Otoshimono – Miyamoto Kano
An odd encounter between two strangers results in tales of violence of questionable validity and of course sex. But is this just a one night stand?
An offbeat story about a do-gooding part-timer, Hashimoto, who helped out a stranger standing in the cold. He offers him a place to stay for the night. After sharing a few beers, the stranger tells his story of being abused by his partner. After jokingly offering to sleep with Hashimoto then actually doing it, the story reveals a twist that left us questioning some truths.
This gay-for-you one-shot takes you for a ride and leaves you wanting more. It’s one those stories that feel like a prequel to a very promising volume. I was one with Hashimoto in his sympathies and was as shocked when the stranger dropped his bombshell. Not sure about a relationship built on such dubious grounds but heck, if the mangaka wants us to root for these two, she definitely succeeded.
Escape – Miyamoto Kano
Jun hates his boring, lonely high-school life. Kouji hates being a penniless thug. Even though they have absolutely nothing in common, Kouji ends up getting roped into taking Jun on a roadtrip, and they realize maybe their lives aren’t as bad as they think.
Escape is about a small-time thug, Kouji who was latched on to by a lonely high schooler, Jun. Try as he might, Kouji couldn’t get rid of Jun but it doesn’t stop him from treating the young boy with kindness. Kouji’s gruff but gentle treatment was the heart of the story as it gave Jun a measure of happiness.
This is a sweet story about two people who found a deep connection. This was made more precious because they knew time was fleeting and they had to eventually go their separate ways.
The manga was short but the story was presented well. This melancholy one-shot packed a punch with an ending that breaks your heart into tiny pieces.
Under the Sakura Tree – Miyamoto Kano
2 color page side story for the famous poetic short story “Under the Cherry Trees” written by Motojirou Kajii in the early 1900s.
The kind of haunting beauty that stays with you…
Toxic – Miyamoto Kano
The last thing Arata expected was for his cousin that he’d almost forgotten about to show up on his doorstep. But it soon becomes apparent that Kazuto is not what he appears to be.
I know it says supernatural but that ghost thing seemed to just come out of the blue.