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- Art Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Text/Translation Rating: A
- Age Rating: 18 and Up
- Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
- MSRP: 15.95
- Pages: 200
- ISBN: 978-1934129418
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
Kiss Your Hair
Kiss Your Hair Manga Review
By Briana Lawrence
May 24, 2010
Release Date: December 30, 2009
Kiss Your Hair
© Digital Manga Publishing
An anthology full of hot sex and even hotter men.
Writer/Artist: Duo Brand
Translation: Melanie Schoen
Adaptation: Melanie Schoen
What They Say
When a handsome gardener, Suzaku, realizes that the aloof and beautiful butler Suiren, has been spying on his secret hair-fetish liaisons with his master, he thinks, "why not put on a show?" This sexy collection gathers steam with the between-the-sheets adventures of an artist and his model, the Student Council president and a tea ceremony instructor, an assassin and an "escape" artist... and even a pair of powerful lawyers! Which of these couples will steal your heart and satisfy your deepest desires?
Kiss Your Hair takes the most scandalous master-and-servant relationships out of the workplace and into the bedroom! After all, what better way to discover forbidden pleasures, forgotten heartache and a devilish new trick or two? You never know what a man will confess once he's surrendered to the heat of passion... but will he still feel the same way in the morning?
1. Kiss Your Hair
The manga starts with the magical word "strip" and we get to feast our eyes on a long haired beauty (Suzaku) stripping for his master as a very attractive butler (Suiren) watches from the doorway.
We likes this manga already.
Suzaku is the gardener during the day, but at night his master uses his body and enjoys his luscious, long hair. Suiren always watches the two of them, his attraction to Suzaku clear as day, but the last thing he wants to do is sleep with his master's possession. The two of them end up sharing a moment together (of course), but there's no way that they could actually be with one another. In the end, Suzaku takes a pair of scissors and cuts his hair, knowing that his hair is what his master loves so much about him and will toss him away now that its gone. This gives him a chance to be with Suiren now that he is free from his master's grip.
2. Acorns Awaken the Night
This is probably our favorite story in the manga because it's in a child's point of view. He catches his master (Akari) in the act with the head servant (Hourai) and immediately thinks that because of the sounds Akari is making, Hourai is hurting him. It's also pretty obvious that the kid has a crush on Akari as he desperately tries to outdo Hourai in any household tasks. The story is a little bit confusing as we learn that Akari is trying to bring life into the cold desert they live in, but in order to do so he has to pull the "negativity" away from the land and instill it into Hourai. Hourai's negativity shows in his anger, which Akari purges with hot, wild sex.
We're still a bit confused with that whole plot, heck, maybe it was a cop out on Akari's part so he wouldn't have to explain the birds and the bees, but the kid and his childish views on the situation make it worth reading. Him rushing in to save Akari from Hourai made our night.
3. Sometimes you have to put it into words
Kio is a model for hire, hired by a man named Hazuki who can't seem to get any inspiration from painting him. The sex, however, continues to be extremely hot. Hazuki has been trying to paint the same picture but always rips it up in the end, making Kio think that he's failed as a model. Later, Kio gets another offer to model for another painter's work who wants to use him for more than just art. It's here that he realizes that he only wants Hazuki's hands on him, and as if on cue Hazuki appears to retrieve him from the other artist. Love confessions are made along with promises to stay together forever, and Hazuki finally gets the inspiration he needs for his art.
4. No Names
This story is kind of... meh... compared to the others. A love confession brings up the question, what does love feel like? How does one know if they are, indeed, in love? The question is never really answered, which is fine (because is there really an answer?), but what bothers us is the fact that this story hints at a bigger plot that is never addressed. Kouya is apparently really sick. Sick with what, you ask? We don't know. But apparently, he's had surgery, and when he and his partner make love his partner is always asking if its too much for him. He even looks pale when he's out in public. In the end Kouya still isn't sure what love is, but his partner, Ruka, vows to stay with him so he can find his answer.
This story has too much going on. Rei and Nagisa use to go to the same high school, Rei playing basketball and being pretty good at it. But now the former high schoolers find each other after many years, one an... assassin? And the other running... an escape house? Rei comes stumbling to Nagisa's door, shot in the arm, and looking for a place to hide before he can leave the country in an attempt to "fulfill an old promise." As the two of them spend time together, they begin to develop feelings for each other, and Nagisa gets use to coming home to Rei. The two of them spend a night together and we find out that Rei is after the men who hurt Nagisa back in high school (there's a flashback in the beginning that shows a group of men having their way with him), and the story ends with Nagisa leaving with Rei to face his demons. Does Rei succeed in his revenge? We don't know. Who are these men who hurt Nagisa? Again, we don't know. Just like the previous story, a bigger plot was hinted at but not touched on at all.
6. Sweet Brunch
The final story of the manga is a more humorous tale of love and... pent up sexual frustation. Uragasumi is a hard working lawyer and his boyfriend, Hiuchi, is a former waiter at a cafe who switched majors and followed in his boyfriend's footsteps. The only problem is that said boyfriend doesn't seem to want to "go all the way" and is always making excuses. The solution? Hiuchi sits Uragasumi in a chair and lets him be on top, giving us a delicious image of a hot, scruffy seme on the bottom just so he can be with his boyfriend. Yummy.
This is a rather enticing anthology. We didn't like every story, but a lot of them had rather interesting plots with even more interesting characters. "Kiss Your Hair" was definitely a great start to the manga (we're suckers for long hair and cocky ukes who remain cocky even while they're forced to pleasure their masters), and while the stories started to fizzle towards the end, it picks back up with the final story and makes the manga an overall enjoyable read. The sex is amazing, the art is gorgeous, and who doesn't love a kid who thinks the loud screams his master makes at night are painful, not pleasurable, so he rushes in to try and save the day. All and all, definitely worth picking up.