New and Upcoming BL/TL for November 2019

Hey folks! Fall is here, and with the delectable sites and smells of the harvest breeze, Renta! is here to bring you the best new manga we can! Here are some of the freshets new yaoi and love manga coming this month to Renta!

Hey folks! Fall is here, and with the delectable sites and smells of the harvest breeze, Renta! is here to bring you the best new manga we can! Here are some of the freshets new yaoi and love manga coming this month to Renta!

BL/Yaoi

Title: You’re a Cute Slave of Love
Author: Jita
Publisher: JULIAN PUBLISHING

Release date: Out now!

Tenya and Yamato Hagiwara, have always been raised as twin brothers, until they found out the truth of their relationship. Ever since then, the younger of the two, Yamato, started skipping class and hanging out with the delinquents at school. Tenya takes it upon himself to fix Yamato and make sure he ends up on the right track again, but it’s proving to be difficult. One day, Yamato’s friend Tatsumi tells Tenya where he can find his brother, but it ends up being a trap as he walks in on his brother having sex! Afterwards, Yamato tells Tenya that he will have to make up for his interruption by being a replacement for the girl who ran off…!! There’s also a bonus story exclusive to Renta! with the three of them together…!?

If you like Jita’s steamy, slow-building style, check out their other work on Renta!, A Seductive Relationship, about an adult film star who pretends to be his male co-worker’s boyfriend.

Title: There’s Fanfiction About Us?
Author: Tsubame Koshiora
Publisher: Brite Publishing

Release date: Out now!

Rui and Hibiki have been pop stars for five exciting years, and things are going well. When Hibiki stays at Rui’s one night, the two men find some fan-made manga about them and are shocked to see that it’s more than a little suggestive! In fact, the two of them can’t help but think they want to try it out for themselves…

Title: My Quiet Best Friend’s Just Tongue-Tied
Author: Gomouriki
Publisher: DeNIMO

Release date: November 15

For some reason, one day Ohdai wakes up with the power to see how turned on people are. He thinks to himself “Hey, I could meet horny girls!!”, only to notice that his silent and poker-faced best friend’s lust gauge is bursting at the seams. Apparently, if the gauge isn’t depleted regularly, he could end up becoming a molester…!? He’ll be okay if we take care of “it” before the gauge breaks, right!?

Title: Don’t Say You Love Me!
Author: Haruhi Yuzuya
Publisher: HOUBUNSHA Co.,Ltd

Release date: November 26

At first it seemed like the gorgeous and popular student council president Eiji Tokita, and Oriya Okamoto, your average, everyday student, would never cross paths. But, one day, Eiji starts passionately telling Oriya how much he loves him…! He even proposes marriage, and no matter how cold or violent Oriya is to him, Eiji can’t seem to give up…!! A romantic comedy set in high school depicting love between a hot school president who’s obsessed with a boy with no traits that make him stand out!!
This manga includes a short story and a bonus story!

TL/Love

Title: Night Cherry Blossom Trance
Author: Funa Isono
Publisher: Taiseisha

Release Date: Out now!

You better be prepared, ’cause I’ll make you feel good. After being locked in a mysterious building, I ended up performing a show. Lively music, and four gorgeous dancers… among them is an arrogant-looking guy who catches my eyes. After the show, the guy takes me to a secret room…! But, just when everything was getting steamy, I turn into a woman? “Huh, this is your first time doing a ‘trance’?” he says. Not knowing what’s going on, I find myself in the company of these four. This series is set in the world of handsome men and gender- benders!

Can’t get enough of Funa Isono’s gorgeous art? How about a BL story also on Renta! about an (aspiring) photographer and his (aspiring) model friend by the same author? Check out We’re Shooting, also on Renta!

Title: I Chose a Gangster Over God!?
Author: Haruo Haruyama
Publisher: Taiseisha

Release Date: Out now!

This one’s not for the faint of heart! “When I call, you better bring me the goods!” Even the confession booth offers little protection from being violated by the wounded brute of a man… Meet Shihoko, a young nun leading a peaceful life of purity. At least, she was until some gang members embroiled in a turf war take refuge in her church! The leader is a quiet man of large build with sharp, piercing eyes. Despite his terrifying demeanor, however, Shihoko is grateful for his help, and refuses to give up on him. She wants to get to know him better, but he immediately takes things to a “physical” level!! An immoral romantic comedy of erotic love!

