Welcome to A Very Merry BL Christmas Countdown!
Every day in December I will recommend a different Boys Love manga in my advent calendar on sareru.net/bladvent/!
Can you guess what the first manga will be?
Welcome to A Very Merry BL Christmas Countdown!
Every day in December I will recommend a different Boys Love manga in my advent calendar on sareru.net/bladvent/!
Can you guess what the first manga will be?
I’m finally back with another post!
Scarlet Beriko, author of Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki, Jackass and Jealousy, is celebrating the 11th anniversary since her debut as a manga artist this year with a couple events in Japan where you could eat collaboration dishes, wander though an exhibition featuring her manga’s concept art and purchase a bunch of new goods!
On Twitter I was asked a lot where you can get your hands on the goods, and I’m glad to tell you that they’re finally available for order online! So without further ado, stretch out your grabby hands and let’s go!
Jackass! Blue Muffler Towel with Bromaid Current price 2851 yen + proxy service fee
Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki Beige Muffler Towel with Bromaid Current price 2851 yen + proxy service fee
Jealousy Purple Muffler Towel with Bromaid Current price 2851 yen + proxy service fee
Scaberi’s very own event mascot finally got his own line of merchandise ;D
Chin Koushaku Trading Acrylic Charm Set Current price 407 yen + proxy service fee
(CDJapan says the 3 charms in the pack are randomly selected but the sample image says there are all three types included in the set, so I’d like to believe the image instead lol)
Chin Koushaku Ramune & Vinyl Coaster Set “Monochrome” Current price 916 yen + proxy service fee
Chin Koushaku Ramune & Vinyl Coaster Set “Blue” Current price 916 yen + proxy service fee
(Ramune is a Japanese soda drink with a special bottle design!)
Tatsuyuki Accessory Stand Current price 1833 yen + proxy service fee
(I already got mine a while ago and it’s SO PRETTY AAAAAH 💕💕💕)
Took a while, but I finally got to decorate Tatsuyuki 💕 pic.twitter.com/YrJPjDRVSU
— Scarlet Beriko News (@scaberi_news) August 26, 2019
Yondaime / Jealousy Clear Files Set Current price 1018 yen + proxy service fee
Jealousy Connectable Acrylic Keychain Current price 712 yen + proxy service fee
Jealousy Canvas Board Current price 5092 yen + proxy service fee
Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki Jigsaw Puzzle (TORICO-exclusive frame & poster set) Current price 4787 yen + proxy service fee
Please note that the prices mentioned here can be changed in the store at any minute and do not include shipping!
And if those goods are not enough for you, feel free to check out my other post with Jealousy goods as well!
I’ve considered this for quite a while and now I’m finally doing it: the name change is here!
Those of you who are following me here or on social media know by now what this whole Sareru.net scheme is about, but it’s not so easy to figure out when you just see the URL or the name of the page/account on social media.
In order to attract more like-minded people and to let those people know with just a glance what I’m going on about all day, I’ve changed the name of this platform from just “Sareru.net” to “Sareru: The Lady Otaku” (the URL will of course stay the same).
Now everyone knows just by reading those few words that Sareru posts a bunch of things about anime and manga that the ladies enjoy!
I’m also planning to create a group on Facebook where we can all discuss and enjoy anime and manga, that aren’t just all screaming while fighting or gathering of tiddies in another world 🍉🍉, so like my page and stay tuned for an announcement 😘
It’s time for another Goods post! I guess it was pretty obvious that this time it would be all about Given, one of the most popular shows of the season. (For good reasons!)
