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The Tyrant Falls in Love, Vol. 1 (Yaoi) Paperback – August 17, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: June (August 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569701725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569701720
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to yaoi fans!
Jessica Fletcher
The Tyrant Falls in Love is already into its 7th volume in Japan and I still enjoy reading it.
F. Caldwell
There is also plenty of humor and enough plot to keep things moving.
Angela Williams

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
From begining to end, the relationship between Morinaga and his "senpai", Tatsumi, is a playful romp in sado-masochism.

Tatsumi is a high-strung and temperamental biology major, with raging homophobia and a deep, unwavering love for his younger brother -- who just so happens to be gay and living in America with his lover. Much to Tatsumi's screaming ire. Tatsumi firmly believes in "tough love" (nothing says "I care about you" better than a well-meaning punch to the head) and could teach classes in self-denial.

Morinaga is Tatsumi's younger classmate and his best -- and only -- friend. He's a cheerful and outgoing person, whose is nonetheless close-mouthed about his own true feelings and past. For the most part, Morinaga meekly bears the brunt of Tatsumi's ill-temper and abuse, but he isn't above indulging in a little emotional manipulation to get what he wants.

He's gay, too, and harboring a five year crush on Tatsumi. Tatsumi knows this and frequently gives Morinaga a hard time for his "perverse ways", yet oddly, remains close friends with him despite hating gays. Remember what I said about self-denial?

Their tales starts with Tatsumi's unspeakable fury over finding out that America has legalized gay marriage and his brother and his brother's lover plan to take full advantage of this fact. Morinaga bravely steps to help Tatsumi drink himself into oblivion (rather than release a plague upon the West in retaliation), but thing really get going when, in search of more booze, Tatsumi downs a bottle of Aphrodisiac Morinaga had stashed in a back closet...

I highly recommend this series to anyone with an eye for fun, hot, and unusual yaoi. The characters are crazy and the art is stunning -- you won't be disappointed!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Brown on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Finally, after far too long in licensing limbo, Tyrant is here! And it is awesome. And disturbing.

Tyrant is a spinoff of Takanaga's earlier series Challengers, Vol. 1; the original series is an excellent fluffy slapstick comedy but is not absolutely required to understand the plot of Tyrant. In Challengers, Souichi (blond ponytail) is introduced as the unremittingly homophobic, violently temperamental, and homicidally overprotective older brother of Tomoe, the uke of that series. Souichi was apparently hugely popular with readers and with Takanaga herself, and promptly got a completely unwanted love interest (hopelessly devoted fellow grad student Morinaga) and later his own spinoff series, The Tyrant Falls In Love.

Back in Challengers, Morinaga manages to come out to Souichi and confess his four-year-long unrequited love without being murdered, and even gets a kiss out of it, but Souichi would very much prefer not to have to think about Morinaga's orientation or his feelings for him and deals with it by pretending the conversation never happened. Tyrant starts about a year after the end of Challengers, and nothing has changed, much to Morinaga's unhappiness.

Takanaga must have had a hard time coming up with a way to get a homophobe with a hair-trigger temper and a complete willingness to say it with his fists into bed, and goes for the old booze-drugs-and-noncon standby. Souichi flies off the handle after California legalizes gay marriage and Tomoe announces his intention of marrying his boyfriend, Morinaga tries to calm him down with lots of beer, drunk!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By F. Caldwell on September 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Yes, finally. Volume 1 of The Tyrant Falls in Love is here. And it's just about everything I hoped it would be. Mostly. I am a longtime fan of the series (and Challengers, the original series that this is a spin off from). I love the characters and obviously Souichi and Morinaga are my favorite among favorites. Yes, their relationship is completely abusive (on both sides) but it's hilarious and, for those who are disturbed by the initial non-con in the book, it does get better. A lot better. Volume 1 is actually my least favorite of the series but it's still an interesting and DIFFERENT read for those who are familiar with yaoi manga. Plus, Hinako Takanaga has some of the nicest (and generally most well proportioned) art I've seen. It never fails to impress me.

Morinaga is a gay man (who are strangely lacking in yaoi manga...) who has been in love with his senpai since his first year at N University. Despite five years of Souichi's ranting and raving homophobia, Morinaga managed to come out without being murdered. They even stayed friends. Volume 1 finds him feeling hopeless (much as he was back in Challengers volume 3) and lost. Of course that's when things always start to move. Morinaga's helpful friend, Hiroto, gives him a bottle of aphrodisiac as a present. Yep, it's a cliche but the way things play out is certainly unexpected. The morning after finds Morinaga restored to his right mind and dreading the result of his "forced seduction." He gets pretty much what he was expecting when Souichi tries to stab him with a broken bottle before kicking him out of his own apartment. From there, Morinaga does exactly as instructed and does his best to stay out of Souichi's way... by disappearing. I won't go into the rest of the story for those who haven't read it 20 times (like I have).
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