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26 New Yaoi Titles from Digital Manga: A Closer Look

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Steadfast Candy HeartGardena, California-based Digital Manga Publishing had lots to share with manga readers at YaoiCon 2011 last week, including their new Android and iOS storefronts for Digital Manga titles and a special Vampire Hunter D Android and iPad/iPhone storefront for manga and novels by Japanese horror master Hideyuki Kikuchi, (available from the  Android Market and Apple's  iTunes App store) and their surprise announcement that they'd be taking over management of Yaoicon, and moving it to Southern California in 2012. (I spoke with DMP's president Hikaru Sasahara and YaoiCon lead Sue Chen about this change, so more on this to come.)

In the meantime, here's a closer look at the newly announced and upcoming manga and yaoi novel titles they spotlighted at their panel, including 6 new June / 801 Media titles,  and 20 recently-released and soon-to-be-released digital-only titles from their Digital Manga Guild initiative that will be available on eManga.com, and for the iOS, Kindle / Android and other digital book platforms.

NEW DIGITAL MANGA TITLES - JUNE MANGA AND 801 MEDIA

These June Manga and 801 Media titles will be available as print editions with some also available on eManga.com. Here's a closer look at these newly announced and soon-to-be-released titles.

Storm FlowerStorm Flower (Hana no Arashi wa) by Runa Konjiki - November 6, 2011
Both Sagano and Hazime come from families known for their mastery and artistry in the world of traditional Japanese flower arrangement and tea ceremony. However, for these two young men, with ages-old tradition comes the burden of living up to their families' expectations. Because their worlds overlap, Sagano and Hazime can't help but run in the same circles - but on top of that, they go to the same high school. At first, their relationship is fraught with friction that later sparks into something more passionate. This eventually takes them down dark paths fraught with jealousy and envy.

Secrecy of the Shivering Night (Furueru Yoru no Himitsugoto) by Muku Ogura - December 7, 2011
Love in a boarding school between roommates who can't quite agree whether to leave the lights on or off when things get hot in their room. The Secrecy of the Shivering Night is the first DMP release from Muku Ogura, who is also the author of Castle Mango, another recently-announced addition to DMP's publishing schedule.

Furuya's new roommate at his boarding school is Himi, a shy and short boy who has a surprisingly loud voice and a tendency to turn in early. HImi is afraid of the dark, while Furuya dislikes bright lights. How will these two boys overcome their opposing neuroses?

Beast and FeastBeast & Feast by Akira Norikazu - 2012
Originally serialized in  Shinkousha's Shousetsu Chocolat magazine, this yaoi manga one-shot  from the creator of Hachimitsu Darling (SuBLime) and Spirit of the Roses (DramaQueen) features a match-up between a bad boy gangster and  a hunky detective.

While investigating a murder case, Detective Hishinuma Kazuha is reunited with mobster, Hyoudou Itsuki, a man he once knew (and clashed with) when they were classmates in junior high. Hyoudou has information about the murder that could help Kazuha crack the case - but this gangster won't spill the beans for free. He proposes a deal: he'll tell Kazuha everything he knows  if Kazuha will yield to his passions. Kazuha is appalled, but Hyoudou won't take no for an answer.

Depression of the Anti-Romanticist (Anti-Romanticist no Yuutsu) by Yasuna Saginuma and Riyu Yamakami  - 2012
Digital Manga logoFrom the creator of Vanilla and Sighing Kiss comes a one-shot originally serialized in Karen Magazine from Nihone Gungeisha.

After his parents' death, Shiroyama must put aside his dreams and work hard to support himself and his younger brother and sister. So where can a young man without a lot of experience or a college degree make a lot of money? A nightclub, of course! Shiroyama enters a world where alcohol flows freely and the sexy bar girls aren't always girls. He tries to keep his distance from the decadence that surrounds him, but even in the dark world of Tokyo's nightlife, love somehow finds Shiroyama. Can he let down his defenses and find love in this world?

Good MorningGood Morning by Ritsu Natsumizu - 2012
A romantic comedy from the creator of Crushing Love and Love Bus Stop (both from June Manga/DMP) about two businessmen who find that a night of drinking changes their 'working relationship.'

Hayashi is a hardworking salesman who does what many Japanese business men do afterhours: he enjoys a stiff drink or three with his co-workers. But after a particularly rowdy night, he wakes up the next morning and finds that 1) he's naked and 2) his co-worker Shinohara is sleeping next to him. "You were great last night," says Shinohara, but Hayashi can't remember a thing. Hayashi's mind races: Does this mean he's now dating Shinohara? Are they a couple now? And what will this mean when they have to go back to the office and work with each other like nothing happened?

