August 2016 // Last Month’s Queer Reviews

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk! Today is the first Monday of the new month meaning it’s time for the Last Month’s Queer Reviews (LMQR). This particular post will focus on August 2016.

As you can probably figure out, the Last Month’s Queer Reviews is a list of the media that I’ve reviewed in the past month. This is to help LGBT people, and fans of LGBT media such as BL manga, be able to find the Queer media they deserve and talk about it together. If you have read, watched or played any of the media below make sure to comment on them. Let others know whether you think they are good, bad, or worth seeing.

Reminder:

  1. This is a no spoiler post. If you want to talk spoilers, head to the actual reviews by clicking on the numbered titles.
  2. I now have a schedule page so you can look up what posts are being reviewed ahead of time.

This is August 2016’s Last Month’s Queer Reviews.

Let’s Get Talking

  1. Make it Right the Series Episode 12

Smiling Frame

To start off our August 2016 list we have Make it Right. Make it Right the Series is a Boys’ Love tv show from Thailand. The series follows a group of high school boys as they fall in and out of love. The story’s main couple is TeeFuse. Fuse was in a failing straight relationship. His girlfriend was cheating on him and in his despair Fuse ended up sleeping with his friend Tee. The two then wrestled with their feelings for each other (and the girlfriend). In addition, there are two other couples that get attention in the first season and a fourth couple that is set up for the second season.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

This is a sweet story. It’s not fantastic and it’s not terrible. It’s just a nice story to spend some time with. This series was not my favorite, but I certainty can see myself watching it again. In fact, I can almost say without a doubt that I will watch this series again at some point in the future (certainly for my Rodtang fix).

The story is kind of cheesy, the characters are very immature early on, but the show over all is sweet and endearing. If you’re someone like me who loves love stories then I’d recommend this show.

If you like, you can click on the numbered title above to go to my review of episode 12 (the only review to make August) or click on this link to start of the very beginning of the show.

  1. Tamen De Gushi Chapters 51-106

Chapter 64

The next title on the August 2016 list is Tamen De GushiTamen De Gushi or Their Story is a Chinese web comic. The story follows heroine Sung Jing as she tries to get closer to her high school crush Qiu Tong. The web comic also involves a bunch of high jinks between the two and their friends.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

This is a very good comic. Not only is it fun and funny, but it is great representation for lesbians. I find the main character Sung Jing to be refreshing in her confidence and in her tomboy personality. She is herself in everything she does, and I love that. In addition, this comic has a great assortment of characters who are prominent in the first half of the chapters, but sadly have become more backdrop as the main couple starts to heat up. I HIGHLY recommend this comic.

If you’d like, click on the numbered title to read my review of chapters 51-106, or click this link to my review of the first 50 chapters.

  1. Jackass! – Sawatte Ii tte Dare ga Itta yo? (NSFW)

Jackass Ch 2 Page 29

Jackass! – Sawatte Ii tte Dare ga Itta yo? or Jackass, who said it was ok to touch me? is a Japanese comic book or manga. The story is a little far-fetched premise wise, so I’m just gonna let the official summary explain:

High school student Hara Keisuke suddenly finds himself wearing a pantyhose while putting on his jersey. This happened because his sister was wearing his jersey the day before, but Keisuke doesn’t find the right timing to laugh it off. The one who helps him in this situation is his good-looking best friend Shinoda… When Shinoda watches Keisuke take off the pantyhose he suddenly changes…?

In addition to that, the story also follows Keisuke’s other best friend (seen walking in above) who is an out, gay man. He’s dating a teacher at their school, and one of his classmates (a bully with a crush) finds out.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

This is a great story! Not only is the story refreshingly mature with it’s portrayal of proud, out gay men (and several of them), but it also tackles things such as fetishes and sibling guardianship. Scarlet Beriko, the author of this comic, is quickly becoming one of my new favorite mangaka. Just go read it. You need to.

If you’d like to read my spoiler review of the manga click the numbered title above.

  1. Dancing in the Dark

Gay Club Culture

 

Dancing in the Dark is a documentary film. The film focuses on the lives of gay men of color and how the club scene experience affects them. The official premise goes, “Dancing in the Dark is a documentary film that explores the Black and Latino American gay experience and how it goes hand and hand with nightlife culture.”

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

This was a fantastic surprise. This movie was insightful and somewhat inspiring. By doing one-on-one interviews, the creator really gave a feel for the lives of these men and this nightlife lifestyle. This really is a look into a particular culture, and I really enjoyed it. If you have an hour, go watch it because it can share with you a piece of gay culture.

You can click on the numbered title above to read my spoiler review of the movie.

