Sunday, October 14, 2012

Licence Announcements

This weekend two separate conventions were being held. One on the East coast, NYCC, and Yaoi-con here out West. I usually pay more attention to the convention coverage of Yaoi-con and other conventions on the West coast than I do to East coast cons. But there were a couple of announcements that excited me. So without further ado here are some of the titles that have been licensed.

I'll start off with NYCC (New York Comic Con). There was a lot announced and if you want that information feel free to head over to Anime News Network for all their coverage. What interested me though was the JManga panel. Many titles were announced but the exciting ones for me were a couple of the Del Rey/Kodansha rescues. They are School Rumble by Jin Kobayashi and Gakuen Prince by Jun Yuzuki. I'm most excited about Gakuen Prince.

Now we're headed to the land of yaoi and the exciting announcements made there. First up is Juné/801 Media/Digital Manga Publishing:

As Many as There are Stars - Miecohouse Matsumoto
A New Season of Young Leaves - Venio Tachibana/Akeno Kitahata
The Mushroom Pup - Kimama Aoboshi
Brave10 vol. 1 - Kairi Shimotsuki
Does the Flower Bloom? vols. 1-3 - Shoko Hidaka
Hey, Class President! vol. 5 - Kaori Monchi (this is the final volume)
Depression of the Anti-Romanticist vol. 2 - Yasuna Saginuma/Riyu Yamakami (mangaupdates.com state that there is only one volume but having read vol. 1 of this series it is good news that there is a second volume.)
Ze vols. 8-11 - Yuki Shimizu (vol. 11 is the final volume)
Itazura Na Kiss vol. 12 - Kaoru Tada (this too is a final volume.)

Finally we have SuBLime’s manga license acquisitions:

Confirmed Titles
Love Pistols vol. 6 – Takarako Kotobuki
Punch Up vols. 3-4 – Shiuko Kano
Awkward Silence vols. 3-4 – Hinako Takanaga
His Favorite vols. 3-5 – Suzuki Tanaka
Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love vols. 3-4 – Yaya Sakuragi
Print Only Titles
Blue Morning vol. 1 – Shoko Hidaka
Sleeping Moon vol. 1 – Kano Miyamoto
Hide and Seek – Yaya Sakuragi (this is a spin-off from Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love)
Spiritual Police vol. 1 – Youka Nitta
Digital Only Releases
The Ravishing of the Crown Prince – Wang Yi/Feng Nong
Boys, Be Ambitious! – Saburo Nagai
Egoistic Blue – Mio Tennohji
The Match Seller – Sakae Kusama
Sword and Mist – Hayate Kuku
Print and Digital Releases
False Memories vol. 1 – Isaku Natsume
Embracing Love (2-in-1 omnibus volumes) – Youka Nitta

The biggest news by far from this year's Yaoi-con is the fact that Youka Nitta's Embracing Love will be gracing our shores once again!

(I must send out my thanks to aoi_aka and her live tweeting the SuBLime panel and Anime News Network for all additional info)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Digital Snapshots Preview

I'm going to be starting my Digital Snapshots feature soon but there are a few Digital Manga Guild titles that I was given access to but I didn't get my thoughts together before I ran out of time.  I didn't want to ignore them completely because I did read them. But they are titles I'm not too crazy about and I won't be using any eManga points to keep them. I may not be a fan but they could be right up your alley. So without further ado here they are!

For those who have a thing for some S & M, bondage, etc., may enjoy Reset by Asahi Shima, Neck-Tie by Asahi Shima, Sadistic Boy by TORIMAIA, and Touching the Night Stars by TORIMAIA. If you like cool, aloof, and seemingly unattainable semes then you might like Long Version vol. 1 by Ohumi (I didn't receive reviewer access for vol. 2 so I can't say anything about it) or The World is Full of Cheating Boyfriends by Ikue Ishida. Finally for those who like May to December style romances feel free to check out Renji Jumonji's Hardship by Juji Fusa and Sunday's Child by Kita Konno (also included in Sunday's Child is a short yuri story which is something I've never really read before.)

All of these titles are available at eManga and for your Nook. Some of them may not be available for Kindle reading because of Amazon's weird selection process. You can get book descriptions for these titles in any of those locations. If these titles sound interesting to you then by all means go out and enjoy them. Just because they aren't my cup of tea doesn't mean they aren't any good. For the most part the editing and typesetting was solid they just weren't stories that caught my fancy.