Review: The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!

This week I want to talk about Nanae Chioka-sensei’s work, “The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!” (Japanese title: その推しは××につき! Sono Oshi wa XX ni Tsuki). The art is super clean and Chioka-sensei is really good at drawing both harmless (and kinda scary) girls and very manly (and sometimes very scared) men like our protagonists, Sakiko and Masayuki.

Title: The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!
Author: Nanae Chioka

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140091/

It’s Thursday and that means I’m back with another review of a series that I think you all should check out. This week I want to talk about Nanae Chioka-sensei’s work, “The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!” (Japanese title: その推しは××につき! Sono Oshi wa XX ni Tsuki). The art is super clean and Chioka-sensei is really good at drawing both harmless (and kinda scary) girls and very manly (and sometimes very scared) men like our protagonists, Sakiko and Masayuki.

Each chapter has its own cover art! I especially like this one for Chapter 3 based on Alice in Wonderland (the actual story does not have anything to do with Alice or Disney though)!

Sakiko is a normal office worker with a big secret: she loves, loves, LOVES her yaoi. Maybe you can relate? Of course, during the day she’s forced to hide her kinda scary devotion to, ahem, the finer pleasures of life. Even so, her secret joy at the office is staring at Masayuki, the high-profile son of the CEO. He’s diligent, extremely hard-working, and cold, and best of all for Sakiko, he looks scarily like Reiji, her most favoritest, most dominating-est top. When a twist of fate leaves her alone with him in the same room, their passion and misunderstandings almost run wild at the office.

Even though Masayuki seems cool and collected on the surface like Reiji, he actually has a lot of insecurities about women and has no idea how to react when they get close. He really wants to get to know Sakiko more, but his lack of experience with women and his elite upbringing keep getting in the way of making rational decisions.

Will Sakiko be able to find Masayuki’s true personality under his Reiji-like surface? Will Masayuki finally be able to live up to the expectations of his wacky father? Throughout the series, the two characters just keep getting into more and more trouble, and you won’t know what misadventures they’ll end up in next! Every chapter they keep getting closer and closer to actually doing it, but there always seems to be some crazy thing that gets in their way.

Later chapters introduce a new character, Sota, who is either doing a great job of sabotaging their relationship on purpose, or doing a really bad job of keeping them together. It’s… kind of hard to tell?

I especially think Sakiko is a great character. She doesn’t spend every chapter just endlessly worrying about stuff, but she gets distracted by things and cracks jokes. She really loves her yaoi and her Reiji, but she also wants an actual, blossoming love with the real-life Masayuki. A lot of the series deals with how much of her fantasy she’s willing to give up for a “normal” relationship. Well, as close to normal as possible for someone like Sakiko. Later chapters introduce even more crazy characters, each with their own personalities and hidden wants and desires.

Sometimes it’s okay to let your guard down and show the people you love your deepest, darkest secrets, even if it’s embarrassing at first! I highly recommend you check out The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!, only on Renta!

Review: The Lovesick Flower Buds Waiting for Spring

Today I’d like to take a look at a slow-burning yaoi tale between two high schoolers. Like the title itself, the manga is pretty long and definitely worth checking out.

Title: The Lovesick Flower Buds Waiting for Spring
Author: Miwa

Page ID: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140284/

Today I’d like to take a look at a slow-burning yaoi tale between two high schoolers. Like the title itself, the manga is pretty long and definitely worth checking out. This story has been doing well on Renta! and like a lot of my favorite series, it doesn’t just get right into the “good stuff” so to speak but instead focuses on real-life themes like accepting your own sexuality and trying to become a better person for your partner. But enough jabbering about that stuff, what’s this story about, anyway?

Ayumu is a high school senior coming home from his part-time job after school, when he sees another student trying to shoplift from a local store. He notices an air of loneliness in the boy’s eyes, so he decides to help him out. After getting to know the younger student, he finds out the boy’s name is Ryosuke, and he’s in the same class as Ayumu’s younger brother, Hikaru. However, he never shows up at school and doesn’t really care about his future.

