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His Ashes ざらざらじゃない

June 26, 2015

The not ざらざら ashes is still echoing in my mind after reading 阿賀直己先生’s newest BL novel titled “翳りの星”… and if you read the book, you’ll know why!

I read this book quicker than I expected, and it is due to the fact that I could not put the book down after the plot started to unfold rapidly all of a sudden! I ended up reading 200 pages in one day.

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Before I talk about the book, I do have to mention the quality of the pages and cover is extremely high! The cover is textured to have little indents so it feels like you are really touching the stars on the cover. The pages literally feel like butter!

Out of all the books that 阿賀直己先生 has written, this has been the most emotional invoking book I have read of hers. Get ready for a roller-coaster ride!  The variety in characters, relationships, and situations that made it seem like I was really watching a movie or drama. Love when books have a minor characters! There are so many scenes for some reason that are still in my mind.

The story follows Natsume and Kakeru’s pre-teen and late teenage years along with their evolving romance and personal lives. Natsume has a weak body, with Kakeru by his side. You’ll have to read the book in order to find out how their story unfolds. This book is not your typical BL novel. No straight path, a rocky road, and no clear answers.

I’m just wondering why exactly is Natsume considered an angel. He begged for scrub scrub and got nookie on school grounds, Kakeru’s house, and everywhere in between. Like really y’all?! I remember seeing another tweet where a read agreed that Kakeru is the angel. Hmmmm!

If you want to read this book be sure to check out the list of bookstores that handle 翳りの星 over here. I believe there is one online that ships internationally where they offer a free signed bromide. I would have ordered one myself, but by the time I discovered such perk, my book that I preordered had already arrived.

And of course, a reply from the lovely author! I love authors who keep in touch with fans! And she is so sweet~ Maybe next time I will use the form to contact her since I couldn’t fit it in one tweet.

Now I’ll have to wait for 阿賀直己先生’s next novel… hopefully it won’t be too long!

For those of you who are new to this blog, it is my goal this year to read at least one Japanese book a month (excluding May where I traveled Europe). So for the month of July, I will be reading下妻物語, known as “Kamikaze Girls”. I watched the movie so long ago, so I was really excited when I found out that the book was actually the original version. It is the story about the relationship between a lolita and a yankee girl. Flashback to the 00’s, am I right? Pick up the book if you’d like to read along with me.

Take a look on my booklog for more books I am interested in reading and books I have read.

On a side note, today the US supreme court has ruled marriage equality in every state (meaning same-sex bans are BANNED). This decade really is amazing, isn’t it!

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Chalice and Crystal Brooch

May 15, 2015

Last week a very sentimental package arrived…

at a very dire moment…

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My Proplica Crystal Brooch and Rainbow Moon Chalice!

Both of these items were newly released in April-Early May so I was able to receive them in one package.

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The brooch is so fun to play with! There are 2 modes, with two different sounds on each mode. They are: transformation with and without voice, short melody (my favorite), and of course her speech anthem instrumental. I love how in the end it flashes like a rainbow. I have the 90’s North American version, and it is so clunky and nasty compared to this 2015 version.

You can see the video below from my Instagram on a preview on the transformation with voice.

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My favorite part about this is that it even has the transformation sound effects. I only wish that it had the special opera-like voices that are used in the transformation sequences in the Sailor Moon R and S movies.

Another cool feature is that you can take off the cover so you will be left with the crystal base just like the 「蓋が外れて胸にコンパクトを当てるシーン」.

Many people do not not about the Rainbow Moon Chalice, but it allows Sailor Moon to transform into Super Sailor Moon after her tier 1 transformation. It is one of my favorite transformations.

Unfortunately, this version is not an actual replica as the version from the 90’s, but rather an air freshener. Yep! That’s right! If you open up the inside, you will find a crystal air freshener. Nonetheless, it is completely identical to the cast of the original toy version except for the fact that is is made out of METAL! It feels so high quality and I really enjoy the heavy weight. Sadly, it is not longer on sale because Premium Bandai is really keen on limiting sales for some reason.

The fragrance is typical with a rosey mid-tone. I’m more of an incense kind of person, so I will not be using this to freshen up ‘nothin.

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I have always wanted the Rainbow Moon Chalice, especially since it was one of the candidates for the third Sailor Moon Proplica item. People were selling the 90’s version for 800 bucks… no thanks!

I am in love with the butterfly motif presented in the anime transformation sequence (representing rebirth).

Bookstore Girls Old Book & New Drama

May 6, 2015

Yesterday I finally finished  reading 書店ガール.

I didn’t have a lot of time during April to read because I was so busy with the final months of school including all the finals and group projects.

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I really wanted to read this book because it the original work of the new and currently airing KTV drama 戦う!書店ガール. I found out about it after someone tweeted a picture of 千葉 雄大 wearing a bookstore apron.

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I do have to admit however, that I felt like the book was a bit too dramatic for events that occur in a bookstore. But when I watched the drama, it was a appropriately intense.

It is such a fun experience to watch the drama after you read a book to measure how much you understood from the book! I love how they used literally the same exact lines from the book in  most of the scenes (the fact that I remembered the lines is a bit more surprising to me!). I really like watching with Japanese subtitles. I already caught up to episode 4!

