The Tyrant Falls in Love (Koisuru Boukun)

tyrantcap.jpgAttention, DramaQueen! Here am I doing wonderful publicity for you guys, so when The Tyrant Falls in Love is finally released, I expect to get a free copy, k?

Well, it was worth trying anyway. πŸ˜›

Now, if there’s a yaoi manga that I wholeheartedly recommend, it’ll be Tyrant. In fact, not only do I love it, Tyrant is the yaoi manga that was responsible for corrupting changing me to a yaoi observer to a yaoi lover. πŸ˜›

Before, I read yaoi scanlations with a “Meh, so what?” or a “OMG!!” (Runs away) attitude.

But when I stumbled unto Tyrant, I fell deeply and madly in love with the characters.

Morinaga Tetsuhiro is in love with his senpai, Tatsumi Souichi, who is, to put it very simply: a terrifying person. (But cute, of course. I have a thing for long hair. hehe) He’s also … homophobic. Doesn’t like gay people much because his brother ran off to America with one – and to Souichi’s mind, all gay people are to be blamed. πŸ˜›

Despite all that Mori loves Souichi, but is he in for a difficult time. One night, Souichi accidently drinks an aphrodisiac Mori was given (very long story, that) and … Mori takes advantage of, uh, the situation. πŸ˜›

This is the oddest thing. There is a non-con scene in Vol.1. Yet … yet … the mangaka, Hinako Takanaga still makes it funny. Yes, it’s truly hilarious what happens “the day after”! I know, colour me amazed. Souichi demonstrates that he is no weepy uke despite the non-con. And that’s what I love about the guy.

After the whole non-con incident, Souichi is understandably enraged (a big understatement) and Mori is so guilty that he disappears for weeks. Surprised at his MIA-ness, Souichi begins to feel … anxious.

I won’t spoil the plot for you, and I don’t think I’m doing much justice to the story at all. Many would probably read it and say it’s another one of those yaoi things where the seme rapes the uke and they fall in love and live happily ever after. (shudder shudder)

The biggest pull Tyrant had for me was the comedy. I actually laughed out loud at certain scenes. My favourite parts were not the smexy scenes, but the small little incidentces like when Mori gives (or tries to) Souichi a haircut at the extra chapter in Vol.2 but gets overwhelmed by Souichi’s, uh, sexiness. Souichi of course … flips. And when he flips, blood is shed. Totally my favourite chapter ever.

(Though I have to say Takanaga really draws romantic smex scenes. No, I’m not kidding. Some yaoi have hot sex scenes, but it has a kind of dirty quality to it … this one makes you realise that there is some kinda love involved.)

Typically, the seme is always this broad-shouldered, manly, bullying type while the uke is a total girl. But Souichi, who is obviously the uke, is so bad-tempered and dominant that you really pity Mori for being in love with the guy. He’s arrogant, loud and short-tempered. (But he has a kind heart, really.) And Mori is a sweet, gentle guy who spends a lot of his time moaning at his bad luck for falling for Souichi (it’s funny, trust me) and weeping over Souichi’s exasperating behaviour. πŸ˜›

The two are really sweet together, and part of me went, ARGH when I found out Drama Queen licensed it because I really wanted to read more now. But better they than any other publisher as DQ does good work with their published works. They come very well translated and in high-quality materials.
Vol.2 is my favourite so far – I’ve only read Vol.1 and 2 – because it delves into Mori’s angsty past. πŸ˜› One has got to love that. We see how Mori’s family has turned their backs on him because of a scandal he was involved in back home that involved Mori’s brother’s best friend. Big bro is not too happy with Mori, and basically treats him like something you wipe your feet with.

Therefore, the real life issue of how homosexuality is not really an “acceptable” thing for some people and families is not swept under the carpet here. Very often we read yaoi where it takes place in a kind of alternate universe where everyone is so okay with homosexuality (that’s not bad, really) so it’s refreshing to read something real.

Again, it’s not the s3x scenes that do it for me but Mori’s relationship with his brother that I really found very touching. I want more of Nii-san! But not in the brotherxbrother way, okay?

Souichi is also a darling in this volume, as he comes to Mori’s defense. Awww.

The art is very nice … no complaints there. All in all, Tyrant is perfect to me. Comedy, romance, family angst … it has everything. Hopefully, some of you would like it as much as I do. πŸ™‚

And yeah, of course I’ll buy the DQ copies when it comes out … barring the customs doesn’t seize it … because I’ll cry a bucket of tears if they do.

53 Responses to The Tyrant Falls in Love (Koisuru Boukun)

  1. Yaoi reviews! I need more smart and engaging reviews of the boy love, yessir.

    I’ve actually been a curious fan of yaoi for the past number of years, but I have yet to really get into it. Mostly because (a) a large number of the online fans scare the bejeezus out of me, (b) I’d rather have characterization, plot, and a subtle unfolding over immense sex scenes and (c) I just don’t know where to get the good stuff. The Philippines is relatively more lax with censorship issues, but you just cannot find the Yaoi.