Given manga volume 1 Current price 650 yen
Given manga volume 2 Current price 650 yen
Given manga volume 3 Current price 650 yen
Given manga volume 4 Current price 680 yen
Given manga volume 5 Current price 720 yen
Given Illustrations Current price 2400 yen
Anime Opening “Kizuato” by CENTIMILLIMENTAL:
Limited Edition with Blu-Ray and randomly selected anime character cover Current price 1852 yen
Regular Edition Current price 926 yen
Anime Ending and Episode 9 Insert Song “Marutsuke / Fuyu no Hanashi”:
Limited Edition with Blu-Ray and Given band t-shirt Current price 4907 yen
Regular Edition Current price 1667 yen
Drama CD volume 1 “Simple edition” with reworked cover Current price 2800 yen
Drama CD volume 3 Current price 3000 yen
Drama CD volume 4 Current price 3000 yen
The limited complete edition comes with a tote bag, can badges and this exclusive LP cover art that casually rips your heart out:
Bangle & Clear Art Panel Current price 5520 yen at 18% off
Charm Strap Mafuyu Deformation Ver. Current price 410 yen at 18% off
Charm Strap Ritsuka Deformation Ver. Current price 410 yen at 18% off
Charm Strap Haruki Deformation Ver. Current price 410 yen at 18% off
Charm Strap Akihiko Deformation Ver. Current price 410 yen at 18% off
Ballpoint Pen Mafuyu Deformation Ver. Current price 492 yen at 18% off
Ballpoint Pen Ritsuka Deformation Ver. Current price 492 yen at 18% off
Ballpoint Pen Haruki Deformation Ver. Current price 492 yen at 18% off
Ballpoint Pen Akihiko Deformation Ver. Current price 492 yen at 18% off
Mirror Mafuyu Deformation Ver. Current price 656 yen at 18% off
Mirror Ritsuka Deformation Ver. Current price 656 yen at 18% off
Mirror Haruki Deformation Ver. Current price 656 yen at 18% off
Mirror Akihiko Deformation Ver. Current price 656 yen at 18% off
Here’s a link to the full listing on CDJapan, including items which are already sold out or so new that I wasn’t able to add them to the post yet!
As always, I can’t guarantee for the prices and availability which can be changed by the stores at any given (huehueh-… sorry) time.
After Manga Rock, a scanlation aggregator website and app that provided access to pirated English manga and even offered paid services, was pulled into the spotlight by Irodori Comics CEO On Takahashi on Twitter, the website has announced that they will take their app and website offline soon and offered an apology to artists and publishers.
(Sorry, I’m laughing here, cuz that’s pretty much like “hey, sorry I stole and sold your car, but I’ll just keep the cash and awkwardly walk away.”)
Many are now arguing that such aggregator websites can only exist, because English publishers take their sweet time publishing localized manga, and many still don’t offer them online or for a considerably high price. While I agree with these arguments, I also want to point out and sum up the many websites you can now buy and read digital English manga, so everyone can know their options and actually support their favorite artists!
Manga+ may be the website that was talked about the most in the past months since it went online. It’s a website by Shueisha and offers weekly English (and Spanish) releases of Shounen Jump manga. Shounen Jump is THE shounen manga magazine that brought you most of the worldwide popular series like Dragonball, Naruto or One Piece. They upload new releases at the same time as they come out in Japan and you can read the latest chapters for free (that’s right, FREE).
Renta started out as a Japanese ebook website, but launched their English website in 2011 where they publish English releases of manga mainly targeted at women (meaning romance and Boys Love). Aside from buying either single chapters or full volumes, you can also rent them for 48h for a smaller price.
futekiya is a Boys Love manga publisher that offers a monthly subscription model where you (currently) pay 6.99 USD a month to get access to all available manga on their platform. But if you want to check them out before you decide to sign up for a paid subscription, you can also read selected chapters for free!
BOOK☆WALKER is KADOKAWA’s official bookstore and app for reading digital Manga & Light Novels worldwide. I only knew them from Japanese releases so far and am pleasantly surprised that they offer manga in English as well! They apparently offer a few titles for free with a new selection every month, so check them out!
(I originally wanted to include ComicWalker in this list as well, but they only have a VERY limited selection of releases…)
SURPRISE, didn’t guess that one, huh? Aside from anime, Crunchyroll also offers a bunch of manga, some even as simulpub, which you can read for free or with their regular premium subscription (pro tip: for the yearly premium subscription you pay less than 8 USD per month!). But their web reader is still Flash and their reader app is… uh… let’s not talk about that…
Manga.Club offers many chapters for free, some you can read only with special tickets you will get after signing up (also for free) and some chapters can only be purchased with money. A look at their front page suggests that they mostly offer manga targeted at girls and women, but they also offer Shounen and Seinen manga.
