I’m mortal

It’s time for the first post about bl ace stories that I promised! I’ll start off with a comic since we haven’t had that in a while: “I’m mortal” by J. Lovelace.

The comic features two main characters that are both on the ace spectrum with one being demi-sexual (someone who experiences sexual attraction only after knowing somebody well) and the other being gray-sexual (aka somebody rarely experiencing sexual attraction).

You can find “I’m mortal” on Tapas. It’s in black-and-white and scroll format and there are currently 115 episodes up. It’s free to read so you can dig right in! 😊
Short warning though: Although 115 episodes sound like a lot and quite a bit has already happened, I feel like the comic will be very long since there is a lot of the plot still to be uncovered. There also isn’t too much yet in terms of relationship but then again, this is one of the many things I love about this comic! But let’s take a look at what it’s even about first. 😉

 

What is it about?

Morty happens to be a grim reaper which kind of sucks since most people only see him as a hooded skeleton and it’s hard to make friends that way. But then he meets Lance and things seem to take a turn for the better. Well, other than considering that he is afraid of messing up and loosing this newfound friend again and that there are some small problems that come with your friend being mortal if you’re not.

 

My thoughts about the comic

I’ve started reading this series when I was in a slump and what can I say? It’s one of these comics where my batteries just feel fully charged again after looking at just a handful of episodes.
It’s darn cute in a way that’s not over-the-top fluffy but just wholesome to me when looking at the characters’ interactions. It’s also funny both in the things that happen plot-wise and in the conversations with some of the expressions making me laugh out loud.
The story has quite a few darker undertones though, so it’s not all sunshine and happiness. Actually, it sometimes seems like a very weird mix of both extremes and changes without any forewarning which also made me wonder about what kind of story might be behind the characters. There’s lots of foreshadowing involved that makes me feel that the future episodes will probably get even better.

What I really, really like about this story is that it strikes a balance between being fast-paced but not rushing anything. Like, every other episode something major seems to happen with bits of backstory being revealed, a new character or problem showing up or a new mystery being added. At the same time, the relationship between the main characters takes its time to develop and there’s world building that’s happening bit by bit.

Overall, I’d recommend reading this comic if you like fast-paced stories with slice-of-life elements, some mystery and an interesting cast of characters and can take some tears in-between utter adorableness. You should also be willing to stick around for a while because I feel we’re far from the end.

OMF V1C62 Life Was Sad

As promised Zhong Gang showed the Zhongs around the restaurant. There wasn’t that much more to see from the inside than they had been able to guess from the outside and the things they had seen in the study.
There were indeed two floors both of which had an open area in the middle for the normal guests and a few rooms on the brink of the floors for the wealthier guests or those with a higher status. The furniture was made of polished wood with intricate carvings just like in Zhong Gang’s study and the walls were decorated with ornaments and painted scrolls.
Jing Yi still looked around with big eyes, trying to take everything in. He stood in front of one of the paintings for several minutes without blinking as if he wanted to find out if the landscape it showed was real or not. Continue reading

LWS V5C23 It’s Friday Now

Nie Chang gulped. He hadn’t expected anything else but his little darling that demanded his attention but … How come it was demanded this vehemently? Had he missed something? Or could it be his love confession yesterday night had registered after all?
He cleared his throat. “Uhm … Darling, what’s the matter?”
Su Yan pursed his lips and continued to stare at him.
Nie Chang counted to ten in his head and considered whether he should close his eyes again or not. Unfortunately, he didn’t think his chances of getting away with whatever crime he had committed that way were high. No, most likely, he would anger his little darling if he tried that. Continue reading

LWS V5C22 A Special Brand of Love Confession

Needless to say, the one who finally managed to sense a thread of spiritual energy in the middle of the night was Nie Chang. He made sure he hadn’t just imagined the feeling and finally heaved a sigh of relief before opening his eyes. Now that he had found out how to sense spiritual energy, the rest shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, he had Ziju An’s cultivation base that was the highest in the sect and didn’t need to painstakingly cultivate like the protagonists in those xianxia novels.
He turned to look at Su Yan to see if he had made progress and couldn’t help but raise his brows. A certain someone had started to doze off to the side. Dou Fang Hai’s robe had already been crumpled and Su Yan’s head was leaning closer and closer to Nie Chang’s shoulder. Continue reading

