today in BL manga
I apologize in advance for how all-over-the-place this post will likely be. /o\ I figured I would just do a post about all the BL stuff I’ve been thinking about or seeing or reading lately that I haven’t necessarily had enough content or collected my thoughts enough for a post.
♔ → Okay first, I want to talk about covers starting with Tojitsuki Hajime.
I just think it’s so pretty—reminiscent of Tojitsuki’s older, more subtle art style. I love the coloring and the shadows and the perspective.
Then there are Manaka Koko and Kijima Hyougo:
They’re just so cute! I can’t get over it. Manaka Koko’s, in particular—it barely even looks like a cover for a BL manga. I still haven’t read anything by her, to be honest, but this one is so tempting. Too bad I already finished calculating my order for May. :<
♔ → Speaking of orders, I actually made my April order quite a while back but actually I probably won’t be getting it for quite a while? orz;;; I bought Yamada Maya’s book and I guess Junet in particular seems to be having a lot of trouble with keeping their books stocked (note to self: preorder PLAYZONE waaaay in advance!) so it’s holding my entire purchase back. Which is sad because I have a lot of books in this order that I was super excited about. I’ll try to be a patient young lady. /;A;\
♔ → I have probably stated before that I really don’t like Nakamura Shungiku’s art. Nothing against it—it just, sadly, doesn’t mesh at all with what I generally prefer in a BL art style. However, on a whim I decided to start reading/watching Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. And… I really like it. orz;; A lot. I still don’t enjoy the art style but the story is enough to make me look past it. I’m not even altogether sure why I like Sekaiichi so much, exactly, but for some reason even Ritsu’s continued dramatic rejection of his feelings for Takano doesn’t irritate me.
The anime, though, is hard for me to watch at times. orz;;; The awkward wet sound effects during the dirty scenes and all the anime-style jokes that were added in to make it more watchable get on my nerves/embarrass me at times. But for some reason I still watch every episode once it’s uploaded.
I’m rather excited about Yoshino and Hatori’s storyline! But I guess I’ll have to wait all week for it to air haha.
♔ → Citron! Jaryuu Dokuro is absent again! Boooooo! ;w; Perhaps she’s just busy putting more effort into her story that runs in BLink, but I really wish she would either continue Coyote or just take a proper hiatus while she works on it so that I can stop getting my hopes up. ilu Jaryuu Dokuro but at this point you’re just being cruel.
But something cute:
I looooooove this! It’s so cute and I just adore the loving look on Kei-chan’s face and I really really really reaaaaally want to read it! Also, as you can see, Itoshi again has two chapters in this volume! *w* Awesome. I was spoiled for a while with the two-chapter volumes of Citron and then they took them away and it was quite cruel, so I’m giddy to have more chapters coming out one after the other. Honestly, I can never get enough Itoshi no Nekokke.
Next volume cover is Nishida Higashi? Which I personally find kind of odd since she has never been in Citron before. Couldn’t they have given it to an artist who has been running in Citron regularly? :T But I’m probably just bitter because I don’t like Nishida Higashi’s art so it’ll be an interview spread I don’t find particularly interesting. (To be honest I was hoping for Kashio or Ayu Yamane. ;w;) Maybe I should try readnig her works more sincerely and see if I can like them. Jaryuu Dokuro will supposedly be in the next issue, buuuut… Aniya Yuiji is gone? Really gone? I’m probably just being paranoid, but I hope she’s not going to stop being in Citron for good now that she’s done doing the comics about the Citron Danshi. Write more comics about them, Aniya! Please? /;A;\ This is the only BL publication you’re still in regularly—please don’t leave me!
♔ → Actually, speaking of Aniya Yuiji, I reread Me wo Tojite 3byou for the millionth time this weekend (and was pretty embarrassing about it) and loved it as much as I always have. Sometimes I read something really fantastic and find myself thinking “why is Me wo Tojite my favorite when there are all these other amazing manga out there??” but then all I have to do is reread it and I will fall in love with Aniya Yuiji’s work all over again. Also, I reread Mister Convenience before bed last night. Same story, haha. I don’t know if Aniya Yuiji can write something I won’t absolutely adore in the end.
♔ → drap’s preview and summary of Ootsuki Miu’s latest chapter of Familiar! \*v*/
………….w-wait, that’s Takaku Shouko’s art, isn’t it??
Haha actually drap messed up and all the preview images were wrong for a while. orz;;;;; Which was funny, but rather disappointing since I really want to read Familiar and was very excited to see Ootsuki’s color page. But they fixed it, which is a relief because Ootsuki’s color page is suuuper cute and I’d hate to have missed out on it!
I really love Ryohei and Nanao’s pairing dynamic. *v* So it’s killing me that I probably won’t be able to read this until mid-May haha.
♔ → And then lastly, I found a bunch of POP images from old Tokyo Mangasha tankoubon publications:
I absolutely love them! Except they just really make me want to reread the series’ they’re all for…