sitting here bored, so I figured I could do a post about recent or upcoming releases I’m excited to get my mitts on eventually! I literally have 50 books currently in my amazon.jp wishlist, though admittedly some of them are there after going through and trashing my magazines and being reminded of authors that I enjoyed but had somehow forgotten. Still, there are plenty of new and upcoming books I’m excited about as well.
first off, a book by a debut artist I’ve been excited about ever since I started to read her story running in Daria, Haji’s Double Hound. Her art style is really interesting and I love the facial expressions and proportioning of her characters, as well as the relationship between the two mains for this particular book. Unfortunately it’s currently on back-order so I’m gonna have to wait a while before I can read it.
as for Dear+, Miike Romuco released a book by them late in December that I accidentally missed out on even though it looks super cute. (tbh as a free! fan I can’t help but be reminded of Nagisa and Rei’s previous track teammate…) Then this month there’s Ten Count volume three, which I’m stoked about even though that story admittedly went in a direction I definitely wasn’t expecting. Then next month is Ogeretsu Tanaka‘s book through them. If you follow my personal blog you’ll already know how much I loved the story that had her debuting in Dear+. Admittedly a little disappointing, though, is that Masao Sangatsu still hasn’t released anything for her newest series…
for onBlue this month there was a new book released by Nobara Aiko that’s getting a lot of fanfare! Unfortunately, though, it’s also a backorder so there’ll be a bit of a wait before I can personally read it. A lesser-known bl publisher, Fleur Comics, released a book by Nishi Noriko that looks really cute—Focus.
through Chara another book I missed out on in December is this lovely-looking book by Natsukawa Shiori. Then this month they’ll be releasing a book by Minazuki Akira, which is always something to look forward to.
then we have a double-release by Kojima Lalako for Paradise View: one and two. Admittedly I’m a bit nervous for this release, since it seems a bit angstier than most of her stories and admittedly as much as I adore her overall I’ve always been more of a fan of her fluffier, more gentle stories. The double cover is really lovely, though, especially when placed side by side.
Rutile, ever the big-time releaser of some of my favorite stories, has a lot to offer me recently. Firstly, this month they released a new book by Misaki Usio, who I’ve really been loving these last couple years. Then next month they have a release by Uchida Tsuchi, and then something by one of my all-time favorite mangaka Hirakita Yuya as well. And lucky for me Hirakita is also releasing a book through Chocolat.
Rutile’s less-innocent sister line, Lynx, is then releasing a book by Ootsuki Miu! It feels like it’s been forever since there was last a new book by Ootsuki Miu through Lynx, which used to be one of the most active publishers of her work. I’m excited to see what kind of new stories she’ll have through them. And then drap is releasing a book by Shinozaki Mai, who iirc I’ve never read anything by but her cover is just beautiful.
finally, an anthology by Poe Backs Baby Comics, Hentai Play. Because I’ll be buying so many fluffy Rutile books I figured I’d better balance it out with this delightfully perverted-looking anthology that contains many great artists, such as Akahoshi Jake, Pii, Fujimako, as well as many artists I’ve never heard of before while us always a fun discovery experience!
Anyway, how about you guys? Any new or upcoming releases you’re particularly looking forward to?
I know it feels kind of quick to mention February releases when a majority of the books for this month haven’t even come out yet but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to talk about them a bit.
⇔ As is the case every year it’s been released so far, a new volume of Saiyaku wa Boku wo Suki Sugiru will come out February 25th! tbh I only finally checked this series out recently but I’m kind of hooked. Does anyone know if this will be the last volume, or is it still ongoing?
⇔ Volume two of Takaguchi Satosumi’s Hone made Aishite! This caught me off-guard because I actually first read this story when it just started and I was still buying Chara Selection to keep up with that Sasaki Kumiko story, K no Kouzu, which has since been discontinued sob. I’m obviously pretty behind on this one (like going on four years behind) but I’m excited to hopefully pick it up again in the future!
