Datte Maou-sama Wa Kare Ga Kirai / Good-bye World Conquest by Yamada Nichoume

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I absolutely adored the premise of this yaoi, the execution? Not as much.

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Into every generation is born a Demon King.  For each Demon King, there is a hero who must conquer him.  This is almost exactly the same set-up as the anime  Hataraku Maō-sama! / Devil is a Part-Timer, which I likewise adored. Only, in this version Maou (the name literally means ‘devil’) is a kind of hapless storekeeper who doesn’t really want the power to randomly enslave delinquents (it’s awkward to have people falling at your feet all day long.) The hero, Kamiko, is likewise atypical for what you’re expecting of a hero. In fact, when we first met him, it’s because he’s bought the building Maou’s storefront is in and forcibly evicts him.

The hero is kind of an a$$hole.

Not only is he a jerk, but he’s a little bit shady. At one point, Kamiko confesses that he went into the family business (and, yes, he means that in the yakuza sense) because he really just wanted to break-in to people’s houses and knock over vases (like a cat?).  Maou, of course, is like, “Dude! That’s not cool.”

Because, somehow, in these stories the devil is always kind of decent human being.

In Datte Maou-sama wa Kare ga Kirai all of this is really just background for Maou and Kamiko to have a lot of sex–because, you see whomever dominates the other one is the victor in this spiritual/world-domination power play.  Maou keeps trying to top, but he’s pretty helpless to Kamiko’s advances.

This is listed under the tag “dubious consent” on Baka-Updates, and I suppose you can imagine it that way since Maou does say ‘no’ and keeps telling Kamiko he’s a pervert and not to touch him ‘there’–but this feels more silly to me than rape-y. I suspect milage may vary, however.

For me, this was too tame.  (Also the early pages of the manga are badly translated, so it’s probably okay to skim them to get to the sexy-times.)

Shinigami no Koi by Haruno Ahiru

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I bet you’ve been asking yourself, where is all the shinigami yaoi porn, haven’t you?  Well, I found it for you in Shinigami no Koi.

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This manga describes itself as “shinigami x clumsy office worker,” and I kind of feel like that sums everything up quite nicely.  Our hero, Thanatos, doesn’t really like his job. As a shinigami, he’s supposed to watch over human’s lives. He finds humans dreadfully boring… well, most of them.  There is this one he finds amusing: Asahi Shintaro.  Shintaro is a big-hearted, goofy office worker, who has the tendency to act first, think later.  His antics make Thanatos chuckle.

So, of course, the assignment comes down.  Time to take out Shintaro.

Even though Shintaro is a favorite, Thanatos doesn’t figure it’ll be a big deal. Shinigami aren’t human. They don’t have time for all that messy copulating and procreating.  Feelings aren’t really their strong suit.

And yet…

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I have to say I’m kind of enamored with the supernatural imagery in this yaoi.  This is what it looks like when Thanatos steps out of heaven and heads down to the Human World.

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…when all of a sudden, Thanatos remembers a cute story of this guy’s life and suddenly falters.  The boss of the shinigami gets an instant ping (no kidding,) and, believing that Thanatos has been ‘possessed’ by this human,  intervenes to ‘change his fate.’

At first I misread the pronoun and thought that the shinigami-boss was interfering on behalf of Thanatos, but it becomes obvious that it’s Shintaro that the boss is after.  Since Thanatos hesitated, the boss plants what looks like a kitten drowning in the river. Shintaro is halfway over the rail to save it when Thanatos pulls him back. It’s only a stuffed cat.

And… here’s where things get… weird, or maybe badly translated.  Shintaro and Thanatos have a back-and-forth about which one of them was trying to commit suicide and Shintaro seems to be under the impression that Thanatos is either an escaped mental patient or trans (and/or a cross-dresser).  Irritated, Thanatos gives Shintaro a laundry list of all the ways he’s been kind of stupid and nearly died in his life, and Shintaro decides Thanatos is a stalker… but invites him back to his place anyway, to which Thanatos basically replies, “You moron, this is why you’re going to die young!”

