so my friends said they like these haul-type posts so I figured it wouldn’t hurt. All you other people are stuck with them! But yesterday I got some stuff in the mail I ordered like… before Christmas? idk it was a while ago because I won them both from auction and took my sweet time making the payments and the deputy services took their own sweet time shipping them out so. All the doujinshi were like a month in the making.
of course Tomoe Fumi’s Sayonara Note is part of my regular purchase but it just happened to arrive the same day so I figured I’d talk about that as well!
my bl order for December came today! \o/ Well most of it because I also impatiently tossed Kojima Lalako and Tomoe Fumi’s January releases in my cart. But everything that was actually released in December is here so I figured I would do an ~unboxing~ first impressions post since I haven’t read any of them yet and it would at least give you a chance to see what I got in case I go AWOL again this month.
was feeling pretty antisocial and hermit-y today and didn’t feel like showering the second I got up so I put up a little note to let them know they could just leave the package. For a nice long time the DHL people knew to just leave it but idk I think the dude who used to deliver my stuff either got a new route or quit and this new person isn’t so fast on the uptake so he always knocks and waits for my signature s o b.
BUT HEY here is my precious unnecessarily large box full of cheesy homoerotic romance so let’s get to this unboxing now shall we.
I, for one, was pretty damn excited when I clicked to see the most recently-added BL upcoming releases on Amazon and this popped up. In late December, a new release from Kobato Mebaru through Dear+. Kobato Mebaru!! Remember her: that one BL artist I really really like but never talk about anymore because she all but disappeared entirely from the BL scene for a while. Her last release was in early 2010—two and a half years ago.
awwwyeah. ;; Titled Oboreru Koi no Itade. The late half of 2012 is turning out to be a true gem with all these releases by my favorite artists–I can barely contain myself. orz
I know a lot of people are going to see the subject and cringe—incestuous relations in comics are one of those things where you either like it or you’re disgusted by it, it seems. But I’ve been getting a lot of requests after talking about Hachi Kuma so while this is on a broader scale than just ~brotherly love~ I figured it’d be a good next topic for BL Top 5.
→ Actually I was considering putting this blog on hiatus since I’m currently going through some really stressful stuff in my personal life and, as fun as this blog is to run, sometimes posting here feels tedious and stressful. But I don’t really want to put it on hiatus, just in case I read something that makes me so passionate that posting about it is very simple and fun. But I just wanted to let you all know that even though I’m not posting as much and it takes forever for me to reply to comments, I am still around and I still answer my emails (slowly) and formspring questions (somewhat less slowly) so if you ever need to contact me with a question then you need not hesitate.
→ Anyway, official blurb aside I just have a couple small things I want to talk about! First, Kobato Mebaru has the cover of F-Book Comics’ second BiQ anthology!
I think it’s really cute, and just in general it’s nice to see something from her again even if it’s just a anthology cover. I’ve been trying to keep up with her shoujo title that runs in Sylph, but that still doesn’t feel like enough haha.
→ Then there’s also Gateau’s latest covers by Koiwazurai Shibito and Kumonosuke.
To be honest, after reading Shiawase ni Naru no sa! I have become a bit obsessed with Kumonosuke. Yesterday volumes three and four of Gateau arrived and she had a story in there and I pretty much shrieked in excitement and accidentally slammed the book shut when I saw her art haha. I totally did not budget for this new-found love-affair oops. So now if I want her new book I’ll have to slip a different one out of my order. And I should probably look into purchasing her debut tankoubon as well. orz
→ drap’s upcoming releases are pretty exciting. I know a lot of you have been asking me fairly often about when Ootsuki Miu’s Familiar will be released, so I’m happy to let you know that it’s scheduled for early November. Like with Ouji Hiroimashita, it’s going to have a special-addition first printing. (Perhaps it will also come with a nice booklet of gratuitous sex scenes!) In late October drap will be releasing Yukimura’s Honto no Tokoro, and also Yoshizuka Mayako’s debut in early October. And of course, Chidori Peko’s tankoubon is still scheduled for late September. Lots to look forward to from them!
→ Also release news, through Hanaoto Miike Romuko will be releasing a book in late October. I’ve been excitedly waiting for a new book by her so I’ll have to try and be patient.
→ Finally, the next issue of Dear+ is very tempting! Miike Romuko, Ootsuki Miu and a color page by Yamanaka Hiko. Speaking of releases I’ve been wishing on for quite a long time now, I hope Yamanaka Hiko releases something new soon. My life feels so empty without being able to read anything new from her. Oh well, I guess at least I have her wonderful story in onBLUE.