Title: Prone to His Teasing -Driven Wild By My Blind Date’s Fingers-
Author: Korome
Publisher: Iproduction Co. Ltd.

Release date: Out now!

“This is punishment for deceiving me.” “You’re aroused, even now?” Tomoe is a working adult whose relationships always fizzle out. She’s 27, her parents are pressuring her to get married, and though she’s reluctant, she agrees to go on a trial blind date. However, the man who shows up is her old classmate, Kyosuke, who bullied her all throughout junior high! Tomoe can’t fathom marrying him, and she decides to get revenge for all the grief he caused her… by making him fall for her and then dumping him spectacularly. However, she finds herself subconsciously attracted to him, because in the time they were apart, his appearance and mannerisms have changed drastically for the better. Worried that she might fall in love with him for real, she reveals her plan… but in his anger, he forcefully brings her to climax. What will happen to Tomoe now that her body can’t refuse him…!?

Want more of Korome’s art? You’re in luck! You can check out another story on Renta! starring a factory worker who turns to something a little bit more risque in order to pay off her shopaholic mother’s debt: A Naughty Side-job -My Perfect Boss’s Dirty Training-

Title: Fleeting Desire -Having to Live with My Adorable Best Friend!-
Author: Takara Kotobuki
Publisher: CLAP Comix

Release date: November 12

I’m nervous, too, okay? …I’ve never done this before, just like you. Ami has been in love with her cool childhood friend Mioto for fifteen years. She’s told him many times, but he doesn’t say anything back. That cycle was in full swing when “unavoidable circumstances” force them to live in the same apartment! No matter the reason, now’s her big chance! Unfortunately, Mioto keeps his distance, saying it’s “embarrassing.” In reality, he’s just shy around her feminine wiles and loves her back…! Something’s bound to happen with these two living under the same roof…!! Two love-struck virgins are about to embark on a journey into adulthood!

As always, let us know what manga you’re looking forward to, and don’t be shy to request your favorites! We might just be able to get that perfect manga soon…!

Best of Renta! for October 2019

Hey folks! With October already finished (somehow…), it’s time once again to round up the best and brightest for this year. If you need me after that, I’ll be binging on the rest of the half-off Halloween candy from the supermarket…

Hey folks! With October already finished (somehow…), it’s time once again to round up the best and brightest for this year. If you need me after that, I’ll be binging on the rest of the half-off Halloween candy from the supermarket…

BL/Yaoi

Title: Question: Can a Straight Boss Go All the Way… with a Crossdressing Employee?
Author: Secco

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140540/

Okay, so this is actually number 2 on the best-sellers for this month. But I already covered the number 1 winner last month, so I thought I would do something different this time! Kei works at a women’s underwear manufacturer, and happens to enjoy trying on the products. But, when his boss Ono finds out, he’s got some trouble ahead…

With great art, a great story, and a cliffhanger that will leave you dangling for more, this is one you have to check out for yourself!

TL/Love

Title: Over-Cumming Writer’s Block
Author: Awaji Nae

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/138731/

Over-Cumming Writer’s Block is a long-running series on Renta!, and it’s no stranger to the best-seller list. But with new issues coming out featuring our favorite inept writer and her random-stranger-turned-boyfriend elite banker, Fujishima, there’s no reason not to start reading this super-funny, super-sexy, beloved series right away!

Harlequin/Romance

Title: Married by Dawn
Author: Shion Hanyu/Marilyn Tracy

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140742/

Everyone loves a good fantasy romp now and then, and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to celebrate October than with a story about vampires! Shion Hanyu delivers another beautifully drawn story about a romance between Tara, whose sister was unjustly killed by a mysterious undead creature, and Gavin, a beautiful but cold vampire! Will Tara be able to make Gavin’s cold heart feel again?

Shojo

Title: I Don’t Like That Smile
Author: Hiroshi Daken

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/139925/

With the #1 spot taken yet again by our popular contract marriage series, I turned to the #2, a lovely high school romance featuring two misunderstood students. Sumire is cold and surrounded by terrible rumors of the relationships she’s never had. Ritsuki is the most popular guy at school but can’t face his own feelings. Can these two broken people come together to form a fulfilling meaning?

Seinen

Title: See You in Your Dreams
Author: James Hotate

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/139494/

Who doesn’t love a good fantasy romp? Especially when our main character is a succubus who feeds on the love she gets in people’s dreams! With a premise like that, it’s no wonder people are taking notice. Shuji comes to his late father’s village to close his accounts, but finds his mistress to be much more than he can handle! Could he really live with a demon!?

