Ookami wa Hana no Kaori volume 2 (狼は花の馨り) by Riyuma Kana

Published by Daria Comics, 2016.
Two volumes, on-going.

Volume one review
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Its been a year since the first volume was released! It doesn’t feel all too long ago that I fell in love with the series. I ended up devouring the volume all too fast and now it’s back to the waiting game.

The second volume of Ookami wa Hana no Kaori brings drama, pain, happiness, and more pain. It’s a series that, underneath Aruta’s innocence and happiness, is a turbulent story filled with deep sadness; a story about two people of different status who are equally powerless against long-standing traditions.

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ST@RTING LINE – 10 Cafe Parade @ CDJapan
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Yes, I’m trying to revive this blog with a backlog of things. I’ll be making some small changes to this place such as including information in review posts rather than a separate post. If you need up-to-date information you can probably find it on my SideM Tumblr!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a seat, shall we?

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ST@RTING LINE – 07 Sai @ CDJapan
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Seems like impression posts are getting delayed longer and longer. I wasn’t sure if I should post this since its been so long, but since I got encouragement to continue here we are!

The pairings for ST@RTING LINE so far had one weaker and one stronger, but 07-08 is quite possibly my favourite batch yet, with both CDs delightful in their own ways.

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Canis by ZAKK.

Published by EDGE COMIX.
Three volumes, on-going.

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In the past few years there’s been far and few BL that have really, really impressed me. I’ve read a lot of BL and even if a lot of the plots get recycled, I still love the genre. Still, it feels like most of my favourites are ones from long ago and nothing of late has reached that same level for me. There’s been stuff this year I enjoyeda lot – but they weren’t on the same level that I would rank into my favourites. Thus comes the Canis series by ZAKK.

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Ookami wa Hana no Kaori volume 1 (狼は花の馨り) by Riyuma Kana

Published by Daria Comics, 2015.
One volume, on-going.

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Now and then there‘s a manga that you see and you have a burning desire to read no matter what; Ookami wa Hana no Kaori is that manga for me. It’s a spin-off of the mangaka’s earlier work, Ookami wa Koi ni Naku, which I haven’t actually read. I discovered the book through a collaboration with Saibai Shounen, the app about growing ikemen mandrakes (lol), and it peaked my interest so much I bought the manga – I didn’t care that it was only available in Japanese and my Japanese was poor, I had to read it.

The story begins with Iru, a young man in the military, discovering a malnourished and scar-covered boy from the “White Deer” clan in a cave. Not knowing speech, Iru gives the boy the name “Aruta,” (using the kanji for gold colour) for his striking gold eyes. Iru takes Aruta back to the capital in hopes that he will be happy in the royal palace; it has been a long tradition that those in the White Deer clan marry a royal of the “Wolves” clan. Aruta has grown far too attached to Iru by this point, however, and thus turmoil looms between these two people of different social statuses.

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