Hello sweeties! Thanks for having me again, Edward (okay that sounded a little twisted). LOL What I meant to say, thank you for posting my article this week, hun. And this week I've got so many articles out there, I'm ready to hire a secretary just to do the typing. Seriously, I've posted @ BRB, IRM, QMO, MOP (this weekend) and here at Edwards. Unfortunately, I missed one simply due to my stupid schedule and not hiring that damned secretary. LOL Anyway, here's my second choice for my 'Top Ten Yaoi Reviews'. I hope you enjoy!
TOP PICK - Number 2
Haru wo Daiteita - 'Embracing Love'
OMG where to begin...Embracing Love is written and drawn by Youka Nitta, another fine manga artist! This lady has also produced Irokoi Ikoku Romantan, 'A Foreign Love Affair' (awesome), Sound of My Voice, Kiss Ariki and so on. But for now I'm sticking to my fav out of her collection, Embracing Love.
This yaoi is about two male pornography (AVI) actors who fall in love while attempting to break into mainstream acting. The main characters are Kyousuke Iwaki (black hair) a reserved and self-conscious man who puts his career ahead of his personal life. He's at odds and isolated from his family. And he feels very much alone and depressed. Youji Katou (blond) is a bold and outgoing man. He's an up-and-coming actor, younger than Iwaki and quite self-confident. In the beginning Iwaki appears to be the seme, but it quickly reverses when Katou takes charge and demands a relationship as well as sex with the older man. Of course as in most yaoi Katou relentlessly pursues Iwaki until he gives in. What I find interesting and different with this story is that neither Katou or Iwaki have had a relationship with a man previous. They never profess to be homosexual. They're just two people that fell in love. Iwaki is stumped in one scene, he can't understand why Katou has fallen for him (a man). He assumes it's because of their love scene in front of the camera and that Katou has clouded reality with fantasy. Katou's response is kind of comical, the acting may have brought them together, but he doesn't see Iwaki as a man instead the person he loves.
These men battle through some interesting challenges. Iwaki, like I said, is more reserved and he doesn't want anyone to know they're together as a couple. His denial, and sometimes almost rude behavior in public is at times very hurtful, but Katou seems to rise above it all. I'd say in this relationship Katou is my favourite. He's strong, tenacious and yes, sometimes immature with how he handles things. But he also loves Iwaki like no other. It's Katou's passion and unconditional love that keeps me reading.
On the other hand, it took time to really appreciate Iwaki. He's older, has certain ideals and his family life is a bit of mess. But now I can honestly say, I've grown fond of him and he does compliment the relationship.
HWD is another yaoi manga series and I'll warn you, it's a very long one. I believe the chapter count reaches into the forties and is still on going. The sex is very explicit. I'd call it a five flame. Not for kids! LOL Overall HWD is awesome and will keep your attention. Katou and Iwaki develop as characters with the storyline as does their relationship. I'd classify this yaoi as another romantic drama with strong, enchanting characters. HWD is hugely popular and has a growing fan base!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!