Ookami wa Hana no Kaori volume 2 (狼は花の馨り) by Riyuma Kana
Published by Daria Comics, 2016.
Two volumes, on-going.
⇒ Volume one review
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Its been a year since the first volume was released! It doesn’t feel all too long ago that I fell in love with the series. I ended up devouring the volume all too fast and now it’s back to the waiting game.
The second volume of Ookami wa Hana no Kaori brings drama, pain, happiness, and more pain. It’s a series that, underneath Aruta’s innocence and happiness, is a turbulent story filled with deep sadness; a story about two people of different status who are equally powerless against long-standing traditions.
Canis by ZAKK.
Published by EDGE COMIX.
Three volumes, on-going.
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In the past few years there’s been far and few BL that have really, really impressed me. I’ve read a lot of BL and even if a lot of the plots get recycled, I still love the genre. Still, it feels like most of my favourites are ones from long ago and nothing of late has reached that same level for me. There’s been stuff this year I enjoyed – a lot – but they weren’t on the same level that I would rank into my favourites. Thus comes the Canis series by ZAKK.
Ookami wa Hana no Kaori volume 1 (狼は花の馨り) by Riyuma Kana
Published by Daria Comics, 2015.
One volume, on-going.
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Now and then there‘s a manga that you see and you have a burning desire to read no matter what; Ookami wa Hana no Kaori is that manga for me. It’s a spin-off of the mangaka’s earlier work, Ookami wa Koi ni Naku, which I haven’t actually read. I discovered the book through a collaboration with Saibai Shounen, the app about growing ikemen mandrakes (lol), and it peaked my interest so much I bought the manga – I didn’t care that it was only available in Japanese and my Japanese was poor, I had to read it.
The story begins with Iru, a young man in the military, discovering a malnourished and scar-covered boy from the “White Deer” clan in a cave. Not knowing speech, Iru gives the boy the name “Aruta,” (using the kanji for gold colour) for his striking gold eyes. Iru takes Aruta back to the capital in hopes that he will be happy in the royal palace; it has been a long tradition that those in the White Deer clan marry a royal of the “Wolves” clan. Aruta has grown far too attached to Iru by this point, however, and thus turmoil looms between these two people of different social statuses.
The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru, さんかく窓の外側は夜) by Yamashita Tomoko.
Released by SuBLime, 2015.
Two volumes, ongoing.
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Shy bookstore clerk Kosuke Mikado has the ability to see ghosts and spirits, an ability he wishes he didn’t have, since what he sees usually terrifies him. Rihito Hiyakawa, an exorcist whose supernatural powers are as strong as his social graces are weak, doesn’t seem to fear anything, mortal or otherwise. When this odd couple gets together to solve the bizarre cases that come their way, their work methods may not be entirely safe for work!
Its been a while since I’ve picked up a BL manga licensed in English; I’ve been more picky about my choices in buying manga since I needed to cut back on spending, but it’s also because there have been little to none BL coming out that interested me. But when The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window was announced to be licensed, I was bouncing off the walls – there was no questions about whether or not I’ll buy it. More Yamashita Tomoko in English was a very good thing. My excitement was dampened some weeks later to find the release was digital only, but just slightly.
In 2014, Kenshi Yonezu’s album YANKEE came out with a limited edition that came with an art book which included a short 15 page manga titled Metronome. In the first few days of receiving the album, I gave a shot at translating the manga so I could better understand it; my Japanese was shabby and had a billion more holes than it currently has. A year later I came across the translation doc as I was going through my drive, I figured I’d post it up since a quick search for a translation doesn’t come up with anything.
Be warned that it’s of questionable quality since I haven’t edited since I originally translated it.
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A BL anthology revolving around stalkers! Picking through garbage, wiretapping, hidden cameras, stalking, threats etc. are all found in the book! Of late I’ve been interested in BL with darker themes so this sounds right up my alley.
Young Bad Education by Dayoo.
Published by onBLUE.
One volume, complete.
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I was so excited to finally get my hands on this. Ever since seeing the cover and the word ‘“yandere” advertised all over it, I knew I had to read it. I can only talk about the titular story and its extra right now since I haven’t read the second story yet, but my excitement can’t be contained so I’m jumping the gun.
The story begins with Mizusawa, 17 years old and third year high school student, coming across his homeroom teacher, Takatsu, 37 years old, drunk and lying on a park bench. There, Takatsu drunkly confesses that he’s been looking at Mizusawa since he was a first year and kisses him. More than scared or disgusted, Mizusawa is curious. Takatsu’s clumsiness and bashful face draws Mizusawa in, rather than repeals him, and soon enough he becomes obsessed…. But Takatsu doesn’t want this; it was supposed to be a secret unrequited love he would take to his grave, and starts running away. Read More