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LGBTQ Manga: Otouto no Otto, Volume 3 (弟の夫)

November 17th, 2016

In Volume 1 of Gengoroh Tagame’s Otouto no Otto, we meet Canadian Mike Flanagan, who has come to Japan in search of his late husband’s early life. We also meet Yaichi, Mike’s husband’s older brother. Yaichi’s assumptions about life and the passive homophobia he feels are challenged by Mike’s very existence.  In Volume 2, Yaichi […]

LGBTQ Manga: Otouto no Otto, Volume 2 (弟の夫)

June 12th, 2016

In Otouto no Otto, Volume 1, we meet Yaichi, a Japanese man whose entire life is turned upside-down by the arrival of his late brother’s Canadian husband, Mike.  In Otouto no Otto, Volume 2, (弟の夫) Yaichi is confronted by the existence of many things he just never wanted to deal with before, but which will […]

LGBTQ Manga: Otouto no Otto (弟の夫)

November 8th, 2015

If there is, in 2015, a single series I would call “most-anticipated,” Tagame Gengoroh’s Otouto no Otto (弟の夫) is that series. Tagame-sensei is best known in North America for his overtly sexual comics by about and for gay men, with an emphasis on large, hairy men (what are called “bears” in western gay vernacular). The Passion of […]

Yuri Manga: Hana to Hina no Houkago, Volume 2 (ハナとヒナは放課後)

September 30th, 2016

In Volume 1, we met Hana, a typical high-school girl with an afterschool job at a mascot goods store, against school rules. At the store, she meets and befriends Hinako, another student from her school, who joins her as a part-timer. Hinako is also an amateur model with polished, adult looks, despite her actually being a […]

Otome no Teikoku, vol. 5 Manga (オトメの帝国 5) Guest Review by Mariko S.

June 29th, 2016

Welcome back Mariko S who has been bravely plowing through Kishi Torajirou’s Yuri series for us!  Gambare, Mariko! Keep going! Rah! I struggled with a way to approach this review for Otome no Teikoku vol. 5, (オトメの帝国 5) which stands at the halfway mark of the currently published volumes. In many ways the merits and flaws closely […]