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Review: Hero Heel (Vol. 02)


Manga-ka: Makoto Tateno
Publisher: DMP/June
Rating: Mature (18+)
Released: July 2008

Synopsis: “After resorting to out-and-out blackmail to satisfy his desire, Minami realizes his failure to live up to the hero he portrays on television – but the damage may already be done. In real life, he and his co-star Sawada now resemble the arch-enemies they play on “Trans-Dimensional Warriors Airguard.” Despite the show’s success, the icy air between Sawada and Minami is starting to become noticeable. Enter Takagi, an ex-boyfriend and former co-star of Sawada’s, who joins the cast to play a special guest role. Will Sawada and Takagi’s complicated history create even more tension on the set?”

The trials of volume one have left Minami torn, struggling to move on from his desires for co-star, Sawada. After a one-night stand, Sawada tells Minami that he has no interest in him and only slept with the co-star because it’s sex and Minami had been so persistent (resorting to blackmail). In attempts to distract himself, Minami becomes involved with another actor on the television production. Cue the arrival of Takagi, a kind and talented actor who was also Sawada’s previous co-star and lover.

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More Boys’ Love Winter to Winter

How to Capture a MartiniAmazon.ca has a handful of new boys’ love listings today, most previously announced titles and a few new ones.

Some older Digital Manga licenses listed now are How to Capture a Martini and 9th Sleep by Makoto Tateno. 9th Sleep was originally slated for release in December 2007 but returns now with a listing for December 2009. Other titles include the 801Media title Kiss Your Hair by Duo Brand, Great Place High School – Student Council (second volume of the Great Place High School series) by Naduki Koujima, Love Skit by Rie Honjou and The Devil Inside (originally licensed under the name The Devil Within) by Rico Fukiyama. Awaken Forest by Yuna Aoi also has a listing, and I’m pretty sure it’s a previously announced release (though where it was announced escapes me currently).

The titles below, to my knowledge, are new:

Wagamama Go-Man (Light Novel)
Naduki Koujima (Artist), Kyoko Waktatsuki (Author)

Our Kingdom – Arabian Nights
Naduki Koujima
(Connected to the currently DMP-released, Our Kingdom series)

I’ve Moved Next Door To You
Fuuri Misasagi

Reversible (Vol. 01)
Various Artists

Reversible (Vol. 01) is the first release in a series of short stories by a variety of boys’ love artists new to English publication.

Other boys’ love collections to look forward to for the next holiday season come from Yaoi Press with several new bundles of their previously released series, such as a collection of Dany+Dany’s works, the Gothic Yaoi Bundle; the Yaoi Gems Bundle, which includes Stallion, Saihoshi and the first two volumes of the Yaoi Anthology series, and, my personal recommendation of the bunch, a Winter Demon Bundle containing all four volumes of the series.

Most of the books and bundles linked to here are slated for release in winter of next year (gross thinking of next winter while we still suffer this year’s nasty winter bite though isn’t it?).


Review: Hero Heel (Vol. 03)


Manga-ka: Makoto Tateno
Publisher: DMP
Rating: Older Teen (18+)
Released: December 2008

Synopsis: “The final scripts for ‘Trans-Dimensional Warriors Airguard’ are ain, and cast and crew of the hit TV show realize that time is short. Soon, filming will end and everyone will go their separate ways. As they near the special, 2-part series finale, prior romantic tensions between co-stars Minami and Sawada appear to have faded. But, as in any larger-than-life drama, appearances can be deceiving.”

It’s the final volume of Hero Heel as the television production that Sawada and Minami star on is coming to an end. But while the show’s end will bring some sadness and relief to its staff, there remains the undeniable tension between its two stars who remain at stubborn odds with their own feelings.

