Because I’m a Boy! by Asia Watanabe Manga Review

Title:  Because I’m a Boy

Author:  Asia Watanabe

Publisher:  Kitty Media

ISBN:  159883021x

(Probably doesn’t)  Contain Spoilers (because that implies a plot!)

I purchased this book because the title sounded cute, and the back blurb made me believe it was about a Shinto priest in training and his childhood friend.  Imagine my dismay when I discovered that the story consisted of only 16 pages!  This was supposed to be the beginning of a “captivating story of romance and sexuality in full bloom.”  Nothing was allowed to bud in this stinky book, let alone bloom! 

There are eight stories in this collection of crap, and most of them are distinctly lacking in anything that resembles a plot.  Hot and steamy sex without the benefit of a plot is boring, especially if the characters are as crudely drawn as these.  I’ll have nightmares for days over the illustration on page 144, where the character reminds me of a praying mantis lying in wait for some unsuspecting bug to wander within striking distance.  If I had the energy, I would scan it and insert the image [here], but then it would befoul my hard drive and haunt me for the rest of my days.

Unless you are stuck on an uncharted island, or stranded on a remote mountain top with nothing else to read, avoid this waste of time. 

Grade: D

Rated for 18+ 

7 thoughts on “Because I’m a Boy! by Asia Watanabe Manga Review

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  • December 22, 2006 at 6:33 pm
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    o______________o I received my contest prize today (OMFG YAY!) in a most unusual box XDD  Can’t wait to read it & thanks~

  • December 22, 2006 at 7:32 pm
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    Glad you received the book – let me know how you like it. 

    I work at a computer company, so I recycle component boxes.  Video card and nic card boxes are just the right size for books :)

  • March 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm
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    was it really that bad?

  • March 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm
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    Yes, it really was.

  • July 27, 2008 at 5:03 pm
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    was it that bad? nothing good happen?

  • September 16, 2008 at 6:44 pm
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    In my opinion, your review is a bit bias. For example, I like both plot and PWP works. I’m not picky, but I can tell good stories from bad. I think what happened was you were expecting a cute, plot driven story and failed to see the simple and subtle comedy that Asia Watanabe presented.  Anyways, to other readers of this review, I give you another opinion on this story. If you want a good plot and mainstream/somewhat generic/bland/simple art style, go somewhere else. If you want a light comedy and short, but cute oneshots with a different/unique art style, try this.You might not like that crap, but others might.

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