gateau by Ichijinsha – A New Boys-Love Magazine

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Ichijinsha will publish yet another exciting line of BL goodness—gateau Magazine. Their tag line, “Creative Destruction: Ultimate Borderless BL Comics” is really intriguing. I’m not exactly sure if this is a theme just for their first issue but nonetheless, it’s really exciting! 

The artist lineup is also impressive. I’m sure some or most of you got all giddy when you saw Suou and Matsumoto Ikko (or Ichiko I’m quite not sure how to read it)! *u*) I think this will be their debut comic appearances, yeah? I only know Suou got to work for otome and Vocaloid CD illustrations but I haven’t heard any BL-related works yet other than fan goods and stuff. As for Matsumoto Ikko, she recently deleted if not all, most of her sites and pixiv accounts so I have no idea when she announced a debut like this one. I only know she made a lot of BL stuff way back. Really excited on how their works will be like!

The rest of the lineup includes Nagarenai Tessyu, Natsuka Kudan, Arii Memeko, Hideyoshico and Yamada Papiko. ❤

The magazine is scheduled to release on November 30, 2013

Please go to their main site for the wonderful teaser illustrations. 

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Photobook: “Shoten Danshi”

I’m not familiar with the publishers of this photobook but as to what I read, this is something like “Sagawa Danshi” which was released a year ago if I’m not mistaken.

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Shoten Danshi” or “Bookstore Men” in Japanese, is a collection of photos of different (good-looking) male bookstore employees in different but specific popular bookstores in Japan. This is kind of like the artbooks “Moe Danshi Gatari” and “Mousou Hello Work“—lots of in-depth explanation on what their work is about and how they go about in daily life.

The cover illustration is by Kumota Haruko. *u*) ❤
This is not an artbook therefore you won’t be really expecting much illustrations inside other than the cover, a few profile illustrations and comics—as mentioned, it’s a photobook so obviously it contains 90% photos, lol.

The comics are by Kuze Banko, Akitama Koito and Kashio.

Anyway, if I’m not mistaken, I think this is the “Sagawa Danshi” photobook from last year (it’s a Japanese blog). So yes, “Shoten Danshi” will most probably be like this.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m really excited for this one! Not being a total creep but I love seeing working men especially professors, baristas, bookkeepers, bartenders,  pet shop owners… okay this list will just go on and on I must stop.

I hope they can make a photobook about baristas, too! Out of those I mentioned above I would really be interested in baristas and professors. Not going to hope for a photobook about ikemen professors since… well… that’s quite… ;; so yeah settling with baristas!

This will be released on September 26, 2013 for 1575 yen.

P.S.
Quite unrelated but I’m receiving e-mails and Tumblr messages about where I buy books specifically BL. I’m sorry I’m not asnwering to all mails right now since I put up a “Where to Buy” page already and all info about the stores I usually buy at are all stated there.

If you’re from the Philippines and is having a hard time picking since you’re worried about custom charges, I suggest go for couriers like SAL. It’s a bit longer than EMS but rest assured you won’t  go all the way to the customs and pay a ridiculous amount of charges.

I’m thinking of making a separate entry soon so please look forward to it.

Thank you!

Drama CD: Kumota Haruko’s “Shinjuku Lucky Hole”

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(Click on the image for the Libre site)

Kumota Haruko’s “Shinjuku Lucky Hole” is finally getting a drama CD~! ;v;)b
As always I deeply apologize for not being able to post reviews including this one. ;__;

Anyway, as for the cast:

Kumi: Miki Shinichiro
Katagiri: Hatano Wataru
Sakuma: Horiuchi Kenyuu
Ryu: Suzuki Tatsuhisa 
Saiki: Ono Yuki
Leni: Takeuchi Ken
Kumicho (Boss): Kuroda Takaya

Cast is really good. Wacchan as Katagiri and Tattsun as Ryu seriously made me flip. ;//A//;)/

Release date is August 21, 2013.

X-BL announcements

Last month, a new anthology series called X-BL announced it’s very first themed anthology “『エロほん♥ -ぶっかけ-』 (Erohon ♥ -Bukkake-)” although only the cover illustrator, Kitakami Ren, and a few details were given out.

Earlier today though, the lineup was finally announced and the illustration for the cover was finally revealed. *u*)/

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(Image is from X-BL’s site. Please click the image to be redirected to their site)

Just like last year’s Erotoro, X-BL is a more erotic version to say the least. Also, the title of the book is quite self-explanatory. If you don’t know what Bukkake means since you don’t watch Japanese porn, just google it.