On the other hand, Ayumu is in the top of his class, but thanks to rumors told by Hikaru, he’s seen as some kind of legendary bear-fighting delinquent king. The stories have kinda gotten more and more ridiculous as time went on. As the honor student and the pseudo-dropout continue to meet up and get to know each other more, a friendship starts to form between the two of them. Hearing rumors that Ryosuke is hanging out with the mythical Ayumu, some thugs kidnap Ryosuke to try to fight Ayumu for themselves. Ayumu and Ryosuke escape, and Ryosuke decides to thank Ayumu with a kiss! But… they’re both guys! Ryosuke knows that, right!?

After that kiss, both parties need to do a lot of introspection. Was Ryosuke being too rash and has he ruined his chance of a normal friendship? Can Ayumu accept Ryosuke and his crush on him? Would he even be able to reciprocate that kind of love? And, will Hikaru be just as aloof and uncaring throughout the entire story? Oh wait, I can answer that last one. The answer is yes, and he’s the best.

Check out The Lovesick Flower Buds Waiting for Spring, available on the Renta! store now, and let us know what other kinds of stories you prefer!

Preview: My Complex Soulmate

Today I’d like to spotlight a manga that’s super cute and wholesome but also makes you think a little bit. It’s called My Complex Soulmate (運命の相手がややこしい Unmei no Aite ga Yayakoshii) and it tackles a lot of things about gender and what love actually means.

Title: My Complex Soulmate
Author: Yu Yuzuki

Update: It’s out! Check it out here: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140416/

Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying your pre-weekend (or preekend). Today I’d like to spotlight a manga that’s super cute and wholesome but also makes you think a little bit. It’s called My Complex Soulmate (運命の相手がややこしい Unmei no Aite ga Yayakoshii) and it tackles a lot of things about gender and what love actually means. It’s a super interesting read and I’m totally hooked… and best of all, it will be releasing on Renta! tomorrow morning Japan time. You can check out the New Releases page to find it once it drops.

So here’s the story. Our protagonist, Hiroto, is a 32-year-old typical office employee who’s just broken up with his long-term girlfriend. Fearing that he doesn’t understand how people actually think, he signs up for a dating service that matches people based on data rather than physical compatibility.

Sooner than he thought, he gets an urgent call from the dating company saying they found a perfect match for him: meet Hibiki Arai, who’s a 21-year-old part-timer. She’s cute, but could it really work out? I mean, she’s over 10 years younger than him! What could they have in common!? Well, turns out, when the dating company CEO shows them their data, they have a 200% match. In other words: they’re basically soulmates!

At first, things are kind of awkward between them, but they quickly hit it off, and at the end of the night, they are enjoying each other’s company. But, maybe they’ve had one too many drinks, because Hibiki suggests they head to a hotel right then and there. After all, they’re supposedly soulmates, right?

Even though their bodies are also a good match, Hiroto wakes up to find that Hibiki has already left, and he didn’t even get her number or anything. Eventually, he gets another call from the dating agency to schedule an emergency meeting… but there’s also another dude there too. And, he knows that Hiroto had a one-night stand!? What’s the ethics policy at this company like anyway?

So, here’s the big bombshell: Hibiki is actually sometimes a guy! Every few weeks on a biological cycle, he has a rare condition where she shifts back and forth. Sounds fun, right? Well, actually, probably not. Hibiki doesn’t seem to think so, anyway. Falling in love with someone isn’t exactly easy when you’re not always the same gender, after all. But Hiroto and Hibiki did spend the night together… what will happen to these soulmates?

Personally, I love any kind of sci-fi content or speculative fiction, so this manga is right up my alley. Unlike some gender transformation stories where the character is suddenly just like, “I’m a girl now wtf okay whatever lol let’s bang,” My Complex Soulmate actually deals with, well, complex issues and the ramifications of what could really happen if this kind of condition did exist. If you’re interested in seeing what happens with Hiroto and Hibiki’s complicated relationship, check out My Complex Relationship when it arrives on Renta! tomorrow!

