Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
It's Pride Month once more, so once again we're looking at some of the manga queer stories to be found within manga. Of course, that includes BL, and we'll start with yet another gem from one of my favorites.
AGE CALLED BLUE (Eiji Koorudo Buruu), by est em. First published in 2008 and first published in North America in 2009.
Nick and Billy have known each other since they were kids, bonding over their mutual love of music. Eventually they form a band, with Nick on vocals, Billy on lead guitar, and both of them serving as songwriters. Their friendship eventually turns into love, but it's a love that's increasingly tainted by Nick's selfish and self-destructive behavior. Eventually, Billy comes to the point where he has to decide what's more important to him: Nick or the band.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Well, I guess I would have to reckon with this series someday, so I might as well take advantage of this month's theme and do so now.
INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS (Ishuzoku Rebyuazu), written by Amahara with art by masha. First published in 2016 and first published in North America in 2018.
In this particular fantasy world, sex work is just an everyday part of life and many brothels take advantage of the various species and magical encounters available to cater to just about every sort of clientele possible. The human adventurer Stunk and the elf Zel have made it their mission to try out every sort of girl and service available and rank their experience for a bit of coin. Along with their reluctant angel companion Crim, they'll do it with anyone: succubi, salamander women, fairies, elves, and so much more.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
There's a lot of fantasy manga out there, but this is the first one not to focus on a traditional hero's narrative or even fantasy food, but instead on language
HETEROGENIA LINGUISTICO (Heterogenia Linguistic: Ishuzoku Gengogaku Nyuumon), by Salt Seno. First published in 2018 and first published in North America in 2020.
Hakaba is a linguist in training who is forced to take over for his mentor after an injury. Thus Hakaba ventures out into the world to interact with the likes of werewolves, lizardmen, harpies, and more. With the use of his professor's notes and what clues he can gather from his companions and their behavior, Hakaba will learn to decipher the languages of these non-human races, no matter what form it may take.