In These Words Collection 1 - chapters 1-5 by Kichiku Neko and TogaQ (a.k.a. Jo Chen) - 2012
The first five chapters of this original boys love manga doujinshi by Kuchiku Neko and TogaQ (Jo Chen), will soon be available in one book from 801 Media / DMP. Jo Chen is known for her gorgeous illustrations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her original josei manga romance The Other Side of the Mirror (published in 2 volumes by TokyoPop). Now, with author Kuchiku Neko, she offers up some sizzling boys love manga with a dark twist.

Asano Katsuya is an U.S.-trained psychiatrist who had been recruited by the Tokyo Police Department to profile a serial killer that's on the loose in the city. Based on Asano's profile, an elaborate and dangerous plan was put in place to lure the serial killer out of hiding.

Samejima-kun to Sasahara-kunSamejima-kun to Sasahara-kun by Koshino - 2012
A slice-of-life romantic comedy that DMP Marketing director Yoko Tanigaki describes as 'totally hilarious,' Samejima-kun to Sasahara-kun is about two friends who might possibly be more than friends... provided one of them gets a clue about what's going on.

Samejima and Sasahara have been best friends for a long, long time. So when Samejima tells Sasahara "I think I love you," his pal thinks he's joking and tells him to knock it off. Samejima is heartbroken, but Sasahara acts like nothing has happened at all. Samejima then thinks maybe he has a chance, if he just applies a little pressure on his friend...

Castle Mango Volume 1 by Muku Ogura & Narise Konohara - 2012
Originally serialized in Cab Magazine from Tokyo Mangasha, Castle Mango is about an unlikely liason between a 30-something gay adult video producer and a college kid who inherits a love hotel with an oh-so-Japlish name, "Castle Mango."

SPOTLIGHT ON 20 NEW DIGITAL MANGA GUILD TITLES FOR 2011-2012

Digital Manga Guild logoAt YaoiCon 2011, DMP President Hikaru Sasahara unveiled his plans for Digital Manga Guild, a new venture that aimed to offer fan translators/editors/graphic designers an opportunity to collaborate with DMP and Japanese publishers to publish BL manga on eManga.com,  DMP's eManga digital manga storefront in a profit-sharing arrangement. Since then, DMP has announced that they have acquired the rights to translate and publish over 400+ titles this way.

Now that the first Digital Manga Guild title Tired of Waiting for Love has made its debut in mid-August 201,, new titles localized by DMG translators/editors/designers have been added steadily to the eManga line-up, and available via Amazon.com for the Kindle. Here's a closer look at the recently added DMG titles and a few that are coming soon.

Healing MusicHealing Music (Futekinai Ongaku) by Tatsumi Kaiya - Available now from eManga
The second release from Digital Manga Guild is from the creator of Hot Steamy Glasses, and focuses on a romance between a pianist and a piano tuner.

Kunio Tokiwa, a spontaneous and gifted pianist, has always been motivated by his desire to please his uncle, a piano tuner. When his uncle dies, Kunio is lost. The night he's about to give up the piano entirely, Kunio is stunned by the sound of a piano tuned and played by the beautiful Yui Hasegawa. Reminded of his beloved uncle, Kunio devotes himself to gaining both Yui's exclusive service and his approval. Not even Yui's cold, mystifying behavior can stop Kunio's efforts, but he keeps hitting sour notes in his clumsy struggles to figure out why Yui's existence is so important to him. When Kunio's words create confusion and hurt, he must find another way to communicate. Can Kunio's Healing Music convince Yui that he's not a replacement for Kunio's uncle and bring them together for an unforgettable, lifelong duet?

Color of the Clear Blue SkyThe Color of the Clear Blue Sky (Aozora no Sunda Iro wa) by Momoko Tenzen   - available now from eManga
From the creator of La Satanica and Ciao Ciao BambinoThe Color of the Clear Blue Sky reunites a student teacher and with his old elementary school homeroom teacher, a man he looked up to and now possibly is in love with.

Sakae Sugiura working hard to become a teacher, gets an assistant teacher position at an elementary school. There he meets his old elementary school homeroom teacher, Ryuji Fukada. Fukada-Sensei was someone Sakae looked up to, someone who supported him. Now, Sakae is shocked by how different Fukada is and feels lost. But since he's no longer a student, will his feelings towards Fukada change...?

