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Promising BL manga artists that debuted in 2008 [Jan. 9th, 2009|07:37 am]
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The February issue of Pafu featured a bunch of artists who debuted manga in 2008.

The ones I've read:

Doushitemo furaretakunai by Yoneda Kou: Salaryman and his boss fall in love, both with issues that affect their relationship in various ways. Sounds conventional, is conventional, but is totally delightful. I've already raved about this one. XD I did notice a couple of panels that puzzled me when I reread it, I didn't understand what the artist was trying to convey in it, but they were minor irritations that were totally overshadowed by the good points.

MIgatte na anata by Sangatsu Masao: Collection of short stories, the main one about a guy with a sempai from high school who shows up at his apartment to be fucked when he'd broken up with his boyfriend or just wants sex. Most of the stories are cute and sweet, everyone's earnest yet awkward and/or embarrassed. Nothing fancy or super amazing. The artist draws legs oddly--they are shapely, like a woman's legs, at times. It disturbed me, but didn't stop me from reading. The 4-koma manga all featuring tangerines are hilarious.

Borura ni matsuwaru etcetera by Kyugo: I think this was made up of three short stories. The first one about high school boys bored me to tears. The second one about a grumpy (not that old) man and an awkward boy was pure love. I really like the art on this one. I'm pretty sure I raved about this one in a post as well...

Tonari no by Koshino: A collection of short stories. The main one is about a guy who is woken up by his considerate if gruff next door neighbor every day because he has a really hard time in the mornings. He knows the neighbor is gay, knows he shouldn't think about it as it doesn't concern him, and yet he is drawn to his neighbor....The other stories weren't bad, either. They are amusing. This artist's style is hard for me to get through. She crowds her panels with images and text. I like my manga to be less dense, so it took me a while to get the hang of it.

Kotae wa soko ni umi ga arukara by Ichinose Yuma: A salaryman runs into a writer at a surfing magazine and decides to get back into surfing. The salaryman naturally becomes drawn to writer....What will happen?? Oh, the suspense, it kills. I think there were more stories in this manga, but I don't remember. The art was pretty good, the story was not bad, the characters were very forgettable. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.

The ones I haven't read, with my (very) loose translation of the blurbs provided in the Pafu feature:

Toshoiin no koi by Koiwazurai Shibito: Library worker student A is irritated when his best friend gets a girlfriend, doesn't know why. One day he's confessed to be library worker student B (a guy). A is rather repelled by B and rejects him, but is told by B that he'll fall for a guy...

Sore wa tabete wa ikemasen. by Koishikawa Ao: College student is kicked out of his apartment and is kindly given a place to stay by a half-vampire who sucks at being a vampire (he's afraid of coffins as they have cockroaches). He holds back his hunger as to not scare college student.

Ai nante kuerukayo by Rakuda Torino: The younger brother of a high school teacher's ex-boyfriend brings him homemade bento. High school teacher can't quite let himself be honest about his attraction to the straightforward and cheerful younger brother, but things change when the older brother (the blurb doesn't make it clear if this older brother is the one that is the teacher's ex or a different one) shows up.

Koi no mannaka by Matsumoto Miecohouse: Two high school students (who are sleeping with each other but may not be in a "relationship"?) run away from home together one summer. Sounds kind of emo.

Hatsukoi no 25% wa, by Yamanaka Hiko: Smart and talented and popular high school student likes to watch another guy on the track team who runs a lot. He starts having fantasies about doing some naughty things to the other student....

Tango no otoko by Okadaya Tetuzoh: A guy how dances the passionate tango but doesn't know real love meets a straight half-Latino guy and is drawn to him immediately. Straight dude isn't interested in tango dude that way, but does open up to him because of the sense of security and the kindness he gives straight dude.

(I can't take this manga seriously because it has a huge "THE MAN OF TANGO" on the cover. It just sounds so silly in English, doesn't it? I suppose it'll turn out to be awesome because I've mocked it. :P)

Doramachikku Maesutoro (Dramatic Maestro) by Sagami Waka: High school student had three girlfriends stolen by a majorly popular guy. He slaps the guy and is kissed in return! After that, majorly popular guy hangs around the student and the student ends up getting sucked into a strange group in which "maestros" of various fields gather.

Eryushion no tobira by Dr. Jikyll: About a genius conductor and a guy who is drawn to the genius conductor while targeting some legendary violin. I think. The blurb confused me. ^^;

Moshimo negai ga by Tatsuki: A guy doesn't want to destroy the relationship he has with his dear childhood friend even though he's in love with him, done with a comedic touch.

Has anyone read any of the above? Any of these good?

