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Hoshi no Yakata centers around the employees of a suburban S&M club. The characters are beautiful, the storylines are charged with angst, and the artwork is very explicit.
The stories takes place at Hoshi no Yakata, a humongous Euro-style mansion, and Airenrou, another club located a few hours' drive from Hoshi no Yakata.
Name of the 5 volumes in the series:
1) Hizamazuite Kutsu ni Kiss wo (Kneel Down and Kiss my Boots) 2) Kedamono wa Ori no Naka (A Beast in the Cage) 3) Yokubou no Mitsuryousha (The Poacher of Desire) 4) Toraware Hito no Ikisaki (The Prisoner's Destination) 5) Doreitachi no Jouken (A Slave's Condition)
囚われ人の行き先 奴隷たちの条件 奴隷達の条件 星の館 星之館 欲望の密猟者 獣は檻の中 绝对丽奴 跪いて靴にキスを A Beast in the Cage A Beast is in the Cage A Slave's Condition Hoshi no Yataka Kemono wa Ori no Naka Kneel Down and Kiss my Boots Palace of Stars The Poacher of Desire The Prisoner's Destination Toraware Hito no Yukisaki Torawarebito no Ikisaki
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I'm not a huge bdsm fan. I'm not a fan of super-hard yaoi at all. And yet I really loved this series. It's the most beautiful yaoi I've ever read - and oddly, it's also the most realistic. There aren't really any annoying uke/seme dynamics (although, this being bdsm, that dynamic would actually make sense in context). The characters are all actual gay sadistic and masochistic men that suffer from homophobia and the stigma of being kinky. It makes sense that all the characters are gay, because this is an exlcusive gay bdsm club.
The very best thing about Hoshi no Yakata, though, it that it's not just about the hot. These are real characters, not just sex objects, with complex emotions and love. Even amidst piles of chains and whips and gags the ending message is still always about love - and not the usual super-cute yaoi kind, but real, believeable love.
Oh, and another message seems to be "If you play kinky, stay safe." Words to know.
... Last updated on January 10th, 2010, 12:53pm
Even if you are not into SM and Yaoi, it is worth to read this collection. The stories are (although the violence of SM) very romantic and sad. I recommend if you can pass through the SM/Yaoi theme.
Awesome BDSM D/s Exploration of the Mind and Body
This is one of the absolute best Yaoi series I have read. If you like BDSM, D/s, hard and sexy and aren't squicked easily, this is for you! It offers an exploration of the many darker and basic faces of humanity with characters that have depth and multi-faceted personalities.
"Behind every exquisite thing that ever existed, there was something tragic." "The mutilation of the savage has it's tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives."
I was drawn in immediately, feeling for all the people at this club. The all had their own histories and issues to work through and each one's story was intriguingly and deftly delivered.
The art was incredible. The tools in the BDSM lifestyle were drawn clearly and beautifully. The only complaint I had was an occasional 'too feminine' look that didn't appeal to me for some of the characters.
The pain and the joys were all very evocative and believable. The decisions made by the characters made sense to me and kept me reading. I think this is really a niche piece, though. It helps if one has done a little research into the mentality of this lifestyle and the needs within the deeper recesses of humanity (that are often beaten out of us or shamed out of us in current society) that these types of activities can fill and allow a person to grow and understand themselves.
I think that Maia-sensei could have gone even more indepth with the back history of some of the characters. I would have liked to read more of their past tragedies and accomplishments that made them who they were in the present.
A nice one, really.
I'm not into BDSM but I liked this manga, all five volumes, and I guess it's because Hoshi no Yakata is really romantic.
I liked the extra of the second volume the best, it's awesome.
For those who don't like any kinds of violence and/or too feminine looking guys... Well erm I don't like them either but I still like this manga, so maybe you should just try and read it
Throughout this manga I could not help but think that it was all horribly romantic and sweet. I haven't read many bondage hentai, so maybe that's par for the course - though somehow I doubt that. Normally I can get past effeminate faces and recognize a person as male especially once they're naked, but I found that really hard to do with many of these characters. I really liked how the various sub-plots wove together and it ended just the way I like it, but I won't give it away.
Great if you want torture.
I'm not a fan of yaoi, and never will be, even so, I really enjoyed this. I'm a complete fan of torture; that originally why I even read this. Boy, did I get what I wanted, and more.
This manga is filled with a nice amount of torture, although hardly any gore. =D Overall, its nice.
this is definitely graphic! If you're into s/m go ahead and read it. Well I'm not into s/m but surprisingly I enjoyed reading it. The story behind all the weird stuff they're doing had me interested enough to read the entire thing. ^_^ and I agree with ares6..what they did to Sumiya was horrible. I for one do not want to be branded by someone I don't even like. eww
Way too much...
Well, reading the whole thing actually gave me a new prespective on the manga. The sm was to extrime for me(I'm more of a soft M XD). Anyways. Very explicit...
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poor sumiya.. still doing stuff like that>.<
Hm.. Other than that, it was pretty good.
... Last updated on September 10th, 2008, 9:09am
whoa.....that is a heavy load of explicit contents.......I mean whoa, torture. It's like a whole bunch of things going on......really complicated.
... Last updated on July 29th, 2007, 6:29pm
Sexiest Manga Ever.
Well... That's if you like S/M and hot guys. These men are... GORGEOUS... and the art is divine... and the toys Tori Maia came up with are mind-bogglingly clever. Definitely recommended if you're a bit of a pervert. ^_^