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In These Words (Yaoi Manga) (Guilt/Pleasure) Paperback – 26 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: 801 Media, Inc. (26 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569702756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569702758
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marta on 22 Feb. 2014
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This manga is a combination of great plot and gorgeous art. The story is captivating though not for those faint of heart cause it gets really dark and disturbing. However if you like such stories then this manga is certainly for you. One of the best out there in its genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 24 Jan. 2014
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I highly recommend this as it has a gripping story and the most stunning artwork. It is quite disturbing though so I would not read this if you are queasy about violence and graphic sex.

Overall I would recommend this to any yaoi fan or any Jo Chen fans :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katrine on 19 Sept. 2012
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Do I need to say more? It's so dark and awesome and exactly like everybody else is saying. It was a lot of fun to read. Made shivers go down my back. Can't wait for the sequel (when ever that will be).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on 2 Feb. 2014
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A very interesting and gripping plotline that comes with beautiful art! I would recommend this to any yaoi fan who is intersted in dark themes and very graphic sex scenes!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
So Dark Yet So Beautiful 28 Jun. 2012
By Teh_N_Mochi - Published on
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The beautiful artwork that went into the production of "In These Words Vol.1" truly took my breath away. I must have spent at least 10 minutes admiring the 5 gorgeous double-page spreads of the color insets at the beginning of the book before being able to tear myself away to read the story. The crime story did not disappoint either.

In this volume 1, we meet Katsuya, an attractive psychiatrist who is about to meet face to face with a serial killer whom he had helped the Tokyo Police Department capture. The princely looking Keiji is suspected of committing 12 murders in the space of three years and during custody hearing, promises to give his full confession to Katsuya only. However, what should have been a simple collective bargaining seemed to literally turn into a nightmare for Katsuya. Every night, he seemed to be plagued with the lurid dreams of undergoing pains and pleasures under Keiji's tortures. Can Katsuya figure out how to remedy this awful situation before the stress affect his work and his life?

I love what I read in this EOL manga so far. The premise of the story is very interesting and I think the author did a very good job at creating suspense. However, I do think the pace of the story telling is a tad too slow. I truly love the art but I feel there are quite a few redundant art panels in the book when one realizes that a picture should be worth a thousand words. I also feel that the dialogues between Katsuya and Keiji could have been made longer to encompass more characters' background materials but crisp to build up the dark and sensual tensions between the two. Currently, I am left with making a lot of assumptions on my own about these two very interesting characters

I am very intrigued by the cliff hanger ending and would love to find out the rest of the stories in subsequent volumes. However, please don't make your newfound fan like me wait two years for the next release. I don't think I can stand such suspense.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
BEAUTIFUL artwork. Captivating 8 July 2012
By uber_neko_zero - Published on
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The artwork alone blows me away. It's as beautiful as the cover, and does almost a watercolor like shading that looks so nice and accentuates the gorgeous, realistic character designs and linework. Great attention to detail, character development, story.

One warning, though. The subject matter necessitates the portrayal of some violence and it can be a little rough getting through it. (Think knives.) I'm someone who is bothered by themes of torture, but this wasn't exactly in that vein and it wasn't so horrible I couldn't make it through. (Goth, on the other hand, did bother me. M.P.D. Psycho as well, but I found it to be more readable and somehow less disturbing than Goth.) It's more like... what violence is in there is just enough to remind you that the serial killer guy is not someone who is simply misunderstood. There is some seriously messed up things with the way his mind works, and the way the manga is written SHOWS you that.

Of course, the psychiatrist character is compelling to look at, and you want to root for some yaoi, but at the same time, you get reminded as to how that might not work out so well for him if it is with the crazycakes criminal guy (also attractively drawn, though they impressively make him look quite unhinged).

Finally, I want to impress upon anyone reading this, that THE WRITING IS REALLY GOOD. Not only is it written with intelligence, creativity, suspense, and great pacing, but you can tell it DIDN'T suffer in the translation. It is well worded in English and had proofreading to boot. The beginning of the manga is actually just prose, and if I could find books like this, novels, I would buy them in a heartbeat.

My only... gripe? might be that the sequence directly after the prose is disorienting and too sudden in my opinion. It is the only misplaced feeling thing. Everything after that is gold.

