LOVEHOLIC (Renai Chûdoku, “Loveholic/Love Addict”) (????) • Tôko Kawai • DMP (2007) • Biblos (2001-2004) • 2 volumes • Yaoi Contemporary • 16+ (mild language, sex)
A thoroughly forgettable story about Matsukawa (ad exec) and Nishioka (photographer) fighting and falling in love. There’s a side story about Mitsukawa in America and his first lover that seems to exist primarily to explain his tattoo and the resentment others at his company have towards him. The staccato storytelling also serves to form resentment in the reader. The art is wispy and awkward, and the eye-to-face ration is creepy even for manga. (Review by Hannah Santiago)
Today’s review is by Hannah Santiago, a good friend who reviewed a ton of yaoi for “Manga: The Complete Guide.” I enjoy yaoi, it’s usually an interesting (and easy) read, but after awhile working on MtCG I had to bring in some help to sift through the heaps of yaoi landing on my doorstep like sand blown in by a sandstorm.
Today’s winner is Jeremy M. of California. But wait! First we’ve got this picture from Jessica, one of the previous winners. Thanks for putting up your photo and writing a great blog post! As you noticed, the manga I sent you was all Del Rey, but that was just the luck of the draw– I’m sendin’ out manga from tons of publishers. Your in-depth post about what you thought of the manga will help me figure out what to send you for your second batch. Thanks, and hope you enjoy it!