What’s it like to work at Renta?

As an editor specializing in translations of erotic manga from Japan, suffice it to say that I have a slightly interesting work environment. If you walked into our office space, you would not notice anything out of the ordinary at first glance…

As an editor specializing in translations of erotic manga from Japan, suffice it to say that I have a slightly interesting work environment.

Office Building

If you walked into our office space, you would not notice anything out of the ordinary at first glance. We don’t have cubicles, but everyone has a desk in one very large room that takes up half of an entire floor in the middle of a high rise office building in the heart of Tokyo. (You can walk to the imperial palace from here, and the gorgeous Hotel New Otani is right down the street. I pass it every day walking here from the train station.)

Nearby the Office

My desk is right next to the other editors in the International Department, so every time we come across a funny translation or ridiculous plot point, you’ll hear us giggling in English. However, the rest of the office is run almost exclusively in Japanese. Even department meetings are held in Japanese, as most of our team is bilingual but several people do speak Japanese as a native language instead of English.

Even with over 80 Japanese staff members in the same room, it’s usually very quiet while everyone taps away at keyboards and works diligently at their desks. (Except for that one guy whose squeaky chair might show up in revenge nightmares featuring me with a baseball bat or rocket launcher. I haven’t decided how I want to destroy it yet.)

Yes. This is a peaceful, calm, and quite typical Japanese office. The dress code is a little informal compared to other offices, but most people just wear whatever is comfortable.

Nothing out of the ordinary here…

until you look at anyone’s screen.

The Man Bra

The CEO of the company sits slightly behind me with a full view of what’s on my screen, which always makes me a little uncomfortable. Not because I’m procrastinating or doing something I’m not supposed to be. Rather, it’s because there are often images of two guys having amazingly messy sex on my screen.

Sometimes in full color!

Everywhere you look you will see something a little bit interesting as you walk through the office. Part-timers zooming in on erotic scenes to delete Japanese sound effects and speech in Photoshop… Content managers skimming through new volumes of manga to make sure all the files are in order… And there’s even an in-house publisher in the back of the room who makes 2-D animation versions of popular Japanese manga, too.

Once a week, everyone will get up and move to a giant conference room where we have a company-wide meeting, and each department will share news and reports of what happened over the last week. It never fails to amuse me when titles of the manga appear on the projector screen. We will often stifle giggles when someone has to read the title out loud. Inevitably there will be a stalker, a yakuza, or a classmate who just –ed your mom (also in full-color). But the most amusing thing of all is that most of the time everyone just sits through these meetings with a straight face. No reaction at all is the funniest reaction to me.

I love my job, but without fail, you will hear the phrase “What even is our life?” about once a week here in the International Department.

I hope you enjoy the manga we release. We do work hard to make sure it’s as sexy as possible. I’m looking forward to sharing more and more manga with you each week, so stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

Our new releases this week are on a whole new level, so please check them out and let me know what you liked!

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March 14 New Releases

Hi everyone! I’m really excited about this week’s new releases in Yaoi/BL. See below for a preview, and check out our homepage for a full list of manga coming out this week.

Hi everyone! I’m really excited about this week’s new releases in Yaoi/BL. See below for a preview, and check out our homepage for a full list of manga coming out this week.

New Full Volumes

Negative

Title: Negative
Artist: Harada

Description: This full volume contains the first half of a two-volume set. (The second volume “Positive” is scheduled for release in April!) Each volume contains stories about several different couples all set in the same universe… mostly.

“Negative” introduces 4 different stories:
1) A complicated love triangle between childhood friends
2) A massage therapist and a beautiful man with many secret piercings
3) Two guys pretending not to love each other when they clearly do, never managing to say so until one of them literally has brain damage.
4) A story told from the perspective of a beautiful girl who accidentally switches bodies with one of her male classmates.

Since the overarching theme for these stories is something “negative”, you can expect to finish this volume feeling thoroughly satisfied and yet simultaneously haunted for days. If you’ve never read a manga by Harada-Sensei before, this is a great place to start!

