Thursday, July 6, 2017

Manga Review: Ten Count, Volume 3, by Rihito Takarai

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: SuBLime (VIZ Media)
Release Date: February 2017
Volumes: 5+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder in this doctor-patient romance fraught with compulsion!

Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.

While out on the town with Kurose, Shirotani daydreams about the younger man kissing him. His desire quickly overcomes his phobia of human touch, and he gives himself over to his counselor’s hands for relief. Watch as the relationship between the corporate secretary and his counselor continues to boil over in this story of love and therapy.


I know that this book has some real issues. Quite a bit of the way that Shirotani's issues are handled are very problematic. He's really fragile here, and yet Kurose does appear to abuse that. It's hard to tell if any of this is actually helping Shirotani or not; he's still pretty much in the same state as when the series started, maybe even worse.
This does really bother me, but at the same time, I'm still quite enjoying this series. I like it for the problematic, dirty smut that it is.
I do like how intense Shirotani's reactions are, though. Every time someone touches him, when he's worried about germs, when him and Kurose start getting intimate. I can really tell what is happening in his head, and his worries and reactions feel very real.
This volume gets quite dirty, as well. There are a couple of really intense and dirty scenes between the two, and I quite like them.
Even if parts of this series aren't good, I'm really enjoying reading it for what it is. I want to read more.

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