Manga Book Review: A Gentlemen’s Agreement Between a Wolf and a Rabbit by Shinano Oumi

A gentlemen’s Agreement between a Wolf and a Rabbit by Shinano Oumi

English publication: Digital Manga Publishing

Romance and comedy

Fun, witty and sexy. Combined with smuttness and comedy. I was lucky to find this manga. I discovered it at my local library. It was tucked away covered by massive books. I was surprised to see this manga in a quite library.

At first glance It very smutty but as I read it I actually grown to the storyline. I borrowed it and check if it available to buy on Amazon or Book Depository. Book Depository has a copy to buy for £11.99 (pushing the price), I brought it for £8.99 via Amazon marketplace. I know June Manga are expensive and are rare to have so I brought it immediately.

The Male characters are hunky. Kairou and Togawa work at a toy company, they always have beef with each other. Everyone think they are enemy but behind closed door they are secretly love making.

This manga have 8 stories inside, Kai and Toga the main character and the other are sub stores. The relationship between Kai And Toga is very funny. They say sarcastic words. Togawa always attempts to get into Kairou’s downstairs department.

The side stories are fun to read too. My favourite is ‘Aroma of Romance’ a love affair between a sale man and a scientist.

The drawings are good, it on the masculine style of manga art style. Which it nice to see masculine couples together.

It is a feel good manga, My first choice to pick if I wanted something lighthearted with sauce on top,

You can buy this manga at Book Depository or via Amazon

I would recommend this manga as put of your BL collection. 4/6 stars

Attraction: Stay with me. Screenshots of my working process on Clipstudio Paint

To see earlier post of my comic works click here

The story processes on, I’m still discovering got new techniques on the software and editing the story as I go along. I post screenshots on my twitter page @reebeksart. I want to be authentic in my drawing style, I included gesture scribbles/ lines. So far it looking very polished and the two characters personality are showing more. I’m taking my time to work on two pages a week, which manageable and allow me to come up with new ideas.

Clip Studio Paint contacted me and asked to feature one of my screenshot of my comic pages on their official website! You can see my post on the artist testimonial section.

Three BL manga I would recommend you to read.

There is so much to choose from. It really goes by the readers personally preference. I would read any BL manga depending on my mood and what I fancy to read. I brought a range of mangas to read. (It’s like creating my own mini BL library at home)

There only a few manga books I would Constantly read.

Here are my top recommendation:

1. Junjo Romantica; By Shungiku Nakamura. great romantic storyline combined with hot smutt. A romantic story between a wealthy man and young student. You can read it for free on MangaFox.

2. Strange and Mystifying Story vol 1 and 2; by Tsuta Suzuki. A handsome mysterious demon with wolf ears cures an illness of a lonely young man. Beautifully drawing style and great romance.

3. Crimson Spell; by Ayano Yamane. fantasy action with lust. A love affair between a mage and Prince. The prince is cursed and turns into a demon at night. The Manga can only tame the demon by giving the prince sexual release. Absolute guilty pleasure!

This list can change anytime. I do have more BL manga book to share.

First BL Manga you ever read?

I remembered the first BL read was in my teens. I would regularly go to my local Waterstones bookshop after school to read books. Waterstone was introducing manga books in their stores.

TOKYOPOP was the main manga publisher at the time. The first manga I brought was DearS. (I still read that manga)

There were other manga books too. I picked up Junjo Romantica.

When I first read Junjo Romantica for the very first time, I was shocked with the graphics detail of the bedroom scene. I was taking a back by the rawness.

The drawings was different, unique to other manga styles.

Junjo Romantica by Shungiku Nakamura
Junjo Romantica by Shungiku Nakamura

I never knew this kind of manga existed in a book to buy. It was very entertaining to read. I blushed and squealed reading this manga.

Since then I been obsessed with reading BL mangas.

I brought only two volumes 2 and 3. I could not afford buying mangas with little pocket money back when I was young. But I was lucky to read Yaoi/ bL from local library.

Then the publisher close down and I could not continue to buy Junjo Romantica. I hope someday SublimeManga could get Junjo Romantica license again.

Junjo Romantica has been a inspiration for my stories.

Junjo Romantica it is one of the classics BL stories. The storyline is great. The characters Usagi and Musaki look goo together and very sweet. I love the chemistry between the couple.

It extremely comical too. Shungiku Nakamura humor in her manga are hilarious.

They even made an anime series from the manga which is also great to watch. (Available to watch on CrunchyRoll)

Junjo Romantica Anime

Manga Review: The World’s Greatest First Love: The Cases of Ritus Onodera.