SuBLime is a BL manga publisher that mostly offers print releases, but also offers many titles as ebooks, and even a PDF version of the manga is included in the purchase at their own online store!
Juné offers a bunch of Boys Love manga in both print and digital form, and for the ebook you can even choose which file format you want! You can download versions for PC, smartphone or even your Kindle from their website!
Of course big stores like Amazon or Rakuten also offer manga ebooks, but those are pretty much a given, so I won’t elaborate on them. This list is in no way complete, but those websites are the best ones I could think of.
To sum things up, ebook releases are very popular with Boys Love publishers, I wonder why. 🤔
But Shueisha also made a big step in trying to beat down piracy of Shounen Jump titles! I hope those services will stay around and grow for a very long time!
We all know them: cringy weeaboos who say nothing but “kawaii”, “sugoi” or “daisuki”, because they picked up those few words while watching anime and think they just learned Japanese. Don’t be that cringy weeaboo, study USEFUL Japanese instead and become so fluent that no Japanese will ever tell you “Nihongo jouzu desune!” anymore.
Now, there are quite a few online courses for you to choose from, but like with all foreign languages, you need to practice them in order to actually be able to use them. And the one thing you need to practice the most is kanji. Kanji, kanji, kanji, there are just too many of them and let’s be real, you will never learn them all, not even Japanese know all of them, they regularly use dictionaries instead.
But we’re only motivated to study when it’s fun, amirite? so why not study by reading manga in Japanese, amirite? But there are SO many manga, how could we possibly find the one that’s right for us?
My first tip for anyone who has just started studying Japanese and wants to practice basic grammar and vocabulary is that they should imagine themselves on the same level as a Japanese elementary schooler. Of course, actual Japanese kids are more fluent than you, but these kids use easy words and easy grammar. A logical conclusion is that manga with many young characters will have lots of dialogues with easy grammar. So choose manga with many young characters.
My second tip is that there are many manga with furigana, which means that next to the kanji will be text that will tell you how to read that kanji. These manga are ideal for beginners. Furigana are common in manga targeted at a young audience, like shoujo manga or shounen manga. But shounen manga, which regularly have an adventurous or magical setting, will use lots of weird words you won’t need or will actually learn in the beginning of your journey. And romance shoujo manga have a lot of characters using slang, which isn’t really useful for you in the beginning either.
My third tip is to use a translation app like Google Translate or Yomiwa (only iOS but my favorite app tbh) to translate words you don’t yet know.
With Yomiwa you can make the app translate words directly from your camera or an image on your phone, and it has a database of words with usage examples.
And here is how you use Google Translate to translate text from your phone’s camera.
In order to help you find your way into the world of manga in Japanese, I’ve made a list with a selected few titles consisting of 1) manga with kids, 2) boys love manga with kids and 3) boys love manga that just have furigana for the heck of it.
(At the Amazon links you can usually find sample pages you can check out in case you want to get any of them from CDJapan!)
What happens when three demon kings raise a little human kid in the underworld? They become pampering, hilarious daddies of course 👀 A series completed in 8 volumes about three guys trying to raise a toddler together. My personal highlight is the tiny romance later in the series.
Some of you might know the anime, and if you don’t, I definitely recommend it! It’s pure sugar with a side of many many adorable babies! Gakuen Babysitters is about a pair of brothers, older brother Ryuuichi in middle school and younger brother Koutarou just learning how to talk, who lost their parents and are now taken in by an old lady who lost her son and his wife in the same plane accident. The lady is the principal of a school with a babysitter club where the members take care of the teachers’ kids, and Ryuuichi becomes the first and only club member. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, but most of all it makes you squeal because all the babies are so cute! The series currently has 19 volumes and is still ongoing.
