Hello everyone! Guess what came in the mail today! That’s right, Moe Danshi Gatari 2. (Also, Ootsuki Miu’s latest tankoubon but I’ll save talking about that for a little later…) It’s pretty much as beautiful as I was expecting, if not more beautiful. I am so excited for this I can barely hold it all in, so of course I just have to post about it. You can’t say you weren’t expecting this.
I was originally planning to just take a couple pictures of my personal favorites but that somehow turned into, like, twenty-four images. Oops. Oh well, at least I didn’t take the entire book.
♔ → re: this post I wanted to clear up some things real quick!
1. When I said ‘no cheating’ I meant you couldn’t go to someone else and have them give you the answers. It’s perfectly fine for you to do research on your own by going through your mangaka folders on your computer or your own book collection, or to go through iamfujoshi or this blog. Hell, I even reused some images from iamfujoshi for that exact purpose.
2. You do not have to have commented on this blog or emailed me before to participate. This is for everyone and is just my haphazard way to celebrating.
3. Yes, the thing I’ll buy for first prize has to be a tankoubon and it has to be BL. I can’t afford to send random people expensive BL anthologies and artbooks, and what’s the point in getting a shoujo manga as a prize for a BL competition? That’s just weird.
No one has gotten all thirty correct yet so there’s still plenty of time to try it yourselves! Good luck! I will post the answers when I get home from work on December 1st!
♔ → My Black Friday was really hectic and stressful (hello retail job and getting to work at 3AM!) but at least one good thing came out of it: I got part two of my BL purchase! /o/
So far I’ve only read the Moto Haruko one in full (oh my goddd SO CUTE AND SO HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! /two thumbs up!) and then bits and piece of Hitorijime Boyfriend (also cute!) and a bit of Boy’s LOVE. Not sure how I feel about Boy’s LOVE this time around tbh. Maybe I need to read it more closely. But it just doesn’t seem… uh… sufficiently dirty? There weren’t enough pointless sex scenes. And the Yamada Torico chapter wasn’t long enough booo.
♔ → Is it just me or is the HertZ cover this month (which I have officially dubbed “hnnngggertZ”) so very unf? I mean, really.
Oh god it is so beautiful. ;; Also can I just say I’m super super excited that Kojima Lalako is back again right after her series ended? Usually a mangaka will take a break from any certain magazine after she finishes a story, but not Kojima Lalako. No no she’s a very badass mangaka. I hope her first tankoubon is through HertZ. I would love to buy ten copies and build a shrine to them all. Or maybe eleven copies, because then I’d also have one to sleep with at night.
Anyway, I’m also excited about Konjiki Runa’s new chapter since there really finally seemed to be some valid romantic development. Same with Yamamoto Kotetsuko’s story, though that’s less about the romantic development (since they’re already a couple) and more about the sex rofl. I’m still mourning the whole ‘no new chapter of Hakumokuren‘ thing, but hopefully the sudden addition of Ike Reibun will make up for it.
♔ → Speaking of HertZ, the POP image of Takarai Rihito’s tankoubon through CRAFT (HertZ’s sister line) has been posted. You can see it here for anyone interested.
Someone on formspring asked about this and so I’ll just post it here. The mangaka list was passed around by various mangaka on twitter these last couple days and I was going to wait to talk about it more until after my book arrived since you can only talk about a thing you aren’t actually holding in your hands so much before you just no longer have anything to say. But I guess the romanized mangaka list is valid information.
I am always excited for HertZ. If I didn’t feel obligated to devote my love to Cab I would probably easily and gladly say that HertZ is my favorite anthology. Always worth the price in both quantity (fucking huge anthology is always fucking huge) and quality of the authors and stories inside. This issue (though some of my favorite mangaka such as Ogura Muku and MatsuMieco are sadly absent) is a pretty good example of that.
General warning for R-18 content applies. Also spoilers if you happen to read any of the stories in here and are not currently caught up. (Does anyone else read HertZ religiously? Anyone? Anyone at all? Does anyone else read any BL magazines religiously? /needs people to talk to lmao)
HertZ is always something worth getting excited about, in my opinion. I believe this book packs a ton of talent into an incredibly intimidating amount of pages. Unlike most anthologies (which all tend to cost the same), I really feel like I’m always getting my money’s worth when I buy HertZ. But that also means it takes forever to read. Huge, intimidating book is absolutely huge and intimidating. For this volume, you can set three tankoubon next to it and it’s still around half a tanko thicker.
Because of that, though, I must apologize in advance—I’m going to skip a bunch of this book by artists I don’t particularly like or just didn’t read because I don’t have the other chapters, etc. I feel like if I tried to read this entire book I would just be too overwhelmed and never finish this. So.
Warning for R-18 content due to a few stories ending in this volume with very lovely sex scenes. Also, SPOILER ALERT for those who are waiting on the scanlations for series like Aiso Tsukashi.
♔ → Aside from the Sexual Harassment Salaryman anthology, Hanaoto has various other releases in September—including a release by Honjou Rie titled Himitsu no Yoasobi. Sounds dirty. These will all be released on the 29th.
♔ → Takarai Saki’s Second Life, previously published in LYNX magazine, will be released on August 24th. Takarai Saki’s art is as gorgeous as ever, so I’ll be waiting excitedly for that cover to be posted.