Yuri

Title: True Love That Starts with a Lie
Author: Wani Kurokoda

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140410/

A lot of the yuri we have on our site is just too cute not to read, and that’s definitely true of this month’s best-selling one-shot, True Love That Starts with a Lie, starring two high schoolers who at first glance couldn’t be more different, but actually share more in common than they think. Black-haired Ai is a self-professed pervert who doesn’t really have many friends, but ends up pretending to be knowledgeable about sex when the ditzy but surprisingly pure Liliya accidentally finds Ai’s “lucky condom!” Also check out Wani Kurokoda’s other one-shot featuring the same characters, No Release Until Ecstasy is Achieved!

New and Upcoming BL/TL for October

We’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming this month, and I’m excited to share some of the biggest hits that are releasing throughout October.

Hello everyone! We’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming this month, and I’m excited to share some of the biggest hits that are releasing throughout October. So grab your Halloween candy and join me as I take you through some of the exciting releases for October.

BL

Title: Reframing
Author: Rie Honjoh

Release date: October 4

It’s already out! Check it out here: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140712/

Yutaka is a designer who does remote work and hates the sun. In fact, the only sunshine he needs in his life is his old childhood friend, Akira, a shop clerk at a glasses shop with an ultra-positive spirit. If only Akira knew how much Yutaka yearned for him… But what would that do? Akira is straight… A love story about a successful designer who doesn’t know how to open his heart! A bonus page exclusive to Renta! is included.

Rie Honjoh is no stranger to Renta! You can check out some other stories as well. Here is a link to their author page: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/list?word[]=Rie+Honjoh&col=info&crd=1

Title: Just Between Friends
Author: Akira Yoshio

Release date: October 15

This manga is about Satoru, who has just started going out with his best friend from elementary school, Aya. They’re happy together, but it’s about time they took things into the bedroom. Satoru makes the first move, kissing Aya and reaching into his pants, only to get… rejected…!?

If you like a bit of fantasy injected into your BL, I also highly recommend Akira Yoshio’s other story on Renta!, The Red String of Fate!

Title: The Bully and the Cry Baby
Author: Riko Sakura

Release date: October 22

High school student Kyosuke despises his long-time rival, Eishi Takano, who has done nothing but make him cry since they were kids!! He told Eishi he’d get his revenge someday. One day, Eishi takes him into a toilet stall and teases him until he cries again. To make matters worse, Eishi tells him not to cry for anyone else…!?

For more school love by Riko Sakura, check out another story, Before You Fall in Love!

Title: Detested by the Demon Lord
Author: Yamada2chome

Release date: October 29

The protagonist, Mao, is the descendant of an ancient demon lord. Whenever he makes eye contact with someone, they’re his to command! Mao’s spent his whole life ashamed of his lineage, but one day, he meets a man named Kamiko who claims to be the legendary hero that will defeat him. When it comes to how Kamiko plans to beat him, Mao is in for the shock of his life!

TL

Title: Daydream Paradise Confusion -The King and I-
Author: Kanan Shima

Release date: October 4

This one’s already out, too! Here’s the link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140716/

This manga is about Mei Hino, a geek who draws fan comics about her favorite dating simulation game (which revolves around the protagonist, King, and the multiple guys who fall in love with him). After having trouble with her rent, Mei has to start living with a stranger called Seiji… who looks exactly like King!! Seiji tells Mei not to fall in love with him, and she responds by saying she doesn’t find him attractive at all (because she’s not interested in real men). This hurts Seiji’s pride, and he sets out to prove he’s still desirable to women… Will the geek girl get her king!?

If you like sweet romantic comedies, may I also recommend Kanan Shima’s other work, Unbridled Affection -Will You Marry Me, Hana?- As of this writing, Chapter 1 is free to rent for 48 hours until October 11!

