Dislike~ More of a warning~ As you can probably tell from the cover of this yaoi, it is not in the ‘usual’ manga drawing style. This may be off putting to some, but I’ve been reading manga and watching anime for so long now that I really enjoy it when I come across a different style. It’s refreshing. 🙂
Like~ The artwork. LOL. What can I say, it really appealed. It had a funkiness and an edge to it sometimes missing from the characteristic manga style. I liked it a lot and it suited the story and characters.
Dislike~ Another warning~ This is GFY which I know is not everyone’s cuppa, especially when it comes to yaoi. The approach to the seme/uke tropes in Calling is quite different however, with no forced seduction but the gradual development of the relationship over time. This is assisted by the storyline and artwork giving insight into both characters’ POVs – another change from the usual – as well as it utilising the entire length of the novel to tell the tale. This is not a oneshot deal.
Like~ The exploration of Kazuaki’s and Kira’s burgeoning romance provided the opportunity for the mangaka to deal with issues associated with Kira’s job as a pron star. Yeah, this type of storyline can be romantic, blah, blah. Let’s face it, though, it’s friggin’ annoying when an author doesn’t do this subject justice because you know that, sooner or later, the shit is going to hit the fan. Thankfully this wasn’t an issue with Calling and, more importantly, Kira’s work was handled in a meaningful way.
So, what I think: At the time I completed this my comment at goodreads was “Screw the Great Yaoi Swap. I think I’ll keep it.” That still applies. 😛
I would also recommend this to readers who, whilst not being completely sold on the idea of this genre, wish to give yaoi a try so as to allay their curiousity. It is one of the better ones out there.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to.Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.