I really recommend this book for beginners because it has really simple dialogue and you can even watch the drama version. The book is quite new as well.

There were a few misunderstandings I had from the novel. But I’m not sure if that is those were due to intentional differences in the drama.

I don’t think I’ll be reading a book for May unfortunately.

Curry and Boys boys boys

April 7, 2015

Curry.

And boys.

The only things circulating in a gay guys’s mind!

(Just kidding! No… But ok, yeah)

Well, for March 2015 I read a book with such topics. It was called 運命かもしれない恋 written by 渡海奈穂. I won’t give a way too much info, but the story revolves around two men – Kouhira fell in love with the feminine Nakui 3 times during his lifetime. Nakui now owns a curry shop that was given to him by his father-in-law of his deceased wife.

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I didn’t notice anything really distinct, besides the fact that Nakui had a wife previously and falling in love with the same person multiple times.

I really enjoyed reading the descriptive passages that described the curry and how it was being eaten.

There were so many N1 vocabulary in the book – which is why people shouldn’t judge such novels. Actually the reading was a bit more challenging than some of the other books I have read. I wonder if it is because the unfamiliar writing style and use of more complex vocabulary.

For this month, in preparation for Fuji TV’s new drama 戦う!書店ガール, I will be reading 書店ガール written by 碧野圭. Y’all should get in and pick this book up ASAP. Why you ask? Because one of my favorite actors 千葉雄大 is staring in it (So is a Hey! Say! Jump! member that I do not care about oops). I placed this book on hold at the library, but I wonder when it will come in… hopefully it won’t take too long!

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March 17, 2015

Yesterday was the day that I finished all of 阿賀先生’s novels thus far. DSC02870

I will have to admit, however, that I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed her others.  I just feel like there was not enough story and character development. Was this due to the different parts of focus? Or maybe I was just expecting a lot of character relationships because of the cover? I still enjoyed it though. Strangely, it reminded me of the mid 00’s Japanese films that had a minimal plot and quiet dialogue. But believe me, there were many dramatic situations in this book!

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Even though people wouldn’t classify this as BL novel, I was shocked to see the picture inside the cover (so cute, right?!).

I don’t want to give too much away of the story, but it is not explicit at all (even less than her other stories)… and I mean at all. I understand why people chose to not view this as a BL – it was love for another human, not a male.

This book is shorter than her others, so if you don’t want to commit to a long book I would have to recommend this one. I would also recommend this one if you aren’t a big fan of BL… yet 😉

阿賀先生 will be releasing a book called “翳りの星” in June. You can read chapter 1 here.

 

Februrary 2015 Book 「きみの背中 ぼくの手のひら」 Yomiowari

March 3, 2015

I finished  きみの背中 ぼくの手のひら, written by my favorite Japanese author 阿賀 直己 for Februrary. It seems as though I will continue my goal to read one book per month.

The story is about Togo who works at an advertising company. One day, he and his boss goes to an Italian restaurant for lunch. Togo feels a little awkward because it seems like it is a restaurant for old couples. His boss calls for the chef named Takura, and Togo falls in love at first sight. He looks too young and handsome to cook such delicious foods! Togo goes home and continues to have dreams of the cook’s white arm.

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The cover, illustrated by ぱち is so cute and beautifully drawn. Unfortunately, it made reading this book in public a little difficult because it makes it seem as though the book is all about sex – which it is not. Not even one scene! Just mild and brief suggestions before continuing with the story. Which is why きみの背中 ぼくの手のひら is my favorite BL novel. Some authors make sex and homosexual love almost completely intertwined. There is more than just sex when it comes to homosexual love!

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This is a character foldout included with the book!

And of course, 阿賀先生 responded to my tweet with such kind words. I love Twitter for this reason – the ability to connect with anybody!

I have ordered another one of 阿賀先生’s novel – the only one I haven’t read. I was trying to read this one a bit slow because I knew it wouldn’t arrive on time. I have to remember to place my orders earlier! Apparently it is not a BL, which is a little disappointing.

As usual, you can find the books I have read, want to read, or currently reading at my booklog here.

The Right ビューティフル・ライフ

February 7, 2015

Yesterday I finished “ビューティフル・ライフ”, written by one of my favorite authors named Aga Naomi (阿賀 直己). She writes BL novels, but not the typical ones where they only have love-making scenes every 5 pages. They are realistic, have character and plot development, are not focused on homosexuality (rather, love), and are a bit on the longer side.

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In my other post, this was the the original desired “Beautiful Life” book that I mentioned.

I don’t want to give too much away, but basically Yukihito brings in this this guy name Kai to live with him and his childhood friend/roommate. The book takes off from there, so I won’t spoil anymore information.

I am a little torn on which book I should read next – I have two more from this author that I could read, or I could find something else…. I’m not sure yet!

She also replied back to me on Twitter and even followed back! I love Japanese authors because they tend to respond to their readers. It is always a weird experience when they reply back… they are the ones that created a world in your head for weeks a time with their novels… and now they are constructing new sentences to talk to YOU.

I remember when I was in 1st grade, we wrote a letter to the author of the book we read in class. We ended up getting a reply back, and I thought it was really cool!

Have you ever contacted an author of a book you read, and did you get a reply?