⇔ New Rutile release for Mochimeko, Houjun na Gohoubi! It feels like it’s been forever since I last read something new by her.
⇔ Another book by Uchida Tsuchi, Bokura ga Koi wo Suru ni wa, through B’s-Lovely comics so I assume this will be a collection of all the stuff she ran in Ricottia. I’m so happy for her that her career in BL seems to have taken off quite nicely wahhh. ;; She’s one of the very very first random artists I bought when I initially started buying BL regularly, and it was her just-released debut. So I have a weird proud-mama feeling whenever I see her around.
⇔ Also through B’s-Lovely, a new release from Akahoshi Jake! You can tell I’m pretty damn behind on what the anthologies and magazines I’m not following have been running because I sincerely had no idea Akahoshi Jake was in anything other than drap. But I’m pretty pumped to read more from her, considering how wonderfully perverted her stuff is.
⇔ Through Gateau, finally after what feels like two years of waiting Amemori Gigi is getting a compiled release. Titled Crystal Palace, the book comes out on the 15th. Now I just get to wonder how long it’ll be before the stories she ran in drap are released in any fashion…
⇔ Koshino has a new book coming out through BexBoy less than a month from now, Michi to no Souguu. I haven’t been so into Koshino lately but I’m sure it’ll be great.
⇔ Also through BexBoy, Yoneda Kou’s NightS will be released on the 9th. Once again I’m not a huge fan of Yoneda Kou but I haven’t read anything from NightS so maybe I’ll like it? Then again I just went and read it was a yakuza story so maybe not… We’ll have to see I guess.
⇔ Through Asuka CL-DX Kinoshita Keiko has a new book Koi wa Sodatte Ai ni Naru coming out on the first. Moderately excited because even though I really like Kinoshita’s stories for some reason she hasn’t really broken into my life of favorite authors yet?? It’s kind of weird. But I shall keep an eye on this one because she has definitely released some stuff I really really love.
⇔ Of course, the one I’m most pumped about is Kumota Haruko’s Itoshi no Nekokke volume three (their high school years) which is also released February first. As much as I was skeptical about the timeline shift to their high school days I ended up really loving it and of course I am giddy to see what the extras for the book will have to offer. And the cover illustration! Has a teaser or anything been released yet? I’m kind of behind on following her twitter. orz;;
⇔ And let’s not forget Kojima Lalako’s Yume Yume Shinjuu. Admittedly not personally pumped about this one because I buy HertZ regularly and it’s kind of… a depressing story….. orz But I have been wanting to read the whole thing in full recently so this is definitely my chance!
One last one I want to mention as kind of a side note is that Chill Chill has another release for Rutile listed for February 23: Kyuugou’s Bokura wa Sore wo Hitei Dekinai. Initially I was really confused because Acid Town is running in Rutile, not this random title, and a new volume of Acid Town was just released not too long ago iirc. But after a Google search this popped up?? So maybe it’s something she had running in Rutile Sweet on the side? idk. I would be pretty excited if it’s true, because her Craft story is too depressing so I’ve dropped it until it’s complete and I still need to give Acid Town another chance (unfortunately I got too attached to the wrong couple and thus had to drop it until my palate was cleansed enough for me to digest the way the pairing was actually going to end up) so even though I absolutely adore Kyuugou I haven’t really been able to read anything by her lately. So if she has another book full of other random stories I would be stoked. Unfortunately though I can’t find any news on Rutile’s site and there isn’t a pre-order page on Amazon so I’m not going to hold my breath on this one. Here’s to hoping, though, because the first chapter was really cute and I’d love more of this fluffy, sexy Kyuugou work I’ve been missing.
well that didn’t last long. But hey, here’s something I can talk about without the necessity of a camera: books that are coming out soon.
