Early December Manga Arrival

I got two manga orders recently, including one I placed back in early October and another I made to fill in some gaps.  I’ve had the latter for about a week now.

DameBL is a good anthology.  I’ve read some of the oneshots and was quite entertained.  It’s a unique mix and I definitely wasn’t bored.  I was amused how heavily their twitter #dameBL tag was promoted.  I contributed in English to show that they have a wide audience.🙂

I loved Super Lovers 4.  Not too shocking. It looks like we’re finally going to get into Haru’s head soon–he’s an odd guy and I haven’t quite figured him out yet.  Hatsukoi is a reprint of Abe’s Sweet vs Home manga, except they flipped the title to the minor oneshot’s title within. I guess it sounds more appealing than Engrish. Pretty cover illustration!  I have a few more reprints I want to buy.

Lastly, I *really* enjoyed Kamikakushi Ryou Kitan.  At first, I was liking the supernatural stories, funky skater styles, and (very light) BL subtext.  But towards the end it took a new direction:  YANDERE ALERT~  God, I need more yandere BL.  Hell, I’ll take more male yandere characters in general.  If I find the time, I want to do an entry on that one.

The second batch arrived today.  There’s several of the Hagio Moto Perfect Selection volumes in there and they are quite… perfect.  :D  You can see the foil from the light reflection and there’s a number of color illustrations and red/black-toned pages as well.  I’m glad I got these.  I need to buy the rest.  I already have Mesh in the order that’s on its way.

I can’t wait to read Shachou Momoi-kun–I’m always ready for new Nishida Higashi manga, especially a fun and silly one.  New est em and Sekine-kun too, woo~~  On that note, Natsuyuki Rendezvous is ending this month, so I guess mean Kawachi Haruka is going to have some time free up…?  *SOB*

12 responses to “Early December Manga Arrival

  1. ‘Natsuyuki Rendezvous is ending this month’ –> gasp! really? volume 4 will be the final one?

  2. About Kamikakushi Ryou Kitan — is it explicit BL? The cover looks cool, but I don’t like seeing anything explicit, so…

    • Nope, it’s not explicit at all. In fact, the author assigns uke/seme roles at the end with character designs, remarking that it never really got there, ha. If anything, a number of people seem to be complaining that the “BL level” was low. I think that’s a silly complaint. It really focused on the supernatural aspect. So you’d be fine reading it.

  3. Oh, good! I do so love non-explicit BL; especially the ones that have a nice, coherent plot in addition to the romance. In fact, it’s better if the plot is the main course, the characters are the second, and the love story the third and final course. Okay, that was a weird metaphor, wasn’t it? >_<
    But I simply can't stand the ones with…um..intercourse in them (on-page, that is — I don't really mind if it happens off-page and they mention it in passing later, or something like that XD).

    Still, I guess that's a somewhat silly expectation to have, since yaoi is, after all, meant to be porn. And I've noticed that smutty BL are more popular and are granted (imo often unnecessarily) long serializations. Take Viewfinder or Crimson Spell, for example — one look at their covers and I was like “Oh, my…!?”
    (You seem way too sensible a person to enjoy such titles, which is why I gave vent to my feelings here. If you happen to like Yamane Ayano’s work, then my apologies ^_^)

    Speaking of which — don’t you like Hidaka Shoko’s Hana wa Saku ka? There’s no plot to speak of, but it’s rather sweet.

    • Haha, I’m not too different. I tend to go in order of character > plot >>> romance. As long as the characters are fun and unique, I tend to care less about what they are actually doing, including if they do each other, lol.

      I read some explicit stuff, but apparently I’m very hard to please there as I’m not impressed by a number of the popular stuff. Most of the time, I have actual expectations towards plot and character development (lol) and it’s hard for your *average* mangaka to address that while seemingly cramming in sexsexsex (because that’s what the readers expect). There’s some above average mangaka that can manage that, but those manga tend to not emphasize the sex as the primary selling point anyway.

      So I’m not into Yamane Ayano’s work.. she doesn’t pass that test. But either way, there’s no problem with venting. I certainly do it a lot :3 I’ll read some more graphic manga for fun (I call it my “junk food” manga), but they still typically have good characters at least. However, if I really break down what my favorite BL works are, they tend to not be explicit in nature. So I can certainly emphasize with people who don’t care for graphic manga. Actually, my favorite BL is often closer to shoujo manga that contain BL-ish relationships like Silver Diamond or the classic Hagio Moto/Takemiya Keiko/Aoike Yasuko/etc. works (where it all got started). Zankokuna Kami ga Shihai Suru is a great example as to how sex is done well—it drove the plot and character development and was cerebral in nature. Ugly when it should be ugly, beautiful when it should be beautiful. Not sex for the sake of cramming sex in there!

      I am a HUGE fan of Hana wa Saku ka. Great characters, sweet, naturally-flowing story, and great art. I can’t wait for Volume 3 (end of the month!).

