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Masahiro is a manager at a modeling agency and himself a former model. His newest charge is 16-year old Yoshimi. Yoshimi has looks and charisma to burn, but he’s also an over-privileged, egoistic, bratty teenager. When Yoshimi finds out that Masahiro is gay, he commands his manager to give him extra-curricular instruction in sex between men. But if Yoshimi wants Masahiro to be exclusively his, then he’ll have to surpass top model Akito, his rival in business and in love.
Лучший любовник 极上恋人 極上の恋人 極上戀人 First Rate Lover The Best Lover (MINASE Masara)
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I expected more...
Somehow I expected much more from this manga. The main problem of Minase Masara's stories which I read until now was that their great potential was somehow killed when she supressed everything in one volume. So I thought that when this one has 4 volume it will be great. Unfortunately there was really weak storyline...and I don't even like those character to much...
I like art-style of this mangaka but somehow she can't deal with length of her stories.
First off, the art is very appealing to the eye and the storyline is rather plain. Yoshimi got on my nerves a lot and his character is really annoying. When i started reading this manga i thought that his selfishness and bitter attitude would change for the better and that he might actually man up. Sad to say, he didn't change at all. Another thing that bugged me is that half of the sex scene's weren't even filled with love but rather forceful and continuous. I understand that it was due to blackmail, but come on, don't get pushed around Masahiro, you're older than the damn guy.
... Last updated on August 8th, 2012, 9:32pm
Sexual tension...Super! ;)
Great art and like I'v said, the sexual tension in this manga is what makes it really good. I was mildly surprised when
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Yoshimi turned out to be the seme ^_^ After what happened in the car in chap 2, I thought otherwise ;)
The uke wasn't a whimpering girly types and that was just perfect. Also the fact that Masahiro didn't seem to immediately fall for Yoshimi despite the latter's overwhelming possessiveness,
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Masahiro dismisses Yoshimi's childish selfishness(according to him xD)
Really cool manga. Seriously worth the read. RECOMMENDED.
It's kind of weird calling a manga with such gorgeous artwork bland, but it really is. The story is bland and predictable, the characters are bland, everything is bland. Another simple reason why I couldn't enjoy this manga is because I simply could not understand why Masahiro would be interested in a bratty child like Yoshimi, even if the mature and gorgeous Akito wasn't around for comparison. An arrogant, hot tempered seme/uke is fine with me, but not when the reason for it is being an immature child, which Yoshimi is. In fact, I side eye Masahiro, who is an adult, for being interested in a minor who obviously has a lot of growing up to do.
Arrogant seme? Check. Arrogant seme rival? Check. Indecisive uke? Check. Love triangle with a complicated past? Check. Industry-related competition somehow used to fight over uke? Check. Everything about Gokujou no Koibito is predictable. And dull.
The storyline is stretched far too thin over four volumes. The plot of the story is so simple that you know how it'll end before you've even finished the first two chapters. Why they bothered stretching it over four volumes is beyond me. Arguments, brooding faces and quasi-rape scenes only go so far. Unfortunately, there's not much else in the story to help it along. The story relies too heavily on the antagonistic actions of two shallow guys who are fighting over another guy who really isn't all that interesting. Did I mention that the said love interest's indecisiveness somehow seems to only crop up when a cruicial plot point is about to be resolved? There's that too. But the worst part of the story has to be the fact that it takes itself too seriously. Minase either needed to step up her game and really develop her characters or add an element of comedy to lighten the tone.
All in all, Gokujou isn't awful - but it's nowhere near great either. The story starts out okay but soon becomes pretty boring when you realize it's not really going anywhere and that you're expected to get through another three and a half volumes before you're fed the ending through an intrevenous drip. And the art, well, the art is typical Minase fare. If you are a fan of hers, you'll enjoy it. Many people obviously have and I'm glad to see it. However, if you like a bit more to your story than your typical melodrama, you'll struggle to make it through to the end.
i like the series. love the art. and enjoyed the loving sex scenes. BUT, i would LOVE it more if there was more of Akito!!!!! i would LOVE to read a series about him and a different lover. <3<3<3
READ IT READ IT READ IT >___<
minase masara sensei did it AGAIN!!! >__< i luv it bravo bravo lol. ive read wat like all her manga but this was a execption 2 me idk y but now i wnt 2 hit myself 4 thinkin that it was not ganna be interestin. but yet again sensei proved me wrong. the ART the CHARATERS the PLOT all 100 i luv the pairing but feel bad for other charaters but alls well that ends well ppl say. great begginning n ending i couldnt put it dwn. anyway MUST READ!!!!!
How could people find this boring...tears:.(
I actually enjoyed myself so much when reading this fantastic Minase Masara manga! It's about modeling and hot guys...how could you go wrong with that? Plus the love story between the two main characters was really cute.
... Last updated on September 29th, 2011, 8:49pm
I used to like a lot Minase-sensei's works because of the art and I still find it very beautiful, her chars are so damn HOT! But this story didn't feel right, it contradicted me in so many ways.
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First of all, why would a strong man like Masahiro accept a brat's threats? He could've avoided sleeping with him, that seems to me way more rational. And in the end, after Masahiro "realizes" his feelings for Yoshimi, he didn't sleep with Akito because Akito decided not to, but otherwise... Is this supposed to be called love. Also, though I like Yoshimi, the manga didn't show any development that should've made Masahiro change his opinion about him.
Well... I still read this with interest since it's Minase's work, but it's definitely not one of her bests.
That's the only thing I liked about this manga. Story-telling is flat, and a couple of times, it felt like it completely flat-lined... Thing is, Akito (or whatev. his name is), felt almost like an "inconsistent" type of character to me. Not in his actions/behavior per se, but just... HIM, his decision-making, the way his mind worked. At the end of the manga, I actually hated the dude. Contrast this to Yoshimi, who I hated in the beginning (& I get the feeling we're "supposed" to hate due to his personality). He ended up being the one I liked the most. His characterization stayed consistent. Eh, the manga's good if you want it to be good, but it can also be bad if you perceive it as such. It ain't "great," it ain't "bad." It is what it is.