Yaoi Review: The Lonely Egotist

The Lonely Egotist
Story by Hikaru Masaki
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN10: 1569700516
ISBN13: 9781569700518

Review by Linda Yau

Minami Kusuga is an interior designer who catches the attention of hotel owner Shinya Asakura. He was hired to help design the interior for Asakura’s next hotel. He was seduced on their first meeting, and Minami was taken on an aggressive courtship, as volatile as the hotel owner himself.

I liked the concept of how Minami’s characters learns to fall for Asakura’s, it was sweet in a fluffy way, that even the author describes in her note, of this story as being fluff. The back of the book describes Asakura as owning a chain of hotel, love hotels. As a reviewer, I am not sure if this type of hotels exists in any other culture other than Asian cultures, but love hotels are as what the back of the book describes them to be, hotels where lovers can meet and have sex in a luxurious setting. The rate for booking these type of hotels, are walk in, and can be made available for a couple of hours. This was a first time for Minami, who has never visited a love hotel before.

As I mentioned in my last review of Eat or be Eaten, Juné novels are reasonable priced, and The Lonely Egotist is no exception. I don’t really want to describe the rest of the book, because there wouldn’t be anything left. This is a what you see is what you get story, so I would stick with mentioning how I liked the technical descriptions of the book, the nuances and descriptions of Tokyo is truthful. Recently I made a trip to Tokyo, and while I didn’t speak with any people – the apartment and the train descriptions was strong impressions I had, as I had also read this book on the train there.

An aspect to look in this book is to expect the focus of the story to be mainly on the two male leads, with minimal supporting character involvement. That is good and bad with fleshing out the characters to a superficial point. Also another thing to look about is the fact that up until the end Minami refers to Asakura as Mr. Asakura, this is a Japanese thing, with the level of addressing others, in a status position. Unless Asakusa permits Minami to address him as Shinya, then I would expect Minami to expect him as propitiatory demands it, even though Asakura address Minami as Minami. They never discussed age, but it can be noted that Asakura is older than Minami. Still I was expecting the translation to have kept the word Asakura-san, but since this is a “English” translation then Mr. Asakusa was used.

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