Velvet Kiss Review
The manga follows Nitta Shin, a typical Japanese salaryman, who somehow got himself tricked into a loan of 80 million yen in total. Fortunately or unfortunately for him, he was given an alternative way of settling his debt, by befriending a certain woman named Kikuchiya Kanoko.
From then on, Nitta’s life starts to turn into a roller coaster ride. While battling against wave of conspirators, Nitta had to struggle against his work schedules, and to keep up with Kanoko’s unreasonable demands at the same time. Nitta is also literally used as a “sex toy” plainly for Kanoko’s relief and pleasure. Likewise, while being forced to service Kanoko, Nitta pretty much used her as a source of sexual frustration.
Nitta is actually a gentle and caring person. It’s hard to see that side of him since so many incidents happening to him all at the same time, but it’s proof that he was able to win’s Kanoko’s affection. Kanoko herself is a realistically weak person, and has no friends as well. She always turn towards her group of “orgy friends” whenever the chance arises. The pair’s relationship is shabby and unstable at best.
However, as Nitta’s chaotic life continues on, he starts to understand more of Kanoko, especially in regards to her and her stepmother. This is the turning point of the manga where Nitta starts to see Kanoko more as a “true friend” rather then befriending her just for the loan. Kanoko even develops feelings for him, and sees him more then just a simple “sex toy”. Before the said turning point, the manga’s storytelling may be a bit draggy, but it’s not a major flaw anyhow.
The H-scenes in Velvet Kiss are surprisingly not displeasing to look at, unlike various other more hardcore H-manga. Actually, putting aside the H scenes, the art in general is top-notch. Harumi Chihiro’s drawings are very good to look at, featuring soft illustrations and detailed character designs. The girls, especially Kanoko, is a fashionsista, and wears different kind of pricy and fashionable clothes all the time too, so I’m sure Yi would love it, wait, it’s not yuri so I’m not sure anymore..
Overall, even though Velvet Kiss ended on an unsatisfying note, it had been a fine read. Throughout the 32 chapters, the manga had been awesome in presenting us the conspiracy plotlines, the pitiable selfish characters and the darkness of us humans, which are quick to succumb to things like lust or wealth. The dialogue scripts are great and easily pull in any newcomers of the manga.
I don’t normally read H manga, but Velvet Kiss is certainly an exception to that formula. I was easily attracted by Velvet Kiss’s strong plots, to the point that I’m reading the manga not for the sex but for the story,
though the sex scenes are quite a sight to see too. I would definitely recommend this to those who are still new to H-manga. Don’t let the kids read them though..