365 Days of Manga, Day 188: Love Quest

 

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LOVE QUEST (Lovekue) ?????) • Lily Hoshino • Yen Press (2008) • Hobunsha (2006) • 1 volume • Yaoi Fantasy • 18+ (language, nudity, graphic sex)
Two seemingly normal high school guys are summoned to an unnamed fantasy world by Marion, a froofy-haired sorceress who needs them to “exchange bodily fluids” to fuel her magical powers. The funny premise and Hoshino’s normally elegant art is destroyed by the rushed, sketchy execution; there’s very little humor or even inventive kissing in the actual book, and the mood is tainted by the presence of Fumiko, a bitchy girl who follows the two boys to the fantasy world and becomes an evil villain. The title story is PG-rated, but the bonus story, “Pheromone,” is 14 pages of hardcore shota-looking sex. The original Japanese title is a pun on Dorakue, short for the video game “Dragon Quest.”
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Today’s winner is Joe B. of Ohio! Congratulations, Joe!
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This picture comes courtesy of Lindsey, one of our previous winners. I’m glad you liked Ceres: Celestial Legend — it’s a great manga series, probably Yuu Watase’s best work! (Though I like her art best at the very very beginning of Fushigi Yugi, before she started using assistants so obviously…) I’ll send you some more books ASAP!