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

Review: Want to Sell Me Your Body?

Recently we have been adding more yuri content, so today I’d like to spotlight this insanely cute and amazing manga, Want to Sell Me Your Body? Not only is the art really vibrant and detailed, the story also will keep you interested and wanting to read more and more.

Title: Want to Sell Me Your Body?
Author: Haiji Sanada

Let me tell you about a little secret. It’s not very well kept, but… did you know Renta! has yuri manga as well? Recently we have been adding more yuri content, so today I’d like to spotlight this insanely cute and amazing manga, Want to Sell Me Your Body? Not only is the art really vibrant and detailed, the story also will keep you interested and wanting to read more and more. And more and more and more! Basically, it’s really good is what I’m trying to say.

Our story begins with tragedy. The young student Tsukasa loses her mother in a car accident, and soon after that, her father loses his own job and succumbs to the vices of drugs and alcohol. Fast forward three years and now even her father has run away. Even though she has been living by herself for a week now, she still can’t shake the habit of cooking for two. Even so, her life has been pretty lonely and miserable.

She is about to sit down and eat her dinner when she hears a knock on the door. She is shocked to find a beautiful woman on the other side, but not as much as when she hears about the debt that her father racked up: a whopping $30,000! While she’s still reeling from shock, the woman lets herself in and starts helping herself to Tsukasa’s food… and then Tsukasa herself! The strange woman claims to be “evaluating” her for her money-making potential, but just what is going on?

Tsukasa can’t break free from the woman’s strong grip, but luckily she’s saved by another knock at the door. Unfortunately, this is not exactly a friendly face either, or even someone who could possibly pretend to be one. More debt collectors show up, this time demanding $70,000! This really isn’t Tsukasa’s day, huh? They are about to kidnap her, when the lady from earlier slams the collector to the ground and slaps a check for the money in his face.

This woman, who introduces herself as Reiko, makes Tsukasa a counter-offer: if Tsukasa sells her body to Reiko, she can consider her debt taken care of. Wait… sell her body to Reiko? What the heck does that mean? And, why is she talking about “night duty”? Just what will happen to Tsukasa? Reiko seems so nice, but what does she want? What does Reiko get out of sleeping together with Tsukasa in her tiny apartment?

Throughout the course of the series, you can see the relationship between Tsukasa and Reiko blossom, as both of them help the other grow as people through their own trials.

Have you read this series? Let us know what you thought about it in the comments!

Kris’s Korner: Cute and Fuzzy Stuff Fuels Me

Today I want to talk a little bit about fluffy warm stuff that saves you from a bad day, or the overwhelming grief you feel when you break that beautiful figure that you bought at that event and it cost you, like, $100 and…(´;ω;`)ウッ…

Hello! (´∀`)ノシ I’m Kris and I work here at the Renta! office in Tokyo alongside Nate. As an self-proclaimed otaku and fudanshi, I’m going to be writing about anime, manga, games, and hopefully recommend you guys some good series along the way!

Today I want to talk a little bit about fluffy warm stuff that saves you from a bad day, or the overwhelming grief you feel when you break that beautiful figure that you bought at that event and it cost you, like, £100 and…(´;ω;`)ウッ…

In Japan, this kind of stuff is often referred to as, iyashi (癒し), literally “healing”. Personally, I get my “healing” from slice-of-life anime, because cute girls are like sugar, straight to the veins(☆ω☆*)If you’re the kind of person that keeps up with recently airing series, you might have come across Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san (The Helpful Fox Senko-san), a series about a cute fox girl that decides to look after a tired office worker because she’s lovely like that.

Look at that adorable thing. She’s holding bubbles. Why is she holding bubbles? Are they a present? For me? Oh Senko-san, I love them (*´∀`*)

Anyway, I was sat here in the office thinking about her fluffy, fluffy tail (which is important (and I was on break so it’s fine don’t worry(;;´・ω・))), and I thought, “What kind of warm, fuzzy stuff do we have here?”

