MY PARANOID NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR (Tonari no Heya no Paranoia, “The Paranoia of the Next Door (Neighbor)”) ???????????) • Kazuka Minami • 801 Media (2007) • 1 volume • Yaoi • 18+
Childhood friends Yukito and Hokuto are reunited as teenagers when Hokuto moves into Yukito’s house for exam season. Sparks fly, and soon the boys are running for the bedroom every time they’re left alone. Hokuto, the clear seme (tall, dark hair, supposedly an experienced player) makes all the moves, but Yukito (small, blonde, virginal), who’s had a crush on Hokuto since childhood, puts up only token resistance before admitting that he’s gay and going for the gusto. A very minor roadblock to the couple’s happiness is introduced in the form of a lecherous student and teacher who claim to be Hokuto’s “sex buddies,” but even this is only good for a little angst between frolics in Yukito’s empty house. A sweet, pleasantly sex-positive manga, with generous sex scenes, lots of romantic tension, and relatively little gloominess or pain. The major weakness is the art, although the sex scenes are effectively drawn. Slight but enjoyable. (Review by Shaenon Garrity)
Another “yaoi sunday” review by the amazing Shaenon Garrity, my former coworker and fellow comicker.
Today’s winner is Anna C. of California, who will soon be receiving a smorgasbord of manga delights. Anna, I hope you can handle the sumptuous repast of manga which is even now being cooked up by my sous-chef in my special manga kitchen! Today’s meal is a delicious manga in red sauce with green peppers, accompanied by a wild rice and goat cheese risotto with Serrano ham “mangette” canapes. A soup of shredded manga pulp, coriander and chives will be served to you before the main dish, and we also have a salad of tossed romaine lettuce and manga drizzled in laserjet printer ink with infusion of marionberry. For a beverage, we have sangria with frozen cubes of graphic novel, lemon and persimmon.
It’s time for lunch! See you tomorrow!