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From DMP: After leading anything but a fashionable collegiate life, Kaitani is entering his third year at a major cosmetics company. His boss is the Adonis, Fujiwara. Although any number of women have had their eyes on Fujiwara, Kaitani can't think of him as anything but an ill-mannered snob. Word around the office is that Fujiwara keeps his clothes on even when making love! Things start to heat up when the two clash over a marketing campaign for a new line of men's cosmetics.
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Pleochroic you seem to write that alot... it may not be manga striclty speaking but it is japanese, has illkustrations and uses the same themes as manga, so whats the big deal? I appreciate them posting novels here as well as manga. I also appreciate them posting wannabe-manga, comics and novels which have manga themes and appearances but are produced outside of Japan. Nothing wrong with that the way i see it so long as it has the right look and feel.
Anyway, these two novels swept me away a little ^^ i read the loosely related sequel and enjoyed it very much, but I think i prefer this sequel. The characters grow as the story grows and i find it refreshing that the author always manages to show us surface elemtns of each characters personality and appearance before delving deeper - it feels realistic in that sense, in the way that most of us judge a person by initial appearance and feel and only later feel more as we get to know more. The developing relationship between the two characters works in the same way and feels natural whilst also proving to be rather humorous at times as well. I had some minor issues with the characters, mainly Kaitani - why, why WHY is he so stupid? xD He keeps falling back on blackmail to get his way when theres no need for it. Ok, Fujimara needs an excuse to accept his relationship with Kaitani, but blackmail seemed far too rough a solution. I also found during the second novel, after the relationship truly begins, it seems to rush things along a bit. It just threw me a little because the story had otherwise has a fairly even pace and then all of a sudden is sped up only to slow down again xD but thats the only occurrence of that happening thankfully. I had hoped for more illustrations in these two novels as well but theres a bare handful D: which is a shame because i like the art style and representation of the characters the illustrator managed.
Overall enjoyable, not too fast, not too slow, no pointless sex scenes (they all have their purpose) and the relationship is not rushed but is built up gradually, albeit through some duress on Kaitani's part *pokes the idiot*
Hmm, well I didn't really find the characters to be unlikable. I really prefer flawed characters, physically and mentally, both of which were featured here.
The writing is in my opinion the best I've seen in any of the series of BL novels that have been released, and yes, I have read them all to date. At least part of I'd say would be the translator, because I also read Konohara Narise's Cold Sleep and while the story was nice I didn't find the writing quite as enjoyable. On the other hand I read Little Darling which was translated by the same person but written by a different author and really disliked the writting style, so I suppose I have the author and the translator to thank for the tone of this novel ( and Don't Worry Mama.)
Be aware that there are a LOT of typos in this novel though, as in every other page at times, sometimes even on the same page multiple times. Mostly just little things like a tense shift or a grammatical mistake, but it's a pattern I've noticed with all of the BL novels from June, DMP, please hire a proofreader, it will be worth the money I swear.
Onto the actual story, it was interesting from the get go to me, I have to say that the only character I grew to dislike was Osada, the women that the main characters work with. But the story didn't really seem to stall any where, it moved along at a good pace without rushing anything. The characters were well defined by the end and were all distinct. The story itself I found to be enjoyable, even the parts that didn't pertain to BL at all. The humor here wasn't as obvious as some other stories but I found myself laughing at times, even the description on the back of the second book made me chuckle: "Is their snarling rivalry hiding a secret that one of them doesn't have the balls to reveal?" Clearly some one has an odd sense of humor.
Any way, I'd pick this up and give it a read. Even if the cover art does nothing for you, or even repells you (This is not the kind of book you want to read in public if you don't want to get funny looks, trust me, been there.) The author is no Shakespeare and this is no Romeo and Juliette, but it is a love story, and it's sweet and a little sad. So just try it.
... Last updated on February 29th, 2008, 1:57pm
I love Narise Konohara's stories!!! In the end you are completely in love with her characters, no matter how strange and detestable you find them in the beginning. It's quite a transformation, and I love the way she makes my feelings make a 180 degrees turn by the time I finish the story
... Last updated on August 6th, 2007, 11:22am
the wits had me laughing hard reading this novel. it's my first time to read a novel where at first volume i had many laughs. the dialogues and play of words were intelligently done. the author sure knows how to entertain readers. the first volume was really well done. in the second, i have some questions and longing that i hope the author explored more like how Fujiwara fell in love with the Kaitani in much detailed way.
oh btw, i started reading this like 11PM and can't let go till 5:30AM the next day. Argh, I broke my record in reading that long till dawn. I feel like shit that day and my head keep thinking of continuing it ASAP.
What's with the high ratings?
This novel was very disappointing and since this was a Konohara work, I expected it to be much better. I liked the setting and the fact that this couple was quite "real" in regards to pacing and emotions irl. I liked Fujiwara's character as we got to know him however, Kaitani is quite lacking in character as a main character. He also didn't grow much at all. The only thing that seems to have changed for him is that he really tried to make up for the blackmail he did.