  1. Emory Parker’s Pride and Pants Role

Emory Parker Pride Video 2

Next for August 2016 we’ve got Emory Parker’s stuff. This is a two-parter. American youtuber Emory Parker asked me to review her music video Pride which was a reaction to the Florida shooting that targeted a gay nightclub. She wanted to remind people to be strong and proud of ourselves even in the face of hatred.

In addition, I thought while I was at it I’d review her web series Pants Role. In it, Parker plays a freshman at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Parker’s character however got in because she auditioned as a man. That’s right, this is a gender bender story. Parker’s character then has to hide her secret while trying to also get noticed at the acting program.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers)

Sadly, I can’t give a great review to Ms. Parker’s music video. In fact, I really didn’t like it. I was not a fan of the song or the singing. That said, I really liked the video. I would suggest you guys mute the video and just watchthe scenes in silence.  As for the web series, that I liked. While it was not a home run, it was enjoyable. I especially liked the whole theatre world aspect to it. As someone who grew up in theatre productions and considers himself a playwright, I felt right at home while watching the show.

  1. Part Time the Series Episode 8 and Episode 9

TiHall Jump Rope

Part Time the Series is another Thai tv show. The show follows a bunch of college students as they struggle to find jobs, a place to live, love, friendship, and a way to get good grades. The first episode focuses on Mong who’s moved to Bangkok and doesn’t have a place to sleep. He slowly makes friends and finds his footing in life.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

I think this is a great show. This isn’t a Boys’ Love story per-say, but it contains Boys’ Love in it. I actually enjoy the fact that this is a story with a large cast and people of all walks. There are gay men, but there’s also lesbian women and straight people. This show is more like what real life is like. I’ve really enjoyed where this show has taken me so far, and I really hope to see more of it soon.

Click on the episodes above to read the August reviews, or you can click here to start reading my spoiler reviews from the first episode.

  1. Reaching for the Moon

Elizabeth Bishop Gawking

Next on the August 2016 list is Reaching for the Moon. This is a Brazilian movie about two historical figures who fell in love. The official premise goes:

This 2013 film is about Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop who one day decides to visit Brazil and her college friend Mary. It’s there that she finds herself blossoming under the watchful eye of the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

What that premise leaves out however is that there is a third person within the relationship, namely Elizabeth’s college friend Mary.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers)

I enjoyed this movie. While I didn’t love it, I enjoyed it. I mostly found the lead character and the polyamorous relationship interesting. The main character is all over the place. From being a lesbian woman, to being an alcoholic, to being a Pulitzer Prize winner for her literature. She has so many different faucets to herself that she is so much fun to watch.

In addition, this movie focuses on a sort of threeway relationship which I didn’t know about when I started watching and was happily surprised to see. While I don’t say you have to see this film, I say you’d probably find it interesting if you did.

If you’d like to see my review of this movie click the numbered title above.

  1. Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu Episodes 1-7

Gucchi the Straight Fudanshi

Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu or the High School Life of a Fudanshi is a Japanese anime that’s currently running for the Summer 2016 season. The series follows Sakaguichi, a self-identified Fudanshi. Sakaguichi enjoys reading Boys’ Love stories, but strongly clarifies that he’s straight. The series watches him as he engages with his classmates in quirky and random anime fun.

This show doesn’t necessarily have anything LGBT about it, but it’s about a Fudanshi who loves BL stuff. I had to review it!

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

Heads up, this is a short form series. Each episodes is only about 4 minutes long. This has both good and bad factors to it. The series is benefited from it because that’s what it was intended to be, very short and funny moments in Sakaguichi’s life. That said, I feel this story could have been longer. There are enough possibilities to the story that could open it up for longer episodes. Or perhaps that’s just what I wish for it.

  1. Sense8 Episode 6 (NSFW)

Capheus Funny

Next on the August 2016 list is Sense8Sense8 is a Netflix original sci-fi show. The international series focuses on 8 people from around the globe who one day find their minds, emotions, and skills connected to one another. In addition, there is a secret society out to kill them all.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers)

I think this is a great series. I’m a little behind in my review of it (much like my other Netflix show), but season 2 won’t be coming out till next year so who cares? This show is action packed, dark, funny, and sexy. It has something for everyone! That includes a trans character, a lesbian character, and two gay characters. I love it! I would definitely recommend this show. If you have Netflix check this show out.

Click on the numbered title for my review of episode 6 or you can click here for my spoiler review of the first episode.

  1. Her Story Episodes 1-2 and Episodes 3-4

Yo Gay

Next on the August 2016 list is Her Story, which is an American web series that won an Emmy. The series focuses on the dating lives of Lesbian and Trans women. The idea behind the show was that in the movie Ace Ventura the main character becomes disgusted after finding out that he has been dating a transwoman. He throws up, burns his clothes, and runs away. The problem is, what happened to the transwoman. What’s her story?

