Kiss the Black Cat

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Nidel, who belonged to the Technological Magic Order that held low prestige became the bodyguard of a foreign prince behind the scenes. Left with no choice, he assumed the role of a bodyguard, turning into a black cat using the transformation magic he prided himself in, but the one who assumed the role as official bodyguard was the Royal Knight Legato. Nidel, who one-sidedly held feelings of affection towards Legato, thought of this circumstance to be interesting, butー

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Kuroneko ni Kiss wo
黒猫にキスを
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Date Group Release
03/16/19 Ainushi Translations extra 2
03/15/19 Ainushi Translations extra 1
03/14/19 Ainushi Translations c27
03/06/19 Ainushi Translations c26
03/05/19 Ainushi Translations c25
03/04/19 Ainushi Translations c24
02/21/19 Ainushi Translations c23
02/20/19 Ainushi Translations c22
02/19/19 Ainushi Translations c21
02/19/19 Ainushi Translations c20
02/17/19 Ainushi Translations c19
02/16/19 Ainushi Translations c18
02/15/19 Ainushi Translations c17
02/14/19 Ainushi Translations c16
02/14/19 Ainushi Translations c15
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Hasr11
Hasr11 rated it
December 25, 2018
Status: extra 2
Translator Here! I picked up this novel for translating, so it goes unsaid that I love it! I'll try to keep this review mostly spoiler-free...

TL;DR, If you want a novel with good chemistry between the Main characters, awesome smut (there's quite a bit), and a good plot, this is the novel for you.

Now onto the detailed review...

I know most of you guys out there avoid Japanese Yaoi novels in favour of danmei because of the lack of good stories in them. This isn't one of them. And that's what makes... more>> it so unique. The characters are well fleshed out, you feel for their struggles, and the romance isn't like '*bam* and they fall in love'. In fact more than the cats and the fluff, which is wonderful in its own right, it is the romance that makes this novel shine

Sure, the seme
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isnt a virgin

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The uke is assertive, and though he might look a little delicate, he isn't girly at all. Both the seme an the uke have an understanding and healthy relationship.

Coming onto the supporting characters, they're the best ever! Especially in the part where
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Legato admits they're a couple

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. The Prime Minister and the King are one of the best wingmen I've seen. Although the kingdom doesn't recognise gays, the fact that nobody judges them is wonderful.

The story isn't all fluff though, there's a little angst in the latter half of the novel, but it gets pretty much resolved by the end. We get the seme's point of view in the novel too, which we don't often get in Japanese ones. And then there's the fact that this novel is HE.

Lemon Suzuki, the author, has written straight novels too, and I think this shows in her writing. There's a few cliches here and there, but they aren't overused. The novel is concise, and
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the first bodyguard arc

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is actually the longest one. This is my favourite BL novel and I'd totally recommend it to everyone! <<less
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vasiliassy
vasiliassy rated it
March 7, 2018
Status: c29
Its different from tipical character BL European kingdom that Japanse ppl normaly created.

... more>>
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seme is experience with many both girl and man partner and uke can tease seme like normally experience woman teasing, but uke never have realtionship before.

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Yeah you see normaly seme and uke didn't have an experience in BL JP but this different and the s*x scene is good too.

Super funny, I can't stomach it after reading this gem novel. HE,

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All ppl tease them so much lol and even support them (but the kingdom still didn't have gay rules)

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erikvio
erikvio rated it
March 5, 2019
Status: c27
The natural progression of the relationship was among the most realistic I've read.

The novel seems to be segmented into two halves. The first portion is told exclusively from the point of view of Nidel, a low-key royal court magician who's managed to become the glorified PR representative of a reclusive magician branch. Gifted in animal transformation magic, circumstances force him to go undercover as a black cat, at which point he starts to acquaint himself with the ML Legato, a socially awkward Knight captain who keeps others at a distance.... more>> Given the sheer number of cat obsessed authors in the BL genre, the first half proceeds as standard fare if you've ever read literally any other cat transformation story, with lots and lots of petting. The leads get comfortable around one another, but the story's focus is given to introducing the world they live in.

One criticism I have of the novel is that not much came out of the worldbuilding it did. Tensions, dangers, factions, powers, and magitech were teased at or introduced, but no greater plot ever came up. It was reduced to the backdrop of the relationship drama, and after a certain point the entire kingdom started revolving around the relationship.

In my opinion, it hurt the realism of the relationship development, which was the primary strength of the second half. It's at this point that the novel really picks up. Actual interaction occurred between the two leads, and the point of view began alternating every chapter. Readers were provided with much needed context that is usually missing in other novels, and I'm glad for it. Both characters are incredibly relatable, with realistic insecurities about themselves and their relationship, despite the fantastical setting and the peanut gallery. It's the first time I've seen both leads examining their actions and feelings so thoroughly. They both have valid causes for concern, and it was new reading about them weighing these concerns over time, discussing some with each other, and even approaching trusted friends to confide in when they're too muddled to think clearly for themselves. They both go at their own pace, and they both remain fairly rational throughout. I was not expecting this level of thought and exploration going in.

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The ending is a very romcom music swells and all is alright type of ending, which again veers away from the realism. You'll either love it or not.

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thepinkfleurdelis
thepinkfleurdelis rated it
November 16, 2018
Status: c10
I really like this novel. It goes against the cliche style of novel with characters who are three dimensional. I feel for the MC, and I am looking forward to his continued interactions with the ML. Although, he does seem to be a little oblivious, so that might be fun. Then again, only four chapters until the NSFW comes in... waiting!
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izayaYY
izayaYY rated it
June 29, 2019
Status: --
I have mixed feelings about this one. I love the fluff and the s*x but was annoyed by the indecisiveness from Legato. Annoying because it did not seem believable coming from a 27yr old, who had experienced homosexuality before and also been in love before... in view of this, his lack of self-awareness is kinda odd... how did he manage to grasp his feelings in his past relationships? His concerns about his career, nobility status and dreams of hetero mariage were coherent and plausible and logically contributed to his indecisiveness... more>> but once he does realise he was in love, all his other concerns just disappeared (?).

