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Akino is a successful advertising executive and leads one of his company’s creative teams. Sparks fly when the young hotshot Kurata is assigned to work under Akino on an important campaign. Kurata seems determined to challenge Akino at every turn. Is there more than professional rivalry behind Kurata’s actions?
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It's not often that i read something by sensei after finishing another of her stories, and like it. Because too much sugar/junk food is just not good for the stomach. Surprisingly though, i really enjoyed this one, after finishing a longer series. Could it be because the plot was written by someone else? I would love to see what else the author will write in future.
It's got bite! Love it!
Okay, I don't like rape at all. But they're both pretty unhinged and it was that BL 'pseudo-rape' that's more like dub-con (it's kinda rough, and one protests a bit, but no one's too upset). But still, yuck, so I just kind of skipped over it. The rest was good.
I love an uke with snap, crackle and pop. None of this crying damsel nonsense, so I liked this.
But I don't know if it's just that they're horrible ad men, but their ideas pretty much SUCKED (the last idea was a bit better, tho). Or maybe it's just a personal or cultural or translation issue... I couldn't even read them after a while.
I love the combination of this author and artist. I usually love Minase's art, but her stories can get...weepy. Shu seems to have more edge to her stuff, which I love!
I recommend this one!
... Last updated on January 22nd, 2012, 4:19pm
It was nice but something felt different. Then I noticed that the author's different. Minase-sensei's stories are usually more dramatic. Not that there I like a lot of drama. But the extra left me wanting more... compared to Minase-sensei's works which always leave me satisfied. Anyway, I like the fact that it centered on the two lovers. There were no former lovers or third parties involved, etc etc. It usually gets annoying when other people come in, uke or seme wavers, starts to feel insecure, the usual.
... Last updated on May 15th, 2011, 3:10pm
better than average
this actually had a better plot than the last few i read by minase, which might well be because she didn't write it herself; though it fits her style like a glove -- that's some inspired collaboration. i'm gonna give extra points to shu thinking up an advertising campaign that could actually work in the real world; it doesn't happen often in BL that a mangaka depicts a business workplace in a reasonably realistic manner. i probably also filled in some of the holes -- the reason akino is so intent on keeping kurata on the project is that the account is immensely important; that didn't really come across in the plot. i also enjoyed the secondary characters; the bickering was fun. i'd love to see sakikabara in his own story.
where the manga falls short is in the relationship development. it starts, as usual for a minase plot, *snrk*, with the raping. also as usual, i am not fond of that device, and especially not if the rapee gets so turned on by the rough sex (without lube, i might add, *shudder*) that he just wants more of it. i'd have liked to see more happen between the rape and the consensual sex; it completely trivialises rape to treat it this way, and that just doesn't sit right with me. i don't really see here how akino moves from being raped to being in love. and as so often with minase, i don't really connect with the characters; they're hot, ok, but where is their soul, for lack of a better term?
the art is pretty as always, but the characters are still interchangeable (between manga) ; they don't have a unique look to them, and if i read several minase works in a row, they all blend together. so yeah. better than some, not as good as her earliest work, which IMO remains her best.
Yeah, it's okay
Cute. Not a suuuper developed plot, but enough to get my attention all through it. Akino's nice and isn't annoying, Kurata's gentle and sexy...yup, they're fine. Not as special as to be one of my favorites, good for killing time and even got me crying a little. The art is really good, as expected from Minase Masara-sensei. Worth reading, in general.
Such a lovely read! I really enjoyed. MInase art was beautiful in this one. The story line was so interesting, I was drawn into the story to the final page. An over all lovely read
I agree with ZeroNine that the plot is so Minase Masara it's hard to believe she didn't write it. No complaints about the art at all. I felt the story was technically brilliant (in particular some of the details of the advertising proposals are so realistically clever, for a while I developed a false memory that I had actually seen the ad on TV!), but the plot and characters somehow lacked depth.
Full points for a plot that isn't self absorbed
Surprised to hear that this is Shu Kaori's writing and Masara Minase's art- but it made for a really good read. I think this is Masara Minase's best manga. Gokujou is getting tedious because the plot sometimes leads nowhere and goes in circles.
I have mixed feelings about Shortcut Love. If I didn't know Shu Kaori was the author, I would think it was all Minase's own story because it has some of her favorite story devices: rape, angst, rivalry, and a lot of sex. What does make it clear that it's not Minase's - it's more talky than Minase's other manga. It contains background details about the advertising business and how hard it is to stay at top of the world. This is not Minase's style, which makes a refreshing change.
Shu did her best to give us a solid plot, but it didn't work well because of two reasons. Reason #1: she didn't seem to make the progress of Akino and Kurata's relationship that believable. Reason #2: problems they had to deal with didn't seem that serious nor interesting because there wasn't much tension and suspense to it. I think she failed to make us understand why it's crucial for Akino and the company he's with NEEDS the account. It was mentioned, but skimmed over. I think the balance between Akino and Kurata's relationship and their professional dillemma was uneven.
In spite of these problems, I enjoyed it because I like secondary characters and the sparring among them. I loved the extra. It's so funny.
I agree with mica363 - the storyline is decent, but there is many smexy scenes and the artwork is beautiful. I enjoyed looking at "Shortcut Love", but while reading I was a little bit bored.