Annyeong! It has been SO long since I have done a manga review. I’m guilty of reading the really, really long, 600-700 chapter type manga, so when I find a short one that I can review, it’s pretty rare. That isn’t to say that I’ll NEVER review a longer manga, I’ll just have to split it up. Don’t worry, I have plans to review Naruto and One Piece and probably Fairy Tail at some point down in the line.
The first thing you have to know about My Loveprize in Viewfinder is that the series is yaoi. If you don’t know what that means, it is guy x guy. I still think that the story is very lovely and the characters are very loveable, but if that isn’t your type of thing, please don’t read it.
So, like I said, Loveprize is yaoi. Not just any old yaoi, graphic yaoi. So, the chapters are definitely geared towards a more mature audience. It was my friend in college who originally suggested it to me, and since then, I’ve been hooked. The manga is still ongoing, however, the chapters stopped at 53. I believe the author was having health problems, so she was unable to continue. However, it is now being worked on, and you can expect new chapters in a few months or so.
Loveprize is about two men, Takaba and Asami. Takaba is a reporter who winds up getting involved with Asami, a notorious…I think he’s a drug lord or a weapons smuggler…guys, I am so sorry that I don’t have confirmation for that. My kindle is currently dead and this isn’t something you can watch on your school computer. Anyway, so through some unsavory means, Takaba and Asami become acquainted. They slowly begin to develop feelings for each other, which is hindered by Asami’s lifestyle, and the introduction of a new/old villain, Fei Long, who has vowed to take all that is precious to Asami. You learn in the chapters about Asami and Fei’s past together and what drove their rivalry.
The art in this story is very pretty. The characters are drawn well and I really like the plot. I only have one complaint, and this isn’t even really a complaint. Like I said, the manga is very graphic, but it seems like Asami’s face never changes. I mean, they could be doing the craziest…ahem…butt sex in the entire world and Takaba is clearly expressing his feelings through his face, but goddamn Asami has the same ‘erotic expression’ as Takaba puts it, as ever. It irritates me. Other than that, I really love the art and the characters are well developed. There are a few, but I am hoping that in future chapters that we get to see a side of Asami that expresses more human-like qualities. Because, in their position, I’m pretty sure Asami is the one feeling the most pleasure, but do you think he even so much as smiles? NOPE! I mean…is he a robot? That doesn’t sound very pleasant…having sex with a robot. Just saying.
There are a few OVA’s of the manga, but instead of going to rather…unsavory websites (like I had to for Futari Ecchi) I was able to find them on YouTube. Don’t judge me…you know what type of music I listen to.
(Dongsaeng-ah, AVERT YOUR EYES.) Guys, I’m sorry, I think this is the second OVA. I couldn’t find the first one for some reason…I’m sure if you look around, you can find it. However, they don’t REALLY go together (not like watching the 19th Naruto episode and then going and watching the 400th) so I don’t think it will matter too much, especially if you read the manga first, which I’d highly recommend.
What do you think?
(PS: I’m looking for more manga to read and review, so if ya’ll have any you like, please their names and I’ll check them out. If you have one you think I should review, you drop that in the Requests page!)