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Wild Rock, Vol. 1 Comic – January 10, 2006

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Product Details

  • Comic: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Blu (January 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598161016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598161014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Leah S. Baird on February 6, 2006
Format: Comic
Some reviewers seem to be laboring under the misconception that this title is a shonen-ai manga, when it is most assuredly not, and there is a real difference between the genres. That Mature rating is there for a reason. This is real yaoi straight from the pages of BeXBoy Gold, not shonen-ai snuggling, and the entire point is the buildup and eventual consumation of a relationship. If you're looking for something softer with a focus on a seperate plot, you'd be better off looking elsewhere. However, if you're looking for beautifully drawn *real* yaoi in a refeshingly different prehistoric setting, this is your baby.

While the yaoi cliches are in evidence, the art style is so much better than the usual scribblety-scratch yaoi that's been translated domestically that the visuals alone would be enough to give this title a high rating. The internal art is just as nice as the cover work and even nicer, in some places. But the characters are likable as well, and the pacing is a delight in that it actually takes some time to build up the relationship and setting, not like other fluff Blu titles like Shinobu Kokoro which can't be said to have any plot at all. The love scenes are beautifully executed, immediate, passionate, and are not the same static poses that have been done a hundred times. The backstory involving the fathers of the two main characters is even better than the main story, and a little more bittersweet.

I remember reading this title years ago when it was released in Japan, and I am thrilled to finally own it in translation (which is localized nicely, as well). I hope Blu releases more high quality yaoi titles like this, and less of the poorly-drawn, doujinshi-quality, rehashed settings and storylines that seem to have been all we've been getting from distributors in the states.

A must read for any real yaoi aficionado!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By straitjacket on September 1, 2006
Format: Comic
there is something about a hot man in a loincloth that's just.... fascinating. since i have read the scanlation of this manga a while back, i'm well aware of its strengths and weaknesses. the cover alone makes it worth the money spent on acquiring a copy of this manga, although truthfully i had debated for a long while whether to buy it or not. the reason, simple - the plot is quite... mediocre to say the least. however, the visuals won out eventually and i ended up with a copy in my hands.

takashima-sensei's art is undoubtedly exquisite and beautiful. i love her art, hands down... her men are sexy, and even if her ukes are a tad too femme, they're still easy on the eyes. what i especially like is that her art is quite realistic, and the sketches included at the end proved to be very enlightening.

that said, the plot of wild rock is sadly... cliched. really, it's just like the blurb mentioned, a prehistoric, yaoi-take on the bard's romeo and juliet, sans poison and murder. at times the uke, yuen, is infuriating in his indecisiveness and nothing new there. emba, the seme, on the other hand, is the all-mighty-manly dude who thankfully, isn't a total neanderthal when it comes to his beloved. he's downright chivalrous, which makes one wonder about how much men has actually evolved (or not! *lol*). however, i can't stay angry at the story nor the mangaka, because the art is just utterly beautiful, and even if the story's a bit hum-drum, it is still comprehensible, unlike the too-beautiful-to-be-true and mind-bogglingly snooze inducing "alichino" (but that's another story).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2006
Format: Comic
The blurb says it is love at first sight but it is mistaken. Only late in the story do you find out it was one-sided love.

The plot is not deep but that's ok because it does other things right. Love develops over time (instead of rape at first sight). The young men are beautiful, the damsel(silly uke) gets rescued, and there is a plot twist.

So on the yaoi scale it scores in what some of us read yaoi for. It gets points for unrequited love(!), one-sided love(!), romance(!!) and beautiful buff guys get happy(!!!!). The art is clean and attractive.

On my personal meter it also gets points for costumes(!!). (Authors please note: I love men in long hair and skirts.) No schoolyard teenage angst here!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SarinSyn on April 10, 2006
Format: Comic
Not only is this without a doubt the most beautifully illustrated manga I've ever read, it is my absolute favorite! Even of all the yaoi and other style manga's I've read! The story line is absolutely adorable, and it has the most beautiful twist that you find out about halfway through! Unlike most yaoi manga's, which are written for the sake of the boy on boy and have either choppy plots, or repetitions of the same thing, this seems to have been written for the romance factor and the simple and pure love of the art. A very important addition to ANY collection! You won't regret buying this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Furio on September 6, 2006
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I am afraid I have to agree with most of the reviewers, mostly Straitjacket and Elizabeth Lockett.

This manga has fairly beautiful art and titillating ideas but for the rest it falls short, shorter than it is usual even for the worst examples among this genre.
The plot is desperately thin and contrived, characterization stereotyped and highly inconsistent with the prehistorical setting chosen. There is not a single move of the characters which is not predictable and trite, plus the usual skinny effemminate boy versus the manly dominant figure.

A booklet to borrow before buying: the art may be interesting (sex scenes are dull, though, as it is often the case) and the sequence of the drawings confused.
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