Yaoi Review: Tricky Prince

Tricky Prince
Story and Art: Yukari Hashida
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-607-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-607-7

Review by Linda Yau

Eugene is an impoverished scholarship student at a university, where it just so happens that Prince Willis is also a student at. One night at a holiday bash, Eugene’s classmates decided to play a joke on him, and he ends up getting the attention of the prince. Upon their first Cinderella-esque meeting, let’s just say that Eugene’s life has not been the same again, as Willis tries to get his attention to the point of kidnapping him. Is there no end to suffering Eugene? Continue reading “Yaoi Review: Tricky Prince”

Yaoi Review: Sea View

Sea View
Story and Art: Ayumi Kano
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-584-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-584-1

Review by Linda Yau

Every year from when he was a young boy, Kei Tsuwabuki contacted his estranged famous architect grandfather, and would get response. It wasn’t until one year, the letters stop, so he journeys to his grandfather’s island home to find him. Upon arriving, he meets Michiru Bangi,a student at the school his grandfather taught at. Apparently, there is more than the eye can see, so now Kei must find out what secrets Michiru has with his grandfather. Continue reading “Yaoi Review: Sea View”

Yaoi Review: White Brand

White Brand
Story and Art: Youka Nitta
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN13: 9781569706039
ISBN10: 1569706034

Review by I-hsiu Lin

White skin and dark skin.

Youka Nitta’s White Brand takes a different approach on romance. Though the topic seems to be ‘skin color’, the story doesn’t take much of a political or controversial view. Five stories about a variety of characters with romances that are more then just color of skin, height or nationality. Instead, the focus is on the emotions and the trauma that Asano suffered from his father’s death. Fukaya hopes to draw Asano out from his aversion to his darker skin. As Asano agrees to try to overcome his fear, his feelings are drawn out as well. At least that’s the first story….
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Josei Review: Make More Love and Peace

Make More Love and Peace
Story and Art: Takane Yonetani
Published by the Luv Luv Press Imprint of Aurora Publishing, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1934496529
ISBN-13: 978-1934496527

Review by Kris

The adventures in and out of the bedroom for Ayame and Koichi continue in Make More Love and Peace. This time around things are a bit more rocky from Ayame’s point of view. After catching a girl shoplifting at a grocery store Ayame invites the girl over for dinner (the girl claimed she hadn’t eaten for two days.) But a surprise is in store for Ayame. The girl, Nono, is just a common trouble making delinquent who had been taken in to the police while Koichi was working. Nono is just looking for attention and plays Ayame for a fool. Because Ayame is such a sweetheart she can’t refuse when Nono begs to tag along on Ayame and Koichi’s date. Nono plants seeds of doubt within Ayame that her kindness is just a front and that Ayame is just a fake.
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Yaoi Novel Review: Secret Moon

Secret Moon
Story by: Siira Gou
Illustrated by: Satou Tomoe
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-616-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-616-9

Review by Kris

I didn’t know that there were werewolves in Japan but thanks to Secret Moon I have

been illuminated on that fact. In Secret Moon we meet Akihiro Tomoe a mysterious gentleman who has just moved from England. There seems to be something strange about Akihiro. He hardly ever leaves his house and if he does leave it’s always later on in the evening or at night. Akihiro lived in Japan many years ago then moved to England. He’s back in Japan and enjoying all of the changes he’s seeing in the country. There is definitely something different about him. Not only is he an absolutely stunning specimen of man, but he seems to give off vampire vibes. But Akihiro isn’t a typical vampire. He has to drink blood like a vampire but he doesn’t have the fangs to draw blood. Since he’s a man he can only partake of female blood. Akihiro doesn’t really like to be around women because of the desire to drink their blood but he’s not attracted at all to women. Yes, Akihiro is gay.
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Book Review: Porn Nation

Porn Nation: Conquering America’s #1 Addiction
Written by Michael Leahy
Published by Northfield Publishers
ISBN10: 0802481256
ISBN13: 9780802481252

Review by Chad Denton

As with my review of a left-wing anti-pornography book, Getting Off, I am somewhat conflicted about what I should write in this review. However, it’s not because of the difficulties of critiquing a heartfelt screed, but the fact that this book, “Porn Nation”, which offers an approach to pornography from the opposite end of the ideological spectrum from “Getting Off”, carries the sincere testimony of a recovering porn addict, its author Michael Leahy. It’s not quite as in-depth or devestating as the film Auto Focus (or as it was known to me for a while, “that film about that ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ guy”), which could very well be the most disturbing and realistic exploration of sex addiction out there in American cinema, if not the entire Englsh-speaking world. While Auto Focus was, true to its title, unflinching and unapologetic, “Porn Nation” is very much written in a distinctly conservative fashion, attempting to achieve a friendly intimacy with the reader but avoiding any truly salacious details, which, maybe appropriately enough, sets a tone for the entire book.
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Josei Review: Make More Love & Peace

Make More Love & Peace
Art and Story by Takane Yonetai
Published by Luv Luv Press imprint of Aurora Publisher Inc.
ISBN10: 1934496529
ISBN13: 9781934496527

Review by Linda Yau

I was very surprised when I realized that there was a continuation to Make Love & Peace, and I find that I enjoyed this volume more than the first volume. Surprising enough, there wasn’t that much sex scenes drawn as there was cuddling scenes. While I cannot excuse for the fact that there was still sex scenes, it was not every three pages as I had noted from my first review of this story. Continue reading “Josei Review: Make More Love & Peace”

Yaoi Review: Take Me to Heaven

Take Me To Heaven
Story and Art: Nase Yamato
Published by the Deux Press Imprint of Aurora Publishing, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1934496510
ISBN-13: 978-1934496510

Review by Kris

Fumiya has a special gift; he sees dead people and one of his ghosts that he can see must have been a math teacher because he can’t seem to get his homework done without the ghost interfering. This is how Take Me to Heaven starts. When Fumiya was a kid they moved into a house next to a Buddhist temple and his bedroom happens to be right next to the graveyard. Thanks to that he’s now become sensitive to ghosts. Shogo is the only son of the priest and ever since Fumiya was little, offered his services – for a price. The two have always had this very weird friendship. Fumiya always turns to Shogo when he’s being bothered by a ghost and Shogo in turn teases and bullies Fumiya, but still seems to calm Fumiya anyway. Now in

high school, the students in the Occult Research Club scout out Fumiya and Shogo to join. Fumiya is not really keen on the idea but Shogo joins and convinces Fumiya to do the same.
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Movie review: Death Note 2 – The Last Name

Death Note 2 – The Last Name
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Screenplay by Tetsuya Oishi
Based on the manga by Tsugumi Ôba and Takeshi Obata

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Yes…yessss…yes. I saw “Death Note 2 – The Last Name” at Anime Expo in 2007 and have been totally jonesin’ to see it again ever since. I have waited and the wonderful folks at VIZ Media have granted my wish in a big way. Death Note 2 was and I remembered it and completely worth the wait. It has everything, including lots of cheesecake and bondage.

The story picks up where Death Note 1 left of, which is to say where the unspeakably cute Misa Misa is saved and a Death Note drops out of the sky. We learn, as she does after she picks it up, that this Death Note comes with a dulcet-voiced, silky blue and white God of Death named Rem.
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