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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 23, 2011

Yaoi Manga Monday- Only the Ring Finger Knows

So, in an attempt to do more with this blog, I decided to feature yaoi manga I've read. Starting off mildly with one that's more shonen-ai than yaoi (the difference, for those who don't know, is yaoi has sex and shonen-ai, typically, doesn't).

Only The Ring Finger Knows
Written by Satoru Kannagi
Art by Hotaru Odagiri
Only the Ring Finger Knows is based off the first story in a series of novels of the same name. Wataru spends a night drinking with a buddy who got dumped by a girl. The girl said she has her sights set on an upperclassman named Yuichi Kazuki, which pisses Wataru's friend off. Kazuki is quite popular, you see, but despite his friend's complaints, Wataru can't bring himself to hate Kazuki. He seems so nice, after all!

The next day, Wataru has a raging hangover and goes to a bathroom to wash his face and try to get his mind back in shape. There he meets Kazuki, and is shocked when Kazuki is cold to him. Wataru stomps off in a huff. It's later discovered that he picked up Kazuki's ring on accident- they have the exact same ones, you see, which makes people suspicious. Paired rings are popular in their high school as gifts between people who are going out.

Overall it's a cute manga and one of my favorite one-shots. The novels go further in-depth into the relationship that Wataru and Kazuki form at the end of the story, and yes, there is sex. The novels are just as good, though the official translations are a little eh; like the manga they're done by the Digital Manga Press yaoi imprint Juné which isn't exactly known for their copy editing.

Still, Ring Finger is one of the few titles that isn't all about the sex, so if you're looking for something a little fluffier (there's buckets of angst, of course, but still) then this is for you.

A fangirl is born every minute.

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