My favourite music videos

So recently I rewatched a lot of music videos and discovered a lot of new ones…mainly because I discovered the advantages of Spotify and discovered quite a lot of new music 🙂

Well, after rewatching some music videos I had this idea I could share some of my favourite music videos. The selection was not easy AT ALL but I tried my best to stick with some general criteria:

  • quality that fits the concept
  • concept
  • of course, the music 😉

I did not put things like choreo in, since there are a few cool music videos where there is no dancing and they are still cool. Some of the music videos have a better quality than others, but they are also from different years, so of course. Oh and it’s NOT just K-Pop!

NO SPECIFIC ORDER!

Nico Santos – Rooftop / Oh Hello

I didn’t know the music videos to these song for a long time and only discovered them recently. Sure, they may not be as “special” as others on this list, but I still think the videos for Rooftop and Oh Hello fit the songs quite well and stay true to the concept it’s showing throughout the video. The quality of the music is also amazing and changes between showing a story and the singer himself. The videos are quite dark, but I think that’s another reason why they fit so well.

Find Oh Hello HERE

BTS – Not Today

Not Today is one of the music videos that are just really visually stunning. BTS in general produces a lot of good music videos but Not Today really plays with your eyes and not just your ears. The surroundings in the music videos and the colors are just wow. The camera work also supports the whole choreography and music and gives it the special look that makes this music video so addicting.

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

This music video may not be that special either, but I just love it because it is fun, without being funny, it fits the music well and I love the colors. I’m not really a pink fan but it fits so well together in this video I just cannot stop falling in love with All About That Bass all over again.

VIXX – Voodoo Doll

Voodoo Doll is and will always be one of my favourite music videos. It may be quite strong, considering there is the normal version and a clean (choreography) version without all the blood. The camera work, the choreo etc. all support the music video and the song. It’s a all round perfect combination and everything fits so well together. It may be quite strong with some of its images but still, I love it.

Note: please only watch if you can handle blood etc. If not here is the clean performance version: HERE

Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again

A classic for once. Oops I Did It Again is mainly here, not because it is perfect but because I think it’s just iconic. While the video is mainly dancing it still fits the song so well and I think it also shows one of the best pop songs out there, even if it is already an older one 🙂

VAV – Senorita

Senorita is actually a cover from a German song, but that doesn’t matter here, since I’m gonna talk about the music video. I think the music video fits the song awesomely well and everything compliments each other in this video. Also the color scheme of the music video is just beautiful and I think I watched it around a 100 times already.

Enrique Iglesias ft. Descember Bueno, Zion & Lennox – Subeme La Radio

Subeme La Radio is a catchy song to begin with but I also love the music video behind it. The quality is really good and it’s a good mix of showing you the singers as well as a few amazing images of the city they’re shooting in. The color scheme is slightly (!) similar to Senorita above, but the similarity is only light. The song is very upbeat and the camera work goes well with that too.

Block B – Nillili Mambo

Nillili Mambo made me fall in love with Block B. They had interesting songs before and after but this music video just topped everything. They tell a story but at the same time show the singers and it’s a good balance between both. You can just enjoy watching the music video which seems like a short film with a little bit of singing and a lot of (pirate) swag. This one I really enjoyed watching and still do.

Vanessa Mai ft. Olexesh – Wir 2 Immer 1

I’m not used to liking German songs…no, not at all. Normally I watch it for like 3 seconds and then switch to any other language and try that one, but Wir 2 Immer 1 (translates to: We 2 forever 1) really kept popping up and got stuck in my head. So one day I looked up the music video and I kinda really like it. It’s a little bit on the darker side but also features a hopeful light shimmer and some good images and quality, so I definitely like that.

Astro – Breathless

Breathless tells quite a funny and interesting story that fits the funky and upbeat song oh so well. It tells you the story of…bottles 😀 Yes, the boys in the music video resemble juice bottles being carried around by a girl at the beach. You’re curious now aren’t you? Well, I watched it and was like “wait, did I understand that correctly right now?” I did and I think the song and music video are perfect for summer.

