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…!

Nice butt!

Over the weekend I noticed a lot of the Yaoi/BL artists on my twitter feed sharing photos of cute butts.

It didn’t take me long to figure out that CERTAIN parts of the Internet (the cool parts) were calling 11/04 いいおしりの日 (ii o-shiri no hi) a.k.a. Nice Ass Day!

The Japanese Internet loves having fun with wordplay based on the days of the year and various alternate ways to read them. You may already be familiar with the more famous ones, such as Pocky Day (11/11) coming up soon!

Over the weekend I noticed a lot of the Yaoi/BL artists on my twitter feed sharing photos of cute butts.

It didn’t take me long to figure out that CERTAIN parts of the Internet (the cool parts) were calling 11/04 いいおしりの日 (ii o-shiri no hi) a.k.a. Nice Ass Day!

I have curated a short list of artists that shared really cute images on their twitter accounts to celebrate this wonderful ‘holiday’. This small collection is far from comprehensive, so you should do a little digging yourself after reading this blog in order to satisfy your thirst for delicious peaches on this wonderful occasion.

Please enjoy, and if you like what you see, check out the artists’ twitter accounts and come see what manga they have in English (links below)!


 

From Kyo Kitazawa, author of Taira the Bully

“It seems yesterday was Nice Ass Day, so please enjoy this illustration of Tsumugi-kun’s butt that I drew a long time ago.”


 

From Torino Rakuda, author of A Shrine of Male Relationships: Lost Anal Virgin in Threesome (by Mobile Media Research)

“I love butts, but I’m in the middle of work at the moment, so so please enjoy this delicious peach I dug out of a folder.”


 

From R18/NSFW Artist Masaru Yazirou

“I like plump, wet butts.”


 

From Scarlet Beriko, author of Minori’s Hand, Tatsuyuki Oyamato the 4th, and more ❤

(from “Jealousy”)

and the gorgeous cosplayer @MikeyZeph seen here rocking the same illustration IRL


 

From Gisho Akagi, author of Starting Today, I’m a Delinquent Slut!?

“Still wet from the shower, the master caught the cat.”


 

From Kurumi Otsuki, author of Trapped in an Elevator! -Two Hot Salarymen, Going up!-

“Nice Ass Day! Banzai!
I just happened to have a nice butt sketch on hand for the Angel Pantsu manga I’m currently working on. I got the idea for it when I was discussing content images with my editor and looking at softcore images for reference. There were post-it notes exquisitely placed all over all the important bits on all the images they sent me, and it made me burst out laughing.
Still… If you look at this shot from a certain angle it does look pretty lewd…!”


 

From Jiko Homura, author of The Perfect Way to Train Him

Image Translation:
“But my ass isn’t even nice!”
(Inhaling Deeply) “It’s a great ass! Best in the world!”


 

There are many more you can find under the tag for #いいおしりの日 but these are the ones that filled up my timeline at the end of the day on 11/04.

Enjoy, and have a lovely ass day!

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
Link to Manga

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
Link to Manga

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
Link to Manga

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
Link to Manga

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.

Interview with Owal-Sensei (Translation)

To celebrate the release of “Our House Love Trouble” and the accompanying “drama CD”, Marine Entertainment has shared a special follow-up interview with Owal-Sensei.

In it, Owal-Sensei discusses character names, her favorite type of characters to draw, and how they came up with some of the more shockingly sexy and fun moments in the bedroom scenes for “Our House Love Trouble” (Available now in English at Renta! Manga Store ❤ )

I took a moment this weekend to give it a quickie translation from Japanese to English. I hope you find it as interesting as I did! 

To celebrate the release of “Our House Love Trouble” and the accompanying “drama CD”, Marine Entertainment has shared a special follow-up interview with Owal-Sensei.

 

In it, Owal-Sensei discusses character names, her favorite type of characters to draw, and how they came up with some of the more shockingly sexy and fun moments in the bedroom scenes for “Our House Love Trouble” Available now in English at Renta! Manga Store ❤

 

I took a moment this weekend to give it a quickie translation from Japanese to English. I hope you find it as interesting as I did! 

 

 

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■Do you find it difficult to decide on character names?
  What is your thought process when coming up with names?

 

Deciding on character names is one of my favorite things! The only problem is, it’s really hard for me to come up with them lol.

 

With Our House, Nonohiko was the first character to receive a name.

 

I think names that have two repeating syllables are cute, and was considering a 4-syllable name for the main uke, and so that’s how 『のの彦』 Nonohiko got his name.