Attacked on a Tiger's Whim (Kimagure Tora ni Okasarete) by Mario Yamada - Available now from eManga

The first of two yaoi one-shots localized by Digital Manga Guild by Mario Yamada, that takes a look at romance between men who live among the bright lights and shadows of Tokyo's nightlife scene.

Tomoya is working at a host club when he unexpectedly comes face to face with a nightmare from his past. After his first two traumatizing experiences with Murase, Tomoya finds his third encounter intoxicating as he's drawn deeper into Murase's dangerous life. Will Tomoya find a way for their two worlds to coexist, or will Murase's dark past consume them both?

The Rule of Standing on TiptoeThe Rule of Standing on Tiptoe (Senobi no Housoku) by Puku Okuyama - Available now from eManga
From the creator of Warning! Whispers of Love comes another high school romantic comedy with slice-of-life charm.

A new student enrolls in Kosuke's sophomore class in high school. As a perfect foil to Kosuke's short stature, Raku is tall, manly and popular with girls. Although Kosuke initially feels jealous, he soon learns of Raku's secret and is asked to keep it a secret. Raku finds himself taking an interest in Kosuke and they begin to grow closer.

Curve by Kahiro Kyouda - October 27, 2011
According to DMP marketing lead Yoko Tanigaki, Curve is a DMP original publication that is being offered in print for the first time in the U.S. or Japan. It was originally released for cell phones, and was licensed directly from the creator.

The Kneeling ButlerThe Kneeling Butler (Shitsuji wa Shujin ni Hizamazuku) by Ikue Ishida - October 27, 2011
A romantic drama localized by DMG group Muriari that should please anyone who loves a sharp-dressed man in a tux.

A handsome young man opts for a change of career, as he moves to London and becomes a butler for a millionaire entrepreneur. But as he serves his new employer, the two men get to know each other pretty well... and well, this is yaoi manga, you can pretty much guess what happens next!

My Sempai (Boku no Senpai) by Hebiko Habuyama - November 11, 2011
A slice-of-life comedy from Taiyo Tosho, localized by DMG group Acolytes of Adaptation, My Sempai is Hebiko Habuyama's first work available in English, and is her debut title too.

He smokes. He skips class. He looks like he hangs out on the wrong side of the tracks. But that doesn't stop a happy-go-lucky younger classmate from idolizing and following his gruff-looking senpai (upperclassman) like a puppy. The younger boy's attention is annoying to the older boy at first, but eventually, the pair become friends, and find that everyone has the wrong idea about this so-called tough guy.

The Song of RainfallThe Song of Rainfall (Ameoto no Uta) by Nawo Inoue - November 11, 2011
Aching after a past heartbreak, college professor Amamiya is surprised to come home one rainy day only to find a young man seeking shelter under the eaves of his house. He invites the young man into his home, even as he wonders to himself why he would do something so out of character. He finds out that the young man's name is Naruse, and then realizes that his houseguest looks just like his ex.

Again Tomorrow (Ashita kara Mou Ichido) by Nabako Kamo - November 11, 2011
From the creator of Selfish Mr. Mermaid (June Manga / DMP) comes a fantasy of a different sort, as a millionaire businessman tries to overcome a bout of amnesia with the help of his employee.

In hopes of helping his employer recover from his amnesia, a young businessman moves in with his boss to tend to his needs. But as the two men spend more time together, the boss confesses to his employee, 'I'm falling for you.' Is this unlikely liaison a chance for happiness, or a venture that's doomed to fail?

The Reason Why He Loves Him SoThe Reason why He Loves Him So (Ano Ko ga Kare o Suki na Riyuu) by Saori Mieno - November 27, 2011
A romantic drama from the creator of Full Bloom (another Digital Manga Guild release) is about two young men with a fair amount of emotional baggage.

Years after losing his childhood friend in a tragic accident, a businessman struggles to forget the heartbreak in his past. Then a chance encounter in a restaurant introduces him to a man who looks just like his friend - except that this doppelgänger is a playboy who has many lovers. This mismatched pair begin dating anyway, but soon doubt creeps in: 'does he love me for me, or because of I remind him of his lost friend?'

Only the Flower Knows (Hana no Mizo Shiru) by Rihito Takarai  - November 27, 2011
From the artist who brought you Seven Days: Monday -> Thursday and Seven Days: Friday -> Sunday comes a new story about two young men who 'meet cute' in a train station.

On his way to school, Arikawa helps a guy who tripped and fell. Then on his way home, he bumps into the same guy again - but this time after the encounter he notices that the other boy, Misaki, dropped a flower necklace, a memento that plays a significant part in bringing these two together again.

