Kuroneko Kareshi no Asobikata (Yaoi)

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Kuroneko Kareshi no Asobikata [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] [CDJapan] is a yaoi manga by Aya Sakyo that surprises a lot. The title can be roughly translated as “how to play with a black cat boyfriend.” Despite being very graphical in content, it makes you think about lonely people and how we can help them. Shingo is a werecat. He can transform into a black cat when he wishes. His life has been very sad. Abandoned when he wants a kitten, he’s a lonely person. He only has a friend, who happens to be his boss. At night, he roams the streets in search for lovers. He doesn’t know it, but what he’s searching is for love. During the day, he works at movie sets with his boss and friend. Although he’s a hard worker, he’s also very lazy. He’s a cat after all.

NOTICE: this post contains SPOILERS and MATURE content. Follow with discretion. The pictures that are juicier have an NSFW note. [Yaoi / Smut / Mature / MxM / Romance / Supernatural / Drama]

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The manga is filled with comic moments where Shingo’s personality pops up. He’s hard working, funny, but a loner. He craves for love, but his distrust of people makes him be forever alone. He has a trauma from when he was a kitten. People picked kittens they liked, and he waited alone in the box. He’s a black cat after all. Shingo doesn’t trust humans because he feels they will abandon him sooner or later. So, he goes out at night in the hopes of finding warmth, but what he doesn’t realize is that he wants real love, not just one night stands.

One day, working on a set, he meets Kagami, the most famous actor in Japan at the moment. And although he finds him handsome, he also finds him annoying. Kagami, however, realizes that Shingo is a werecat. And do, he devises a plan to trap him.

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Kagami wants Shingo so he ends up making him drunk. By the time Shingo regains conscience, it’s too late. Kagami is raping him! Powerless and dizzy, when Kagami finishes, Shingo runs away. The next day he tries to avoid Kagami as much as he can, but he ends up making up with him again. He finds his smell too sweet to ignore the guy, plus he’s good in bed. Or is that the only reason?

Kagami is also a werecat, a leopard. He hunts and he gets what he wants. A cat is no match for a leopard. What starts being a game of control of a simple stray black cat is becoming to transform into something else. While we see Kagami falling for Shingo, the black cat is having trouble with his trauma.

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Kagami isn’t a human, he’s a leopard. So Shingo is starting to have his feelings messed up. Will Kagami pick him up? Certainly not because everybody is just playing with him. Also, they only meet for sex. Since Shingo met Kagami, he’s not fooling around with anybody else at night. And despite the things Kagami did to him, he feels more and more attracted to his enchanted smell. And yet, he wants to run away before Kagami dumps him. It goes to the point that Shingo will try to cut contact by changing his phone number when Kagami is filming somewhere else.

On the other end, Kagami is feeling more Shingo. He wants him. Plus, he’s starting to get jealous too. Can it be he’s in love with the stray cat? The more he keeps up with Shingo, the more he finds out about his feelings for the black cat. But things aren’t easy. Shingo is deeply hurt, and cannot believe Kagami will pick him up.

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As Kagami gets sweeter with Shingo, the black cat feels that he needs to run. He almost purrs at Kagami when he treats him in the morning. So, Shingo decides to escape. To do so, he transforms into a black cat and runs for his life. But he’s no match for a leopard.

Kagami half-transforms into his leopard shape and chases Shingo. The black cat ends up hiding inside a box next to trash bins. He’s again in a box, taking a look to see who is outside. Kagami, gently asks him to go out. So at the end, they pick each other. Kagami asks for Shingo, and Shingo goes out from the hidding place into the arms of Kagami.

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But before we’re able to arrive at this point, we’re confronted with mixed feelings, a journey of discovery and change. Shingo gets less independent, and Kagami gets less bossy. However, Shingo is a very troubled person. He’s sensitive, and does have a deep trauma.

This is the first volume that can be read as a stand alone. Then you have Kuroneko kareshi no Aishikata (how to love a black cat boyfriend) and Kuroneko kareshi no amaekata (how to spoil a black cat boyfriend). I hope to see their relarionship develop for the better in the next volumes. I can only say that this volume was intense and troubling at the same time. The rape wasn’t exactly easy to read.

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This yaoi manga is super graphic. If you’re a fan of smut you’re certainly going to enjoy this one. However, if you are sensitive to rape scenes, please shy away from this one. The scene is a few pages away from the beginning. Kagami drugged Shingo, and Shingo woke up while Kagami was at it. It was cunning, ruthless, and it certainly shocked me.

As a Leopard, Kagami fits the character. He prays on people using his different set of skills. If he did this to Shingo, it’s easy to asume that he did it to other people as well. Shingo is in a very delicate position emotionally talking. So, it’s also easy to think that the overwhelming power of Kagami is blinding him from the abuse. However, the author makes it roll with both characters changing. That doesn’t rule out some weird attachment from a Shingo that wants to be loved, and a Kagami who is used to pray on others.

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Because Aya Sakyo makes her characters evolve the story works. It’s true that Kuroneko Kareshi no Asobikata [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] [CDJapan] has lost of tropes, but many yaoi manga rely on those to make the readers close to the story. Here the catch is the emotional jorney that both characters embark on meeting each other. For Shingo is finding family, for Kagami is to be gentler. Remember, they’re both werecats. One is a black cat, and the other a leopard.

The artwork is fresh and alluring. And the story promises to get better in the next volume. I just hope that the characters grow even more. If you pick up this manga, be prepared for a lot of smut in it. I enjoyed the volume, so I’ll keep up reading the next two that I got: Kuroneko Kareshi no Aishikata (volumes I and II).


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