Title: Itoshi no Dorei
Kodansha Comics, 2001
Hmm, do I even need to explain why I bought this volume? I think the picture on the cover makes it very clear ^_^ Yes, I have a fondness for chained up bishounen. Hey, where can I get one of those? Especially a bare-chested one like this cutie. I should mention the back cover has another picture of this couple. She’s sitting on a couch, and he is behind it, facing away, still shirtless. She is still holding his leash. There is a lipstick lip-print on his back. Yum. ^_^ This is a one-shot volume of four short stories. My favorite is, needless to day, the one that goes with the art on the cover. The art is adorable too!
The first story is about a school girl named Chieri, who aspires to be a manga artist. She is very shy, and not many people in her class at school talk to her. Chieri has a crush on Koizumi-kun, a popular boy in her class. She uses him as a model in her manga. Unfortunately he doesn’t notice that she exists. But then one day in class, Koizumi and his friends are talking about ways he could earn money to buy the new bike he wants, and they start joking around about he could sell his body. Chieri hears this, realizes that this is her big chance, and she blurts out to Koizumi and the entire class that she wants to buy him. Amazingly enough, he agrees! He arrives at her home, and Chieri pays him using money that her absent parents left to her. Thus begins a strange relationship of master and slave. And no, this doesn’t get smutty. It’s cute! ^_^
Another story in this I enjoyed a lot is about a girl named Oomori. She is a very serious, quiet girl. She thinks a lot about having a boyfriend and what kind of guy he would be. Her eye immediately falls on Shouji-kun, a very popular guy in her class. Shouji-kun has a very obnoxious personality though. He’s loud, goofs around, flirts with all the girls, and is generally a class clown. He is like the opposite type as Oomori. Shouji is also dating Oomori’s friend Yuka. They have been going out for 1 month. Yuka is also an outgoing, pushy person, and seems perfectly matched with Shouji. Actually, Oomori usually thinks Shouji is a jerk, and annoying, and can’t understand why she is always drawn to look at him. Besides, Shouji hates her. Their personalities do not match at all, and they just don’t get along. Shoujo can flirt with all the other girls, but not her. They could never be an actual couple, right?