Bruno Mars – Grenade

Grenade has a similar feeling as Nico Santos’ songs above. It’s quite dark but the darkness fits the song really well and it stays true to its concept from beginning to end. The music video supports the song really well and makes it even catchier and more intriguing. Even if it’s older it’s still one of my favourite Bruno Mars music videos.

Infinite – Destiny

The group Infinite actually had two video versions for Destiny, but one of them featured images of plane parts, seemingly from a plane crash and it got cut down. Still I think the second version is awesome nonetheless. Seriously, it fits the song really really well. It features a similar color scheme as Senorita and Subeme La Radio while at the same time being quite different. Senorita went more into the red colors and Destiny uses its colors in a smoother way than Subeme La Radio. I just like watching this really well executed music video!

VIXX – Dynamite / Fantasy / The Closer

Originally, I did not want to feature more than one music video per artists but I just couldn’t stop myself. Mainly though I’m mentioning these three because they belong together while at the same time seeming like totally different songs and videos. Actually it tells a story related to gods and humans and they did really well telling a complicated story while also sticking to each song’s individual charm. If you want to know more about the story: HERE.

Find Fantasy HERE and The Closer HERE.

 

 

So these are my favourite music videos. What are yours? Did you discover some new songs through this post or do you want me to check out some of your favourites?

Comment down below and I’ll check it out 🙂

Review: Ready Player One

I’m not rich, really I’m not. I’m not exactly poor either though. Well, going to the cinema where I’m from is kinda expensive. Let’s just say: Watching an IMAX 3D movie on a Saturday afternoon, even after getting the student discount, costs 15€ for the ticket!!! I still remember a time when we thought 9€ for a weekend ticket was expensive. Now you may ask what I want to say. Well, I’ll tell you: I love Ready Player One so much I actually watched it three times in the cinema. Once in English in IMAX 3D, then in the dubbed version in IMAX 3D and the third time with a friend in the dubbed version and 2D. And if you ask me, I’d like to watch it again. Still I’m gonna try to not to just give you a “I love it, watch it” review but some reasons for it 😀

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Steven Spielberg

So there is a big name behind this movie – Steven Spielberg. I’m actually pretty much a Steven Spielberg newbie considering his directing work. Sure, I’ve seen productions where he was a producer/executive producer or had some other connection to it. But considering his directing works, I’m pretty much a newbie. I’ve not seen E.T., I’ve only seen snippets of War of the Worlds and I have only seen one Indiana Jones. I have seen Catch Me If You Can but well, it’s been some time and having seen one movie doesn’t make me a Steven Spielberg expert now, does it? After watching Ready Player One though I can at least say I understand why people praise his work so much. I liked Catch Me If You Can but this new project…I think you just have to put everything you got into it to make it good and I definitely give big compliments to Steven Spielberg. Ready Player One turned out to be great. He himself even said it was one of the hardest movies he ever did.

But with all this, even if there’s a big name behind it, it doesn’t mean the movies gonna be good. The name alone holds a lot of expectations. So let’s get to the movie review.

Non-typical plot

I went to see the movie because a friend told me it was supposed to be good. He didn’t even see it but he heard about it even though he’s not much of a movie person, so I thought I’ll check it out. I did actually watch the first trailer…while doing hundred other things. Which translates to: I had no idea what I was actually gonna watch. I’ve never been so non prepared before watching a movie in the cinema. Seriously. But I’m happy I did not prepare. It was awesome and I was even more awestruck because I had no idea it would be this good.

The plot of the story is perfect for every game or adventure fan. I’m gonna give you the roughest run-down I can manage (of course WITHOUT spoilers): We are in the future, 2045, and people mostly build their life in the virtual reality world, the OASIS. One of them is Wade Watts. And like his friends he is a Gunter, a hunter for the Easter Egg (like a hidden message/treasure) of the late creator of the OASIS, James Halliday.

