Welcome To Fake Paradise!

This is the personal writing blog for Joana Hill, creative writing major extraordinaire! Here you'll find the random ramblings and occasional writings of a girl obsessed with gay romance and the yaoi manga FAKE. You've been warned.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Yaoi Manga Monday- FAKE

Well, some of you may recognize the name FAKE. It's actually where I got the name for this blog! FAKE was one of the first yaoi manga I read (right after Eerie Queerie, which I'll talk about some other week) and still one of my favorites. It was published in the US in the early-mid '00s by the (sadly) now-defunct TokyoPop, back before yaoi took off and they established the Blu label for these kinds of things.



FAKE is about two New York City detectives. They are:



Randy "Ryo" Maclean, a twenty-eight-year-old who's just transferred into the criminal investigations department of New York City's 27th precinct. He's half-Japanese, hence the nickname (which is apparently his "Japanese name," I suppose his middle name or something). He was orphaned at the age of eighteen when his parents, hot-shot foreign art dealers, got caught up in a drug transfer and were shot to death by members of the mob. He vowed to become a cop after that and prevent that kind of thing from happening again. Comments here and there suggest he was in the military for a while, and his talents include cooking, cleaning, bitching and making bombs.

And then there's:



Dee Laytner, a twenty-seven-year-old who's been a detective for a few years as of the start of the series. Ryo is immediately assigned to be his partner by their department lieutenant, who was in an incredibly bad mood at the time. Dee is extremely cocky and extremely open about the fact that he's bisexual, although he only shows interest in Ryo through the series. Dee was abandoned as an infant in a back alley and brought to an orphanage, where he was raised until he finished high school. He caused no end of trouble for the head nun, and he still makes a habit of causing trouble as he's doing his job and leaving Ryo to write up apology letters.

So what's this manga about? Unlike a lot of yaoi manga, the romance is only one plot element. The entire series is seven volumes, in which Dee and Ryo spend time chasing drug lords, serial bombers and serial murderers. In the first volume, Ryo adopts a young boy named Bikky, whose father was shot to death by drug lords.

As a note, this manga, and all the other ones I'll showcase, is read from right to left.

There's plenty of actions, explosions, and busts.



Of course there are the times when you're made acutely aware that this is a yaoi manga.


And that's as far as you get to see of THAT.



All-in-all, it's a good series, filled to the brim with lively characters (I haven't even introduced you to FBI agent Diana Spacey, she who wears LOUD colors) and good, action-filled story lines. It's definitely a good one to read even if you're not into yaoi! It also has an OVA that covers the first storyline from the second volume, where Dee and Ryo take a vacation in England.

Sadly, there was no more made :(



Well, that's all for this week! It was longer than last time, so I hope you enjoyed it :)

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