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Colorful Dreams Hentai Manga Review

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Colorful Dreams
Colorful Dreams

Proof that ambitious hentai doesn’t have to be an oxymoron.

Creative Staff
Story: Ryohzoh
Art: Ryohzoh
Translation/Adaptation: Steven LeCroy

What They Say
It seems true love is on the student agenda! With no budget and the festival quickly approaching, the film studies students need to come up with something big, pronto… and everybody likes a porn flick, according to the captain! But why in the world would cute, virgin Kotomi volunteer to be the star of such a raunchy movie? Elsewhere on campus, lead singer Honoka needs an eye-catching outfit for the concert, but she’s going to need some convincing. She may be the one with the killer body and fantastic voice, but Naoya is pretty sure he can rock her world! Actors, photographers, even comic artists- everybody’s suddenly hooking up, with the help of the suspiciously ever-present film studies captain. Maybe it’s coincidence, maybe he really is playing Cupid, but one thing’s for sure: these college students are certainly enjoying the best years of their lives!

Ryohzoh’s first compilation of sweet, sexy college romances is a series of interconnected stories that feature a variety of girls, a good dose of humor, and fantastically detailed art. This is a colorful collection you won’t want to miss!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
So often “reading” ero manga is really just skimming over the “No, that’s dirty!”s and “My hips are moving on their own!”s while appreciating the erotic artwork. So what a surprise it is when Project H comes out with a manga that you actually have to read! The quality of the volume is what you expect from Project H, with its higher quality coming at a higher price point, but ironically for a title named Colorful Dreams, there aren’t any color pages. Furthermore, as it’s a censored title, naughty bits are covered up in white space. It’s a shame, but don’t let that deter you from Ryohzoh’s maiden work.

Most of the time stories that are collections of short stories, even excellent ones, are basically just retellings of the same story with different positions. But Ryohzoh here is actually trying for something a little more ambitious, with stories all tied together with recurring characters at a single art college in Japan. You can tell it’s an early work, as the art is a little rough. Faces tend to lack detail, and there’s just a general lack of fine polish that you see from more experienced authors. That being said, when it’s time to go down to business, his art becomes much more detailed and explicit, likely a result of him allocating his effort to where most attention will be paid. There’s a nice variety of bust sizes and body types, though they all tend towards the model-like, that helps add diversity to the cast. Male designs are more varied, and often dumpier than the shapely ladies, but these are “dreams” after all. If this is his first work, I’m greatly looking forward to what comes after.

Like I mentioned earlier, Colorful Dreams is really kind an ensemble romantic comedy, with all of the meet-cutes ending in intercourse. Students from one chapter will show up in other chapters as well, especially the Film Studies Club head that seems to be pairing characters off, either by chance or by conspiracy. But by having all of these characters co-existing in the same space, they don’t end up just being cookie-cutter copies of the same idealized woman. Furthermore, the amount of writing in Colorful Dreams is substantial for an eromanga. It actually takes some time to read through the entire volume, as each of the characters are given a history and a personality that culminates in the sex scenes. A lot of these backstories are fairly cliche, but it’s obvious that Ryohzoh put a lot of thought and work into creating this work, and it’s a lot more affecting and touching than many other titles.

In each of the nine stories, sex comes about as long-buried feelings surface in an explosive moment. Rather than random seduction or coerced sex, conversations between characters reach a boiling point after which clothes just come flying off. Two of my favorite stories are the third, when the film club talent scout is sent out to look for an actor, and she runs across an old flame from high school. The way the embarrassment and awkwardness melts away in the heat of lust feels incredibly honest. I’m also a big fan of the fifth, where a cold and aloof photographer promises some sexual favors to a boy she likes while trying to keep her passions at bay, and ends up getting carried away by emotion. There’s a special feeling of honesty to all of these stories that makes them compelling, as if they’re based on stories of Ryohzoh’s friends or acquaintances. They may be cliche, but sometimes real relationships just work out that way.

In Summary
It’s rare that I step away from an ero manga impressed more by its writing than its artwork, but Colorful Dreams stands out as an exception. The art is clearly that of a newcomer, but Ryohzoh’s heart is in the right place, and you can’t help but feel the passion that these young lovers share. It’s an auspicious beginning for a talented mangaka, and I would love to see more of his work in the future. With a little more polish, he could surely become one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

Content Grade: A
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 18+ Adult
Released By: Project-H Books
Release Date: March 13th, 2013
MSRP: $17.95

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