That’s the roughest plot I can give you. Well, the plot may sound rough but the story gives you a new plot for a cinema movie and I really enjoyed this new premise for a story. The typical real world / video game mix up may be a typical story in some other media than blockbuster cinema but in cinema you seldomly get a movie this good, especially with this production quality. So Ready Player One offers a breath of fresh air.

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Cinema-perfect effects

Similar to other movies coming out in 2019, Ready Player One in 2018 showed what mixing CGI with the real world was gonna look like without taking the step of putting it right beside each other like in Alita: Battle Angel or the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie. Still…if I ever get the chance to watch Ready Player One in cinema again I would totally pay 20€ for it. This movie’s effects are MADE for cinema, IMAX and 3D. Seriously the effects are awesome and make the movie even better than it is. So any logic faults or light mistakes it has, the effects totally make up for that. Another reason why I watched it in cinema 3 times.

Characters

The characters, at least for me, shined with everyone having like two sides to them. The player side in the OASIS and the real one in the real world. Big compliments to the character designers, the computer graphics developers and of course, the actors themselves. One thing I have to criticize here though: The real world characters did sometimes have a different feeling from their characters. At least in some specific moments. There are a few scenes where they show the absolutely same emotions and aura though, so I guess it’s not a total fault in the movie but just a little bit of a thing.

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Unnecessary story points

So, here’s the one thing I did not like: There were some characters/some scenes that got a lot of back-story or background which was totally unnecessary or should have been explored more. Watching it the first time, you may not really notice these faults but watching it multiple times you realize that there are some scenes that are totally unnecessary. The movie does not seem disturbed by the scenes though, since the story telling pace it quite balanced, never too fast or too slow – that’s also the reason you don’t notice the unnecessary stuff until watching it multiple times.

Astounding music!

Okay, all faults with unnecessary stuff and a few character mistakes aside, the movie fits together really well, with everything complementing all the different sides of the story, effects, cast and of course, music! The music is amazing and it fits sooooo well 🙂 There’s seldomly a movie that has music that fits so well, as this one. The only other movie I remember that fits its music so well? Iron Man, the first one. This movie also fits the music well, especially with all the easter eggs and pop culture references in the movie. I may not know too many things but even I recognized enough to have fun picking out all the little hints.

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Ready Player One, in general, offers an interesting and unusual story line combined with great effects and a lot of grinning when you recognize references to other stories, media, games, novels etc. So if you haven’t watched it, I totally recommend getting you popcorn ready and sit on the sofa and enjoy a wonderful movie date at home (since it’s not airing in the cinema anymore). The movie will give you a great new look story and in my opinion an improved version of the original novel behind it -not because the book was bad but because the book is very childish compared to the movie except for a few scenes and changing that for the movie was a great idea!

Oh and just for the end: Ready Player One is imo one of the top movies of 2018 and my favourite movie together with How To Train Your Dragon (the first one) and Now You See Me (also the first one). I won’t say it is a must-watch but it is definitely something you should try out. You definitely won’t get your usual main stream.

 

Sorry if this review is kinda messy, I started writing it months ago and just finished it in the middle of the night. I’m tired. I’m gonna sleep now.

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BL Shonen-Ai manga recommendations – Part II

Welcome to Part II. This time I will introduce some Shonen Ai recommendations which I just love. I put Shonen Ai and not Yaoi on purpose because for all I remember these recommendations are part of the Shonen-Ai genre and less Yaoi-ish…I know that’s not a word but still.

So these recommendations now are very dear to me. I only discovered them after some time but I grew to love them. Most of them are completed works and not too long but I still recommend reading and enjoying them ^.^

19 Days

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My first two recommendations for the Shonen-Ai list are teases. Seriously. But I can tell you, you will still enjoy 19 Days. Don’t be put off when at first or inbetween you see some artwork and no story. It tells the story of a high school boy and his best friend (who he is not-so-secretly in love with) and later on features a really really cute other couple ^.^

The story is very very very slow progressing but it’s just really funny and enjoyable to read so I definitely recommend it.

Note: Yes, I know it is actually not a manga but a …Chinese one?

