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Shinzou ni amai kiba by Katagiri Barbara and illustrated by Kitakami Ren [Aug. 10th, 2009|07:11 pm]
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I decided to post on Shinzou ni amai kiba by Katagiri Barbara and illustrated by Kitakami Ren even though it isn't particularly good, bad, or interesting because I've finally come across a book by that author that didn't totally suck. Also, the art is pretty good. The premise: normal high school kid + yakuza = non-con and general mean-ness.

It's about a normal high school student with a deadbeat dad who ends up with a huge debt to the yakuza. Kid goes to see said yakuza, is insolent, and gets raped. He's then turned into yakuza's fuck-toy. He tries to get help but is found out and punished. He finally hits his limit during the punishment and breaks, tries to "fly" off the balcony but is prevented. He becomes a vegetable. Yakuza, who is supposed to be a cold bastard, finds that he doesn't like kid broken. So he offers to give the kid something. First the kid asks for his freedom, but the yakuza says no. He will give the kid something that money can buy. So kid mentions that he wants a dog (he's never been able to have one). He doesn't think yakuza will actually come through, but promises to eat if he gets a dog. Surprise, surprise, dog shows up the next day! And kid suddenly has the will to live and thrive so that he can play with the dog! Amazing, no? There is softening between the two and they are almost sweet. Then kid gets kidnapped and is saved by yakuza. This seals the deal, they confess their love to each other and live happily ever after. Or at least have some (a lot of) sex with love.

This fails mostly because the whole kid immediately revives thanks to a puppy thing was stupid. I was basically with the program up until this point. But another problem I had was that the cold blooded yakuza just wasn't cold enough. The author confesses in the afterward that she did fail in that regard. I'm impressed she didn't write total crap, so will give her a pass on this one. But if you want to read a *real* cold-blooded asshole yakuza boss fucks up a normal kid's life and makes him his kept boy story, read Natsukage by Mizuhara Tohru. The art is UGLY, but the relationship is appropriately extreme and awful. Yet still satisfying.

Oh noes! Yakuza dude becomes interested in the kid in a bad bad bad way...

Resulting in sex, of course.

Which kid unfortunately finds pleasure in.

I don't know what this is about, but it's a very nice picture of forced submission.

Kid is caught having confided in his teacher!

Yakuza decides to tempt teacher into inappropriate activities with kid, thus obtaining blackmail material for the teacher and punishment for the kid.

Resulting in broken kid. And a disgruntled yakuza.

But a puppy makes it all okay!

Yazuka risks himself to rescue his boy!

It's love!

And of course the book ends with happy loving sex...Awwww...

[User Picture]From: flyby311
2009-08-11 06:57 am (UTC)
Oh man. Apparently a puppy can make even rape and imprisonment okay! I really wonder how some of this stuff gets published, haha.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-08-12 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm sure the hearts of many fangirls melted at the whole puppy thing. Sometimes I'm amazed at what other people squee over. Sometimes I'm amazed at what I squee over. No accounting for people's tastes, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: baka_neko
2009-08-11 12:15 pm (UTC)
*giggles* First time I've heard of the magical healing powers of puppies in this context! (At least nothing happens to the puppy)

But yeah, I think you can't help but feel cheated if the author sets up the scenario, but is too chicken to take it all the way through. If it has all the earmarks of a grand torture piece, then we want our torture dammnit. And of course cuddling and soothing balm on the whipmarks and happi endo. XD
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-08-12 04:20 am (UTC)
Oh god, I imagined horrible things re: the puppy after reading your comment. Everything from puppy being cruelly killed to something a bit more kinky...Which is so gross I wish my mind wasn't in the gutter so much.

I should be used to authors not taking the story to the logical conclusion as I've been disappointed over and over, but it still gets me almost every time. :P
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[User Picture]From: savage_dream
2009-08-11 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for summary. :D
No wonder as It's a work by Barbara Katagiri. But the art by Kitakami Ren is yummy.

Will you review Natsukage? I wish you will...XD since Natsukage looks really interesting. I've read from a review that it was so good in portraying the real yakuza and that's rare for yaoi novels of this genre. That sounds so tempting. XD
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-08-12 04:22 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I may do Natsukage one of these days...It just takes more effort to write about a book I actually like so I tend to punt. :P
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[User Picture]From: hpstrangelove
2009-08-12 09:23 pm (UTC)
I love the pictures, and your comments!
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-08-13 06:33 am (UTC)
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