 

I wanted to give all the seme characters 1-kanji names across the board, and so that’s how I decided on 『響・要・馨』 Hibiki, Kaname, and Kaoru. Only later when I was writing notes on the manuscript did I realize that the kanji for Hibiki and Kaoru’s names look really similar, so when I had to write really small it caused a lot of confusion later on lol.

 

―――Were there any characters you had difficulty naming?

 

I think it’s difficult to decide on names for all my characters, but Hibiki was the most challenging this time.

 

I had already decided to make Nonohiko’s full name “Nonohiko Nojima”, so I thought I’d make Hibiki’s last name “Minami” so that when you put them together it’d read “Minami no Shima” (which means Southern Islands – Sarah).

 

But then I wanted Hibiki to have a name that fit better with his “Super Darling” character type (a dashing, handsome, confident, warm, manly man who openly loves and accepts his uke, usually tall, educated, and rich), so I ended up giving him the name “Hibiki Kaidou”. (Ocean Way)

 

Sometimes I also decide on a theme and give characters names accordingly.

 

In Hangout Crisis, I decided to give everyone “flower” last names, which is how I came up with 『椿』Tsubaki (camellia) and 『桜井』Sakurai (cherry-blossom well)!

 

It makes me really happy when people remember my characters’ names out of all the many characters out there.

 

 

 

■What kind of character personalities do you like the most?

 

I love characters who are a pleasure to tease!

 

When I’m drawing ukes, in my mind I’m usually biting my lip thinking “Ah, I want to tease him so bad!” I’m not saying I don’t genuinely like the uke characters, but I think I have a tendency to fall into the seme’s emotional point of view lol.

 

Actually, this time I packed a ton of my favorite character personality traits into Nonohiko!

 

A big chest (lit. oppai, lol), an almost unconditionally accepting and gentle heart, and the type that’ll wrap you up in warm comfort when you need it.

 

It’s the type of guy you just wanna trick/bully/fool/tease. Naturally, the Super Darling will want to spoil and take care of him, try to make him jealous, etc… I tried to stuff it full of that flavor of romance lol.

 

That’s another thing that blows me away in the audio-drama adaptation for this manga. No matter how many times I listen to it, my heart is purified every single time by how accurately they portrayed this lol.

 

In all the comments and reviews, I was also really moved by everyone who wrote in saying how much they adored Nonohiko.

 

I think I have my editor to thank for making him such a beloved character, since they’re the one who gave me the suggestion “Make him dumber.” If I’d written him a little smarter, I don’t think it would have turned out quite the same lol. The story depends on his slightly ditsy, warm fuzzy kind of “wait, what?” clueless personality lol.

 

■When you’re creating manga, what matters to you the most?

 

It’s gotta be “sexy, easy on the eyes, and engaging/interesting/funny”!

 

―――In all the feedback from questionnaires, the fans have spoken, and they all agree that Owal-Sensei’s fetish and action in the bedroom scenes deserve only the highest of praise!!

 

I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you so much!!

 

My editor gives me incredibly great ideas and suggestions. When we discuss concepts and stories together, they’ll just casually drop the best ideas like a bomb, no hesitation at all lol.

 

That’s how we ended up with Nonohiko squatting over Hibiki’s face on the hotel bed.

 

Not to mention the “How about a shoulder-blade-job?” suggestion… that idea was so good, we got a little over-excited lol.

 

We went from starting with Hibiki making a sudden move to rub himself between Nonohiko’s shoulder blades, all the way to Nonohiko fwipping his face around to get an eye-full (so to speak lol).

 

During that conversation it was like the whole scene was crystal clear in my mind. Then when actually drawing that scene, it was so much fun. I was also really happy when I saw that they included that scene on the back of the book’s “obi”, too.

 

I also try to be really careful about dividing up the content in each panel. I say that but then I have a bad habit of cramming as much as I can into one page, too lol.

 

I try to fill each and every panel with at least one thing that will catch the reader’s eye. It would make me happy if when someone flips through and sees something interesting, they then flip back to page one to enjoy the story from the beginning.

 

―――Thank you very much!

 

-Special Thanks to Marine Entertainment and Owal-Sensei. Please visit their website at the link above and check out the English translation of Our House Love Trouble, available now. ❤

 

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The Difference Between Good Enough and Good

I feel like translation is quite subjective, with no “perfect” translation out there.

Manga is unique because it’s a combination of written and spoken English, but almost always focuses on conversation above all other types of language.

