Yaoi Review: Seduce Me After the Show by Est Em

Well, hell, finally an 18-and-over book that you might honestly need to be over 18 to fully appreciate. These are thoughtful stories for grown-ups that subtly and compellingly share moments of human connection. It’s a book that you’ll read through and then immediately read through again just to savor the nuances. If you think that yaoi has the potential to be great literature as well as a great time, you need to buy this book. Hell, even if you don’t give a damn about great literature, buy the book anyway — it’ll be the best yaoi book you’ll read this year.

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Yaoi Review: Same Cell Organism by Sumomo Yumeka

It’s a sweet book with sweet wish-fulfillment stories that will speak to those of us who pine to be in a relationship for the first time (or are, at least, nostalgic for that experience.) For the rest of us, there’s some fine dialogue and characterization with pretty art, but not much meaty to sink our teeth into. Buy it for that friend of yours who’s still on the outside looking in — she’ll thank you for it.

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Yaoi Review: Brother by Yuzuha Ougi

On the plus side, you’ve got a hot set-up (dude, they’re like brothers!) and explicit sex. On the negative side, you have an unsympathetic lead, unnecessary and uninteresting conflict and a very superficial treatment of a provocative topic. It’s a DramaQueen publication so I really wanted to like this book, but frankly, even if you’re just looking for sexy, good times, you could do a lot better.

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Yaoi Review: Kyo Kara Maoh! (DVD)

Such a mixed bag. I’ve given the reasons not to like this show above, and yet… and yet… I still can’t help but find it charming in its own annoying, teasing way. Getting to see an action-fantasy yaoi harem comedy is a treat, even if you have to wade through several episodes of pedestrian storytelling and Boys Love fake-outs to get to the good stuff, because just when you are ready to give up, it charms you again with its own brand of cute zaniness — like introducing an adorable and lethal Panda with acid for saliva and a heart of gold as a supporting character. I feel like my interests in yaoi and all things kawaii are being toyed with by the creators of this series and yet I’ll keep coming back for more. My advice, watch the first disc — if you like that one, it’s worth sticking around for the others, now that you have been warned. If you don’t, I bow to you gently with respect.

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