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Yaoi-Con 2010: Digital Manga Announces 3 New Titles for 2011

By October 31, 2010

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Men of TattoosWith the absence of many boys love manga publishers from this year's show, Southern California-based Digital Manga Publishing pretty much had the only industry panel on the schedule for Yaoi-Con 2010. Since more than half of the panel was devoted to a Q&A with DMP's industry guest Hinako Takanaga, and promoting DMP's new Digital Manga Guild initiative (more on that later) there wasn't a whole lot of time left for the DMP crew to spotlight new title announcements for 2011.

There were many titles featured in the presentation at a rapid-fire pace, but when the dust settled, there were really only three new titles announced for 2011, including stories about tattooed gangsters, classical musicians and a timid doctor.

The three recently licensed titles include:

  • Men of Tattoos (Shinsei no Otoko) by Yuiji Aniya - May 23, 2011
    Three men with ties to the yakuza have something in common besides their elaborate tattoos: they all know and are involved in some way with a mystery man named Kubota. Does he offer them an escape from their life on the shadier side of society, or something more?

    Originally published in Akaneshinsha's Opera magazine, Men of Tattoos is a one shot that includes several short stories in addition to the title story. This is Aniya's first work to be published in English.

  • Usagi Otoko Tora Otoko Vol. 1Rabbit Man, Tiger Man (Usagi Otoko Tora Otoko) by Akira Honma - May 23, 2011
    Shy and meek Dr. Uzuki finds a wounded yakuza member in an alley. Without a second thought, he tends to Nonami's bullet wounds and saves his life. The next day, the brawny Nonami returns to the hospital to offer his thanks, but he's under the mistaken impression that he was saved by a Dr. Suzuki, and that this Dr. Suzuki is a female.

    Rabbit Man, Tiger Man is an ongoing series that has two volumes released so far in Japan by Shinshousha. The story was originally serialized in Shousetsu Chocolat magazine. DramaQueen published The Judged (Sabakareshi Mono) by Honma in 2000, but it is currently out of print.

  • Butterfly of the Distant Day (Tooi Hi no Cho) by Tooko Miyagi - May 15, 2010
    Butterfly of a Distant DayIn Il Gatto Sul G, the story focused on Riya, a schizophrenic classical musician who has lots of emotional and psychological issues. This one-shot sequel to Il Gatto Sul G focuses on Riya's cousin, Saki who is a pianist. Both young men go to a villa in upstate New York to perform. It's there that they encounter a person with ties to both of their pasts, who want to rekindle something beyond friendship.

    In addition to Il Gatto Sul G, DMP has published several titles by Miyagi, including the recently released Tale of a White Night manga and two novels, A Promise of Romance (by Kyoko Akitsu) and Love Water (by Venio Tachibana).

In addition to these new titles, DMP announced Spring 2011 release dates and finalized English titles for several new one-shots and series that were first announced at Anime Expo 2010. They also spotlighted a few titles that were previously announced years ago, but had their original release dates pushed back, due to cutbacks at DMP. There were a lot of titles that flashed on the screen that day -- here are some of the highlights:

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING (DMP)

  • Houou Gakuen Vol. 1The Beautiful Skies of Houou High (Houou High School Misora) by Aki Arata - March 15, 2011
    Kei Saeba is a girl who likes girls, so her mother sends her to an exclusive all-boys school. Now she has to keep up her gender-bending charade for three years or risk being "erased." Is it yuri? Is it BL, or is it just a fun gender-bending comedy that hints at both but is really neither? Find out when this four-volume series kicks off in March 2011.

  • Replica by Kemuri Karakara - March 15, 2011
    Supernatural action from the creator of Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil. Replica is focused on Manji, a bodyguard for hire who goes by the nickname "Akainu" (Red Dog). Manji meets Karu, another gun for hire who's hunting down some deadly "TOYs" and decides to join Karu's mission just for kicks.

  • Countdown: 7 Days by Kemuri Karakara - March 15, 2011
    Countdown 7 Days Vol. 1Another title by Karakara, Countdown: 7 Days is about Hanasuke Onigawara, a teen boy who discovers that he's dead, but that he has a chance to come back to life. All he has to do is help another guy (who's also dead) find a girl -- and they've only got seven days to accomplish their mission. A Death Note-esque thriller that veers away from the BL beat of DMP's releases.

  • Moon and Blood by Nao Yazawa - May 2011
    Much like the Vampire Hunter D manga, Moon and Blood is an original project developed by DMP by working directly with a creator in Japan. In this case, manga artist Yazawa (creator of Wedding Peach) is creating a romantic comedy about a vampire hunter who has turned into a vampire himself for release in the U.S. via DMP's eManga.com website. The U.S. debut of this story will be its world premiere, as it has not been released in Japan yet.

