I have been reading BL manga for some years now so it’s no surprise that I’ve read, I must say, a LOT of titles. Of course, with those titles there are a lot of reoccurring “names” that I’ve come to love. One of them is Junko.
Junko has been one of my earliest favorite mangaka. I think the first title that I’ve read from her was Abarenbou Kareshi but I still didn’t know her at that time. I mean, back when I was just starting reading BL I didn’t really care who wrote what. I started liking her works with Kimi Note.
Light, fluffy, and sweet.
That’s how I describe the stories present in almost all of her works. There’s a gentle feel present in all of her manga and I really like it. She doesn’t try to be that deep and meaningful but that doesn’t mean that her stories are shallow. She also tackles serious things, actually, like sexuality issues, childhood traumas, lost love and the likes but she tries to balance it out with the overall light atmosphere that she builds up throughout the manga. I think the most dramatic work of her so far is Kasa no Shita, Futari and I’ll tell you this, my heart breaks a little while reading this one.
The sweetness of the relationships in her works is also something to note for. It’s not easy to create so many romantic stories without reusing some old cliché but Junko manages to keep her stories fresh. I think it’s all thanks to the wide variety of characters and the great pairings that she had created. They really appeal to me because of their chemistry.
Her writing style resembles some shoujo because it is sometimes a little bit “fairy tale” like, which I think is just okay. Look at Konbini-kun, the story is somewhat cliché but it still manages to be at my Top 5 (which I’ll be sharing some other time). Junko tries to develop her characters, or at least one of them, with some realistic issues, which will make you really care for them.
What I really like about Junko though, is her art style. Gosh, her works are all adorable. It’s between the boundary of cute-ly adorable and seeeeexy-ly adorable. Does that make sense to you? Her character designs are really great. Their bodies are well built and no, there are no overly large hands! They have sense of style over their clothing that matches their own personalities.
I’d like to give emphasis to this fact though: Junko excels on drawing the faces. You can clearly tell what the characters are feeling with their facial expressions. They’re gorgeous and very expressive. She can really depict whatever she wanted using their faces. Moreover, since this is a manga where the characters don’t move, you need to read their faces not just their dialogues and thoughts.
Look at all the covers of her original works. One can’t help but to fall in love with them at first sight!
Let us talk about the sex scenes now, shall we?
As I’ve said, her works bordered the cute and sexy side. And with regards on the sex scenes, gosh, she works magic. They’re oh-so-sexy. They are hot and are rather straightforward. She doesn’t hold back. With her art style, you would assume that she will held back a bit with the sex scenes much like some other mangaka, but no, you’re wrong. She will do it the right way. For me, the sex scenes in her works are really romantic. You can definitely tell that the characters love each other.
I’ve read almost all of her original works except the on-going one. I prefer for it to finish first before I read it because I want continuity with this kind of thing. With that being said and having read this article, I guess I have proven that I’m really a fan of Junko, right?
I really love her works and I hope it’ll stay the same. For those of you who want to read a sweet, gentle and light BL story, I definitely recommend Junko’s work. Be prepared though for some hot and intense scenes 😉
I hope you’ll love them as well.