gangs who hate each other’s guts… until they f*ck.

It’s sort of like “West Side Story,” except SUPER Gay (and entirely smutty.)

Actually, it’s nothing like “West Side Story.” They’re sort of star crossed lovers in that they’re expected to be rivals, but they actually come together when the local hoodlums decide to help out at the local festival, you know, that wholesome charity work gangs are known for in small towns in Japan. An unseasonable typhoon wrecks the stalls, so Izumi, who happens to have been a carpenter’s son, teaches Tachibana how to fix everything in time for the festival. Sweaty and separated from their followers, they end up in some back room and, naturally, they fall into each other’s arms.

At first Tachibana tries to pass off their rendezvous as a ‘manly’ bonding/random thing…

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But it doesn’t actually take all that long for them to confess.

You’d think the next drama/plot point would be that they have to hide their love from their fellow gang members. No, not really. Mostly the guys in the gang are mad at Izume for occupying so much of Tachibana’s time, you know, like you do when your best friend gets a new beau.

There was, in fact, a distinct lack of tension in this manga. I briefly thought that a regional gang member was going to investigate the ‘dangerous merging’ of these two local gangs, but that was just the set-up to the “we’re actually lovers” punchline.

There was so little drama that the mangaka had to employ the classic, “Oh noz, my family member is being transferred to Tokyo!” plot coupon, so there could be the tearful reunion on the dock where True Love gets confessed and Tachibana agrees to leave his family behind.

Despite how it may seem, I didn’t actually hate this one. There was a lot of plentiful sex, so I wasn’t actually expecting a ton of plot? Sometimes I felt the tone was a little jarring, like maybe the mangaka was themselves a little too wholesome to imagine the thug life beyond swearing and smoking. That being said, the art style was fairly decent. I particularly liked the look of Izume.

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The second story in the collection was about an ecchi mangaka who was “getting inspiration” by doing wicked, wicked things to his editor. It’s set-up as a weirdly common salaryman porn plot conundrum, ala, “Would you really do ANYTHING to keep this job???” Cue all the smut.

Not much else to really say about the second story except there are some bondage scenes that may titillate. One does have to wonder what Fujimura-sensei’s editor thought about a story about an editor being abused for the amusement of a mangaka, and whether or not this was a kind of wish fulfillment fantasy, as in how often writers might like to see their editors SUFFERING.

But, I am NO DOUBT, reading too much into this.

It’s good smut and that’s all the THERE there.

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