LINEUP:

Koshino
Kitakami Ren
Kamon Saeko
Ougi Yuzuha
Takaku Shouko
Kayuma Mimu
Aion Kiu
Abe Akane
Ootsuki Miu
Ogura Muku
Kitazawa Kyou
Kitano Megumi
Kiyomizu Hikaru(?)
Koike Marumi
Sakira
Sakurai Ryou
Satou Nishiki
Natsumizu Ritsu
Hashiba Mizu
Higashino You
Yamada Maya

Subsequently, brief details for Erotoro R18 (the second for the X-BL series)  has also been announced! Most of the mangakas from Erotoro are still in (Aniya Yuiji, Kashio, Ichikawa Kei, Nimoda Ai) but ahhh Psyche Delico will be in this one!!! /;w;\ The anthology’s theme is about fetishes, btw. ❤

The release for Erohon Bukkake is on May 28, Erotoro R18 is on June 28.

BLush Convention

BLush Convention is a not-for-profit event organized for fans. BLush is a new concept envisioned by some members of the former Lights Out — bringing you a new and different spin on the genre we all know and love.

9th December 2012
11:00 AM to 19:00 PM
500 Shaw Zentrum, Shaw Boulevard
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
The Philippines

Tickets are at PhP 400/USD 10 for Pre-registered participants and PhP 450 at the gate. Pre-registration is open until 18th November 2012. Keep it here at blush-con.org for updates, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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I’m sure if not all, most of you already know about this, especially fujoshis in the Philippines. 8)

I’m not really the type who goes to conventions but I was informed about this by a very lovely and talented senior (fashion) blogger/photographer who I got to know years ago—thanks again, Ate Chai! ❤
Also, it will be the first time I’ll be meeting those I only get to talk with online (including my own circle) so I’m pretty excited!

Quite late to talk about this since I was busy with uni and September is not really a good month for me since prelims and whatnots. orz;

So if anyone of you will be going, I would just like to say that my circle might participate in the market. ;u; ❤
We’ll be selling Kurobas stuff plus other fandoms you lovelies might like! Although we’re still not sure about the market, we’re participating in the anthology. We were supposed to send in our original mangas but then due to busy schedules in work and school, we just decided to contribute artworks instead. My circle is still very new since we only got to form it this year due to our excessive love for BL, ossans and… shotas…. /cough

Mmm, I remember having few Filipino readers so I hope I get to see you guys there? ;w; it will be awesome if we follow each other in tumblr/twitter so I can keep you guys updated about our table. ;w;

And, please don’t expect much since we only started and we’re not that good (yet!) but we’ll be giving away free prints so please do visit our table! ;w; ❤
We’ll be posting more details about it soon!

Qpa + Citron + BLink

→ Cover for the latest B-Prince novels has been posted! ;u; click! Lol, why am I getting so excited when I don’t even read novels sob. But gaaahh Ogura Muku! /;A;\ beautiful cover as always. ❤

→ Yet another new BL anthology for PC + smartphone—Qpa! Obviously it will only be available for those in Japan, but it’s an exciting news nonetheless! You can see more of it’s info here.

→ Citron already posted a preview of their newest cover on their blog introducing a new series by Kyuushu Danshi—click!

→ My friend Snakey informed me about BLink’s latest issue’s cover—NATSUME ISAKU! *A*

→ I was complaining to myself again just now on why I don’t get to buy BL magazines especially BLink since they haven’t published anything yet which made it harder for me to read the works included in their magazines—BUT!!

They’re finally releasing some of their titles in tankoubon form under the name “EYE’S COMICS BLink”!! \*A*/ First 2 works that will be released are Aoi Levin’s “Danshi Hanayakanare 1” and Takaoka Nanaroku’s “Koi Bake“.

Cover update on Dame BL Anthology!

HERE IT IS! \*A*/

Details are finally posted! → click

AAHHH KUMOTA HARUKO. ;w; this is just too gorgeous I just can’t—!

Thank you very much to Kijitora and Annie who brought the very exciting news as I got back from a long day of grocery shopping, lol.

