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Selfish Love volume 2


Written by: Naduki Koyjima
Published by: Be Beautiful
Release Date: November 24, 2004
Genre: Yaoi, Romance, Drama
Age: 18up…There’s isn’t much sex, and most of it isn’t graphic Sad but it certainly isn’t as bad as the sex scenes in Volume 1. I think 16up wouldn’t cause permanent mental damage it’s like reading a regular romance.

Review:
Ryuya Fuijo is attending one of the most expensive and prestigious—because of the expense, university in all of Japan. He’s a great student, good grades, good at sports everything. However, recently Ryuya has had his hand full dealing Orito, the Honor Society president, who nominated Ryuya just so that they would be closer to each other. Orito is constantly making advances onto poor unsuspecting Ryuya, actually by now their kind of expected–whenever Orito gets Ryuya, or even sometimes in public he tries; however Ryuya’s quick response is always “it’s not right for two guys to do,” well apparently Orito thinks differently. Actually throughout this manga Orito confronts Ryuya about his feelings, and ask how he would feel if it was the other way around, if Orito was a girl, I’ll get to this soon.

Anyway, Ryuya is having troubling balancing out his life. While being working, and being sexual harassed by Orito, at school as the Honor Society VP he also works at a local store, which happens to be against school policy. Orito steps and makes Ryuya quit his job, this just happens to infuriate Ryuya anymore, and for good reason who wants someone, no matter how hot they are, meddling in your life. Orito knows however that if Ryuya wants to stay at the university, and close to him, he must quit his job.
Ryuya eventually get over it but he hates Orito for doing, all the while he feels himself growing closer to him, he doesn’t understand why but every time he pushes Orito away he feels it in himself. Ryuya begins to dedicate himself to the Honor Society; however he wants nothing to do with Orito.

Has time passes, it’s time for the annual Autumn Festival. The Honor Society has the responsibility of putting on a play for the entire university, last year they did Alice in Wonderland, and Orito played the Queen–and he looked gorgeous in that too. ^^ After some deliberation they Honor Society decide to do the Shakespearian classic Romero and Juliet, it’s quite funny how they reached the decision and pick the actors, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Things begin to boil over when Ryuya has to fill in for Juliet. Orito for the first time seems not to want to grope Ryuya, and Ryuya’s friend Kyogo is reading to acknowledge his feelings. Everything is coming together, Orito and Ryuya’s past, present, and future; and the ending will only be of the Shakespearian epic sort. What will Ryuya do, will he acknowledge his feelings for Orito, and what would Orito do?


Opinion:

Ladies and gentlemen I’m in love with this couple; really they’re both polar opposites but their meant for each other. Book 2 is definitely a step up from Book 1, which seemed to be more lust than romance–not to say that I don’t like the stuff–Orito forced himself onto Ryuya and was driven by his desire, which made seem like a horny-hot-bad guy . In volume 2, or Book 2 has it’s called by others; Orito’s true feelings come to surface. Orito seemed a bit cocky before but now he really appeals to readers. He’s always trying to get Ryuya to say that he loves him; he even goes to the state where he rapes Ryuya–but I’ll leave you discover that for yourself. This volume, in fact this entire series, is a testament to love: realistic filled with drama. Although this is a gay relationship meant for women, it’s probably the closest to the actual thing. One guy loves the other, but the other isn’t gay; however that won’t stop the boy that’s in love. Eventually they realize that they are meant for each other, and though their relationship isn’t exactly orthodox they can’t hide love. It’s cooler because Selfish Love throws in Kyogo, who is the good guy that hides his feelings and lets the other guy (Orito) make the move on his guy, but he (Kyogo) doesn’t say anything until it’s too late. Real hot stuff going on here, Koyjima really decided to focus more on the love than lust aspect in this volume which I must is worked out well. It was you intriguing to see Ryuya’s feelings for Orito finally come to surface. It wasn’t like most yaoi mangas that just focus on sex; these two actually develop a relationship. Orito is always forcing himself on Ryuya and Ryuya is always pushing him away, and although Ryuya doesn’t see it it’s breaking Orito on the inside. Although he looks tough and selfish on the outside he is soft and tormented by love on the inside. Yaoi hardcore fans that like a lot of sex might be disappointed in Book 2 but the story clearly makes up for the lack of hardcore sex found in Book 1, in my opinion, but then a again I’m a smut for love stories. ^^ There is really a lot going in this manga, much more than I would have expected for a yaoi manga, maybe that’s why I like so much. These two guys were made for each other, so much passion and drama. Oooh somebody stop me.
While reading Book 1 isn’t necessary to understand the story thus far, it certainly helps build momentum in the story. I definitely preferred Book 2 than Book 1 as I thought Book 1 rushed it a bit, but I love this series overall and considers it one of my favorites yaoi, even romance, manga thus far, probably second only to Only the Ring Finger Knows.
How can I say “I love this manga,” the story is so touching, and I really don’t mind the fact that there wasn’t much sex in it, if anything it me made love these two even more, there relationship wasn’t instantaneous they bought had to fight for love. To do add it was also quite funny it was overturned with just drama, Koyjima manages to put in a few very funny scenes in the manga that really made you laugh. The artwork is simple adorable, and would captivate you. Overall this is a must have for anyone that loves a love story with drama, comedy, and the occasional sex; it’s so well written that if your new to the whole yaoi thing it’s a good place to start.