Artist’s impression of Senko-san learning about BL while she cooks you dinner.
How does she turn the pages without opposable thumbs? How does she reach the boiling pot? These are the questions.

So I asked the gang for some recommendations, had a read, and thought I’d let you guys know a couple of my favourites!

Title: The Guy I’m into Is a You-Know-What!
Genre: Love Manga
Adult Content: Yes
Link to store

A really cute story about Sakiko Kotohira, a diehard fujoshi, and Masayuki Utazu, a 30 year-old virgin that looks like a playboy, and their sudden office romance.

Sakiko often wakes up to the voice of her fantasy husbando, “Reiji”, in the form of steamy yaoi drama CDs. Although this is normally about as close as a fangirl can get to getting her dream boy, it just so happens that Masayuki, who works at her office, is the perfect Reiji look-a-like. There are two problems however: she’s worried about anyone finding out about her hobby, and he is terrified of women. Fortunately, the two are finally brought together when he choke-slams her into the freaking ground, by accident.

To quote the main guy, Masayuki, “She’s so tiny! And soft! And cute!!” I honestly found Sakiko to be simply adorable, and her interactions with Masayuki are super sweet too, largely due to his level of innocence. The art is really comfy, switching between a cute and comical style for the regular interactions, and a more detailed, high quality feel for the erotic scenes. Both relatable and very funny, this series will really cheer you up at the end of a long day.

Title: My Dearest Cop
Genre: BL
Adult Content: Yes
Link to store

My Dearest Cop is about two friends, forty-something-year-old ex-cop and shop owner Seiji Tajima, and 30 year-old cop Shin Nakamoto, and how they make the jump from friends, to something more.

Now running his family’s store, despite his best attempts, Seiji is having trouble finding a girlfriend. Shin often stops by while out on patrol for tea and a chat, but probably more so because of the romantic feelings he’s been harbouring for Seiji. When Seiji makes an off-hand comment about trying his luck with guys, Shin takes the opportunity to make Seiji his!

Oh my God look at that cat (=´∇`=) It’s adorable! Besides the cat, I really loved the pacing of this manga. The author has taken the time to set the scene, introduce the characters, and show us their relationships. This more gentle start is very relaxing and gives the characters a warmth that will put a smile on your face!


I really hope one of these series can brighten up your day and provide the “healing” that you need ( ´∀`)b And if you’re into anime I highly recommend checking out Senko-san too! Lastly I’d love to hear of any iyashi series that you guys enjoyed!

Until next time~! ヴァ───ヾ(´ー`)ノ───イ

Review: I Never Taught You That! by Nerima zim

To celebrate the official English release of Nerima zim’s new series, Our Addictive Carnal Games on Renta!, I thought I’d take a look back and review the comic that started it all – I Never Taught You That! Also a timely reminder that both this series and the first sequel series, Listen to Your Teacher! are 25% off until June 11th. Make sure you check them out before then!

Title: I Never Taught You That!
Author: Nerima zim

Page Link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/138677/

To celebrate the official English release of Nerima zim’s new series, Our Addictive Carnal Games on Renta!, I thought I’d take a look back and review the comic that started it all – I Never Taught You That! Also a timely reminder that both this series and the first sequel series, Listen to Your Teacher! are 25% off until June 11th. Make sure you check them out before then!

Masaki Tsuji is a divorced high school teacher in his 30’s, and recently something has been bothering him. For the past few days, someone has been groping him on the crowded train to work! At first he thought it was just a pervert aiming for the schoolgirls next to him, but as the attacks increase in intensity and frequency, Masaki soon realizes he’s the target!

Rush hour in Japan is scary! Train groping is a really unfortunate issue in Japan, and many people have gotten complacent. Remember: if you see something, say something! Due to the packed nature of Japanese trains, Masaki feels like he has no choice but to endure this humiliating torture. After a few days, Masaki finally catches a glimpse of the perpetrator, and he’s wearing the uniform of Masaki’s school!?

