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Shiro, a laid-back and absentmindedly seductive umbrella craftsman, is (surprisingly) a close friend of Kojiro, a hot-blooded young police officer who stands against all things undisciplined.
With their mutual knack for attracting trouble, the pair soon find themselves involved in a bloody and erotic thrill-ride in their off-kilter town full of equally off-kilter people. This action-packed jack-of-all-trades manga will have you swooning at its sexiness and leave you more addicted than opium—guaranteed!
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I would have sex with this manga if I could.
That should tell you something. (That I'm mentally disturbed? Lol.) I mean, what it should tell you is that this is an AMAZING manga with art so breathtakingly perfect and characters so guilelessly sensual that the very air in this manga is like sublimated sex. Idk, I just found the whole experience of reading it ridiculously titillating. @_@; I might have a problem.
But hey, as others have said, the plots are incredibly well-written and self-contained little mysteries, and if for no other reason, read this manga for the story-telling. You won't regret it. Plus, each little murder mystery, dark and darkly humorous as it is, reveals something disturbing AND something wonderful about human nature, AT THE SAME TIME. That's a rare quality in a manga. That, you know, it shows the dark side and then also shows the flawed characters somehow finding something redeeming in it all. That's pretty cool. And pretty complex, too, so far as action manga generally goes. Or maybe I have a really dim view of action manga. It's kind of hard to see past all the sex-perfume that is Adekan. O_O;
Just a warning that there is a running "gay gag" throughout the manga, but it also comes with some serious subtext (not just comedy), so while this isn't BL, people who are uncomfortable with BL might still be discomfited by this. I think those that don't mind gayness in the subtext will be fine, but if you're such a square that even subtext upsets you, you might want to avoid it. Like that friend I recommended Pet Shop of Horrors to, but he got freaked out by the Count... o_0; Or people that don't like Vassalord because of it's borderline gayness.
Definitely, like D, the protagonist of Adekan is sensual and androgynous in the extreme, and his depictions are deliberately titillating. (MORE titillating, even. At least D never lounged about in untied loincloths. *____*) So if you want an action manga with giant beefy macho guys (who are not bears! Lol) then this isn't the one for you.
But if you like the idea of a brilliantly-drawn and intelligently-plotted action/mystery manga that just happens to have an all-male harem of homoerotic bishies in it, you'll be fine.
... Last updated on April 29th, 2010, 7:51am
This series is definitely worth reading! It has detailed and well-planned plotlines that never fail to end off with unexpected twists. I really enjoy seeing the interactions between the main characters - humorous, energetic and most importantly, they're sincere and genuine
If you aren't a big fan of such storyline (slightly dark, with some craziness, murders etc), I will still reccomended you to pick up this book for the sake of the artwork itself. Tsukiji San's amazing art is definitely something that will make people fall in love with
... Last updated on April 19th, 2010, 11:51pm
This series is really just amazing. The plots are chilly, but there's always humor to lighten it up. The art, the art... Oh gosh. It's simply amazing. It's a really recommended read, and I've been left yearning for more. :3
The art is beautiful. The lines are a bit rough here and there, but I think that's what made the art appealing in some sense. It's not the most clean art around. But it can be real detailed sometimes.
Some people may not like the fact that this manga feminizes the male body a bit, but I think it's beautiful. Not weirdly, but definitely made the body more..flexible and sensual. ...which makes sense since this is supposedly a slash manga. so naturally, it would show off the male body in the same way that female body is shown in, say, ecchi, hentai, and shoujo ai....although i just noticed that it's not labeled as a yaoi or shonen ai genre--but it's listed in the category that it's a "slash."
It uses a peculiar combination of historical and seemingly modern equipments (or...not really..? like, having all the equipments strapped to the body and such--complicated contraptions. don't know how to explain it). Curiously, there are some European elements in the art as well.
The plot in general is a bi iffy for me so far. I'm not sure what to make of it since there aren't a lot of chapters out just yet. Not a lot to conclude from. The actions so far, though, seem to be coming out in arcs (episodic). It reminds me of a detective story, but with a hint of the supernatural (unknown setting, unknown time). The characters are very intriguing. Even the side characters are well developed with good background story. There are some humor in it, too. Some are quite funny. The fighting scenes are great. Very aesthetically pleasing despite the rough drawing. All the acrobatics are amazingly drawn. To be honest, sometimes it's very sexualized-- there are no mentionable romance thus far, but, you know how fight scenes can sometimes be made to resemble sex scenes (or at least romance undertone)? It's like that. ("by gods, does he have to open his legs so wide?" and "why are they so *close* to each other?!")
If you are looking for an instant romance, you will be disappointed. This will be a slow build up one. Possible a "friend to lover" cliche. Not sure.
