REVIEW: Ten Count [Manga] (Vol 1-3)

TEN COUNT | テンカウント  [MANGA]
PUBLISHED: 2013-2018
VOLUME 1-3

Rihito Takarai’s popular 6-volume manga Ten Count is soon ascending to the exclusive ranks of Boys’ Love anime adaptations, and no surprise. Licensed in English by SuBLime, the series has garnered quite a reputation for its love story postmarked with mental illness. Ten Count is so mainstream I found my copies on the shelf at my local public library. (Thanks for the yaoi, tax-payers.)

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There are ten things this mysophobic secretary really doesn’t want to do, and one thing he really wants to do: his therapist.

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NEWS: 2019 Yaoi Anime

2018 has staggered to a close, and pushed newborn 2019 straight out into the traffic in its rush. We live in a confusing time. Amidst political discord threatening upheaval of democratic values around the globe and impending environmental doom, it’s hard to say what the new year will bring. But remember, there is good in this world, and that good is a thing called yaoi.

Papa Datte, Shitai (パパだって、したい) is our first contender, rolling in for the 2019 winter season and debuting its first episode this week.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 24 – FINALE)

Episode 24: The Catcher in the Rye | ライ麦畑でつかまえて [FINALE]

The finale is here, under the banner of J.D. Salinger’s most famous work – and Salinger, of course, is also the author of A Perfect Day for Bananafish, the series’ namesake. The Catcher in the Rye’s famous imagery has already been used for the second ending’s visuals, in which Ash watches over Eiji in a field. This innocuous metaphor turning titular screams an ominous literary device as the curtains part for the final time.

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Since it’s the last episode, let’s play a drinking game: drink every time you want things to be okay, and every time things aren’t actually okay.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 23)

Episode 23: For Whom the Bell Tolls | 誰がために鐘は鳴る

We’ve reached the penultimate episode, which means this is the final chance to watch the unlucky romance of Ash Lynx and Eiji Okumura and assume everything will work out exactly the way you want it to next episode.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 18)

Episode 18: Islands in the Stream | 海流のなかの島々

This episode has everything you’ve grown to love about Banana Fish – Ash/Eiji romantic insinuation, gunfights, literal and figurative explosions. But you might hate it anyway.

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Pictured: my actual internal monologue

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Review: DAKAICHI – I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year (Episode 2)

DAKAICHI – I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year | (抱男1位に脅されています (Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu)
Episode 2:
Is He Sick of Me Already? | あいつ、もう俺に飽きやがったのか?

It’s an unfortunate truth that not every 18+ erotic yaoi manga gets adapted into a BL anime. Sometimes, it’s for a reason. Sometimes, that reason is seeing this stuff acted and animated gets really weird, really quick.

So with that, it’s time for Dakaichi Episode 2.

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REVIEW: Banana Fish (Episode 14)

Episode 14: Tender is the Night | 夜がやさし

If you’re catching onto the bumpy Banana Fish narrative formula of bloody carnage/brief respite/bloody carnage, then you should know after last week’s bloodbath it’s time for a break. But “breaks” in the jam-packed Banana Fish are really a matter of perspective. We wouldn’t want you thinking for even a second that Ash Lynx is going to catch a break.

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Public service announcement

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