A short peek at two titles from my latest order of books. The dark-haired guys always get me.
Shinkuu Katakoi Pack by Kawachi Haruka
The main story of this collection floored me in some ways. I wish the whole book focused on it.
Sakurai is a high school boy who discovers there’s more to teachers–to adults–than what they show to others. After seeing a normally poker-faced teacher skip lively down the street in the rain, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he asks her what would happen if he liked her and wanted her to go out with him, he gets a surprising answer.
This story is like pure high school boy moe, I swear. It’s concentrated, it’s dangerous. I can see why the teacher is tempted by him… I’d want to devour him too. This, along with Natsuyuki Rendezvous and Sekine-kun no Koi, has decreed that I MUST own every work she’s done. Her boys are absolutely delicious and her female characters are enjoyable and even relateable.
Some moe bait~
I swear, every frame made me feel like a dirty old lady.
Sugar Code by Natsume Isaku
Akira witnesses a strong, sharp-looking young man take out several men threatening a complete stranger. After the fight, the young man collapses in the street and Akira takes him back to the apartment building he manages. The man, Oodoi, asks to stay and soon enough, he weasels his way into Akira’s life. However, as time passes, Oodoi’s true nature emerges: he’s a guy who doesn’t like to work, prefers to laze around underneath a kotatsu in comfy clothes, and loves dogs (who don’t share that sentiment). It’s a far cry from the courageous, manly image Akira first saw. However, it turns out that Oodoi’s the son of a prominent yakuza family… is he hanging around because he likes Akira or is it just an excuse to escape his family and responsibilities?
I’d say this is a very typical Natsume Isaku work. That’s not a bad thing. It means I enjoyed reading it. It was a very light, sugary BL snack. Not terribly filling, but tasty nonetheless. The story and characters were interesting enough, but certainly nothing unpredictable happened. I particularly enjoyed Oodoi’s yakuza-look. Too bad Oodoi wasn’t looking that sharp the entire time!