It is okay if you think I’m (even more) creepy (than you already did before) when you read this. I will totally understand.
Day 29: a BL manga that best covered your own personal kinks
Sawatte, Tokashite by Kobato Mebaru
This manga is pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted as far as my creepy moe points go. Plus the art is gorgeous as usual. Plus the characters are adorable. But hnggg the relationships in this manga. I love them so much. The first story has an older suave, sexy, perverted businessman who tutors a delinquent-ish yet cute and tsuntsun highschool student and along the way convinces him that they should totally be in a romantic, sexual relationship. Second story has a shy, pouty seme and airheaded dipshit uke, which I like for some reason. Third story is cute fluff between an older salaryman and a high school student as they warm up to each other and then get a bit touchy-feely afterhours at the bathhouse.
AND THEN! The fourth story: BROTHER COMPLEX. *Q* I always feel so creepy admitting it but I love brother complex stories sooooo much oh man. And this one is an ACTUAL burakon story—not one between cousins or step-brothers. Uwannnn~ the taboo romance makes my fujoshi heart feel so ~doki doki~ when I think about it. So good. *w* The amount of times I’ve read this story is really truly pitiful and horrifying.
Also, obviously the images I used to make my ~totally awesome~ collage are from Blissful Sin‘s amazing scanlation of this manga. If you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend you go to their site, download it, thank them and then read this. Because it’s sooooo good and not enough people adore Kobato Mebaru.
I was actually given this meme by K.Makoto yesterday in a comment because I had never heard of it before. It was actually kind of painfully long. orz And also just generally painful. If you want to waste time reading my (very boring) twitter you’ll see that I was quite frustrated at times about having to pick between my favorite mangaka. I even had to take a break halfway through just to get some sleep so I’d stop being so whiny.
But all-in-all it was fun. I was a bit embarrassed at times about how many of the names popped up that made me go “…now who is THIS person again??” (And some I didn’t know at all!) I admit, when I don’t especially love a mangaka I know them only by their art style and don’t bother learning their name. Oops. Sorry, BL fandom. I have failed you.
Understandably, a lot of my favorite mangaka weren’t on there (tbh, I was astounded at how many of my favorite mangaka were—but then, I’m probably just so used to my favorites being virtually known in foreign fandom so it always takes me by surprise to see Japanese fandom acknowledge them). That’s to be expected, since there are thousands and thousands of BL mangaka and the meme only has 150 names included. That’s good, though, because if it had only named all my favorites, the meme would have been even more like torture than it already was.
Anyway, click to see the rest of my results.
Sorry. Is this starting to seem like an Aniya Yuiji blog? Is it really? Tomorrow (since I don’t have some of the items I need with me today) I’ll post a full snippets post and I promise it just won’t be a bullet-points list of why Aniya Yuiji is a BAMF.
1. Nakama released chapter two of Aniya Yuiji’s Kigeki wa Koi de Shinkasuru! You can download it here. Please please please read it! For me! I will give you a Gold Star in BL manga:
2. All the doujinka are setting up for NatsuComi and posting their placement and what day they’ll be there, etc. KNOW WHAT’S EXCITING?? (even though I won’t be attending, obviously…) Aniya Yuiji and Ogura Muku/Kobato Mebaru combi will be placed right next to each other:
I have lovingly dubbed this corner of NatsuComi day 3 “Niya Niya Sue”.
Will any of you lovely people be attending NatsuComi this year?
♔ → The newest cover of Baby, themed “Kozure”, has been posted up to BK1. BK1 is evidently very good about posting their covers in a timely manner—even more timely than Baby, in fact, who released the anthology more than a day ago and still haven’t updated their site. Tokyo Mangasha #2 y/y?
♔ → Speaking of Tokyo Mangasha, they finally updated their site a couple days ago. Go there to see higher-quality images of the Nobara and Cab covers and also to see the line-up for Cab’s latest issue.
