Finally signing off—but I have good news!

Hello!

First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you who have been subscribed to this blog of mine for the past few years with a blogger like me being lazy and going on tentative hiatus but never got to come back and post new stuffs again.

I’m finally done with college and will start a new chapter in my life again very soon. I’m excited and at the same time frustrated since I’ll be attending school again, LOL. But I feel blessed with all that has happened for the past 2 years since I left my BL blogging life.

Unfortunately, I’ll be finally leaving this blog and will be focusing on a new blog very soon if time allows (here I go again hahaha). But yes, it has been a great few years blogging about BL and meeting new people through the same interest.

On the bright side, I recently opened a sales blog where I’ll be selling some of my preloved BL goods and other fandom merchandises!

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Please visit my sales blog at: rotten-sales.tumblr.com

I’m still working on it so please bear with me, lol. I’m also thinking of selling some old BL manga titles so please look forward to it!

Again, thank you for all my lovely subscribers and followers. I’m sorry I haven’t been active for a very long time. ;__;)

Lots of buttsexlove,
Hachi ❤

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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. 

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

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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.

This month’s haul

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Loaded up on Kojima Lalako since I couldn’t afford not to completely read all of her works. (:3)rz

As most of you (regular readers) know, I haven’t been buying BL that much lately because of the usual reasons. Thankfully last month, my mom agreed to let me buy new (manga) releases again and as for school matters, I’m now officially a college senior this coming semester and so my aunt actually allowed me to do anything I want this summer. So of course I’m trying to give all my time to my usual hobbies although most of the time, I dwell on improving my illustration (career—sort of).

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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.

Feature: Whut*Nani Issue 6

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2013 brings the best of luck to all of us! ❤

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A few weeks ago, a good online friend of mine invited me to make an article about the recent BLush Convention for the 6th issue of their BL anthology, Whut*Nani.

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It was really an honor being a part of this issue. Thank you so much, Snakey (Sho) for inviting me! ❤
You can download the anthology in their website.

On another note, Blush Anthology will be releasing their second volume early this year and I do hope everyone will look forward to it! They already decided on a certain theme and personally I find it very cute! I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say anything regarding BLush’s plans on providing yummy BL reads to everyone but I just want to say there really is a lot to look forward to! ❤

Perspectives on BL manga Part I: BL manga as an esoteric fandom.

It’s only been a year since I got into BL and I admit that I’m still not that experienced with the fandom. Yes, as I said before, I’ve been into yaoi for the longeeeeeeest time already but when I got into BL, it’s a totally different experience.

Just the other day, my friend Yee Hun and I met up with Ms. Khursten Santos, one of the organizers of the BLush Convention, to get our own copies of the very first BLush Anthology. The meeting was also for us to discuss further plans with the anthology which then lead to a more in-depth fujoshi talk—which I enjoyed very much! We talked about the old and new BL fandom, the difference between yaoi, BL and their stereotypes. I loved how similar our views were about BL fandom; she was able to enlighten me with words I long thought of but never had the chance to express or explain it clearly especially here in my blog.

When I was into yaoi before, I never called it “BL”—I didn’t even know what BL was.

My BL fandom all started because of a random BL blog I stumbled upon while looking for some new manga. The blog was in Japanese so at first, I had no idea what she was talking about when I saw posts about BL magazines and anthologies. I thought to myself, “Wow, so stuff like this actually exists in yaoi fandom” since I only knew about Shonen Jump before, lol. After reading a few posts from her and discovered new blogs and fujoshi friends along the way, I now succumbed to the very obsessive fandom that is BL.

So what’s the difference between yaoi and BL anyways?

For me I think the right word to describe BL is that it’s such an esoteric fandom that most fans don’t give time to actually understand what the fandom really is so they just tend to only have knowledge about the general facts. Although, before I also used to think yaoi is more on the obscene side while BL on the other hand is just pure love. But it seems they both have matching descriptions which explains a lot since technically, they’re the same. As to what I understood from further readings about the term’s origin, it just depends on how people got used to calling it. In the end, it all differs on how much the fans understand the genre itself.

Up to now I’m still trying to get the right words out of my head in order for me to properly explain my thoughts about what BL really means and how it influenced me as an artist. All I can say is that it greatly influenced me not only for my art but also my perspective in life. I know it sounds a bit dramatic but that’s how it really is for me, haha!

BL greatly changed a huge part of my personality since it provided me personal guidance. Most of the BL mangas I got to read had a very realistic storyline and because of that, it really made me realize what life is all about—as cliche as it may sound. Since BL tends to lean more on the shojo and josei demographic, it often has a mature feel to it. 

My views on eroticism also changed because of BL. To most people, eroticism is pornographic which often leads to negative impressions. I remember Araki Nobuyoshi (a very famous Japanese (erotic) photographer) saying this in one of his interviews:

I think people should be positively dirty-minded and if you are positively dirty-minded, you end up in the most lively and energetic place. 

The quote seems simple but it actually depends on how you understand it.

Other than those, most of what I learned are too complex to include it here. Right now, I’m still trying to expose myself with more BL so let’s just see what further realizations I’ll get to have in my next post regarding the topic! ;v;)/

I hope this short(?) post gave you guys some realizations of your own!
Don’t hesitate to share your own opinions. ;v;)/

P.S.
Cluttered thoughts as always. Sorry if my words seem out of place in every sentence!

Thank you so much to everyone who dropped by! – E. RECTO

From our tumblr:

We would like to thank everyone who dropped by our booth. Thank you so much for buying and for showing your interest in our works. Today has been tiring, nerve-wracking, and exciting for all of us. It was all worth it. We didn’t expect that a lot of people will be interested in our prints and pins. We can’t thank you guys enough.

This is our first con and we have no plans of stopping here. We will try our best to improve and offer more merch next time. Don’t hesitate to contact us about anything. 😀

See you soon! Thank you so much for your support. 🙂

Again, thank you so much everyone! ;v;)/