Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Falling for your #1 Fan? - Only in Yaoi

I absolutely love Yamato Nase's story about an upcoming cos-actor and his 1# Fan.

Image: Mangafox
Blurb from Mangafox:
Youhei immediately fell in love with the actor on the late night advertisement, Satomi. After going through some random events, they became lovers. However, how will these two love birds face the upcoming events which involves costumes, a manager, a stalker and maybe an old crush!? Another enjoyable series by Yamato Nase, full of romance and humour!!!
The story is set in modern day Japan, in the late nineties.  It has been eighteen years since its first circulation but it's still just as fine to read from back in the day.

Youhei is your typical stupid, passionate teenager who falls in-love-at-first-sight with Satomi when he watches his commercial for a sports drink that aired late on the night he had his heart broken by his girl "not" friend.  From that moment, he had decided to dedicate his free moments to be Satomi's fan and support his upward progression in his media career.

Satomi finds Youhei's over zealous fan-support endearing and a huge motivation booster for his work. Come on, what artist wouldn't find the blind devotion of another good for the ego.  As human nature goes, you want to get to know a good thing more. Satomi initiates an unplanned meeting with the two of them, which pulls Youhei into his personal space.  The two develop a "close" friendship.

I love this story because it plays well on an obsessed fan's feelings for their idol.  It's a light-hearted, funny, sometimes awkward but pleasant read with typical taichi-neko playful moments.  The smexy scenes aren't too in-depth and simply drawn.  The chinkos look like the type of sausages sold at a Bunnings's weekend sausage sizzle.  They do contain enough to fire up the imagination and also to keep the story in balance.  We're also talking about a story drawn almost twenty years ago where we didn't have the precision art tools available to artists today.

The characters are also a nice mix; a bit cheesy but not over the top so you feel like vomiting.  I like the support from Youhei's friends who have taken on his obsession with Satomi as just another one of Youhei's quirks. Then there is the dad figure Negishi-san, who Youhei first views as an evil overload. We soon realize that he cares for Satomi like he's his own son. Well actually like a pedigree breeder in my eyes since he's always wearing the managers hat to get as much of a profit out of his "Satomi" product as possible.

Alas, like most of the early yaoi stories, it's likely to go over the head of a lot of people born during or after the nineties.  It's still a progressive story with LGBT themes despite being written almost two decades ago.  The art does make the neko drawn younger than he should be but I guess it was the author's way of displaying the youthful, feminine beauty.

The fan translation is a bit off in places but it's not distracting from the story.  It carries enough so I can understand the characters and what is taking place.

Overall, I read this story when I want to feel some fuzzy tingles.  It's my shoulder to lean on.

Thank you Yamato-san for a cool and awesome story.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Veronicasutori: Home of Shorts & One-Shots

I've moved all my story posts, from this site, into a dedicated repository.

Going forward,  all of my story starts and shorts will be posted there.  I'm keeping this site for personal reflections and updates.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Original Music Makes Story Expands

Now that I've knocked out one side story out of the way.  I'll be spending time on a few others that aren't exactly related to the main story but supplements it.

Upcoming short, side, stories planned:

  • Himeko and Mei in middle school, 
  • Kou's relationship with a mysterious girl named Rin,
  • Saski's 2nd year as a middle school student,
  • Duran and Mori's brief stint in France,
  • Fumio's involvement with a shady uncle who saves him,
  • Aki's dream crush that turned sour,
Lots more to come from Dai'chi, Mei, Osamu and Hiro's lives.

Of course, the main story continues on Original-6's and Hotaka Music Club's developing legacy.

My mind is spinning as I start to see my plot maps unfold into something unreal.

Hope there are readers around for it.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter Writing Weekend

It's Easter and I have the privilege of being absolved from my parenting and working responsibilities for a few days.  Lucky me. Really, lucky me.

My writing plan sees me updating posts for Seriphyn Knight Reborn and writing new posts for Original Music Makes.  I've also started writing the Original Music Makes short side series that is based on Mori Isagi's early days and how he eventuated as Duran's father.  My intention is to complete this series by this Sunday.

I also received the latest update of the paperback version of I'm Kita Duran, which I'm finally pleased with.  The binding was fixed up and the book seemed to be as error free as it could be.  I'll be sending this version out to a book reviewer and hope for the best.

Lots to do before I enter work again.  It'll be a while afterward that I'll be able to write much again.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Original Music Make Vol 2 Rewrites

I'm doing some major rewrites and additions on Episode 7, which will tighten the story line.  Also allow the elements I wanted to convey to come through.

As such I've hidden posts for Episode 8 and 9 as they will also need to be rewritten to go with the new flow structure. Beauty of web fiction and the freedom to write and edit easily.

What to expect in the new structure?

  • Hiro's involvement. Who is he and what does his character do for the club?
  • Focus on Hotaka Music Club's development and new pressures they face as they start to gain a following.
  • Relationship tensions.  Especially, between the band. A character can't grow without a few dramas to survive.
  • Better tie-in and reasoning for Yukio's stalking. What further problems will this cause Duran and his club?
A lot more will be written out.  

If by chance people have been following the story. Hardly likely, but you never know. Apologies for the chopping and changing but it's all for a better story that I hope melts faces and blows minds.