Here we got a third BL webcomic batch! Sort of odd to drop that on White Day, but that happens when you need to throw something in. My obsession of gay men has been lasting quite a long while by now, strangely enough. Some of these are on the more mature side, but I’ll added my NSFA rating for each. This time the stories can be found on Tapas.
Eyes on Me (by loonytwin)
Evan forgets his keys at a friend’s house. His friend’s not going to be home, but as his roommate’s home, Evan can get his keys, anyway. Only, the roommate was hotter than he expected. But is the cute guy interested in him too, or just playing around?
This one was pretty good at the beginning, but I lost interested after a while. I guess it simply lost its momentum and fell flat after the main ship more or less fully set sail. The art’s really nice, and I didn’t really mind the mature parts. I’d still put it somewhere around 4.5/10 on the NSFA scale. The handling of pacing oneself in a relationship has been good though, so I’ll give it that. Not the greatest one in this batch.
Yuuri Watoh keeps a little shop to which no one goes. She sells teas and other herbal option for deal with ailments. However, she’s known as a Misfortune Devouring Witch, so she receives no customers. Until a fateful day Count Ernest Travis Selden visits her shop on the behalf of the king after being recommended to him. Despite the price he has to pay, he keeps coming back to Yuuri’s displeasure.
Okay, I know. This is the day I’m supposed to post a review. I get it. This is my second non-review post in a row. But on a whim and a with every little ounce of energy I had to give to care about the otome games and josei-muke, I wrote this.
Naja at Blerdy Otome made an excellent post about Elitism in the Otome Game Community. As a “veteran” I will address this elephant in a bit, but more importantly, I am taking the time to — once again — bring up problems with Aksys.
If you think this is a post where I’ll be saying “Boycott Aksys Games!!” you’re completely wrong. I don’t believe that to be the solution. Buying form them isn’t good, and I will always refer to optional companies to get games from, but limitations remain: Aksys Games have certain titles, and some will want to play those. Boycotting them won’t solve that problem.
If you, however, expect me to explain why I don’t support them, you are completely right. I will go over my reasons why, and what harm I see supporting the company has on the otome games. This elephant is the one I will primarily address.
You can’t blame me for being relieved, even on my blog’s 7th Annyversary since the relaunch. It’s really been a long year. Too long. It’s been 366 months. This year has really been one of a kind. Yeah. I don’t want 2021 to be like that, but I’m not having high hopes.
So what’s been going on this year, aside from the obvious? Well, I’ve been sicker, but I also began sharing posts about writing. I expanded to audio dramas and books about fiction. I reviewed my first live-action show. Continue reading “Happy New Year!”→
SPOILER WARNING! If you haven’t listened to episodes 1-4, this review may spoil things for you, even in the thought section where I try to avoid spoilers. I suggest reading the reviews of Madou Soshi episodes 1-3 and Madou Soshi episode 4 before this one.
“If drinking within Cloud Recesses is forbidden, I can drink on top of the wall. That way I won’t break the rules, right?”
“Like I’d let you!”
“Hey! Are you looking for a fight!?”
Gi Musen (CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki) wonders what on earth could have happened during all these years for Ran Bouki (CV: Satoshi Hino) to be so different; he’s fine if Musen touches him, he hides alcohol in his room… Thinking about these oddities, he remembers their first encounter that eventually would lead them to this day when Bouki just won’t let him go.
Growing up isn’t easy to begin with, but when you break the norms, it’s extra difficult. In How to be Ace, Rebecca Burgess tells her experiences of being asexual, and someone dealing with anxiety, in comic form, sharing the experiences of growing up.
Huh? What just happened? Why do I feel like I’m floating? Is that a truck in front of me? Was that the sound of me being hit by a truck? Oh. Crap.
One day, a second set of memories struck Elle very suddenly. It confuses her, but she realises one thing: She can’t let herself die first out of the Four Grand Mage of Analia—or else the strongest Grand Magi (and the man the Demon Lord chose for her engagement), Julius, will mock her! But with her past memories comes not only the knowledge of her pathetic death but also the values she once upon a time had grown up with. With these in mind, she sets off to escape death, and find true freedom.
Mir is an Unholyc, an unholy being that is half human, half demon. However, she’s not quite mature yet, but will have her coming-of-age ceremony during the Black Sabbath; in seven days. For it, she’ll need a partner. Strangely enough, she has a letter from the great Dorian Gray (lol), who wishes to help her, telling her where to go. She goes there and finds not one, not two, but three partners. However… they’re human.
“I know what a king is. But even so, it still doesn’t change who I am. I’m still me. And to me, everyone is equal.”
While he’s on an errand, Arthur hears that the Choosing Ceremony is to take place and he goes to see who the new king will be. All of his excitement drops to dread when he, in a try to save his cousin, by accident draws the holy sword Excalibur out of the anvil.
In shock and disbelief, he’s brought into the castle, his relatively safe life turning to a life of hard decisions, vicious nobles and assassination attempts left and right. Will Arthur crumble before his life as king truly begins, or get killed before it happens?
“What on earth makes you write such horrible things?”
As an author, don’t you just hate that?
This quote really resonated with me. While I’m not a horror writer per se, I have dark and disturbing themes, and supposed-to-be chilling and at times downright frightening scenes in my stories. Depending on which work you look at I may write about abuse, torture, slavery, horrible deaths, human sacrifices… I think you get it. While it’s not particularly often, I have people wonder “Why do you write about [insert something]?”
However, this book isn’t about why (horror) writers write what they write. Nor is it about the what. It’s about the how.
Yes, this is a book on how to write fiction and things related to being a writer. A bit of a behind-the-scenes, if you wish, for the fiction you may or may not read. Continue reading “The Horror Writer”→