Despite being shaken by the events of the past few days, Masaki gets to work and begins grading papers, when he notices a blank sheet from Sohta Izumi, a student who usually gets good grades. When he calls Sohta to his office, Sohta is acting suspicious, and I think you can tell where this is going.

Sohta ties Masaki down and confesses that he’s the one that’s been groping him on the train. Why? Because he’s in love with his teacher of course. Students are so independent these days! I’m sure Masaki is happy that he’s taking matters into his own hands, but surely there are better ways of confessing your love than this!

Sohta continues to force himself on Masaki (I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, OR you can check out the manga for yourself and see!) To make sure Masaki doesn’t tell anyone, Sohta takes a few embarrassing pictures that would incriminate him should he decide to tell anyone about what happened. Promising to see him again tomorrow, Sohta unties Masaki and takes his leave.

One of my favorite things about Nerima zim’s manga is the use of facial expressions. They’re a great balance between cartoony and realistic, and really do an excellent job of getting you into the mindset of the protagonists. Of course, the story is also top-notch, and the writing really makes you want to know what happens next.

In the newest series, Our Addictive Carnal Games, Masaki and Sohta appear as side characters. By then, they are in a happy relationship. How do they go from the situation in this manga to being a really cute younger seme/older uke couple? You’ll have to read the rest of the series to find out! Could the aggressive Sohta from Chapter 1 actually have a sweet side to him after all?

If you still want to learn more about Nerima zim, make sure you check out another article on this very blog, written by my esteemed colleague, Sarah: “Older-Guy Uke Fetish” – Presented by Nerima zim.

Review: Do Androids Dream of Love?

Philip K. Dick would be proud.
Because who doesn’t want a touch of sci-fi in their love manga?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had a robot to do all your housework for you, and more? For me at least, if I could just be able to get out of cleaning my apartment AND also get a cute puppy-dog companion like Akito, the android in this story, I would be able to live the rest of my life happily.

Title: Do Androids Dream of Love?
Author: Ryo Hidaka
Japanese title: Android wa Ai no Yume wo Miru ka? (アンドロイドは愛の夢を見るか?)

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140324/

However, Riko, the primary heroine of our story, is a bit different. By all accounts, she’s had kind of a rough life. Her mother passed away when she was young, and her genius inventor father spent all his time in the laboratory creating new technology instead of really taking care of her. With a childhood like that, it’s not surprising that Riko ended up kind of a loner growing up.

Cut to the present day, and her quiet, lonely life changes when her father passes away and leaves her with a humanoid robot he calls Akito, programmed to be her companion and to make her feel as comfortable as possible. That means all that boring stuff like cooking, cleaning, and taking care of housework. Akito is also a learning robot, which means he can adapt and synthesize information to inform his decisions. The result is that Akito’s personality is like a cross between a wide-eyed child exploring the world for the first time, and a loyal dog ready to do anything for love and affection.

The story really gets interesting while the two of them are watching a movie on TV. Akito gets really curious about the human concept of “kissing” and is eager to try it out for himself. Riko is understandably a little bit uncomfortable, but Akito is just emulating what he sees on the screen. That’s a life lesson for future parents out there: make sure you always know what your kids are watching! But, just how far will they go? You’ll have to read on to find out how the rest of the story develops.

This story’s art is beautiful and it’s definitely a rising fan favorite on Renta! As the series continues, Riko and Akito continue to develop and learn to live together, for better or for worse. Riko is no pushover herself, but it’s hard not to melt a little bit in the face of Akito’s emotional expressions (which is kind of ironic, because in Riko’s words, he’s “just a freakin’ robot”). Akito’s just so cute and trying so hard, it’s impossible to stay mad at him forever! If you like a touch of sci-fi spec fic mixed in with your smut, then I think you’ll really enjoy Do Androids Dream of Love? As of this post, it’s currently on Chapter 2, but there’s definitely more to come soon!

