Boys Love Art Books (and more)

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!

BL (Boys Love) Creators: Amakute eros na sekai wo egaku 67 BL manga-ka

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.

Given Illustration Collection

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!

Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki Premium Collection: Motsunabe to Regent

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 🤤

Yoneda Kou 10th anniversary fanbook

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.

Doukyuusei (Classmates) Animation Visual Book

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.

Doukyuusei (Classmates): Sotsugyo Album (revised and enlarged edition)

I just… I mean, Nakamura Asumiko… this thing is stuffed with illustrations from the manga, what else do I have to say?

Takarai Rihito Illustration Book “Mirror”

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)

Nekota Yonezoh Art Work Book “Gaze”

This one doesn’t just have illustrations, it also has a bonus comic for Hidoku Shinaide!

Sakyo Aya Illustration Book “Kuroneko Zukan”

“Zukan” means picture book, illustrated reference book or field guide, so there will be a ton of Kuroneko, to say the least lol

Moegi Yu Illustration Book “Wedding Night”

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?

Kumota Haruko Original Drawings

This art book contains illustrations for Fune wo Amu, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu and includes an A3 sized poster!

BANANA FISH illustration Book: ANGEL EYES [reprinted edition]

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.

BANANA FISH Official Guide Book: REBIRTH [Perfect Edition]

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!

BANANA FISH TV Anime Official Guide: Moment

Official guide book of the anime includes a story guide, character guide, art board collection and a B3 poster illustrated by Hayashi Akemi.

Yuri!!! on ICE SELECT BOOK

A select artwork book featuring 250 pages of animation cell and production art.

Tsurune – Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu Original Drawings

Tsurune isn’t exactly boys love but it’s still right up our alley, amirite?

Tsurune – Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu Illustration Works

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!

Yuuutsu no Asa NOBLE COLORS SPECIAL BOOK

This artbook by Hidaka Shoko contains illustrations, a bonus paper collection, notes and TWO bonus stories, now that’s generous!

Danshi Zukan – Boys Art Illustrator File

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!

Arii Memeko Illustration Works: MEMECO’S WONDERLAND

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.

Haruko Kumota BL Original Illustrations: Boy’s Life

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! (╯≧∇≦)╯︵ ┻━┻

[News] Doukyuusei Movie Blu-Ray/DVD release date announced

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!

I’ve been wanting to watch the anime movie of Doukyuusei for ages ever since I watched the super gorgeous trailer, but wasn’t able to, since it has only aired in Japanese cinemas so far. Now the release date for the Blu-Ray and DVD was finally announced!

They will be released this year on May 25.

The limited edition includes an illustrated gatefold box and comic, OST CD, drama CD, special booklet, and video footage (trailer, promotion video).

The CDJapan version also includes an exclusive 2L-sized portrait (12.7 x 17.8cm) .

Trailer (with subs):

Preorder on CDJapan: Blu-ray (9000 yen) or DVD (8000 yen)



Doukyuusei Series (by Nakamura Asumiko) Goods

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Latest update

While checking the blog statistics I noticed quite a lot of you guys get here looking for a link to the DVD/Blu-Ray of the Doukyuusei movie, so I’ve remodeled the post accordingly. I’ve moved the goods to a much smaller section at the bottom, just like the link to the amiami list.



Movie

Includes not only the movie, but also two disks of the movie’s original soundtrack!

DVD Current price 8000 yen
Blu-Ray Current price 9000 yen

Doukyuusei Visual Book

Features all kinds of illustrations, concept art and more from the Doukyuusei movie. (I own it and it’s indeed amazingly beautiful.)

Current price 2300 yen

Manga

In chronological order since you can’t tell which volume comes when just from looking at the titles.

Doukyuusei Current price 619 yen

Sotsugyousei -Fuyu- Current price 619 yen

Sotsugyousei -Haru- Current price 619 yen

O.B. volume 1 Current price 648 yen

O.B. volume 2 Current price 648 yen

Sora to Hara Current price 734 yen

(Sora to Hara is a spin-off about Harasen)

Sotsugyou Album

Features illustrations from the Doukyuusei series previously published in 3 differents books (B5 size fanbook, B5 size description book, and limited booklet B6 size). Also comes with how to draw a color illustration and much more.

Current price 1833 yen

Kono BL ga Yabai!

A book with reports about successful BL manga, novels etc. from the previous year. Contains sales charts, interviews with authors and sometimes also exclusive short comics.

2014 issue Current price 700 yen

2017 issue Current price 850

Other goods

Acryl Big Key Chain Spring / Summer / Autumn
Masking Tape Set Score & Soda and Lemon Yellow Ribbon / Kokuhaku
Pocket Clear File Set Graduation Ceremony / Sora to Hara / Summer / Autumn

These items are still available on amiami! Big thanks to Cat in the comments for sharing the link!

[Recommendation] Currently discounted manga sets on CDJapan

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While I was browsing CDJapan today, I noticed that a couple of their manga sets are currently discounted, do I thought I’d give you a heads up on that!

1. “Hana no Mizo Shiru” by Takarai Rihito (Volumes 1-3)

“Arikawa Youichi’s life at university is going just fine. He isn’t having any trouble with his classes, he has plenty of friends, and even a cute girlfriend named Kanami. Then the day comes where he meets Misaki. Misaki Shouta is a reserved, stand offish fellow but for some reason, Youichi can’t seem to get him out of his mind. In fact, he can’t seem to stay away. When he lands a job working in the lab with Misaki, it seems more than just the flowers are about to bloom. But will they recognise their emotions for what they are, and have the courage to accept it?” (Description from Baka-Updates)

Regular price: 1858 yen

Discounted price: 1672 yen (10% off)

2. “Doukyuusei”/”Sotsugyousei (winter and spring)” by Nakamura Asumiko (3 Volumes Set)

“A boy met a boy. They were in the flush of youth. They were in love that felt like a dream, like a sparkling soda pop.” (Description from Baka-Updates “Doukyuusei”)

Doukyuusei will get an anime movie next year.

Regular price: 1858 yen

Discounted price: 1672 yen (10% off)

3. “Kuroneko Kareshi” Series by Sakyo Aya (Volumes 1-4)

“The werecat Shingo is able to change into a black cat, and as long as someone has the looks and body that he likes, he’ll sleep with just about anyone. Falling for Shingo because he was overwhelmed by his strong masculine aura is the No. 1 popular actor, Kakami. Amongst all the playful teasing and messing around between the two, Kakami suddenly shows his beastly nature…?!” (Description from Girl’s Generation Scanlations)

Regular Price: 2400 yen

Discounted price: 2040 yen (15% off)

 

In case you’re interested, CDJapan also has other manga sets listed (like Ten Count 1-3, Aitsu no Daihonmei 1-9, Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai 1-3 or Honto Yajuu 1-8).

(I don’t actually know for how long they’ll be discounted or how much stock is available, so you better order them sooner than later!)

UPDATE:

Sadly they’re not longer discounted, but they’re still available for the regular price!