*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: The Ice-Cold Demon’s Tale is a Charming Classic BL

In the beginning, there was a demon in a cave: Blood, trapped in ice for many decades. In order to break the curse that bound him, he searched for the “tear jewel.” One day, a youth called Ishuca appeared before him. He was suffering from an illness, and had come to the cave to die. Blood was touched by Ishuca’s kindness, and began to feel drawn to him. However, death soon came to Ishuca, and, saddened by the death, Blood began to weep. His tear became the “tear jewel,” and Ishuca’s life was saved through its power.

The two set off on a journey. On the way, Blood was reunited with some old companions, but—since the demons wanted him to return to his old self, and Blood wanted to continue to travels with Ishuca—his former companions became his enemies. Upon confessing his own past to Ishuca, Blood promised never to kill another human. Having completed their journey—and with the aim of finding the jewel that Wild, the jewel-dealer, had asked for—they find themselves at the Toei Cliffs…!?

From MAL

Volumes: 24

Status: Finished

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Shounen Ai, Supernatural

Author: Sugiura, Shiho

 

I discovered this was finished translating (by fans, I love you all!!!) two days ago, after waiting nine hundred years because it kept being passed around from group to group.

I just finished marathoning it for two days, 24 volumes, and I can’t tell you how empty, sad and just overwhelmed, mind blown and how I wish it would have never ended. This is one of the best shounen-ai series I’ve ever read, and that I’ve finally been able to finish it when others like Ze, Dark Descendants, Loveless, Love/Sex Pistols haven’t, is… I don’t even know how to express it.

I just have a lot of feelings right now, but it surprised me, endeared and reeled me in just as much as the first time I read it, and though it didn’t make me cry like Silver Diamond (by the same author) it was equally great.

I cannot extol her as much as I wish I could. 90’s manga is everything to me, most of my favorites come from the 90’s, and even the aesthetic is so appealing to me.

I cannot tell you how many times I laughed with them, how much I grew and learned from Ishuca and Blood, both main characters with so much depth and hearts. Such big hearts, so much to learn from them. I cannot tell you the depth of my feelings, but I will try either way because I feel this deserves it.

I don’t end up feeling empty, like I never want to leave or for it to the end, all that easily, I’m tough to please to that level. I’m pretty skimpy with my 9’s and 10’s too in MAL, because they have to impact me and this story so did.

I’m always surprised by the warmth and feelings this author infuses in her stories. Silver diamond was another heartwarming series that talked about subjects like the heart, mind, what is evil, what is good, and so did this one and just as flawlessly, and in different ways.

I will admit this: I am in love with the author, and with her works. You cannot believe how refreshing it is to see characters develop, grow, and become more and more human, and gain a heart, gain a soul, and with it also develop awareness and feelings of romance. There is no instant in-love between the two main characters (though there is humorous one-sided ones) but it is there slowly, and it isn’t so light you could pass it as “friends”, which I like. It leaves no ambiguity to their feelings, while not having to tread to the smut area (tho mind you, I wouldn’t mind. Blood and Ishuca are truly works of art :Q____ )

I will also bow down to the author and say that her art is amazing, Blood is so gorgeous and sparkles, and is so goddamn striking, just take me away demons if you’re that beautiful 😂

My sense of feeling too full yet empty at the same time hasn’t passed, but let me tell you it is both the best and worst feeling. I don’t think I will be able to reread this one anytime soon, it is so fresh and crippled me so hard, but I will no doubt reread it once I’ve forgotten just how beautiful, how much it impacted me.

If you haven’t read it, let me assure you it’s one of the prettiest BL mangas out there from the 90’s (alongside X 1999), and the plot, story and characters are amazing. You will love them, you will fall in love with them, and you will get impacted each time things go wrong for them, but it is such an awesome journey to make with these two beautiful beings. I couldn’t have wished for a better twist, or ending to this story, and I don’t have enough words to describe why it impacted me without going into spoilers.

I also really like that the author challenges the black & white mentality of her characters, and of us as readers, about characters and where the story is going, and let me tell you: it is worth it. If you haven’t read it, make yourself a favor, and do it. I promise this: you’ll love them too, and there’s no better feeling in the world.

Happy readings everyone, and if you have read it, talk it with me.


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Impressions: Ten Count

When the President got into an accident, Shirotani Tadaomi met Kurose. On their very first meeting, Kurose could tell right away that Shirotani is Mysophobic and said that it’s pretty bad while suggesting it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Shirotani was left perturbed by the encounter. Who is Kurose? And how was he able to tell Shirotani’s condition?
From Kitsu

Our MC and uke-kun, Shirotani, has misophobia and surprise surprise, this series treats it with respect and realism. That’s right, no magical dick here to heal diseases, cause it doesn’t work like that! 👏👏👏

In fact, there’s a rawness and darkness, no punches pulled as we see both the damages it has caused to him -his hands are completely fucked up, full of wounds and bleeding/cracks – but also how he sees the world. When the filth/darkness spreads, you can both see and feel how it impacts him.