♔ → first off, as many of you likely know Ootsuki Miu will be releasing a new book later this month through Daria called Ijiwaru na Hito. As if the fact that it’s Ootsuki Miu and the title that hints at adorable love-love bullying didn’t already leave you impatient for the book to be in your hands now, Daria has since posted a preview! It looks ridiculously cute and I can’t wait to get the book so I can actually read it. ;; Unfortunately, I have yet to find a cover illustration.
♔ → Shockingly, Uchida Tsuchi already has a new book lined up through Hanaoto for late April! It feels like just last month that she released her second book, Barairo Melancholy, and yet it’s already time for book number three! I really can’t say how glad I am that she’s not turning out to be one of those BL artists who releases one cute book and then disappears off that map. That happens all too often in the BL genre and it makes me super sad.
♔ → Then through Dear+, Miike Romuco has a March release. The world can really never have too much Miike Romuco.
♔ → One I’m personally reaaaaaaally excited for is volume two of Sakura Sakuya’s Oinarisama no Honey Bunny for release in late March. Even though I initially side-eyed the series after I finally gave it a chance I got pretty hooked. orz;;; I really can’t help it—Sakura Sakuya’s sense of humor and sex appeal are both ace!
♔ → Another Chara release, the final volume of Nanahikari is coming out in late March as well! It’s kind of weird to see this one end, because it’s one of the few series I got into fairly early on and then saw through to the finish. I really thought this one would never end. I’m kind of nervous to know who Hikaru ends up with! /o\ I wonder if I should buy it and take the chance.
♔ → basso has a new book, Naka-san no Nagare, coming out through Edge Comix on March 24th! This one caught me by surprise since iirc basso hasn’t even been in opera for a while now?? Perhaps it’s stuff that ran between all of her related series… Or maybe stuff that was originally published as doujinshi? I guess we’ll just have to see!
♔ → The HertZ/Craft releases are looking pretty glorious! For HertZ it’s SHOOWA in early March followed by Towa on the 22nd. If you go here and check it out SHOOWA’s release already has a cover and Towa’s POP is really cute. (You can also see Kano Shiuko’s and Yamamoto Kotetsuko’s covers now!) Then CRAFT’s release for late March is Okuyama Puku! Her POP is also adorable, and you can view it here.
♔ → Another one of my personal favorites, Koiwazurai Shibito, has a book coming out through Aqua in mid-March! The title definitely leaves me a bit curious: Wakaresaseya no Koi. Koiwazurai’s art and stories have yet to disappoint me so I’ll definitely be picking this book up.
♔ → Perhaps saving the best for last, a book I know many other people will also be excited to hear about: Junko’s annual Gush release has been placed for March 10th, Kasa no Shita, Futari! I’ve only gotten to see the Chinese scans for this one, unfortunately, so I don’t even know what it’s about aside from that there’s a teacher and three guys and sex. Though there seems to be less cute sexiness than Junko’s previous stories, I’m still pretty damn excited!
Hello! Sorry again for my absence. orz I read Watase Yuu’s Sakura Gari yesterday though I’m not exactly sure I want to talk about it. Maybe next time I do some short reviews. But I have some covers I wanted to share from this month’s releases since I personally found them rather exciting, so I guess we’ll get on with that!
First, just tiny little samples of Minazuki Akira and Mochimeko’s covers for their releases through LYNX and Rutile respectively!
Both very cute and very much on my to-buy list. I’ve only read one story by Minazuki Akira in LYNX as far as I can recall, and I’m always excited to see more work from her. And of course you just can’t go wrong with Mochimeko when you’re in the mood for something fluffy and amazing—especially since this is a work through Rutile.
I woke up to some great news and some less-than-great news on Asunaro this morning.
First the not-so-great news: Nakamura Asumiko’s art book release date has been pushed back a month.
Boooo, but at least this is good news for me since now I’ll have birthday money to spend on it when it’s finally released.
As for the good news—!! First, Watanabe Asia will be releasing her Nibiiro no Hana series in full, official tankoubon form through Junet, just like she did with Pink no Omocha!
