The live-action adaptation of Our Dinning Table makes more of an effort to establish the conditions of the salaryman and the sense of loneliness than the manga does. The adaptation sets up why Yutaka does not join in with his coworkers, how he eats alone, and how he ends up agreeing to teach Minoru how to make his grenade-sized onigiri.
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If you’re not willing or able to go in the trenches looking for a BL manga that’s dark in themes, but still a great read (for adults) we’ve got you!
The art in Oneira is slick, curved, and yet retains enough angles to mirror my understanding of Arane—beautiful and deadly.
Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu or The Summer Hikaru Died is a soft horror. Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu is about Yoshiki and his best friend Hikaru. Or not. Because Hikaru is dead and that’s not a spoiler—it’s in the title.
After… too many months, we’re back with 5 recommendations and a bonus for a valentine’s day full of heart-warming romance.
We all know the BL world is a shining example of problematic but Hideyoshico’s Wait for Me at Udagawachou takes the cake. While easy to read, this 2011 manga fails in its accuracy or character development.
Country Diaries is a BL manga by Isino Aya where Kurumizawa, a professor, abandons his city life for farming and it’s all very pure. He loves nature and finds peace and joy in working his little farm and finding a community among the other farmers there.
Doughnuts under a Crescent Moon starts with Hinako’s breakdown in a lonely street and her wish to love herself and to find love. Asahi, her serious and capable co-worker, finds her crouched like that, and from there, they develop a friendship and maybe more.
Our Dining Table by Mita Ori is the perfect blend of cute and sad, so prepare your kleenex. I want this yaoi EVERYDAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. GIVE IT TO ME.
Wandering Son revolves around two transgender characters who are in the 5th grade. How they learn to navigate their own trans identity around their classmates, family and each other is also explored.