♔ → Good news for Kumota Haruko: Nobara is a compete hit! It was posted as a recommendation for the first week of its release on Chill Chill and is now currently at #4 on their manga ranking. I’m crossing my fingers for it to hit #1 any time now.
♔ → Kobato Mebaru updated her blog yesterday to talk about the Daria summer BL fair as well as the latest issue of Dear+. She also mentioned Ogura Muku’s meet & greet event for her upcoming release. I know it makes me a loser but awwwww those two are such cute friends! I love it when they talk about each other lol.
♔ → Joining the string of upcoming releases are two new book announcements under Chocolate Comics. The first is by Akira Norikazu and will be titled beast & feast. The second will be titled Teardrop and will be released by Asou Mitsuaki. Two very amazing mangaka, so please look forward to that!
♔ → B’s Garden, the website for Shy novels and CRAFT and HertZ comics, got a complete overhaul today. It used to be a sad, dreary dark blue but now is incredibly colorful. Just in time for the sunny days of summer. I definitely prefer this version of the site—nicer on the eyes and much easier to navigate once you figure things out. What do you think?
♔ → Speaking of B’S Garden, CRAFT (CLAFT, lmao) posted up the covers for their upcoming releases by Miyagi Tooko and Inoue Nawo. You can see them here. Hopefully in the next couple days the previews will also be posted.
♔ → Aniya Yuiji’s drama CD for Me wo Tojite 3byou comes out today! Exciting, exciting! /o/ Aniya Yuiji posted the cover on her site here and it’s so so soooo lovely. She is so amazing, I don’t even. BUT ANWAY, my sweet and lovely blog readers, I have a favor to ask. I do not run in drama CD circles because I don’t like seiyuu, so could anyone who finds a download for this drama CD when it’s posted please tell me? I really really want to listen to it because this is my favorite manga and. Yeah. PLEASE? 8(? I wanted to buy it but CDs are too expensive for me, especially since I’ll probably only listen to it once.
♔ → I don’t remember if I already talked about it so sorry if you’re hearing this twice, but Ootsuki Miu’s Melancholic Mellow Mellow will be getting a drama CD release through the same company, Fifth Avenue. The release date is set for July 28th. So congratulations to Ootsuki-sensei for yet another drama CD release from one of her plots!
♔ → BExBOY GOLD needs to post the cover already jfc.
Some random news/information.
→ This month’s Hanaoto cover was posted a while back. Of course, it’s Sakuraga Mei; she’s to Hanaoto what Kano Shiuko is to BOY’S Pierce. Some other artists in that issue that excite me are Katou Setsuko, Uchida Tsuchi and Miike Romuko. It’s nice to see Uchida Tsuchi still going. I keep checking Hanaoto’s magazines for Kuroyama Mekki as well but no dice. /o\
→ Dear+ also just recently updated their website and posted the cover up on Amazon with a lovely illustration by Ougi Yuzuha. Kobato Mebaru is back! /o/ I am pleased! Also in this issue is Kusama Sakae, making it incredibly tempting to slip this in my cart as my first ever purchase of Dear+. There’s also supposedly a new Kinoshita Keiko story starting up, which gets a color insert.
Speaking of Kinoshita Keiko and Dear+, they have also already revealed all of the covers for their upcoming tankoubon releases. Kinoshita Keiko’s Don’t Cry Baby can be found here, and another one I found quite cute was Hirakita Yuya’s Miracle da toka Koi da toka. Even the title makes it sound super fluffy.
Anyway, the July issue of Dear+ will have Taumi Mayu, Kobato Mebaru, Yamanaka Hiko, Ninomiya Etsumi and Kinoshita Keiko, as well as Monchi Kaori? Look forward to it! /o/
→ Aniya Yuiji is in the latest issue of Wings. 8( /RESISTS
→ One last magazine I want to mention is the recent release of June’s BOY’S LOVE. Which, like most things released from June, is supposedly just crazy porn. But there is Psyche Delico. PSYCHE DELICO!! If you go to the site and click on the little image icon by her name you can see a sample image from the manga. There’s also supposedly an illustration or something by Ootsuki Miu. Which sounds delicious.
