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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

http://sass-master-stevens.tumblr.com/post/69671576256/mou-hitotsu-no-kugatsu-otherwise-known-as-taeko

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

Continue reading Review: Amphetamine 安非他命

Review; No Touching At All /どうしても触れたくない

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As you can see this drama was adapted by a manga from Yoneda Kou Sensei

I think they have done a good job for this adaptation very satisfying movie adaptation such as Takumi & Junjou

i post about the trailer and synopsis before
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https://shiraai.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/どうしても触れたくない-bl映画 no-touching-at-all-movie/

so i guess i’ll just continue with what i think about the movie ^_^
Continue reading Review; No Touching At All /どうしても触れたくない

Review: Love Sick The Series

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Ok i usually do a series review after the show is finished but i cant help it this time i just love this show so freaking much and i think it still need more exposure for the International fans.

Synopsis:
Welcome to Friday an elite all boy school in Thailand, where the girls from neighboring school just wanna date them so much. Enter two ‘ordinary’ boy Phun and Noh. Noh is on the music club he is the quasi-leader of the pack among the boys . With his outgoing and cartoon-ish personality everybody in the school seems to know him, and his friend just follows him around most of the time. Phun is the elite among the elite with his rich family background he is the secretary of student council, he is the smart and good kid that every one like + a beautiful girlfriend to brag.
One day Noh got in trouble because his club budget get cut drastically, he went to Phun for help. Phun then propose something he cant believe in exchange for his favor, to be his fake boyfriend so that Phun Yaoi Lover Sister can help him convince their father that he wont match-make Phun with his friends daughter.

The boy will soon find out that they shouldn’t toy with their status when they figure out how they actually feels for each other

The Trailer

I’m pleasant surprised about how good this Lakorn (Thai Drama) is. I mean it is REALLY REALLY good, What impress me the most is that the story was adapted from an online Thai’s Boys Love / Yaoi novel called that became a big hit and were published as a book. The novel is originally called LOVE SICK : Chunlamoon Noom Kang Keng Namgern by [INDRYTIMES] (LOVE SICK : The Chaotic Lives of Blue Shorts Guys) and it is really very very good Boys Love Story.

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The series currently still ongoing season 1 every Sunday night in thailand and i’m addicted to it so far

International fan is lucky because, a kind soul Kudalakorn is providing a very good and fast sub of the drama and ongoing translation of the original novel.

For those of you who love their BL drama to be funny, fluffy, and equally romantic with all the feels YOU SHOULD NOT MISS WATCHING this one.

note for beginner episode 1 is just an introduction of the whole cast with not much of the main storyline, if you dont like it just fastforward or skip to episode 2. By episode 2 i guarantee you will be addicted

Where to talk about lovesick
http://forums.soompi.com/discussion/2024175/current-thailand-drama-2014-love-sick-the-series > International drama forum
https://www.facebook.com/LoveSickTheSeriesInternationalFans> International fanpage

http://forum.indowebster.com/showthread.php?t=491239&page=5 > Indonesian Forum
https://www.facebook.com/LoveSickIndonesiaFC> Indonesia fanpage

Official everything
Official Website: http://mcot-web.mcot.net/lovesick/
FB :https://www.facebook.com/lovesicktheseries
Twitter : https://twitter.com/lovesickseries
Instagram : http://instagram.com/lovesicktheseries

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Review Bahasa Indonesia

Sinopsis

Selamat datang di Friday SMA khusus cowo paling elit di Thailand, sampai cewe2 dari sekolah disekitarnya selalu mengincar mereka untuk jadi pacar.
Di sini kita bertemua dua anak lelaki ‘biasa’ Phun dan Noh. Noh tergabung dalam club music sekolah ini dan kepala suku tidak resmi diantara teman-temannya. Dengan kepribadiannya yang ramah dan kocak semua anak satu sekolah kenal dengan dia dan dia selalu dikelilingi oleh teman-temannya. Sedangkan Phun adalah siswa elit diantara yang elit di sekolah ini dia menjabat sebagai sekertaris OSIS sekolah. Dia anak yang pintar dengan latar belakang keluarga yang sangat kaya dia tetap tidak sombong + punya pacar yg cantik sehingga semua orang kagum dan menyukainya.

Suatu hari Noh mendapat masalah karena budget clubnya terpotong drastis, dia kemudian meminta pertolongan kepada Phun. Phun kemudian meminta sesuatu yang tidak dia percaya untuk barter pertolongannya, dia meminta Noh untuk pura-pura jadi pacarnya, agar adik Phun yg pencinta Yaoi bisa membujuk orang tua mereka agar tidak menjodohkan Phun dengan teman ayahnya

Mereka nantinya akan belajar untuk tidak bermain-main dengan status mereka saat menyadari apa yang mereka sebenarnya rasakan untuk satu sama lain, dan kita akan menyaksikan mereka terjerat LOVESICK

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日本語のレビュー
Love Sick The Series (ラブシック・サ・シリース) とはタイからの人気ボイスラブ小説から作られた2014年連続ドラマのヒット

あらすじ:
フライデーへようこそ ここはタイ国のエリート 男子学校、近隣の学校の女子がちょうどデートした理想の男子たちが通っている学校。
‘普通’の 少年 プン(Phun) とノ(Noh) が紹介する。
ノくんは音楽クラブの子で少年の間でパックのリーダー的存在、明るくて面白くていつも中間に囲まれていた。プン はエリートの中にエリート彼は生徒会の秘書をやっている。豊かな家族に育てられスマートと礼儀ただしのうえ人気があって美しいガール フレンドもいる。
ある日クラブの予算が大幅に削ら得るトラブルに困っているノくんがプンの助けを求る。その時、プンがあり得ない提案をする。お見合い逆らう為プンのお父さんが可愛がってた腐女子の妹のまえでノと恋人ふりしたい。

本当に恋人ふりしてそれだけ?この素直な子たちは自分の想いを軽く見過ぎることをすぐ分かっている!

日本紹介トライラー Youtube 

Review: My Bromance / พี่ชาย (2014)

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I just watched this movie on youtube last week very lovely and sad
it reminds me of one of my favourite yaoi manga Koun Danshi, that have similar theme
https://shiraai.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/lucky-kun-koun-danshi/

i like that it is about high school boys just like my other favorite thai movie love of siam

it does kinda disappointing that the writer choose to give this story a sad ending instead of a happy one, it have very potential of a cute and fluffy boy romance except for the ending

Review: Takumi-kun series ~DaiMao Movie 2-5~

Hey i know it’s several years too late but i need to write this review got to write this review 🙂
seperti yang mungkin kalian dah tahu i love the cast of the first movie soshite harukaze ni sasayaite, Suka banget sampai saya takut bakal kecewa dengan lanjutannya, akhirnya saya ngelewatin bertahun-tahun ga nonton film ini.

Kemudian karenaNijiiro no Garasu lihat reaksi teman-teman yg dah nonton pada suka saya coba juga nonton,
dan ternyata saya salaaaaaah bgt, OMG the second cast is waaaaay better. dan scenenya juga lebih sesuai dengan manganya bahkan menurut saya lebih bagus dari manganya… a little regretfull that i didn’t watch it sooner but also glad because i could see all movies at once ^__^

okay since i think already lots of review about this movies, i’ll skip the details and just tell you about my favourite parts, and submit pictures

Continue reading Review: Takumi-kun series ~DaiMao Movie 2-5~