August in a Glance: Yaoi by the Book

Here’s a handy list of all the by-the-book Yaoi we put out this August!

Manga by the Book

Alone with You

Alone With You
(暴愛フレンドシップ・Bouai Friendship)
by Zundamochiko
Link to Manga

This was a surprisingly sensual release, and I love the way romance and lust weave their way through this high school setting. Both of the boys share a certain loneliness in common: One of them expresses it through being fake and popular, never opening up to anyone. The other? Just never made any friends at all, so he’s super shy and pure. It’s the kind of relationship where they make each other better, unintentionally lol. If you haven’t read it and want something sexy yet a little bit heartwarming, this is a fun read to pick up.

Edited by Sarah! Yay!


 

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I’ll Have My Cake and Eat It, Too
(アレがしたい、コレがほしい。・Are ga Shitai Kore ga Hoshii)
by Jimi Fumikawa
Link to Manga

Jimi Fumikawa fans rejoice, this is a funny, smutty comic, just like we like it. There are several stories combined into one full volume for this Jimi Anthology, and I rather enjoy the silliness of the humor and the “in your face” no-shame flavor of sexuality. The title comic is an office romance with a boss uke who just can’t get enough of his employee’s amazing… performance?


 

Life Ain't So Bad

Life Ain’t So Bad
(世界はそんなに悪くない・Sekai wa Sonna ni Warukunai)
by Si Mitsuru
Link to Manga

Ohh baby. This was SO cute and SO funny and SO hot, it turned me into a Si Mitsuru fan instantly. The little cute one is was a virgin until he stumbled upon his dream guy in a public bath late one night. The adult video star who turned him on online was now turning him on.. well you get it. The uke’s purity and sincerity brought a sparkle back into the life of the seme… who was actually quite used to being an uke, himself. There were HINTS of switching, and I swear he almost got there. I think there was a little tip…. surely Mitsuru Sensei will satisfy our need for “reversible” couples in a bonus chapter someday.

This was also edited by me, and I spent an inordinate amount of time polishing the translation and erasing sfx, so I can personally guarantee you’ll have fun with this one. The reviews are really nice, too. Yay : )

(Sensei just published a brand new manga in Japanese called “Megumi and Tsugumi” and oh my lord… It’s hilarious. and Omegaverse. And coming to you in English soon.)


 

Love x Devil Apprenticeship

Love X Devil (Apprenticeship)
(らぶ×デビ(仮)~見習い悪魔と3つの願い~・Love X Debi Kari Minarai Akuma to Mittsu no Negai)
by Ikuya Fuyuno
Link to Manga

It’s a Love Devil, get it? He’s not a full devil yet. He’s in training!

To pass his last exam, devil apprentice Togo Nishizaki must seal a pact with reclusive college student Makoto Sugishita and grant him three wishes in exchange for his chastity and “essence.”

Essence, yes. (We keep it sort of PG, but I think we all know what “essence” means.) I’m a big fan of the angel/devil couples, so this is one that needs to go on my reading list. Mmm, glasses. Mmm nice horns. The good reviews and the free sample pages have me sold, so I am committed now.


 

Master and Doggy

Master and Doggy
(ご主人様とワンコ・Goshujin-Sama to Wanko)
by Sakira
Link to Manga

Unless you’re completely new to the BL scene, you’ve probably heard of Sakira. You may even instantly become overwhelmed with visions of hot beefy semes AND ukes, because this artist is quite famous for that, as you can probably tell from the cover here! This is a wild and fast-paced collection of stories by Sakira that we’re very excited to have in English. I do love doggies.


