Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Manga: Puppy Love

Hi, pornies! Long time no see (er, read). I've been reforming a lot of things, had some stressful matters to attend regarding real and virtual life, but in the meanttime had my mind resting in a beautiful, wholesome manga you're gonna love if you like puppies (if you don't, get TF away from here). I'm talking about Puppy Love, by Tsuchida Haru. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy!

  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (June 29, 2022).
  • Expected publication Date: June 29, 2022.
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Gay, Homoerotic, Romantic, Yaoi.
  • Rating: 4 / 5 stars.
Inukai works at a company where he's exploited and unappreciated, but one day he stops at a pet shop and meets a gentle clerk named Hoshi. Playing with cute dogs and the soothing conversation with Hoshi makes Inukai decide to quit his job and change his life situation so he can have a dog of his own.
A memory comes to Hoshi suddenly, and he blurts out, "I'm the reincarnation of a dog you helped when you were a boy!"
A fluffy love story between a mysterious pet shop clerk and a mistreated corporate drone!

The story is so sweet it made me smile a lot. I had no problems in seeing myself in Inukai and how difficult it is for him to say no when there's someone in need. He's such a kind yet innocent soul is easy to feel sympathy for him. Hoshi is just as sweet and cute, although a little pushy at times. Their story developed in a good pace, showing the pros and cons of each, giving them the time to get to know each other and the chemistry to happen naturally.

There's hardly anything bad I can say about the art, if anything. Clean, fluent, easy to follow, and reflecting the cuteness of the whole story. It's the perfect complement for the manga, and while it's true that some scenes may convey drama or doom, it's still a whole story that gives hope and happiness at all times. There were many scenes that got me lost in the moment because of this.

What could have been better? The fantasy element. I feel it wasn't completely explored and given the importance it deserved. I didn't feel Inukai's reaction to Hoshi's confession was the best, which also affected the development and some of their interactions. It wasn't natural, although it matched the calming, relaxed tone of the manga, in a way.

If you liked The Cat Proposed, also published by TokyoPop, you're gonna enjoy this romance filled with innocence and wonder, . Tsuchida Haru took a simple thing, a story that doesn't surprise that much, and made it wonderful, filling my head with the kind of romance many could dream with.

Kinky regards, K!

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