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Mangaka: Kijima Hyougo
Status: Complete (1 Volume)
General Description: This funny and scandalous collection of one-shots starts off with “Bachi Bachi” a steamy story about a very atypical senpai-kouhai relationship. Then there’s “Youth, the Color of Sunset,” a sweet romance where a young stylist can’t help but fall for his middle-aged blue-collar customer. A wealthy amateur kickboxer falls for an irritable karate sensei in “Samurai Honeybee,” while a dog-boy, cat-boy pair have nothing but love for their master in “723-122 (Nanani-san’s woof woof - meow meow).” “Hatagaya Lullaby,” is a love story about a middle-age author and a young visual kei singer. The collection wraps up with, “Depression, the Color Blue,” an adorable omake of “Youth, the Color of Sunset.”
Art ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Kijima-Sensei’s is skilled at drawing both youthful bishie types and burly masculine men. Sometimes her boys’ bodies can be thicker than is typical for yaoi, but their facial features are always exquisite. Her penchant for gorgeous eyebrows and sexy facial hair brings to mind a smuttier version of Kanda Neko. In addition, Kijima isn’t the least bit shy, so be ready to see some lovely pulsing, spurting and twitching naughty bits.
Lust ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Whew, this is a hot one. There is not one, but two threesomes, both, surprisingly enough, with two ukes and one seme. Let the love-juice fly because there’s no censorship in this manga, just hard hip-bucking action. Be aware that there are a few times when the smut steps a bit too far and begins inching towards comedy in the style of Bousou Kareshi.
Love ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
"Bachi Bachi," "Samurai Honeybee," and "723-122 (Nanani-san’s woof woof - meow meow" read more like porn than romance. However, I liked both "Hatagaya Lullaby," which has some good writing, and "Youth, the Color of Sunset." Perhaps I’m a big sucker for middle-aged daddy types falling in love with innocent youths, because somehow this trope always makes me swoon. It’s especially cute when Sakai gets down on his knees to apologize to his daughter for taking a male lover and his daughter’s response is "yea…and?"
Story ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This collection is essentially porn without plot so the stories can sometimes seem a bit hokey and silly, but many of them were surprisingly good. There’s quite a lot of humor and light-heartedness in many of the one-shots, which was reminiscent of another porn-heavy collection, Follow. Nevertheless, there’s something poignant about the middle-age anxiety that is present in both “Hatagaya Lullaby” and “Youth, the Color of Sunset.”
Pacing ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Although the plot can move a bit fast, with sexy time being so fantastically paced, I just can’t seem to muster any complaints.
Special Interest: Age Gap, Anilingus, Animal Attributes, Facial Hair, Humor, Masculine Men, Older Uke, Shorter Seme, Taller Uke, Threesome, Younger Seme
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