So the actual main reason why “Dame BL” came to be is because of Kumota Haruko’s certain tweet last May 2010 which created a huge commotion with BL mangakas and readers. Different mangakas started tweeting about the things they would like to draw, and readers started tweeting stories they would like to read. But the stories aren’t really your ordinary BL stories—it has to be unusual. *w*

If you want to join in the conversation, tweet your desired “Dame BL” story with the hashtag #dameBL. The editors would surely love to hear from us readers! ;u; @ reply @bookman_chan or @yama_bookman. Lots of responses will surely result to many more issues to come of Dame BL anthology! *u*

As for my own idea, I actually thought of having a gay trans man as my main character. Then when I saw Psyche Delico’s column with that kind of theme—AHHH. Quite flattered to know we have some kind of same brain wave or something. ;; Originally, that thought of mine started when I read Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore” wherein one of the main characters was a gay transgender man—he was the most awesome character, imo.

Anyway, I hope you’ll all enjoy talking about Dame BL on Twitter! ;u; the release is still on the 25th but time will surely pass by with all these excitement! ❤

Update

It’s November 1! First off, Happy All Saint’s Day to everyone. I’m sure all of you enjoyed Halloween—even if most of you were already too big for trick or treating—like me. /sob

So anyway, today’s a new day which means a lot of new releases and announcements on BL websites, lol.

→ On my noted releases, Minazuki Akira’s “Nobaseru Karada” will be released today as well as Citron Vol.11. I’m really thinking if I should buy Citron since it’s Jaryuu Dokuro’s special feature and I just can’t miss that interview. /sob/ but aaahh, too many good releases this November and I don’t think my wallet can handle buying any more anthologies for this month except Dame BL. orz;

→ On HertZ mobile—iHertZ—IT’S KOJIMA LALAKO ON THE COVER. /;A;\ but ahdgshdgdh MOBILE. /sob/ she actually has a lot of novel releases lately but I still can’t read Japanese novels so… orz;

→ Last night, I was already fixing my orders for this month and noticed the mangaka “Nimoda Ai”. I happen to stumble upon her blog and clicked on her Pixiv account and guess what I found? SHOTA PARADISE. Inazuma Eleven paradise to be exact. And a couple of APH. I’ve been pretty obsessed with shotas ever since my best friends and I were randomly hunting for little boys in the mall a few months ago… /perv

She’ll be having a tankoubon release this month enitled “Trouble x Prince“. And for next month, Citron will finally release her “Moe Goe“. Pretty excited, really. *u*

→ For those who are residing in Japan, Natsume Isaku will be having a signing event for her newest tankoubon release this Nov.10— “Devil’s Honey“. Aahh, how I wish I can go to such events but buying a plane ticket just for a signing event is just too impossible.

 

Dame BL comic anthology + Viz Media’s SuBLime

For those of you who have purchased “Moe Danshi Gatari 2″, I’m sure you guys were able to notice the last page wherein they announced an upcoming BL anthology called “Dame BL”. It’s said there that the anthology will be released early summer of 2011, but it was only recently that they have announced it’s official release. I don’t really know any other information about it besides from the blog entry I read a few days ago by Kijitora.

Twitterで話題になった#dameBLが遂に実現!! 豪華執筆陣が魂込めて描いた、「本当に描きたい物語」

ダメBL―――それは、なんらかの理由で「ダメ出し」をされ、発表できなかったBL作品のこと。この本では、お蔵入りになっていた作家たちの「描きたい!」を集めました。

・ダメBLコミックラインナップ
雲田はるこ、もろづみすみとも、えすとえむ、梅松町江、岡田屋鉄蔵、千葉リョウコ ほか
・ダメBLコラムラインナップ
青山十三、草間さかえ、彩景でりこ、ヨネダコウ ほか
(敬称略)

(Information from Animate Online)

So the anthology is about the works of different mangakas and authors whose publishers didn’t approve of. Well judging from the title, I think it mostly consists of some bizarre (in a good way) BL story ideas our favorite mangakas/authors have ever thought of. Maybe their publishers thought such stories won’t really get the interest of BL manga readers but—let’s just wait and see, haha!

The line-up looks really exciting:

Comics line-up – Kumota Haruko, Morozumi Sumitomo, Est Em, Umematsu Machie, Okadaya Tetuzoh, Chiba Ryouko, etc.
Columns line-up – Aoyama Toomi, Kusama Sakae, Psyche Delico, Yoneda Kou, etc.

Expecting a lot more from the list, obviously! *w*

On another note, Viz Media launches their new BL imprint called “SuBLime”. I just got to read about it the other day. ;; I’m not really into buying English licensed titles but this is very exciting for all BL fans! *u*

For further info, please do check this site. 🙂