 

Reamed on Livestream Volume 4

Reamed on Livestream -Forced to Climax Live Online!!- Volume 4
(ご主人様とワンコ・NukoNuko Douga Gachi Iki Kyousei (Nama)Haishin)
by Merino
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Nama Haishin. Hehe. NukoNuko Douga. Sigh. Okay yes hello I am back. There are just too many puns in this title. It’s a very ecchi take on the live streaming trope, and I am pretty sure they’re taking this couple through all the humanly possible scenarios, and maybe some that aren’t. It’s deceptively cute for such a topic, but wow. They sure do get in there and do that. If you enjoy stories about exhibitionist ukes, this is a wild one!


 

Star-Crossed Paintbrushes Volume 1

Star-Crossed Paintbrushes – Part 1
(星に落ちる絵筆・Hoshi ni Ochiru Enpitsu)
by Naro Sakuragawa
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I can’t get over how gorgeous these covers are. Everything I want to say about it was said by one of the reviewers:

This is an absolutely wonderful piece of art, I was entranced with every page. It’s only been a couple days since I read it and I’m already finding the wait for the second part unbearable. I cannot recommend this enough, it has everything that I personally look for in a story, and I’ve already re-read it several times.

I didn’t get to edit this one, but I did get to make advertising banners and art for it, so I feel BLessed.


 

Taira the Bully

Taira the Bully
(いじめっこの岡田くん・Ijimekko no Okada-kun)
by Kyo Kitazawa
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Taira, the seme there, was a bully to Saiji when they were kids. Saiji sees his chance to get revenge when he realizes that Taira’s forgotten all about him, but could this be Taira’s plan all along? Is there a chance that he’s still playing with Saiji and bullying him even now as adults? Not to throw spoilers around, but yes. At first he thought he didn’t care if Saiji hated him, as long as he felt passionately about him one way or another lol. But, it was fun to see Taira dealing with his immature feelings and trying to grow up a little. This was a light read, and is followed up by a second story about a poor unlucky guy who just can’t seem to find love.


 

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Worship My Voice
(俺様ボイス・Ore-sama Voice)
by Chidori Sakuraba
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This is another huge artist that veteran BL fans will probably enjoy. It’s got 5 or 6 volumes including spin-off series, with recurring characters and lots of drama, and they all fall victim to the seductive powers of a nice, smooth voice.

Justin over at theOASG.com did a great review on this, so if you want to read more, check it out here.

“Older-Guy Uke Fetish” – Presented by Nerima zim

Sometimes artists or other people on twitter will open up a “question box” feature through a third-party app where you can submit any question you want, and if they feel like it, they will answer!

Usually yaoi/BL manga artists are incredibly sweet, and will take the time to answer as many questions as they can.

I happened to know that Nerima zim, author of “I Never Taught You That!”, “Listen To Your Teacher!”, and “My Hopeless Dreamer”, has a certain predilection for creating stories with older men as the UKE in all of their manga.

Several months ago I asked them on Twitter, “Uh… I’m just taking a wild guess, but… Sensei do you have an “older guy fetish?”” and their reply to me was an enthusiastic “YES!”

I knew it…

Equipped with that knowledge, I noticed Nerima zim accepting questions on Twitter today, and couldn’t resist poking a stick at that land-mine:

Sarah:

Hello Sensei!
I have a question regarding your “older-man fetish.” Could you explain the attraction and appeal of “older men” to people who have not yet reached enlightenment?

Not only did they answer me in great detail, they also got so excited that Twitter’s character count limit got in the way, uh, more than once. That did not stop Nerima Sensei, though.

They were so adorable and passionate about older-men uke that I asked permission to loosely translate and share their answers with you on this blog, so here you go!

Nerima zim:

(First Tweet)
Of course! Older uke men are so cute when they let their guard down because the LAST thing they’d ever expect is that another guy would be looking at them romantically or sexually. I love it when an older, wiser man (who long ago grew past the stage of life where young men typically strut their stuff trying to be a hot shot etc…) starts to warm up to the affections of a younger man, only to come face to face with the overflowing hot desire of a young man’s lust!!

