I’m only going to talk about a few stories from this (literally, about three) because I stopped buying Chara regularly quite a while back and before this issue even I’m missing at least two issues. So when I read Chara I can pretty much only read the oneshots and the manga that only have one chapter so far. Which are very few. :< But I wanted this issue because:
1. Konno Satomi is in it this time.
2. It has the final chapter of Junko’s Konbini-kun.
Luckily, I didn’t have to buy it myself—I got it as a birthday gift. :9 Ehe.
Warning for R-18 images since Junko’s chapter was pretty perverted.
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.
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.
There are really too many puns you can make off the name of this publishing line…
Anyway, so today I was doing some fact checking which included making a quick stop at Baby’s website. There was only one thing I wanted to look at real quick, but since I was there I figured I would double check the release date of the latest anthology, which is for later this month. Christmas Eve, actually. But when I went to check, I noticed they now filled in their information for the mangaka in the next issue. Which actually includes THIS—
—to which my reaction was first to go “BITCH you haven’t mentioned this on twitter even once!” and then just have a full-fledged ‘oh my god aniya yuiji oh my god oh my god ahhhhhh oh my goddddd’ freak-out. Aniya Yuiji, this is just what you do to me. But seriously you guys! Ahhh Aniya Yuiji. ;A; December is a good month to be alive! Merry Christmas to me! It’s just too bad she doesn’t have a story, but w/e when you buy things published under the Baby line you get a free high-quality postcard of the cover illustration so that will 100% be worth it for me.
And the fact that it has Tojitsuki Hajime and Mochimeko and a million other fabulous BL mangaka doesn’t hurt…
(Also, have I pointed out yet that the latest Baby anthology theme is ‘BITCH’?? Because that’s worth pointing out. Because it’s hilarious.)
And then for anyone who is a ridiculous Aniya Yuiji otaku like me, Citron Blog also updated again today with the completed Aniya Yuiji cover. Looking gorgeous! I love the soft, gentle color scheme they chose to fit the illustration. It really can’t get any better than that.
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.
Because I am asked this a LOT and don’t know how I could possibly format it to make it fit in the FAQ and I have nothing else to post about lol. A list of the BL manga that I often go back to when I feel like I’ve run out of things to read. I suppose you could take this as a list of my personal recommendations. Of course, don’t read them with your expectations too high—just because these are my personal favorites doesn’t mean everyone is going to love them.
Anyway, feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments!
❥ Asou Kai
Yachin Hanbun no Ibasho desu
❥ Asou Mitsuaki
Bitter Sweet Candy