BUY IT. (Just beware if you are super squeamish)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely fantastic! 12 July 2012
By MMaru - Published on
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I love CSI. I love yaoi. However, I would never have thought to combine these two interests. That is exactly what In These Words has done. This manga has all the drama of today's crime shows with a fantastic storyline that will mess with your head. I'd bought it thinking that it was a stand-alone manga and now I will be anxiously clawing my way through the internet trying to find out when the next volume can possibly arrive at my doorstep.

As others have mentioned, the art is a huge asset to this manga. It's what made me originally order it despite the fact that the last crime drama manga I tried to read was a huge let-down. In These Words really has everything going for it, though - superb, stunningly beautiful art, an intriguing plotline, and it's definitely different from anything else I've read in over a decade of rabid manga consumption. The story is intense, and even as I read it, I could feel myself holding my breath every now and again. Most manga would try and lighten the mood with some occasional humor, but In These Words maintains its enticing darkness all the way through (at least till the chibi clips at the end, which are entirely optional to read.)

I would warn readers that this book contains a LOT of hard yaoi (nothing is blurred out or conveniently covered by angles/sheets, there is bondage and rape involved) but it's not superfluous or random, it's part of the story and the dialog that takes place during those scenes is important to the plot.

I'm really excited to see where this series goes and highly recommend it to others!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, Unique Manga 30 July 2012
By Jessica - Published on
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I have read many yaoi mangas since I was old enough to appreciate this genre of manga and I must say I have yet to read one that is quite like this one. The story line is so unique. This is definitely not your average boy's love story. It's dark and violent and the two main characters seem like such opposites (a psychiatrist (Katsuya) who developed a criminal profile which led to a serial murder's (Shinohara) arrest)that you wonder how their relationship is going to develop. The plot is chilling as it revolves mainly around these two men in a sparse room in an isolated house with minimal external contact, the psychiatrist chosen by the murderer to be the sole recipient of his confession. The story alternates between these interviews, Katsuya's haunted nights in his temporary "hotel-like" room, and sexual interactions between Katsuya and Shinohara, in which Shinohara repeatedly torments and rapes Katsuya while telling him how much he loves him. The artwork in the manga is outstanding; each panel shows the mangakas' dedication to creating beautiful drawings and detailed scenes. Katsuya is gorgeous and Shinohara has this eerie, sinister charisma about him that makes him attractive and intriguing despite what he's done. Again, the story line is unique and this volume ends with a cliff-hanger that makes me eager and impatient for the next volume to come out (hopefully there will be a volume 2!). The only warning I have is that this manga is not for someone who absolutely detests rape/bondage/violent sex scenes or for people who like fluffy, love-at-first-sight yaoi plots. But I definitely reccommend this to anyone who likes beautiful artwork, intriguing storylines, and a very untypical yaoi plot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dark & twisted, and not for everyone 17 Oct. 2012
By Jem - Published on
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From the synopsis, I expected this to be a dark story: a serial killer is willing to talk, but only to the police psychiatrist who helped orchestrate his capture. What I didn't expect was the violent sexual imagery (since it's listed as yaoi, I had anticipated Asano having a lover & romance outside the case). The book opens with a prose prologue, which is unusual in manga/yaoi. However, it was an excellent tool to give the reader background to set the stage. Soon after he agrees to interview the killer, Asano begins having horrific nightmares of being violently raped by him. And the first such nightmare immediately follows the prologue, in explicit detail. Thereafter, the story shifts between the actual interviews and Asano's nightmares - all violent, vivid and extremely graphic.

I would not classify this as yaoi because it is not a love story; not even a so-called rape fantasy. I think this manga would be better classified as horror. Though they are nightmares (and not "really" happening), the sexual situations are disturbing, and involve bloodshed. This manga is not for the faint of heart. However, the graphic rapes do fit the serial killer storyline. I gave this five stars, not as a yaoi romance, but as a horror novel. Though the ending was predictable, I am still interested in reading volume 2. Especially considering this closes on a cliffhanger. Overall, recommended to those looking for a dark, edgy manga, but those expecting romantic yaoi should consider themselves warned.

Note: though this is unavailable on Amazon as of this writing, it's still available at retail elsewhere.
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