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?
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!
MangaCat.io is a new digital manga service that is still in it’s alpha phase, but still has a lot to offer! You can read manga on a per-chapter base like on Renta, and it just so happens that I’m translating the horror/romantic comedy series “Ghost Wife” by Wakasa Takeshi for their platform, which I totally recommend. 😉 (I’ll also start working on a BL series for their website soon, which I will announce later on Twitter!)
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! (╯≧∇≦)╯︵ ┻━┻
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
As you all know, living costs money, so I’ll try to get rid of as many books as I can here.
All manga and manga magazinesare in very good condition unless otherwise specified.
I’ll update this list in the coming weeks because there’s just too much stuff to do it all at once, so make sure to check back regularly!
4€ per manga
4.50€ per magazine
Doujinshi prices start at ~4€
Most of us know what a Fujoshi is. A girl who enjoys Yaoi or Boys Love works. But what’s a Fudanshi? A BOY who enjoys Yaoi or Boys Love works.
We all might have read the one or other work about Fudanshi, such as Mashita no Fudanshi-kun by Kuroiwa Chihaya, or Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu/The High School Life of a Fudanshi by Michinoku Atami which also got an anime adaption a while back. But those only had one Fudanshi main character.
Now what would happen if you have two of them? Who are very much each other’s type? That’s the theme of Ore Seme x Kimi Uke ~Risou no Oshi Zokusei~ by Pesotarou.
— Sareru・net (@sarerunet) 14. August 2018
— ぺそ太郎@8/17単行本発売 (@pesotarous) 11. August 2018
This manga will be released on August 17, 2018.
Ebook: link will follow
I’ve been doing lists of new German Boys Love releases for a while already and just realized that I never did one for English releases, what the heck?!
To atone for my sin, I’ve sat down and checked what upcoming releases I could find on Amazon.
Best news for all Ogeretsu Tanaka fans! Escape Journey is her longest and probably also most-wanted series and it’s finally getting an English release in September this year.
Naoto and Taichi’s turbulent high school love crashed and burned, but a reunion in college puts love back in the air.
Naoto and Taichi’s first try at love during their high school days crashed and burned. Years later the two unexpectedly reunite on their first day of college. Tumultuous love often burns hot, and the glowing embers of their previous relationship reignite into a second try at love.
It’s Naoto’s first day of college, and the last person he expected to see was his high school ex Taichi, who he’d dumped after a huge argument. Even though years have passed, Naoto finds he’s still steamed over some of the harsh words that were exchanged, but he also recognizes how much Taichi has matured since then and can’t help getting pulled back in. Will the discovery of his friend’s crush on Taichi fray the fragile threads of this mending relationship?
The third volume of this series about a hearing-impaired student and the boy who lights up his world is actually the first volume of the Limit arc which is still ongoing, but the second volume still hasn’t been released in Japan.
“You rescued me from a world without sound. If it wasn’t for you, I never would’ve known the world was such an amazing place!”
Because of a hearing disability, university student Kohei had made a habit of distancing himself from those around him. But after meeting the exceedingly cheerful Taichi, he gradually begins to embrace a more positive outlook on life. Kohei eventually begins to see Taichi as more than a friend, and after he finally confesses his love to Taichi, the feelings become mutual.
In this new addition to the I Hear the Sunspot series, Kohei continues on as a student, while Taichi makes his way out into the working world to pursue his own calling and the two begin a new life together!
Release date: November 20, 2018
Finally the last volume of the Ten Count series is up for preorder in English! The series took a pretty sudden end in Japan early this year which still feels a bit incomplete, to be honest. Probably not because of popularity issues though, since a web game was released, a smartphone game announced and a TV anime is also in the works.
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder in this doctor-patient romance fraught with compulsion!
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.
Quick note though: Kurose is a therapist, but not Shirotani’s doctor. He agrees to help his as a friend, which for some reason even the publishers like to mix up, probably because it sounds so kinky.
Release date: December 11, 2018
I fell in love with this series thanks to its anime which aired exactly a year ago last year. And the summary holds the key to the “why”:
A yaoi romance between a good boy who didn’t know he was waiting for a hero, and a bad boy who comes to his rescue! Now a hit anime on Amazon Prime!
“I don’t like caramel sauce. I prefer something bitter…”
Masahiro Setagawa doesn’t believe in heroes, but wishes he could: He’s found himself in a gang of small-time street bullies who use him to run errands. But when high school teacher (and scourge of the streets) Kousuke Ohshiba comes to his rescue, he finds he may need to start believing after all…and as their relationship deepens, he realizes a hero might be just what he was looking for this whole time.
A good boy and a bad boy, what could possibly go wrong??
This one is a bit of a blue-baller, but still caused a little hype when it came out. It’s really funny and I enjoyed it a lot and to my surprise, without ever finding out about it on social media, this one is already released!
Nakamura loves a boy in his class–now he just has to keep himself together!
Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with another boy–his dreamy high school classmate Hirose. But there’s a problem: they haven’t met yet. And Nakamura is a total spaz who might bungle things before they even begin! In this endearing Boy’s Love comedy about the trials of high school, follow Nakamura’s hilarious attempts to cling to happiness.
Release date: July 3, 2018
And last but not least…
This is actually the only one on this list I haven’t read yet, but the cover and plot look very interesting, so I’ll give it a go once I can get my hands on it! The only downside here is that I can’t read the original since the author-artist-duo seems to be Korean ;w;
Yohan is a celebrated shaman with a lazy spirit in the form of a boy named Donga. One day, Yoonsung, the CEO of a successful IT venture firm visits Yohan’s shop with a request to remove the powerful spirit that is Chunho. Tensions build up as the two men and the two spirits get to live together at the same place.
Release date: September 18, 2018
Tagame Gengoroh’s 2 volume manga My Brother’s Husband won the award for “Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia” at this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry awards presented last weekend at SDCC.
The manga is about Yaichi, a single dad living with his daughter, who is suddenly visited by his gay twin’s Canadian husband. Here’s the summary from Amazon:
Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.
Unlike most manga, this one is available as a really pretty hard-cover edition, and also inspired a live-action mini-series which aired in spring this year.