Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: THE DEVIL'S SECRET

Just as there are many BL books about angels, there are just as many about devils, including this one from one of the genre's best loved creators.

THE DEVIL'S SECRET (Akuma no Himitsu), by Hinako Takanaga.  First published in 2007 and first published in North America in 2008.



PLOT:

Father Mauro is a priest in a small, rural village.  One day while out on a walk he finds a strange, badly beaten young man in the bushes named Raoul.  Raoul can't remember a thing, much less why he was injured in the first place or why he has horns on his head.  He swears he can't be a devil, yet the more he molests Mauro the better he feels.  When the truth is revealed, Mauro has to decide how much he values Raoul over his faith.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review: THE DEMON ORORON

Alas, a lot of devil-themed dramas are no better than the ones about angels, at least if this series is any indication.

THE DEMON ORORON (Akuma no Ororon), by Hakase Mizuki.  First published in 1998 and first published in North America in 2004.




PLOT:

Chiaki has led a lonely life.  Her parents disappeared long ago and most people ostracize her for her ability to see spirits, so she's mostly lived on her own.  One day she stumbles across a strange blond man on the street and takes him in.  She couldn't have possibly guessed that she is part angel, or that her powers have made her a target to the forces of heaven and hell.  Luckily for her, the stranger she found is Ororon, the king of demons, and he swears to protect her from all those that would threaten her.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: LUCIFER AND THE BISCUIT HAMMER

Last month was on the side of the angels; this month it's all about the devils, demons, and other nefarious forces.  Today's review is far from nefarious, though, despite what its title may suggest.

LUCIFER AND THE BISCUIT HAMMER (Hoshi no Samidare), by Satoshi Mizukami.  First published in 2005 and first published in North America in 2014.



PLOT:

Yuuki is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life and because of that he can't seem to muster up any sort of strong emotion about anything.  He spends his days drifting through life alone...at least, until he meets the talking lizard Noi.  He tells Yuuki that he is a magic knight who must save Earth from destruction by a giant magical hammer.  Yuuki takes this about as seriously as you might expect, but he finds himself convinced when he meets Samidare.  She's a friendly girl with super strength and a desire to win so that she can destroy the world herself.  It's a bizarre motivation to say the least, but it's just the thing to convince Yuuki to join her cause.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: GUARDIAN ANGEL GETTEN

To wrap things up, let's look at a forgotten magical girlfriend series from an equally forgotten publisher (...and a later one that I wish we could forget).

GUARDIAN ANGEL GETTEN (Mamotte Shugogetten), by Sakurano Minene.  First published in 1997 and first published in North America in 2003.


 


PLOT:

Tasuke Shichiri is just another lonely, dorky high school boy with an absent family, few friends, and no girl to call his own.  This all changes when he gets a strange Chinese artifact from his father, from which emerges the moon spirit Shao Lin.  She declares that she will protect him from all harm, but can Tasuke protect her from the modern world and himself from his own growing feelings for her?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: FALLEN MOON

Finding BL manga about angels is not a particularly hard feat to accomplish.  Now finding a GOOD BL manga about angels?  That's the tricky thing.

FALLEN MOON (Daten no Tsuki), by Toui Hasumi.  First published in 2004 and first published in North America in 2008.




PLOT:

In this collection of stories, a man cast out of his personal Eden finds himself trapped in the lavish household of a fallen angel, where he is held captive just as much by his captor's will as he is by the walls.  In another world, an artist and his patron turn out to have a far longer and far more divine history than at first glance.  Finally, a bounty hunter and his partner face off against demons, only to undergo transformations and revelations of their own.