ack I meant to do this review over a month ago but I’m just getting around to it now, sorry. orz;; My story for this particular book is that while it was released in June, I didn’t even know of its existence until my sister found it on Amazon and was like “what’s with all these ’48’-themed BL anthologies??” Unfortunately at that point I couldn’t buy it until after Japan because it was past my final pre-trip order, and while I put it in my wishlist I promptly forgot about it. However, while wandering the Akihabara Toranoana on vacation I stumbled across it on display and they had it so you could look through a bunch of sample pages and it was so wonderfully porn-y and barely censored that there was no way I could resist and I bought it on the spot.
Which means obviously the sample pages I’m posting photos of are very much NSFW. Don’t blame me if you look through them at the office and get a porn intervention from the boss.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m spending the day with my cats and some BL manga haha. I hope you all have lovely day regardless of whether you are romantically attached to anyone or not.
errr I skipped the last issue of this, didn’t I? Sorry about that—over December I had a lot on my plate. orz;;; But here I am to talk about the latest issue, so you’ll forgive me right?
Vague warning for R-18 content goes here.
Yesterday I finally got the second half of the BL purchase for December and it’s pretty much brilliant—all of the magazines I had been most looking forward to in one small shipment. I am absolutely in love with all of them. But for now I’ll just leave you with a small-ish post since life is (obviously) kind of hectic at the moment.
Baby for Aniya Yuiji, onBLUE for Yamanaka Hiko and Kumota Haruko, drap for Ootsuki Miu, Citron for Aniya Yuiji and Kumota Haruko. :9 And then, of course, the second and final volume of Yamanaka Hiko’s End Game. A brilliant set.
For this one, straight-up, warning for R-18 content. The Baby anthology is actually quite filthy.
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.
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!
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 actually left some information out of this post since it was getting so freakishly long. If you’re interested in what I left out then just ask in the comments and I’ll post it for you.
♔ → The cover of CRAFT volume 45 has been posted up on b’s garden. It’s Takarai Rihito, and has a nice summer feel. Yamamoto Kotetsuko has a new story in there called 3 years later. Sounds interesting. /o/ I wonder if it’s connected to Chu Chun ga Chun. Also related to b’s garden, HertZ posted up place-markers for their upcoming releases here. Personally, I’m very excited for Okuyama Puku.
♔ → Some more covers that were posted: Hanaoto, Boy’s LOVE, Dear+, Boy’s Kyapi. The Boy’s LOVE one made me drool a bit, I must admit. Sadly this issue doesn’t have anything new by Psyche Delico, but it does have Koshino, Kijima Hyougo, Sakira, Koiwazurai Shibito. :9 Mmmm sounds delicious. If you go to Junet’s website you can see a full disclosure on what will be in this issue.
♔ → The next issue of Baby is ‘Hazukashii Eros‘. I’m not exactly sure what that means but it sounds relevant to my interests.
♔ → Citron has updated their site banner to now showcase volume three. Totally worth checking out, because volume three was pretty fabulous. (Especially the Morozumi Sumitomo story hnggg.) The site (and the anthology itself?) currently has plans for a small renewal, which you can read about here. I am looking forward to the downloads section. Also related to Citron, supposedly volume four will be having a companion-release with a tankoubon by Nekota Riko titled Kuroneko no Yuuutsu.
♔ → Mangaka blog update: Hino Garasu updated about her upcoming tankoubon release and it’s pretty damn adorable. With such dark stories sometimes, I had no idea she was so cute. Jaryuu Dokuro also posted about her upcoming release (the first post in about three months) and doesn’t sound quite so giddy and excited but that’s okay because I can be giddy and excited for her. She also mentions that because she is currently working with many publishers her works might take a while to be completed so to please be patient with her. Then Psyche Delico updated with her placement and information for NatsuComi. She isn’t by Aniya Yuiji. Sad-face.
♔ → On LYNX’s site, they posted up the new previews for their latest tankoubon releases by Akira Norikazu and Sakino Yuuya. Please check them out if you’re interested!
♔ → For Hanaoto Comics’ Gentei anthology series, the next issue (released in late September) will have the theme “Sexual Harassment Salarymen”. I am not sure what to think of this, but I do know that I need it. The artists that will be in this book have not been released yet, though, as far as I know.
♔ → Yet another release for Takanaga Hinako, on September 10th through BexBoy the third volume of Bukiyou na Silent will be in stores. So yay for everyone who likes that series. /o/
♔ → Two upcoming illustrated novels with artists that I know many people adore: once again Kazuaki has illustrated a novel by Suzufuji Miwa. This book, titled Senaka Awase no Koi and put out through Spark Novels, will be released on August 23rd. The other book, written by Kuibira Harumo and released through Luna Novels, will be out August 30th and be illustrated by Takarai Rihito.
♔ → Gateau Comics, previously pointed out to me by a commenter on this blog and then assumed by me to just be a keitai BL reader, is in fact going to release some actual tankoubon coming up soon—three tankoubon coming out August 12. Personally I’m pretty excited about Hide Yoshiko since I already know her from Cab, but Kumonosuke and Pepu also look pretty cute. Especially Kumonosuke after looking at her fanart. I love anyone who does dirty fanart of Kazuma from Summer Wars. And Teddy from P4.
♔ → Two other drap releases that I have yet to talk about are Moto Haruko and Takazawa Taeko. The Moto Haruko tankoubon, Sagatte Omachi Kudasai, will be released on the third of September. Takazawa Taeko’s Doctor no Hisoka na Tanoshimi will come out later in the month on September 25th.
♔ → For anyone interested, here are the two covers for Chocolate Comics’ upcoming releases. They’re on the inside flap of Ogura Muku’s latest tankoubon.
♔ → Tojitsuki Hajime will be releasing a tankoubon, Monogatari wa Shi de Owaranai, through Daria on September 22nd. Mmmm Tojitsuki Hajime.