Threads of Love 2

Title: Threads of Love – Volume 2
Artist: Kyohei Azumi

Description: The sequel to the beautiful, sweet, and heart-throbbing first volume is here! Volume 2 introduces a new character with cute animal ears, this time in the form of a werewolf. After being rescued by a teacher, he grows really attached to his rescuer’s “delicious” smell, and spends much of the time in a childlike form that is super adorable.

Characters from the first volume make several appearances since this is set in the same town and school as before, and they help this adorable teacher overcome difficult circumstances and find a way to be with this cute (yet incredibly buff and handsome in his adult form) werewolf who crashed into his life unexpectedly.

 

Title: Red Panic!! – The Guy Who Needs To Get Off 8 Times A Day
Arist: Yoko Midoriyama

Description: An anthology of many hilarious, sweet, and sexy short stories that will crack you up and turn you on at the same time. This one had me crying. I loved the bonus stories at the end, and the entertaining comments by the artist were just like icing on the cake.

New Chapters of Ongoing Series

Ghostly Encounters of the Erotic Kind by Nakai
I Turned Into A Girl And Turned On All The Knights! by Yakan; Misaki Inori
Only Guys Can Come Inside by Chihaya Magase
Nipple Bingo by Asuka Ibuki
Kiss and Tell by Anna Takamura
Stained With Snow White’s Poison by Ship Hita
Sweetheart Trigger by Nyan-Nya
Starting Today I’m A Delinquent… ! by Gisho Akagi
Wrapped Around Your Little Finger by Ito Agata
Lovesick Odd Couple by Wai
Inside God’s Arms by Yonezou Nekota

Happy White Day from all of us at Renta!!

Review: Over-cumming Writer’s Block

Over-cumming Writer’s Block by Awaji Nae
Item page: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/138731/

This is the first Awaji Nae manga featured on our website and is currently one of our bestsellers. It’s no surprise why. The art is beautiful and modern. The layout is clean in both the Japanese and the English. And, it’s got the perfect balance of eroticism, story, and humor.

Over-cumming-Rio

Rio Mizuhara (above) has always loved words and writing. She could travel to worlds she’d never imagined. In high school, she won her first writing contest and was picked up by her current editor, Ms. Maeda (below). It was Ms. Maeda who encouraged her to explore the field of erotic romance.

Over-cumming-Maeda

However, Rio has one major problem according to Ms. Maeda: her sex scenes are like a cabbage and stork getting it on.

Over-cumming-scene1

Rio wonders if she’s really cut out for writing erotic romance novels. She has no clue what goes on during sex, let alone ever been horny in her entire life.

Dejected, she leaves the meeting and gets onto the elevator with Mr. Fujishima, a business man, standing behind her. She sighs and says out loud, “I wish someone could just teach me how to have sex…”

THUD! FLAP! FLAP!

She looks over her shoulder. Mr. Fujishima has dropped his briefcase and all of its contents have gone flying out onto the elevator floor! She bends down and helps him collect his documents. “Here,” she says as she hands him his documents.

DIIING.

The elevator reaches his floor and he runs out.

Over-cumming-Fujishima

He doesn’t even thank her. Now infuriated, Rio decides to cheer herself up with some dessert at a café across the way from her publisher. She notices he’s left an envelope on the elevator. She picks it up and gets off the elevator.

Back at work, Mr. Fujishima realizes he’s lost the documents from Blurt publishing, Rio’s publisher. He’s clearly in a bad mood, but his fellow employees comment that he always looks that way. Mr. Fujishima wonders if he forgot to pick it up when he dropped his briefcase in the elevator.

His secretary calls out from across the room: “Blurt Publishing is waiting for you on line 2.”

He answers the phone.

“I… um… the envelope… *cough* *cough* I have your documents from Blurt Publishing. If you want them back, come to the café in front of Blurt’s building!”

The caller hangs up.

He rushes over to the café to find Rio scarfing down a parfait. He thanks her for picking up the envelope and reaches down for it. Rio slams her hand on the envelope and apologizes for blackmailing him. He asks her why she’s apologizing and assures her that she’s helped him.

She lifts her head up and tells him she’s about to blackmail him. She offers to give him the documents back in exchange for an interview. He’s irritated, but decides to humor her.

