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Review : Prunus Girl

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I found a really really cute gender bender manga called prunus girl

its a about a boy name Maki who struggle questioning his sexuality after a fated encounter under cherry blossom with a crossdressing boy named Aikawa Kizuna
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Review: Harukaze no Etranger

I always love when i found myself a good BL manga . Lot of BL manga are cliche but there are still a lot of preciously Romantic, Cute, Sexy, and touching and even inspiring manga if you know how to dig the gems

This one is one of my recent finding
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Harukaze no Etranger is actually a sequel from Umibe no Etranger which i havent start reading yet and considering how i’m really delighted by this manga i’m going to read the prequel soon

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Review : Circle

This one title is actually  pretty hype among fujoshi fandom cause of its interesting stories and pretty artwork so i maybe late to join the hype

Introduction From http://www.mangaupdates.com

Description

The best way for the diverse human beings who make up society to unite is to find themselves a common enemy. School is a mini-version of society, so why shouldn’t the same thing happen in a classroom setting?

This particular class has chosen Xiao Shang to be that common enemy. But one of its more popular students soon finds himself becoming intrigued by Shang’s unapologetic, straightforward way of life.

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If you have yet to check this out what are you waiting for?
it got similar vibe with other chinese manhwa 19 days only it is less comedic and involve cross dressing main character , but it have that slice of life feels
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Review : Yukidoke no koi (Love that melt the snow)

“We are the only one locked up in this white world”

Title : yuki doke no koi (love that melted snow

Author : Itz

Rating :💝💝💝💝💝

Description:
Will they find happiness with each other or will they face pain and suffering? Is it a risk worth taking?

This beautiful manga follows the story of two men bound together by fate, Someya Yoshiyuki and Sumito Takada. One is a handsome and talented teacher, whilst the other is one of his students who is excitable and striving to be as popular as his teacher and to discover his meaning in the world.

Meaningful, sweet and heart breaking, a manga impossible to stop reading even for a second.  (manga updates)

To my excuse i’ve been busy that i am very late to post this post

This manga scanlation was release a while back and i was immediately captivated as i was reading it
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Review : A tap into the colorfull world of BL webtoon/manhwa

Lately i’m following more and more manhwa from korea and china. It is very interesting to watch the evolution and adaptation of Japanese manga art in other countries

i believe lots of BL fans already know about this very refreshin manhua/webtoon in full colour especially 19 days and bagjwi sayug, but i’m sure you wont mind if i review it again
if you havent read these, well what were you waiting for? read it NOW

19 Days (19  Tian)

19days is a chinese BL manga by the author OldXian This slice  of life comedical story revolves around two buddies called Jian Yi and Zhan Zhenxi and their entangled dramatical relationship

being true to the slice of life aspect, this story is really like slices and pieces of life around the coming of age of these boys. Beside the shonen-ai aspect, this story is about true friendship and we get to feel the emotion and suffering of this teenager who are still figuring out and dont know what to do with their life and their feeling

The 4 main character; HeTian, JianYi, ZhanZhenxi, & The read hair guy

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Raising a Bat (Bagjwi Sayug)
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http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/raising_a_bat/

Park Min Gyeom is a human with a disease called hemochromatosis  his blood absorbs too much iron, so he has to donate it regularly to stay healthy. Kim Chun Sam is a half-vampire who needs blood to live. So begins an unusual symbiotic relationship between “predator” and “prey.”

Bagjwi Sayug is a sweet coming of age story about an awkward vampire, and a bitter wounded boy. It was really  cute at first but it is also really dark dealing with emotional abuse and a series of messed up misunderstanding gone wrong and the long healing process.

complete viet sub http://truyen1.net/TruyenTranh/Thu-Cung-Cua-Toi-La-Doi
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Out of Control (Bbong); Never Understand

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http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/never_understand/

Yuri, one of the school’s most handsome guys, and Jaerim, one of the school’s ugliest, collide!…or don’t they…Can’t understand what’s going on between these two! It’s Out of Control!!

I LOVEEEEEEE this unusual pair of stubborn ugly duckling and the mean ‘ice hearted’ prince. It isnt like typical shoujo or bl manga where the heroin consider themself ugly but infact still drawn really cute. Jaerim IS ugly but it doesnt stop Yuri to fall hard head over heels about him
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Moritat

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http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/moritat/

With all his memories wiped out, Jesse, wakes up in the hospital and in front of him stands a man that suggests he’s Jesse’s lover. However, the only fragmented memory Jesse has of that man is him trying to kill Jesse. But is his fragile memory reliable? Who’s telling the truth and what is actually going on? Why was he in the hospital to begin with?

Moritat is a psychological thriller in this story we try to unravel what have really happened before Jesse lost his memory and the mind battle between the two character Jesse and Law. What does Law really want ? Does he really love him or he just want to control Jesse to take his power and wealth. From what i’ve read so far this story is certainly not a romance.

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Blood Bank

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http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/blood_bank/

Blood Bank is where vampires come to buy human blood! In a land where vampires, the supreme beings, rule human beings, there are those that have abnormalities. These vampires, while still superior, prefer to be ruled and commanded by humans. See how Shell, the son of a Blood Bank lord, falls for a mere human banker, One.