Which is cute.

When Thanatos tries again, Shintaro is half asleep.  Shintaro wakes up a bit and sleepily mistakes Thanatos for a dream wife and kisses him.  That’s it for Thanatos, all hope of murdering this guy is out the window.  He stumbles his way out…. and gets his ‘pink slip.’

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Thanatos isn’t exactly fired. Let’s call it a semi-permanant transfer to the human world and a human body.  He’s now going by Tanato Subaru… and is working at Shinato’s office.

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The second chapter is a whole series of ways in which  Thanatos keeps saving Shintaro’s life. He keeps doing this ostensibly because he wants to be the one to kill Shintaro. It gets very silly. Though there is some serious implication that because Shintaro has outlived his due course, his body is breaking down and is now more vulnerable to death in all its forms.

Then, there’s a left turn.  While Thanatos is watching over Shintaro when he has the flu, Shintaro suddenly remembers the dreamy kiss. The memory of having kissed Thanatos triggers a desire to try out gay sex before he dies.  Only Shintaro can’t get away from Thanatos in order to try it out.  Apparently, masterbating to the gay videos isn’t the same (which we never see ‘on screen’ so this feels completely out of the blue), and so he contrives to sneak out and hook up with a pro.

Thanatos stalks Shintaro, of course, and confronts him about all the STDs he could catch… and then offers to “mimic sexual reproduction.”

They’re just getting to it when the chapter ends.

According to MangaHere, the final chapter is coming out soon.

I think I’d like this better if it wasn’t for the sloppy writing. The art is alternately very cute and very spooky.  The humor… almost works for me in the way a lot of translated Japanese humor nearly does, (that is to say, I can often see where I’m supposed to find things funny even if I don’t.)

But, I had to really think to parse what the hell Shintaro was doing with the gigolo and then we got the whole confession of how the doing it solo to the videos wasn’t working because real life was somehow hotter… and while I liked the IMPLICATIONS of that, I was like, “Wait, when did Shintaro have any time alone to even try this?  Also, hot? Couldn’t we have seen that on screen???”

Probably my issues have to do with humor, in general.  I much prefer serious stories, so, for me, the silliness got in the way of a potentially hotter storyline.  Milage may vary.

Futouhen Sankakkei no Teiri by Agata Ito

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Sometimes when I’m trying to write a sexy scene for my fan fiction, I end up looking for inspiration by meandering down the yaoi hashtag on Tumblr. I came across a rather, shall we say, intriguing (very NSFW) image and I thought I would take a chance and check this one out.

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Futouhen Sankekkei no Teiri is basically a porn movie set-up.  I guess that’s intentional  since our hero, Onose-kun works at a video store.  It’s closing time, and a cute guy, Ikumi, wearing one of those surgical masks people put on when they have a cold brings up a hard core gay porn movie to  check out. His rental card is expired, so there’s some bureaucratic hoops to jump through before he can just walk out with his pick.

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Ikumi stands there, the more ‘sick’ he seems.  Onose is both concerned about him, but also, you know, takes the opportunity to check him out.

Like you would.

 Onose is totally straight, of course, TOTALLY, but, you know, how it is in these things–just one whiff of Teh Gay and, suddenly, you’re considering things you never thought of before.

And, there’s a bit of hurt/comfort going on here, because look at this poor guy!

When Onose finally closes up for the night, he sees Ikume clinging shakily to a lamppost.  There is some discussion about what’s wrong and Ikumi let’s slip that maybe he’ll be fine, if he could just get used to the the vibrations. Onose is all, “???” but suggests maybe he could help Ikumi get back to his place, since he just happened to notice his address on the renewal form and it wasn’t far from the shop.

Ikumi lives on the top floor of a swanky apartment and, much to Onose’s surprise, someone else is home when they arrive.

Roommate suggests Onose come in for a while, maybe have a cup of coffee or beer as as thank you for helping Ikumi home.  Onose is feeling a little weird about it all because, well, for one, he kind of hoped to ditch and run, but also Ikumi’s heavy breathing and flushed face in the elevator on the ride up was kind of turning him ON.

