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Yaoi Volume 1: Anthology of Boys Love [Paperback]

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Item description for Yaoi Volume 1: Anthology of Boys Love by Misa Izanaki, Sean Michael Wilson, D. V. L. Spencer, Yishan Studio & Amelia Woo...

A brand new anthology series of guys in love with guys. First, prisoners of a medieval circus unite against their wicked ringmaster. Then a tale of forbidden love between members of two rival gangs in modern Tokyo. The final tale is of a boy who escapes two sadistic hillbilly captors and recovers from their torture with the help of a romantically vulnerable cop. Our top talent comes together for this brand new yaoi anthology!

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.45" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2007
Publisher   Yaoi Press
ISBN  1933664150  
ISBN13  9781933664156  


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Its not so bad!  Jul 3, 2008
In defence of the second story - its one where things are deliberately not made clear from the start. You need to work it out as you read through, and its revealled subtly. I think those other reviewers may be people used to having plots spoon fed to them very clearly from the start. But that is only one way of telling a story in manga/comics. The more subtle and obscure approach is just as valid. Anyway this story is actually pretty simple - the two guys were lovers a few years before, they meet again accidentally, but are now in different gangs... their sexual connection starts again, the gangs find out, there's trouble. Thats it, and its all there in the story - its just not SHOVED in your face!
 
Not sure that I would buy it again  Mar 24, 2008
The storylines of the first and the last story are ok, the third story is the best about a young men who is kept as a slave by abusive men, but is able to flee. He takes refuge with an ex-cop who tries to help him, but who has problems of his own. From the second story I'm still only confused...

The drawing style of the first and the third story is a classical comic/cartoon style, the style of the second story reminds the most of classical manga style. The drawings of all the stories are ok. It took me some time to like the style of the third story, but altoghether I like it best. But at first I couldn't help but think, that one character constantly reminded me of Michael Myers from the movie Halloween...
 
Seriously Over Priced for What You Get  Dec 9, 2007
I picked this up mostly because of the cover art. I liked the colors and I thought it had a lot of promise, but the interior art leaves a lot to be desired.

IMO, the first story of the incubus had the best story line (I thought it was really sweet) and the best art and that's sort of sad since the art still left much to be desired.

The second story was disjointed. The relationship between the two characters seemed weird and unreal. It didn't feel like it was based on anything, not even a "love at first sight" cop-out. Until they end up in front of the TV doing a little video watching, you're wondering how in the world they even know each other at all. The art didn't help either.

The third story was better developed and the characters were more fleshed out like the first. You could see the progression of a relationship building between the two characters. But once again, the art.....I don't even know what to say about it without being harsh.

In every story the art work looks really flat and empty. Everything looked two dimensional with nothing to bring depth, texture, or richness to the pages. All of it looks like a partially finished story board, lots of empty space. There are good manga out there that don't have a lot of background and filler, but the shading/texture of the characters is rich enough to make up for it. But, I also think the precisely outlined rectangle at every panel of this book made me more aware of the open and empty space, the lack of details in the back ground. Or, if the back ground was filled in, it felt very cookie cutter. Like the artist knew the panel was going to be exactly this dimension and they better put in a table/bookshelf/door/convenient plant to fill in exactly the space that's left open around their characters. The panels don't flow and naturally progress into each other. The story board type of panels I expect to see in an american style comic ,it works, that's the style. But this is being promoted as a yaoi manga, and I wouldn't say that it follows the manga style.

If you're looking for a manga, pick something else. If you're looking for a gay american cartoon, then this is for you.
 
What a waste.  Dec 4, 2007
I was very excited to get this anthology! The cover was perfect and the synopsis sounded so very interesting. But boy am I ever disappointed.

The cover story looks as if it would be worth its weight alone, but that does not seem to be the case. Aren, the incubus demon, is not so much tragic as he is annoying. There is nothing sexy about him and really, I would think an incubus demon would EXUDE sexiness. At least he's pretty enough when he blushes.

The second story confuses me (am I missing a page?). You have two delinquents in love. I am not sure if the problem is that they're from rival gangs or that they are homosexual, either way this story, with its horribly drawn lovers, is garbage.

The last story is the tale of a slave who flees the clutches of drunken hillbillies, only to leave his friend behind! (There were two shot guns by the door idiot!) He is rescued by a retired cop with a shattered past. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over again at this story.

The entire thing was a disappointment and when I looked at the cover in reality, even that doesn't look so good.
 
Seriously Good  Aug 19, 2007
I knew I was going to love this book when I saw the picture on the cover. I always liked the 'wild boy in the circus cage' type scene.

There were three stories here and I loved the title story best! It was a fantasy world with a old timey circus. An incubus demon boy is forced to be the villian in the circus shows. His sexy but evil imprisoner sleeps with him, and even though the incubus character doesn't like him he totally gets into it due to his nature. That was the part I liked best!

Second story was kind of a school-boy story. Two gangs fighting and two members had some kind of sexing in their past from reform school When they meet up again they want to hook up, but they're in rival gangs. Nice 'mutual enjoyment' in front of a naughty movie in this story. :D

Last was one with some seriously good art. Kind of Westerny, but still mangaish. It fit the story since it was about a cop and the boy he finds who excaped from hillbillies who were using him as a 'gimp.' It was sweet. I liked the age difference between the two guys. Like sort of a father complex thing going on, but not gross.

Anyway, this is looking like a really good anthology series. I hope they try to have some of the same writers and artists doing the next one.
 

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