Coda

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This story is another tease mostly. It is also gender-bender (meaning cross-dressing) but I thought the story was just too nice not too include it especially since there is so much “it could happen somewhen in the future”.

Story: One day, Kunisada Haruichi who is specializing in Japanese dance in his high school dance department, meets Yuri Arbatov, a famous and young ballet dancer who comes for a short-term study abroad. However when he gets a hold of Haruichi’s weakness, Haruichi is forced to cross dress on stage… (source: myanimelist.net)

I really enjoyed reading it and thought it was a really nice and beautiful story. It starts of with some jokes but quickly turns to a more serious tone. You should check it out!

Koi Nante Shinai!

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KNS! has such a nice and promising storyline, unfortunately it has a open ending, if you can even call it ending. I think it was just that somehow it’s not gonna continue, I don’t know why, but well…I’ll still recommend it.

Story: Udou Ryuuji loathes his classmate Kujou Ritsuki. He hates it that the good-looking boy is like always smiling and flirting and has everyone believing he is perfect. One day Ryuuji discovers that Ritsuki has a secret part-time job and sharing a secret brings them closer together…or something like that. It’s kinda hard putting the story line together.

Well, it is very well drawn and I really enjoyed reading the story, especially because compared to other stories, there doesn’t seem to be a definite “top” in the relationship. And I don’t mean this in the sexual sense but more in the “who has the pants on in the relationship”. Both of them are shown to fall for the other person and having a weak spot for them, so yea, I really enjoyed that.

Kohitsuji Project

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Story: Kohitsuji Project is about a boy being accepted into a prestigious school not knowing he is the “sheep” that is meant to let the vampires learn that humans are not to be treated like food! (source: myanimelist.net)

What I liked about this one? It is a fantasy BL manga, well drawn and with a good storyline. It is not just about ero stuff but actually a lot about storyline. Unfortunately it is only 2 volumes long but I enjoyed it so much, I had to share it here. I also really appreciated the detailed and beautiful drawings.

Bokura ni Matsuwaru Etc.

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Story: Iku and Keita are childhood buddies. Naturally, having been friends for as long as they can remember, when one started to play baseball, so did the other. During their final year in middle school, Keita’s baseball career abruptly ended as a result of the severe injuries he sustained when saving Iku from being hit by a truck. Presently, they go to the same high school. But ever since that accident, Iku has distanced himself from both the game and his friend, presumably out of guilt. What does Keita think about this? (source: myanimelist.net)

This one is just…just…just oh-so-good. I loved reading this. This one is like all the Thai BLs where you only get one kiss but you are soooo happy with just that one kiss. This manga really relies on the chemistry between the characters and the chemistry is off the tops. I really enjoyed this story. Sadly, it is only 3 chapters but those three chapters really are great. I love it!

Uragiri Wa Boku No Namae Wo Shitteiru

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Finally one that is longer. Well, it took a really long time for UraBoku to end and I still haven’t read the ending. I’m afraid it is an open ending but since I haven’t read it, I wouldn’t know.

Story: Plagued by re-occurring dreams he can’t quite recall and a strange power that allows others’ thoughts and emotions to flow into him, high school student Sakurai Yuki has always longed to know the reason for his existence. Soon after a hauntingly beautiful, nostalgic stranger named Zess saves Yuki from an oncoming car, the head of the Gioh Clan shows up at the foster group home where Yuki lives, claiming to be family. Who are the Gioh Clan? What is their connection to Zess? Most importantly, can Yuki accept his role in the destiny laid out before him? (source: myanimelist.net)

UraBoku is probably one of the most beautifully drawn mangas I ever read. It is detailed but also shows some of those comedic chibi styled images sometimes. The story is pretty detailed and heavy but really enjoyable and nice to read. I definitely recommend reading it and see for yourself if you like it!

Oh, also there is an anime!