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

I love this series. It deserves the Emmy it got. It’s charming and personal. This is another series that you have to watch. Once again, I have a favorite character in this series and her name is Page. Oh Page, if only you could be real and we could be best friends. The characters are human with flaws and virtues. The story is simple yet effective. Once again, go watch it. If you have Youtube, you’ve got easy access to this show.

  1. No, Thank You Hiroyuki Route and Maki Route

Hiroyuki and Haru's First Kiss

Next on the August 2016 list we have the visual novel No, Thank YouNo, Thank You is a Japanese Boys’ Love game. The story follows Haru who has amnesia after saving a man from getting hit by a car. The man gives him a job and a place to live as Haru tries to gain back his memories. Haru discovers that he now works for a jazz bar that doubles as a private investigations office. Haru and his coworkers solve case after case and Haru might romance a coworker or two.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

I haven’t finished this game, so I can’t talk on it fully, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve played so far. I have my favorites between the romantic options, but I like the variety they all give. Each one of them brings something different out of Haru.

As for the story overall, I like that they don’t share it all in one route. You have to replay routes and play other routes to understand the whole story. Right now, I’d say if you’re 18+ consider getting the game, but you don’t have to. Possibly watch a Let’s Play on Youtube if there is one.

  1. Uncontrolled Love 2

Unctonrolled Love Turn and Stare

Uncontrolled Love 2 is a Chinese movie that’s the second in a two-parter. The story follows Xie Yan (left) and Shu Nian (right). When Shu Nian was a child he was an orphan who got adopted into Xie Yan’s family to be Xie Yan’s friend and servant. The two grew up with an intense closeness that eventually grew romantic. They then struggle with the consequences of that.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

I enjoyed the film. I didn’t love it, but I think it was a solid film all around. The acting was good, the music was great, the cinematography seemed wonderful to my untrained eye. I have almost nothing to complain about besides the story line which is the fault of the source material and not the movie itself. Overall, I’d say it’s worth a watch, but I’m not too compelled to say you have to watch it.

  1. SOTUS the Series Episode 1

Kong and Artit

SOTUS the series is the next media on our August 2016 list. This Thai show is about the rivalry turned romance between Kongphob and Arthit. Arthit is an upperclassman who’s trying to uphold the fraternity pledging like SOTUS system at their university. Kong is a freshman who’s fighting back against the upperclassmen’s tyranny. Oh, and you know, they both live right next to each other and eventually start to like each other.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

I’ve held off on reviewing more of this season because there are no legal sources for US fans to watch (yet), but I have seen the first episode. I really liked it. That’s mostly because it didn’t start off corny and cheesy with longing stares of love, but with hateful stares of rivalry. In addition, I like that these two have a push-and-pull relationship. I think the rest of this show will be entertaining to watch.

(Btw, all that said, I think I’ll just review the episodes as they come out in Thailand and I’ll share the official Youtube vids when they are uploaded. Expect a review of Episode 2 soon.)

  1. Bukiyou Na Silent Volume 1

Bukiyou Na Silent Volume 1 Review

Bukiyou Na Silent is the next on our August 2016 list. Bukiyou Na Silent or Awkward Silence is a Japanese Boys’ Love comic/manga about the love of a emotionless high schooler. The official premise goes:

Satoru is an introvert with a longtime crush on Keigo, a popular boy on the baseball team But much to his surprise, Keigo comes up to him and asks him out! Satoru is so overcome he can’t respond. Will Satoru be able to get past his shyness, or will he lose his chance with the boy he loves?

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

This used to be my favorite Japanese Boys’ Love comic (a title which has now been taken by Jackass). Upon reading it for this blog, I’ve found that I no longer love it as much as I used too. The story is pretty cliché and corny. That said, it’s still a nice read, but it’s not amazing. It’s just a sweet read to waste some time with.

  1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Episodes 7-8

You got Served Kimmy

The last medium on our August 2016 list is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This is another Netflix original show, but this one is a comedy. The series focuses on Kimmy a mole woman. She was kidnapped when she was younger and forced to be a part of a underground (literally) cult. She is later rescued and decides to move to New York City to reclaim her life. That’s where the comedy starts.

My Thoughts (No Spoilers):

This show is great. It’s funny and full of lovable, funny characters. That said, there are some problems with it. Namely, the show can’t be watched slowly. As I said with Sense8, I’ve been reviewing this season over a very slow time and I’m finding the show loses some of it’s spark with this. If you want to watch this show I would suggest you either binge it or at least watch it within a week. It was set up for you to do this.

If you like, you can click on this link to read my spoiler review of the first episode.

In Conclusion

Julius Quote

That is it for the Last Month’s Queer Reviews for August 2016. If you have watched, read, or played any of these media let people know down below. What did you think about them? Did you like them? Did you hate them? Give your recommendations for these August 2016 media in the comments down below and let’s get talking.