Author Spotlight: Mariko Nekono

For today’s author spotlight, we’re going to be looking at one of our favourite BL authors, Mariko Nekono (Japanese: 猫野まりこ)!

For today’s author spotlight, we’re going to be looking at one of our favourite BL authors, Mariko Nekono (Japanese: 猫野まりこ)!

One of my favourite things about Mariko Nekono is that they tend to focus on one volume stories, where you get a full story between two characters from start to finish, in a single 200~ page book. I always find that this way you get a really well rounded plot, that wraps up nicely at the end.

They also do quite a lot of sequels, where we get to see new story lines, or other sides to characters we already know very well. We all know how exciting it can be so see our favourite characters again! ヾ(´∀`)ノ

At Renta!, we’ve got two of Mariko Nekono’s longer running series available, so let’s take a look at them shall we!

Be sure to check out all of Mariko Nekono’s stuff on the Renta! store!

Series:
Drawn into Love
Titles:
Drawn into Love
Drawn into Dreams
Drawn with Feeling

The Drawn into Love series focuses on the relationship between Yoshifumi and Ichito, two guys who have been friends since high school. Although they stop talking when Ichito became a movie star after graduation, the two have always longed for the day that they’d be reunited once again! (n´v`n) And that day finally comes, when Ichito brings his Yoshifumi X Ichito yaoi manga to Yoshifumi’s printing company! Talk about an awkward reunion…

Ichito’s adoration for Yoshifumi is super cute right form the start, especially when he gets all small and teary eyed. The most surprising this about this series is probably just how funny it is, and although the approach to their relationship is serious when necessary, you’ll be laughing out loud the rest of the time. There’s also a fairly serious and realistic approach to the couple’s sex life, as they slowly build up to going the whole way together. Overall it’s a very well balanced series that we think anyone can enjoy! ( ´∀`)b

Series:
Drawn into Love: The Demanding Author Falls for the Loser
Titles:
The Demanding Author Falls for the Loser
The Demanding Author and the Fledgling’s One-sided Love

The Demanding Author series features one of the side characters from Drawn into Love, Jun Nanami, in his own romantic spin-off! After causing a whole world of problems for Yoshifumi and Ichito, Jun is being properly punished by being made to work… as a manga artist’s assistant? The last thing Jun wants to do is help some creep draw smut manga, but it just so happens that the artist he’ll be working with is none other than model Yudai Kase, Jun’s life-long idol!

Jun is not a particularly likeable character in the beginning, but that’s one of the real draws of this series. As much as it’s about hot model sex and nerdy jokes, Jun’s growth as a person is the central pillar of the story, with his relationship with Yudai being an important part of that. Yudai is an interesting character as well, and his possessiveness of Jun makes your heart skip a beat (´˘`)♡ The cherry on top for this series, is getting to see the guys from Drawn into Love every so often, getting involved in little side shenanigans!


Mariko Nekono’s ability to tie all their characters and stories together is truly impressive, and makes the world within the books feel full and real. We’re really looking forward to reading more of their stuff!

If you’re interested in seeing doodles and other stuff from Mariko Nekono, you can check them out on Twitter! (in Japanese)

A sketch of Ozaki and Akane, two side characters from Drawn into Love and The Demanding Author.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on Mariko Nekono, so let us know in the comments below!

And remember, be sure to check them out on the Renta! store!

Until next time~! ヴァ───ヾ(´ー`)ノ───イ

Author Spotlight: neco

Today, we’re going to be looking at neco, who’s ongoing series “Bee-Sting Babe and the Gorgeous Guy” has been a huge hit!ヽ(*´∀`)ノ☆ Although each of neco’s series are different in substance and tone, they’re fantastic at building up relatable characters within a few short chapters, and using different art styles to set the mood.

Hello! (´∀`)ノシ

At Renta!, we’re fortunate enough to have some really amazing work from some really amazing authors, so we thought it was about time that we showcased some of our favourites. So from now on you’ll be seeing some of our “Author Spotlight” posts from time to time, showing off some of the best work, from our best authors!

Today, we’re going to be looking at neco, who’s ongoing series “Bee-Sting Babe and the Gorgeous Guy” has been a huge hit!ヽ(*´∀`)ノ☆ Although each of neco‘s series are different in substance and tone, they’re fantastic at building up relatable characters within a few short chapters, and using different art styles to set the mood.

Be sure to check out all of neco’s stuff on the Renta! store!

Title: Bee-Sting Babe and the Gorgeous Guy
Author: neco
Link to store

“Bee-Sting Babe and the Gorgeous Guy” stars Iori Ayase, a cute 25 year old tom-boy who works at a cafe, and her co-worker Sota Seto, a pastry chef who’s beautiful enough to be mistaken for a girl! Although she’s had a crush on Sota for a long time, Iori is hung-up on her tiny breasts and can’t even imagine getting a boyfriend, let alone one as gorgeous as Sota! But as it turns out, tiny breasts is exactly what this chef is into…

This is one of neco‘s cutest series by far, as Iori is just adorable, and Sota is really sweet when he’s worrying about her! Their relationship is super wholesome and there’s a lot of focus on Iori getting more confident in herself and her petite body. As this a long running series, we’re really looking forward to seeing what happens next for the two of them!ヾ(´ー`)ノ

Title: My Boyfriend’s a Love-Zombie -The Pleasure Won’t Stop!-
Author: neco
Link to store

After her boyfriend passed away in a car accident years ago, Yuri has never been able to get over him. No one else feels right to her. But when she gets harassed by some guys on her way home from a night out, a handsome young man saves her, and something clicks. Being with him is just like being with her old boyfriend again. She’s even more surprised when it turns out this handsome guy and her ex have the same name!

In this series, the story is told mostly from the guy’s point of view, which isn’t as common in TL, but works really nicely. We get to see how much he loves Yuri and how important she is to him, which is the main focus of the story. Yuri is super cute, in a very feminine way, almost like a doll, and knowing what happened to her in the past makes you really want to root for her happiness! ٩(๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵๑)۶ Another very wholesome series by neco, we’d recommend this if you’re after a feel-good-read!

Title: Bondage, Discipline, and the Seductive Young Man
Author: neco
Link to store

A talented businesswoman by day, Minato Kashiwagi turns into a dominatrix at night, unleashing her whip and sharp tongue on her masochistic co-workers. So when a young, docile looking boy, Towa, joins her company, obviously she’s excited to have another toy boy to add to her collection. But when she tries to wrap him around her little finger, he turns the tables on her and brings out her inner masochist! Now that she’s become the toy, what will happen next?

And now for something completely different, “Bondage, Discipline, and the Seductive Young Man” is all about S&M play and a great read for anyone who’s ever wanted to be toyed with (*´Д`) Unlike neco‘s other work, Minato and Towa aren’t cute, but rather beautiful and mature looking, which captures their more adult, obscene relationship perfectly.


We hoped that you like neco‘s work, and if you’ve read any of their stuff before we highly recommend checking out their other series!

You can also follow neco on twitter! It’s all in Japanese, but they sometimes post art, updates, and delicious food and stuff too(’┓`*)

“As it’s Maid Day… A maid for Iori’s eyes only.”

We’d love to hear what you think about the author so feel free to leave us a comment below! And of course be sure to check out neco on the Renta! store!

Until next time~! ヴァ───ヾ(´ー`)ノ───イ