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- Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (March 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007PJ1MGU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sentimental Garden Lover (Yaoi Manga) Kindle & comiXology
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Top Customer Reviews
The other stories are sweet and lighthearted but the translation seem disjointed in some of the panels.
Overall an enjoyable collection. No explicit content except for some non revealing sex scenes in the cats/humans romance and more pronounced scenes in the last romance between a president of a company and his secretary.
Fuji loves Hiro but there’s a catch. Fuji is a cat and Hiro is a human. Hiro is a kind-hearted guy who loves cats. And cats love him back! Hiro treats stray cats as nicely as he does his own cat, Fuji. But Hiro is not so lucky in romance, and his boyfriend is not a nice guy. In fact he’s quite abusive. But Fuji is a cat and can’t really be of any help. Or can he?
And then there’s Shima, a stray kitten that Hiro has taken in. It’s funny when Fuji gets jealous because Shima is cute and knows how to use this to his advantage. The two of them fight over Hiro’s lap. Because he’s a stray and used to coming and going, Shima goes off on his own. That’s when he falls (literally) into Taki’s life, a salaryman. It’s hilarious when Taki wakes up to find that the cat he let sleep on the bed is not a cat anymore. And Shima is just as surprised.
I love how the two humans in this story (the main humans, that is, Hiro and Taki) take things in stride. That their cats change into humans doesn’t faze them a bit. (Okay, Taki had a bit of a brain meltdown, but he adapted quickly). It’s so touching when Hiro meets Shima and Taki out and about one day, and he recognizes Shima at once, even in his human form. And it’s very funny when Hiro then apologizes for not recognizing Taki. He thinks Taki is a stray cat (also in human form) that might have come around his house.
The second story involves a bookstore owner and a delinquent. How a single book binds two very different persons together. Passion in any form is hard to resist, isn’t it?
The third story involves two very close brothers and a classmate who is friends with them. The classmate often ends up as the not-quite- third wheel. Frequently stories of this kind (brother x brother) can be squicky, but Ogura-sensei manages to make this one cute.
The fourth story involves salaryman romance. With a glasses-wearing guy asking out a glasses-hating guy.
The fifth story involves the President of a company who is always trying to escape his meetings, and his very stern secretary Natori, who keeps him on track.
These stories are all interesting and well written. The first one, the book’s namesake, “Senimental Garden Lover”, is the most memorable. However, each of the stories are well presented, and the characters are all sympathetic characters. It’s easy to like them. I do wish there were more on the couples in the first story, though.
I’m giving this one a 5 out of 5, for several reasons. This is a book I frequently re-read, even if it’s just for the first story. (And then I get interested all over again in the other stories). All of these stories made me want to know more about the characters. They also made me want to read more from this mangaka.
Disclosure: I’d like to thank DMG for providing me with the loan of a reviewer copy.