Things, of course, are about to get a lot weirder (or, depending, a lot hotter.)  Yes, it’s nice of you to help Ikumi out of his suit so it won’t get wrinkled, Onose, but, no, no one thought that buzzing at Ikumi’s backside was a phone ringing, except you.

So yeah…

Sexy times ensue.

We do find out that Ikumi is doing what he’s doing as a dare, but that’s because roommate knew that Ikumi had a crush on Onose.

One warning, in case it’s a squick of yours, the “roommate” turns out to be older brother.  Normally, I don’t read incest, but I got suckered into this one as the reveal isn’t until the very end (though I kind of figured… it was easier to pretend they just happened to look a lot a like until the confirmation at the end.)

The sex is explicit, fairly hot, and to my taste (which I think has been established is fairly perverted.)  So, if you can get over the whole ‘they’re brothers’ thing, I would recommend it to you.  After the amazing art of In These Words, Futouhen Sankakkei no Teiri seems flat, but it’s decent-to-good art–certainly more than tolerable for a one-shot.

In These Words Vol. 2

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I couldn’t stand not knowing was was going to happen next SO MUCH that I actually ordered the second collection of In These Words directly from the publisher.

It came today.

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The story picks up just where it left off in volume 1.  Serial killer Shinohara has cornered our psychologist hero, Asano Katsuya.  There is tazering.  There are threats and fondling. Sexual torture ensues.

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In the middle of it, we discover that the ‘dreams’ Asano has been having are based on reality.  Shinohara takes a picture of the scars on Asano’s back and shows them to him.  Much, “This can’t be true” is said.

Then, Shinohara takes Asano back to the very warehouse where he was tortured in all his dreams, where we discover….

…Shinohara isn’t the same guy that tortured Asano.

Similar looking, but no. Not at all.

Here’s where things get weird and a little confusing. Because, all of a sudden we get flashbacks to where Shinohara recruits Asano to work for the police. That’s right Shinohara isn’t even a bad guy. He’s just been play-acting one, in the hopes of triggering Asano’s proper memories.  In fact, this entire prison thing has been a ruse to try to get Asano over this massive mental block he had over the true identity of his torturer.

The last two-thirds of the book is devoted to the meet-cute, which involves going to a love hotel in order to look through case files in private. (Don’t ask. It actually kind of works, though.)

We also find out that Asano totally deserves his campus nickname “Ice Queen” because after their first VERY VANILLA hook-up Asano lays out the rules and they’re basically, “Look, this is just f*cking, don’t fall in love, don’t tell anyone about us, and don’t ever touch me in public.  I make the appointments and you show up if you want some. Otherwise, it’s all off. And I bite your dick off.” (Seriously, he demonstrates on a piece of steak.)

So, I’m guessing this is an on-going thing and I’m just going to have to wait until there’s a third volume completed before I can get to the end of this thing. Because from what I can tell the ACTUAL serial killer is still at-large somewhere and just being f*ck buddies isn’t USUALLY where these sorts of stories end — although maybe? Still, there’s been no plot resolution whatsoever, and I kind of have to figure they’re at least going to try to catch the real villain at some point.

Was it worth the $ I spent to have it shipped? Totally. This thing is GORGEOUS. There are amazing pull-out ‘posters’ and every page is very well-drawn.  I’m a little disappointed it’s not wrapped up in two volumes, but I can wait.

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In These Words by TogaQ+ KichikuNeko

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What is with manhuas? Why are they so well drawn?  Why are the stories so… right up my kinky alley?

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Bad news first.  In These Words is another one that I have not found scanlated.  I picked up this volume at Quatrefoil, and no one seems to be scanning this.  Worse, when I went to look to see if I might just go ahead and buy the second volume in English from the publishers… the price on Amazon.com was… unreasonable (Like, seriously, 69 dollars!)