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Review: Red Angel (Vol. 02)


Manga-ka: Makoto Tateno
Publisher: DMP
Rating: Older Teen (16+)
Released: September 2008

Synopsis: “Innocent Mika is puzzled by the number of people approaching her and willingly offering themselves up as prey! On her question for answers, she stumbles upon a mysterious silver shop and soon discovers that Lucifier himself may have a hand in the madness. With her twin persona Eru guiding her from deep within, Mika must slowly a untangle a web of secret alliances, street violence and bloodletting… but her hazy memories may rise to the surface and interfere with her true calling.”

Volume two of Red Angel takes a significantly different turn than its predecessor. What was once a somber tale of vampires living their lives among humans, spirals into a disarray of lost memories, fallen angels and tormented souls.

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Review: Blue Sheep Reverie (Vol. 01)


Manga-ka: Makoto Tateno
Publisher: DMP/June
Rating: Mature (18+)
Released: December 2008

Synopsis: “Sweet young Kai and the doctor Maria shared a bond that they thought no one could destroy… until Maria’s brutal murder tore her from Kai’s arms forever. Now, Kai wanders the pitch-black streets of the inner city – searching for the man who stole Maria’s life. With both a mysterious electronic freqency and a strange, powerful man named Lahti shadowing his every move, Kai must slay his new-found enemies… or fall prey to their desires!”

After the murder of his girlfriend, Maria, Kei finds himself drawn to a dangerous city renowned for its warring rival gangs. Determined to get close to one such gang, and inparticular one man within it, Kai makes a bold move in requesting to be bodyguard to the powerful Lahti. Once inside this circle, however, some deadly wheels start turning as assasins target Lahti and Kai finds himself defending the one person whose life he seeks to take in vengeance.

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Review: Red Angel (Vol. 01)


Manga-ka: Makoto Tateno
Publisher: DMP
Rating: Older Teen (16+)
Released: June 2008

Synopsis: “From the streets of New York and the hallways of a Japanese high school, to the confines of a British boys’ school dormitory, Mika and her twin persona, Eru, have stalked and hunted. The two are vampires – creatures driven by their thirst for blood. A fateful encounter with the enigmatic Kinsei reveals a clue to a forgotten past. Mika remembers nothing but Eru knows of a shared past with Kinsei. Though Kinsei seems like a vampire, he also hunts at being something more.”

Red Angel is a two-volume series by Makoto Tateno, a manga-ka better known by English manga fans as a creator of popular boys’ love series, including DMP’s Yellow and the currently published, Hero Heel. Red Angel is a story of a red winged vampire whose body shares two forms, that of a beautiful young woman named Mika, and the other her twin brother, Eru.

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Digital Manga Speaks After Yaoi Con 2008

DMP: Lotsa new goodies to be had!

Today I recieved an e-mail from Michelle Mauk from Digital Manga Publishing regarding the recent Yaoi Con convention and there’s plenty of good news to go around! From book announcements made at Yaoi Con, to the state of their imprints, you can read it all under the cut.

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Release List: October 2008

Since the September release list has become such a popular post, looks like it’ll be a continued site addition. Glad so many of you have found it useful! So below the cut you can see the release list for October 2008. As before the list is in alphabetical order, and includes publisher’s logo, volumes and creator(s).

Note: Not all books listed here are guaranteed to be released in this month. Inparticular, certain Tokyopop and affiliated BLU titles may have been postponed. 

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Release List: September 2008

Starting with the upcoming September 2008 releases, I’m going to be posting a list of what new manga books you can expect to see in the coming months! Looooong lists, but all the better to excercise our wallets with right? Lists are in alphabetical order, and include their publisher’s logo, volume and creator(s).

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Anime Expo Manga Licenses

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Three days of Anime Expo and 60 61 manga licenses later, I figured it was time for a round-up! Many thanks, kudos and credit goes to Gia and ANN for the live and detailed updates. Be sure to check out all their con coverage for tons of information, including a bunch of new anime acquistions as well. Now onto the manga! Cut for long-ness.

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