Twittering Birds Never Fly / Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai by Yoneda You

Following long-time reader and commenter AuntyA’s advice, I read the rest of Twittering Birds Never Fly / Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai of which there are 26 chapters available on Mangakalot.com, (linked.)

Wow.

This is a good one.  If you’re the sort who likes a decent plot to go with your hot, hot sadomasochism of dubious content, this is definitely for you.

Following the events of the first chapter (which I reviewed separately), Yoshiro and his straight-laced doctor friend, Kageyama, are all grown up.  Yoshiro has fallen in with the mafia and has taken to bringing his underlings in need of an off-the-books hospital visit to Kageyama’s clinic.

It’s here that Yoshiro brings “Mad Dog.”  Kageyama who has previously been mostly straight, falls instantly in love. The first few scenes involve their getting together. Meanwhile, disappointed that he doesn’t get to keep “Mad Dog” (or, probably more accurately, that he can’t get Kageyama to fall in love with him,) Yoshiro goes about his very slutty business.

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So. MANY.

Until he meets Doumeki, a former cop, who was imprisoned for nearly killing his own father.

Doumeki is also impotent.

Yoshiro seems to take the latter as a kind of a challenge and he hires Doumeki to be his bodyguard.  Their relationship is the core of the rest of the story.  And, ah, what a story! There is intrigue! Angst! Tragic backstories! Smutty sex! Sexual tension!  ROMANCE! And really broken people being stupid to each other in a way that I really, really enjoy reading, particularly in my m/m slash and yaoi.

I actually like this one enough that I don’t want to spoil any of it for you.  I highly recommend you read the rest and/or support the official publisher.

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Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai by Yoneda Kou (“Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu”)

I found this chapter “Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu” separate from its collection Seazuru Tori wa Habatakanai by Yoneda Kou at Mangago.

Baka-Updates lists a breakout of the other chapters of Seazuru Tori wa Habatakanai (which appears, if I’m interpreting this correctly, to be the main story that gets continued in further volumes.)  I’m planning on reading all of the chapters I can find scanlated, but because this does stand alone, I’m going to go ahead and review it separately from its volume mates. However, I will tag them all under the volume’s title. (I suspect it doesn’t really matter much to most of my readers here, what constitutes the full volume, but having read a lot of these one-shot collections I’m always curious how the official tankoban would read.)

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So… continuing our theme of sadomasochism, our hero Yashiro is probably what we might label a sex addict.  The summary describes him as “having… issues,” which he deals with by having tons of rough sex with a lot of different people, though lately mostly men, whom he lets (begs to) abuse him.  Which is a bit squicky, as Yashiro is otherwise described as a “normal high school boy.” In fact, we learn he’s a second year, which makes him the equivalent of an American junior in high school.

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The romance in the story, however, is age-appropriate.  The sex, not so much; the romance, yes.

Our masochist hero, Yashiro, gets noticed by a classmate, Kageyama.  Kageyama is the upstanding son of a family-practice doctor.  He notices Yashiro’s rope burns on his wrists and, in a weirdly adorable gesture, brings him bandaids on the regular.

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I guess this is what passes as a meet-cute when you’re a masochist, eh?

Yashiro mostly still tries to avoid band-aid boy until one day, after a particularly rough treatment the night before, he goes to the nurses office looking for relief from a dislocated shoulder.  The school nurse is on vacation, leaving the student nurse in charge… who is, none-other-than Kageyama.

Kageyama treats Yashiro’s dislocated shoulder and then asks to see his other injuries.  Turns out, upstanding Kageyama has his own secret: he has a paraphilia involving scars, cuts, scabs, etc. Yashiro, being almost perversely accommodating to any kink, is like, yay, feel free to let your hands examine everything!

It never goes further than this between them.  Yashiro tells himself he’ll ask Kageyama to stop once the nurse is back from vacation, but instead they find a storage room to keep at it.