This is a huge shame, because this manhua is stunningly illustrated and the story is kinky af.

The story follows psychologist, Asano Katsuya, a renown U.S.-trained, criminal profiler. The Tokyo police have hired Asano-sensei to get a confession out of Shinobara Keiji, a serial killer.

A couple curious circumstances arise, however.  One, Asano-sensei keeps having these extremely vivid nightmares about being one of Shinobara’s victims.  In fact, the volume starts with a prologue (written, like, as a light-novel, which is funky,) that makes you think Asano was maybe picked up by Shinobara  at a coffee shop, drugged, and held captive for weeks.  Only… after several wonderfully explicit panels of all the torture, Asano wakes up.  It’s all been a dream.

Or has it?

A young detective has shown up at Asano’s apartment to take him to talk to the chief of police about the big assignment.  Except, sensei has kind of forgotten where he’s supposed to be going or what he’s supposed to be doing.  It seems that Asano-sensei has not only been plagued by the vivid nightmares, but also these odd headaches.

Add on top of that, we find out when the police chief explains his mission to him, Shinobara has requested him specifically…. in fact, he won’t talk to any other psychologist and they need this confession, pronto.

Thus, the reader is left with an uneasy feeling that maybe these dreams aren’t just empathetic projection.

That feeling is underscored by the fact that at one point the young detective ‘reminds’ Asano-sensei to take a pill that sensei does NOT remember being prescribed… and that immediately brings on the headache again.

Something is clearly going on between Asano and Shinobara.

Only what, exactly?  Was he a former victim? Will be a new one?

The volume ends just when Shinobara has come up with a way to corner the doctor… and I pretty much ripped through the internet desperate to get my hands on volume 2 to find out what happens next.

IF YOU SEE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MANGA/MANHUA PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ME!

The art is amazing, did I mention?

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Also all the sex is explicit, no invisible penises.

I’m so bummed not to have more of this, AND that I can’t share it with you because it’s not on-line, anywhere.

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Play Boy Blues by Shiuko Kano

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There are five volumes of Play Boy Blues available on Mangago.  I’m… going to be stopping at the first volume, alas.   Normally, I’m all about gay gigolos. This time…? Meh.

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I feel I understand what Shiuko-sensei is trying to do here, but it’s not translating.  (In some cases, literally. I went through the Mangago scanlation to refresh my memory and in places I could barely track the dialogue.) But, I think she’s trying to have these two guys–Junuke (brunette) and Shinobu (blond)–be realistic, heart-hearted, manly-men… only 100% gayer.

And, somehow gay = drama (and tears!), so they end up reading more like emo teenagers. “You’re jealous!” “No, you’re jealous-er!”

OMG please, no, boys. Stop with the dialogue and get back to the invisible penis sex!

There does, at least, seem to be a lot of sex happening in the first volume.  I suppose I should tell you the set-up, huh?  A couple of years ago, Shinobu recruited Junuke to work as a host at a club.  Now, Shinobu is semi-retired and Junuke is the new number one.  When doing an “after,” Shinobu ends up falling into bed with a paying customer–nothing new, right? Except, this time, it’s a GUY.  Having experienced the magic that is Teh Gay, Shinobu starts looking at Junuke, who has been his roommate (with benefits!), in a new light–an emotional light.  Sure, Shinobu and Junuke have f*cked before, of course, loads of times, but when this new hook-up makes his love confession, a light goes on for Shinobu–but in his HEART, not his head.  He starts to realize that maybe, all this time, he’s been a little bit smitten.

As far as ‘OH HOLY CRAP I MIGHT BE GAY’ moments go, I have to admit that I find this one fairly plausible.

There’s a LONG established relationship. The two guys have been living together for over a year, f*cking on and off, like you do when you’re a carefree gigolo, apparently.  So, to suddenly stop and think, “Whoa, what if I actually like-like him!?” is pretty legit, in my book.

But you see what I mean about the manly-men, but with 100% more gay now, right? These are two dude-ly dudes who do NOT with emotion, except…. suddenly they do.  And, that part doesn’t quite work for me, alas.

