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About the Author

Hinako Takanaga was born on September 16 in Nagoya, Japan. She is the creator of many popular series, including The Tyrant Falls in Love, which was also adapted into an anime series. She is a virgo, blood type O, and a self-proclaimed coffee addict who can get violent if she doesn’t get her daily dose. A fortuneteller once told her she wasn’t suited to be a manga artist, but she doesn’t believe in fortunetelling anyway. She currently lives with her vicious cat Choro.
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Product Details

  • Series: Awkward Silence (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SuBLime (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421543478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421543475
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I want to thank SuBLime for bringing this wonderful manga stateside. It has been a favorite of mine for a few years now, and to finally have it on my shelf (and in my iPad) is a dream come true.

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.
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Awkward Silence has for years been my favorite yaoi series so when I saw that it had finally been released on paperback I jumped at the chance to purchase it. The love story is so sweet and romantic. You really connect with the characters and want things to work out for them. Tono is a very adorable character whose problems stem from the fact that his emotions don't show on his face and he has a hard time expressing them. He's been in love with Tamiya for a long time, secretly watching him from afar. One day, Tamiya completely blindsides him when he asks Tono to go out with him! The two have a lot of angst-filled misunderstandings that really drive the story along and make you want to keep reading. A lot of humor and some steamy sex scenes!

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!
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I read this awhile ago on online and i was obsessed. It is an awsome story line. Very cute but dont worry there are some sex scenes and yeah they are hot. Satoru is so cute his face cant express what he feels and doesnt talk much, which that grabs keigo captain of the baseball team. Satoru has had a crush on him for awhile and first page keigo is confessing his love. Even though they really love eachother there are so many things that happen because lack of expression, mostly because of satoru. This book is a definate must have for yaoi collectors. Thanks sublime for coming out with this yoai.
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I really like these two, especially the introvert Tono who is just so cute, more so because he is incapable of expressing himself. As a result misunderstandings abound which thankfully are all resolved by the end of each chapter, which gives a terrific progress of their romance. This mangaka's artwork is really entertaining. Tono's face even if supppose to be expressionless is really filled with expression (you have to see for youself). Tamiya is a likable seme and steadfast in his love for Tono even as he feels frustrated at times when he wants a bit more "expression" from Tono. But Tono does surprise even shock him (So darn cute!). Their romance is wonderfully sweet and leaves me with a nice fuzzy warmth. The sex is explicit and sexy, despite the ridiculous censorship rules. Looking forward to Vol 2 indeed..
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~3.5-4/5
[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.
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