→ As if constantly perusing Amazon!JP and visiting publisher websites wasn’t already bad enough, I just recently picked up the horrible habit of checking the preview sections for previews of somewhat-recently released manga. As if I didn’t already buy enough random crap based off the covers, now my wishlist has grown in size again due to getting to read snippets of the inside story.
Because I am asked this a LOT and don’t know how I could possibly format it to make it fit in the FAQ and I have nothing else to post about lol. A list of the BL manga that I often go back to when I feel like I’ve run out of things to read. I suppose you could take this as a list of my personal recommendations. Of course, don’t read them with your expectations too high—just because these are my personal favorites doesn’t mean everyone is going to love them.
Anyway, feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments!
❥ Asou Kai
Yachin Hanbun no Ibasho desu
❥ Asou Mitsuaki
Bitter Sweet Candy
Today I got them in the mail, and they are ~my precious~. So lovely oh mannn. The STAFF ROOM one, especially, made me happy because it’s hot and also because in the back there’s an illustration of Kobato Mebaru’s characters by Ogura Muku and Natsume Isaku. Very cute!
However, I’m selling Kobato Mebaru’s ‘Touch me, and melt me.‘ since I personally already have a copy and now had to purchse it again since it came with the set. /o\ I’m charging $12 since that’s what I had to pay (sorry!) and if you’re interested either leave a comment here or email me at mochamojo [@] gmail.
Also I got the May ’09 issue of Chocola for the Ogura Muku comic, but then (because I have the worst timing in the world) it was announced that Ogura-sensei was getting a tankoubon release through Chocola so… 8| The story I just got will probably be in the book she’ll release in May. Oh well. The Kusama Sakae cover and comic are enough to make me still feel like it was worth it. /o/
I’ll probably scan the Munya Munya Sue doujinshi Ori Ori Toji Toji so please look forward to that at some point in the future!
♔ → From an image Aniya Yuiji posted to her twitter, it can be assumed that her latest tankoubon release Me wo Tojite 3byou will be having a drama CD release in late June. iirc this would be her first drama CD.
♔ → Earlier today drap announced on their twitter account that Aniya Yuiji’s out of print manga Renai Saiban no Yukue is now enjoying a reprint! /o/ This is exciting for me because it means I won’t have to buy it off a used book or auction site and deal with fees from a deputy service. Winnnn! Now if only LYNX would kindly reprint Kobato Mebaru’s Hashitteyuku Doko Made mo, as that also went out of print before I could purchase a copy for myself.
This is also exciting because it means drap considers Aniya-sensei popular enough to see this as a good move. Thank you, drap & Core Magazine! ;A;
♔ → Speaking of drap, the May cover was posted a few days ago! Moegi Yuu got the cover, pointing once again to a high possibility of a third volume of Katekyo. There is delicious Hino Garasu, Moto Haruko, Sakurai Ryou and Ootsuki Miu to be had within. :9 I’m suuuper excited to read the next chapter of Ouji Hiroimashita, since the relationship was finally showing some delicious development. Will this next chapter have a sex scene? Or perhaps more sweet kisses? However, the May issue does not have a new chapter by Jaryuu Dokuro. How sad.
Supposedly there’s something interesting about the line-up for the June volume (since Kijitora blogged about it) but I’m waiting for my issue to arrive before I check it out. /o\
♔ → ASUKA CIEL’s cover was also revealed. Kisaragi Hirotaka’s glorious series Brother x Brother is on the cover, and can we say “Kitabeppu Nica”?
♔ → The cover for Comic Anthology Canna has also already been posted up on the Amazon! Japan pre-order page. The time is drawing near! It is so beautiful I just want to sit and stare at it like a loser.
♔ → Ogura Muku’s latest novel with Sakiya Haruhi, Fukinshin de Amai Zanzou, is currently #4 on Chill Chill’s novel ranking. In old news, I still can’t read it.