Some of you might know author monaca by her other pen name Nanoka with works like Shiawase Gohan – Maki to Hanazawa! Shun-kun is a toddler who lives with his grandparents, and Mao, a demon lord who’s head over heals for the cute kid (not in THAT way, you little scoundrels) and abandons the demon world to play with Shun-kun every single day. This series currently has 3 volumes and sadly updates very slowly ;-;
Single daddies? Single daddies! I love BL stories about single daddies! And there’s even two of them in this manga! Okay, one of them is actually the kid’s uncle who took the boy in after he lost his parents and at the same time the ability to speak, but that just makes the story a little more interesting, right?
This manga is about two brothers who lose their family in an accident and move to an unknown seaside town. Tired by the move, they stroll through the neighborhood looking for something to eat and find a little restaurant with a charming owner. This one has a bunch of drama and a really good story, very unlike most of the other manga in this list!
Riku is one of the last two Japanese wolves (wolf people who can shape shift) after his parents die in an accident (wow that’s a popular trope in this post lol). In order for him to learn what he needs to know as a wolf, a young man from the bureau of animal people affairs (I guess that’s how you could translate it?) brings the young boy to the second wolf man, a good-looking author who lives in the forest, to receive help from him. And he falls in love with the author’s fluffy tail, I guess.
Dude with a dramatic past runs over a tanuki with his bike and takes it home to care for it and OBVIOUSLY the tanuki can shape shift into a cute young man, duh. After said young tanuki man pressures the guy into letting him live in his apartment because he is oh so hurt after the accident, what could possibly go wrong?
Hmmmm… I guess the best way to describe these two would be Kashima-kun and Hori-chan-sempai from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, but gay? Moroboshi-kun is the school prince, adored by all the girls who chase after him 24/7, so in order to be able to go home in peace, he hides in the gym’s storage room after school. Until one day, another guy climbs in through the window and Moroboshi-kun promises him to help him confess to his crush.
This chin is the chin you are expecting, you little pervert, it’s the sound a microwave makes when it’s finished heating up your food! (“to microwave something” literally translates to “chin suru” lol)
A construction worker who lives alone and makes his lunch box by himself every day suddenly gets a visit from a TV announcer who says he wants to try his food. The dude gets hooked on it despite having a hard time actually telling apart what tastes “good” and “bad” and visits the man on the construction site he works at to sneak a bite from his lunch box.
A dirty, dirty book about a dirty, dirty high school fudanshi getting his hair cut by a dirty, dirty hair stylist. This one was pretty popular when it first came out, but do you know that it got a second volume called Fudanshi-kun no Citrus Days not too long ago?? (They both also have two really good drama CDs I listened to a lot when they came out!)
I also recommend reading manga together while reading the drama CD, which is basically the manga as an audio book performed by Japanese voice actors! But that is for another post ;D
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When I was attending Y/Con, a convention dedicated to queer anime and manga in Paris, last year to meet Scarlet Beriko, the most requested thing she was asked to release was an art book, a collection of her illustrations. Her editor Kumagai, who was with her during the event, mentioned that it’s become very uncommon for artists to publish art books in Japan nowadays, they’re usually only made for anniversaries or other special occasions. So when the news was out that there would be a Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki art book being released this year for her 11th debut anniversary (fun fact: it’s the 11th cuz everyone simply forgot last year LOL), I congratulated her and jokingly mentioned the many requests she’d gotten for it in Paris, to which she returned that those requests are actually the reason why this book was made! So heck yeah, more power to us 😤
I feel like recently a few more BL artists have started releasing art books again, like the upcoming one for Given which just started as a TV anime on Crunchyroll, or the already released art book Mirror by Takarai Rihito, so I got curious and collected links to all the art books I could find.
Just click on the title on the image to get to the CDJapan product page!
This one has illustrations of many many MANY many artists (67, to be exact), so I can’t list them all, but there’s art by Enzou (Mothers Spirit), Arii Memeko (Hitorijime My Hero), Ogeretsu Tanaka (Yarichin Bitch-bu) and Scarlet Beriko (Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki). A true gem.
The Given Illustration Collection by Kizu Natsuki, the original manga artist, will come out sometime in July 2019 just in time for the start of the anime!
