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1-3) Renai Shinan! When Hatano's scruffy boss Honjou asks for his help with girls, Hatano agrees reluctantly. But Honjou turns out to be surprisingly sexy. Can Hatano resist his own creation?
4) Trial Love Salaryman Kiriya has just broken up with his boyfriend, and feels listless. But he has a puppy-like coworker named Hiura who won't leave him alone. After a kiss on a crowded train, they start spending more time together, but how far will this go?
5) Renjo Sketch Yoshino is a talented painter who longs to study in art to create more beautiful paintings...but with the debt of his family how can he? But what's this? A wealthy stranger offering THAT much money to be a model? What's with this stranger, who is he...?
6) Renai Shinan! - Extra Hatano and Honjou are back again! And this time with some fun late night work at the office!
恋愛至難! Love is Difficult! Love is Hard! Love is Impossible! Ren'ai Shinan!
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Great art, enjoyable stories!
I wouldn't call it rushed, it's just not one of those really romantic girl-fantasies. It's very unemotional manly. Guys wouldn't prance around wondering "do I like this guy or not?!" forever like girls do... and I like that approach of having sex being something very normal, something that doesn't need a whole lot of relationship, love or candlelight to work. All the stories were enjoyable and fun to read and I loved the characters! Don't even have to mention the art, it's so pretty. I got nothing negative to say about this manga at all with the exception of (like usual when there's a good work) that I'd like to be longer!
... Last updated on September 28th, 2012, 11:52am
The ART. :)
I can't believe this was drawn by a man, he knows exactly what we women want to see.
in the first story, I felt the same way as the uke when the made over seme is revealed. Not that the otaku version is that much worse, but wow.
Edit: It makes much more sense that the mangaka is actually a woman. Nicely done.
... Last updated on September 20th, 2013, 7:42pm
Love, love, love the art! The second story is the only one I didn't like. It was too predictable and kinda boring. The others were cute, funny, and sexy. The smex was pretty good, too. Too bad it wasn't more *ahem* detailed. So this was written by a man? Good for him! He also did Café Relish ni Oide, which I must've really liked because I gave a really positive review for it - I said I wished there was more. I don't feel that way about this one, even though I liked it. The other one was done a year after this manga, so it seems he improved. Good job, man!
... Last updated on November 26th, 2011, 1:42am
There was something missing...
This is a manga that seemingly has it all together. I can't really point my finger on any particular thing that's wrong with it. The art is good, even great in parts, and the characters are quite nicely developed. The storylines aren't all that standard yaoi fodder either though there's nothing that really stands out as new or interesting. I was actually surprised at myself that I didn't like it better. I want to rate this high cos it really wasn't bad but there was just something missing. It's good while you read it but doesn't leave much of an impression... Still 9/10.
This mangaka's art is so hot! The guys are so gorgeous, he can draw as much explicit PWP as possible & I will still buy the books. Fortunately, there is always a healthy dose of humor in all the works so they are always enjoyable read & very easy on the eyes.
Cute, nothing very deep.
The art was gorgeous. Clean, and easy on the eyes. The stories were good but very clique. Usually the stories being clique doesn't really matter if the manga is a winner but this one isn't really re-read worthy.
The characters were cute but a bit superficial. Nothing really deep that would make them memorable. It's an okay read, but nothing really that great.
Characters: 7/10 Art: 9/10 Plot: 8/10
Not that great.
I honestly don't know how this got such high ratings. It's not that the ideas were bad but how it was carried out was just way too fast, very cliche, and predictable. Only the first story was really interesting. I was struggling to finish and for the most part skimmed the last few chapters.
Parts were funny, yes, but it still doesn't make up for lack of substance. I will say the art is definitely very beautiful. Very hot too XD
not bad, not good
the art is attractive, clean, and crisp, and some of the humour was fun (golden poop!) but overall i didn't take to it. in the first story the uke may look cute, but he's mean and self-absorbed and i don't WANT honjou to get with him, because honjou is cool in a dorky way (i also think he looks better when he isn't all dolled up). the uke in the second story isn't as objectionable, but both characters have no depth, and the story didn't do anything for me. i liked the 3rd story best though i would have preferred it be longer than a oneshot.
The art is cute, almost perfect. Uke is cute.. I like bisexual ukes so I liked him.. But I can't say the same thing about the seme because he has nothing charming except his looks (after the transformation ) I listened to its drama cd first and I couldn't finish it because of that reason..
The Vanilla Romantic, Quick, Fun Read
Love is Difficult made me chuckle, especially when they went on their "how to date" date. (The seme is so freaking cute! He takes a picture of the breakfast that Hatano makes him!) There are several scenes with great sexual tension, but the very second one was a bit of a slip on the ice with its too fast culmination of events that seemed incongruous with the prior flow. But it was minor; the creator picks himself up and is pacing beautifully again with plot, dialogue and 'just right' humour. I did indeed still feel for the seme when his heart was broken.
Trail Love was fun too! The situations the big puppy dog seme gets into when he's drunk, goodness! Again, there is a too fast jump into sex, but it didn't feel like a narration difficulty like the title story; rather, it was just a personal preference for the slow and dramatic build up to "penetration is HUGELY meaningful". (If you want that, this ain't the collection for you.) The purpose of this story is largely humour and sweet romance, so I do think it serves that purpose well.
The last story was about a man who dearly desired to go to art school but was too poor to pay the tuition; the best he can do is model for the students. He idolizes an artist who works at the university. By happenstance (it seems), he meets a man in an art gallery that "wants" him and unbeknowst to only the little uke, he is also the artist of worship. This story matches most lovely with the rest of the collection: a little gut clench angst, a lot of sweetness, and a lot of guffaw ridiculousness. This one is worth reading just to laugh at the teacher's reasoning as to why he "had" to non-con the boy...)
Overall, a fun collection that never gets too heavy. The art is beautiful, smooth, bright with dark eyes and expressive bodies: a perfect companion to the story style.