They don’t talk, so Yashiro has no illusions that they’re friends, but Kageyama feels differently.  He’s never had anyone accept his weird fetish so easily, but, on the flip side, Yashiro doesn’t make things easy between them.  If he’s ever asked about anything serious he responds with a sexual joke or a come on.  Even the one time Yashiro goes out of his way to support Kageyama after a family member dies, he still tells Kageyama he only did it because the idea of seeing Kageyama crying was a huge turn on. (Note: that seems to be true.)

This is complicated by the fact that, while Yashiro is bi, Kageyama is fairly straight (neverminding his kink.)

A bunch of emotional stuff happens between them, but ultimately the relationship is untenable.

We end with a heartbroken, desperately lonely Yashiro.

It’s a sh*tty ending, make no bones about it, but I kind of liked this one?  Normally, I’m not happy when the queer guy gets the shaft (and not in a fun way), but I don’t know… maybe I related to this one because I’m interested in the addictive personality type, which Yashiro definitely falls into, Yoneda-sensei’s intention or not.

Plus, I actually really tend to like the tension that Yoneda-sensei builds in her writing. I liked a lot of the the stories in the other collection of hers I read, NightS.  She does, in my opinion, a good job with the interesting, twisty relationship stuff.

Plus, Yoneda-sensei often seems to rate a full-color, first page spread:

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So, you know, that’s nice.

And there’s a nice amount of implied (and some on-screen) kinky raunchiness to counter-balance a very sweet, not-quite, but almost platonic romance.

Since it’s pulled out of its context, this is only one chapter. It’s a fast read. You have very little to lose, if this hits any of your buttons.  For those sensitive to rape/non-con, you may want to pass on this one as Yashiro talks about a past rape, which seems to possibly be an on-going family sexual abuse situation with his stepfather, who is mostly absent, though we have hints in the story that his family sometimes makes reappearances in his life (he’s so flippant about it that it’s actually unclear if it’s entirely in the past or continuing.)

Also, there’s something very non-con about addiction, you know? It seems very, very clear to me that Yashiro is a sex addict in need of therapy and a twelve-step program. In the meantime, he’s very much a slave to his impulses, which is fairly explicit in one scene where one of his classmates confront him because they saw Yashiro go to a love hotel with an older man, whom they describe in very unattractive terms. You very much get the sense in that moment that Yashiro, who is explicitly NOT a rent boy, is helpless to his addictive need for sex.  He will literally take anyone.

So, my caveat is that you should be wary if that sort of thing is a trigger or a turn-off for you, dear reader.

For me, alas, it’s kind of a turn ON, so… as I often say, milage may vary.

 

Ai ga Matteru by Abe Akane

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I found this one by searching under the tag “confinement” on Baka-Updates.  I have no idea why Ai ga Matteru, a sweet, light tale of a bisexual bartender got the tag “confinement.” There is a joke about a monastery… because at one point, our main character, Kiyohito, is so depressed he stops taking lovers and one of the bar’s regulars is like, “I will come here and propose to you every day, because you would be wasted in a monastery!” but that’s like the only even vaguely confinement-related moment in this one-shot.

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Oh, it suddenly occurs to me that I should have done something spooky for Halloween, but, alas.  All you get is a short, cute yaoi about the virtues of shacking up.

The story follows Kiyohito, a long-haired bartender, who likes to play the field. He’s had a  longtime, live-in lover that recently left him acrimoniously and, at the start of the story, Kiyohito is having his first ever pangs of guilt about it all.  He’s decided that if he ever takes anyone in again, he’s going to try to do it ‘properly.’

Enter Hisashi, a clean-cut salaryman wannabe.  We meet him because he’s stumbled into this small tavern on a major bender.  Turns out, he’s just a bit too honest with people and keeps getting fired.  This last time, he pointed out that his boss’s toupee was on crooked, and he got the boot.  Hisashi takes one look at our hottie bartender, Kiyohito, and says, “Mmm, you know what I need? Comfort sex! And you look like my kind of comfort!”

