Manga Monday: Ten Count

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Ten Count
Writer: Takarai Rihito
Artist: Takarai Rihito
Genre: Mature, Psychological, Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, Smut
Number of volumes: 6
Available of Mangafox: Yes

What’s it about?
When the President got into an accident, Shirotani Tadaomi met Kurose. On their very first meeting, Kurose could tell right away that Shirotani is Mysophobic and said that it’s pretty bad while suggesting it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Shirotani was left perturbed by the encounter. Who is Kurose? And how was he able to tell Shirotani’s condition?

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Strengths
It’s main strength is of course it’s plot. Like any good story it’s a slow burner in both the story and the smut (I will discuss the smut in great detail later).  The way they’ve structured the plot makes it a lot more interesting. Usually the story begins with them as a child, we see what traumatised them and then we see them getting better (and falling in love of course) but with ten count it’s the other way around – the story begins with our main protagonist meeting Kurose who straight away identifies his Mysophobia problem, then the story follows his struggle to get better and then eventually we find out as to where his Mysophobia began, it made the manga itself a lot more interesting to read and a lot less predictable than most Yaoi manga’s you read. The storyline is evenly spread out but the plot isn’t too stretched that your bored, there is enough twists and turns as well as interesting storyline to leave you wanting more.

There is plenty of smut to keep the yaoi fan happy. Of course the story focuses more on the plot than the smut there isn’t much of it, but when a chapter contains smut or the two characters are taking their relationship to new levels expect a copious amounts of it!!! It is a dominant/submissive relationship and sometimes our Seme seems…slightly controlling however everything is done tastefully. They stretch the smut out quite nicely too, everything building up slowly until us readers are begging for more!! Even though you might start reading Ten Count for the smut, you’ll stay for the plot. The smut does not overshadow the plot itself one of this manga’s many strengths.

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Weaknesses
I wouldn’t say it has many weaknesses (hardly any) but I do know that this manga is certainly not for everyone. If you’re easily triggered (the reason for Shirotani’s Mysphobia isn’t pleasant) then this might not be for you. The relationship might appear triggering for some as there is a strong sense of control over someone who is alreday broken. It also contains shota which I didn’t know about until I read it and, like anyone, shota is certainly not my cup of tea so that chapter was utterly unpleasant, however those are it’s main flaws.

Give it a Chance/Leave it Be
I’ll be honest, it all depends on you as a person. I will obviously tell you to give it a chance, since the story is great, the characters are beautifully drawn and it’s a damn good read. It’s one of my favourites and I cannot recommend it enough, but it is a triggering manga so approach with care if your intrigued.

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