As of this month, Ichijinsha is releasing their mobile BL manga in tankoubon format under their new Gateau Comics label. Takarai Rihito (Seven Days) drew some gorgeous promotional images. Being a huge fan of this publisher (Zero-Sum, Ward, DNA Media Comics, Yuri Hime), I’m excited to get my hands on some of their honest-to-goodness BL titles. No teasing shoujo here! There’s three titles available this month and two titles are listed to follow in September.
Ikemen-kun to Saenai-kun by Hideyoshiko
Ikemen-kun to Saenai-kun is the debut comic of Hideyoshiko. I’m most excited by this one–just look at that beautiful cover. The colors, the coloring! ❤ Here’s a quick plot run-down I that gleaned from the website. The usual I’m lazy and did this in two minutes/I’m not a translator disclaimer applies.
Kentarou is a dull college student who has never had a girlfriend. Ever since he struck his head, he’s been troubled by actions he has no memory of doing. One day, he awoke in an unfamiliar place in an unfamiliar bed. Before him was a good looking man he’s never seen before–just who is this guy?
/added to shopping list
Unmei no Aite Desu ga, Nani ka? by Pepu
The next work is Unmei no Aite Desu ga, Nani ka? by Pepu. Apparently Pepu’s drawn some BL doujinshi and is also published in Sylph, a magazine immersed in otome manga/gaming culture, so she’s not completely inexperienced.
Akane is a high school boy who practices the art of tea ceremony. One day, Akane meets a boy who he just can’t get out of his mind. Ever since he was young, Akane has a reoccurring dream in which he is a princess from the Sengoku period and is the wife of a man who closely resembles that boy…
The plot doesn’t exactly sound like anything new, but the title and body language on the cover give it an amusing, cute tone. Will buy!
Lovely Talk by Kumonosuke
The last title is also a debut comic by Kumonosuke. The cover irks me–his nipples look like they were literally polished to a shine. Subtlety people, subtlety. The inside art doesn’t look like it has so unnaturally reflective body parts, but I’m not sure I want to buy this. Here’s a quick glance at the story content:
The inexperienced Hajime asks his childhood friend Kazuhiro to practice kissing with him. Kazu flatly refuses, saying it’s impossible because he likes Hajime. They are selling the work as a sentimental love story between adolescent boys.
Wait, so this would be his first time, i.e. “hajime,” and his name is also Hajime? *head desk* Please, please tell me the nickname “Kazu” is not related to the word that means “number” or “amount” to contrast the inexperienced boy with none. ….. Okay, I probably won’t pick this one up. Must wait until next month when there will be more to pick from..
Regardless, I love love love Ichijinsha and will be watching this new line of BL comics like a crazed hawk.