|Ryuu to ryuu by Kizuki Jin and illustrated by Akira Norikazu
||[Jul. 6th, 2009|07:37 pm]
Ryu to Ryu by Kizuki Jin and illustrated by Akira Norikazu is nothing special, and at first I dismissed it. But it grew on me. It's a total mishmash of BL conventions and cliches and has no sparkle of originality, but the art is nice and the characters are pleasant. The uke has a backbone but isn't totally stupid and ridiculously headstrong! The seme isn't a bastard! And is very eco-conscious! Instead of a normal summary, I'm going to do a checklist of cliches:
-Earnest young man trying his hardest to raise his ADORABLE little brother and kind of failing
-Young man who doesn't realize just how attractive he is
-A bunch of host club stuff, but the big one is the bullying
-Really cute interactions between the yakuza and little brother
-"You take care of your brother and I'll take care of you"
Uke and seme first meet at the coffee shop uke works at. Seme comes every morning for a caramel latte, bringing his own cup since he's very eco-conscious.
Uke decides to try working as a host since it can be very very lucrative. He has a bit of a hard time when the yakuza in charge of the host club starts to beat him up. Luckily seme is a high-ranking member of the clan. He sees uke's bruise at the coffee shop and comes to visit uke at the host club. He also knows the #1 host at the club very well.
Seme meets uke's younger brother.
Seme harrasses uke a bit at the host club.
Uke is very upset because his brother has been kidnapped and his apartment building has been burned in a fire.
Turns out the brother was kidnapped by #1 host, who is jealous of uke taking away seme. Seme had a physical relationship with #1 host at one point, even giving #1 host his own club. #1 host demands seme to break things off with uke and be with him. Seme demands the brother back, and ends up fucking #1 host hard. Unfortunately uke has been called to the location by #1 host's accomplice and sees seme fucking #1 host. Seme gets even madder and just starts beating #1 host up. He gets brother back. Uke is very upset and never wants to see seme again, but seme's underlings beg uke to at least give seme a chance and to not just leave him. Seme thinks of uke and uke's brother as his family.
Of course uke gives in. He loves seme. Seme asks uke if uke is okay with seme being a yakuza, but uke replies that it can't be helped since the man he fell in love with happened to be a yakuza.
And they have passionate sex. (I like this pic very much.)
Seme has to cover uke's mouth to prevent uke's younger brother from waking up from the racket uke is making during sex.
The artist talks about how she'd just fallen in love with the uke's younger brother. And does a very nice pic of the three on a picnic. There were some very sweet family moments in the book with the three of them, actually....