Hamerare Host by Kaneko Ako

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Continuing down the alphabetical listing of manga with the ‘prostitution’ tag on Baka-Updates, I came across Hamerare Host.  This is a terrible story, so, of course, I liked it.

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Our hero, Keigo, is a the number one host at Club Kissing. All the ladies love him, all the other hosts want to be him.

Well, that is, everyone but number two, Tomoya….

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It kind of looks like number2 would like to punch number one in his cute, smug face…

But, everyone has to do their best because tonight is a big night.  Nagase-sensei has bought the place out, to show his nurses a good time.  Since part of how Keigo gets paid (and secures his number one spot) is by how many bottles of the expensive champaign the ladies drink, Keigo challenges the doctor to a drinking challenge. If Keigo wins, the doctor must consider becoming Keigo’s regular customer; the the doctor wins, Keigo will pay for all the drinks.

The doctor, a devious one, is all, “ha, ha, like I’d even want to win a bet like that.”

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You’re surprised? Really?

So, the night goes on, until the skeevy doctor corners Keigo in the bathroom.  He’s pretty drunk and he thinks maybe this whole having won the right to be a regular thing comes with benefits.

And he’s pushy.

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I think you meant “habit,” dear translator, but “hobby” works.

And he doesn’t take no for an answer.

In fact, Nagase-sensei figures this little bet entitles him to rape Keigo with impunity.  Keigo, meanwhile, is very much trapped by his desire to keep his spot as the number one host…. and, you know, the money that comes with it.

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Number two guy, Tomoya, goes to check on Keigo and stumbles in on them getting it on.  Later, Tomoya confronts Keigo, noting that too much of that kind of thing (especially on the premise,) could cost Keigo his job.

Keigo’s solution is to seduce Tomoya in the same bathroom.

This causes problems the next time the doctor shows up. Tomoya does the dude-shoulder bump to Nagase-sensei. Of course, he has to apologize and the doctor figures out that Keigo has been slutting around with Tomoya too.  So, there is “punishment” involving sex toys… and inviting Tomoya to watch/join in.

Did I mention this whole thing is super explicit and rape-y?

The next chapter skips to Keigo’s birthday, where the doctor has planned kinky pleasures… and that’s the entire chapter, with help from Tomoya, again as well.

The final chapter is a weird little kidnapping set up by one of the girls who really wants Tomoya to be number one and figures the way to do it is by kidnaping and beating up Keigo.  Luckily, it turns out that the doctor really is a medical doctor so he can bandage Kegio up AND have sex with him in the hospital!

Honestly, this is very plot-what-plot, heavy on the smut.  The manga ends with the question, how long with this go on? But, however long it is, “I’ll shine at his request again tonight,” which is one of those things that is clearly not quite translatable, but you get the gist of it.

Also, I could not get over the hero’s name, since it’s the same as this guy… who actually looks a little like a younger version of this guy?

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Keigo Asano, from Bleach… who did always seem a little gay for Ichigo…

Given how badly Bleach ended for a lot of the characters, the idea that this Keigo could grow up to be host club Keigo, doesn’t actually seem like much of a stretch to me.

But, in all seriousness, I can’t recommend Hamerare Host to you if you are at all uncomfortable with rape. Keigo clearly says “no” a lot, and the doctor is totally sadistic and twisted. If you’re looking for smut and can roll with non-con, however, this one is definitely for you.

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Bachi Bachi by Kuma Hyougo

I went looking under the tag “animal characteristics” at Baka-Update and was promptly inundated by a flood of choices, most of them NOT yaoi.  Alphabetically, this is the first one I found that looked promising.

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So, the guys on the cover aren’t actually animals or have animal characteristics.

In fact, they’re regular high school volleyball players.  They are the stars of the first chapter, “Bachi Bachi,” in which it looks like we’re getting set-up for the little guy to facilitate a love confession between his two senpai. What ends up happening, instead, is that they both confess they’re in love with him.  Very graphic sex ensues and they become a happy-for-now threesome.

The second chapter, “Youth, the Color of Sunset,” which involves another hottie dad….

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I’m beginning to worry about myself, but look at his guy!

In this story, we have a lonely, super-gay hairdresser who is working late one night when a pushy young woman comes in and demands that he make her dad hot, so Dad can find a woman. It seems he’s been divorced for some time and that was all fine when the daughter was still at home, but she’s off for college now, and it’s time for dad to get some action.

Guess where he finds it?

Yep, got it in one.

“Samurai Honeybee” follows a kick boxer who decides to try out a karate class at his local gym.  The normal instructor steps aside and let’s his super-attractive, younger apprentice teach the course. Kick-boxer is immediately smitten, but initially thinks his desire is to surpass the little runt and show him how awesome his skills are.

Instructor-kid is my usual type…. (the one staring stupidly out at us below:)

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As he’s actually an ex-gang member who turned to Karate to get out of the life of crime (I’d say “straighten-up” except… yeah, there’s nothing “straight” about what happens next.)  In his past, he looks even more like my usual sort:

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Playing out the scene we all want in a shounen anime, our kick-boxing main character challenges youthful karate instructor to a duel. If kick-boxer can beat karate instructor, he gets to dominate him.

And… that works out exactly how you hope. Right there in the dojo….

“Nana-nii-san’s dog and cat: 723-1122” is the “animal” chapter.  Here we have a science fictional universe where at some unnamed point in the future a virus spread that made most people infertile. The Japanese response to this, apparently, was to create human/animal hybrids.

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When the virus was cured, the “pets” were tossed out onto the street to perish from neglect.  Our hero, Nana (Seven), who is, himself a clone, has adopted two of these strays.  There is another threesome in this one that is kind kinky, and maybe hot??–I’m not sure I want to admit that, though.

The cat is charmingly cat-like, so that amused me.

The next chapter is called “Hatagaya Lullaby” and follows an old-fashioned, middle-aged author and the young goth rockstar that live in the same apartment building. They meet by accident and start up an intellectual affair–this might be one of the first times I’ve seen this kind of meet-cute.  The rockstar has read sensei’s work and they pass time talking about literature and eventually sensei, even though he really doesn’t fit with the goth scene, appreciates the similar artistry and poetry that goes into song lyric writing.

This, somehow, miraculously, leads to sex.

Clearly, the mangaka does not know any real novelists.  😉

The last chapter, “Blue, the Color of Depression” is a return to hairstylist and hottie dad, who have now moved in together.  Hairdresser is feeling like a bad partner because when he comes home, he finds hottie dad passed out on the couch, sick. Dad refuses to let hairdresser take care of him, but after a call to the daughter, hairdresser finds out that Dad just needs some attention.

Hairdresser takes time off work to be with Dad and everything is good again.

Kinda cute, I guess. It is actually sweet to have a romantic story in among a lot of very graphic smut.

Speaking of all the smut, I totally recommend this one.  I had a hard time finding a place that had all the chapters AND wasn’t totally riddled with spyware/pop-ups (the problem with full-on graphic images, I imagine), but, eventually, I discovered the full version of Bachi Bachi on MangaPark.

Have fun, kids. Read responsibly.