Sorry that this blog is so dead lately. orz I really don’t know where my spirit to post has gone. So much to talk about but I put it off for so long that news gets old.
♔ → First off, Kobato Mebaru now has a twitter account for her BL releases! Previously she only had one under her shoujo pen name. She doesn’t post much, but it’s exciting nonetheless. Also, iirc she mentioned something about having a story in Girls Love -Strawberry Milk Shake- which is a new GL anthology. I don’t think I’ve ever read a GL manga by Kobato Mebaru before so I’d be excited to see it!
♔ → The cover for the new issue of Rutile has been posted. This time it’s Hidaka Shouko! Sadly I didn’t buy this issue since Matsumoto Miecohouse is taking a short hiatus, but I’m still jealous of everyone who could afford it this month. The Yamamoto Kotetsuko color page looks really cute and I’d love to see her new story sd;lgjsddfg I guess I’ll have to wait for the tankoubon this time around.
♔ → And then Rutile’s sister line LYNX now has the previews up for their releases from this month on their site. You should definitely check them out—especially Minazuki Akira’s! If you’re having trouble finding them, they’re the list of covers next to the magazine release information on the main page.
♔ → The newest issue of Canna has been released, and along with it the anthology page on Canna’s website has been updated with pictures and descriptions of this month’s stories. Ahhhh so excited for Junketsu Drop as always. Kijitora said it’s another cute chapter but their feelings still aren’t reaching each other. orz;; As expected, with those two. But I’m also pretty pumped for Yamada Torico and Snae Hata. Their stories are always something worth looking forward to.
♔ → Actually, since the topic of Yamada Torico was brought up, she has a release through drap in early September!! Yesss, her second BL release! Kanashii Hito wa Doko ni mo Inai, for release on September third. I love her stories—if you haven’t read anything by her before I recommend checking out her debut comic Clara wa Itsumo Kizudarake. She always injects a great sense of melancholy into her work, and it really sets her apart.
♔ → Another exciting upcoming release is one I’ve been waiting for for a loooong time: Gojoe Tiger’s debut tankoubon! For sale on September 30th, Oujisama no Hiyaku Jikken. I hope it sells well and her manga career is really able to take off!
♔ → Two pretty covers I’ve been quite enamored by lately:
First is the debut issue of Hanamaru Manga, cover illustration by Ogura Muku. The book itself doesn’t have Ogura Muku, but has many great authors such as Koiwazurai Shibito, Hirakita Yuya and Honma Akira. Isn’t the cover so pretty, though?? Ahhh Ogura Muku, so amazing at creating gorgeous cover art. ;; Speaking of her gorgeous color artwork, there’s also this amazing cover of a novel released next month.
Then, of course, we can’t forget about Watanabe Asia’s beautiful color illustration for the official release of Nibiiro no Hana! So lovely! Watanabe Asia’s beautiful young boys always make me feel like such a creep. orz
♔ → In other release news, something worth getting excited over is Ike Reibun’s upcoming comic through HertZ that was just announced today for release in early September. If I recall correctly, this will be her first book through HertZ line. Though I was a bit disappointed, admittedly, to see her name and have it not be the second volume of Not Equal. orz;;; It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for the second volume of that manga.
♔ → Est Em’s release Happy End Apartment has been pushed back again from early to mid August. Hopefully this will be the last time her release date is changed.
♔ → Finally, HertZ! The new cover has been posted to their website, this time by Yamada Shiro. Ahhh I’m really excited, mostly for the next chapter of Hakumokuren. I know something big has to happen!! Hopefully it won’t be another super short chapter. ;; Also, as expected, going from the title of Yoneda Kou’s work this is definitely not a continuation of the story she originally had running in CRAFT. I wonder why she switched lines instead of completing Yorube Naki Mono…? The world may never know.
Hello! How is everyone? Currently FuyuComi is going on! Are any of your favorite circles releasing doujinshi this time around?
Not having to do with doujinshi, I got a big huge package of manga in the mail yesterday. /o/ Of course, almost all of it was BL and every single one was at least related to BL in some vague way. I’m just cool like that okay.
It’s okay, with this much BL I’m willing to share with my cats. But Lacey (pictured) told me I should do a small post about them since my blog has been so quiet lately. Just a small ‘first impressions’ type post, though, since I worked all day yesterday and haven’t had time to read much of anything. Also, tiny little general warning for R-18 content—this is, after all, a BL blog. :>