OMF V6C16 Even More Amusing to Watch

Jing Yi’s eyes widened. “You … You’re crazy!” This guy wanted to have Qiu Ling kill himself?! How could he even consider something like this?
Jin Ling smiled at him and pulled him off the bed. “That might be true. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t have anything to lose so I might as well have a little fun with him. What do you think?”
“Leave Qiu Ling out of this!” Jing Yi tried to resist Jin Ling but the demon king just continued to pull at his wrist until the boy stood in front of him.
The demon king looked at him with a smile. Ah, so stubborn … “Didn’t you almost leave him for a non-existent man? He can’t mean that much to you. So why would you care if he dies or not? It doesn’t have to do with you. As soon as his cold body touches the ground, I’ll let you go. Ah, no, not just that. I’ll bring you back to where you were before. That Yun Zou Sect. I might even reward you for being of so much help.” Continue reading

OMF V6C15 See Him Suffer While Alive

“Your Majesty.” The demon that Qiu Ling had let go cleared his throat and pulled Jin Ling out of his thoughts.
The demon king opened his eyes and smiled, part charming, part melancholic. Ah, why was he still thinking of him? Jinde … Their time together … That was long past. Now, there was nothing left of it but regrets and reproach.
“What is it?”
“Uh …” The demon gulped. Somehow, his king’s face didn’t look right. Furthermore … Excuse him, but had his king missed the spectacle over there? Wasn’t it obvious that the dragons were on their way over? “The dragon king …
“What’s with him?” Continue reading

LWS V5C21 Special System, Type K81-3FA5-69

Su Yan grumbled for a while and finally raised the mirror again. “System, can you change Nie Chang back to his original appearance?”
[No.]
Su Yan furrowed his brows. “But why? It’s my novel, isn’t it? If I say he should look like the original Nie Chang, then that should be possible.”
[The host is in the actual world of the novel, not in the special dimension where the characters are being crafted. To change the appearance of a character, the host needs to return to the special dimension.]
Su Yan pursed his lips. “But we can’t go there until I reach the next level. And Nie Chang’s my boyfriend. I want to see the real him while we’re here. He’d certainly like looking at my real self much more too. So can’t you make an exception or something?”
The system kept quiet. Continue reading

OMF V6C14 Can I Sleep with You?

“Ah, silly child.” Jinde had hugged him, ruffling his copper-colored hair while he was at it. “You don’t have to be afraid. I would never leave you.”
Jin Ling snorted at that memory. He would never leave him … What a nice-sounding promise. But hadn’t he still thrown him out of his palace and banned him from the dragon realm? Even worse, hadn’t he died before him, leaving him all alone in this world?
Jin Ling lowered his hand and closed his eyes, lifting his face to the sky for the rain to fall onto his skin. “Liar. You didn’t stay with me. You abandoned me. How could you just sent me back to my father and ignore me? I wanted to stay with you forever …” Continue reading

OMF V6C13 A Pair of Pretty Eyes

He had seen Jinde’s dragon form a few times but he honestly hadn’t liked it very much. Well, that wasn’t completely true. When Jinde transformed for the first time, he had loved it. At least for a short moment.
It had been a sunny day. The warm breeze was pushing a few fluffy, white clouds across the sky but they hardly provided any shade. That kind of day was his favorite. Thanks to their superior physique, dragons didn’t mind any kind of weather so Jinde would still spend the day outside if he had something to do there. Then his hair would gleam in the sun and his eyes would sparkle especially pretty.
Jin Ling couldn’t help but follow him even more closely than usual, tugging at his sleeve every now and then so he would turn around and smile at him. Then he would be happy that Jinde smiled at him but also a little sad because his eyes would curve up when he smiled, hiding that beautiful golden color. Continue reading

LWS V5C20 Wouldn’t He Look Pathetic?

Su Yan’s disappointment turned into happiness in a matter of seconds. “Cultivate?!” Right! Why hadn’t he thought of this! They were now in his novel which took place in a cultivation world so, naturally, they would also be able to cultivate! Ah, he had completely forgotten about that because of the conversation with Xue Chang Fu and the experience stats. “Then what do we try first? Flying on a sword?”
Nie Chang’s lips twitched. “I think that might be a little too difficult for now. Let’s try cultivating first. Just sit down, try to sense spiritual energy and then take it in. It’d already be great if we could achieve that.”
“Mn!” Su Yan nodded happily, not even bothering to ask what that had to do with the experience stats and how it would bring them home. As long as he could become a cultivator for a while, it was certainly worth it! Continue reading