(Second Tweet)
Oh no! 100 characters is not enough!💦 I also love it when an older guy who’s settled down after going through all the ups and downs of an adult life has to confront the (what he thought was an extremely unlikely) idea that he’d be starting a new romance at what he considers to be so late in life🧔🏻💦 That kind of story development is the BEST! Naturally they’d be shocked that someone their age would end up an uke to a younger guy! 😭💦 And when the seme treats him right, ’cause he’s so important to him!🤦‍♀️💦

(Third Tweet)
I’d kill to interview that older guy and ask how it felt when he realized that an ambitious, lust-filled younger guy was desperately hunting him down. Like, “Having once been a robust young man yourself, what’s it like now that all those hormones and affections of a younger stud are honed in and locked on to YOU?” Please, older men! Tell me! I need to know!!😭💦 So yeah, I adore the type of older man who can appreciate and accept those feelings.🤦‍♀️💦 What a blessing/gem/rare gift/precious thing…

(Fourth Tweet)

And! And!! 🤗💕It makes me sooo happy when the older guy is like “How could you fall in love with an old fart like me? Poor thing! What a pitiful guy!” 😢💦 But then inwardly he’s all secretly feeling like hot shit because he’s got a gorgeous guy so many years younger than him for a boyfriend. It’s so fun to see them getting into it( ◜௰◝و(و

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So what do you think? See what I mean about a land-mine? Sensei was sooo cute answering my question, and the passion they feel for “Ossan” (older men) uke is INTENSE! and we love it! ❤

We currently have three manga titles from Nerima zim Sensei on Renta! in English (with more on the way!), so if you wanna see what all the hot fuss is about, check them out!

They ALL have older-men uke in them! hahaha! ❤


My Hopeless Dreamer

My Hopeless Dreamer

Story: Shinobu Aizawa is already in his forties, but he works part-time as a security guard while pursuing his dream of becoming an archaeologist. One day, he is sent to work security at a party venue and the guy he tries to hold down for making a fuss turns out to be Aldo, the very prince who organized the party. Before Shinobu has a chance to understand what’s going on, he’s being dragged into the center of the room and introduced as the prince’s fiance! This is a romantic love story between a bold and brazen prince and a middle-aged dreamer!


I Never Taught You That!

I Never Taught You That

Story: Masaki Tsuji is a divorced high school teacher in his early 30s. Lately, he’s been running into a groper on his train ride to work. At first, he thought it was a mistake, but once the hand reaches around the front, things start to escalate! Then a voice whispers, “You’re cute, Mr. Tsuji.” He can’t stop thinking about the perpetrator all the way to school. When Sohta, a student who usually gets good grades, hands in a blank test sheet, Masaki calls him in for a talk. They meet after school, and once Sohta confirms that they’re alone, he goes in for a kiss! This is a secret school love story between a handsome student and his 30-something teacher!


Listen To Your Teacher!

Listen To Your Teacher

Story: Masaki Tsuji’s a 30-something year old high school teacher as sincere as they come. His student, Sohta Izumi, is in love with him. Through many twists and turns, Sohta’s earnest feelings eventually swayed Masaki and the two are now in a romantic relationship. Sohta’s dating Masaki, something he thought he only could’ve dreamed of. His fantasies are reigned in by Masaki, who forbids any kind of hanky-panky at school and sex until graduation! Forced to hold back right after attaining his love, Sohta’s jealousy builds day by day. Just then, Mr. Noda, the new school nurse, catches on to their relationship…
This is the sequel to the popular “I Never Taught You That!”

Please try these out, and enjoy! Also, you can follow Nerima zim’s Twitter account (in Japanese) at @nerima_zim to keep an eye on this hard-working, amazingly talented Sensei I adore.

 


 

PS: Coming soon to Renta! in 2018, 『Kore Mo O-Shigoto Desu!』featuring, you guessed it, a sweet (and hot) relationship between an older uke and a younger man! Check it out in the original Japanese at the link provided, or wait ever-so-patiently just a LITTLE longer and it’ll be in English soon! ❤

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