      • There’s only one thing I don’t like about Zankoku — how Ian and Jeremy’s relationship turned out. It’s weird, since that’s what drives the entire latter half of the plot, but somehow it just didn’t sit well with me. It’s very realist as far as manga go, so I didn’t expect a womaniser like Ian to end up falling for Jeremy, who also had never shown any interest in guys before (unless you count the odd encounter he had with his friend from school…Charles, or someone?)
        I remember reading a story with a somewhat similar plot a few years back (I forget the name) about two girls — one a lesbian, the other heterosexual, who were sexually abused by the same guy when they were young; how they met each other quite by chance, how the lesbian deals with falling in love with the straight girl, how the other girl deals with problems caused by her many boyfriends, how they both come to terms with their pasts, and so forth. There was no love story or physical relationship between the girls, but their friendship eventually became the most important thing in each other’s lives. I think I was expecting something like that here, so I was kind of taken aback by what really happened. I know it’s stupid of me, but while I very much love Zankoku, I know I would’ve liked it better if Jeremy and Ian had never gotten involved with each other.
        I didn’t like Thomas no Shinzou as much as I thought I would. I’m Buddhist, so I didn’t really get all the Catholic undertones and Biblical references, nor did I appreciate them (I apologize if I offended your religious sensibilities) But I liked how none of the boys ended up with each other — that part was very realistic and quite touching — the rest was only so-so.

        I enjoyed Koori no Mamono no Monogatari a little more than Silver Diamond, but I like them both. WIld and Rapunzel’s relationship is seriously the sweetest romance I’ve ever seen anywhere, ever. Not than Ishuca x Blood and Rakan x Chigusa are bad, of course. But they aren’t quite so nice.
        Aoike Yasuko is comedy gold ~ I love Eroica and Eve no Musukotachi! They’re so wacky and yet so very delightful. Patalliro isn’t that good. It gets a little repetitive after a while; the protagonist is really fun, though.

        In general, I don’t like shoujo-esque plots that much…despite having a positive infatuation for shoujo / josei style art >_<
        The kind of BL I'd really love to read would be something with guys as tough (both physically and emotionally) as those you find in shounen / seinen manga, but well, you know, with BL. I've searched around quite a bit, and I think Motoni Modoru's works might be like that…but going by the comments people have made on them, they're so disgustingly explicit that I wouldn't go near 'em with a ten-foot pole X_X
        Do you know of any BL that could be described as shounen-esque? Boy, I'd love to read even *one*, if I could find it!

    • I guess we wanted different things out of Zankoku. I wanted to watch them both break. And for the most part, the manga does focus on that (with cruel being in the title in all) while they try to piece themselves back together emotionally/psychologically. I saw Ian becoming involved with Jeremy (and mirroring his father’s behavior, even if just in his own mind) as a necessary step to completely break him down before becoming someone else. So their happy relationship wasn’t a priority/focus of mine.. terrible, I know. :3

      That yuri story sounds really good.. if you remember the title, let me know.

      I have no religious affiliation, so I’m certainly not offended. I wasn’t raised with it either, so it has to be pretty obvious for me to even recognize the imagery/references, lol. I liked the overall tone and just enjoy her style in general. Being one of the earliest works makes it fascinating already.

      Wild and Rapunzel did have a great relationship! Maybe it’s just because it’s been a while, but I do find myself preferring Chigusa/Rakan and Kinrei/Prince.. I enjoy their characters more overall. Maybe my opinion will change once I know the whole story. Volume 25 looks pretty important for those relationships.. we’ll see.

      Ha, I’m not sure how I’d define shoujo-esque plots without having to resort to the generic shoujo manga and those aren’t certainly why I like shoujo. I read so many different types as is. Along those lines, I greatly favor the type of BL you describe. I don’t like one partner being overly dominated by the other (unless it’s a struggle of power between two already strong people I get to watch duke it out :3). And yeah, you shouldn’t look into Motoni Modoru… that is smutty stuff lol.

      Shounen-esque… hmm. Kamikakushi Ryou Kitan would be a decent answer to this, ha. I usually hear Natsume Isaku as having “shounen-like” art, whatever that means haha. I think the lines are just cleaner and everyone isn’t pretty like a doll.. the personalities tend to be evenly matched as well. However, there’s usually some sex involved in her stuff.

      Maybe Marginal by Hagio Moto? That would fit comfortably next to seinen manga, but it’s hard calling it BL since gender is fluid in it. Perhaps G Defend with its episodic sci-fi police plots going on (you’ve mentioned Tousuisha stuff, so you’ve likely read some of it?). Takaguchi Satosumi’s Utsukushii Otoko has this space opera kind of plot that you might find in a shounen manga I suppose. :3 Other than something like that, I feel like there’s a large disconnect between the themes of BL and shounen manga.