As for the romance/love aspect... I still don't see how Kaitani fell in love with Fujiwara. Sure he gave us the reasons but it was just so sudden. Vol 1 ended when he had to use Fujiwara to get off and didn't know if it was love, infatuation or something else. Then shortlly after vol 2 started he claimed to be in love with the man. I was like, What? When did this happen?! It really put me off. And then there is Fujiwara. I do believe that he loves Kaitani, but at the same time, during a few exchanges between the two of them it didn't seem like he had feelings for Kaitani at all. It was a strange feeling. I kept thinking there was going to be an amazing scene where everything just makes sense and live up to this hype I keep hearing but that moment never came. I also had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a BL since there were so few intimate scenes, and when there was one, it was also too short to get into. And although I do like Fujiwara it was really difficult to picture him during those intimate scenes. He becomes so frail and delicate I could hardly picture him in that state since he's not the feminine type. The drawn scenes didn't help much either. Especially the inside picture in vol 1 of Fujiwara, it doesn't look like him at all.. Too slender and feminine compared to the rest of the pictures of him.
All in all, the story could've been much better had Kaitani been a more interesting and likeable character and a romance that was more present/believable. As it is, the novel broke down like this to me: 60% Kaitani at work (dull), 10% Kaitani thinking, 10% romance, 10% progress, 5% evil Kaitani and 5% comedy both volumes combined. I would not re-read this book again.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2013, 12:45am
I don't get the hype
This seemed pretty average to me- if anything, below average. The characters aren't very likable. Kaitani has the reasoning of a spoiled, arrogant child, and takes advantage of Fujiwara at every turn. His behavior isn't justified on so many levels, and he acts like he's the one being wronged? All right, he had his nice moments, but overall, he wasn't a character I liked. The plot, too, and the romance... I don't know why Fujiwara fell in love with Kaitani, and all this stuff happened that made my jaw drop- and not in a good way.
It had its moments, but I really don't understand any of the rave reviews.
Good until went downhill
Being written by Konohara Narise who, while always sticking to the straight and I'm only gay for you guy formula, and who has her weird but satisfying way of pulling such pair together even when considering the realistic setting, this one just pale in comparison to her other works, or from other works of hers I have read.
Stories of blackmails turning romance are unsettling, but in here it was well resolved towards the resolution of Volume 1. The development of the self-righteous, immature, and insecure Kaitani and the proud Fujiwara as characters is definitely appreciated on the same Volume (I need to mention how I loved Fujiwara way better compared to that despicable Kaitani). It was a good read until reaching the middle part of Volume 2. The second book just turned the story back to square one. It did not make sense at all. Kaitani became more despicable and Fujiwara became incomprehensible.
It was okay at first but you know there must be wrong with this somehow interesting read when a rather cliche story May-December gay couple of the same mangaka is is much better by a very wide margin.
this novel unbelievably grew on me
At first I was really puzzled. Some of the situations happening in the first vol really made me wonder "wtf?!" and I even considered abandoning this story however I'm really glad I didn't.
After giving it some thought I realised that reading the story from Kaitani's point of view made it unique ( I can imagine how hated he would have been by readers if we could see all of Fujiwara's thoughts ). At first he seemed like a totally-out-of-this-world creature whose actions I couldn't understand but it changed at the end of vol.1. He turned out to be an interesting character- dynamic and complicated (or maybe plainly stupid xD). In the end I liked him.
In contrast we have Fujiwara who seems pretty normal but turns out to be astonishing . I fell in love with his way of reacting to Kaitani's weirdness xD
In the end, those two characters in the same place provide some really funny and messed up situations.
The best yaoi novel I've read so far.
... Last updated on March 13th, 2013, 10:42am
This was my second yaoi novel and I was pleasantly surprised on how much I loved this novel. I was never bored and the story went on quite well. The intimate parts was gorgeous, the author did a wonderful job in describing those scenes. The two characters are likable and 3-dimensional. They had both flaws and good points
What I loved most was how they fell in love. The transition from the beginning to the end(the second novel) was beautiful. I come back to this quite a lot actually because I want to witness those moments in the novel. Trust me when I say that this story is a really good one
P.s You have to read both volumes to really understand and there is a hype about these novels because they are enjoyable.
Narise Konohara has a talent in making rough, unlike-able characters endearing and understandable. In a touching way, she reveals slowly and intelligently why they have arrived at the persons they are in the present. The surface of her characters: the pain, the joy, the fear, the preferences and they way they react or make choices, are all explainable by their past histories. The future of her characters is challenged and changed when someone throws a wrench into their smoothly running machines. That is what happens with Kaitani and Fujiwara. (Although, Kaitani's 'machine' is a quite a bit more random and rattly and has to be thumped occasionally to make it chug along.)
Kaitani is immature and hot headed, causing him to make a few decisions that are dramatically, desperately over-the-top, but he is balanced with his large-hearted, affectionate, quick to realize his mistakes and not ashamed to ask for forgiveness components. His forcefulness was a fire!
Fujiwara seemed so uptight and haughty, but it was only armour he had developed over the years that allowed him to not fall apart, to stay strong and become successful. Alas, it has also given him a very cold, very untouchable and sadly lonely life with meaningless relationships and a shallow perception of romantic love.
The first volume was hilarious! Kaitani and Fujiwara are both so extreme and their hatred for each other oozes off the pages, but it's fun to read because I could relate to both of their choices and feelings.
The second volume continues on seamlessly from the first. In fact, the two novels do not stand alone.
The secondary characters complement and fill out the story, rather than detract, but they are definitely secondary. Yuichi (from Don't Worry Mama, is one advice-giving friend.
I found the second volume lacking in cohesion. It seemed like the story and the characters' emotions were under done. There were a few follow up scenes that should have been extremely intense in emotion, based on the preceding elements. They seemed out of tune, or anti-crescendo somehow.
It was an enjoyable read with a little something to chew on along with the lusty fantasy.