MTR, as Scarlet Beriko calls it, will contain a collection of illustrations from the manga and twitter and a bonus manga about Nozomi and Tatsuyuki doing the do 🤤
Earlier this year it was announced that Yoneda Kou’s current series, Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai or Twittering Birds Never Fly, will receive an anime movie adaption that will come out in Japan in winter 2019. The fanbook has illustrations of Saezuru and her previous works.
This one is hella pretty, just like the actual movie, so just believe when I tell you you won’t regret this purchase. Like, ever.
I just… I mean, Nakamura Asumiko… this thing is stuffed with illustrations from the manga, what else do I have to say?
Takarai Rihito had some major developments from her beginnings with Seven Days all the way to Ten Count, and this book documents them all. (And the cover design is hella pretty)
This one doesn’t just have illustrations, it also has a bonus comic for Hidoku Shinaide!
“Zukan” means picture book, illustrated reference book or field guide, so there will be a ton of Kuroneko, to say the least lol
Just like Nekota’s art book this one comes with a bonus story for Katekyo as well! Did you know that Nekota, Moegi and Panco. (Hinekure Chaser) are friends and regularly table together at doujin events?
This art book contains illustrations for Fune wo Amu, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu and includes an A3 sized poster!
Originally released in 1994 the rare illustration book by BANANA FISH features new designs by Akimi Yoshida specially illustrated just for this release, unreleased illustration stories of Ash and Eiji’s summer in Cape Cod, front page collections, and memorial shots of Ash and Eiji.
Includes a cover illustration gallery with cover illustrations from all 105 episodes and 2 reversible colored posters featuring rare illustrations. Note that this book includes spoilers on how the original story ends, so read the manga first!
Official guide book of the anime includes a story guide, character guide, art board collection and a B3 poster illustrated by Hayashi Akemi.
A select artwork book featuring 250 pages of animation cell and production art.
Tsurune isn’t exactly boys love but it’s still right up our alley, amirite?
Another piece of non-BL but you can never go wrong with anything KyoAni after all 🤷
If you know of any other recent BL art books, feel free to let me and everyone else know in the comments!
And I already got two suggestions by @minmayo8 and two more by @iamvassalady on Twitter, thank you so much!
This artbook by Hidaka Shoko contains illustrations, a bonus paper collection, notes and TWO bonus stories, now that’s generous!
Similar to the first artbook on this list, this one contains art of pretty boys by 66 different artists like Sachimo, Tamekou and Hasumi Hana!
MEMECO’S WONDERLAND features “Hitorijime Boyfriend” and “Hitorijime My Hero” illustrations in color, other BL and NL stories in color, new illustrations and an interview.
As opposed to the mentioned above, this one contains almost 300 illustrations in color & monochrome for her BL works like Itoshi no Nekokke, Nobara and Shinjuku Lucky Hole, and more!
Keep them coming! (╯≧∇≦)╯︵ ┻━┻
Hi guys, a short service post today!
While editing an older post I noticed that Adblockers in Chrome remove all links to CDJapan on the website, so please do me a favor and whitelist this website so you can at least see the links and a description of where they’re supposed to lead to 😅
(Especially the Yuri on Ice and Ten Counts goods posts are completely useless without the links 😩
I will also add a little notice to every post that contains a CDJapan link, so there will no longer be any confusion!
Thank you, and have a great day! 💕
If you’ve followed me for a while on Twitter, you may know that in recent years I’ve bought most of my manga on Amazon Japan, be it physical copies or ebooks. They have pretty much every manga you can think of and provide super fast worldwide shipping with DHL (and if I say super fast, I mean 2-3 days fast!). Amazon and DHL will even handle customs for you, so you’ll never have to pay any extra fees or taxes for your packages again! Granted, CDJapan’s cheapest shipping option is VERY cheap indeed, but those packages can take up to 3 months to get to you and even then you can’t be sure if you don’t have to pay extra customs and taxes. And EMS is hella expensive compared to Amazon’s DHL shipping, not as fast and, you guessed it, customs and taxes aren’t taken care of either.
