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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, September 5, 2011

Yaoi Manga Monday- Desire


Desire is a single-volume manga written by Maki Kazumi and illustrated by Yukine Honami. It's about a single couple.

Toru is your run-of-the-mill student who doesn't think there's anything special about him, especially compared to his honor student best friends. He loves to paint and is part of the art club at school. He's also had a crush on Ryoji for a long time but has never acted on the feelings because he didn't want Ryoji to think he was weird and end their friendship.

Ryoji is Toru's best friend. He's an honor student, part of the swim club, and constantly going out with girls he gets bored with after having sex a few times. He's quite brash and will go for something when he wants it without questioning it, even when it comes to his unexplained feelings for Toru.

So what's it about? One day, Toru and Ryoji are having lunch alone (they usually have another friend with them, see) when Ryoji suddenly turns to Toru and says he gets turned on looking at him. Toru is flustered and Ryoji explains that he has no idea where these feelings are coming from. They forget about it until Ryoji walks up to Toru after school a day or two later and says he wants to try having sex with him. The following is pretty much your average soap opera plot: they have sex, Toru thinks Ryoji doesn't have feelings for him so feels guilty and attempts to break it off, etc etc. It's not a bad manga, just a bit formulaic.

I won't be showing any pages in this entry, because I have a physical copy but no scanner, and all the scanlations I've found online are frankly terrible. If you'd like to see it for yourself, though, go ahead.

Desire is, as you might have gotten from my description, heavy on the sex. It's a good read, though, along with its novel companion, which has more story than the manga covers. It's good initiation material for someone who wants heavier yaoi but not the kind of kinks and fetishes that come with more hardcore stuff XD Desire is put out by June and can be ordered online if you're interested. Happy reading!

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