I wonder if I could read Japanese, if the dialogue would be more nuanced and interesting.  Usually, when translations vary this widely, as they do between the printed copy and the scanlated copy, that often means that the language is subtle, rich. (Weirdly, I first came across this phenomenon in Bleach. The official translations often read like an entirely different chapter than what the fan translator posited.)  So, maybe Play Boy Blues deserves its subsequent four volumes.  I just wasn’t invested enough in them to push onward.

TBF, I’m also in a weird reading mood right now. Does this ever happen to you?  I read a book I really enjoyed, but when I was done, even though I had two other books already picked out for myself to read in basically the same genre, I just haven’t picked them up.  My family calls this “book ennui.” (I suppose to be proper, we should call it “le livre ennui,” but you don’t want to hear my bad French accent, trust me.)

My point–and I do have one–is that it’s possible that in any other week, I might have found Play Boy Blues (colloquially known as PBB!) charming.  This week I can barely drum up a ‘meh.’

Pleasure Dome / Kanrakukyuu by Megumu Minami

Well… here’s a first.  Despite Pleasure DomeKanrakukyuu having been officially translated into English and published by KittyMedia, it does not seem to be available on any pirate sites, outside of a few .pdf…. which is a shame because there are several chapter that include some very lovely kinbaku/shibari.

I got this one, of course, at Quatrefoil Library….

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First of all, the entire kink of this yaoi is: non-con/rape.  So, if that’s not your thing: move along, there’s nothing to see here.

There are five distinct stories in Pleasure Dome/Kanrakukyuu: “Pleasure Dome,” “Desire on Fire,” “Hell for a Fallen Angel,”Cantarella,” and “L’Amour Belong to You.”

The title chapter starts with our hapless hero, Roland, having been captured as an assassin.  By chance, his old rival, Oliver is a hostage/servant of the evil king. Oliver, it should be noted has the VERY BEST HAIR:

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I am now officially a pirate. This is my own scan. Anyway, check out the HAIR.

The evil king, however, is pretty darned evil… and kicky as f*ck. In fact, it was kind of nice of Roland to show up because it saved him the trouble of kidnapping yet other hot dude to sexually enslave in his pleasure dome.  Since we’re stealing from poems anyway, (“Song of Roland,” anyone?–though the mangaka acknowledges the borrow in the back matter, at least,) let’s throw in some Coleridge, am I right?  I can not NOT start that:

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So, poor Roland, right? Evil king really wants him ready to be ‘deflowered’ as part of some kinky gathering of the local kinky dudes, so he puts Simon in charge of softening him up (or stretching him out, as the case may be.)  There are a lot of creative ‘training’ scenes, including a saddle device worthy of something out of The Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice (which, d’uh, I not only have read ALL of, but own). The big day comes (as it were!) and Roland is having none of it. He smacks up his would be deflowerer causing Simon to have to intercede to save his life… by becoming the stand-in deflowerer ‘natch!

This public sex/humiliation sparks their hidden love and the chapter ends with Simon and Roland teaming up to murder the kinky evil king.

Ta-dah!

Next we get a tale set in India during the British conquest. We have Bimbisara, an Indian warlord, who captures Errol, the commander of the British army. Bimbisara knows just how tough these British bastards are, so he’s not going to try physical torture. No, he’s going to break Errol by teaching him the Kama Sutra!

Here’s the black-and-white splash page so you can get a load of these guys:

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It basically works.

At some point Bimbisara falls for Errol and decides to let him go, which turns out to be a bad idea because the British do not leave an area unconquered so guess who ends up captured next?  That’s right: Bimbisara. This turns out to be a good thing for Errol because since his release from Bimbisara, he can NOT satisfy himself. He’s tried. Oh, yeah, many times, but nothing it doing it for him. He really needs to have Bimbisara do him good, and, you know, when you’re the jailer you have privileges.  Except, turns out Bimbisara’s a pretty tough guy, too. The only way Errol can get Bimbisara to give him pleasure is to droozle himself in honey and milk.

