This is going to be short and sweet, I have even added links, so you can go explore and enjoy.
While I have been reading manga, anime, comic and other graphic books for a long time only few have ever actually reach my keeper shelf list.
I started off with comics as most people do so I had my years with the Archie comics and from there I moved on to the DC set of heroes and heroine. Personally I have always been attracted to the baddies and over the years I have enjoyed the antics of Veronica, Poison Ivy, The Joker and other such dastardly people.
When I found Yaoi I developed a different kind of love for this type of reading material. Firstly there is the graphic which can range from sketch art to solid shape or more flourish styles and I am fascinated by it all and sometimes go out of my way to find the more elaborate style offerings like Crimson Spell.
If you have never read yaoi before the writers and illustrators have gotten the sexual tension present in each books down to a fine art. There are loads of yaoi books that I don’t particularly care for, whether because of the plot or weak characters but most have a few scenes that normally leave me with a smutty little grin on my face and it’s all down to the sexual tension.
The mandate that I was given by Kris was to list my sort of top 5-10 manga, anime, comic with no specific to genre. As this is a m/m site I will mention just a few that are definitely a firm favourite of mine.
Twi-harders who are into the yaoi scene – you will love this one.. The plot is not so much about sex but the small and sometime unsteady steps that make up a new relationship. I had great fun reading this one.
I adore this series, it’s one of those series that follow the main protags through not only physical but emotional development over a period of time and I have collected all the books over the years…
Some rather intense characters are in this one.
- Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Lonely Ring Finger: Released March 2006
- Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Left Hand Dreams of Him: Released July 2006
- Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Ring Finger Falls Silent: Released October 2006
- Only the Ring Finger Knows: The Ring Will Confess His Love: Released June 10, 2009
Matsuno Kaoru works for a department store that sells very elegant men’s clothing. At this department store, there is a mannequin named Mister Veirne that brings about good business to the store. Strangely enough, Kaoru begins to notice how life-like Mister Veirne really is…
Just read it, even on re-read it’s still bloody good.
4… Crimson Spell
Already featured in the series here. A fantasy based yaoi that has a little but of everything to satisfy even the most scrupulous of fantasy connoisseur.
3… Junjou Romantica
Already featured in the series here. Be prepared to sink into this series and it wont let you go that easily.
I found this book when I was into a whole lot of spec fiction, the story is set in a futuristic society and the draw of the book for me was the beautifully drawn characters and the structure of the world. There is romance, angsty moments, backstabbing unrequited lust and loadsssss of sexual tension – and this was all nicely wrapped up in a world that I loved and was not afraid or ashamed to submerge myself into.
A must read.
Well, I know what I will be reading next based on EH’s recommendations. What about you?