today in BL manga (or “life of a fujoshi”)
Long time no see, yet again! This post is going to be kind of unusual, because though I really do want to post here I’ve been kind of infatuated with P3P and haven’t been able to set aside the time to properly talk about any of the BL-related stuff I’ve been doing/into lately. So it will be a journal of sorts, I suppose, with a mish-mash of things that have happened recently as well as some things I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while.
Obviously if you read this blog mostly for news you can feel free to skip this post. But if you don’t mind reading the boring ramblings of a random fujoshi feel free to read on! Plus if you’re interested in me as a person (god only knows why you would be) I guess this will give a little insight into how this sad little blogger lives her life. This might get long, though, since I’m the type to get obnoxiously long-winded when I don’t have an outline in front of me.
Like I said, I’ve been kind of throwing myself into Persona 3: Portable. I don’t really talk about it much on here because I never really consider it relevant (unless you’ve read my blog for a long, long time and remember the Starry Sky playthrough I did some of) but I’m also a bit of a gamer. Only “a bit” because I haven’t really played that many games, but the ones I have played and enjoyed I love a lot and play often. But anyway I finally got my hands on P3P (which I’ve wanted since it was announced in Japan) and stared playing the female route and I think it’s okay for me to talk about it here since it’s kind of like an otome game.
I really love it. Actually that’s kind of an understatement. I really really love it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Persona 3 tbh–I enjoyed it but I played it after Persona 4 (which I also loved) and so it got overshadowed. So I was thinking I would like P3P but I wouldn’t be blown away or anything.
But there’s really something about playing as the female protagonist and being able to actually get to know all the guys this time around that really adds a lot of depth to the game. And I personally like f!MC more than Minato (though his character design is undeniably pretty). Ahhh I really can’t recommend it enough, if you’re a fujoshi who also likes to game when there isn’t a pile of BL to keep you distracted. The game kind of breaks your heart over and over and over (especially if you know the ending) but it’s so worth it.
Other than that, this Monday the rest of my BL purchase for December arrived! Pretty exciting. I’ve been wanting to read Nobara Aiko’s latest chapter in onBLUE ever since I read her chapters a month or so ago, after realizing I hadn’t read them already. Always with my bad habit of randomly skipping stories in the anthologies I buy.
Insanely enough I’ve had this entire week off from work (welcome to the slow season in retail……) and I’ve barely been able to read any of them so far since I’m too distracted by daily life and my game. I looked through them all, though, of course. Not that that counts. orz;;; And I also scanned some stuff from them for iamfujoshi, which still doesn’t count.
Manako wrote a continuation of her cute story with the scary moe bear man!!! That was pretty exciting to me lol.
I did finish this one: Sakura Sakuya’s latest book through Junet! Very enjoyable, imo. It’s a book of pretty low-intensity oneshots that are more smut than anything else, and they were exactly what I was craving when the book arrived! Whenever I want something fluffy and low-maintenance I feel like I can rely a lot on Sakura Sakuya. *w*)/ Before reading this book I hadn’t realized just how much Sakura Sakuya’s art has changed over the years, oddly enough.
I also read a bit of Takarai Saki’s latest book through Chocolat. This one is also pretty much low-maintenance fluff, but I find it quite enjoyable. I’ve only read the first story, though… Isn’t the uke character from the first story too cute?? Ahhh I love characters like that. orz
The only other book form my purchase I’ve read the majority of so far is Katou Setsuko’s! This one got a really bad review on Chill Chill, haha. orz;;; But idk, once again I really like this one. It’s another set of short stories, much like a majority of Katou’s other work, and they all have a similar charm as her previous stories—great sexual tension, lovely characters, and a slightly unfinished feel. There’s one between a suit maker and the businessman who falls in love with him, and then another between a young man who falls in love with his sister’s prospective husband, and then also a story about two college boys stranded together on a hiking trip. I just haven’t finished the last story yet. orz
Volume two of Kumota Haruko’s ITAN book! I only flipped through it so far but the atmosphere seems… oddly gay, considering this is just a josei publication lmao. Hmmmm perhaps I was a little too much in fujoshi mode when I looked through it initially! So perhaps when I finish my P3P playthrough this should be the first book I properly read. (If I don’t get draw in by Digital Devil Saga first, at least.)
Those books aside, I’ve also still been keeping an eye out in my local Half-Price Books stores for any second-hand English BL that might have fallen into their laps after Borders’ demise. And I actually bought a book that might shock you a little.
Yep, I now own a book by Yoshinaga Fumi. I don’t know what it is exactly that made me do it—perhaps the fact that everyone says her works are brilliant and I’m missing out by not liking her work, perhaps just the fact that I don’t like refusing to give artists a second chance as my tastes slowly change and develop. But the cover caught my eye and I had the money to spare. And when I flipped through it at the store I saw a threesome. /cough
I wouldn’t say I loved the book but I did find it quite enjoyable! As much as I can’t say I’m a huge fan of her artwork, her facial expressions and character designs are sometimes quite pretty. So perhaps from here going forward I’ll be able to give her other work more of a chance instead of just constantly passing it by.
Then I also bought J-BOY. Which I assume is short for Libre’s “Junk!Boy” series?? idk. I’ve had this book in my wishlist for 4+ years now (before I even started this blog, and before I was even buying BL regularly) so even though flipping through it at the store made it seem less intriguing to me than the description and the vast artist list on Amazon all those years ago I decided to buy it. Plus it was only $6, which is a pretty big slash down from the original $17 price. Hey, I could always give it away if I don’t particularly like it after I finish!
However, the saleslady slipped the receipt into a pretty embarrassing page…
Actually, I wrote a short column on this horrifying ‘opening to the most embarrassing page to slip the receipt in’ phenomenon for my friend Snakey’s online BL publication, which I’ve been meaning to talk about since it was released a few weeks back. /o\ I guess I was pretty out of it from the stress of the past two months ahh. But anyway, I definitely recommend downloading and reading the stories. Not my column so much, since it’s boring. But the actual stories inside are very worth it!! I’ll actually be writing columns for their online publication for the time being (whenever they invite me to do so) so if you have anything you’d like to see me write about then feel free to ask! I’m always up for suggestions!
Anyway, sorry for this strange post! Hopefully I’ll start feeling a bit more up to posting in the coming days!