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Selfish Mr. Mermaid - Nabako Kamo

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Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: Nabako Kamo / Edition: illustrated edition / Paperback / 194 Pages / Book is published 2008-03-25 by Digital Manga Publishing

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      24.08.2010 11:21
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      Lightweight rom-com perfect for whiling away the blahs without requiring brain power

      Kanan is an overly timid man. He's used to this making him miserable, as co-workers at the office bully him and take advantage of his passive nature. Coming home always has brought respite, but things change one evening when he arrives back at his flat only to discover water pouring through his ceiling. What's this? Going upstairs, he finds the neighbour above him has left the water running in his bath for quite sometime and EEP! Is he dead in the bath? No... the "man" is a mermaid and now that the landlord has also discovered the water damage, one who has decided to take advantage of Kanan's personality and move on in with him. And what a selfish guy he is too, making Kanan cook, clean, and ...wait...what is that you're doing? Ahh?!

      June Manga and Kamo-sensei bring us an aquatic fantasy filled with quirky characters and outrageous plot details that nonetheless hits all the right buttons. While Kanan is being encouraged to develop a spine, we get a romantic comedy drama of a romp, the likes of which I haven't had since Splash. But if you're expecting Splash, forget it. This is BL, and while the mermaid schtick is somewhat the same in terms of certain conventions, the plot gets turned on its head and swiveled 180 degrees by adhering to the "selfish and egotistical seme pushes his uke about but with good intentions" routine familiar to many fans of the genre. So nothing new element wise, but refreshingly done in how it is all packaged together.

      Art wise, we get a visual feast, with pointy chinned and occasionally large eyed, pretty faced men to gaze at. The panels are uncomplicated and uncluttered, with simple layouts. Looking at it artistically and knowing the plot, one can see it is intended to be an uncomplicated fun read and in this, it doesn't disappoint. It is high quality lightweight entertainment with enough B x B action to garner this an 18+ rating and just enough plot to keep it off the pure smut-ometer. The fun continues over to volume 2, which concludes the series. Available as a paperback from major manga outlets, including Akadot Retail, Amazon, and The Book Depository. I'd like to thank Digital Manga for providing the review copy.

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