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Ten Count, Vol. 5 Paperback – August 8, 2017
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About the Author
This is Rihito Takarai’s second English-language release, with her first being Seven Days. She has also been published in French, Spanish, and German. Born in Hiroshima Prefecture in October, she’s a Libra with an O blood type.
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It's really hard to tell where this couple stands. A couple of times already, it has seemed like they were making up and taking a step forward, and then suddenly they're not speaking again. It feels like they've finally accepted their feelings for each other in this volume, but then the ending gives the sense that something else is coming along to mess it up. But even without that, they're still not quite used to each other yet.
This is a guilty pleasure romance, and I really enjoy reading it, but it keeps reminding me how unhealthy it really is. When we see what happened to Kurose when he was younger that led to his behavior, it's actually even more unsettling. He has some even bigger problems than Shirotani does, and it makes me second guess them being together, if he's even worse for Shirotani than it seems.
They both have some serious stuff to work through.
And I am undoubtedly going to read the next one, because I'm hooked. It's dirty, questionable smut, but it's hot and intense and the art is really good, and I can't get enough.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
The art continues to be beautiful and sexy - a definite strong point of the series. The artist conveys so much just in the characters' facial expressions. Even Kurose's somewhat cold and blank smiles have meaning behind them. It's also impressive that each character has their own individual style that remains consistent. Shirotani likes suits and more structured clothing while Kurose favors clothes that are much more casual. Too often manga artists just throw all their characters into the same kind of fashionable clothes without much thought, but the fashion choices of Kurose and Shirotani are excellent representations of their personalities. It's little details like these that make the art stand out.
Ten Count remains one of the better yaoi manga currently being released. It doesn't shy away from graphic sex scenes but it's far removed from the kind of manga you can skim through just to get to the sexy parts without missing anything significant. The story is compelling and the characters, broken and unhealthy as they are, will draw you in.
I would definitely recommend this story-line if you are looking for a different BL story to read and something that a bit refreshing, with older and more established characters.
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Kurose is so precious here... great volume as usual.