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Artwork and Story by Shungiku Nakamura.

English published: Sublime manga. 

Genre: A slice of life/ romance/ Comedy 

The Junjo Romantic saga continues with a new romantic stories and hot couples. 

Ritus Onodera is a rookie at the shoujo manga editing department. The work is very tight with deadlines. Ritus is inexperience editing shoujo mangas. His boss, Masamue Takano is strict, cold and take no-nonsense.

However Takano was Ritus first love. When Takano recognised him, he forces himself to make Ritus fall in love with him again.

Takano is very persistent on making love to Ritus and doesn’t want to lose Ritus again. Ritus denies that he loves Takano but his internal feeling saying otherwise. The sexual chemistry between Ritus and Takano is and unusual but intriguing.

The sexual tensions is on point in every volume, very hot, saucy bedroom action! Just as you expect of Shungiku Nakamura’s manga’s. Most Bl manga are is too fast with the bedroom action. In Junjo Romantic and World’s greatest first love there alot of building up with he romance interest and plot development 

The manga starts get interesting in Volume 3 when the relationship between Ritus and Takano get steamy and intense. Also Volume 3 there is a sub story of Shota Kisa and Kou Yukina. 

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Anime: World Greatest First Love on Crunchyoll

The World Greatest first Love manga series is fantastic. I keep reading the manga over and over again. Shungiku Nakamura creates very creates great heart throbbing  romantic combined with good drawings. The drawings improved a lot since Junjo Romantica. 

I own all the volumes of this manga and watched the anime series on CrunchyRoll.

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There is a separate manga World Greatest first Love, Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori. Which is not available in english publication to buy. Only Japanese publication.

I was disappointed that Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori was not included in the sereis as in the anime.

Personally, Shungiku Nakamura is one of the best classic Yaoi/BL manga artist.

I really wished Junjo Romantica was re published in english publish again by Sublime Manga.

The anime is available to watch in crunchyroll.

I rate the manga series 6 out of 6 stars, highly recommended manga to read.

Sublime manga website: https://www.sublimemanga.com/

The Way of Manga like A Pro through World Greatest First Love and Nichijou.

Episode 20, Nichijou

I always watching world Greatest first love anime on CrunchyRoll. The anime is an insight on how manga publishers work. Ritsu and Tanako are both manga Shojou editors. Thier jobs is to work closely with the manga artist.

There is a sub story on world Greatest first love, manga Shojou Artist Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori the manga editor.

Chiaki and his team work in a studio. They working endlessly to meet the deadline.

It seem that working on a manga series is a lot of work and stressful! Luckily for me I am a one man band and don’t have to meet deadline.

I see the story board or rough draft in the anime where the character discus the rough draft. The drawings are drawn very simple, thumbnail rough, include the dialogue. The manga artist makes many pages of rough drafts drawings then show them to thier editor.

I noticed watching World Greatest first love, the manga artist divide the paper and draw two pages roughs in one page. This give them an idea how the manga read into the next page.

World Greatest first love

This gave me an idea to do the same with my drafts. I am using a layout paper to do my manga rough.

My manga will read from left to right western style.

I write my story first. Adding details to the scene and the character dialogue. I write my stories like a fiction because I want to get the essence of the characters. It is a good way to develop your characters. I aim to write between 500 – 1,500 words.

Draft drawings

After I am happy with the roughs, I will start working the real manga on my computer on Clip Studio EX. I have a Wacom Display Tablet so it more easily draw with ease.

I am still working on my manga and uploading them on my Deviantart page. I am trying to find a good method in creating my manga. So far it coming much more nicely together.

‘Chained to you’ manga comic drawn on Clip Studio

Tip: Stick to manga that you like or inspired by. Take note on how the manga is directed, how the tone convey the mood and the panels works on the page.

Nichijou gave me encouragement when I feeling like my manga is not good enough. I just remember how Mio chan felt with her manga. She inspires me to follow your dreams in becoming a manga artist.

Episode 20, Nichijou

Episode 20 on Nichijou is when Mio’s friend help her complete her manga, but did not go well. It is a good episode to watching because you will see that every artist has those days when nothing is coming out right.

Manga Comic: Onsen Love

starting on creating my own manga pages/ series using clip Studio Ex. I have not developed a proper plot for this comic. I am developing my visual narrative.  so far the drawing are looking great.

I uploaded more of my  manga comic on my Deviantart page aswell.

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