Spring has arrived, love flourishes like flowers and my yuri/yaoi manga recommendation project begins along with it 🙂 The posts will contain each time 3 manga with different levels of mature content (from 0-3), so that almost everyone can find something of his/her interest to try out. Rape themes aren’t my cup of tea, but if there is one handled seriously, it’ll be stated with a warning, along with other major info (author, number of volumes etc.). These post will be as spoiler-free as possible and SFW (if some panels are NSFW they’ll be set in a link instead of displayed here openly).
Ladies go first, so here we go…
|Honey & Honey is a different kind of cute|
Mangaka: Takeuchi Sachiko
Volumes: 2 (the second isn’t yet fully scanlated)
Takeuchi Sachiko’s Honey & Honey is a realistic look at an adult lesbian couple living in Japan; to be precise, it’s autobiographical. The artwork is rough, but hopefully the plot (and the information the manga imparts) will be enough compensation for those who don’t like that style of drawing. The first chapter introduces the two main characters, Sachiko and Masako, and depicts their first meeting.
Interested in learning more about how real lesbians live (in Japan), what issues they face, how their relationship is like? Honey & Honey is written by a lesbian and has the form of episodes rather than a plot and that’s to be expected since it resembles a comic rather than a manga with its art style. The manga may begin with Sachiko’s and Masako’s present and but it also includes some flashbacks in the past about their exes or their coming-outs. There is some humor here and there that comes out naturally from the mangaka’s experiences but usually Honey & Honey handles serious topics like jealousy, sexuality, transgenderism without making the atmosphere too heavy. It’s very informational and a relatively light reading.
|The volume’s cover was nothing special, so I preferred this picture.|
Mangaka: Okazaki Mari
Volumes: 1 (part of a series)
Itoi is being picked on by her classmates, but doesn’t want to admit it to herself. She becomes closer to Ariyoshi when they are paired together to make costumes for a party and Ariyoshi takes her shopping in Shibuya. Will Ariyoshi be able to help her admit what’s going on and come to terms with it? And is there something more between them than just friendship? A two-part story in a compilation volume by Okazaki Mari in which all the stories feature the Shibuya district.
If you are a sucker for detailed and ornamental accents, unusual panel layouts as well as fluffy hair, this is a manga for you. Just take a look at the cute fish above and the girls’ character design that creates a warm feeling. It’s quite a unique story with emotional depth as both girls have faced some tough situations, start trusting each other, break down letting emotions free at last, and give each other strength . Shibuya District, Maruyama Neighborhood: After School is a very beautiful and empowering story, filled with hope and sweet love. Their relationship at the end isn’t stated clearly, and although I usually don’t like this when it happens in yuri manga, I can forgive it in this one, because their expressions make-up for it.
|Tasteful and fun ero with very clever covers.|
Mangaka: Kishi Torajirou
Some of the chapters are just about sex, often in public places, but that isn’t all Maka-Maka is about. It’s about having someone who tells you your skin looks beautiful in the moonlight. It’s about having someone who calls you the night of your birthday, when you’re feeling down because you just slept with a guy who turned out to be a jerk, and thanks you for being born because she’s so happy to have met you. What is Maka-Maka about? It’s about Jun and Nene.