Localization in particular can make the difference between a translation that is, technically speaking, “correct”… and a translation that FEELS right.

Today I was thrown off by a perfectly correct translation of  [ 人間 健康が一番 / ningen — kenkou ga ichiban ] which was a piece of some thought-dialog in a manga I was browsing through.

It was submitted as “Health is the most important thing for humans.”

While there is nothing grammatically inappropriate here and it is, arguably, natural speech in English, I couldn’t help but think “Oh, but not for apes or cats.”

The way we throw words together in normal conversations happens with very little conscious thought at all, but we still manage to express much more than what is being said by the way we choose to phrase our words.

I know it says ningen (humans) in Japanese, but saying it in English adds unnecessary emphasis, and makes it feel slightly off, even though nothing is technically wrong.

Maybe it’s the cold medicine I’m taking, or maybe I just have special issues, but I find that listening to the voices in your head is the best way to get a natural translation out of something that feels weird when you can’t quite put your finger on WHY it feels weird.

The voices in my head told me to write it as:

“Nothing is more important than your health.”

Assuming, of course, that the person reading that inner thought dialog is a human. But the nice thing about this is that it works for other species, too. Even aliens will not feel left out now.

Isn’t that nice?

It feels right to me.

I also feel guilty for not taking better care of my health now. Oops.

 

This blog was brought to you by cold medicine, ecchi localization contemplations, and my sincere apologies for not updating the blog more often recently. I’ve been out of the office a lot and I’m catching up on my to do list of delicious manga for your reading pleasure, so hopefully things will settle down soon and I’ll update you with all the wonderful things that have been happening around here.

Preview: Shouganai Kara Aishite Ageru

Yoko Ito, artist of the bestselling Allergic to Love, is back again with their latest work Shouganai Kara Aishite Ageru (しょうがないから愛してあげる). Its official release date and title on the English website is yet to be announced, but I guarantee you’ll love it.

We follow two coworkers: Sako Miyamura and Eiji Miya. They have nothing in common other than the fact that they joined the company at the same time and that Sako is in charge of his accounts.

Sako’s just your average Japanese office worker, but has a surprisingly feisty temperament and a thing for suits–in particular, Eiji’s. Every chance she can get, Sako ogles Eiji’s suits.

Eiji, on the other hand, is a handsome and intelligent hotshot salesman who’s so motivated, he’s hardly swayed by all the women in the office fawning over him. He’s so disinterested in others that he flat out turns down an invitation from the new-hire before she can even spit it out.

On the day when Sako and Eiji’s relationship takes an unexpected turn, Sako heads to the company file room and opens the door. She’s surprised to find Eiji going through the files. She thinks it must be her lucky day since she can get gawk at his suit to her heart’s content through the gap in the shelf without him noticing. She leans down in anticipation… but he’s gone!

Just then, she hears footsteps behind her. She turns around.

Eiji’s glaring at her. He barks at her to quit staring because it’s so distracting. He’s well-aware he’s gorgeous, but he’s beyond her league, so she shouldn’t get any ideas about having a chance with him.

Just as he smirks and turns to walk away, Sako throws her hands on his face and starts squishing it. She sarcastically apologizes for gawking, but just can’t help herself–his suit is too gorgeous! She doesn’t want to wrinkle it, so she’s intentionally squishing his face.

Hell hath no fury like an office worker denied her suit-viewing privileges. She doesn’t give a shit about Eiji’s looks or personality–she just wants a good look at that suit! Eiji’s simultaneously taken aback by her hot temper and enamored with her for her passion for and knowledge of suits.

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We are currently working on the lettering, but hope to have it released soon! I will announce when it is released. In the meantime, check out Yoko Ito’s other work 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…

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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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Review: My Fickle Jaguar

My Fickle Jaguar (気まぐれなジャガー Kimagure na Jaguar) is the latest addition of Unohana‘s works to Renta!’s English-language website. I have had the pleasure to edit its translations as they come out. Although I have been working in Renta! as an editor for only one year, let me tell you–this is nothing like the other BL/Yaoi that I have had the opportunity to read and/or edit in my short time here.

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As one user review put it…

“The plot is quite different from the typical BL: theres [sic] no more of the cat and mouse, back and forth of getting to a love declaration (ot [sic] ahem, a night together). The main couple is two interesting adults who are together in love, but the slow reveal of how they get to that point is so riveting. The music industry background is also fascinating. I love love looove this manga and I can’t wait to read the rest of it!!!!”

