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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 12, 2011

Yaoi Manga Monday- Mysterious Love

Ugh, one day I swear I'll use one of my college's scanners for these instead of having to look up images online. I say this mostly because I couldn't find ANY sample pages or pictures of the characters other than the Japanese cover.

Uh anyway.

Mysterious Love is a manga written and drawn by Taishi Zaou and put out by Doki-Doki, an imprint of Digital Manga Publishing (the same people who own June, although Doki-Doki doesn't exclusively put out yaoi). It stars Masafumi Tamura, a high school student who's had premonitions all his life via his dreams. They were usually things like scores on games, people getting hurt etc. When he entered junior high, however, he started having dreams that hinted about his first love. They weren't that innocent, however- they were "HD, surround-sound" dreams about him having sex with a guy. These dreams bothered him so much that he started avoiding sleep as much as possible, and trying everything he could to prove to himself and those around him that he is straight. As the manga starts, however, he's going about his day in school, and he finally meets the mysterious dream man- Narumi Seiwa, who instead of being put off by Masafumi's efforts to push him away, actually starts falling for him.

Mysterious Love is a comedy despite its drama label. Masafumi's family (mother, father, older sister) know about his dreams and actively encourage him to pursue love no matter what gender it is. Masafumi's two best friends even pitch together money for him and Narumi to go to a love hotel so they can have sex for the first time. It seems everyone is okay with him being gay but him! The translation itself is actually very well-done, with no visibly awkward places, if a typo or two for the discerning eye. Masafumi is pretty over-the-top at the start, but it's one of the few yaoi manga I've read that does not actively include the "rape-is-love" trope (Cafe Latte Rhapsody also has no signs of it) so it's a good starter manga. I would definitely suggest it.

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