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In the Iberiko Buta series:
Vol.1 Iberiko Buta to Koi to Tsubaki. (Iberico Pork and Love and Camellia) Irie "Iberiko", leader of the Pigs Raging Clean Up Crew, is rumored to go on uncontrollable rampages when angered, so when Tsubaki's friends accidentally litter near the Pigs' high school and piss them off how is it that not only does Iberiko accept their explanation but also invites Tsubaki to dinner?
Vol.2 Iberiko Buta to Koi no Dorei. (Iberico Pork and Slave of Love) This is a sequel to Genji and Yoshimune's story in Love and Camelia which tells about Genji's one-sided feelings towards Yoshimune (they are both part of Irie's crew).
イベリコ豚と恋と椿。 イベリコ豚と恋の奴隷 イベリコ豚と恋の奴隷。 伊比利亚猪和恋爱和椿 黑毛猪與椿之戀 Iberico Buta to Koi to Tsubaki Iberico Pork Iberico Pork and Love and Camellia Iberico Pork and Slave of Love Iberiko Buta to Koi no Dorei Iberiko Buta to Koi to Tsubaki
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now that's romance
Good-natured humour spiced in and the manga never took itself too seriously. The entire premise is nonsensical in the first place, so what less can you expect from the story? Hahahaha. While pig references are littered throughout the manga, it's more of the camaraderie and misadventures that stood out. I found it amusing because it's reflective of how a bunch of boys would behave in real life, though maybe in a less over-the-top manner. Maybe not build "breeding dens" for each other, but the gist is there alright.
The first story wasn't particularly remarkable, but it had its own quirky charm. At least we had no whiny crybabies and unneeded prolonged angst, though yes, the story could have been developed much better without falling into a bunch of cliche tropes. However, there were some redeeming points (mostly exemplified by the bad humour). I also disagree with another commentor that Iberico (seme) was expressionless. I'm not feeling Tsubaki (the uke) though, not that he's annoying, but he's unremarkable. But still funny.
What really sealed the experience for me was the second pairing, though. It manages to pull about everything off just right - a little heartbreak, lots of longing, quiet gazes and those shared touches that say a lot more than words. Damn right that they got their own volume. Now if the author would put in a bit of effort to develop them even more, this manga might end up being something memorable in the vast seas of bad yaoi. (Actually, I think it already accomplished that, because I bothered coming back for it.) I'd say it captures the essence of young love: wanting someone so badly and using excuses to stay close to them but not daring to admit it because of your pride, fuelled by this urge to possess them and knowing you shouldn't, all of these while hoping they'll look in your direction someday. It's a bittersweet cocktail of euphoria and melancholy all at once. They're sitting in front of you, with you, but not with you either. Unrealistic? It hits home pretty hard for me, so I can empathise with it even though my life isn't a manga.
Finally, the most important part: the sex is awesome. That's a huge plus point, because well, who reads yaoi purely for the romance... right?
... Last updated on May 6th, 2016, 8:47am
NO IT'S ACTUALLY QUITE SAD
Barring the first two chapters, which were cute and comedic, the rest of this series (so far) focuses on the other pairing: painfully-in-love Genji and poor, poor Yoshimune. The dynamic between this couple is a lot more bittersweet and their story deals with much more serious issues. (Such as trauma)
I feel like some people might write this manga off because of the more frivolous initial story (which, in my opinion, is still quite funny and cute), but this work has a lot more to offer. I find Yoshimune in particular to be a complex and realistic character, but that's jUST ME MAYBE.
I'm sorry, this is my first time writing a review for anything ever so I hope I did okay. In any case, I highly recommend this manga!
... Last updated on February 22nd, 2016, 2:58pm
Its ok. The art isnt very good and the characters are unreasonable. I guess its funny? The chapters are stilting and awkward and it makes me wonder if there are pages missing or at least hoping for further explanation. Dont read it expecting something amazing like I did
I really loved the newest chapter of this manga. The side story's characterization is phenomenal, and ever so delicious. Will update when manga updates more, but for now, I highly suggest you read this!!
I like Shoowa's works. The themes can be a hit or miss for me , but I enjoy her comedic sense and the reactions of her characters. She also tends to have really unique story elements and the H scenes are one of the sexiest in the yaoi genre. I thought the first couple's story was cute but forgettable. I'm really looking forward to the second couple's story though, partially because of curiosity and the fact that I love the character design of the seme.
Gang-themed manga with a twist
It's kind of refreshing to see tough boys gather to do voluntary social work. Which makes one wonder why the litterbugs around them would deem the crew delinquents. Then again we're treading on grey areas - one can't condone violence against litterbugs (even for their violence against the environment).
The art style is considerably worse compared to Shoowa's early works, which was seriously disappointing since I looked for this - first and foremost - on account of her beautiful panels and close-ups. The expressionless protagonist (can't even remember his name anymore) made no impact on me, neither did the Romeo and Juliet gone wrong melodrama. Indeed, these seemingly star-crossed lovers are nowhere near interesting: the "romance" feels rushed and stilted and plainly boring. Also, I understand this is supposed to be a comedy? Didn't laugh. A pig in itself is not that funny; you gotta make it work.
I don't know if I'll keep following this. It depends on my mood and my memory. I'll probably re-read Koujitsusei no Tobira and Non Tea Room now, only to get rid of this bad aftertaste and rekindle my love for Shoowa's art and storytelling. So far, it's a 5.
... Last updated on March 27th, 2013, 6:06pm
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