I read this in the car today while we were driving around so I figured I could write up a quick post about it! There were actually many stories that I really really enjoyed (and some I’m hoping continued in vol. 21 once I get to reading that one) so.
It feels like forever since I’ve done a post like this so I’m sorry if I’m kind of rusty. orz
Finally! I finally finished the whole book! orz;;; Well. Kind of, since there are some stories I didn’t read super closely. But I at least got a good idea of what all the stories were about so now I can post small summaries here and help all of you decide if you want to buy the book or not. Personally, I love it—initially I had my doubts, thought that even though I LOVE the Moe Danshi Gatari series that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll really like this as well, but even though I don’t absolutely adore all the stories the book as a whole is fantastic and was well worth the money.
Anyway let’s take a look inside! Vague warning for R-18 content though this book is, for the most part, mostly clean and plot-driven.
Dame—that wonderful phrase that is in almost every BL sex scene. That phrase people love to hate. That glorious phrase that has now become a book.
I checked Bookman’s site today and found true happiness. I hadn’t realized at all that Kumota Haruko also had the cover, so when I saw it I just shrieked and threw my hands into the air. KUMOTA HARUKO, YOU SEXY BEAST. I’m sorry I doubted you! I love you; please come back to my bosom!
Details on the stories and mangaka inside can be found right here, which is sd;glj;dgssdfgs exciting!! Admittedly it has a lot less mangaka than I thought it would, but I have to realize that this is an actual comic anthology—it’s not like Moe Danshi Gatari where they can fit a ridiculous amount of mangaka in one tiny book just because everyone only has two pages to express themselves. I’m pretty stoked to see Rotta Ikumi and Mochimeko in the line-up, though they all look (and sound!) pretty fantastic. Also, I’m going to have to crack out my Japanese dictionary so I can read Cotorino Deathco’s column on “BL without sex scenes” because that sounds pretty interesting.
Also, I don’t think I mentioned it here but actually the release date for the Dame BL anthology was pushed back: it will now be released on the 25th! Also, the preorder page was finally added to amazon! Luckily this means I can stop checking amazon ten times a day while I wait for an update lmao. orz;;;; Now to just peacefully sit back and wait for the 20th to put in my order and hopefully get the book relatively quickly, because if I have to wait any longer for this book I just might die from the giddiness.
For now, though, I will just sit here and gaze adoringly at the cover and that little sneak peek of lacy panties and beautiful high heels that only allow you a tiny taste of what’s to come.
Bikkuri Suru hodo Doji na Koi is Kevin Komine’s debut tankoubon, compiling the series of stories she had running in Cab volumes seven through twelve. Ever since she originally started running in Cab, she’s been so popular that she hasn’t missed a single volume. (That is, until this next issue.) And this tankoubon pretty much tells the story of why—cute, endearing characters, fluffy plots and very sweet art.
Instead of being a collection of oneshots, though, this book contains two stories that are three chapters a piece. Though it ran later, the title story, Bikkuri Suru hodo, seems to be the more popular of the two. Nao and Tom have been friends since childhood, Nao being the caretaker and Tom being the clumsy airhead. Their high school lives have been fairly uneventful—that is, until Tom suddenly confesses to Nao one night. Though Nao points out the obvious “but we’re both boys…?”, Tom’s feelings don’t waver. Nao, unsure of what to do next, hopes they can just go back to normal but Tom has other plans: he decides they need to stay apart for a while. This exasperates Nao but Tom is serious, ignoring and pushing Nao away. While Nao isn’t sure if his feelings of love toward Tom are the same as how his friend feels toward him, it kills him to no longer have Tom in his life. How can Tom confess to him one day and then keep pushing him away the next?
I exist! I’ve just been really lazy. orz And for some reason instead of just reading one anthology all the way through before moving on to the next one, I’ve been reading a story here and there from each before putting the book aside to move onto something else. I kind of suck, sorry.
But anyway, here’s the thirteenth volume of Cab! The book that starts Cab’s third year in existence, and also supposedly the final book that will not have Castle Mango before the story is finalized. I quite liked the stories in this volume, though I think my level of understanding wasn’t the best. Oops. ;w;
Actually I was just about to go to bed, since I thought I was already done with my ‘good news’ for the night: my amazon order has finally gone into preparation mode. \;w;/ Praise the BL gods! On a regular month I would be done reading all the BL manga by now haha, but I guess waiting will make the books even more exciting to read when they finally arrive.
Anyway I started my before-bed link check, which includes Chill Chill among many other BL release and news sites. And, to my surprise, what do I see??
The cover for Kevin Komine’s tankoubon release, Bikkuri Suru hodo Doji na Koi!! *w* I looooove the cover—it’s so cute and fluffy and perfectly captures Tom’s awkward, shy, adorable possessiveness over Nao. And Nao’s adorable carefree expression! Everything is just so perfect and I love it ahhh I cannot say that enough. It’ll feel so great to hold her debut tankoubon in my hands! I’m glad she so quickly released enough stories for Tokyo Mangasha to properly debut her, and I hope she keeps on releasing stories in Cab for a long time to come! Perhaps, even, she could move out into other publications as well? I hope so!
Also in BL news, though, Ike Reibun’s cover for Teirui Makura was posted! It also looks very unf—but then again, when does Ike Reibun release anything that isn’t incredibly enticing?