Review: In These Words, Volume 1

In These Words, Volume 1 by Kichiku Neko

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Media, Inc
Point of View: Masculine
Genres & Themes: Adult, Manga, Yaoi, BDSM, Dark, Thriller, Psychological, Death


Asano Katsuya is a US trained psychiatrist who has been recruited by the Tokyo Police Department to provide a profile through the victims’ data. Based on Asano’s profile and recommendation, an elaborate plan is put into place to lure the serial killer out – a plan that bore successful results Now, after three years and twelve victims, Shinohara Keiji is finally in police custody. Shinohara has promised a thorough confession, however, on the absolute terms that Asano has to be the one to receive it. Besides the curious request by the killer whom Asano was only familiar with on paper, disturbing nightmares begin to plague him as soon as he’s given the case…


Oh my god… I feel so strange right now. I really do. My limbs are all tense and I can still feel the chills that ran through my body while reading this DISTURBING and as DARK as they come yaoi manga. I’ve waited so long for this – for the right moment to plunge into it – and I’m unsure of what to make of this story now that I’ve seen what it is about.

Is it captivating? Yes.
Is it intense? Hell yes.
Did I love it? Hell no; it freaked me out. Hell yes; it was amazing.

I’m not even sure I enjoyed it… Did I? All I know for certain is that I COULD NOT stop reading. Now I realize why the publishing group is called ‘‘Guilty Pleasure’’. Very clever, very very clever.

The graphics are extremely detailed and professional and incredible to the eye. An exceedingly talented artist drew this volume.

It’s not actually gory… or scary in a horrific way, but it tremendously will make you react and, at the end of the day, is that not what we all want? To read something that will not leave us emotionless? Something that will inspire us to write a review, that will make us want to assemble our thoughts and transfer them on paper for everyone to read or ourselves solely. Or cause us to carefully turn the last page, say ‘‘Oh my god,’’ and then stare shockingly or impressively or lovingly into blank space for a whole minute. Good or bad, books that engender those kinds of reactions from us are the ones we keep in the corner of our minds.

… Volume two, here I come.


13 thoughts on “Review: In These Words, Volume 1

  1. The art you’re previewed is great 🙂 I’m always amazed how vastly different manga art is compared to what I’m used to with comics, it seems like it’s on another level with all the detail. I think I’ll have to add this one to my list.

    Great review, Lola 🙂


  2. Oh my gosh Lola I don’t think I can. Hahaha. There’s a reason I don’t read Eroticas. Not only I won’t know how to review it but I blush easily and people around me will know immediately what I’m reading (I’m very easy to read because of my self expressions it sucks) and this has graphics. Maybe someday 😛 I’m glad its intense though and that it got5 stars from you ❤


  3. I am glad this one worked out for you! The more I read your blog, the more I want to read anime and manga. I’ve broken into a few graphic novels and bought one manga, but it might take me some more time to get into it completely.


  4. OOH I AM INTRIGUED BY THIS ONE. I definitely want to get into manga, but it’s been hard to look for ones that pique my interest. The only ever manga I’ve read is Maid-same, which was very cute! Thanks for sharing your review! I’ll be on the lookout for this one. 🙂


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