Psyche Delico & onBLUE
First off, I want to say congratulations to Psyche Delico for almost getting a smut manga into Chill Chill’s top five ranking.
Glorious, considering Chill Chill’s higher ranking is usually reserved for deep, powerful, heart-wrenching manga or sugary sweet fluffy ones that leave you feeling light and airy like cotton candy after you finish reading them. Or just generally for mangaka who are popular on a very large scale. That she landed a smut manga published under Junet in the top six (and maybe in the top five, since it’s only been out a month?) after years of not publishing a single thing and not exactly having a huge circle of fans means that she did a pretty damn smashing job. The book even sold out on Amazon for a short amount of time. Truly brilliant. Good job, Psyche Delico!
Another thing I wanted to talk about is onBLUE, a new BL anthology with a rather striking lineup.
Pretty much brimming with the goodness of Yamanaka Hiko. This anthology started out as a bit of a mystery to me and I originally was under the impression it would be a second ITAN: a josei anthology that recruited a lot o BL mangaka. I don’t remember which line it was originally credited under, FEEL YOUNG or something, but it was a josei/shoujo line and the only mangaka it referenced for the first month or two after its release announcement were Asou Mitsuaki and Yamanaka Hiko. Then Kumota Haruko announced that she would be in it, which upped the excitement even more. Now the cover has been released and I know it’s a BL anthology so I’ll definitely be checking it out. If it were josei I might have been able to let it go, but I’m not one to pass up BL stories by Kumota Haruko, MatsuMieco, Koiwazurai Shibito, Est Em, Yamanaka Hiko, etc. That’s too much temptation for one girl to handle!