So good day my dear readers, I really hope you’re having an awesome week! Anyways, I recently read the latest volume of what I believe to be an ongoing manga series called Ten Count by Rihito Takarai and I decided to share my thoughts with you guys.
Author: Rihito Takarai
Format: Manga, graphic novel, available in paperback and also as a kindle eBook.
Number of Volumes: 5 (ongoing)
Genres: Romance, Yaoi, M M romance, Dark, BDSM, Mental Illness, R-18, Psychological.
Warning: This is an M M romance with detailed sexual content, BDSM and discussions of mental illness, if you are not comfortable with such content then I suggest not reading this manga.
Tadaomi Shirotani: A corporate secretary working for the president of the Tosawa Company, who suffers from severe Germophobia.
Riku Kurose: A counsellor working at a psychiatric clinic, who offers to help Shirotani cure his disorder.
General Plot Line: Tadaomi Shirotani is Mysophobic and his condition is so severe that he can barely handle the thought of being ‘contaminated’ or ‘dirtied’.
One day, by complete chance he meets Riku Kurose, a psychiatric counsellor who offers to take Shirotani through a ten step program that is guaranteed to cure him of his germophobia.
Along the way, Shirotani begins to fall for his stoic counsellor and tentatively enters into a relationship of sorts with Kurose, that pushes him to the edge of his comfort zone.
But in the end which will win; Shirotani’s mysophobia or his aching desire to be with Kurose?
I really enjoyed the first volume and immediately after finishing it I rushed to buy the remaining four.
Not much happens in the first one aside from set up; we get to meet the characters and the setting is established, plus we also see just how severe Shirotani’s mysophobia is.
There is nothing explicitly sexual in this volume, thus leading people to often joke about the cover being a tease, but there is just the right amount of tension to keep things interesting.
I really like that Takarai didn’t just jump straight into the explicit scenes with this one, instead the author chose to keep things simple and take it slow.
This way the reader can kinda get a sense of who the character is without the haze sexual interaction.
This is where things start to heat up, and by heat up I mean explicit content galore!
No but seriously, things start to really pick up in this volume and slowly Shirotani starts to gain more confidence and tentatively begins to make progress in terms of his condition.
Along with adding to Shirotani’s psychological progress, Kurose also begins to make advances on his patient and Shirotani reluctantly agrees to enter into a relationship of sorts with his counsellor.
Overall, I really liked this and I’m looking forward to reading the remainder of this series.
This was…not my favorite to say the least. In fact it was down right disturbing, especially the last scene.
In a nutshell, I didn’t particularly like this volume because it pushed the boundaries of BDSM and just made me uncomfortable with its rather graphic sexual content.
That being said, I was considering giving up this series because the only thought going through my head was, ‘What the hell did I just read? And is this how the manga is going to be from now on?’
Needless, to say I didn’t give up the series because I already had the last two volumes and I admit, I was curious to see where things were going.
Things improved drastically in this volume and I was so glad. In this volume we get a peek into Shirotani’s past and we get to see the event that set off his mysophobia.
This gives us more insight into Shirotani’s past and experiencing his trauma gives us a better idea of just how sensitive and delicate his personality is.
After the incident in the last volume, Shirotani and Kurose part ways and cut contact for two months before meeting again on happenstance and reuniting.
Overall, I really enjoyed this volume and it was a big improvement from volume three. I liked that we got a glimpse into Shirotani’s past and while I don’t exactly agree with Kurose’s methods and actions, a part of me is still glad they made up.
(Sadly I could not find a good immage for cover number five *cries)
This was a really good installment to the series and I really liked this volume.
Just like in volume four where we got a glimpse into Shirotani’s past, we get a peek into Kurose’s life before he met Shirotani in this volume.
We get to see the reason as to why Kurose became a psychiatric counsellor and we also get a peek into his rather lonely childhood.
And in this volume, Kurose’s real reason for helping Shirotani is revealed which has a much deeper link to his childhood than expected.
Overall, I really liked this volume and I’m glad I continued on with the series and now I must wait for the next installment 😦
(bangs head against the wall while screaming, “when will you be released?!?!?! Give me a bloody date!!!!!)
Yes I must wait for volume six, may patience offer me her ever-loving embrace.
I really do like this series and just like anything else it has its ups and downs and I while I don’t agree with everything, I still really enjoyed it because it has an intriguing plot line, is beautifully illustrated and I really liked the characters and their personalities.
I think it’s a good read for people who like romance with a twist but I warn you, it’s not for the faint of heart because it’s dark themes.
And have I mentioned that I LOVE the covers?! Honestly Ten Count has some of the best cover art I have ever seen, it’s gorgeous!
Well that’s all I have for you, I hope you enjoyed this review and please do let me know what you think of this manga if you decide to pick it up. Anyways, happy reading!