Bimbisara later escapes by seducing a male guard, and Errol is pretty pissed off. When Bimbisara decides to kind of randomly take his life by lying out in the sun,  Errol is even madder… and so am I, because: what?

But, I guess that a love affair between the British and India is just not to be. Stars just a little too crossed, perhaps.

Next up is “Hell for Fallen Angel,” which is more capture and sexual torture porn. This time, we have a Christian who has fallen into the hands of the Japanese government in Maruyama during the Shogunate.  All I know about this time period, I learned from “Samurai Champloo” so that’s probably very historically accurate.

That’s okay, I doubt this is either.

For instance, I highly doubt that male prostitutes/whoremongers were hired to ‘seduce’ Christians until they renounce their God–although, who knows?  This particular chapter has the lovely kinbaku and a lot of talk about how the brothel owner used to be a Christian himself, but God let him down. His sister was taken, you see, and forced to be raped by a horse. That’s pretty awful right? Well, all his praying diid not help, so now he gleefully rapes Christians.

Apparently the Christian’s faith makes brothel proprietor weak. He’s going to let this amazingly resilient Christian go, but instead of just walking away and making a clean escape, Christian turns tables and captures brothel guy.  Somehow (and I mean, like there’s hardly any transition between panels,) brothel guy is about to be dumped into a pit of tortured souls–a place called Hell.

But it might just be that the Christian guy is an angel and brothel guy has been taken to  real Hell, because, lo and behold, there’s brothel guy’s sister, who is supposed to be dead.  Brother and sister start naked smooching, which makes Christian think “no, you were supposed to make me your lover… I can’t take this. He belongs to me,”  and we get this, with a line you can’t see which reads: Another angel falling…

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The fourth story is an abrupt change of pace.  It’s a kind of spy-thriller maybe? Murder mystery? We have three step/half-brothers: Richard, Thomas, and Seishu. Seishu might not be related, actually–he might just have been the brothers’ father’s lover.

Regardless Richard has taken these two men hostage because he says his father has died under mysterious circumstances–probably poisoning–and he’s going to do sexy nasty things to them both until someone confesses.

This chapter has a LOT of sexy stuff. Tons of bondage and various S&M tortures abound.  I hate to admit how much I enjoyed that part.

But the story?  I’m not even sure I can keep it straight. Apparently the father used to stick absinthe up Seishu’s ass, get him so drunk that he hardly knew who he was fucking, which might actually have been Thomas (despite Thomas’s vows to become a priest).  And, maybe dad wasn’t involved at all because Richard sure knows a LOT of the intimate (as it were!) details.  The only confession that ends up coming out is a love confession between Seishu and Thomas, and somehow that’s actually what Richard wanted all along, because despite what he said? Dad died of a heart attack.

Yeah…

Good sexy times in that one, but not so much on the plot.

The last one was my least favorite partly because I had a nearly impossible time telling the two lovers apart.  Two guys literally run into each other on the street.  Like, this one guy, Cecil, is thinking about this horrible arranged marriage his family has made for him, and, not looking where he’s going plows into a another guy and gets knocked over.

A cute-meet, if I ever read one!

Except here’s where things get confusing.  He’s the heir to some massively important family (maybe? Or it’s the other guy, Louis?) and Louis talks Cecil into hiring him as a manservant.  When Louis presses Cecil as to why he was so distracted, Cecil admits he really can NOT with this arranged marriage.

Because they look so much alike, they agree to switch places for the big date, prince and the pauper style.

 

After the non-stop nakedness of the last chapter, I think my brain just found this one too “talkie” because it went on for a while and something got resolved–one of them was maybe impotent because of French maid (not kidding) who molested him, but luckily the magic of Teh Gay Sex cures that right up!

Then the story just sort of ends, probably with the guys in love, and I couldn’t have cared less because where were the anal eggs, you know?

I would totally recommend this one, if you could get it anywhere without paying for it. Oh, I know! You could take it out of the library!