Amazon.ca brings us a handful of new boys’ love titles this Tuesday from yaoi-behemoth, Digital Manga. All these titles are from artists that readers will likely recognize from previous releases.
Drunken Love – Haruka Minami
(801Media, artist of My Paranoid Next Door Neighbour)
Mamiya Doll House – Kazuhiko Mishima
(June, artist of You Make My Head Spin)
Intense Rain – Shinri Fuwa
(June, artist of A Gentleman’s Kiss)
Alice the 101st – Chigusa Kawai
(June, artist of La Esperanca)
How To Control A Sidebar – Makoto Tateno
(June, spin-off of How To Capture A Martini, artist of Yellow and Steal Moon)
As with all Amazon listings, no series or releases are official until confirmed by the publishers themselves. While Digital Manga cannot confirm the licensing of these series, they did let me know that their big Yaoi Con license announcement is still under wraps and awaiting the eager ears of convention attendees. In the meantime there’s been lots of speculation on forums and blogs on what the title(s) will be, including potential license rescues from the yet-to-be-officially-bankrupt DramaQueen to the recently confirmed shutdown BeBeautiful.
For now fingers crossed we have these titles to look forward to, a great array of returning artists for some new works. I know I for one am really excited for another Chigusa Kawai title after a great finale to her previously June-released series, La Esperanca.
And remember boys’ love fans still have plenty to look forward to during Yaoi Con at the end of the month! Any titles you’ve got your hopes on?
This is generally exciting. I'm trying to not worry too much about DMP overextending themselves, at least most of their recent releases have only been a little later than planned. (BTW, Boys Love and Happy Boys just turned up on Akadot.) At least they are mostly invested in one-shots and short series so there aren't too many series left hanging at the moment.
The title I'm really rooting for right now is The Tyrant Falls in Love by Hinako Takanaga. But there are a lot of "classics" that Be Beautiful and DramaQueen left hanging.
It would be great if they could pick up the rest of Finder series (Ayano Yamane) as it becomes more plot driven towards the end, but not without losing the great artistry and steamy scenes. There's also 3 volumes of Kizuna by Kazuma Kodaka left hanging to finish that series and at least 8 more volumes of Embracing Love by Youka Nitta, although I don't know how she feels about it after the tracing flap.
Other manga I'd like to see? Brother 2 by Yuzuha Ougi, Koi wo Suru Shokubutsu and its sequels/prequels by Ayano Yamane, and pretty much everything else by Hinako Takanaga.
I guess it's unlikely but I'd love it if a publisher took a chance and did some josei/smut like Midnight Secretary and Kindan no Koi de Ikou by Tomi Ohmu. Now *that* would be wish fulfillment.
My fingers are crossed for Tyrant Who Falls In Love as well; I'd love to see Digital Manga pick up that license. BLU has been releasing the largest number of Hinako Takanaga titles recently, and though I like the quality with which they release them, their schedule consistency leaves something to be desired right now.
Ultimately I still a 'license rescue' is the most likely title announcement Digital Manga will have, simply because regardless of what it is it'll have the most pre-existing excitement behind it. Either way we'll know in a couple weeks :)
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Certainly more Haruka Minami would be nice and is ALWAYS welcome, but your post makes me even more eager for what the status of all the out-of-print Yaoi will be.