Title: Koi Monogatari
Author: HATTA Ayuko
Status: Ongoing with 20 chapters
Synopsis: Hasegawa Yuiji accidentally finds out that his classmate, Yoshinaga Yamato, is gay. Eventually, he realises Yamato’s gaze is directed towards an unattainable love. While hanging together at a study group, Yuiji finds out that Yamato is a pretty nice guy, and despite his awkwardness, he starts rooting for him.
My review: This manga is such a gem. The story is slow paced and the fact that the mangaka takes her sweet time with the updates doesn’t really help either. However, this manga is worth, though it tackles pretty heavy subjects it still fills you with warmth and good feels.
Title: Seven Days
Author: TACHIBANA Venio, TAKARAI Rihito
Status: Completed with 18 chapters
Synopsis: One Monday morning, Shino Yuzuru suddenly asks Seryou Touji out. Seryou, who’s pretty popular, has the odd habit of going out with anyone who asks him out first at the beginning of the week, then promptly dumping them at the end of it. “Anyone” apparently includes male upperclassmen like Shino, and thus, two spent a week getting to know eachother as boyfriends…
My review: This was a sweet read. I fell for the good natured Yuzuru as well as the swoon worthy Touji. The way they came to fall for each other is well portrayed. Their confusion, their longing for each other and finally their confession, a rollercoaster of emotions that leaves you breathless yet deliciously satisfied.
Title: Hana no Mizo Shiru
Author: Takarai Rihito
Status: Completed with 16 chapters
Synopsis: Arikawa had an unexpected encounter with a fellow when he helped get up after he had tripped… On that same day, on his way home, he accidentally bumped into him again at the train station and accidentally picked Misaki’s flower necklace which seemed to have a sentimental value…
My review: An other moving story by Takarai sensei. Misaki was struggling with his sexual identity especially with what has happened to him in his younger years and Arikawa was exactly what he needed. Yet, he still couldn’t trust him and let go of his fears. It’s full of feels. It also has a short sequel that follows the their life together afterwards.
Title: Super Lovers
Author: Abe Miyuki
Status: Ongoing with 13 volumes
Synopsis: 17-year-old Kaidou Haru isn’t too happy to be spending his summer vacation in the wilds of Canada with his eccentric, estranged mother, but when she saddles him with civilizing his new adopted brother, 8-year-old wild child Ren, he takes up the mantle with aplomb, gradually learning to navigate the boy’s unruly demeanor and fostering a close bond that prompts him to invite Ren to come live with him in Japan once he graduates, hoping Ren can experience what it’s like to have a real family.
My review: What to say more about this other than it was my first BL, this was the manga that opened my eyes to the beauty of danmei love. Haru and Ren were the sweethearts of my heart. I cried and laughed and got anxious with them. Warning: they do have quite an age gap and they do meet while Ren is still a child, however, they were first and foremost brothers (step brothers), but their unique relationship evolved to something more along the years. Absolutely worth reading, no question asked!
Title: Higouhou Junai
Author: Fuwa Shinri
Status: Completed with 3 volumes
Synopsis: Lawyer Gamou Toshiki and Prosecutor Amamiya Hiroaki met in college and quickly became friends, but for the serious Gamou it was love at first sight toward the charming Amamiya. After being separated for several years, Amamiya has moved back to Tokyo and though Gamou knows there’s no chance of anything other than friendship, still hopes for something to change…
My review: The manga tells the story of Gamou Toshiki who is helplessly in an unrequited love with his college best mate Amamiya Hiroaki. What I liked about it, is how Toshiki tried his best to make Hiroaki fall for him, he didn’t shy away from his feelings and truly confessed his heart. Heartache is to be expected with this one but fear not you will eventually get your happy ending.
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