Title: Don’t Expose My Dark Past! -An Elite Businessman and a Former Idol-
Author: Amane Ninomae

Release date: October 4

It’s out! Click the link and see: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140715/

This is the story of a former idol (now an office worker), and a super elite businessman (with a potentially dark past). Miyu Tachibana is a former idol. Since her days of stardom, she has put on weight, cut her long, silky hair, and hidden herself behind a pair of black, thick-rimmed glasses. What’s more, the screw manufacturer she now works for is struggling to stay in business. One day, Miyu encounters a new potential client representative by the name of Mr. Shiga. An elite businessman, Shiga seems calm and collected at first, but his angry stare and odd conduct seem to suggest there might be more to him…

Title: At the Mercy of the Great King Enma
Author: Haruo Haruyama

Release date: October 8

Yoshino, a young monk, fell down the stairs of her temple and died. She ends up in an otherworldly place, and was escorted to the ruler of hell, the Great King Enma! Yoshino is appointed to be King Enma’s lady-in-waiting, because of her strong spiritual power. She’s at his mercy every night, but can’t resent him because of his past. Even the rude King Enma has reasons for needing Yoshino… Are they in love? Are they a quarrelling couple?

Title: The Crimson Kitty and the Forest Watchdog
Author: Haru

Release date: October 11

This manga is about this town where animals live like people. Misha, a cat, finds a fixer-upper deep in the forest and decides to repair it and make it her home, but she isn’t making much progress. After a run-in with a hulking, muscular dog (?) named Hati, Misha makes a deal with him: assist her with repairs, and he can live there as well. Misha finds living with the strong, silent Hati to be a breeze, and the two set to work on the house. However, something starts to seem off about Hati. When Misha presses him for answers, she discovers that the full moon has worked Hati’s instincts into a frenzy… and his hungry eyes are set on her!

Best of Renta for September 2019

Hello, readers! Somehow September is over, so let’s take a look at the best manga Renta! had to offer this month. Check them out and see if you agree! As always, feel free to share your manga finds and favorites in the comments!

Hello, readers! Somehow September is over, so let’s take a look at the best manga Renta! had to offer this month. Check them out and see if you agree! As always, feel free to share your manga finds and favorites in the comments!

BL/Yaoi

Title: Tipsy Transformation: The Best Way to Enjoy Your Housekeeper
Author: Kumoshima

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140626/

Now I hear what you’re saying: “How can this be BL if the cover has a girl on it!?” Well, this manga does have lots of TL elements (TLements) in it, but both protagonists Aoi and Touya are guys… that is, until star writer Aoi’s housekeeper Touya touches alcohol to his lips and becomes a girl! As you can imagine, life is kinda tough for someone with Touya’s condition, especially when he can’t stop thinking about his client!

TL/Love

Title: The Artist and the Beast
Author: Coda

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/122787/

The Artist and the Beast has been running on Renta! for a long time now, and its continuing popularity is a testament to its consistent quality and ever-evolving characters. What started out as a simple drama between a starving manga artist and a brutish yakuza member has become a narrative romance/drama story focusing on these two very different characters and their unexpected relationship.

Harlequin/Romance

Title: His Instant Heir
Authors: Satoru Nagasawa/Katherine Garbera

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140611/

If you’re in the market for a thrilling Romeo & Juliet-style forbidden love story with a twist, make sure you check out this Harlequin romance story between the high-profile heads of two large gaming corporations. But Cari, a member of the Chandler family, has a secret she can’t easily reveal to Dec, from the prestigious Montrose clan. And it might cause their already strained rapport to become even more broken!

Shojo

Title: The Duchess of Rosia -A Contract Marriage? How Did This Happen!?-
Authors: Kinosaki Kazura/Tsuredurebana

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/139323/

With new chapters releasing of this classic Shojo story, it’s no surprise that it continues to top the best-seller charts at Renta! While we’ve got plenty of great new shojo series on Renta!, we all can’t help but come back to sickeningly sweet story of Viola, a destitute earl’s daughter thrown into a contract marriage with the duke of a prosperous kingdom! New chapters are coming and the intrigue continues to grow between Viola and her “husband” Cersis!

Keep checking back for more news, and please tell us what manga you’re reading! We’d love to have a chance to bring it to you at Renta!

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

Best of Renta! for August 2019

Hello everyone! As August winds down, I’d like to share with you our favorite manga on Renta! for this month. Read on to find out our best and most popular manga this month and share your favorites in the comments!

Hello everyone! As August winds down, I’d like to share with you our favorite manga on Renta! for this month. Read on to find out our best and most popular manga this month and share your favorites in the comments!