There’s nothing quite as visual media to show how a character sees the world, themselves, especially when making full use of imagery. Something that doesn’t exist or can’t be seen on the naked eye, can be represented in a strong way like this.

From the moment they meet, as Kurose saves Shirotani’s boss from being flattened by a truck, he sees clearly through Shirotani. Kurose immediately says he has mysophobia, and pushes him to try to get treatment. What would be farfetched isn’t by the discovery that Kurose is a psychiatrist, and so he really just wants to help him lead a better life.

But is that true? Is that really it?

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*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: Goodnight, Punpun Goes Beyond Caricature

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Punpun Onodera is a normal 11-year-old boy living in Japan. Hopelessly idealistic and romantic, Punpun begins to see his life take a subtle—though nonetheless startling—turn to the adult when he meets the new girl in his class, Aiko Tanaka. It is then that the quiet boy learns just how fickle maintaining a relationship can be, and the surmounting difficulties of transitioning from a naïve boyhood to a convoluted adulthood. When his father assaults his mother one night, Punpun realizes another thing: those whom he looked up to were not as impressive as he once thought.

As his problems increase, Punpun’s once shy demeanor turns into voluntary reclusiveness. Rather than curing him of his problems and conflicting emotions, this merely intensifies them, sending him down the dark path of maturity in this grim coming-of-age saga.

From MAL

Written by Inio Asano
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher Viz Media
Demographic Seinen
Volumes 13 (List of volumes)

Punpun is not a bird, he appears as a bird to the viewer, as does his family, but they’re not birds and that’s not how the people around them see them. Aka, they’re people, but they’re just presented as caricatures. In a way, it makes the domestic violence and problems appear simple at first, until you realize what a mindfuck this series is ,and how depressing it truly is.

Warning: this is one of the darkest series I’ve read, and needs more trigger warnings than you might realize at first.

I discovered Oyasumi PunPun thanks to Deviantart, back when it was used (is it still used??) and wondered why there was a cute girl with a bird. Might say, lured by the cute, fucked by the dark. Props to Inio Asano for that!

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Impressions: A Guy Like You

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Go Siwon’s dreams are constantly visited by the clever, beautiful Kang Jinha. In the dream, Jinha keeps on mentioning this “incident” that happened between them but Siwon can’t remember anything! And how can it feel so real? Luckily for Siwon, hints about the “incident” start to appear and Siwon is able to regain his memory bit by bit. How will their relationship change at the end of it all?

From MU

The lovely Happy did a post about this, and so I decided to read it, you can read her post here.

The first thing that stood out for me was the art, gorgeous scenes with the two main characters. Also Jinha is too gorgeous for this world, also I’d like him to step on me when he gets angry because /coughs

Considering this is a webtoon, the quality is just amazing. The coloring is one of the things that super stands out. This has more quality than some games. Heck, I’d love to see Waje work on a game, the art is beautiful, the coloring slays me in, and the guys can get it any time of the day. Plus Waje does terrifying expressions as well as beautiful, bless 🙏🙏👌

Jinha flashes hot and cold, which I usually don’t like, but there are always this sense that he does it because he has reasons behind it. Not just to make some drama, et all.

Before I go and detail some spoilers, for you all that don’t want them, I just want to assure that this is NOT like Killing Stalking. I know friends say Jinha reminds them of a softer Sanwon, but considering is a psychopath that likes killing and inflicting pain, I think it’s NOT TRUE.

Jinha has been in love with Siwon way before, and this push and pull of theirs starts from Siwon not remembering what happened between them. While Jinha does have a temper, and legit terrifying expressions, he’d never hurt Siwon physically. In fact, Siwon hurts Jinha far more than Jinha ever does, so /shrugs

Now for SPOILAAAS ALERT

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*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: Please Save My Earth is One of the Best Shoujo Sci-fi’s

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Mystic dreams of a previous life in the moon lead to the bonding of seven students in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind what they have forgotten. As various truths are sought and avoided, Alice must hurry remembering if she is to save the fragile Rin from self-destruction. For only after facing the grave errors of the past, can they all move forward and live fully in the present.

From MAL

Written by Saki Hiwatari
Published by Hakusensha
English publisher
Volumes 21

I dunno how many of you out there know about Please Save My Earth, I expect not many unless you’re into 90‘s shoujo, considering the age of this series. Well, I’m here to try to change that and make you read it! ~(^◇^)/

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