Houkago Edge

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Story: Tobari’s always loved cute and feminine things. Which sparks his eventual venture into drag. One day, while he was out in public dressed as a high school girl, he bumps into fellow classmate, Inui. It’s annoying to Tobari how amusing Inui finds it, but at least he’s promised not to tell anyone. But with no plans of letting him off for this hobby, Inui proposes something outrageous. He is twisted and unstable, but for some reason, his words are reassuring. A story of a secret love woven with something unnerving. (source: myanimelist.net)

Houkago Edge is such a jewel. Really. I read it around 5 times already and I can tell you a little story about that. I read it and then forgot its name so when I remembered it and wanted to re-read it I searched for three hours to find it again, just so I could read it again. That’s how much I love this one. The characters are kinda strange but lovingly so and the ending is really really nice. It is only one volume long but here it is definitely quality over quantity.

 

So these are my BL Shonen-Ai recommendations. I hope you like them and enjoyed reading the post as well as check out the mangas. I really enjoyed all of them and I hope you to too ^.^

Look out for Part III. I already put the recommendations together, I just have to finish writing it 😀

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K-Pop Bands – Introduction

You may know already – if not, this must be your first post from my site – I’m a big K-Pop fan. I talk about my favourite K-Pop groups quite often, so recently I realised I haven’t really wrote about K-Pop bands before. Well, do not worry, today I will right that wrong!! ^.^

Note: These are like my favourite K-Pop bands – translates to mainstream K-Pop/K-Rock bands since I don’t know much about the band genre and don’t even wanna seem like I know a lot when I don’t. Also try searching for K-Pop bands on google…believe me you will not find what you want. There is a difference between bands and groups, everyone!!!! -___- 

Note II: This post is mainly for people who have not idea that something like K-Pop bands exist AND/OR want to appreciate them more.

Note III: The music video examples are either their latest release, my favourite or one that is like their signature video. That translates to: maybe too many ballads and less fast and strong songs, sorry.

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-Best known, mainstream while not being mainstream, a classic-

F.T.Island

So, FTIsland is definitely one of the most known K-Pop bands out there. Funny enough to say, that they are actually a K-Rock band. I guess in the last few years they have actually been following the Rock genre more than the songs before. Well, I still like them. They pretty much made it possible for other “K-Pop” bands to become as successful as mainstream K-Pop groups. A classic and definitely one of the first bands to be part of the Hallyu wave.

Note: The song starts like a ballad but turns it up around the end.

 

 

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-Funky, smooth, prove that bands are great-

CNBlue

CNBlue proved that FNC Entertainment is the best label regarding K-Pop bands and getting them into the mainstream fandoms. With a much less rock-y and a lot more funky and smooth sound CNBlue managed to suprise me a lot. Since they are from the same label as FTIsland, I thought there were gonna be serious problems about fans deciding between them but their music and their overall “feeling” seems different enough, I think. Watch some of their videos and you’ll realise that both groups are very different indeed.

 

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-Almost too much talent, individuality & creativity from a Big 3 major music factory-

Day6

I think Day6 was the first K-Pop band from one of the Big 3 companies in K-Pop (the first one that actually started out as a band and did not change later on – see below). There were a lot of expectations, a lot of music and a lot of member changes but overall Day6 proves time and time again, that they are amazingly creative and talented, all of them. While not the biggest band out there, they made a name for themselves and definitely proved to be one of the best.

 

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-Disbanded but left an amazing song and a big hole for female mainstream bands-

Wonder Girls

Wonder Girls started out as a K-Pop group and after some member changes, some drama and a hiatus, they returned as a band and delivered the song Why So Lonely. While the fun did not last long and in the end they did disband, the song will definitely stay in my head for a long long long time.

 

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-Sweet, sweeter, the sweetest, coming from an unexpected source-

HONEYST

Another FNC Entertainment band. Well, I admit I don’t know much of Honeyst except they did a survival show – or something similar – with FNC’s only male K-Pop non-band group SF9. Well, I did check out their songs for this list, also because I did know their name. HONEYST is definitely like honey. Sweet and sweet and sweet. And amazingly they even manage to give you all that sweetness looking really relaxed and calm. I’m definitely curious what we can expect in the future.