I can fully stand behind this review. That’s why I’ve chosen to review it here, so get your guitars and picks ready. You’ll need them.

My Fickle Jaguar starts at Arata Aso’s apartment. Sitting up in bed with his smart phone in one hand and a cigarette in the other, Arata’s scrolling through an online forum.

“What’s Shiina doing now?”
“Who’s Shiina?”
“Sojun Shiina, from Peg.”
“Yeah. After Peg split up he was the backup in some other bands and did some side projects. But I haven’t seen him at all lately.”
“But what’s he doing now? I mean, is he still alive?”
“Don’t kill him! LOL!”
“But he vanished!”
“Is he in Alaska or something?”

Pull back from Arata’s screen. A man is lying asleep next to him. Arata scrunches his eyebrows, puts his cigarette to his lips, and says:

“[In fact Shiina] is sleeping right next to me.”

Three months earlier, Sojun (A.K.A. Shiina) showed up at Arata Aso’s doorstep.

“Arata, I’m hungry,” he proclaimed as he threw his arms around Arata’s waist and his stomach growled. The main course: Arata à la carte.

We learn then that Sojun Shiina is a professional musician, but he’s bordering on the title of ex-musician (since his fans wonder if he’s even alive). Three years prior to the beginning of My Fickle Jaguar, Sojun tells his band members from Peg that he’s taking a break and bounces between Japan and other countries. He’s so fickle that he hardly stays in one place for more than a few months. Three months away from Japan (and Arata), however, is the shortest that he’s ever been away. Arata can’t help but find it unusual.

Arata Aso, on the other hand, is an editor at a music magazine. He’d dreamed of becoming a professional musician like Sojun, but gave up after he realized he had no talent and would never reach Sojun’s level. He took up writing instead so that he could share Sojun, the center of his universe, and his talent with the world. He’s miffed that Sojun is so self-centered and unaware of his feelings that he runs away for months at a time, though.

This time, Sojun confesses that he missed Arata so much he “wanted to die”. They’ve discussed his leaving endlessly before. He’s always replied in the same manner. Arata wonders why he leaves if he feels the way he says he does. He knows that Sojun is as fickle as a cat (Jaguar) and that he only goes to Arata when he feels like it. Yet, he can’t help but loving him…

Although currently up to volume 6, the intertwining of Arata and Sojun’s dreams, careers and relationship is totally captivating. You won’t want to miss out on this one! Check it out from the item page here!

 

One Shot: My Younger Boyfriend’s an Ice Prince

As an avid Yaoi/BL reader, I feel like I have grown accustomed to the satisfaction of reading a story from start to finish in 4-6 chapters, a.k.a. a one-volume by the book kind of thing.

I love this length of story because it is just long enough to get in good character growth while still giving you the satisfaction of an amazing ending.

SOME genres keep you hanging forever with eternal cliffhangers and flashbacks and never-ending drama. I’m looking at YOU, Shojo manga and JUMP series like Naruto and Bleach. PLEASE just let Skip Beat end. They need to be together already! I would like to finish this story before I die. Thank you.

However!

One-Shots are really great sometimes, too. This term refers to the type of story that most commonly wraps everything up in a nice bow within one chapter.

(Though sometimes there will be a part-one or part-two. Lots of new yaoi artists will start by drawing a series of one-shots and then their work gets compiled into a by-the-book volume which we call an Anthology, and there are lots of those on our site, too!)

Today I wanted to introduce a new one-shot that just came out this week on 8/14, called “My Younger Boyfriend is an Ice Prince” (Toshishita Kareshi wa Reikoku Ouji) by tare.

It was my pleasure to edit this! I loved it.

The art is both cute and gorgeous and the characters are adorable… until they’re not *smirk*…

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We get to read this 37-page manga from Shuya’s perspective. From the very outset, we learn that he’s dating Kyo, a gorgeous celebrity, and that they’re currently living together. However, it would seem they haven’t “gone all the way” so it’s hard to tell at first glance who will be doing what in the bedroom later on.

Kyo’s public persona is that of a dark and handsome hottie with the aura of an “Ice Prince.” Only Shuya knows Kyo’s real personality is a fluffy cutie whose smile could warm the room.

At least… that’s what he thinks.

Shuya gets forced into going to a mixer (Goukon “group date”) and gets fairly wasted there.

This seems to happen a lot in manga! Please don’t try this at home. We all know where it leads so I hope you brought condoms. Unless that is your intention in which case, good luck but please drink responsibly. : )

When Shuya’s friend borrows his phone and dial’s Kyo to come pick him up, he’s so alarmed that he shows up like a Knight in Shining Armor and takes him home.