Doki Doki CrushDoki Doki Crush (Doki Doki Renai) by Kotetsuko Yamamoto - November 27, 2011
Two boys fall in love, but discover that staying in love is a different matter altogether in this one-shot from Taiyo Tosho, localized by The Knights of the Eastern Calculus for DMG.

After declaring their love for each other, Chihiro and Keigo start dating. But other than the sex, what's the difference between being best friends and lovers?  The two boys discover that the sweetness of love also comes with some sour notes, as they discover feelings they didn't have to deal with before, like jealousy.

Steadfast Candy Heart (Ameiro Koi Gokoro) by Satomi Konno - December 7, 2011
DMG localization team Cynical Pink brings this debut title from BL creator Satomi Konno about two classmates who rekindle their friendship after high school, and go beyond being just friends.

A Night of A Thousand NightsA Night of a Thousand Nights (Ikusen no Yoru) by Keiko Kinoshita - December 11, 2011
New from the creator of Honey Colored Pancakes and Kiss Blue (both from June Manga / DMP), A Night of a Thousand Nights revisits the classic yaoi theme of the boy next door who becomes something more.

They've spend years as next-door neighbors, but as the years have gone by, for one of these boys, thoughts have strayed from just friendship to the possibilities of something more. Will they go from 'just friends' to more than friends?

Full Bloom Volume 1 (Hakumokuren ga Saita nara) by Rio and Saori Mieno - December 11, 2011
From the creator of another Digital Manga Guild / DMP release The Reason Why He Loves Him So comes yet another tale of love lost and found.

Shiina Masaki is handsome and popular, so he has not shortage of girls hoping to catch his eye. But Shiina has just one girl on his mind: Nagi, a girl he confessed his love to years ago, but disappeared soon after.  So imagine his surprise when twins fraternal twins and brother and sister Takahashi Nagi and Nagisa enroll in his school. Confident that Nagisa is the "Nagi" from days past, Shiina introduces himself to her only to find that she doesn't remember him at all.

Courtesan: King's PotionCourtesan: King's Potion (Ou to Hiyaku) by Souya Himawari - December 11, 2011
Courtesan: King's Potion is a series of short stories from the creator of Right Here, Right Now and Moonlit Promises (both from June Manga / DMP).

The title story is centered around an encounter between a king and a young man he encounters on the streets. Having fallen upon hard times, the young man has taken to selling his body to survive. The king feels bad for the boy, takes him in and makes him his personal escort. At first, this arrangement was based in charity - but as the pair spend more time together thoughts turn to... love. But is this romance between royalty and a peasant doomed from the very start?

A Passion of Oranges (Yuzuri wa Daidai Yome ga Kimi) by Ruis Maki  - December 27, 2011
A lonely young man meets an older man that he feels an immediate connection with - but discovers that this same man is his mother's boyfriend. Anyone could see that this is a complicated situation that is best handled by forgetting about it and moving on, but it's too late. The young man is in love with the last man that he should even try to have a relationship with.

IntervalInterval by Itsuki Kaname - December 28, 2011
Interval is a high school boys love romance from the creator of Lost Boys and After I Win (both from June Manga / DMP), and contributing artist to Code Geass: Knight (Bandai Entertainment).

High school track star Kashiwagi Ayumu has tried hard to set aside his feelings for his classmate Shinohara Takahito, and for the most part, he has succeeded. But his longing for Takahito hasn't gone unnoticed by track team upperclassman Sawatari Atsushi.  In a stolen moment, Atsushi embraces Ayumu and reveals tender feelings that Ayumu never knew his senpai had for him.

The Faithful Dog Waits for Flowers (Chuuken wa Hana o Matsu) by Mario Yamada - December 28, 2011
Set in the dark side of Tokyo's underworld, The Faithful Dog Waits for Flowers is torrid yakuza romance from the creator of another Digital Manga Guild release, Attacked on a Tiger's Whim.

A gangster is assigned to be the bodyguard for his boss, but before long, he finds that his growing romantic feelings for his superior are possibly more dangerous than any assassin or enemy of the gang.

You and TonightYou and Tonight Volume 1 (Koyoi Omae to) by Keiko Kinoshita - January 7, 2012
A yaoi manga drama about two businessmen who are friends, co-workers and eventually maybe something more, from the creator of Honey Colored Pancakes, Kiss Blue and Little Cry Baby (all from June Manga / DMP), and A Night of A Thousand Nights (Digital Manga Guild/DMP).