Beneath the fantastical alternate universe background i like how true they describing a bdsm dominant submissive relationship, which is each party involved should consent and enjoy the aspect of this relationship. It was focusing on the bdsm build up at the start but its not all about that we can enjoy very interesting plot and also emotional sweetness as we see the two main character falls in love

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Royal Servant
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http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/royal_servant/

“I love you, Master.” Born as a servant but falls in love with the man who hates servants. A romantic fantasy between master and servant.

You can see it painfully clear from the title and the synopsis that this manhwa also explore the topic of dominant submissive relationship. But in this manga you didnt get to see the sweet aspect of it or maybe it didn’t reach that part yet. You can see Kyon is not actually enjoying bdsm treatment by Lucaon he is just submitting because he falls in love with Lucaon and he did getting aroused because he gets to have sex with the man of his dreams but its not consensual at first in my opinion

What Lies at The End (Geu Kkeute Issneun Geos) or
At the End of the Road
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http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/geu_kkeute_issneun_geos/

After a car accident, Taemin finds himself in the body of Siwon, who was a victim of bullying at school. No longer a pushover, he starts standing up for himself but then meets Woojin, an old friend from the past. Somehow, Woojin immediately picks up Tamin’s ‘scent’ from Siwon. What happened between these two in the past and how will it affect their future?

Taemin had died leaving his struggling miserable live behind but he was given a chance to live again as Siwon, someone who had appeared in his dreams getting bullied and commited suicide. He decided to take the chance and lives as Siwon somehow he encounter someone from his past Woojin

Honestly i still dont know what to expect from this manga beneath those angry predisposition and the high sexual  tense between the two main character

A guy like you

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http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/a_man_like_you/

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

Keep on seeing a weird dream with someone he hardly ever talked too, go siwon was troubled but also really curious about kang jinha . I found another reaccuring pattern in these manhwa which is the cold domineering seme roles often potrayed as blond/light colored hair guy, and a reluctant uke that is often unwillingly forced into the relationship this pattern was really popular in classic japanese manga as well and you can see it very clearly in stories like royal servant, what lies at the end and a man like you.
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After reading all of this juicy webtoon i’ve become familiar with one name LEZHIN which is a webtoon manhwa publisher to watch for , they have whole range of other stuff that making us addicted you can click it on the banner below

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BL updates : Novel recomendation

Something that i enjoy is to read a good piece of fiction especially if its about BL
but its hard to keep my interest if the story wasn’t outstanding.
some story have great start but lost its charm on the middle and i lost interest
However these stories how keep me going and i just could put it down once i read it.
here are my recent recommendation

TILL DEATH DO US PART by Tangstory

this really beautiful literature set in the background of 1937 (2nd sino-japanese war) are set to be next BL movie project of Chenpeng (director of Like Love), i should warn that its is a very erotic love story like most danmei but still for me very poetic and enchanting despite being sexually graphic.

After reading the novel i’m really looking forward for that live action version, altho i think the cast should have been more mature looking but since they are such eye candies i dont mind 

How ever since one of the character has beautiful mole under his eyes i cant help to imagine QingYu when i read the story :p

update: scratch some info about the live action , i was mistaken these live action stills below is based on another novel that happen to have similarities (explanation on comment), i’ll get more info about the novel  

He stared, transfixed, at Ch’in Ching standing in the storm waiting for him.
A deep-seated sense of fulfillment blossomed in his heart,
With the haziness of what the French would call déjà vu
– A man holding an umbrella.
The wet ends of his ch’angshan.
The rainy music from an old dream.

Summary by the translator:

Set in early-20th century China, this story takes off in the port city of Tientsin (Tianjin) that is divided into lands called concessions and owned by several foreign powers. Shen Liangsheng is a charismatic and cunning playboy, a son of a rich businessman, who has profits as his top priority. He meets Ch’in Ching, an average school teacher who appears mild but actually holds a patriotic heart for his home. The two cross paths and sparks fly. But will their love hold strong through the imminent forces that will tear the country apart…?

Link to read english version >http://bltranslation.blogspot.co.id/2015/10/till-death-do-us-part-tangstory.html

LOVE LATE by Lan Lin

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I loveeee the main character Lee Moyan, he is so outrageous and so flawed so prideful yet so vulnerable that you cant help but to adore him , after reading you would agree with me on that.  To describe Lee Moyan looks like a character that Fumi Yoshinaga sensei (Antique Bakery, Mangaka) would write.

This danmei novel character is closely related with Uncontrollable Love (Force Majeur) and Round Trip To Love which the Live Action are out this year

i’ve finish reading until vol 2 chapter 18 in one go and i am really anticipating for the translation update

SUMMARY;
Lee Mo Yan, known as “Lee”, an elite of the legal world who is approaching his forties, had worked hard to pave the way to get to where he was. However, all that he worked for vanished into thin air when a political scandal broke out involving a politician he backed and when his lover dumped him. Finding himself in a worrisome situation, Lee received an unexpected invitation from an upperclassman from his past.