♔ → August 30th Natsume Isaku and CJ Michalski will be getting tankoubon through Dear+ titled Sugar Code and Kawaiko-chan respectively. The cover for Natsume Isaku’s has already been posted to amazon.jp. Then a month later on September 30th Aoi Levin will have a book released titled LOST CAT and Nishida Higashi will have a book titled Division.
♔ → September 10th through GUSH COMICS Kitabeppu Nica, Narazaki Neneko and Fumizuki Atsuyo will all be releasing books. Actually, Narazaki Neneko will be releasing two. Kitabeppu’s tankoubon will be titled Amai Shokutaku, Fumizuki’s is Tabun Motto Suki ni Naru, and Narazaki Neneko’s are Suki Nanda Baby and Enren Typhoon. (Not sure about that last one, sorry. orz;;;)
♔ → Yamanaka Hiko’s wildly popular book Ouji to Kotori will be getting a drama release. More information can be found here at Hanaoto’s site. The CD does not seem to have a proper set release date quite yet.
♔ → Speaking of Hanaoto, the September cover was posted to their website.
♔ → The covers for those GATEAU releases have been posted to amazon: Pepu, Kumonosuke and Hideyoshiko. Still very tempted by Kumonosuke and Hideyoshiko. Also, the other two releases for next month have already been added to amazon as pre-order pages: Takaoka Nanaroku’s Te wo Tsunaide Koi wo and Tashi’s Inu to Watashi.
♔ → Supposedly Citron Comics will be releasing another anthology aside from their first self-titled series. You can see more information at their upcoming release page. The title is currently listed as Moshi Mukibutsu ga Ningen ni Natta Koi wo Shitara. Kind of weird but sounds like it could be interesting. We’ll just have to wait and see.
♔ → There is a Nanami interview up on Chill Chill. You can view it here. For those who don’t know, Nanami just recently released her debut tankoubon, Kiken na Otonarisan, through Daria. Her art style is very pretty and she writes cute stories; here’s to wishing her a great career!
♔ → BExBOY’s October release is pretty fabulous: volume six of Kotobuki Tarako’s Sex Pistols, volume two of Nekota Yonezou’s Hidoku Shinaide, Ike Reibun’s Not Equal, Kuku Hayate’s Joujin and volume one of Shuusai Fumiko’s Hoshigarimasen Shuukaku made wa.
♔ → Who left Aoi Seri an English message? Any of you? Because I didn’t haha. I kind of wish I did now, though. /not jealous or anything okay Anyway, her art is still looking as gorgeous as always. The amount of excitement within me every time she updates is maybe pathetic.
♔ → Konjiki Runa posted her NatsuComi doujinshi covers. They are absolutely stunning, as would be expected from something produced by Konjiki Runa.
♔ → Also, a while back Kojima Lalako posted about her upcoming releases for HertZ and then JUNK!BOY. As you will see when I finally post the HertZ review, her latest chapter broke my heart! Damn it. ;w; I literally cried lmao. But does anyone who reads my blog happen to buy JUNK!BOY? Is it any good? I’m thinking I want this latest issue, considering the amazing mangaka in the lineup.
♔ → Not necessarily BL-related, but Aniya Yuiji has an illustration in the latest issue of Young Love Comic aya, a shoujo smut magazine. I am excited but I don’t think it would be a good idea just to but a shoujo smut magazine just for one page rofl. Please let this be released in a tankoubon of some sort! Or at least maybe in a doujinshi? I’m not picky! (Also, nice cover by Nangoku Banana.)
♔ → The pop-up advertisement illustration for Okuyama Puku’s upcoming tankoubon release was finally posted to CRAFT’s series page. It’s pretty adorable so you should definitely check it out.
♔ → Comic Magazine LYNX was released a few days ago, and they have already updated their site with information for the latest and upcoming books. The Katase Waka color page is pretty much my new favorite thing ever. Cute boy in a wedding dress?? I AM SO THERE, SIGN ME UP. Also, if you look to the right side of the site you’ll see they added two new tankoubon previews. Make sure to check those out as well!
The first story I read by Konjiki Runa was her tankoubon Bara to Yaban on the day Attractive Fascinante released it. Because I think it was the first thing they released after I actually started watching their comm. I don’t remember my initial reaction to the manga but I do remember thinking later on “god I really want to reread that.” And so I did reread it. And it was amazing. The end.
Okay not really.
HertZ! /o/ I got it in the mail Friday, apart from the rest of my order. And it was a huge band-aid on the hot mess that was drap, seriously. So many delicious stories to be had. :9 Though for some reason I was under the impression that MatsuMieco would be in this issue, so I found the lack of her general presence a bit depressing. Oh well. Life goes on.
Some explicit content behind the cut; underage readers beware, etc.
I updated the about section for the first time since starting this blog, lol. I figured it was about time I took lines like “I’m new to this and don’t know how wordpress works!” out of there.
drap-related drama aside, I figured I may as well make a post about the rest of the books I got in the mail today. Actually, I also ordered HertZ but a!jp has gotten into the habit of splitting my order shipment so that one didn’t arrive today—it’s supposed to arrive tomorrow. Don’t ask why they felt the need to split my order for the difference of one day, but w/e I didn’t have to pay extra so I don’t care. /o/
Please ignore my cat’s fat butt.
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.