Score:
8.5/9.0

By Cherubim

Selfish Love volume 1

Written by: Naduki Koujima
Alternative title: Kunshusama no koiha katte!
Published by: Be Beautiful
Release Date: September 22, 2004
Genre: Yaoi, Romance, Drama
Age: I said Yaoi, didn’t I, don’t you listen! Steamy sex scenes…ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR CHILDREN…18 up obviously. XD

Review:
Orito Kuroha is the school’s Honor Society President. He’s your typical High School pretty boy: rich, arrogant, drop dead gorgeous, and full of himself. As president Orito basically gets a free pass at whatever he wants. However, he still has his duties as president, and one of them are to nominate a vice president, who is suppose to make sure the president doesn’t abuse his power blah…blah…blah, before the next meeting of the Honor Society. He nominates Ryuya Fujio, a sophomore with perfect grades. Ryuya asks why the president of the Honor Society would nominate him, although he is very qualified for the position; Orito says because he likes him. Ryuya is shocked and doesn’t know what to say besides “No!” Apparently, Ryuya seems to have a grudge on Orito and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. Unfortunately for Ryuya “No” isn’t part of Orito vocabulary. Orito is going to have his way whether Ryuya is willing or not. Naturally Ryuya is a bit pissed that Orito would act as if he’s better than him, even though Ryuya is a grade above him.

Ryuya’s friend Kyogo comes to check up on Ryuya because he missed his lecture and he wants to make sure everything is ok. Kyogo is such a good friend. Ryuya confides in his best friend Kyogo, who ran for the same position as Orito but lost because of his small status compared to Orito. Ryuya and Kyogo talk about how the university is just filled snobby rich kids; it seems to calm Ryuya down, as he on a full scholarship and is quite poor. It becomes clear that Kyogo and Ryuya are best of friends and would do anything to protect each other.

As the day draws to close Ryuya heads for home putting the encounter with Orito behind him; however, Orito is right there waiting for Ryuya to reconsider. It seems Orito has been doing his homework, and knows pretty much everything there is to know about Ryuya–he obviously takes a vested interested in the people he “likes”, from Ryuya’s family background, academic records, to his physical health. No doubt Ryuya is a bit scared Orito is looking more and more like a stalker, and he’s got his eyes on Ryuya. Then when it looks like Orito about to have his way with Ryuya he says those magical words, “I’ll take care of you.” Ryuya still wants nothing to do with it, but as stated before, Orito is known for getting his way. He accidentally breaks Ryuya glasses, and since Ryuya can hardly see without them, he decides to carry Ryuya home. That Orito he’s such a gentlemen. ^^

Poor Ryuya now his life has become so much more complicated. Orito isn’t going to leave him alone until he accepts the position as his VP, and no matter what Ryuya does it doesn’t stop him. Orito true intentions become clear as to why he nominated Ryuya has VP, it’s to have Ryuya close to him at all times, basically for Orito personal enjoyment, as if it wasn’t obvious before. When Kyogo hears of this he instantly goes after Orito. Ryuya doesn’t want to see his big, handsome, friend get hurt by Orito. Ryuya accepts Orito nomination to end to squall between Orito and Kyogo before it gets too far. Now Orito seems to have everything he wants, the man of his dreams and access to that man 24/7. Life is good Orito, isn’t?

Opinion:
I must of all the yaoi books I’ve read Selfish Love ranks pretty high up there, there’s a pretty funny, romantic, dramatic story, the artwork is just amazing (they’re so hot!), and the love scenes are entertaining to read (didn’t know you could that 0.0). Koujima actually balances the sex with an adequate story behind it so you don’t just skip pages to get to the good stuff. It’s not all sex, there’s actual story, which in Yaoi Manga is a hard thing to find. Of course, Selfish Loves stays true to it’s yaoi-ness with the usual non-consensual sex scenes, with the pretty boy that was living the straight live but now has a hunger for mangina, and the dominating boy that just has to have it his way; however, this time there is drama and a real (in a twisted sort of way) love story between the two (and the other characters too). You’re going to hate Orito for forcing himself on Ryuya but at the same time you’re going to love him and his control of every situation; and you also feel sorry for Ryuya for not sticking up for himself, but you want him to get with Orito. Drama I tell you, drama!
Another of the plusses is the artwork, which is simply adorable. Ryuya and Orito are just HOT! No joke. You’ll be falling for them and routing for them to get together at the same time. Their personalities fit there design perfectly, you could just look at Orito and see that he’s controlling and gets what he wants and Ryuya is soft and innocent at the core, but he’s like the kid with glasses just really hot. Then you have Kyogo who just looks like the guy with a secret, but I won’t tell you what that secret is. ::evil smirk::
The sex scenes are intense and quite graphic in some parts (but nothing too bizarre) but what can I say, “It feels like love.” Each of the love scenes seem to be right where there supposed to be, and not placed in scenes where they wouldn’t seem to be natural, or feel as if it doesn’t belong. The sex scenes go on for pages (which is always a good thing) and there’s everything from foreplay to the really steamy stuff. Although the sex scenes don’t come until the end of the book it’s well worth the wait, trust me. ^.^ <–Innocent face
Alright time for the wrap-up. Selfish Love Vol. 1 is a good yaoi book to pick up if you want a shonen-ai love story with some good yaoi action! The story won’t bore you, and it will keep you entertain long enough to reach the love scenes (which are actually part of an extra story found at the end, don’t worry the main story has good stuff too). The story itself is almost believable, a lover that gets what he wants when he wants it or not–yeah I know in the real world we call that rape, but the world of yaoi it’s called “love.” If you like it hard (I really I mean no pun by that) you probably might be disappointed because there isn’t much sex, but trust when it happens it’s finger licking good, there is story and there’s loads of drama too. If you want a love story bent on desire, has really hot people (and by that I mean men), and has really strong intense love scenes go and get this manga.

Score:
8.0/9.0

By Cherubim

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