[User Picture]From: inga_b
2009-01-09 01:00 pm (UTC)
I have Eryushion no tobira by Dr. Jikyll [a little review with picture HERE] and if the blurb made little sense is most likely because the manga actually lacks common sense in general. There are really the worst cliche lines there like "lets the two of us become one" :))) but on the good side - it is very pretty. If you like this sort of delicate pointy art. Jikyll did lots of PoT doujinshis and I liked her art ever since then, so actually I did not mind the manga being an illogical mess of cliches))))) -- the eye candies are there ^^

Tango no otoko by Okadaya Tetuzoh is already licensed in English by Deux under the slogan "if you liked Esuto Emu (like "Seduce me after the show"), you will like it". I have not seen Japanese print, but now I think I'll wait for the license. It was serialized in Mellow Mellow and I tend to like a lot the stories from that magazine particularly for the stories and characters sake )))

I actually liked Borura ni matsuwaru etcetera by Kyugo, but again the art was the biggest attraction and I thought the stories were nice and amusing enough.

As for the rest - I've seen most of them on the amazon suggestion list, but somehow none of them grabbed my attention.... I was going to buy Sore wa tabete wa ikemasen. by Koishikawa Ao (vampires! :) but then I skimmed through the scans and smth in the art really turned me off ... the story seemed more on the comedy side.

And I think I'll pick up Doushitemo furaretakunai by Yoneda Kou as I've seen couple of her one-shots and she seems to be doing good stories. **but that will happen when the exchange rate of yen is a somewhat better**
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-01-10 09:27 am (UTC)
Oh my, Eryushion no tobira does have very nice art. I think I'll avoid it, though, since I hate it when the plot is a total mess. The other manga in your post looks interesting, though.

I am not familiar with Mellow Mellow, but I am curious about Tango no otoko...I can't help but mock the English title. ^^;

I adore what I've read by Yoneda Kou. I hope she is very productive (but not so productive that she starts producing crap). XD
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[User Picture]From: caseybrienza
2009-01-09 05:07 pm (UTC)
I've seen a bunch of these artists in various magazines over the past year, but the only one who made a big impression was Koiwazurai Shito: http://kethylia.livejournal.com/712186.html
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-01-10 09:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for pointing to the review, that story sounds good. I am now more curious about the manga than before.
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2009-01-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
lol, THE MAN OF TANGO. That kind of makes me want to buy it. I guess the proper translation should be something like "Tango Man"...but that sounds just as ridiculous. "The Man Who Wanted to Tango"? "Tango With Me"?

I think I recognize a couple of these from このBLがやばい's top 20 list, though I don't have it with me right now to look. (I'm pretty sure Tonarino is, too, though your review of it doesn't make it sound that great.) I know I marked Ai Nante Kuerkayo to check out--I liked that the Amazon review I read said one of the couples has 漫才-ish dialogue.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-01-10 09:36 am (UTC)
The Japanese seem to be good at choosing the strangest English "translation" of their titles at times. It's hard not to mock when it's so asking for it (though I agree that I want to read it just to see if the contents are good or just as mockable as the title).

I've never read このBLがやばい. Is it good?
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2009-01-10 08:58 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, nothing I've read about the inside of MAN OF TANGO makes me want to buy it; it would be nice if I could pick it up at a store and flip though it or something...since that's not going to happen, I'll probably just pass.

Kono BL is great if you're just looking for new stuff to read. It doesn't have much in the way of author interviews or interesting articles or that sort of thing; it's just "best of" lists with little blurbs about the stories (or about the lists, for the lists by individual people). (Also lists of most popular seme, uke, megane character, etc.) I love it because I'm always looking for new titles and artists and this gives me a bunch of new stuff to check out. I don't agree (or expect to agree) with the order of the manga (like, Aitsu no Daihonmei, which doesn't do anything for me, is #2 this year), but it's fun to see what's popular with Japanese fans.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-01-11 07:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, being able to browse would be fabulous It's great for us people not living in Japan when the scans are available to check out online so that we can know before buying whether it sucks or not (or whether we like it or not), but that's not always possible. *sighs*

Hm, maybe I'll check out Kono BL then. Sounds like a nice resource to have. I totally wouldn't expect to agree with any kind of ranking. (Especially if they are putting Aitsu no Daihonmei at #2!! The art is nice, yes, but the story? >_< )
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2009-01-11 04:57 pm (UTC)
I guess that's the popularity of the S seme. (The Aitsu no Daihonmei seme was #1 on the seme list.) I just...don't get it, personally. But whatever, to each BL fan her own moe.
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