And then, and then!! Finally, Hanaoto has reannounced Uchida Tsuchi’s second tankoubon for release in late July! \;A;/
I had been mourning this book since it was announced that the release date was canceled, so I’m absolutely ecstatic. For those who don’t know, Uchida Tsuchi has only released one tankoubon, and it was one of the first ever tankoubon I bought because the cover is just so cute: Ookami Shounen no Amagami! And I really love her art and her stories are so cute and fluffy and she actually writes quite good sex scenes. I can’t wait for her second book—hopefully it won’t be delayed again!
I woke up this morning and checked asunaro (yes, the first thing I do in the morning is check BL release news) and I have one amazing piece of news that’s so awesome it felt like I was still dreaming and then two pieces of news that make the world slightly less rose-tinted.
First off, the amazing piece of news:
Finally, finally, Junet is releasing the Ootsuki Miu tankoubon I’ve been hoping for since about two years ago when I first accidentally got the last chapter of Docchi no Darling? and could not for the life of me find the old BOY’S Pierce volumes to complete the story. I’ve been pretty much burning to read the first chapters of that story. And the extra. And I also want to know why she’s done artwork for it that looked very threesome-y.
And then, you know, there’s just the fact that it would finally be an Ootsuki Miu tankoubon release for this year. Considering how much that woman releases in the magazines, she sure hasn’t been releasing tankoubon after tankoubon like she usually does. And since she’s my lovely goddess the BL world feels so empty without her around. ;;
But of course, this also came with some bad news attached:
Two releases I was incredibly excited about for next month have been moved out into the unforeseeable future. For me, Uchida Tsuchi’s is particularly upsetting if only because I do not buy any magazines from Hanaoto and so the last book I was able to read by her was Ookami Shounen. And I loved that book and from the bits and pieces I’ve been able to see it seems like her art has become even more pretty so I’m heartbroken that her release has evidently been pushed back so far that they aren’t even sure of a new date for it.
♔ → Last night Canna announced Kojima Lalako’s second tankoubon! To be released in April, a little less than a month before her first tankoubon release through HertZ, Canna will be releasing Kojima Lalako’s Kimi to Parade in full book form. Everyone look forward to it! It’s a very fabulous story, I can assure you!
♔ → Mentioning HertZ, they have posted up Yamamoto Kotetsuko’s latest tankoubon cover for Mad Cinderella!
Very very cute! I love Yamamoto’s pitiful, awkward uke-type characters. They’re so cute rofl.
♔ → In other new release news, my much much beloved Uchida Tsuchi, mangaka of the tankoubon Ookami Shounen no Amagami, will finally be releasing her second tankoubon Barairo Melancholy on April 30th. If you have not read Ookami Shounen I totally recommend it. It’s a set of a bunch of oneshots and the artwork is adorable.
Kamon Saeko is also releasing something new (along with Sakuraga Mei). Is it just me or has Kamon Saeko been an absolute beast lately when it comes to releases? One a month from December all the way to April. I wonder how long she can keep up such an insane schedule.
♔ → Know who is on the cover of Daria this month? OGURA MUKU! This is terrible because I had not budgeted to buy Daria since it’s been quite a while at this point since the last time I was interested in that magazine. orz;;; Oh well, at least I can rejoice over the fact that Ogura Muku will be in more and more things. I’ll just have to sit back and patiently wait for the cover to be revealed.
♔ → And then finally, CAB!!
Mooooore Ogura Muku. *w* I am so excited for the next chapter of Castle Mango but I’m also so worried that it’ll be an angst!fest ahhhhh. But also, can I just say that the Shimaji cover just does not… really… scream Shimaji? Honestly I was like “oh wow the cover is so pretty and sexy; who illustrated it?” and then I read it was by Shimaji and my reaction was pretty much “…….?!?” It’s a much more erotic illustration than I’m used to getting out of Shimaji so I’m pretty shocked. It’ll be exciting to look at it up close and really see how similar it is to Shimaji’s usual art then.