BL/Yaoi

Title: He’s a Predator
Author: Yuji Toriba

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140168/

Starting things off, we have this spicy BL featuring a pair of friends whose relationship gets a bit strange once the super-stressed Yuma gives his persistent friend Yasuharu permission to “eat” him. Possessive semes, confused ukes, and a story that might just be so hot you get the chills. If you like steamy stories that ramp up fast, you should take a bite out of this story too! Also check out author Yuji Toriba’s other stories on Renta!

TL/Love

Title: That Unexpected Side to My Childhood Friend -Watch Out for the Animal in Him!-
Author: Nonda Noda

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140522/

It’s not hard to see why Nonda Noda’s works often appear at the top of the charts at Renta! The art is downright beautiful, and the stories are interesting and usually a breath of fresh air. That’s no different with this story, about a tough girl who wants to be cute for the guy she likes, combined with a fluffy guy who might possibly have a little bit of a secret dark side to him. Nonda Noda is also no stranger to Renta!, and you can check out their other works here.

Harlequin/Romance

Title: The Bridesmaid’s Secret
Authors: Yu Asami/Fiona Harper

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140554/

If you’re a Harlequin fan, you’ll be happy to know that this manga ticks all the boxes: a thrilling secret, check! A forbidden love, check! All the romance and passion you could ever hope for, check, check, and check! Jacqueline and Romano dated when they were teenagers, but after she told him one secret, they haven’t seen each other for years. And now, years later, with Jacqueline a successful editor for a famous magazine and Romano an international designer and model, they meet again at Jacqueline’s sister’s wedding.

Shojo

Title: The Duchess of Rosia -A Contract Marriage? How Did This Happen!?-
Authors: Kinosaki Kazura/Tsuredurebana

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/139323/

The Duchess of Rosia is a classic manga whose enduring popularity continues to make me happy. After all, it’s such a cute story of a woman forced into a brand new situation, and she just kinda wants to do her own thing! Beautiful art, a great story, and a charming cast of characters tie everything together in this fantasy comedy manga about the daughter of a small-time earl getting thrust into a political world with a “contract marriage” to a handsome duke!

Yuri

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

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140250/

Continuing the cuteness, we have this combination yuri/shojo/amazing manga reaching the top of the yuri charts this month. What happens when a high schooler plagued by terrible luck is forced to live with a kickass debt collector? Apparently, a sweet blossoming coming-of-age romance between two characters who you just can’t help but root for. Unlike the young protagonist Tsukasa, you don’t need to get thrown deep into debt to check out this heartwarming story. Also check out Haiji Sanada’s other fantastic works on Renta!

Seinen

Title: Filthy Full Frontal Express -Teaching the Teacher…-
Author: Naisho

Page link: https://www.ebookrenta.com/renta/sc/frm/item/140543/

And now for something completely different. Don’t get whiplash, as the top shonen story this month is a table-turning, eye-catching story about a teacher with secret fantasies, and a student willing to take control and make it all happen. If you just want to indulge in some fantasies of your own, definitely check this comic out!

New Releases for 7/12

Happy Friday as always! Here are the new releases for today!

Happy Friday as always! Here are the new releases for today! Unfortunately, from next week the blog will not be updated as frequently. Make sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter for more content! Anyway, on to the new stuff!

BL/Yaoi

Title: You’re My Favorite Toy (Chapter 1)
Author: Arashi Arima

Tatsuki spends all his time on girls and partying. But, since his father is the CEO of a major company, he can afford to get into a little debauchery. That is, until he tries to blackmail his fellow student, the shy Miyako, with sex. But, Miyako decides to blackmail Tatsuki right back and snaps a picture of Tatsuki after the act! Looks like Miyako wasn’t as shy as he appeared!

Check out the other BL New Releases!

TL/Love

Title: Come and Eat Me, Breakfast Boy (Chapter 6)
Author: Earithen

Suzume gets caught stealing leftover food from her temp job working at a hotel restaurant. She’s been saddled with her “friend’s” debt and is forced to live out of an internet cafe and work three jobs, so she just wants a decent meal. Luckily, the sous-chef who catches her, Kento, takes pity on her, and even cooks her a meal. Now she’s being invited to a five-star hotel with him…!

Check out the other TL New Releases!

