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…!

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

New Releases for 5/31

Here are the releases for this Friday, May 31st! If you have any questions, make sure to let me know in the comments.

Yaoi/BL

Title: Kiss and Tell (Chapter 30)
Author: Anna Takamura

Leo is jealous of his playboy older neighbor, Ryosuke, for being handsome and lucky in love. Leo has problems of his own and is ashamed about his own inability to perform. However, when they both go to a party and kiss each other on a dare, Leo finds that his passions may be going in a different direction than he expected…

The Guy I Hate by Moto Haruyama (Chapter 2)
Marriage in Prison -Bear My Child- by mamoru (Chapter 21)
[VertiComix] Me and My Step-brother by Mawo Aoyama (Chapter 12)

Love/TL

Title: User’s Gude to a Woman’s Body
Authors: Ruchia Mita/Yakan

Despite working as an editor for an adult manga, Yui’s love life isn’t exactly ideal. “Dead fish” is not exactly what you want to go for when you’re trying to have a good time. Finally, she meets the attractive Masaki, who’s basically the sweetest guy ever. There’s no way she could get dumped by him! There’s just the problem of his equally attractive but very much not sweet brothers…

Gender-Swap at the Delinquent Academy -He’s Trying to Get My First Time!- by Yori Takao (Chapter 25) [25% OFF UNTIL JUNE 7TH!]
The Wolf Prince’s Prey by Sankaku (Chapter 4)
Would You Care For a Butler? by Sora Haruno (Chapter 6)
[VertiComix] Mahoko! Quit Being So Bossy! by Hiraku Miura (Chapter 6)

Romance/Harlequin

Title: A Very Public Affair
Author: Ryo Arisawa/Sally Wentworth

On a cold winter night six years ago, the handsome millionaire Jack Straker took in a homeless girl named Clare. However, after Jack’s father passed away, they ended up sleeping together. But, the next day, he gave her a check and tells her he’s already married. Now, Clare is a 25-year-old antiques appraiser living with her son and a dark secret, when she ends up running into the man she never wanted to see again…

Agenda: Attraction! by Yutta Narukami/Jessica Steele
Accidental Baby by Harumi Benisako/Kim Lawrence
Dark Intentions by Mayu Takayama/Carol Buckland

Shojo

Title: A Second Away from a Kiss
Author: Sui Souda

Rikka volunteers to write her school’s play, thinking it’s a historical performance, but finds out that it’s actually a fairy tale. Not knowing the first thing about that kind of stuff, her handsome but bossy childhood friend Izuru forces her to go to his house and read all of his sisters’ girls comics. He even suggests a kissing scene to close off the performance. But, when the princess for the play comes down with a cold on the day of the performance, Izuru suggests Rikka act as the princess, despite Izuru being the prince! He tells her he’ll stop a second before the kiss, but…

That’s it for this week! If you like these posts, make sure to let us know in the comments!

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.