But something about Kyo’s personality is different…

It could be the ice-cold sparkle in his eyes that sends chills down Shuya’s spine…

Or maybe the aggressive way he pushes Shuya down?

Which personality is the REAL Kyo?? Shuya… might be surprised. But you? I hope you will be as pleased as I was.

Get a glass of water ready before you read this one because it will make you thirsty.

The only downside to one-shots is that when they’re this good, it leaves you wanting more!

What I Don’t Understand About Him

This by-the-book manga is extremely high on the eroi ratings chart, so if you’re a yaoi beginner, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Recently I had the honor of editing the manga “Rikai Dekinai Kare to no Koto” which Renta! translated as “What I Don’t Understand About Him“.

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Item Page:

What I Don’t Understand About Him

This by-the-book manga is extremely high on the eroi ratings chart, so if you’re a yaoi beginner, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

It begins innocuously enough, and I enjoyed the office setting where a quiet, very “normal” office worker “Shiro” suddenly has to manage a new employee who comes from what seems to be an entirely different culture. Koma’s a sweet kid, but he also doesn’t seem to fit into a typical office environment at all… He wears casual and flashy clothes, baggy shirts, and basically looks like he just walked out of a modern rap video.

Watching Shiro struggle to deal with Koma is so cute, and the outset of the manga makes you feel like you’re getting into a romantic comedy. Which you are!! It’s just… uh…

How should I explain this…

I think the reviews from readers who purchased this manga sum it up pretty nicely.

Review from a pleased reader:

“I thought this was HILARIOUS. So unique. Absolutely filled with characters you don’t get to see often. Definitely gritty, but in the best way. Highly recommended, worth every minute, the stories are fun, the art is great… I had so much fun with this. A refreshing divergence from the norm.”

Review from a traumatized reader:

“This… got real kinky without, like, any warning whatsoever. I probably wouldn’t have purchased the manga if I’d known this much pee was involved. It’s also really not my thing for characters to discover kinks by being pushed into them by a partner. One of the stories also had a real child-grooming vibe to it, so be aware of that. That said, the art was quite nice, and this will probably be right up some people’s alleys. (Maybe literally.) Just not mine.”


I’ve been working here long enough to have seen every trope you can imagine, but for a BL, this is one manga that showed me things I have never seen executed in quite this way before.

The part of me that loves unique, original, and bold art really REALLY enjoyed this manga!! But even someone as desensitized as me reacted with more than a few sweat drop emoji as I was working on this one.

As the reviewer says, Koma gets really kinky, really fast. I think the artist wanted the reader to feel exactly how Shiro felt as they read it, which is SHOCKED, panicked, and turned on all at once.

I wanted to be more disgusted but the artist (Shimako Wan) pulled it off in a way that leaves you hot and bothered. So instead, I traumatized all my friends, and I would encourage you to do the same if you enjoyed this refreshing manga that definitely crosses the line.

When I bought this manga myself (in Japanese, when it first came out) I don’t know how I felt about it. More shock than pleasure, I think. However, I have clearly grown so much since then, because now I am embracing it.


Fun Fact: Shimako Wan also has two other manga on our site at the moment:

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A Warped Triangle, Undone and Entangled

Lusty Wolf Howls For Love

I really enjoyed the threesome one. Since falling in love with Shimako Wan, I went on to buy all their manga and have a very traumatizing yet satisfying weekend after Yaoi Day (August 1).

In fact, my gorgeous BL compatriot and angel “Amy” came up with the perfect name for Shimako Wan fans:

Wan-kers ❤ 

We’re all Wankers now.


Final Side Note: Shimako Wan enjoys putting weird things up butts. Giant grapes… Chapstick… Too much water… XXX- and XXX-filled condom (What I Don’t Understand About Him).

My favorite manga by them so far was about a boy who inherited a power passed down in his family which made it rain whenever he cried. He moved back to the countryside after his grandfather (the previous heir) passed away and met the boy whose family line dedicated themselves to uh… making the rain boy cry. I love it!

See? Not every manga by them includes weird stuff up the butt. Some of them are uh… what’s the word. Not “pure”… I’ll keep thinking about this and let you know if I find the word I’m looking for.

Meanwhile, I love this sensei and all their stories are COMPLETELY different, refreshing, and entertaining, and I recommend it to anyone who has a high tolerance for shock, a love for hot yaoi, and the desire to traumatize your friends.