Harlequin/Romance

Title: Stormbound with a Tycoon
Author: Earithen/Shawna Delacorte

It’s an Earithen double-feature today! Author Earithen draws both TL and Harlequin, so I thought I would feature them for both♪

Jessica had the biggest crush on her older brother’s best friend Dylan when she was in high school. But, after he broke her heart her love instantly turned to searing hatred. Imagine her shock when she goes to her oceanside cabin and finds none other than Dylan there! And with the heavy rains going on outside, they’re trapped in the cabin together! Jessica is determined not to let her high school crush get the best of her again!

Check out the other Harlequin New Releases!

Seinen

Title: Monthly: Editor-in-Chief Aikawa (Chapter 18)
Author: Takeshi Ohmi

Ms. Aikawa has been a star magazine editor for her entire career, and now she has moved up the ranks and been transferred to become editor-in-chief at a publishing company! The only thing is that it’s her first time working as an… adult magazine editor. She’s never dealt with this kind of office before! One of her co-workers, Keisuke comes to check up on her after hours, and finds that although she tries to be professional during the day, she has a few fantasies of her own…

Title: entrans! (Chapter 4)
Author: Pon Takahanada

En is always pranked by his fellow students and getting his uniform switched out with a female one. When he wakes up one day to find that he actually has a girl’s body (and a nice one at that!), he realizes that no prank could have gone this far! Now En has to figure out what has happened so he can turn back into a guy. But what issues will he face on the way with his new body?

Shojo

Title: Running a Love Hotel with My Math Teacher (Chapter 46)
Author: Yua Utsugi

Kana is a busy high schooler, but her problems are a bit different from her friends’: she’s secretly managing an after-hours hotel by herself! Since her parents passed away in an accident midway through her freshman year, she has been forced to take over their weird family business. Naturally, her lack of free time and sleep has drastically impacted her studies, and the last thing she wants is to be held back a year. Thankfully, her math teacher, Mr. Saitou, has been kind enough to give her extra lessons. But, one night, he accidentally finds out her secret in the worst way possible!

New Releases for 7/5

Here are the new releases for Friday, July 5th!

Someone please make this week go slower, thanks. Here are the new releases for Friday, July 5th!

BL/Yaoi

Title: What He Doesn’t Know
Author: Yuuki Fujinari

Hiromu wants to be closer to his boyfriend, Taiyo, but every time they get close, he gets so embarrassed and runs away. But, that might be because he’s half cat and turns back every time his heart starts beating. Keep reading for a litter of cat-tastic puns that will have you nipping at the bud for more! Talking cats! They’re so cute!!! Also includes five other stories about cute couples who love horoscopes, traveling, gaming, and more!

Check out the other New Releases!

TL/Love

Title: Just One Taste Isn’t Enough! -Wanna Come Over Again Tonight?- (Chapter 1)
Author: Natsu Kuroki

Momiji takes a part-time job at a bakery to try and make ends meet, but the guy training her, Yuu, seems a bit scary at first. However, once Momiji gets to know him, she finds he has a hidden depth to him. When he accidentally overhears that she’s been kicked out of her apartment, he invites her to stay with him… at his huge apartment! Suddenly he pushes her down and things take a new turn…

Check out the other New Releases!

Romance/Harlequin

Title: The 200% Wife
Author: Megumu Minami/Jennifer Greene

Abby has always put 200% of herself into whatever she does, so it comes as quite a shock to everyone when she decides to throw everything away and spend a relaxing time up in Lake Tahoe. But, things aren’t going so well for her after she gets stranded with a flat tire in a snowstorm on a road in the middle of nowhere. Dejected and lost, she is saved by a handsome driver who happens to be passing by. He introduces himself as Garson, or Gar for short, and walks Abby through how to put on a spare. Abby just wants to relax and spend time for herself, but she can’t get Gar out of her mind…

Check out the other New Releases!

Shojo

Title: This Mage Desires Mediocrity (Chapter 13)
Author: Hiromi Taihei/Ren Hirose

Mizuki just wants to live a peaceful life in her village… but she’s not just any villager. She’s a genre-savvy nerd taken from Earth and suddenly swept into a magical world filled with spells, demons, and danger. She just wants to be left alone, but now she’s being chased by mages, knights, and everything in between. She has to use her knowledge of the genre and newfound abilities to succeed, and maybe enjoy the life she’s able to lead along the way.

Seinen

Title: entrans! (Chapter 3)
Author: Pon Takahanada

En is always pranked by his fellow students and getting his uniform switched out with a female one. When he wakes up one day to find that he actually has a girl’s body (and a nice one at that!), he realizes that no prank could have gone this far! Now En has to figure out what has happened so he can turn back into a guy. But what issues will he face on the way with his new body?