      If you’re talking about emotional strength aspect, there’s a lot more.You probably know a number of these authors, but perhaps one or two would be new. :3

      So I’m guessing you’ve read the BL works of Yamashita Tomoko, est em, Yoneda Kou, Yamada Yugi, Takaguchi Satosumi? (There’s a mix, but some of their manga would match). Nishida Higashi? Okadaya Tetuzoh? (There’s usually sex, but I love her stuff in general) Hiiragi Nozomu? (There’s both silly and more serious works. Lots of oneshots. Not all involve sex and those that do don’t focus on it). Kusama Sakae? Hashiba Maki? Not 100% of all those author’s works fit the bill, so if there’s something you haven’t read and you’re curious, you could always ask.

      Ha, that was an obnoxiously long comment, sorry~

      • About Zankoku — well, I’m an idealist, and generally prefer deep and meaningful platonic relationships to deep and meaningful non-platonic ones. But that’s just me being a sap, I guess🙂

        The problem with Marginal is that I’m not really a fan of gender-bender, be it BL, GL or het. I dunno why, but it makes me rather uncomfortable. Non-romantic gender-benders can be quite nice, though. (Have you read Boku wa ne? It’s simply adorable <3)

        G-Defend is sort of dull; I couldn’t get past the 2nd volume. Dunno why, but Marimoto Shuu’s writing leaves me dissatisfied for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on.
        I must try Utsukushii Otoko, it looks good.
        As for the mangaka you mentioned — I’ve read and liked a couple of stories by Est Em and Yamashita Tomoko, but I’ve never even heard of the rest. I don’t really know of any “safe” places where I can read up on BL since the few sites I’ve come across had too much explicit stuff for me to handle and I had to give up on visiting them >_<
        Hashiba Maki is great! I really should read 10-4 and Kid’s Log soon. Tokyo Ghost Trip was a load of fun.

        Oh, but I just remembered one myself — Ishihara Satoru! I guess I forgot ’cause it’s been ages since I last read anything by her, and my computer crashed last month and deleted all my saved-up raws *sob* She’s the only one who can make such weird, sexual-innuendo-laden jokes and actually make me laugh, so she’ll always have a special place in my heart. It’s a pity I can’t find 38 Dosen anywhere, though. I really wanted to read it because tragic romances are so much better than happily ever-afters.
        Oh, wait…maybe you don’t like her stuff? If so, then please ignore that last paragraph. I was just happy to have remembered one of my long-forgotten obsessions ^_^

        Thanks for the mangaka rec list! I’ll keep an eye out for their works.

        • I haven’t read Boku wa ne, but it looks cute🙂

          G Defend wasn’t even interesting until vol 6 or so for me. It helps fill this ache I have for *long* BL series because they’re so rare. Takaguchi Satosumi is a great mangaka, so you’d probably a bunch of her stuff. Although you’d want to stay away from Nanahikari. Like the other authors, make sure you check a site like mangaupdates and that it’s not tagged “yaoi.” A lot of those authors do both explicit and non-explicit. Definitely look into Kids Log! Love it–it’s all about important relationships that aren’t necessarily romantic in nature.

          I like Ishihara Satoru. There’s lots of tense situations, like yakuza, gangs, soldiers, prison inmates.. all sorts of stuff going on! I’d love to find some copies of her older stuff, like 38 Dosen which looks really good.

      • About Zankoku — well, I’m an idealist, and generally prefer deep and meaningful platonic relationships to deep and meaningful non-platonic ones. But that’s just me being a sap, I guess🙂

        The problem with Marginal is that I’m not really a fan of gender-bender, be it BL, GL or het. I dunno why, but it makes me rather uncomfortable. Non-romantic gender-benders can be quite nice, though. (Have you read Boku wa ne? It’s simply adorable <3)

        G-Defend is sort of dull; I couldn’t get past the 2nd volume. Dunno why, but Marimoto Shuu’s writing leaves me dissatisfied for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on.
        I must try Utsukushii Otoko, it looks good.
        As for the mangaka you mentioned — I’ve read and liked a couple of stories by Est Em and Yamashita Tomoko, but I’ve never even heard of the rest. I don’t really know of any “safe” places where I can read up on BL since the few sites I’ve come across had too much explicit stuff for me to handle and I had to give up on visiting them >_<
        Hashiba Maki is great! I really should read 10-4 and Kid’s Log soon. Tokyo Ghost Trip was a load of fun.

        Oh, but I just remembered one myself — Ishihara Satoru! I guess I forgot ’cause it’s been ages since I last read anything by her, and my computer crashed last month and deleted all my saved-up raws *sob* She’s the only one who can make such weird, sexual-innuendo-laden jokes and actually make me laugh, so she’ll always have a special place in my heart. It’s a pity I can’t find 38 Dosen anywhere, though. I really wanted to read it because tragic romances are so much better than happily ever-afters.
        Oh, wait…maybe you don’t like her stuff? If so, then please ignore that last paragraph. I was just happy to have remembered one of my long-forgotten obsessions ^_^

        Thanks for the mangaka rec list! I’ll keep an eye out for their works.

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