Monday, March 24, 2008

Love Recipe 1 by Kirico Higashizato review

Love Recipe 1

Author/Artist: Kirico Higashizato

Publisher: Juné Manga

Rating: M - for those 18 and up

Genre: Yaoi, Comedy, Romance

Grade: A+

To kick off my reviews, I thought that I would focus on one of my favorite manga of all time.

Tomonori Ozawa, fresh out of college, landed a job at a large publisher. His job ends up being an editor at RoseBoy, a boys' love manga-zine (tee-hee, I crack myself up!) His first major job is to fetch manga from the famous Sakurako Kakyoin-sensei. Come to find out, Kakyoin-sensei is a guy. Not only is he a guy, but he uses Ozawa as real-life inspiration. Kakyoin-sensei is constantly sexually harassing Ozawa and using work as an excuse to do so. Throughout the manga, explanations of publishing is focused on in a clever way. Will Ozawa fall under Kakyoin-sensei's spell?

I love this manga. It is beautifully drawn and very clever. All the characters are very attractive and quite funny. The chief editor at RoseBoy is a scheming devil of a boss, but she definitely knows what she's doing. Kakyoin-sensei's assistants are very, very shojo-ish. Ozawa is very cute and Kakyoin-sensei is terribly handsome, even with his stubble. I love the use of the angel bunny and demon bunny (and the ears on both Ozawa and Kakyoin-sensei.) This is definitely a very fluffy story. But that's why I love it so much. The sex is not graphic, but is still very steamy.

I totally recommend this manga. If you are looking for something more angst filled, this isn't the book for you. Because this is published by Juné, it is larger than the usual manga. It also has a dust cover and is printed on a higher quality paper. It also costs a bit more, but I love this manga so much I don't mind paying the higher price. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the second volume (waiting for the month of June to arrive, and it is taking much too long!)

***Review Copy purchased by Reviewer***

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