And yes, if there is to be a romance, it will be yaoi. I can see it coming (I'm just trying to convince myself here). The possible pairing is probably the most crucial reason as to why I'm following this manga. then again, there's no way of telling it, is there? there are plenty of manga out there that has sexual undertones that ended up having no real romance in it, leaving that department to the readers' imagination (focus more on something non-romantic).
Hope this help! Happy reading!
... Last updated on January 4th, 2012, 1:05am
Smexy & Hilarious <3
First of all, the art is gorgeous. All the little details are breathtaking, and I love the atmosphere of the era in which it takes place. Really, really sumptuous !
Secondly, the stories are really good, a bit dark just as I like them, and well-thought, with suspense. You can tell they're not just a pretence to draw beautiful characters, there is really something here.
Thirdly, the characters are awesome ! They have very strong personalities, and I can't wait to see what will happen to them and how they're going to react & to interract...
And last but definitely (definitely ! ) not least, it's HILARIOUS ! The humor is great, a bit absurb, just as I like it once again, really great ! AND, I just LOVE the yaoi subtext ! Hot, hot, hot !
To sum it up, a great find imo, and it's going straight (or gay ? Ok, ok, I'm leaving ! ) to my reading list !
PS : Special mention -> Tartufo, I love your review, and especially the title... XD
Edit : OK, I've just re-read v2c4, more precisely this, and I seriously think there should be a 'fanservice' tag on this manga...
... Last updated on February 20th, 2012, 3:46pm
I think Adekan is amazing. I love the artwork, which sorta reminds me of Kaori Yuki, a bit, and the detail put into clothing and buildings is gorgeous. The clothing worn by females in particular is amazing, in my opinion. Even if it's only a simple kimono, the way it flows is, well, gorgeous. And the more elaborate dress ups are... well. Wow. As for some of the stuff Shiro and Anri wears, it seems kind of steampunk-ish to me. Especially Anri. A sort of cross between steampunk and corsets, in the feel. I wouldn't call it BL, per se. It might have enough Ho Yay to kill a horse, but that's all. So far. With the possible exception of Shiro/Anri. They seem to have been very...close... in their childhoods. There is howerver a ridiculous amount of erotic sub-text and a lot of the male characters, Shiro in particular, are very feminine in typical BL style. But not even Shiro (responsible for 90% of all the Ho Yay) seems to actually be gay, or even bisexual, when you think about it. Kojiro seems genuinely surprised when he uses his 'sex appeal' on a man to get what he wants. And then there's the thing with the drag-queens and the nurse costume... Though you never know. Though the plot-lines can sometimes seem a bit to amazing and all over the place, it really fits with the overall style of the series. A lot of the art seems to be a bit to amazing to actually ever work in real life. The stuffed animals (especially the chamber with mythical half-humans), a lot of the copper statues, the box mansion, and, to be fair, a lot of Shiros umbrellas, are a bit unbelievable. And it really works. Amazing manga, well worth a read.
WHAT THE FUU
THIS MANGA IS HILARIOUS LIKE CRAZY! A plot well done, I say! The art is extremely pretty too!
P.S: Both of them should have sex already.
Firstly, I started reading this because of the beautiful artwork. It's a bit over the top, but also extremely rich and dream-like. The world in which this takes place is full of amazing things and beautiful costuming. Underneath all that is a lot of humor, sometimes blatant and more often somewhat dry. There is definitely a story evolving in there somewhere, but it is slow to come together. Because we've only gotten a small piece of what is truly going on, it's hard to say whether the story is going to be great, or if it will fizzle and flounder as time goes on. It may just be an elaborate carrier for a ton of fanservice(which, I admit, is even a bit much for me...and I am a huge fan of BL), but hopefully we will get the chance to see for ourselves.
I may be a bit biased due to my overpowering love of Nao Tsukiji's artwork, but I found this manga fantastic. The characters are unique, the art is extremely detailed, and there's a good amount of humour mixed in. I love the plot line as well. It's mysterious and slightly dark. This is not a BL manga, I repeat, NOT a BL manga. It may hint at it a little due to Shiro's personality and feminine look, as well as his relationship with Kojirou, but it is not BL. It's an action manga. I highly recommend it.
This series is great. I started it for the BL and even though it turned out that there wasn't any (some subtext and jokes, though), I continued for the story itself. Great little stories with pretty engaging characters, some of the panels are breathtaking as well. You can tell right away that the artist is really skilled, but I can't help but think that she needs to take some anatomy class lol... those torsos are so long and wiry! Looking at some of these guys gives me a backache.
There's some great emotional appeal in these stories as well, the artist does such a good job at expressing different moods in the story, almost too well. Different parts of the story vary from, chilling, heartbreaking, heartwarming to hilarious, sometimes all in one chapter! Great as this is, all these intense emotions displayed with such short transitions do make the story a little off-kilter, a little manic... kind of bipolar? Some of the characters (especially the villains) feel a little off.. almost inhuman in how they can deteriorate so quickly. All in all though, these stories are great.