While we’re talking about Chill Chill’s rankings, I’d also like to point out that Kobato Mebaru’s Ijiwaru na Kuchizuke is currently #14 and Aniya Yuiji’s Danshi Meiro is #19.
♔ → One of my twitter friends (whose name I won’t mention since she’s locked) pointed this one out, which I had previously written off as something I wouldn’t be able to read since I was somehow under the assumption it was a novel: Kakugo wo Kimete with art by Miike Romuko and story by Watarumi Naho. Does it not look absolutely adorable? ffffff want to read.
♔ → In other “things I want to read” news, there are two new titles by Kari Sumako—Komekami Hyou Hyou and Neko wa Hako no Naka, which ran in sister magazines HertZ and CRAFT respectively—that were out of stock on Amazon in less than a month after they were printed. I found this understandable since the few reviews I’ve seen for it were very positive. However, I haven’t seen it get that high on any rankings—the highest I’ve seen it on Chill Chill’s is #16, and it’s not even in Amazon’s. (Though that could just be because Amazon needs to get their ass in gear and get it back in stock… /o\)
♔ → Also in things I wish Amazon! Japan would get back in stock: OPERA volume 18. 8|
I cannot read novels but for some reason I still check those covers right along with the regular comic anthology covers. I mean, you never know what you could be missing! Granted, they’re usually just gorgeous illustrations by novel-only artists that just make you feel even worse that you can’t read BL novels, but sometimes it’s a gem that makes it all worthwhile!
SEE? Very worth wasting time checking the novel anthology covers as well. For a while the cover on Chill Chill for this season’s Shousetsu Dear+ was an OLD Kobato Mebaru cover—one that was used for the Dear+ comic anthology a while back. Which made me lol. But it has since been updated by this new super-adorable and very spring-like cover. So cute. ♡
If you know Japanese much better than I do, the book can be purchased here!
Sorry this blog has been so boring lately! /o\ I was planning on scanning something by Kumota Haruko and something by Katou Setsuko, but my dear sister’s computer (which has the scanner on it) has died. So I’ve been taking a break from scanning, as hooking the scanner to my computer is too much of a hassle. Hopefully I’ll have some upcoming release news at some point soon, though!
Also, for anyone following her twitter isn’t Kumota Haruko adorable? She noticed she has English-speaking followers, so when she was thanking people for following her she also added “I do appriciate you who following me on twitter.” Ahhh god I think I fell in love for a second there.
♔ → In life after J.Garden, Moegi Yuu, Takaoka Nanaroku and Nekota Yonezou’s hilariously-titled doujinshi brap has taken Chill Chill’s top spot for the doujinshi ranking! I know I personally would love to read it. :9 In happy news for me, Munya Munya Sue’s Ori Ori Toji Toji has taken the #2 spot. Go go go Ogura Muku and Kobato Mebaru!
♔ → In other Ogura Muku news, both of her upcoming novel releases have supposedly been pushed back. I’m not exactly sure why??
♔ → In yet more Ogura Muku news, she has the cover of HertZ this month! So beautiful. This HertZ volume looks absolutely amazing: Kojima Lalako, Konjiki Luna, Yamamoto Kotetsuko, Matsumoto Miecohouse, Kinoshita Keiko, Yamanaka Hiko and Yamada Yugi. Hnnggg yes please.
♔ → As for other magazines I’m looking forward to, the latest issue of BOY’S Pierce looks incredibly promising. Finally! Something new by Gojoe Tiger! I couldn’t possibly be more excited, seriously.
♔ → For those who don’t know, there’s a new anthology called ITAN that has a lot of BL manga authors in it. I don’t think it’s a BL anthology, though, so I bought it just to figure out what the hell it’s about. I’m assuming it’s josei. But Kumota Haruko and Aniya Yuiji are both in it, as well as Ishino Aya, Nangoku Banana and Bikke. It’ll be an interesting read, I’m sure.
♔ → More on Kumota Haruko, she got a twitter account!
What she talks about is veeery cute, so if you like Kumota Haruko and can understand Japanese I recommend following her.