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Midnight Festival Hentai Manga Review

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midnight-festivalLet the music move you.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yosuke
Translation/Adaptation: N/A

What They Say:
Once you get into the music or the sex, you win. ♥

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Originally serialized in Comic Shitsurakuten from the September 2016 installment, Midnight Festival is a twenty-four page story from creator Yosuke, who has two other works on the service. This is my first experience with their work and it’s one that I definitely liked for a lot of reasons, though i think some of the pacing/structural aspects just made it feel a little off. Yosuke’s artwork is fantastic as the character designs are great and he has plenty of space to work with since there are a lot of pages. The thing that held this one back a bit in some ways is that there are two couples here and the focus felt split in some awkward ways all things considered. But having two couples also leads to some really good moments amid everything.

The premise for this one works nicely enough as we get two young women that work a familiar idea in that they use sex in order to get concert tickets that they want. While Mina seemingly sleeps with a lot of guys to get things, Rina tends more for oral methods but is no less intent on getting what she wants for it. The two have made it to a pretty fun festival that’s going on and Mina has a friend there that got a tent so there’s plenty of time for some fun since he’s a big sex friend of hers. The amusement is in that her friend Touji is with his friend Kishinaka, someone that Rina went to high school with previously. He’s got all kinds of stories about her tomboy days with sports but he also admits that he got into music like he is now thanks to a mix CD that she gave him at one point. The two actually end up with quite the connection here that comes from a “summer of love” kind of mindset that’s pretty nice in a hentai sort of way.

Naturally, a tent amid the music late into the night means a lot of fun can happen and Mina is all over Touji, just going hard and fast with him and taunting Rina into fooling around with Kishinaka. What’s surprising, in a sense, is that as he gropes and fondles her and makes some strong movements with Rina is that it’s revealed that she’s a virgin. She’s kind of going with the flow here to a degree and there’s a sense that she has some feelings or had some feelings for him in the past, but it’s just a little awkward as it goes along until she really realizes that she’s enjoying it even though she was saving herself for someone she loves. Yosuke’s layouts keep this moving at a good pace and I actually really liked how Mina inserts herself into the mix from time to time, though Touji is there little more as a prop – exactly how Mina likely likes him. The sex scenes run for most of the chapter and there’s a great kind of energy to it that works really well, especially with the designs.

In Summary
Midnight Festival was an interesting introduction to Yosuke’s work and one that like several other creators has me interested in seeing more of it. I really like the character designs and the flow of the panels combined with the actual sexuality of the characters. The story side is one that works but the execution doesn’t click well as it just feels kind of stilted and out of place in some ways, keeping me from really seeing it work. Rina and Mina are definitely a fun pair and while events with Kishinaka may go too quickly too easily, the results of their time together – and Mina and Touji’s as well – definitely hits a certain sweet spot that I haven’t seen too much of yet since reconnecting with Fakku material.

Content Grade: B-
Art Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 18+
Released By: FAKKU
Release Date: September 7th, 2016
MSRP: FAKKU Subscription