    But now I have something to look forward to, so yay! Thanks so so much πŸ˜€

  2. Kitty says:

    Wow … I must be so lucky not to have encountered any scary yaoi fan. πŸ˜› They were myths and legends to me … and I hope it stays that way! πŸ˜€ You’re from the Philipines? Cool, we’re practically neighbours!

    Can you guys order manga in from Amazon though? I do that. Takes FOREVER to get to me, but at least I have a nice collection now. πŸ˜€

    yes, will be reviewing more in the future. πŸ˜› And I only recommend GOOD ones (at least in my little mind) here.

  3. Atazure says:

    one word


  4. Rc says:

    >> changing me to a yaoi observer to a yaoi lover.

    You meant “From” a yaoi observer to a yaoi lover, right?

  5. Kitty says:

    Yes, haha, i noticed the mistake today but was too lazy to change it. πŸ˜‰

  6. Blinded_ says:

    This looks so awsome, im getting it right away!
    Thanks for the info on it!

  7. Tyrant fanclub says:

    I TOTALLY AGREE with you that the Tyrant is the best yaoi manga ever!!
    Good plot, extremely funny gags, very nice drawing, no dirty scenes but romantic, etc etc..

    I’m “deeply” in love with Mori & Sempai (as well as Takanaga sensei) !! =^^=

  8. chunky-chan says:

    tyrant seems interesting. it’s good to know that there is some reality smacked dab in it. homosexuality is such a large issue and knowing that some points of it are featured in this manga…truly intrigues me. i can’t wait to read tyrant! o^___^o hohoho.

  9. Koisuru Boukun

    This story is a side story for Takanagi sensei’s debut work "Challengers", which was the love story between Tatsumi Tomoe (CV: Miyata Kouki), and salaryman Kurokawa (CV: Sugita Tomokazu). It’s not necessary to have read Challenger…

  10. Novatemari says:

    Personally its the not-so-average, uke/seme relationship that gets me interested. And I’m glad that there is character develpment along with smut, because the getting to you kno in a world, where gays arent excepted is always the best part (the blush when accidently touching is always so cute). Really lookin forward to this manga.

  11. bordge says:

    …i stumbled on your page from google…

    anyway i was wondering if you know where i could get some scans of this comic/manga… i read the first vol…or was it chaper and i got hooked by its cliffhanger. can you please tell me? tanks….

  12. Ruth says:

    Hello Bordge,
    I believe some copies of it are floating around IRC … πŸ˜‰

  13. Though, cough cough. I think you should buy the book when it comes out. It’s really worth it- DQ puts out quality books – translation is top notch, glossy cover, great paper quality etc. It’s worth buying πŸ™‚

  14. worming says:

    Can I get a free version from u? I have no money to buy this. If u agree pliz send to me by email. Thanx a lot.

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  16. Blinded_ says:

    does anyone know where i can get scans of this??

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  19. Precis-chan says:

    I keep hearing of this one: tyrant being one great yaoi manga…, can anyone give out links/sites that does scanlations of this? I beg thee~ I’m not that have spare money to buy mangas…T.T

  20. Soly says:

    wah! i have raws of volume three but i CANT READ JAPANESE!!!
    (does anyone want to translate it?)

    this is where i got them from in case people want them, including vol 1 and 2 and the little AU bear and wolf story she wrote in english:


  21. rin says:

    @ Naughty Ninja:
    There’s a lot of yaoi out there that’s all smut and no substance, but the one title that started me *loving* the genre (and many others will attest to this as well) was FAKE. It’s the classic Boy Love ‘gateway’ manga imho. I assume most people know it already, but just in case, I’m throwing it out there. It’s 7 volumes of character developement and UST and a great payoff in the end! It was my first and it will always be my favorite BL title!

  22. orea says:

    I am really in love with this manga, i have read it like a thousand times and am not tired of it at all, just wanted my input or watever. thanks for the info even due i read it before looking at this, my fav part was when mori san told his sensei that his love for his famliy comes with an irons fist, and sensei said “its the fist of love”. really one of my fav apart from okane ga nai, pls if u have any more info about other yaoi with this much comedy pls let me know, thanks

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  44. lishrayder says:

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  45. Kate says:

    Love this series to death. Does anyone know where to read the remainder of Volume 5 in english? I can only find them in there RAW form. Thanks.

  46. ciri says:

    Hi! Love this series!!!! It’s even better than “Challenger” to me πŸ™‚ All series is availible online on, πŸ™‚ This two for sure πŸ™‚ I’ve just red 4’th chaapter of vol6 πŸ™‚ And I must say it’s very… interesting πŸ™‚

    Sorry for my language but I’m not very good in writing english πŸ™‚

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