  • Demon City Shinjuku (novel) by Hideyuki Kikuchi - July 19, 2011
    The complete novel version of this story by the creator of Vampire Hunter D will be translated and released in English for the first time this July 2011.

JUNÉ MANGA

The titles that got the most squeals from the Yaoi-con crowd were from fan-fave manga-ka Kazuma Kodaka (creator of Kizuna, which is currently being re-released in omnibus editions by DMP, also on their June imprint). These were announced at Anime Expo, but they were spotlighted here to announce their official 2011 release dates.

  • Boku no Shiru Anata no HanashiYour Story I've Known (Boku no Shiru Anata no Hanashi) by Tsuta Suzuki - April 20, 2011
    From the creator of fantasy series A Strange and Mystifying Story comes a collection of short stories that are set in modern-day Japan. The title story is a three-parter about a high school boy who falls in love with his mother's ex-boyfriend, a yakuza gangster who's several years his senior, and follows their relationship as it evolves over the years.

  • That Was Good (Gochisousama) by CJ Michalski - April 20, 2011
    a collection of short stories by Michalski, the creator of Delivery Cupid (Boysenberry/Broccoli) and Noodle Shop Affair (Deux Press). The lead story is a cute romantic comedy about a pilot who's a single dad who falls in love with a guy who's an excellent chef.

  • Bad Teacher's Equation (Kusatta Kyo Shino Houteishiki) by Kazuma Kodaka - May 15, 2011 (Vol. 1)
    This high school comedy revolves around a boy who goes to a certain high school to be near a teacher that he has a crush on, but to his dismay, he gets mixed up with his teacher's twin brother, who isn't nearly as nice as his sibling.

    Border Vol. 1 Originally released as a 10-volume series in Japan, DMP is releasing Bad Teacher's Equation in five double-sized volumes that will be released every four months from May 2011 through September 2012.

  • Border by Kazuma Kodaka - May 15, 2011 (vol. 1)
    Border is about a crew of misfits who run a detective agency. It's Kodaka's latest series, and there are three volumes released to date. It's currently featured in Comique Hug, a yaoi manga magazine from Medi-a-tion.

801 MEDIA

No new announcements for DMP's especially sexually explicit imprint 801 Media this time around, but fans got an update on the release date for the title announced earlier this summer at AX '10.

  • Sabaku no OujisamaThe Desert Prince (Sabaku no Oujisama) by Shushushu Sakurai - April 20, 2011
    In this romantic fantasy set in the Middle East, an Arabian prince grows weary of being pressured to marry. So to escape from the tediousness of it all, he runs away to the desert, only to find himself lost. Who should come to his rescue but a Japanese traveler seeking "The Rose of the Desert." Since this is an 801 Media title, chances are things are gonna get pretty hot, and not just in that "stuck in the desert" kind of way.

Fred Lui, the General Manager at DMP also added that many of the titles that were spotlighted for Spring 2011, such as Love Syndrome, Honey Colored Pancakes and Intense Rain were originally scheduled for release in 2009 and 2010, but were pushed to 2011. Now that they've taken care of much of their backlog of previously announced titles, Lui mentioned that DMP would soon be announcing more new titles for release after July 2011.

He also mentioned that the best way to get the latest announcements about new acquisitions and updated release dates is to sign up for Digital Manga's bi-weekly newsletter. It's been redesigned recently, and Lui promised that they'll be keeping in touch with fans more regularly this way. You'll also find out when the latest releases will be available directly from DMP's Akadot.com online shop, so you can get your hands on 'em a month before they're released in the stores. If you haven't gotten your copy of the newsletter in your inbox this week, visit Digital Manga's newsletter sign-up page.

There was lots more discussed at the DMP panel, including a Q&A with manga artist and Yaoi-con guest Hinako Takanaga, and more info about Digital Manga Guild from DMP President Hikaru Sasahara. I'll be posting the panel transcripts of the Q&A, and my chats with Takanaga and Sasahara later this week. Hang out for a bit, more is coming soon!

Image credits: © Yuiji Aniya / AKANESHINSHA, © Akira Honma / SHINSHOUSHA, © Tooko Miyagi / TAIYO TOSHO, © Aki Arata / MAG GARDEN, © Kemuri Karakara / MAG GARDEN © Tsuta Suzuki / TAKE SHOBO, © Kazuma Kodaka / MEDI-A-TION, © Shushushu Sakurai / TAKE SHOBO

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November 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm
(1) mosh says:

Lots of Boy Love series. Not really a fan of the genre though but I digress.

Although there was this series that interests me:
Wandering Son (放浪息子, Hōrō Musuko)
are you going to pick up/review the first volume when it comes out?

(I think it comes out March 2011)

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