That a paraphrase but even run-around Kiyohito is a little taken aback by Hisashi’s forwardness, but, you know, not so much that he doesn’t accept a little behind the bar blowjob.  Still not satisfied, Kiyohito suggest they move things upstairs, and, you know, so long as you’re already upstairs, why not just move in?

What, are you a lesbian, Kiyohito?  Even we wait until the second date to bring the U-Haul!

Hisashi’s actually currently got a lady friend–we know, because she seems to think that requiring him to wear lacy underwear will deter him from sleeping around… this clearly BACK fires, if you know what I mean… wink, wink, nudge, nudge. But, what self-respecting freeloader would turn down room and board… and an offer to work behind the bar until he can “get back on his feet”? Not Hisashi.

Thus, he an Kiyohito set up house together.  Apparently, Kiyohito’s idea of “doing things properly” this time revolve around keeping things cool and no-strings.  But, you know, they’re living together. Kiyohito falls pretty hard for Hisashi and, one night, decides to kind of have reverse hate-sex, with a constant barrage of ‘I love you’s, despite the fact that it clearly makes Hisashi uncomfortable.

In a surprise to no one but Kiyohito, Hisashi is gone the next morning with a note that says, “Hey, time for me to get a real job!” with the appropriate bunnies and heart that may be required for all Japanese casual correspondence.

Kiyohito is very SAD.  In fact the entire second chapter is panel after panel of VERY sad Kiyohito.

Very.

Sad.

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But, let’s get real. What are the chances of Hisashi not f*cking up another job with too much honesty!  Almost none!  In fact, the first time Kiyohito hears from Hisashi calling drunk because he’s lost a job and is couch surfing. Kiyohito immediately offers him a place to stay, but he says no.

This is the point at which Kiyohito’s friends start to worry that he’s going to join a celibate religious order….

But, Hisashi can’t stay away from that sweet, sweet deal at Kiyohito’s place and, just in time for the story to end, he’s back on Kiyohito’s doorstep ready to move back in.

HEA?  I mean,  is it romantic?  I… don’t know.  If this were Real Life ™, I would be telling my dear friend Kiyohito he’s being a FOOL.  Hisashi is super-cute and everything, but dude is a playa. Has anything really changed?  You always liked him better than he likes you. I mean, SURE, he told YOU that you’re the one for him (suddenly when he needed a place to move into and even confessed that that other time he called? He was actually fine, hadn’t gotten fired and was living in a company dorm, and was just kind of checking to make sure you’d take him back), so…… are you absolutely sure he’s not just saying that because you can literally feed and house him?

The sex in this manga was okay.  I kind of enjoyed the love-hate sex, and it’s short. You could read it while waiting in line at the post office, so there is that.

 

Warehouse by Killer Whale

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And now for a neck breaking, 180 degree turn!

Yesterday it was manga about happy-go-lucky, utterly innocent and wholesome pre-kidengartenders, and today… uh…. well,  let’s just say that when I went looking for something more porn-y for y’all I kind of went a bit overboard.

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Yeah, if you are at ALL squicked by rape and/or non-consent, Warehouse is NOT the manhwa for you.

I’m not quite sure what to think about this new trend towards ultra-violent stalker/kidnappers/abusers, ala Killing Stalking (which I have yet to read, but I’ve read about it), but this is definitely in that vein.

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Like, almost an intentional rip-off… maybe?

Our (anti)hero, Kim Dohyun, is one of those a$$holes that peeked in high school.  He’s 28 now and working a dead-end cell phone scam business. He hates his life and longs to return to his “carefree” (read: delinquent player) high school days.

Well, he gets his wish.

And this is definitely one of those “be careful what you wish for” moments.  It turns out, Kim Dohyun made someone else’s high school memories into nightmares, Sungho.  Sungho kidnaps Kim Dohyun, locks him in a warehouse where he’s recreated a high school gym storage room.  At this moment, I thought: oh, you did a bad thing to this boy, Kim Dohyun, and now things are going to go really badly for you.

