Lenni Reviews: “My Brother’s Husband” Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame

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In the final volume of this series, Yaichi slowly comes to terms with his late brother’s sexuality and as the last few days of Mike’s visit draw to a close, Yaichi and his daughter, Kana, realize the man has truly become family.

It’s bittersweet to see Yaichi only embrace who his brother was so long after his death. As far as slice of life manga goes, this left a smile on my face. All the character development is believable and touching, leaving a hopeful feeling for a more positive future. I only wish there was more! 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga” by Gengoroh Tagame and Chip Kidd

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After reading My Brother’s Husband, I decided to give a look into Tagame’s other works. I thought I would find more things as sweet and ‘dawww‘ worthy as that book. What I found was decidedly different. And by ‘different’ I mean hardcore porn. There’s just wang and butts everywhere.

This book is a collection Tagame’s short comics from various publications. It includes:

  • Hairy Oracle
  • Arena
  • Exorcism
  • Country Doctor
  • Standing Ovations
  • Missing
  • Class Act

These stories range from sweet but xxx rated to flat out S&M bondage and rape. Each story does come with some commentary from the creator about the story; which was very interesting to read. It puts each one in some context. I did notice that the one story closest to what I would call a romance (Hairy Oracle) was the one written specifically for a women’s publication as opposed to the more graphic stories containing non-con.

As shocked as I was, I liked seeing different body types and a unique art style. Most yaoi features whispy pretty bois but the men here are bulky and hairy (similar to a bear). I refuse to judge this by my own tastes concerning smut like this because everyone has their kink and these comics are targeted to a very specific audience. While I personally have some issues with rape fetishes (gay, straight, or otherwise), and I don’t care if its’ a spoiler but there’s some defication in this and I feel the need to warn potential readers; I can’t bash the book for that. It wouldn’t be fair to the work as a whole. I have to give this a solid 3.7 as a collection but I was MUCH more entranced by My Brother’s Husband.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Brother’s Husband” by Gengoroh Tagame

 

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Yaichi, a stay at home single dad, has been estranged from his twin brother, Ryoji, even since he moved to Canada. After Ryoji’s death, Mike Flanagan turns up in Japan in Yaichi’s doorstep introducing himself as Ryoji’s husband.

This is a very touching book. Mike and Kana – Yaichi’s daughter – are so endearing, I just wanna squish them. The pure innocence they exude is written in such a way that doesn’t seem pandering in the slightest. Yaichi slowly learning how to accept a homosexual man as a person with feelings and the mere existence of this man as undeniable proof that yes, his brother was really gay; is written at a very natural pace. He doesn’t magically flip to being completely open-minded or remain obstinately homophobic. Seeing his daughter’s innocent acceptance and Mike’s plain ole kind nature slowly change Yaichi’s way of thinking isn’t sappy or overly preachy (it is a little preachy) was a great read. 4.5 out of 5 and I would love to continue reading about these characters.

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