Lover – Yaoi Manga Review

This is a manga that hardcore in your face yaoi wise right from the first page and if you are not ready for that then maybe this is not a manga for you, that being said the opening sex scene like the rest of this manga is beautifully illustrated. You don’t know who these characters are which gives the opening pages to this manga an almost voyeuristic feel because the reader has been given no build up as to who these characters are other than the sensual image of the cover and the story synopsis if you read that before starting of course.

As it turns out though this one-shot manga is the classic tale of dubious consent that will either be a guilty pleasure for the reader or a problematic trope within the boys love genre that you may want to avoid if this trope is not your cup of tea. One of the most common story types to come with dubious consent within the boys love genre is that of the man in debt and more often or not this is a debt that has either been inherited from a dead family member or dumped on them by one. See titles like Shounen Maid Kuro-kun and Okane ga Nai for examples of these kinds of stories.

This one shot tells the story of Nayu a young man who’s father has skipped town and left his son with his debt to pay off, as I stated before if you have read this kind of yaoi story before you know the formula. Character inherits debt, ends up having to pay off that debt with either sexual favors to who that debt is to or in more hardcore scenarios ends up as a sex slave or prostitute, these ones are less common though. In this scenario Nayu must become the live in lover of the man who holds his father’s debt, so in a way it kind of reminded me of Okane ga Nai, though unlike an ongoing series like Okane ga Nai there is no where near as much character development throughout the story so again it will really come down to preference whether you will enjoy this manga or not. As a quick guilty pleasure read it was enjoyable for me but if any of the tropes I have mentioned are not to your taste perhaps give this one a skip if you want something a bit more wholesome.

2 Replies to “Lover – Yaoi Manga Review”

  1. Beautifully illustrated sex, however explicit, is still beautiful.

    OTOH “dubious consent” is always a turnoff for me.

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