Ten Count: 2 – Rihito Takarai
Romance, manga, LGBTQ+, fiction.
Shirotani is still struggling with his germaphobia and Kurose wants to help him. What doesn’t help is that Kurose had fallen in love with Shirotani but understands if he doesn’t feel the same way. He becomes worried when he gets a phone call from Shirotani’s workplace asking what is happening and such. Kurose explains Shirotani’s condition and tells them its highly unlikely he will be able to get ahold of Shirotani. When he does, he puts himself forward and tells Shirotani his feelings and shows him what he means. Shirotani slowly becomes more accustomed and admits he has feelings for Kurose.
This was sweet and loved how supportive Kurose was with Shirotani. I feel that this manga’s pacing is perfect because of the slow burn aspect. The artwork is good, and the plot is great. However, there is some erotic art within so be careful of whose around while one is reading this manga. I can’t wait to get my hands on more of this manga series because I want to know if Kurose and Shirotani become a thing without spoilers. I want to go on that discovery myself.
Ten Count – Rihito Takari
Manga, OCD, psychology, therapist, fiction.
Shirotani suffers OCD meaning a germaphobe, he cleans relentlessly and avoids situations that involve touching objects or being in places where there are cramped spaces. He is with his boss going to work and his boss gets into an accident. A psychologist, Kurose, is around to help and notices Shirotani, he tells him that he induced from his observations that Shirotani suffers OCD. Shirotani takes the offer and they arrange to meet. Kurose tells him to make a list of ten things he wants to do and tells him once you get to the tenth thing he is cured. Although this takes time he forewarns, and rushing isn’t healthy. Shirotani discovers that certain things aren’t so bad after all.
I had seen this online and was instantly interested so I had my boyfriend order this and a few other manga books that caught my attention. I really love this book. I feel that this manga explores the realities of OCD and the path to recovery or coming to terms with OCD as well as proceeding with life without the so much obsessed compulsive acts. This was also heart felt because the protagonist, Shirotani, is honest with himself and with Kurose. Kurose is also honest with Shirotani about the process and what has to be done in order for Shirotani to be less obsessive compulsive. I think Kurose developed feelings for Shirotani, and vice versa. I want to read more of this manga series because I want to see more of their character development. I really felt this manga is really worth giving a read.