Yakuza Lover Volume 1 Review – But Why Tho? A community of geeks

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VIZ MediaShojo Beat’s imprint may have shojo in his name, but he also puts out some amazing – and sometimes sizzling – josei tracks. Yakuza lover is by far the hottest on the imprint in quite some time and it’s a welcome change of pace. Created, written and beautifully illustrated by Nozomi mino. Volume 1 is localized and published by Shojo Beat with translation by Andria Cheng and art and lettering retouching by Michelle Pang.

Embracing the yakuza boss romance that you can infer from the title, The lover of the yakuza volume 1 follows a spirited student as she falls in love with a sous chef and gets drawn into a scorching and extremely dangerous love affair. The girl in question is Yuri, and she’s anything but your typical mouse romance character. After being attacked at a party (and fighting with a chair, yes, a chair), she is saved by Toshiomi Oya, the deputy head of a yakuza union.

Of course, this leads to a budding romance, but despite her obvious attraction to him, she convinces herself that she’s not in the market for some type of bad boy. After the attack at the party, Yuri goes to Oya to thank him for saving her, and even though she hates to admit it, she can’t deny that there is an attraction. However, when tragedy strikes, Yuri attempts to turn his back on Oya and his dangerous lifestyle for good. But it is not that easy. Yuri thinks about Oya all the time, waiting for his text and imagining some scorching nights.

Now I have to be very clear Yakuza lover kisses his mature rating. While not hentai, of course, we do get several scenes of physical intimacy between Yuri and Oya that showcase their passion, and well, Oya’s attention. Although adult romances do exist, finding a good josei manga that is licensed and easily purchased is a bit of a task compared to many teenage romances. And while Mino’s intimate moments of art is beautiful and compelling, it’s the way they portray Oya as both intimidating and beautiful that makes Yakuza lover come out.

That said, beauty isn’t the only reason I’m in love with both Oya and Yuri; that’s also how they are written. Yuri isn’t afraid to speak her mind or stand up for herself, using violence herself a few times (violence worthy of a pretty lead, of course, but still aggression). Additionally, Oya’s attraction to Yuri comes from her good looks, but it’s clearly clear that it’s also because of her strength. It’s because Yuri defends himself and pushes back that he sees her as an equal.

Often times with yakuza boss romances, you end up with a withered flower for a woman or man who falls in love with them. Of course, Yuri is afraid of Oya’s world, but she learns to kiss him. And if anything, her fear is not due to Oya’s actions, but rather the actual chance that her lover will be murdered.

Lastly, as a josei with sex scenes, he also handles consent well with Oya continually leaving the door open for Yuri to leave and end things. Which, although romantic manga has adopted enthusiastic consent more often, there are still often many gray areas in romances embracing the yakuza trope.

Globally, The lover of the yakuza volume 1 is a must buy for adult manga readers looking for a romance to sink their teeth into that doesn’t focus on the craving for 50 chapters. Plus, Mino’s art also makes him look stunning, from the cover to each panel.

The lover of the yakuza volume 1 is available wherever books are sold on June 1, 2021.

The lover of the yakuza volume 1

TL; DR

Globally, The lover of the yakuza volume 1 is a must buy for adult manga readers looking for a romance to sink their teeth into that doesn’t focus on the craving for 50 chapters. Plus, Mino’s art also makes him look stunning, from the cover to each panel.


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