Only, Kim Dohyun has no memory of ever raping anyone.  For someone who obsessively wishes he were still back in high school, he seems to have forgotten some fairly salient moments.

Like, you know, having a sexual relationship with Sungho.

I’ll be honest, this part kind of snapped my suspenders of disbelief.  It takes Kim Dohyun a ridiculously long time (and a lot of violent rape) to remember that he used to take Sungho to the gym storage room on the regular for f*ck-buddy ‘fun.’

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Seriously, you can’t remember a guy with AMBER eyes and a dead-man stare??

To be fair to Kim Dohyun, Sungho is about a foot taller than he was back and high school and no longer a little wisp of a boy.  Oh, and he has a scar now.  In fact, Sungho seems to have turned to a life of crime…. or at least on the edge of it. My guess is he’s some kind of bail bondsman or debt collector, the sort that shows up on your doorstep with a baseball bat, if you know what I mean.

Even so, given Kim Dohyun’s constant daydreaming about a return to high school, I have to assume that maybe Sungho is right about Kim Dohyun and he’s just willfully not remembering out of spite.  (In a interview somewhere around chapter 35 the mangaka implies that the reason Kim Dohyun doesn’t have any memories of Sungho is because he lives in he present all the time.  RE-ally, ‘Killer Whale’?  Go re-read your first several chapters where Kim Dohyun is begging for a return to a high school he clearly has TONS of memories of!)

At any rate, should you waste a day on this like I did?  I’m not sure.  I mean, the version I link to has the invisible penises, so you have to use your imagination for the graphic bits. There are several later chapters in which the translation is VERY badly done.  (But, are you really reading for the articles?)

This is definitely a milage may very sort of thing.  And, you know, if you LIKE non-con, there is a WHOLE lot of this:

 

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Wolf in the House by Park Ji-Yeon

After reading Not So Simple, I wanted something fun and smutty.  I went to Mangago and my eye was drawn to this:

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And the title Wolf in the House.

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Wolf in the House is a Korean manhwa.  It’s back cover copy goes like this:

After ending an on-again, off-again relationship of 10 years, Minsuk decides to foster a Siberian husky named Bexan to mark the start of his new single life. He can’t wait to cuddle with his new furry roommate, take him on walks, and play fetch. But Bexan is no ordinary dog…and when night falls, Minsuk is in for a surprise. 

I bet you can guess Bexan’s big surprise!  Yep!

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You’d be close. ACTUALLY, Bexan is a werewolf.  Kind like the guy from the 1985 movie, Ladyhawke, Bexan is a wolf during the day and a human at night.

It takes Minsuk a bit to adjust to this idea. Even when he sees the transformation, he doesn’t want to believe in the idea that werewolves are real.  Bexan convinces him in kind of a clever way. He says, “Well, but you’ve HEARD of werewolves, right?” Minsuk is all, “Yeah, but only in stories. I’ve never seen one.” Bexan counters with, “Well, you’ve only read about kangaroos, too, and you’ve never seen one of those in real life either, have you?”

I mean, it’s kind of goofy logic, but it amused me.

What follows is a slow-burn romance.  Bexan is kind of a troublesome dog/wolf.  He really wants to head to Siberia, because he’s heard rumors that there are other werewolves in Russia and he’s never met another werewolf besides his parents.  The problem, of course, well, there are a lot of problems, including, as Minsuk points out, North Korea is between them and Russia.  But, the big one, of course, is that he has no resources and half the time, he’s a wolf that looks like a dog.

Dogs without leases get picked up by animal control in a busy city like Seoul. In fact, that’s how he ended up with Minsuk.  Minsuk saw Bexan advertised as in need of adoption, as he was scheduled to be put to sleep.

