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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (15 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598163574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598163575
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. E. Cockcroft on 13 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
I really wish I had my own Kuro! Basically this manga is made up of three short stories ~ All of them are sweet and fun to read! I love the first one "Man's Best Friend" It's not a 100% full on- hardcore piece but there are a few naughty bits, and it's full of lovely bishies too... not an annoying girl in sight! yey! I strongly suggest you give this a try!
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By Minxski on 1 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Hilarious, but then Kazusa Takashima does humour very well. Kazusa always draws the most gorgeous bishies (look no further than Wild Rock), and Man's Best Friend is just as beautifully drawn. The print work and paper is of good quality and easy to read/see, although not in the Japanese floppy style (but that's my preferred syle) . For hardcore yaoi fans you will not find anything too explicit, although the love scenes are touching and some action can be had. This is a fun entertaining read, I highly recommend it.
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By Kerryrose Jackson on 7 Nov. 2014
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It was great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A great collection. 9 Aug. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Man's Best Friend is perfect for a quick yaoi fix. You can flick to any of the six short stories and find a simple, steamy read.

Having said that, Man's Best Friend probably isn't for somebody looking for something with any amount of depth or character development, the mangaka seems to shy away from such things.

The first three stories - Fallin' love, Gettin' Love and Burnin' love - involve the title theme. The stories are cute and the idea is interesting but personally, I don't really like stupid characters, and Kuro, the dog, is just that.

The next two stories - Summers here again and pinpoint lovers - Is about two college age students who meet again after a 10 year seperation. These two stories were my favourite from the collection. Both characters were cute, funny and believable.

The final story - Princess Goldfish - About another shapeshifting pet is only a few pages long and gets to the point quickly.

Kazusa Takashima's art alone is reason enough to buy any of her books, every character is beautiful and the bonus 'gallery' pages are an added bonus. This author has a great sense of humour, so make sure to read the author interviews at the end with guest appearances from the boys of wild rock.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An excellent Yaoi collection ! 19 July 2006
By R.Parklane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Three stories here by the mangaka of "Wild Rock". The first on the love between dog and master is refreshing and hilarious and of course Yaoi. No I won't call their first encounter rape, as pointed out by the first reviewer. It is passion.
My favorite is the second story on the lasting love between 2 friends. There is a fine and quite erotic plot here. The 2 young men are endearing and Kasumi is just the type of uke character I adore. I will buy this manga just for this story alone.
The third story about a gold fish turning into a sex toy is cute but too short to be effective.
There is an insightful interview with the mangaka, and last but not least a short but entertaining and fun interview with our 2 boys from Wild Rock.
A worthy addition to my Yaoi collection.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's okay to love your dog... 22 May 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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...but you shouldn't LOVE your dog.

I don't know why I purchased this (morbid curiosity?). I knew exactly what it was about and I passed over it for months before I finally broke down and ordered it.

The title story is about a love affair between a dog and his master. While the drawings were nice (I must admit that Kuro in human form was beautiful! I could have looked at page after page of him in various poses and been a happy-camper.); it was hard to get past the fact that it was a love affair between a dog and its master...a dog...a...DOG?! There was absolutely nothing sexy about this story (aside from the fact that humanoid Kuro was one marvelous piece of eye candy). Kuro was a dog, who acted like a dog even when they were doing the nasty. I have a dog; that's not sexy to me! Aside from the fact that Kuro as a human was really hot; I wouldn't exactly call this story engrossing.

The second pairing is mostly why I gave this book 3 stars (that and Kuro in human form *sigh* soo cute...soo, soo cute...). What could have been a run-of-the-mill tale of childhood friends growing up to become lovers was given a little twist and told with more flair than I expected after reading that sucky first story. This manga-ka really seems to excel at those close-up drawings of the characters faces (ie, the first time Kuro takes human form...and almost every other page he is in human form; Kentaro when he is looking in the mirror and preparing to meet the adult "Kasumi-chan"; Kasumi on the park bench). They are extremely expressive and even Kuro gains a little depth (and did I mention how cute he is?). And Kuro's cameo in "Pinpoint Lovers" was a cute touch.

The third pairing barely deserves a mention. It was some nonsense about a goldfish that turns into a long-haired girly-boy. Who cares?! And, BTW, I like my men to look like men.

Whenever I pick-up this book, I flip through the first story to look at the pretty pictures of Kuro in human form (I refuse to waste my time reading the story again); then I read "Summers Here Again" and "Pinpoint Lovers" (if only Kasumi and Kentaro's story had been longer); and then, I put the book back on the shelf (the third pairing doesn't even exist as far as I am concerned).
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 4 Oct. 2006
By Jem - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this because I really enjoyed Wild Rock. However, this isn't as good. I expected the first (cover) story to be funny and imaginative--it wasn't. Kuro is not some kind of shapechanger. He's really a dog who fell in love with a human. His thoughts and dialogue are PRIMITIVE, and there is almost no conversation between them. The relationship between the two characters is just sex. The art is lovely, but not enough to carry the "story."

However, the second story made this book worth reading (though maybe not worth buying). Two friends separated as children meet again as adults and find themselves drawn to each other. This story was richer since the characters have back-story and angst.

The last story was "blah." Boy rescues goldfish at fair; fish becomes a boy for one night to "thank" his rescuer with sex. Only a couple pages. If you're desperate for more Yaoi to read, buy this. But if your watching your money, there are other more worthy books to buy like Embracing Love, Yellow or the mangaka's other book, Wild Rock.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good story with some unusual twists 26 May 2008
By Sheridan Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this in the bookstore, I didn't think it was very special. The synopsis piqued my curiosity, and I'm glad I bought it. This book is funny, sweet, and romantic, with a few twists I would never have guessed at. The three stories in this volume show that love can come in a wide variety of shapes and circumstances, and that happiness doesn't always come in the package we expect. It's the epitome of "Don't judge a book by its cover". I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind and heart.
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