Hittin' on Dudes Hard: A Porno Superstar Review Content Hub

Cover art for the Porno Superstar tankoban showing the two male protagonists. Asazaki, left, holds Yamashit, right, in his arms as they both face the viewer.
Scanlations courtesy of Moi-xRyu and BangAQUA. Accessed via BangAQUA, Mangahere.cc, and my bookshelf.

This "hub" for Porno Superstar has been adapted from my original "Hittin' on Dudes" post, which was published on February 9, 2020 via WordPress. My opening remarks have been preserved below and the plot summary section has been isolated from my review for the benefit of readers already familiar with the story.

hub last updated: June 8, 2022

plot summary // review // credits

Whoo! Let me tell you guys--it feels real good to be able to use my free time for my hobbies again. To celebrate my month and a half reprieve from academic writing (I get draft feedback sometime in March), we’re jumping back in with a review I promised you all the way back in November. Today, we are talking about a BL that I absolutely HATE to love, Porno Superstar by Nanami. Consider this post my official application to be one of your problematic favs.

As we get into Porno Superstar, it should become clear why I felt the need to write the non-con and dub con post first. Y’all, this manga has people fucked up--and understandably so--but you will pry this problematic shit from my cold, dead hands. The story features one of the most reprehensible and irredeemable love interests that I’ve ever encountered, at least insofar as he seems to be a love interest for whom we are probably supposed to root.

The saving grace of this whole manga is the uke protag, so strap in for another ❤️ uke love ❤️ post. Compared to Shio, who shines next to a boring seme, Yamashita is pulling double or triple the weight in Porno Superstar, since he carries this story to the seat of my innermost fictional affections in spite of his shitty abusive boyfriend and poorly constructed tragic backstory.

Responses to this manga online really run the gamut; so much so that I was tempted to lead the non-con and dubcon post with the comments section for this manga instead of Saa Koi ni Ochitamae because it’s BL discourse hell to the max. I will pull one comment out as a good summation of my overall opinion, if I’m being fully honest about how problematic this text is and I kinda am by extension (lmao jk you don't become problematic because you like problematic media, kids):

Never thought I would like a Rapist so much.
Visitor, 27 June 2013, Porno Superstar comments (Mangahere.cc)

Yup. That's basically it. But before I get too ahead of myself, let’s go over what the hell happens in this manga.

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