today in BL manga
♔ → The cover and preview of Mieno Saori’s Ano Ko ga Kare wo Suki na Riyuu was posted to CRAFT’s website. tbh I think it’s weird that they’re publishing this book under CRAFT since I’m about 99.9% sure the title story ran in HertZ. (It ended in the first issue I ever purchased, if I recall correctly.) But whatever, it doesn’t really matter what line the book is published under as long as it’s published, right? I’m definitely super excited to have this in my hands, since it’s Mieno Saori’s second book where it’s all her—not written by someone else. And the story seems a little heart-breaking but nonetheless incredibly enjoyable.
♔ → For some reason Canna’s twitter reposted all of the previews of this month’s magazine. Probably because it was Canna’s release date. But I’m glad they did so since I missed quite a few of them the first time around. I’m excited for moooore Ootsuki Miu.
They also already posted the preview for the cover of volume twelve: Umematsu Machie! Sadly they haven’t updated their site yet, though, so we are unable to see the full mangaka line-up for v12.
♔ → Citron Web posted pictures of Kumota Haruko’s sign event at their blog! If you’re interested you should definitely check them out. A fan made cookie versions of Mii-kun and Kei-chan and also of Kumota Haruko’s little self mascot, which is very cute. Talented people love Kumota Haruko! Also interesting is that there are some pictures of (the back of) Kumota Haruko herself! This is unusual since many BL mangaka (or mangaka in general?) don’t want their appearance or identity to be highly publicized. So it was shocking but made me happy.
Morozumi Sumitomo sent her flowers, which I think is super adorable.
♔ → There’s a Sunae Hata postcard in this month’s Chara. Must… not… buy just for postcards. orz;;;; (Especially since Junko isn’t even in this issue!) If anyone buys Chara this month, please take a picture of it for me!!
♔ → Last night I finally finished my read-through of Rutile. The stories are all quite interesting, of course, but what really caught my eye was Matsumoto Miecohouse’s. In it, two cousins happen into a sexual relationship until one of them kind of laughs it off like it was nothing, thus breaking the other one’s heart. While trying to heal, the heart-broken one constantly attempts to set his cousin up with others whom he things his cousin loves, but there’s kind of a feeling that his cousin actually is in love with him after all. And it cuts off there. And there isn’t a new chapter in next month’s Rutile! /;A;\ Noooooo. MatsuMieco you are really too cruel.
♔ → b-boy web has been revamped! Did this happen a long time ago and I’m just noticing now?? I really love it, though—Libre took a similar approach with b-boy’s website as they did with Citron and now each story has at least one tiny preview image so you can get a feel for all the mangaka in each book. I really love when publishers try their best to give you a peek inside so you know what you’re getting into when you buy the book. At least, more of a ‘peek’ than you would have gotten otherwise. Anyway, you should check it out! It’s ultra snazzy now.
♔ → Speaking of Libre and b-boy, I purchased the first issue of b-boy Cube. Has anyone else tried this out? I got it for the Watanabe Asia and Kojima Lalako, but since it was cheap (just around $5 USD for the PDF file) it wasn’t really too much of a waste of money. It’s just a short-ish (100 or so pages) eBook of particularly dirty stories. Kojima Lalako’s story is adorable and filthy at the same time, which would be a terrifying mix if it weren’t by Kojima Lalako. I never thought I would see a rimming scene in a manga by her, to be honest. And, of course, Watanabe Asia’s story is dirty, dirty, dirty and her color images are absolutely stunning. I would screencap some of them for you but LoveComi jumped through about a million hoops to make sure you can’t take screencaps while the PDF is open. Anybody want some pictures taken with my digital camera??
♔ → Lastly (but not leastly?), finally a new tankoubon release from Junko!!
Starlike Words. Amazing. ;A; I am so excited. And it will be released on the exact same day as Kojima Lalako’s second tankoubon release from BexBoy Comics, Iya yo Yamete yo! March and April are going to be absolutely amazing months for BL releases oh man.