By Chihiro Harumi
Genres: Drama, Ecchi, Romance, Seinen, Coming-of-Age, Adult
Shin’s spirits were soaring after winning the lottery and landing a contract with a famous firm in the same day—not bad for a normally luckless office worker. He quickly plummets back down to earth, however, upon discovering that he’s been saddled with an immense amount of debt. There is, however, one way he can keep his creditors at bay: become “friends” with an enigmatic and alluring girl named Kanoko. The task sounds simple enough at first, but leaves him eating his own words as Kanoko’s selfish demands start to take their toll on him both mentally and physically. Will Shin ever be able to pay his debt off, or will the lust, luxury, and mystery simply overwhelm him??
A fair warning must be given here: this manga indeed contains explicit pornographic scenes. There is almost some sexual contents in every chapter. In theory (and only in theory), readers who are not yet 18 years old should stay away from this. However, I am not the kind of person who recommend hentai for the sole sake of hentai contents. Personally, rather than a hentai manga, I consider this more as a romance, drama, and coming-of-age story.
The area that this manga does well in is the way Kanoko, the female protagonist, is portrayed throughout the manga. She seems like a person who is hard to figure out. At first, she gives off the impression of a lust-craving rich lady. As the story develops, we gradually discover her life more and more, and slowly uncover her complex personalities.
Of course, I realize it is too much to ask for readers to appreciate more subtle goodness when, in fact, its largest advantage lies in the copious amount of hentai scenes and the supreme moe quality of Kanoko! If you are reading velvet kiss for the sake of reading hentai, sure. Why not? Just keep in mind that Velvet Kiss does have more sophisticated contents as well.