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Pickup!Excellent story with friendship and no romance

Jan/10/2018  

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Shiki
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$6.84 / 756 JPY  >> $5.47 20% OFF  / 604 JPY
The age of feudal war. Two young boys are recruited to battle.
X-ratedMangaSpecial ViewerGirls
  • Release: Apr/21/2016
  • DL: 2

Shiki and Genji are two young men brought into war. Kind-hearted Genji sees Shiki involved with a group of enemies in the middle of the night and becomes concerned. When Genji goes looking for Shiki, what he discovers is shocking!

This story surprised and delighted me not only because the sexual scenario is satisfying but because the author rewarded my faith in the characters, even though the situation wasn't as I initially expected! (I cannot stand when an author betrays my faith and makes the victim like their rapist in the end.)

I love Shiki and Genji together. This isn't a romance story, but maybe one of friendship. Genji is boisterous and wanted to be valiant but ended up being terrified instead, and Shiki is quiet and mysterious but ends up being brave in his own way. In the end, they seem to like and appreciate each other even though at first it seemed they might not get along.

As for the sex scenes, Shiki's body is lithe and beautiful, and the artist does a good job of displaying that without being ridiculous and a fantastic job of showing different poses, angles, and facial expressions so the sexual action stays engaging and relevant all the way through. The drawings speak for themselves, and intercutting Shiki's panels with Genji's creates more drama than words and explanation could. What a well done piece of art!

This short doujinshi is among my favorite manga. The artist also has good supplementary pictures on their blog!

I recommend buying this not just for its kinks (male homosexual sex, gangbangs/sharing, rape, coercion) but because it tells a good, heartfelt story using careful, skillful art.

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