Totally Captivated

Totally Captivated
by Hajin Yoo
Published 2008-2009 by NETCOMICS
6 volumes, approximately 200 pages each
Rating: 4/5

The mafia threatens Ewon into working for a loan shark, where he’s forced to run dangerous errands for no pay. The culprit who doomed Ewon to this life is none other than Jiho, his jealous ex who still burns ay Ewon’s infidelity. Their attractive gan leader Mookyul takes a keen interest in his attractive new errand boy. Will Ewon be able to survive the violent underworld (not to mention the constant sexual harassment) he must endure as an underling of Mookyul?

In case you didn’t figure it out from the synopsis, the main characters in this manga are gay men. I’ll go ahead a give a couple of little warnings for those interested in manga. This one has a whole lot of sexual references, but it’s not terribly graphic or anything. There’s also a good bit of language, which makes sense since it’s about the mafia and all.

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this series. The first three volumes didn’t impress me too much. They were funny, but kind of weird. It seemed like they were more about sex than anything else, but there were a couple of little things that kept me reading. One was Mookyul’s relationship with the chairman, who he claims is a father figure, but has really been molesting him since he was a child. Well, I guess it’s really never confirmed that he was molesting him as a child. I suppose that could have started when he got older, but still. He was supposed to be his guardian, not his lover. It was just sickening and I wanted to see how it got resolved. The other thing that hooked me was the past encounter between Mookyul and Ewon. Ewon’s words when they were in middle school really changed Mookyul’s life. I thought after all that the series might get a little deeper, so I kept reading. And I was right!

The last three volumes were exciting and fast-paced. With the mafia involved in the plot, things got really intense and out of hand at times, but it only brought more excitement into the story. I really loved the last volume, in particular. There was a lot more depth to it than the others. There was a emotional look into Ewon’s past and how it shaped him into the hardworking person he is. By the end, I felt like it was worth enduring some of the less appealing parts of the manga to finish the story. Though there was more sex than I normally come across in the manga I read, it wasn’t graphic. It was mostly some drawings of them in bed under the covers or just discussion about sex. The humor was good. There wasn’t too much of it, but it made me giggle whenever it did pop up. The art was really great. It’s very crisp and sharp, but I liked it. I liked watching Mookyul’s character soften and Ewon’s character tear down the walls around his heart.

Yaoi manga focuses on homosexual male relationships. This series contains profanity, violence, and sexual content.

Source: Borrowed
Purchase this series: Book Depository | IndieBound

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  1. This manga was one of my favs. 😀 The plot was great. Thanks for the review!

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