Title: Monthly: Editor-In-Chief Aikawa (Chapter 17)
Author: Takeshi Ohmi

Ms. Aikawa has been a star magazine editor for her entire career, and now she has moved up the ranks and been transferred to become editor-in-chief at a publishing company! The only thing is that it’s her first time working as an… adult magazine editor. She’s never dealt with this kind of office before! One of her co-workers, Keisuke comes to check up on her after hours, and finds that although she tries to be professional during the day, she has a few fantasies of her own…

Kris’s Korner: Bands and Boys

It might just be me, but I feel like recently BL series are getting anime adaptations more than they used to. Not just BL series in fact, but bishounen series in general have been getting more love, with a lot of reverse harems and male idol shows popping up as well (*´Д`)θ~♪~

It might just be me, but I feel like recently BL series are getting anime adaptations more than they used to. Not just BL series in fact, but bishounen series in general have been getting more love, with a lot of reverse harems and male idol shows popping up as well (*´Д`)θ~♪~

Although I tend to prefer watching cute girls doing cute things, I think it’s great to see more balance in anime, and more series aimed at female viewers being released!

One such series that was recently brought to my attention was Given, a BL manga about four guys in a band, which has an anime adaptation airing this July.

Here’s hoping the anime is as well received as the manga! I’ll certainly be giving it a watch.

Quite a few fujoshi I’ve spoken to over here in Japan seem to be really excited for it, so I’d highly recommend checking it out next season (it airs on July 12th) ( ´∀`)b

Hah!

Music in anime and manga has long been a thing, from classics like Nana and Beck, to K-On!, and the recent Carole & Tuesday, which has been making waves online. Idol series have been thriving as well, for example Ensemble Stars! and IDOLiSH7 being a couple of the ones that seem to be getting a lot of attention recently.

Of course, with the copious amount of music themed manga and anime about, we’ve got you covered here at Renta! as well! So here are a couple of my recommendations (´▽`)

Title: I’m a Pop Star, Now Expose Me!
Author: Hokke Shima
Adult content: Yes
Link to store

Yukinari is searching for the scoop of his life, working as a paparazzo, but no good stories seem to be coming his way. That is, until he bumps into his old high school friend and idol super star, Subaru Nagare. Although Subaru’s been completely free of scandals for his whole career, one night of hot passion between the two old friends looks to change all of that in an instant. That is, if Yukinari publishes the story…

Although I’m not a big fan of voyeuristic stuff normally, there’s just a hint of it in this, and it gives me a bit of a thrill (*´Д`)=3 Subaru is an interesting character, as he has a lot of different sides to his personality. On stage, he’s a beautiful, brazen star, when he’s with Yukinari he’s sweet and fragile looking, and during the smut scenes he’s an absolute animal! It’s also really cute watching Yukinari trying to decide whether to expose Subaru and get his big story, or whether to protect him and keep him for himself!

Title: My Fickle Jaguar
Author: Unohana
Adult content: Yes
Link to store

Sojun Shiina used to be immensely famous in the Japanese music scene, as part of the band “Peg”. But in recent years he’s just been drifting around from place to place, doing whatever he feels like with no real sense of direction. Occasionally he’ll go back to his partner Arata’s house, so that he can ‘recharge’. While Arata really wishes Sojun was around more often, it’s hard to keep this fickle jaguar pinned down!

I really liked the character development in this series, and both Arata and Sojun feel like they could very much be real people. They’re both complex and flawed individuals, who’re trying to make their somewhat janky relationship work as best they can. This is not a smut-fest, but more of a slow-burner, with a really well put-together story.


Are you in the mood to pick up guitar!? ‘Cus I sure am! Maybe when I have more time anyway… (’  ̄3 ̄) ~

Until next time~! ヴァ───ヾ(´ー`)ノ───イ

Kris’s Korner: I’m a Straight Guy and I Like Pretty Boys

Over here in Japan, there’s quite a strong separation between male anime/manga otaku, and female otaku. Generally speaking male otaku here are into cute girls, and female otaku are into pretty boys. People looking from outside the fandoms often imagine that they have a lot in common, but actually the difference between liking cute girls and liking pretty boys, is something of an impassable chasm.