I know that most of you are intimidated by Japanese websites, even if Chrome browser has a built-in website translation feature. But be afraid no more! If you have a credit card or access to Amazon Japan gift cards, there’s literally no reason why you couldn’t buy from Amazon Japan!
What many don’t know is that you can set Amazon Japan to use English in just a couple of clicks!
Hover over JP and the globe in the right half of the top menu, then click on English.
Now you can browse Amazon Japan in English!
But how do you do that if you don’t know Japanese? Well, you’ll usually know how to write the Japanese title in western letters, right? Amazon has an incredibly useful feature that will try to convert anything you write in the search bar into Japanese, like so:
Here’s a few tips on what to look out for when you type in a title in letters:
What about ebooks though? Well, ebooks are a GREAT way to read manga, if you want to save money, want to read the stuff you buy immediately anywhere and want to save space (and trees that won’t have to be cut down to print the manga instead) or you can simply support your favorite author after you’ve read a scanlation and there’s no official translation in your language yet! Some people are worried that the stores they buy from will be out of business at some point and the money they spent on their ebooks will be in vain and the books will be gone, but let’s be real: there’s no way Amazon will go out of business in the next 20 or so years, so it’s still a good investment!
You can read Amazon ebooks on either your Kindle (there’s even a special Kindle Paperwhite for Manga being sold in Japan), in the Kindle app on your smartphone, tablet or even computer, or, and this one’s new, in the browser. If you read in the browser, you won’t have to download additional software before reading, but I tried reading Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori on Safari/Mac and the browser reader was full of bugs, so I’d recommend using the Kindle or Kindle app instead!
I don’t have a Kindle, but here’s some tips for reading your ebooks from Amazon Japan on your Kindle app:
Before you start the app for the first time, set your device’s location to Japan (you don’t have to set the whole thing to Japanese, just the location is enough!) to make your app connect to your account on Amazon Japan instead of your country’s Amazon (in my case it would be Amazon Germany instead).
Once you’ve created your Amazon customer account and have added your credit card or gift card credit, you’ll be able to buy ebooks with just one click! Ebooks are usually a little (sometimes even a lot!) cheaper than physical copies, and if you want to save even more, you can sign up for kindle unlimited with a trial period of 30 days, after that it’s ￥980 a month for thousands of manga (granted, they’re not the latest or hottest shit, but they’re free entertainment 🤷).
Once you’ve purchased an ebook, it’ll show up in your app’s list and if you click on it, it’ll be downloaded to your device. Your reading progress will be saved online, so if you start reading it on your tablet, but have to take a break in the middle of reading because you have an appointment in town, you can just download it to your phone and continue reading on the train where you just left off without spending minutes looking for the last page you read!
And if you’ve made your account, but don’t know what to buy first, maybe check out the current Boys Love ebook ranking with both paid and free ebooks!
I hope this article helped you out and will make it easier for you get your hands on the manga, anime and other merchandise you’ve always wanted! 😀
If there is anything that’s unclear or if you have further questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a tweet!
I even have a Facebook page now, so maybe leave a like there as well :3
Was lange währt, wird endlich gut: Auch die neuste Serie der Boys Love-Zeichnerin Scarlet Beriko (Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki, Jackass) erscheint nächstes Jahr endlich auf Deutsch! Auch diesmal wird wieder Egmont der Verleger sein und gleich beide bereits in Japan erschienenen Bände innerhalb weniger Monate veröffentlichen.
Wer sich die vergangenen deutschen Releases von Scarlet Beriko schon gesichert hat, dem wird vielleicht aufgefallen sein, dass dieses Mal der Originaltitel übernommen würde, was man von den vorherigen Manga leider nicht behaupten kann 😛
Da ich persönlich leider immer noch psychisch unter Touch my Jackass (statt einfach nur Jackass [was ist ein Jackass und wie fasse ich es an?!]) leide und viele mein Schicksal teilen, wollen wir auf Twitter den Sieger krönen! Macht doch mit:
Let’s settle this once and for all, which Germanized (pfft) title of any Scaberi manga do you think is the worst?
Minori no Te
Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki
— Scarlet Beriko News @ Y/CON‘18 Paris (@scaberi_news) 8. November 2018