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ANN Reviews (One of these things is not like the other...) 
3rd-Feb-2009 07:45 pm
Just a quick head's up for those of you who don't frequent Anime News Network. The following selection of anime and manga reviews written by Yours Truly have been posted there over the past couple of weeks:

Fushigi Yûgi –VIZBIG Edition– Vol. 1 by Yuu Watase
Vampire Knight Vol. 5 by Matsuri Hino
Song of the Hanging Sky Vol. 1 by Toriko Gin (review copy courtesy of Go! Comi)
Black Sun by Uki Ogasawara

Overman King Gainer Complete Collection (review copy courtesy of Bandai Entertainment)

FYI: From now on, if the review is based upon a review copy/screener provided by the publisher, I will so indicate here. Otherwise, you may assume that the review is based off of a private purchase (new, used, or remainder) or a gift.
4th-Feb-2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Whoa! You reviewed Black Sun...and also found it funny. Am I the only one who found it disturbing? I remember arguing this on Sleep is for the Weak ages ago. I liked it and all, but all that rape in the beginning was just...really sad. I will admit that the story at the end with the jungle cat was amusing, tho.
4th-Feb-2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Rape scenes in BL are like sparkly backgrounds in shoujo. ^^;; I barely even register them consciously anymore unless there's something especially remarkable about them.
4th-Feb-2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I understand that, as I, too, am sadly desensitized to the dub- and even non-con sex scenes that suffocate the genre. But I found the opening rapes in Black Sun "especially remarkable." Not physically traumatizing, but emotionally traumatizing, with a religious knight willing to die for his troops instead being raped and humiliated in front of them. I just...really, really felt bad for the guy. He was one of those brave and noble types who dedicated his life to chastity, and then some general rapes him while they hold down his second-in-command to watch. The manga really depressed me the first time I read it.
4th-Feb-2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
He was one of those brave and noble types who dedicated his life to chastity

I thought it turned out that he had "unsuitable" feelings for that senior knight, and that was why he tried so hard to be the perfect knight? See, I've already forgotten. ^^;;;

Honestly, though, maybe you're taking it more seriously than it deserves. "Your body or your life!" and "To the victor go the spoils." are standard porn tropes for fantasy stories. And besides, humiliation is standard fare when it comes to sex scenes in manga, period ("Minaideyo~!"). Actually, the seme gets his good share of humiliation in this manga as well--rather unusual; it wasn't so terribly asymmetrical on that front.
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