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What becomes interesting in this story is that Minsuk likes Bexan in both his forms. Sure, as a human guy, they can haz all the sex.  But, Minsuk also finds ways to include dog-Bexan in the rest of his life, even going so far as to changing his reporting beat to cover life as a pet owner.

There are some classic ‘my lover is a dog’ scenes–‘mounting’ and neck biting, and JEALOUSY, particularly of Minsuk’s editor

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The line is: “God he sure looks sexy FOR AN EDITOR” (which, as a writer, made me snort my coffee!)

But, it turns out the editor jealousy bit is really just a side story (at least so far. There are only 16 chapters at this point).

The main excitement comes from an internet troll who taunts Bexan on his Instagram account.

Instagram? Really?  I know, it seems like a dumb plot twist, but Bexan can’t STAND not being loved by everyone and gets all worked up and agrees to meet up with this troll in person.  They have a tussle. The guy is so super-athletic that there’s something odd about him….

Yeah, you guessed this one too!  The troll is another dog/wolf shapeshifter! This one a white wolf:

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The white wolf and his… owner seem to have a very different relationship than Bexan and Minsuk.  The white wolf’s person actually calls him to “heel” while in human form, and as Minsuk notes, they both seem very sad when the sun rises.

Earlier, we get a flashback from Bexan’s point of view in which his mother warns him that he should never fall for a human. They’ll only bring you heartache.  They can only love one part of you, either the dog or the person, never both. Bexan says (and I appreciate since I feel it’s very, very true) that’s no way to live. If love means getting hurt, then he’ll take the hurt in order to have the love.

And, it’s working out for him, actually. So far, Minsuk actually seems to love both parts of him. I think it’s important that he wanted the dog first.  Finding out the dog he already loved was a hot dude was a bonus for him. Or, at least how it seems ATM.

The white wolf’s lover may have falling for the man, and the dog was very much opposite of a bonus.

It’s a surprisingly good story.  The smut is okay.  There are no explicit bits on display, but if you really like the naked male form, you will LOVE this manhwa.  Both of the werewolves spend a lot of time being undressed and stretching luxuriously.  The sex involves strategically placed body parts to give you an impression of all the action, without the actual parts visible and accounted for.

So, perfect for a lesbian like me?

Pretty much.

Ten Count (Vol 5) by Rihito Takarai

I continue to be amazed that my library not only has this manga, but keeps on buying it:

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And, of course, I keep reading it.

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Volume 5 spans chapters 2533, plus the shorts “Kurose Shirotani and Difficulties” and “Ten Count Drama CD 3 Session Report.”

The story picks up just where it left off: in the elevator.  Kurose continues to blow hot and cold. First, barely talking to Shirotani and acting like they’re going to go their separate ways, and, then, after Shirotani returns a CD Kurose accidentally leaves in the taxi (sure it was an accident!) he has his wicked way with him.

I’m still struggling to like this guy.  I mean, their dubious consent sex is pretty hot, but Kurose is baffling to me. Like, would it kill him to be consistent?

In this volume we get Kurose’s tragic backstory.

Apparently, his family home life was fine, except that his parents pretty much ignored him. They clothed and fed him, but there just wasn’t a lot of affection tossed around in this selfish upper-middleclass household.  Kurose resorts to trying to pull dirty tricks to get his mom to notice him, but she just couldn’t even be bothered to get riled up about her fancy new dress getting an ink jar spilled on it.

So, Kurose starts doing random vandalism, including tossing a baseball through some guy’s window.

The maid makes twelve year old (? definitely pre-teen) Kurose apologize to the owner of the apartment with the broken window, a recluse germaphobe named Nishigaki.  Kurose starts showing up at Nishigaki’s apartment and hangs out with him, uninvited, but tolerated.  Kurose gets attached to Nishigaki because he’s an adult who at least seems to notice him. This attachment seems to turn into lust, because they’re getting along pretty well until one day when Nishigaki’s loneliness triggers Kurose to… lick him.

On the abs.

