Friday, July 11, 2008

The President's Time by Tamaki Kirishima review

The President's Time

Author/Artist: Tamaki Kirishima

Publisher: 801 Media, Inc

Rating: 18 and above

Genre: Yaoi, Comedy, Romance, Salarymen

Grade: A+

*** Review originally appeared at The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society at http://liheliso.com/buzz/. Check it out! ***

801 Media has made another brilliant choice with The President's Time. Mutsuki Nagasawa is a truly talented CEO. He is good at his job, thoughtful to his employees, and an all around nice guy. There is one problem. Mutsuki has yet to fulfil his father's final wish for him. He is supposed to become an evil president. So evil in fact he needs to be able to summon Beelzebub himself. What is Mutsuki to do?

After work one day it is decided that Mutsuki is going to perform "Ding Dong Dash", the ultimate of evil (at least for Mutsuki). While standing at the buzzer he discovers he can't be evil and he runs away leaving his chauffer and secretary in the dust. Mutsuki has no sense of direction and ends up lost. He is rescued by the mystery man Makoto Torii. Soon Mutsuki finds himself falling for this strong, sincere man. Torii also gives Mutsuki some words of encouragement to help him commit his first evil deed, crossing against the light (gasp!).

As the 10 year anniversary of Mutsuki taking over the family company approaches he is reminded that if he can't become an evil president he has to forfeit his inheritance to his uncle, who truly is evil, regardless of how successful Mutsuki has been running things. Will Torii be able to support Mutsuki in his quest to become evil? Check out The President's Time to see what happens.

The President's Time by Tamaki Kirishima-sensei will keep you laughing from the time that you crack open the front cover to the time you reach the last page. You'll even laugh just thinking about it. Or at least I did. Salarymen stories aren't new to the genre but I haven't read anything this funny for a while. You have a fantastic cast of characters from Mutsuki the kind-hearted president, Torii the straight arrow employee/lover, Mochizuki the dedicated chauffer who is unsure of his feelings for Mutsuki, Shizuka the sadistic brother to Mutsuki, etc. Each character is endearing and interesting in their own way. They also ooze major hotness and honestly I wish I could do my laundry on several of these characters abs! 801 Media always publishes to the highest quality and The President's Time doesn't disappoint. The book is covered in a full color dust jacket and a full color cover page. There is also a hidden manga on the cover hidden under the dust jacket and a bonus four panel comic on the back flap, it makes more sense once you've read through the whole manga. I was worried that there wasn't an 801-chan comic but it was in a different spot. I always highly praise 801 Media releases in both quality of publication but their impeccable taste in choosing the manga that they license. The President's Time is one of these fantastic releases and I can't recommend it highly enough, but make sure you can handle yaoi because that's what you get and lots of it!

***Review Copy provided by Publisher***
***Reposted with permission from The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society***

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