“OH MY GOD! THANK YOU!” she enthusiastically screams out. “SO, WHERE DO YOU START WITH FOREPLAY?”

He whisks her out of the café to a more private place to continue her interview…

If you want to find out what happens next, please click the item page link above or here!

 

 

What is Renta!?

Renta! is a digital manga store based out of Tokyo, Japan. We offer exclusive, officially-translated manga in the genres of Love, Yaoi, Romance, Shojo, Tatecomi and Young Adult.

What sets us apart from other digital manga stores is that we are officially licensed and legal in our sales. No more hassles with trying to download manga illegally. Of course, that’s not the only thing that makes us great…

1. We provide manga directly to any device. This way you can read your favorite manga instantly without having to install any special applications, programs, or using a specific device! You can also install our app on your smart phone or tablet to browse and read our manga that way, but it is not required.

2. We offer two payment options: cash and tickets. Tickets can be purchased in sets of 10, 30, 50 and 100. If you purchase 30 tickets, you receive two extra tickets. If you purchase 50, you receive four extra tickets. And, if you purchase 100, you receive nine extra tickets. Tickets are extremely convenient since you will not be constantly charged when purchasing the next chapter of your favorite manga!
Please note: 1 ticket is $1 US (excl. tax)

3. You can choose between 48-hour or unlimited rentals. This provides you the option to rent a manga you may not want to purchase at first, but if you change your mind later, you can upgrade to the unlimited option!

4. We release new manga every week. This way you can continue reading your favorite manga as new chapters are released!

We plan to add many new features to our website in the very near future. We will introduce them as they are released, so please be sure to check back regularly for more updates.

For more information on Renta! and your favorite manga, please visit https://www.ebookrenta.com/.

The Most Popular Professions in Yaoi

Since we check a lot of manga here at Renta!, it’s easy to notice certain things that pop up a lot.

No, I’m not talking about… sound effects… *ahem*

It seems like for all the hundreds and thousands of characters we meet, most of the them fall into a surprisingly limited number of professions. Here is the list of common jobs for BL manga characters that I came up with off the top of my head:…

Since we check a lot of manga here at Renta!, it’s easy to notice certain things that pop up a lot.

No, I’m not talking about… sound effects… *ahem*

It seems like for all the hundreds and thousands of characters we meet, most of the them fall into a surprisingly limited number of professions. Here is the list of common jobs for BL manga characters that I came up with off the top of my head:

  • Currently a student in high school or studying in university
  • Porn Star
  • A Porn Star who is currently studying in university
  • Working in the sales department of a large corporation or business
  • CEO of a large business/New employee at a large business
  • Chef/Waiter
  • Florist
  • Cross-dressing bar staff
  • Host at a Host Club
  • Baker
  • Cafe/Coffee shop staff
  • Bartender
  • Teacher
  • Massage Therapist

I showed this list to my senpai, who pointed out a few big ones that I missed:

  • Policemen/Detectives
  • Working at a Library or Bookstore
  • Author or Manga Artist!
  • Butler or Servant
  • DOCTORS!

(How could I forget doctors…)

I challenged myself to find the occupations above on our New Release page. This is what I came up with!*

*I was unable to find recent releases for a few categories (in official English translations anyway!), but I’m surprised at how quickly I came up with recommendations for all the series below. Let me know if you have any requests, and I can probably list at least a few options!

High School Student Uke… AND a P-… Police Officer Seme. Sort of.

Lovesick Odd Couple

Title: Lovesick Odd Couple
Artist: Wai
(Chiguhagu Lovesick)

Porn Star Uke and University Student Seme

Bossy Bottoms On Top

Title: Bossy Bottoms On Top! (Volume 2)
Artist: Yahiro Kaji
(Bitch na Ano Ko no Iutoori)

A University Student Who Is Also A Porn Star!

Kiss and Tell

Title: Kiss and Tell
Artist: Anna Takamura
(Himitsu wa Kiss de Abakareru)

Salesmen

 

Title(s):
Volume 1: Me, My Boss, and Our Love Story
Volume 2: Me, My Trainee, and the Sequel to Our Love
Volume 3: Me, My Boyfriend, and the Future of Our Love
Artist: Nanameguri
(Ore to Joushi no Koi no Hanashi)

CEO of a large business

The Man Bra

(Okay well actually this seme is just the top employee of the company, and not the CEO. Still! This was the first thing that came to mind.)