On the other hand, I expected all the angst to come from Nidel, who is experiencing love and homosexuality for the first time but Nidel was surprisingly more mature. This MC was really an excellent character, strong in spirit, skilled in his arts and courageous but a tad too self-sacrificing.

The fantasy world they evolve in seems very interesting but it was just a backdrop and not developped or detailed much. I wanted to learn more about their world, their lifestyle and also, going on exciting adventures with the 2 MCs 🙂 <<less
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naf202
naf202 rated it
March 23, 2019
Status: Completed
This is full of fluff!! A good moment of reality sprinkle for the seme to realize his feeling but after that omg!!A++smutty scenes too
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BillionJellyfish
BillionJellyfish rated it
March 20, 2019
Status: Completed
This novel reminds me of another bl novel called Spring Trees and Sunset Clouds. Both novels are the slice of life type of bl story, very mellow and relaxing to read.

Summary with SPOILERS:

The MC is a very lowkey magician who works in the palace and is in love with the Squad Commander of the Royal Knights (ML). When a foreign prince is in need of more guards for protection against assassins, the King appoints the MC as a behind-the-scene bodyguard while the ML is the official bodyguard. In order to... more>> stealthily guard the young foreign prince, the MC turns into a black cat to get close to the foreign prince. The ML doesn't know that the MC is also guarding the foreign prince at night and treats the black cat near the foreign prince as a normal cat. Because of this, the MC slowly gets close to the ML as a cat and together, they frolic around every night. After the foreign prince leaves and the truth of the black cat is out, the MC and ML becomes friends with benefits as the ML never really falls in love with the MC until the end of the story. The ending is a happy ending.

Overall:

The MC is a very understanding sensible person while the ML has a very low EQ. Throughout the time the MC and ML had a friends with benefits relationship, the ML slowly fell in love with the MC but never realized it. This is a very sweet, fluffy, and relaxing read, a great relief from drama and angsty novels, so I highly recommend to give it a try! <<less
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
January 13, 2019
Status: c13
This series has kept me cracking up every few chapters so far. I was shocked and disappointed when I caught up because I couldn't read the next chapter right away (Give me more!). There is a lot of fluff so far, but the action thrown into the mix was fun. Each character has his own history thus far and own perspectives about various matters.

The MC is easygoing but also works hard. He enjoys being a cat way too much for his own good, which is always good for a laugh.... more>> He asserts himself, and, when he decides to pursue the ML, he pursues the ML. He's very likeable, and I like his casual but diligent nature. The ML is awkwardly serious most of the time, which leads to him getting teased quite a bit. According to the other reviews, there's another side to him which hasn't been revealed yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

I recommend this for anyone who likes BL and wants an entertaining and funny light read. <<less
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Aurinne
Aurinne rated it
May 24, 2019
Status: extra 1
Frankly, I was disappointed with how this developed. The first part was sweet and cute, if a bit simplistic in narrative. It was told solely from the MC's perspective and had a gentle feel as the two main characters gradually became closer.

The second part was told primarily from the ML's perpective and this is where the story seemed to do a 180. It was suddenly very adult, but no longer sweet. Honestly, I found myself disappointed in how the ML's naivety led to him acting like a jerk rather than... more>> sweetly, and I didn't enjoy the MC becoming so self-sacrificing. Although the ML finally sorted himself out, I'd stopped liking him by then because of how much he'd taken advantage of the MC. And it felt like there really wasn't much of the MC in this part apart from when having sex. It could have been redeemed if the author hadn't chosen to show that the ML's feelings had finally caught up in the form of yet more s*x from the ML's point of view where, even if he was saying nice things, it still basically revolved around how amazing the MC was at making him feel good. I'd become very fond of the MC, so less s*x and more ML sincerity from the MC's perspective would've probably somewhat reconciled me.

In short, it felt like I read two different stories. Others liked the whole thing (which is cool), but I only enjoyed the first part - so, if you try this out, do be warned that it becomes less sweet in the second part. <<less
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mirany
mirany rated it
April 21, 2019
Status: extra 2
Slower buildup, but it gets fluffy quickly after, and there's smut.

MC is a mage, a bit of an introvert, gets assigned to bodyguard duty, does it as a cat, gets close to ML, who takes a little longer to warm up, but he gets there.
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Anna88
Anna88 rated it
April 2, 2019
Status: Completed
Such a sweet lovely story it's perfect for a pick-me-up.

The romance grows slowly on one side all leads to a beautiful ending.

The novel if very well translated made it an easy read thanks to the author and translators! :)
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
March 16, 2019
Status: Completed
A short and sweet relationship between a knight captain and the PR person for an understated magician branch. The first half revolves around the magician's POV; he turns into a cat on protection duty and gets close to the ML. The second half is focused on relationship development, which is where the novel starts to shine. (SURPRISE, it's not love at first sight!)

If you like:

    • both characters the same age and almost the same status
    • equal friendship to lovers relationship
    • MC taking the initiative; MC falls first
    • no melodrama/third parties; supportive side characters and friends
    • characters having realistic inner conflicts about their feelings and thinking about the bigger picture and the impact their relationship would have on family/policy/future/wider implications
    • cats ^_^
Pretty good translation as well.
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