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- Art Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: A
- Text/Translatin Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
- MSRP: 12.95
- Pages: 196
- ISBN: 978-1-56970-760-9
- Size: A5
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: Melted Love
Melted Love Vol. #01
By Danielle Van Gorder
February 22, 2008
Release Date: September 30, 2007
Melted Love Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:N/AWhat They Say
Professional male model Juuzou has a sweet, sweet lover. Juuzou used to be the kind of guy who had an eye for beautiful men, but after meeting his doctor-friend Mitsuya, the tables are turned. It's that men seem to melt over him! Mitsuya pampers Juuzou constantly, he isn't jealous, and is never over-protective. He's the perfect lover, but lately it's simply not enough. Is Juuzou losing his charisma?The Review
I am your dentist?Packaging
This book has DMP's standard large trim size and full color dust jacket. The paper and print quality aren't the highest, but they're still better than many books you'll find on the shelves. The cover isn't the most attractive design, either - while the art itself is quite good, the bland background and odd, hard to read gothic font don't set it off to much of an advantage.Art
Takumi's art is attractive, but rather odd at the same time. Her figures, hair, and general character design are fairly standard for a BL title, but facial expressions - especially eyes - don't seem to be her strong suit. In fact, it's fairly common for her to leave out one or both eyes altogether, which is an unusual stylistic choice that made it hard to connect with the characters in some of the stories.Text/SFX:
All sound effects are subtitled on the page in a font similar to the original. The translation flows smoothly with minimal rough spots.Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Melted Love is a collection of short stories, and like all collections has some hits and some misses. The title story involves a young model who's well known for playing men in the past. He starts to worry that his current older lover might be doing the same to him. It's not a bad story, but it is very heavy on the exposition. Lovely Stubbornness follows Tetsu and Kazusa, two men who have known each other since childhood but only started dating three months earlier. When Tetsu sees Kazusa kissing a woman, he gets uncomfortably jealous, even though the two of them hadn't seen each other since they agreed to date.
The third story in the book is easily the standout, although in what way is going to depend on the reader. Nakazawa is a sadistic dentist who enjoys hurting his cuter patients to see their reactions, especially the fear. Wataru is a young man with a fear of dentists, a fear that goes back to his younger years when another dentist hurt him. Nakazawa finds himself fascinated by Wataru - and his reactions. Nakazawa is delightfully creepy, and the whole story is oddly refreshing. It's certainly not your everyday BL.
The two False Rumor chapters follow a megalomaniac of a company director and his lawyer, who also happens to be his childhood friend. Kimura has been looking after Tachibana for all of his life, much to his own personal detriment, and is doing his best to break that pattern, while Tachibana does his best to provoke rumors about the kind of relationship the two have. The dynamic between these two characters is classic, and I was happy to see them get an extra chapter to expand on their story more.
Unparalleled Service was perhaps my favorite story in the book, involving a businessman's relentless pursuit of a beautiful concierge. When he finally gets what he wants, he discovers that sometimes reality is different than you imagine. Tattoo is the story of the relationship between a talented tattoo artist and his living canvas. It was one of my favorites, and quite well executed.Comments
On the first read, I hated this book. The second and third time through the book, however, I couldn't stop laughing. The real appeal of this book isn't the art, or the sex, or even the stories - it's the perverse and delightful characters that Takumi creates. They're sociopathic, narcissistic, even a borderline personality or two, but they're anything but ordinary. Because of these oddball characters, this book isn't for everyone, but the readers who connect with the quirky humor in these stories are bound to be delighted.