Two businessmen who have known each other for years, one never knowing that this friend has had a crush on him for over 10 years. But just when he was ready to give up on his hopeless romance, the two men get drunk together one night and a fateful confession is made: "I've slept with a man before."

I Love Love, Too (Suki Sugiru kara Koi nanda) by Himeko Shindo - January 11, 2012
The first English-language release from Himeko Shindo is about Suzuran and Sakai, a young couple who must deal with the doubts that every young lover feels: 'Does he really love me for who I am, or does he just want my body?'

NEW NOVELS FROM HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI AND NEW YAOI NOVELS

In addition to the new manga announcements, DMP added a few novels to their 2011/2012 schedule, and reminded readers that they now have over 125 Harlequin manga titles available on eManga.com too.

Maohden Volumes 1 & 2 by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Jun Suemi - Summer / Winter 2012
Japan's fantasy/horror master returns with a two-volume novel prequel to his Yashakiden: The Demon Princess series (also released by Digital Manga)

Only the Ring Finger Knows Volume 5 by Satoru Kannagi  and Hotaru Odagiri - Fall 2012
The fifth and final volume of the novel series based on the characters from Only the Ring Finger Knows, a popular yaoi manga about two high school boys who find that a pair of matching rings bring them closer together than either realized was possible.

Now that you've seen what Digital Manga has planned for the rest of 2011 the first half of 2012, has anything caught your eye? Are there any titles that you're looking forward to reading? Add your comments below!

Image credits: © Satomi Konno / TAIYO TOSHO, © Runa Konjiki / TAIYO TOSHO, © Akira Norikazu / SHINKOUSHA, © Ritsu Natsumizu / TAIYO TOSHO, © Koshino / TOKYO MANGASHA, © Tatsumi Kaiya / TAIYO TOSHO, © Momoko Tenzen / TAIYO TOSHO, © Puku Okuyama / TAIYO TOSHO, © Ikue Ishida / TAIYO TOSHO, © Nawo Inoue / TAIYO TOSHO, © Saori Mieno / TAIYO TOSHO, © Kotetsuko Yamamoto / TAIYO TOSHO, © Keiko Kinoshita / TAIYO TOSHO, © Souya Himawari / TAIYO TOSHO, © Itsuki Kaname / TAIYO TOSHO, © Keiko Kinoshita / TAIYO TOSHO

Comments

November 1, 2011 at 9:24 am
(1) Tara says:

Ooooh! Since I’m a fan of Kaname Itsuki’s work, I cannot wait until Interval comes out!

Thanks for compiling this! Very handy to have to know what’s coming up!

November 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm
(2) Kennetta Prince says:

I’m still waiting for the translation and release of In The Walnut vol. 3! I’ve bern waiting forever and I can’t even find it online either.

November 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(3) madao says:

Sigh! So many titles released in digital format that I want to read but I hate the emanga reader and the Kindle price is much too expensive… I really wish DMP would get their emanga ‘fit-to-screen’ to work properly or lower the prices on Kindle.

November 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm
(4) Gb says:

I have to agree about the pricing. They are asking way too much for the localized digital manga. $3.99-$4.99 would be more reasonable.

November 2, 2011 at 2:23 am
(5) Riku says:

I’m quite excited for the return of 801 manga (am I the only one utterly in love with 801-chan?) and the new print releases! All of them look like potential purchases to me!
I sincerely hope that they end up doing a print relase of a lot of those digat release only manga. I’ll probably end up being the last person in the world to switch over to an e-reader. I just love collecting the books; I like actually having a library of sorts to cozy up in away from a computer screen for a while. It’s not a bad idea for those who prefer reading on their Kindle or whatever, and it makes a lot of sense economically to publish that way. I realize paper publishing is a dying industry, but I hope they take advantage of customers like me because we do exist and are willing to pay the extra money for a physical copy.

November 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(6) jana says:

You know I understand going digital but its like they are forgetting people who read real books. I have all their books and I feel cheated now. I like real books. I can’t afford a kindle or a nook. I kinda p.o. off!!!!!

November 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm
(7) PB says:

I have little to no intentions of buying any of the digital releases (personal preference) so while I’m a little sad about not being able to have a physical copy of Only the Flower Knows, I won’t die without it. But I’m happy to see that the last volume of OTRFK will finally be released because that terrible cliffhanger at the end of volume four really pissed me off.

March 5, 2012 at 7:38 am
(8) dinbalwen says:

say, how does one go about buying a digital release? how des one pay for it? i’m interested in having a copy of OTRFK, especially the last volume….

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