On the naked, under-the-shirt abs.

Nishigaki who is not only a germaphobe, but also at LEAST a dozen years older than Kurose freaks out and says, “What the hell is wrong with you? Get out!”

I feel like this is a pretty reasonable response. It’s really not clear why Kurose went there–like to sex.  I don’t get the sense that he only seen his parents giving each other affection that way, except that maybe he just doesn’t know anything about how to be affectionate since they’re so empty.

What is clear, is that he’s feeling possessive of Nishigaki.  When Nishigaki is feeling like maybe Kurose had acclimated him enough to having people around that he might consider getting a better job and getting outside to see the world, Kurose doesn’t want him to. He tells him that the world is nothing special. He wants to know why things can’t stay the same, since Nishigaki should have everything he needs in Kurose.

After being banished from Nishigaki’s place, Kurose reads up on germaphobes and shut-ins (a hobby he already had).  Though his mother’s gossip circle, Kurose discovers that Nishigaki has disappeared: there are rumors he ran away or maybe killed himself.

Kurose, naturally, blames himself.

He becomes determined to never make this mistake again and gets a degree in psychology.

The problem I have with this tragic backstory is that Kurose is determined never to make another mistake like the one he made with Nishigaki, he’s not exactly going in the right direction.  He’s still super-possessive and goes right to f*cking = therapy/love.  Literally the stuff that killed Nishigaki–or sent him packing, whichever. (I do wonder if we’re going to have a reappearance of Nishigaki in future volumes.)

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Does Shirotani look comfortable to you? But, you know, just keep on holding tight there, Kurose. Those germaphobes just need you getting super close–breathing and sweating on them–like that to get over it!

Seriously, where did this guy get his therapy license? Off the back of a matchbook?

It doesn’t help, of course, that Shirotani does seem to be more of a masochist than he is a germaphobe, so this cruel-to-be-kind “therapy” seems to be working.

The sex is super-hot, though. So, I might be complaining about the alpha lead a lot, but I’ll be reading the next volume ASAP.  I mean, I don’t need my yaoi couples to be perfect human beings (obviously, if you’ve read any of my fan fic), so Kurose’s foibles are more of an intellectual curiosity to me, not a deal-breaker.

Would I recommend it? Hesitantly.  You really have to be not only okay, but kind of into dubious consent for this one to work for you.

1-en no Otoko / One Yen Man by Monden Akiko

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One Yen Man  (not to be confused with One Punch Man) is a collection of yaoi one-shots by  Monden Akiko. So many of my guilty-pleasure buttons got hit with this one, it isn’t even funny.

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Guilty pleasure #1: Sex workers.

I will pretty much read any story featuring sex-for-hire.  Give me a sympathetic gigolo and I’m golden.

The first story doesn’t exactly center around a gigolo, per se, but ‘getting paid for it’ is part of the whole meet-cute, if you will.  So, what happens is that we have a detective, Sanjou Keisuke.  He’s a classic tough guy sort, who will do any job for any one. In fact, when we first meet him, he’s dog sitting for a client.  But, he returns to his office one day to find a brusque, icy investment banker waiting for him. They exchange the usual insults: “What kind of detective leaves his door wide open? Though clearly there’s nothing worth stealing here!” / “If you don’t like me, try another detective agency.”

Classic.

Destined for sex, wouldn’t you say?

Well, except, of course, our hero is presented as fairly straight.  I say ‘fairly’ because the client he’s walking that dog for is a super-queer–queeny, even, guy–he gets called ‘mama-san’ and I don’t think he’s also a pimp, (though….more on that in a bit).  Anyway, Detective and super-queen are clearly friends, so, like a lot of straight guys in these yaoi, it’s not like it’s completely foreign to him.

Anyway, Banker wants to hire Sanjou to find his sex friend, a rent boy who has ran off with a briefcase full of several million yen.

