This review will contain spoilers for the manga and anime series I Found A Cute Earthling So I Asked Him To Mate With Me. While the manga may vary slightly from all other forms of media, it may have similar story elements and could be considered spoilers.
Trigger Warning: There may be references to peer pressure, sexual assault, rape, mpreg, extinction, violence, child neglect, BDSM, obsession, and kidnapping, as it appears in the manga.
Sora is a college student. He desperately wants to get a job involving astronomy, but he finds that no one takes astronomy as seriously as he does, isolating him from his peers on campus. He's lonely but not lonely enough to align himself with people who aren't as serious as he is. He's bemoaning his solitary life away from family and with no friends in a park when an odd man suddenly approaches him. He's not just odd, but he's also completely nude. He introduces himself as Regulus, an alien prince, and he has come to Earth with the intention of mating with Sora.
Sora is flabbergasted and just looking for any way to escape. But, unfortunately, he doesn't get the chance. As soon as he goes to make a run for it, some questionably located tentacles shoot out from Regulus and capture Sora. From there, Sora is mercilessly fondled and assaulted until he passes out from pleasure. The next time he wakes up, Sora finds himself back at home with a now-clothed Regulus having moved himself in. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Regulus intends to give up, and Sora, a virgin, isn't sure how he feels about all of Regulus's poking and prodding.
While he's sure now that Regulus isn't from Earth, that doesn't make Sora any more willing to carry a child for him. Can Regulus change Sora's mind? Or will his perceived romance remain among the stars?
I nearly didn't read this because of the art on the cover. Thankfully, the art in the work itself is actually pretty good, especially in comparison to the cover art because I have been a bit obsessed with the idea of aliens and male pregnancy, so I was going to read it regardless (yes, I am a degenerate). I was pleasantly surprised when I dove in and found that the art style was much more pleasant in the work itself. It's not perfect, but if the cover art dissuades you, I wouldn't let it. It's much better inside. However, one thing that does bother me about the art style is how young our main character Sora looks. He is an adult and in college, but he sometimes looks much younger, which can be very uncomfortable. I don't like shota content, and this borders on it as far as looks go. It technically isn't, but it does give those vibes, which is unfortunate. I don't think that's intentional and is just the artist's style, but I can't be sure.
If No One Said Anything About a Baby! -What Happens When a Military Man Meets Alien Tentacles!?- was short and fast, then this is lightning speed. It has little to no tension, and it's resolved in a few panels when it does have tension. That was equal parts pleasant and disappointing. It is nice to see all the smut and romance develop without too many external barriers, but, as a result, I felt like there were never any stakes. There are also far too many characters introduced for the short time we have in the series. Leonis and Capella are introduced at the end. Capella is supposed to rival Sora for Regulus's love and ultimately inspires Sora to realize his feelings have become romantic in nature. Capella appears, declares his love, gets put down, and leaves almost as quickly as he appears. It lacks a lot of intensity and drama that was probably intended, but the overall tone is zany and fun. So if you don't take it too seriously, the pacing isn't bad.
This will be a weird point to make, but I will make it anyway. I am so appreciative of Sora having pubic hair. It's so refreshing, as most BL ignores it altogether, like everyone is always hairless. Humans have hair all over their bodies, particularly in the pubic region, so it's nice to see some level of accurate representation there. I'm not saying this is realistic by any means, but it was still a refreshing and more realistic touch that I don't usually see. Body hair is cool, in case that wasn't clear.
Something I love to see is the baby! Sora and Regulus do end up successfully starting a family together. Unfortunately, we don't get to see the pregnancy, but I love that we see the baby and see them interact with him, though it is somewhat limited. I would have loved to have seen more of the pregnancy and fluffy child-rearing, but I'll take what I can get. I always want more regarding the family-building aspect of mpreg, so this is like a default complaint for me. I wouldn't take it too seriously. Just know that the final chapter is dedicated to one last moment of smut, the child reveal, and some cute and fluffy segments toward the end. It's short, sweet, and I just want more.
This is weird and cute. I wish it were more fleshed out because I think this has fave potential. I love Sora's and Regulus's characters a lot, and I'd love to have seen more of their growth together, but this was a fun time regardless. Don't expect too much, enjoy the smut, and I think you'll have a good time. Not for a long time, but a good time nonetheless.
Have you read I Found A Cute Earthling So I Asked Him To Mate With Me? If so, what do you think? Do you agree with my assessment? Do you not? Let me know, and comment below!