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Awkward Silence, Vol. 1 Paperback – July 10, 2012
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Hinako Takanaga's "Awkward Silence" starts off focusing on high-schooler Satoru Toono (or Satoru Tono in this release) and his growing relationship with Keigo Tamiya. Theirs would be an uncomplicated love, if it wasn't for the fact Tono has a difficult time expressing emotion! (This is a curious twist on the average uke, if I do say so myself.) It takes Tono great effort to share his thoughts and feelings with anyone, including his new lover. This can lead to miscommunications, which often result in messy situations for Tono and Tamiya. Outgoing Tamiya and introvert Tono face many obstacles as their love grows, but these obstacles only serve to teach them how to best express and share their feelings for one another.
Takanaga is one of my favorite manga artists and storytellers, both in and out of the BL genre. She has a sweet art style which is usually accompanied by a sweet story, and this is the case for Awkward Silence. While this isn't the funniest or sexiest of her works, it certainly is my favorite -- I've read Awkward Silence several times since scanlations started floating around the web, I own it in Japanese as well, and with the release of it in the states, I now own SuBLime's release in both PDF format (available on their website) and print. (Does this seem like overkill? Maybe. But when I support my favorite artists, I like to give my all!) I'm fond of the sugary sweetness in these kinds of stories, of silly miscommunications, and of unwavering affection between the two lead characters.Read more ›
I highly recommend this beautiful love story to all yaoi fans!
If you're new to yaoi, I think this would be a great starter manga. The sex scenes are steamy but not overly graphic, and the story itself is riveting.
If you do purchase this manga, you should know that there are four volumes in this series. The first two have been released, the third isn't set to be released until February of 2013 and the fourth won't be released until August of 2013. I do recommend purchasing the first two together as the second volume closely follows the first. The third volume features a different couple within the same story, so that can wait awhile (and will in fact have to since it isn't released yet).
Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
[Also available on my blog.]
I was really surprised by this book, particularly by how much I liked it.
Now, I don't read very much yaoi. It's not that I don't like it, I just don't really care one way or another, and I don't usually go looking for it. I mean, the smut is usually pretty good, but sometimes the art isn't all that good (it always seems so broad shouldered and squared and overly manly, and I just don't care for that), and, again, I just don't go looking for it. But, and I know I am very biased, when I heard that VIZ was starting up their own yaoi line, I jumped on that wagon real fast. (Although I was a bit disappointed that so many went directly to digital and not print, given that I don't have any kind of e-reader and I prefer reading print books than digital, although I understand why.)
And then none of my bookstores would get a single volume in. I was super disappointed, but finally one of them got some in, which is great. And I'd had my eye on this series for a while, if only because the title gave the hint of my type of characters, and I was so right. I'm so glad that I started with this volume, because it was so good.
My favorite part of this book is the main character, Satoru. He's awkward, and his expression never changes, no matter if he's shocked or sad or excited, and he doesn't know how to express his feelings. He feels awkward saying things aloud, but he doesn't know how to show them, and he gets a bit frustrated by this. I love this kind of character, but they're so hard to find, especially in the main role, so I was very excited to read about him.
And, really, Satoru is just adorable. I think Takanaga did a really good job, in a clever way, of showing the reader what he's actually feeling.Read more ›
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I love the Hinako Takanaga's drawing style, and her cute, awkward characters!Published 4 months ago by Amazonian
It was originally a one shot so the plot is weak, but it was still fun to read. I like this mangaka a lot tooPublished 16 months ago by Snape Maiden
Love it! It's beautiful <3 totally recommend it to any yaoi lover!Published 17 months ago by Sofia Baltazar
This was a cute story (though it has no ending yet). Satoru and Keigo are adorable, especially Satoru. His difficulty in expressing himself was interesting and entertaining. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kit M
It's a cute story with lovable characters. I will enjoy reading this series!Published 21 months ago by Diane
This is super cute and prefecture anyone interested in fluff and smut. I loved this book it was amazing :)Published on May 29, 2014 by jeff DROWNED eyeless