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It’s Disgusting?….It’s Adorable: Ten Count Manga Review [NSFW]

I don’t often write about manga, much less do I write about yaoi. But after burning through Ten Count in two nights, I felt like I should add my thoughts to the pile. It’s MyAnimeList’s most popular yaoi, beating out high profile names such as Junjou Romantica – but is it actually any good?

As I’m talking about a yaoi, expect this review to be NSFW and proceed with caution.

TEN COUNT

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“When the President got into an accident, Shirotani Tadaomi met Kurose. On their very first meeting, Kurose could tell right away that Shirotani is mysophobic and said that it’s pretty bad while suggesting it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Shirotani was left perturbed by the encounter. Who is Kurose? And how was he able to tell Shirotani’s condition?” (From MyAnimeList)

So, let’s start with the great things. The initial reason I picked up Ten Count was for the art. Seriously, those character designs are gorgeous. In a genre cursed with anatomically incorrect hands a lot of the time, good designs are a blessing. Especially when, lets face it, we’re all reading yaoi for the good looking boys. Ten Count’s mangaka is truly talented in her drawing, with her characters being attractive, as well as distinctive enough from one another.

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I also liked that the manga took on a unique focus in that its main character/uke, Shirotani, was mysophobic; meaning that he was deathly afraid of germs and dirt. Whilst it is a common enough phobia, it’s clear that the mangaka did her research into the sufferers symptoms. The role of Shirotani’s mysophobia was realistic, and wasn’t used as an ass-pulling plot point, used once to progress the plot and then no more.

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However, then Ten Count falls into what I know as the ‘yaoi trap’. Really, we’re all reading to see a cute story between some cute boys, right? So, WHY (?!) is my steaming hot yaoi always served with some horrible, forceful, non-consented exchange? Come on, yaoi lovers. Now, I can’t slam Ten Count specifically for this. After all, it’s only one of many yaoi manga that fall into this trap. But, really. Is it really that difficult to write two opposing characters without one falling into ‘dominant but pushy and unrelenting dickhead that can’t take no for an answer’, and the other a ‘blubbering mess who whimpers and swears to hate them forever only to come crawling back every time’? I’m all for a little bit of playful push and pull, but Kurose’s borderline abusive behaviour left a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Sure, a sex scene in yaoi doesn’t go a miss. That’s why most people are reading, I get it. But when one party is screaming out in pain, and suffering from a form of post-traumatic stress…is this really the time to slide a finger in his ass? Back it up.

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To give credit to Ten Count where it’s due, though, there was an attempt to make the characters more than their roles earlier in the story. Both of the characters had very interesting and emotional backstories, and both of them were pretty likable in the early stages of the relationship. It’s a pity that this was all lost once one party confessed their feelings, but if it sells, I suppose I can’t speak up against the majority.

Overall, Ten Count is a decent read for yaoi fans. The art is the high point, easily being the prettiest art that I’ve seen in both yaoi, and manga in general. Ten Count doesn’t do anything necessarily noteworthy, and finishes as your standard run-of-the-mill yaoi, but if you’re new to the genre, Ten Count is a great place to start. And at only 51 chapters long, you won’t even have to be left waiting.

My rating – 7/10

Yaoi fans, what are your suggestions? Non-yaoi fans, do you think Ten Count could tempt you?

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4 thoughts on “It’s Disgusting?….It’s Adorable: Ten Count Manga Review [NSFW]”

  1. Based on your review (which was well done, honestly it was great, keep it up!) i think you’d like ameiro paradox, which unfortunately doesn’t seem to be getting much love from yaoi fans, anyway cheers 🙂

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