At this point, I kind of thought the story might get plot-heavy and we’d spend some time chasing after rent boy.  But, no, Sanjou is a good detective, and finds him right away.  He let’s the banker know where the rent boy has holed up and is about to take his leave when banker is, all, ‘I’m worried I can’t confront him. Will you help? I can pay.’  Our hero, being a gentleman is very, “No worries. I’ll do this gratis.” Banker is very insistent. We start to get the sense that paying for things is a THING for him.

Maybe you can see where this is going?

Well, it takes awhile to get there, because, of course, Sanjou needs to figure out he’s bi, first.  Luckily, an opportunity presents itself fairly immediately.  When banker and Sanjou go to confront Rent Boy, Rent Boy is out. Banker convinces Sanjou to break in to the apartment because he really just wants that briefcase back, even if the money is gone.  As they’re looking for the briefcase, Rent Boy returns. They hide in a closet.  Rent Boy comes back with company.  Sanjou tells banker he shouldn’t watch this, so he covers banker’s eyes, watches the whole thing, gets super turned on to the point where, banker very prissily says ‘this is ridiculous’ and starts giving Sanjou a blowjob on the spot.

This is all very awkward, but they manage not to be discovered. The banker is suddenly, ‘it’s fine, I don’t care any more’ and Sanjou figures, well, that was weird, but whatever the client wants, *shrug*… until he runs into Rent Boy.  Then, things get interesting. Turns out, Rent Boy stole the money in an attempt to get the banker to chase him.  Rent boy was kind of falling for banker, but banker was very insistent that theirs was a PAID relationship.

Sanjou makes it his mission to uncover why banker is so cold and focused on the paycheck.  Meanwhile, of course, he starts to fall in love with him. When Rent Boy returns the money and briefcase to Sanjou, Sanjou discovers a picture of banker as a young boy looking adorable. Later, Sanjou finds out there’s a tragic backstory with the picture–banker’s mom was a single mom, cold and calculating, the kind who gave receipts after paying allowance, etc., and banker had the picture taken in the hopes of trying to win her over with sheer cuteness. It doesn’t work, so this is part of banker’s brokenness, apparently.

Now Sanjou wants to fix this, and in the way of rough-and-tumble meets Ice Queen, basically Sanjou bullies the banker into falling for him.

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Also a trope I like. (Guilty pleasure #2? Probably.)

Then we switch gears and we have the story of two childhood buddies.  One of them is a stereotypical easy-going, charismatic lady’s man who is the rising star of his company, and the other is a nebbish food critic, who specializes in alcohol.  They meet-up regularly for drinking dates, because Food Critic doesn’t want to drink alone.

Cue: drunken sex.

At the love hotel, Food critic drunkly tells Lady’s Man that the reason he can’t settle down and find a wife is because he’s barking up the wrong tree. Food critic decides that a bit of seduction is the ticket to get salaryman to wake up and smell Teh Gay, as it were.

It works.

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And literally the rest of the two chapter story is salaryman trying to figure out how to be better at the gay sex thing, because he REALLY LIKES the gay sex thing.

I found this story adorable.

I also really loved that the first thing salaryman does is rent all the gay porn and tries to study up. He also starts asking his ex-girlfriends for blowjob tips (ha!) and even tries out a little bondage because he gets obsessed with making sure his partner is as aroused as he is.

Then we return to Rent Boy, who, it turns out is actually secretly the son of a yakuza boss and the gang needs him back.  Rent boy doesn’t want to, so he tells his lieutenant, I’ll come back if you can seduce me so hard I cum.

Cue: random hot tattoo sex.

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Works for me! (Bonus Guilty Pleasure #3 AND #4 — Yakuza and Tattoos!)

I honestly enjoyed this one pretty well, but, I’m not sure how you will feel about it, unless some of your guilty pleasures align with mine. The art, as you can see, is hit and miss. I felt like the writing was pretty good in that all the straight-turned-gay guys did, at least, attempt to do some research, so that makes me happy.