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Evening Warmed Sake Hentai Manga Review

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Umanosuke’s artwork is a huge draw but it’s so well-tied to the story itself that it’s hard to separate.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Okinaga Umanosuke

What They Say:
Tasty treats and a fine woman…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Originally serialized in Comic Kairakuten from the December 2018 installment, Evening Warmed Sake is an eighteen-page story from creator Okinaga Umanosuke, who has a dozen other works on the service. After trying their most recent story previously, I’m hooked on their artwork and design and will be checking out a bunch of their other works. The appeal is that there’s a good blend of story and artwork here that comes together well and while I really, really, enjoy the artwork and some of the special panels that just showcases headshots and expressions, it works because the characters are given enough story material so that it helps to liven them up a bit more than a lot of other tales.

Here, we’re introduced to Maki, a young woman helping out at the family shop of liquor distribution by bringing it to a nearby cafe. It’s not easy work but she handles it well while her father is out of commission for a bit. There’s some banter at the cafe where the guys are definitely showing their minor toxicity in how they interact with others but it’s the young chef here, Youji, that Maki gets all up about when he gives her grief for her line of work while not being a drinker. She invites him back to her place later that night for a taste test to show she knows her stuff; she’s just smart enough to not drink while working and lugging around crates of goods to their destination.

The two have a pretty good little taste test that gets underway with a few brands but Maki has more than she should, which she kind of went in knowing because she doesn’t think it’s best if she drinks alone. When she literally falls on Youji’s lap, that causes the right reaction with him. There’s some complex back and forth here that may make some a little uncomfortable but both are all-in on getting naked and really enjoying each other. The tsundere elements are what will be conflicting for some but it makes for a good sequence between the two as there’s a kind of raw tension heightened by the sexual tension to really drive it home. The more both of them get into it and really egg the other on in a way the more it builds up and you’re drawn into the magnetism at works, as both repels and draws in with quick bursts and the like.

In Summary
Umanosuke’s artwork is a huge draw – the visual we pulled for the review is one of the reasons why – but it’s so well-tied to the story itself that it’s hard to separate. Maki isn’t a complicated person but she’s complex in the right ways that you have to navigate that may not be the clear cut black and white way we want the world to be sometimes. The taste test here goes as you’d expect, it being hentai, but there’s something larger going on between the two that’s made clear along the way and it’s great to see it reaching a point where it’s moving into this new arena and as they suss out how to really interact with each other.

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

Age Rating: 18+
Released By: FAKKU
Release Date: December 2018
MSRP: FAKKU Subscription


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