Upon returning to T City to become an office worker after living in Los Angeles, he encountered Ke Luo, the boy who had left him without saying farewell. Pretending it was nothing, he continued to live frivolously. That is, until he fell apart after realizing that he was a substitute for someone else…

Could this sadness be love arriving a little too late?

Link to read english version> http://bltranslation.blogspot.co.id/2013/06/delayed-love-by-lan-lin.html

SAVE MY DAY by Sallyscissor
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My friend Rae recommend this story, because the characters reminds her about Qingge & Dayu . I do agree with her it does resembles QingYu in different circumtances. Damon Jaobs and Topher Ashton are actors , best friends, lots of people ‘ship’ them and they just fall in love.
Nevertheless the story are very cute and i hope QingYu would have their courage and happy ending some day.

SUMMARY;
Damon Jacobs is new to the Hollywood scene. His bad boy attitude and sexy British accent make this up-and-comer someone to watch out for.
Topher Ashton has been a Hollywood Heartthrob since he was a teenager. He’s the one all the girls want and all the guys strive to be. Even with a miserable past; Topher is the envy of all.
It’s the premiere of one of Hollywood’s newest blockbusters. Costars – and best friends – Topher and Damon are set to be the newest ‘It-boys’ when ‘Save The Day’ their new superhero comedy hits the box office. Will one drunken after-party change everything? And more importantly, will they lose a great friendship or will everything work out ‘for better or for worse’?

Link to read english version > https://www.wattpad.com/story/958462-save-my-day

PLEVOIR by Della Nova

My last recommendation unfortunate are only avalaible in Indonesian Bahasa , no english version available. The author Della some of might know her on instagram qingyu2zhou as a fellow devoted qingyu and yuzhou shipper.

This novel hers actually published as a book on 2009 despite the restriction on releasing lgbt content it manage to reach book stores after some editing. The author decide  to release the uncensored version on her blog and will start to reprint the preedited version independently soon.

SUMMARY
Yussa is a dull man with an average life never straying from the ordinary. The life revolve around his job, hanging out with his group of best buddies, and catering his high class girlfriend. He had a dream but already forgot all about it. One day her girlfriend introduce him to her friend Calvin a  boutique owner an fashion designer. Calvin is a poise and sophisticated gentleman poles apart from himself. Yussa would have never guess that he’ll be so drawn to Calvin perhaps because he is very different than his other macho friend or that there so much more to him than his beautiful appearance, with Calvin he feels at ease and he learn to dream again.

I really love the story and would love to buy the reprint if she open the PO, we lucky indonesion can read the 5 chapter preview here> November113.webnode.com

update : further info from the author he advised to not buy the 1st reprint because it have been cut A LOT (about 50% of the story) and please patiently wait for the unedited version PO

Review: Another September

Awal bulan September…
Hiro dikabarkan tewas terjatuh dari air terjun.
Yuuta, sahabat dekatnya, sangat terpukul mendengar kabar itu.
“Kalau Hiro masih hidup… pasti ada satu lagi bulan September yang lain.
Tapi Hiro sudah nggak akan kembali lagi…”

091358210000d0000000_xlUdah pada baca manga yang ini kan? sekitar tahun 2006 diterbitkan oleh elex. Ini salah satu komik taeko watanabe yg memasukkan unsur shonen-ai dan ini salah satu komik KESAYANGAN SAYA BANGET dari Taeko Watanabe, yang lainnya WE ARE, LOOKS LIKE RAIN yang juga Shonen-ai pernah dibahas sebelumnya

Ternyata hari ini saya baru tahu klo komik ini sebenarnya Doujinshi spin off nya Taeko Watanabe sensei untuk
Neon Genesis Evangelion Kaworu & Shinji ♥ WOW saya suka banget pairing Kaworu & Shinji dari awal2 sy suka BL

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coba dilihat Hiro mirip Kaworu dan Yuuta mirip Shinji kan character designnya?shinji-y-kaworu-k-lindos-no

aaah jadi tambah cinta sama manga ini (sebenarnya Another Septembernya oneshot sih, di manganya ada 2 cerita lain yg juga really good)
yang belum baca coba cari komik ini deh bagus tapi sedih bgt T^T saya nangis sesengukan baca surat terakhirnya Hiro buat Yuuta

Review: Amphetamine 安非他命

‘is this not his fate?’
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This is one of a number of Asian LGBT movie that i can’t easily move on from

it’s a tragedy, it’s painful, it is a depressing angst…. but i love it ;_;
amphetamine-extra-1the movie tell us about a love story between a successful financial manager Daniel (Thomas Price) and a swim instructor Kafka (Byron Pang) their encounter is like fated and they are falling for each other.

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Thomas Price as Daniel
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Byron Pang as Kafka


The problem is that Kafka is either straight or  deeply traumatized by his past tragedy that make him incapable of having sex with men. But that was not a problem for Daniel he still wants to be with Kafka without having sexual intercourse with him, and also Kafka even though he can’t have sex with Daniel he is obviously very attracted to him and also in love with him. But there is even bigger problem in their relationship which is Kafka addiction to Amphetamine

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