Yaoi Review: Exotic and Delicious Fate

Exotic and Delicious Fate
Story and Art by Ryoku Tsunoda
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
Copy supplied by Publisher
ISBN10: 1569700745
ISBN13: 9781569700747

Review by Linda Yau

Kaoru Miyagi is a bartender who found luck when an elderly benefactor gave him a job at the branch Tachibana restaurant. Fast forward eight years later, he is the manager of the restaurant. Enters the restaurant’s newest chef, Kasuga, and he is very interested in Miyagi. Kasuga also knows of Miyagi’s past that definitely changes his world, when reality comes to light.

I made a several observation thoughts prior to reading this book. On the cover, there was an addition that I noticed. Gracing the covers of several Juné’s recent publication is a boarder and label clear to readers that this is a Yaoi manga, so there should be no surprises to any reader who picks up this book. Would that compel you to purchase or walk away from the book? This boarder scheme does make it easier for people to differentiate.

On the back, with the story’s description, there is a picture of Miyagi, Kasuga, and Kazuki – the benefactor who gave Miyagi the job. Initially, I though there was going to be an older man and younger man story. This is a plot device fetish that I found in some Japanese yaoi manga, an ojisan and younger man pairing. I thought that finally Juné was going where other yaoi publishers didn’t. This expectation was not true though. Sorry to burst the bubble of the perv in most of the hardcore yaoi readers.

But yes I do enjoy this typical yaoi story, it is a sweet and romantic manga in terms of personal realization. Other than the picture disappointment, my disappointments in the book wasn’t as bad as what I thought about some other titles I read recently, and the way Kasuga wooed Miyagi was quite cute.

I am not sure how questionable ratings would be, but I actually thought this was more of a 18+ book. Yes there is no scenes of explicit drawings, but the drawing of sex, and obvious nudity was more so in this title, than a lot of other 16+ title I have read. Perhaps I am becoming slightly jaded, but the sex scenes were more, and with the sounds and scenes depicted. Hmmm..

Also the setting was slightly off, so if you expect this to be a food manga, as I initially thought, with a recent rereading of Eat or Be Eaten, then this is the wrong. More in the department of the relationship and personal conflicts than there is the depiction of food drawings. There is a short author’s afterward, questionnaire and relationship chart at the end of the book.