- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Viz LLC (28. August 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1421549565
- ISBN-13: 978-1421549569
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,3 x 19 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 88.340 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love Volume 1 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. August 2012
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Yaya Sakuragi's previous English-language releases include Tea For Two, Hey, Sensei? and Stay Close to Me. Also a prolific novel illustrator, she was born July 6th and is a Cancer with an A blood type.
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First the general synopsis. Ao, the the angelic-faced cutie pie there on the cover is not, contrary to his appearance, jail bait (thank God) but instead an older high school student who comes to the realization - in the form of a smexy dream-induced bodily emission (ah, ain't youth grand) - that he is in love with the older, sexy, grumpy, tsundere priest from the local shrine. Ryoumei, said priest, has been looking after Ao in some way or another since they met when Ao was just a small, wee little lad. Despite his cutesy-wutesy looks, Ao is actually very manly. He wastes no time in letting Ryoumei know he wants to get down and dirty with the poor, shocked, and a tiny bit frightened older man. But, Ryoumei is so used to giving in to Ao, so used to most of his decisions and actions revolving around the now perverted little brat, that he just doesn't know what to do! Hijinks, hilarity, some angst, and a whole lot of Ryoumei running around wondering if his butt is safe ensues.
I simply cannot extol the virtues of this manga enough. The characters are amazing. They are funny, thoughtful, some are perverted, caring, and definitely well rounded. The side characters are the best, too. Shunpei from "Koi Cha no Osahou" (translated stupidly by Blu as "Tea for Two") is all grown up and an integral part of the story! He's a super hot, megane character, too. Rawr! I hope he gets his own happy ending some day. Then there is Ryoumei's friend, Shuu (who does have his own sequel, "Himegoto Asobi", that's running in the magazine right now). He finds it all vastly amusing, and the things he says and does to help Ao aren't really to help Ao at all but to tease and torment Ryoumei! Ah, I love him so much!!
And the art, ooooh, the art is just divine! Yaya-sensei knows how to draw long, lean, ropey men that make you want to go "Yes, please, may I have another!" Which is why Ao's character is so awesomely amazing! He's simply so different from her usual boys and men. He's cute, he's adorable, he makes you want to squish and hug and pinch his cheeks (and any other part of his body you can get your hands on!). While she's had somewhat girly characters before, Yuzu in "Stay Close to Me" comes to mind, he still looked big and manly. Her characters usually are tall and muscly and manly, even the ukes. Though Ao's certainly a man where it counts, in attitude, in strength, in pervertedness, he's just as cute as a button! It's refreshing and makes for some wonderful comedy - and smexing way later in the series.
Yes, series! Unfortunately, this is a four book series. I love long series, don't get me wrong, I just hate waiting!!! It's torture. I'm an impulse buyer kind of person and I need my fix now! Oh, well, it's definitely worth it. I promise. SuBLime did a good job with the printing, binding, translating, etc, here to help make the wait bearable. I do have one complaint though. It may not be a big deal to some, but to me it is. They left off the honorifics. I don't know if they did this in their other releases, too, and I just wasn't paying attention (I'll have to go back and re-read), but the honorifics tell us a lot about the characters' relationships with each other. I personally think they are an integral part of each story and should be left in, but that's just me.
Regardless of that one, tiny issue, "Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love" is one BL manga you should buy now, if you haven't already! It's funny, it's sweet, the art is gorgeous, the uke is an adorable, perverted little devil and the seme just doesn't know what to do with him. It's one of those you will re-read over and over again, especially once you have all of the volumes in your hand. If you have a limited BL/manga budget, spend it on this one. I promise you won't regret it.
The drawing left a little to be desired since Ao had huge eyes and a girlish figure. I actually find that incredibly off-putting. Why can't two guys look like normal guys? Why does one have to look like a girl? On top of that Ryomei was buff, tall, and a total guy's guy. I was really bummed by that since they were so stereotypical.
At the same time I loved how the author approached the romance. It wasn't 'hop in the bed' type of romance which was great. They were friends. They wrestled with feelings. They kissed and tried a date. They struggled. They discussed sex. They had sex. Etc. Etc. The author actually took the time in four volumes to convince me Ryomei and Ao were perfect for each other. By the time they slept together in volume 4, I was absolutely riveted.
There were some under-developed characters in this story such as Ao's brother, Ryomei's cousin (sister? I don't remember), and Ryomei's best friend. Also there was some weird undertone with Ao's best friend who was clearly gay but I was unsure who he had a crush on. It was confusing and the majority of the side characters were unnecessary other than allowing dialogue.
This was an enjoyable foray into the popular m/m manga category but unfortunately the library has no categorization of them and very few options other than the two series I've read. It's sad.
I recommend this series for the romance and for the representation of a healthy sexual m/m romance. I was really excited to read this one and can't wait to find something similar.
Originally Published 2008-2011
Provided by--the Library
It's definitely a series that I wish had more than just four books.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
This series has been on my eye for quite a while now, mainly because the covers are so adorable. So when the price dropped for the series, I took the chance given. And now I’m a little surprised by this first book, as it’s rather not what I was expecting.
Firstly, I was worried about the art. Because while it does look nice on the covers, it also seemed like it could be a lot rougher inside. I’m happy to say that it’s not, and that it is still rather nice. Long, sharp chins, a little rougher at times, but definitely not bad to look at.
Second, there isn’t much sex. There was really only one scene near the beginning, and a smaller one in the middle that didn’t go past kissing. I was very surprised by this, and I can’t deny that I was hoping for a little more. I have no doubt that more is coming, though.
I rather liked, and was very surprised by, how open the characters are with each other about sex. Like, Ao has a wet dream and he’s not very embarrassed by it, and talks about it with his friends. There’s talk of masturbating and gay sex rather openly, with no shame, between the characters, and that was refreshing.
Saying that, though—the main couple has not really decided what to do about their attraction, mainly because Ryo is in denial about having any feelings for Ao and gets a little freaked out by it. This was another thing I was surprised by: Ao is very open about his feelings. He decides how he feels and goes right out with it, directly to Ryo, to do something about it.
Which I think is my main surprise. Most of the yaoi I read feature a very similar formula, and this one is not really following it. It’s a little refreshing, and it’s a little odd. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet, but am definitely looking forward to finding out.
I’m overall not too sure how I feel about Ao. He’s entertaining and I like his straightforwardness, and he was an adorable little kid, but he’s not quite as cute as I was expecting. Ryo is a little rough and defensive, but is also sweet and has an obvious soft spot for Ao.
We meet quite a few other characters, too. There’s Ryo's family, who all seem very sweet. There’s his friend Shu, who enjoys being entertained, and who seems like he’ll be fun to get to know. Then Ao has two best friends, one a little oblivious and the other smart and with a possible interest in Ao. And his Grandma, who owns a pub, and seems sweet.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the story progresses, given how the romantic couple hasn’t even gotten together yet, and the cliffhanger ending.