 

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-An surprise and delight for ears and eyes…who is this? WOW-

The Rose

The Rose is quite different from HONEYST. Pretty much the opposite. While the previous show a calm and relaxing state, The Rose presents you with a charismatic look whatever they sing. Whether the song is fast, rock-y, more quiet…doesn’t matter, they always present a strong and willful look that makes you look twice and hit the replay button again. About their songs in general: After all this time, I still cannot decide whether I like their songs or not.

 

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-It should be a crime not to love them and it’s definitely a crime if you love them too much-

TheEastLight.

Watch their video and you know what I mean with the intro for this one. Seriously, the oldest one is only 18, I think…so yea. TheEastLight. offers stronger and faster songs, while also having some slower ones full of feelings and ballad-y stuff. So about their music…nothing more to say, watch the video below and melt away when you hear 0:46…I think I melted of my chair right then and there. The future for K-Pop bands is definitely looking good.

 

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-Funky, happy and just a pleasure to enjoy the music with them-

N.Flying

N.Flying is like the crazy uncle everyone wants. Or the funny aunt that takes you around and makes you promise not to tell your parents or she will never take you to the amusement park again. Well…N.Flying is best described as a WHOLE LOT OF FUN. Their songs are really nice, don’t take themselves too seriously and they have really good chemistry, at least that is what it looks like. There have been some member additions over time and I think that makes the band even more complete.

 

So maybe you found something you like, maybe not, but at least you can’t say you haven’t heard of them before ^.^ that’s all for now. Have fun listening to music!

 

BL – Yaoi Manga Recommendations Part I

As requested I decided to just try and recommend some BL (meaning Shonen Ai and Yaoi mangas). I can tell you what happened, after I started thinking about it…I had too many!!! Seriously, I had so many recommendations that I had to make a list and put them in order and give away points. Well, in the end it was too exhausting so I just decided to wing it. I can always make more Parts right? XD

So here are some (mainstream) BL manga recommendations. In Part II I will reveal some hidden gems that I discovered overtime and that I love sooooo much.

Note: I will put some general notes to everythings about whether it’s Yaoi or Shonen Ai and how long and so on. Since there IS a difference and some might appreciate the difference.

Super Lovers

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Details: long, and as far as I know still ongoing / there is an anime with 2 seasons / earlier on it’s Shonen Ai, later on it gets a little bit of Yaoi…but not much tbh

Super Lovers is one of the biggest mainstream BL mangas out there. If you read BL manga and haven’t at least heard about it then…where have you been? It tells the story of Haru, the oldest of three brothers (two half-brothers), who one day goes to Canada to visit his mother. Right after his arrival he meets Ren, a little boy who is closer to the wild than to humans and is taken in by Haru’s mother. With a lot of work and dedication Ren opens up to Haru. On his way back to Japan Haru has an accident and forgets everything that happened in Canada. After some time, suddenly there is a young boy on his doorstep saying that he is there to collect on their promise.

To say the least, Haru is the most amazing and strangest brother ever told about. Seriously, he gives everything for his family whether they are directly related or not. And it’s just heart-warming to see his and Ren’s feelings grow and how they become closer.

I love this manga and I regularly read the new chapters and volumes, although I admit, that the mangaka seems to repeating the story archs a little bit at the moment, but let’s see where it goes.

Junjou Romantica

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Details: long…still ongoing as far as I know / there is an anime with 3 seasons! / definitely Yaoi, no doubt, no doubt at all

The classic of the classics. This is like Love Sick of Thai BL series. It’s the classic of the BL stories and the one that paved the way for so many others. It tells the story of Misaki who is struggling with his college exam, so his dear older brother Takahiro introduces him to his best friend, the popular novelist Akihiko Usami. It doesn’t take long for Misaki to notice that Usami is secretly in love with Misaki’s brother. While in the beginning seemingly at odds Usami and Misaki become closer and when Takahiro introduces them to his lovely fiancée, some things happen and their relationship changes into something more…