Title: The Man-Bra
Artist: Ikuji Ikuta
(Osu♂Bra)

Cafe or Restaurant-Related

 

(Again, not technically employees there, but close enough!)

Title: Gelateria Supernova
Sequel: Gelateria Supernova – Royal Vanilla
by Kitahala Lyee

Cross-Dressing Bar Staff

Love Is a Battlefield

Title: Realization from Transformation – Love Is A Battlefield!
Artist: Nengorou
(Kawatte Kidzuite Ai La Bu Yu!)

Professional Host

 

Title: Satoshi and Kakeru
Prequel: The “Flow” in Flower
Arist: Tsutako Tsurusawa
(Niizuma-kun to Arao-kun) (Kusakanmuri ni Bakeru to Kaite)

Bartender

Negative

(Okay technically the bartender is a side character but he shows up in multiple stories. It’s wonderful.)

Title: Negative
Artist: Harada
(Nega / Poji) (はらだ:ネガ・ポジ)

Teacher

 

Title: I Never Taught You That!
Sequel: Listen To Your Teacher!
Artist: Nerima zim
(Sonna Koto Oshietenai!) (Sensei no Iu Koto Kikinasai!)

Massage Therapist

Moobstretch Stretch Session Obsession

Title: Moobstretch: Stretch Session Obsession
Artist: Oshizu
(Yokoshima Moobstretch)

Bonus Massage Therapist

Minoris Hand

Title: Minori’s Hand
Artist: Scarlet Berico (Scarlet Beriko)
(Minori no Te)

Police Detective

Spill It

Title: Spill It!!
Artist: Tamaki Kirishima
(Ittoke)

 

Review: Crack Star

Tomo Kurahashi is an established and beloved BL mangaka with a very big fanbase, and it’s easy to see why. The art style is soft and pretty, and the story tends to grab you by the heart.

Crack Star by Tomo Kurahashi
Item Page: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/138962/

crack star

Tomo Kurahashi is an established and beloved BL mangaka with a very big fanbase, and it’s easy to see why. The art style is soft and pretty, and the story tends to grab you by the heart.

Tomo Sensei specializes in “childhood friend” scenarios that develop into something more as the story progresses. In this instance, Mio and Shino were very close friends in high school, but the first chapter opens up with them having not seen each other in several years. Mio calls Shino out of the blue and shows up at his door needing a place to stay, and they hit it off as if nothing had changed.

crack star 2

However, what Shino doesn’t know is that Mio has harbored a crush on him for years. Mio may be a bad liar, but somehow he’s managed to keep it a secret all this time.

Despite not realizing that Mio had feelings for him, as Shino discovers a few secrets about Mio’s past and somewhat present relationships, his own feelings of friendship develop into something much more.

crack star 4

Meanwhile, Mio’s pretty oblivious and thinks his own feelings are unrequited, when actually, I’m pretty sure Shino is more than willing to find a way to work things out. Super willing, in fact.

One of the most intense scenes of the entire manga was referenced in the cover, which looks innocent enough at first glance, but actually depicts both guys in separate bathroom stalls. Mio didn’t know Shino was on the other side, and had someone else in there with him, never realizing that the best friend he’s loved for years was… well… listening. Among other things. (This blog is super PG… so use your imagination.)

crack star 3

If you’ve never read a manga by Tomo Kurahashi, they all come HIGHLY recommended.

Crack Star is our newest Tomo Sensei release, but we also have “Let’s Be a Family!”, “Sick”, and “I Wanna Do What Lovers Do”, which are all incredibly popular one volume series by the same mangaka.

Actually…! There is a prequel currently releasing about one chapter per month in Japanese right now that tells the story of how the two characters in an already-established relationship in “Let’s Be a Family!” got together. I really hope we can get that licensed in English when it’s complete, too!

Crack Star:  https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/138962/

Let’s Be a Family!:  https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/122809/

Sick:  https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/123470/

I Want To Do What Lovers Do:  https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/96485/

 

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