Over here in Japan, there’s quite a strong separation between male anime/manga otaku, and female otaku. Generally speaking male otaku here are into cute girls, and female otaku are into pretty boys. People looking from outside the fandoms often imagine that they have a lot in common, but actually the difference between liking cute girls and liking pretty boys, is something of an impassable chasm.

There are of course exceptions to this, which is a category I’ve realised that I fall into. In my case I’m a guy who’s into cute girls, and also really likes pretty boys! *:.。☆..。.(´∀`人)

Five points to anyone who can guess who that’s supposed to be.

In Japan, girls who are into pretty boys (and ship them) are labelled, fujoshi (腐女子, literally “rotten girl”). So in the same vein, guys who are into pretty boys are called fudanshi (腐男子), replacing the woman (女) character, with man (男).

As this appears to be a reasonably rare phenomenon, I thought I’d talk a little bit about how I’ve come to appreciate beautiful boys, as a straight guy.

1. I Can Identify With Them

The first real bishounen (beautiful boy) series I saw was the anime adaptation of the visual novel Amnesia (quite different to the horror game, I can assure you).

“Amnesia for Nintendo Switch. The official site is up♪”

My first thought was “Oh damn, these guys are edgy!” Because I mean, seriously, who wears clothes like that? (I actually want their wardrobe so much it physically hurts) (ノД`)ノ

But as I watched more of it I realised that I could identify with these characters far better than with what we, in the west, consider to be good, male role-models. We tend to idolise sporty, muscular, traditionally masculine looking guys, with short hair and simple clothes.

But that wasn’t me, I didn’t like sports, I was so skinny a strong wind could break me in half, and I wanted longer, exciting hair (although now it’s short again). So it was great not only seeing characters like that, but characters like that who were designed to be cool. They weren’t some “weirdo” being laughed at in a TV show for being different, they were the protagonists.

Not long after that I stated to get really into Japanese fashion and got a proper hair cut!

2. The Character Designs Are Amazing

As much as I like cute girls, I have to confess that I think characters from pretty boy series often have more interesting designs. More interesting might not be quite the right phrasing, but bishounen character designs do tend to be very detailed (and again, fantastic hair).

Recently I’ve been really into the online game Toukenranbu, which features anthropomorphised Japanese swords as pretty boys, and I can really get behind the amount of detail that goes into the character designs.

A new sword released recently, Hakusan Yoshimitsu.
Okay, I’ll admit, this one just looks like a beautiful girl.

As someone who’s into fashion and cosplay as well, these kind of designs make for some really interesting outfits and inspiration! Obviously it’s hard to look as beautiful as them in real life, but we can try! ヾ(´Д`)ノ

3. Gender isn’t the Most Important Thing in a Series/Prejudice is Hard to Overcome

I had some trouble phrasing this point, but basically, gender is not what makes a character or series good, there’s so much more to it than that.

I often find that I don’t enjoy bishounen works because of the pretty boys, but rather because I really like the characters’ personalities, or because the story is very well written.

I always like to use Yuri!!! on Ice to demonstrate this point, as I’ve never seen my guy friends get so excited about a gay romance before. It’s often not the content itself that audiences have a real aversion to, but rather the way it’s written and portrayed, along with their own preconceived expectations and assumptions.

A special illustration, celebrating the “ISU World Team Trophy 2019”.

My friends genuinely didn’t know what they were getting into with Yuri!!! on Ice, they had only heard that it had great animation, and was very popular online. They basically had no reason not to watch it, so they did… and they loved it. On the other hand, if I’d introduced it to them as a “gay ice skating anime”, I’m not sure how they’d have felt. Maybe they’d have surprised me, who knows?

To put it simply, I think a lot of guys have an aversion to pretty boys (and BL) because they just expect it to not be interesting to them. As someone who went in blind myself, I never had this issue, but often I see it with male otaku who won’t touch anything lacking cute girls.


That just about covers everything for me really. I’m sure if you meet other guys that are into pretty boy series, they might have some other good reasons to give you.

Regarding the last point about the importance of good characterisation and story writing, one series that helped me get into the more adult, BL side of things was The Subway Dog, which just went up on Renta! recently. So if you fancy something slow-burning and more mature, I really recommend checking it out!

The Subway Dog Cover
Title: The Subway Dog
Author: Sakae Kusama
Adult Content: Yes
Link to store

If there are any other guys out there reading this who’re into BL or pretty boys, I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Until next time~! ヴァ───ヾ(´ー`)ノ───イ