Sentimental Garden Lover (Yaoi Manga) - Nook Color Edition
Love is found in the strangest places and with the most unexpected partners. The men (and cats!) of SENTIMENTAL GARDEN LOVER burst into heart-throbbing bloom!
A scruffy stray cat wishes for big hands to hold an abused man, and a cute kitten begs for speech to comfort a broken-hearted stranger. Wander further into the garden, and you’ll find close siblings upset by a love rival; a jaded delinquent flustered by a trusting bookworm; an evasive, glasses-hating man; and a president eager to find a weakness in his perfect secretary.
For both cat and human, the quest for love is here!
Translated by Lea H.; Edited by Kimberly Lammens; Lettered by Alexandra Gunawan
(Formatted for the Nook Color E-reader screen size)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How can you resist cats who turn into humans? This is a collection of several stories, some of which evolve over several chapters. The first story is the most memorable. How can you resist cats who turn into humans? Especially cats that love their humans so much they want to do something to help! There’s a lot of humor in these stories, and on the whole, this book gives off a warm fuzzy feeling. The first story is one I often re-read when I’m feeling in need of some warm fuzzies. Fuji loves Hiro but there’s a catch. Fuji is a cat and Hiro is a human. Hiro is a kind-hearted guy who loves cats. And cats love him back! Hiro treats stray cats as nicely as he does his own cat, Fuji. But Hiro is not so lucky in romance, and his boyfriend is not a nice guy. In fact he’s quite abusive. But Fuji is a cat and can’t really be of any help. Or can he? And then there’s Shima, a stray kitten that Hiro has taken in. It’s funny when Fuji gets jealous because Shima is cute and knows how to use this to his advantage. The two of them fight over Hiro’s lap. Because he’s a stray and used to coming and going, Shima goes off on his own. That’s when he falls (literally) into Taki’s life, a salaryman. It’s hilarious when Taki wakes up to find that the cat he let sleep on the bed is not a cat anymore. And Shima is just as surprised. I love how the two humans in this story (the main humans, that is, Hiro and Taki) take things in stride. That their cats change into humans doesn’t faze them a bit. (Okay, Taki had a bit of a brain meltdown, but he adapted quickly). It’s so touching when Hiro meets Shima and Taki out and about one day, and he recognizes Shima at once, even in his human form. And it’s very funny when Hiro then apologizes for not recognizing Taki. He thinks Taki is a stray cat (also in human form) that might have come around his house. The second story involves a bookstore owner and a delinquent. How a single book binds two very different persons together. Passion in any form is hard to resist, isn’t it? The third story involves two very close brothers and a classmate who is friends with them. The classmate often ends up as the not-quite- third wheel. Frequently stories of this kind (brother x brother) can be squicky, but Ogura-sensei manages to make this one cute. The fourth story involves salaryman romance. With a glasses-wearing guy asking out a glasses-hating guy. The fifth story involves the President of a company who is always trying to escape his meetings, and his very stern secretary Natori, who keeps him on track. These stories are all interesting and well written. The first one, the book’s namesake, “Senimental Garden Lover”, is the most memorable. However, each of the stories are well presented, and the characters are all sympathetic characters. It’s easy to like them. I do wish there were more on the couples in the first story, though. I’m giving this one a 5 out of 5, for several reasons. This is a book I frequently re-read, even if it’s just for the first story. It always gives me the warm fuzzies. (And then I get interested all over again in the other stories). All of these stories made me want to know more about the characters. They also made me want to read more from this mangaka. Disclosure: I’d like to thank DMG for providing me with the loan of a reviewer copy.
Sentimental Garden Lover is a very sweet manga. So sweet in fact I have a hard time imagining a BL fan hating it. I love cats, so if you do too you will certainly fall in love with this book as well. If shape shifting cats aren’t quite your thing, there is a couple of office romances included as well that brings a bit more sexiness. Though, this isn’t really a raunchy book even though it is an 18+ one. It was at least interesting to see someone dislike glasses rather than the popular fetish in one story. Still, that chapter was somewhat confusing and maybe the weakest of the book. Though from the mangaka’s notes in the back it sounds like that story was also her debut. Conversely the secretary story was not a surprising addition but, had a great sense of humor. If salaryman stories are a little too old, there are also two stories with teenagers both quite pleasant and soft-hearted. The chapter about two brothers was actually nice. I don’t read or watch many stories with questions of incestuous feelings but, this one was nimble. It avoided both the bone crushing angst and licentious exploitation that tends to happen with taboo content. And the other story about a rebellious teenager bonding with a bookstore clerk seemed more indulgent in a good way than clich¿d. This is also the first title from the Guild group BLBangBang I’ve purchased and I largely like what I see. There is a little inconsistency in the title of the sixth chapter that appears in the mangaka’s notes for some reason. But “began” and “started” are synonyms so it’s more of a curiosity. Addressing the format, the table of contents has the chapter listings off by two pages. I also don’t know why the pages appear smaller than average on my Nook Color, even though I purchased the right version. Good thing there is a zoom function for the smaller text! Honestly, the only pitfall of this manga might be that it has too much blushing and crying and anxiety on display that it ends up feeling possibly sappy. However, I prefer to think Sentimental Garden Lover is tender and a nice manga to cuddle up with in the evening or on a rainy afternoon.