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a (sort of) guilty pleasure [Oct. 22nd, 2010|08:49 pm]
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I was randomly flipping through Sore wa yappari ai kamo ne by Yamakami Riyu when I came across a funny exchange between the uptight guy who likes to uphold the rules and his carefree boyfriend when the boyfriend tries to kiss the uptight guy.

Uptight guy: I told you not to do stuff like this at school!
Boyfriend: Why not? We haven't kissed in three days!
Uptight guy: Illicit relations between those of the opposite sex (a set phrase) are forbidden at school! It's common knowledge!
Boyfriend: We're having relations between those of the same sex, aren't we?
Uptight guy: It's the same thing!!

I love the play on words. Go carefree boyfriend! I have to admit that I own a lot of manga by Yamakami Riyu. I don't think her stories, characters, or art are particularly fabulous. I just like her manga. It's almost a guilty pleasure (though not quite because I don't think her stuff is crap). I haven't bought anything by her in quite a while. I'll have to take a look at what she's done recently...

[User Picture]From: keelieinblack
2010-10-24 12:09 am (UTC)
Wow, that is a really cute exchange! I'll admit to having very similar feelings towards Yamakami Riyu--her writing and art are okay, but not spectacular, yet somehow she's become one of the mangaka I read and even reread a lot. Kind of funny, really, because the first manga of hers I ever read (Deep Flower) made me so mad that for ages I wouldn't pick up anything she'd written. XD
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-10-25 03:13 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about Deep Flower. I hated that manga a lot. I've grown to be okay with it, but it just rehashes all the bad BL tropes. ;_;
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[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2010-10-24 06:11 pm (UTC)
I have really enjoyed a few Yamakami Riyu titles (can't remember which ones now, of course), but I put her on my watch list after I read one too many angsty triangles from her. (I seem to remember that some involved cheating, too, ugh.) I'd be curious to hear which of her stories are happy/cute and which are angsty and depressing.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-10-25 03:15 am (UTC)
I will have to round up my manga and do a post on her stuff when I have more free time (next month!!). I have feeling I don't own nearly as much as I think I do. I just reread them often so it feels like I have a lot of her stuff.

I remember and like the ones that tip towards happy and cute. ^^;
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