So first off, JR includes three storylines and couples, all of them a little bit intertwined with each other but not so much that you would actually see a lot of the characters cross over. It’s just mentioning some names and so on. The other stories are definitely wonderful too and also manage to mesmerize but the main story is and will always be Misaki and Usami. Misaki is such a lovely and hardworking character, you just cannot hate him and Usami is such a strange person. Yep, that’s all I’m gonna say about Usami. Let’s just say, his whole character (and his family) make up pretty much 80% of the manga’s comic relief. JR is definitely one of my favourite long running BL mangas and mangas in general. Do not get turned away by the drawing style though, you will fall in love with it over time ^.^

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Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Onodera Ritsu no Baai

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Details: from the same mangaka as Junjou Romantica / still ongoing as far as I know / Yaoi but maybe not as hard and often as in JR, still YAOI / there are 2 anime seasons and I think a few OVAs

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi proved to me that Shungiku Nakamura (the mangaka) is good at what she is doing. Definitely. Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi tells the story of Onodera Ritsu, a very jaded and cynical person. He just transferred from his father’s publishing company to Marukawa Shoten (also publishing company) and while he wanted to go to the literature departement he lands in the Shoujo Manga division. There he meets the departement chief Takano. They rub each other the wrong way right from the beginning but soon they discover that they have actually met before…before, when they were in a relationship and (in short) broke each other’s hearts and it ended badly.

Maybe it’s old to compare it to JR but I just have to. SH is (and not just the manga but also the anime) a lot more romantic than JR, at least the beginning. I think that is because the mangaka had more experience but also because the characters are already grown-ups, have a backstory and because it is not as comical as JR. For me, I will always JR, since it was one of my first BL addictions but SH comes close after because the story is just so sweet and all those feelings!!!

Seven Days

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Details: two volumes / completed / there is a life-action movie / Shonen-Ai, no Yaoi at all – a good start for beginners

I already recommended the Seven Days life-action movie in my BL recommendations but now I am talking about the manga. This manga made me consider buying the special manga version in the shop. I had the normal one but the other one had some extras, bigger pictures and some more colours and so on. Normally I don’t do stuff like that because as long as I can read it in the other manga I’m happy but I am totally in love with this manga, seriously.

The story: Senior high school student Shino Yuzuru has a beautiful face and an undesirable personality: he is laid back, impolite, and blunt. A lot of people dumped him because of difference in expectation and reality before. His junior Seryou Touji is a well-known ladies’ man. There is a rumor, stating that Seryou will agree to go out with the first person to ask him out on Monday and date that person for a week. When he doesn’t fall in love he dumps the other person on Sunday. Hearing the rumor, Shino becomes curious. One day he jokingly asks Seryou out. Seryou takes him seriously, and so begins Shino’s seven days with him.

The movie is nice and all but I think the manga is really really nice. Nothing more to say than that though ^.^

Ten Count

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Details: 6 volumes, completed / DEFINITELY YAOI / there is gonna be an anime!!!

Story: When the President got into an accident, Shirotani Tadaomi met Kurose. On their very first meeting, Kurose could tell right away that Shirotani is mysophobic and said that it’s pretty bad while suggesting it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Shirotani was left perturbed by the encounter. Who is Kurose? And how was he able to tell Shirotani’s condition? (source: myanimelist.net)

I was too lazy to write about the story so yea…Ten Count has really nice drawings and is really nice to read. For me the story was kinda heavy even if there were no real reasons for it to be…it just had this heavy feeling – and I don’t mean this in a bad way, not at all. I really enjoyed reading it and I will definitely re-read it. I warn you though: If you are only into Shonen-Ai and have not read a Yaoi manga yet, DO NOT START with Ten Count!!!

