Yakuza Lover, Vol. 1

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Pub Date 02 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 02 Aug 2021
VIZ Media, VIZ Media LLC

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When a feisty college girl falls for a yakuza boss, she gets swept into a steamy and dangerous love affair.

When feisty college student Yuri is attacked at a party, she’s saved by Toshiomi Oya, the underboss of a yakuza syndicate. Despite her obvious attraction to him, she convinces herself that she’s not in the market for a bad boy type. But when they meet again, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him—kicking off a steamy and dangerous love affair that threatens to consume her, body and soul.

After the atack at the party, Yuri goes to see Oya to thank him for saving her and as much as she hates to admit it, she can't deny there's an attraction. However, when tragedy strikes, Yuri attempts to turn her back on Oya and his dangerous lifestyle for good—but will the allure prove too great to resist?

When a feisty college girl falls for a yakuza boss, she gets swept into a steamy and dangerous love affair.

When feisty college student Yuri is attacked at a party, she’s saved by Toshiomi Oya, the...


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I AM ENTIRELY OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES!! I adore the direction of the series, and this series is SMUTTY TO THE HILLS AND I AM THRIVING BECAUSE OF IT! I was excited when I heard about the release, but I am truly a long time fangirl for this series after this first volume.

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The story is entertaining so far and pretty steamy. Yuri is hilarious especially when her temper abruptly fires up and Toshiomi Oya is a serene counter to Yuri—only firing up when passion dictates. This uncontrollable attraction between them is entertaining and when they are together they are adorable beyond words. Hopefully going forward questions are answered to keep readers enthralled. Hopefully, we learn why Yuri was searching for a boyfriend and what drew Toshiomi Oya, who seems relaxed and refined, into being a Yakuza boss. If the story is as gripping as their need to be together, it will both draw readers in and maintain their interests.

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VIZ Media's imprint Shojo Beat may have shojo in the name, but it also publishes some amazing –and sometimes steamy– josei titles. Yakuza Lover is by far the steamiest from the imprint in quite some time and it's a welcome change of pace. Created, written, and beautifully illustrated by Nozomi Mino. Volume 1 is localized and published by Shojo Beat with translation by Andria Cheng and touch-up art and lettering by Michelle Pang.

Embracing the yakuza boss romance that you can infer from the title, Yakuza Lover Volume 1 follows a feisty college girl as she falls in love with an underboss and gets swept into a steamy and extremely dangerous love affair. The girl in question is Yuri, and she's anything but your typical mousy romance lead. After she is attacked at a party (and fights back with a chair—yes, a chair), she’s saved by Toshiomi Oya, the underboss of a yakuza syndicate.

Of course, this leads to a budding romance but despite her obvious attraction to him, she convinces herself that she’s not in the market for a bad boy type. After the attack at the party, Yuri goes to see Oya to thank him for saving her, and as much as she hates to admit it, she can’t deny there’s an attraction. However, when tragedy strikes, Yuri attempts to turn her back on Oya and his dangerous lifestyle for good. But it isn't that easy. Yuri starts to think about Oya nonstop, waiting for his text and imagining steamy nights.

Now, I have to be really clear, Yakuza Lover embraces its Mature rating. While it isn't hentai, of course, we do get multiple scenes of physical intimacy between Yuri and Oya that showcase their passion, and well, Oya's attentiveness. While adult romances do exist, finding a good josei manga that is licensed and easily bought is a bit of a task compared to the many teen romances out there. And while Mino's artwork in the moments of intimacy is beautiful and compelling, it's the way they illustrate Oya as both intimidating and beautiful that makes Yakuza Lover stand out.

That said, beauty isn't the only reason I'm in love with both Oya and Yuri; it's also how they're written. Yuri isn't scared to speak her mind or defend herself, using violence a couple of times herself (violence fit for a cute lead, sure, but still aggression nonetheless). Additionally, Oya's attraction to Yuri comes from her beauty, but it's made overtly clear that it's also because of her strength. It's because Yuri stands up for herself and pushes back that he sees her as an equal.

Often with yakuza boss romances, you end with a wilting flower for a female lead or male lead who falls in love with them. Sure, Yuri is scared of Oya's world, but she learns to embrace it. And if anything, her fear isn't because of Oya's deeds, but rather comes out of the real chance her lover will be assassinated.

Finally, as a josei with sex scenes, it also handles consent well with Oya continually leaving the door open for Yuri to leave and end things. Which, while romance manga have been embracing enthusiastic consent more often, there still are often many grey areas in romances embracing the yakuza trope.

Overall, Yakuza Lover Volume 1 is a must-buy for adult manga readers who are looking for a romance to sink their teeth into that doesn't focus on yearning for 50 chapters. Plus, Mino's art makes it gorgeous as well, from the cover to each and every panel.

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