Elektel Delusion

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Details: 4 volumes, completed / definitely Yaoi

Story: Skipping class on the rooftop one day, Shunpei’s best friend Fumi tells him he thinks he might be gay. All set to freak out (“Then up ’til now he’s been thinking that way about me?!”) Shunpei’s a bit nonplussed when Fumi’s confession turns out…to have nothing to do with him at all! In fact, Fumi’s already going out with someone else. Cue adolescent meltdown. (source: myanimelist.net)

I love this manga. I love it. I love the characters, the drawings, the story, the little jokes inbetween, the character development. I love it. The ending could be a bit more satisfying, I admit, but otherwise I love it ^.^ You will fall in love with the characters and the relationship between the main leads is really funny and heart-warming.

Escape Journey

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Details: ongoing / the mangaka has sooo many good works, check them out / Yaoi

Story: In college, Naoto has an unexpected reunion with ex-boyfriend Taichi who he broke up with for denouncing him as “sexual gratification.” Naoto had been firmly influenced by his hatred of this past incident but, little by little his heart is starting to forgive Taichi who has really grown when compared to their time in high school… While that’s happening, their friend Fumi-chan seems to be in love with Taichi…? When they are friends, they have extraordinary compatibility, but turning it into love isn’t going too well. A love story filled with emotional scars. (source: myanimelist.net)

EJ is drawn really really really well. Maybe it is just me liking this kind of drawing style, maybe but still, I love it. The story line is full of emotions and reading the feelings behind someone’s actions and less about what they say to each other. There seem to be serious communication problems between the leads but otherwise this manga is definite recommend from my site.

Note: it is currently stuck on a very big cliffhanger though, so I hope it continues soon…

Hidoku Shinaide

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Details: ongoing, as far as I know / Yaoi / from the same people as Elektel Delusion but sometimes seems like it’s from someone else

Hidoku Shinaide tells more than one story. I think there is the good student – bad boy relationship (Maya and Nemugasa) …no wait…the other couples were in another manga…I think. Well, the main couple is a good student with good grades and a playboy / bad boy. It starts off pretty superficial and more on Yaoi than on actual storyline but soon the focus shifts more into the story departement and the sexy scenes are just a bonus. HS is a story you read for the overall development and I think it’s really nice seeing the main characters fall more and more for each other.

Ameiro Paradox

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Details: ongoing / starts out strongly as Shonen Ai and includes a little bit of Yaoi but not much – good for beginners / there is supposed to be an anime somewhen in the future

Story: A change in the stakeout team throws Onoe, reporter for a weekly magazine, together with his contemporary, Kaburagi, a photographer. Onoe secretly considers Kaburagi his rival, and Kaburagi’s haphazard way of doing things goes against Onoe’s strong sense of ethics—there’s nothing but conflict between them.
But, in joint pursuit of a scandal, the two of them begin to care about each other…? (source: myanimelist.net)

I like this manga as an inbetweener. It is not my favourite, no, but it is nice to read. The reason why it’s not my favourite? Because it seem like they never really figured out if this is a comedic romance story, a romance or a comedy story with some romantic inclinations…

Honto Yajuu

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Details: ongoing / Yaoi, but I think in the beginning it starts with Shonen Ai? I’m not too sure though

Story: Ueda Tomoharu is a cop manning a local koban station, and he’s quite happy with his job and relatively quiet life until he happens to run into yakuza member Gotouda Aki while chasing down an underwear thief… and is suddenly confessed to! Aki doesn’t seem bothered in the least about their “star-crossed lovers” status and eagerly dives into a super lovey-dovey relationship with his policeman, but Ueda’s about to find out just how dangerous it can be dating a mobster… in more ways than one. (source: myanimelist.net)

The dynamic between the characters is definitely one of the strong points of this one. It is really nice to see the character development and how they try to figure out how to handle their relationship. What I like with this one is how they present a problem in their relationship, have some drama but then solve it pretty quickly. It’s not just drama but two characters trying their best to make their relationship work.

 

So these were my (mainstream) BL manga recommendations. In my next post about BL manga I will recommend some not so known mangas, which also means that a lot of them will not have too many chapters but who cares if the story and the feelings are awesome XD

I hope you liked it, tell me in the comments below if you want some specific recommendations or if you have any questions and I will answer as soon as possible.

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