Interesting picture. I don't remember having seen it before.

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The color of the trousers is a little bit too light to my taste, but the coloring is still gorgeous. I love the warm hues here, and the layered colors in Val's hair are gorgeous. Looking at Yamane-sensei's watercolors just reminds me of this video of her with her paintbrush, carefully coloring that illustration of Takaba for the dakimakura. I'm always amazed that she can paint by hand a character's hair, with so very rich hues and shadings.

My online translator says this must be a limited signed card. Yummy.
I adore Junjou Romantica anime, based on Nakamura Shungiku's manga. And Hybrid Child manga has made me cry like a baby so it makes my heart flutter some more that we'll get an anime for this story. It's a good thing they do adapt some BL mangas to animes, but can't they diversify a bit?

I can't really complain because I was actually very happy to hear that Junjou Mistake will get an anime. Anything that I've enjoyed reading and related to Junjou Romantica is worth watching, especially since Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is a bit disappointing to me. I love the main couple in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi but the 2 other couples don't work for me — they annoyed me like hell while reading the manga version and the anime version hasn't changed my mind.

Edit:
So it looks like Junjou Mistake anime adaptation will in fact consists of animating an episode. More precisely, Isaka and Asahina's story will be told in the 6th episode of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi season 2.



I've also just heard that the magazine Ciel Très Très has announced that Hakkenden, illustrated by Abe Miyuki, will also be adapted into an anime. It's shoujo with hints of shounen-ai but Abe Miyuki is rather popular for this series. I still have to try reading one of Abe-sensei's works — like Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike! that so many people recommend me to take a look at. The only thing is that I have difficulties following long series. I always lose interest towards the 10th volume. I don't know if I should just wait for the anime to be out or still try one of Abe's manga series to have a taste of the artist's style — but her series are so very very long!  >_<
How I love those videos showing how an artist draws/paints/works! Toko Kawai's sketch is not impressive but so very sweet and sensitive.
I can watch for hours these kinds of footage.




I've just read that the French version of Be×Boy magazine #13 will be sold with cute stickers as giveaways.



stickers are sticky )
I was so very sad when it became obvious that the Ai no Kusabi remake project aborted due to the economy. But hope is shining again with Pony Canyon taking over the production. I'm glad the animation team looks to be the same. It won't be the 13 episodes OVA series as was planned in the previous project. Pony Canyon has announced they will release 4 OVAs of 30 minutes on DVDs starting January 2012. Those DVDs will cover the first 4 volumes of the story. And if the sales are successful, they'll produce the sequel. I'm tempted to purchase the DVDs for the animation is really to my taste. And I'd be curious to get that pet ring which will be one of the goodies distributed with the first DVD.



I wrote to [livejournal.com profile] sumire007 a week ago because she's scanlating the Stupid Story series so I thought it'd be better if she were the one to announce the news. But maybe she's too busy with RL now? It seems like there's been no activity about this project for over a couple of months.

I guess I'll just go and say it myself. There's news that the Stupid Story volume 3 should be released in Germany in November 2011.

You can have a preview of the first chapter HERE.

For those who don't know the series, Stupid Story is a BL comic series, drawn manga style by German artist Anna Hollmann. And I already explained why I don't call non-Japanese artists mangakas.

If you have difficulty reading with Tokyopop's viewer, I've zipped the pictures and uploaded the file HERE.

In France, Taïfu comics is planning to release the French version of volume 3 some time at the beginning of 2012.
NostalgiaI'm enthralled by Nostalgia, Nao Tsukiji's artbook. Received it a few days ago. It was my first time ordering at cdjapan and I'm pretty glad I did. A pity they don't sell the BL magazines. You can special order them but that would put a great dent in my budget as the only shipping method is EMS so I'll continue using yesasia for them.

Ah, those illustrations in Nostalgia are so goddamn beautiful!

Everyday, I open the book randomly at a page, just to look at some gorgeous piece of art, then close it relishing that the following day, I'll open it again at another page to some other shining masterpiece.

I love the texture of the paper. It's like there's a glaze over the illustrations, making the vivid colours so very soft. It gives me a comforting feeling, wanting to sit before a fireplace with tea and biscuits on my table while I browse this artbook lazily. *sighs*

previews )

This summer, I was able to get some nice goodies from the French publishers' promotions.

Ex libris Silen love & Gate 7

I couldn't go to Japan Expo 2011, though I won in a contest the third volume of Silent Love and a lithography signed by honor-guest Takanaga Hinako. And though I'm no Clamp fan, I found the illustration of Gate 7 lithography rather pretty so I did buy the book #1 to get it. That's really a problem when you can't resist an illustration just because you find it pretty even though you don't even like the artist or aren't a fan. LOL

2 other nice goodies I got from Pika publishing house are this year's bags: X-Blade (Shiki Satoshi) and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (Clamp)

Pika bags
what does it look like? )
And finally, Asuka/Kazé have announced they are going to release a limited edition of Viewfinder #6 on November 17. They say they will print 2000 copies of the collector edition which will include Libre booklet — the one with the 3some. *cough* — at the usual price of 7.50€. They will sell the regular edition after the limited edition is sold out.
I've asked them if they intent on printing the Animate exclusive booklet too, but Asuka/Kazé replied they won't. T_T
Ah well, I should be happy nonetheless that they release a booklet without any increase in the book price.
I didn't intent on taking photos of them because my camera is a bit blurry, then I told myself why should I feel shy? So there, the latest goodies I was able to lay my hands on.

Here are the official photos for the products because they are far sharper than mine:

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Or my blurrier pictures :




If you'd like, there's a link to the pictures Asuka/Kaze, the French BL publisher, took when the first boxes arrived at their offfice: the publisher's goodies gallery.


No Money / Okane ga Nai (Shinozaki Hitoyo & Kousaka Tohru) bento box

Photos here )

Silent Love / Bukiyou na Silent (Takanaga Hinako) bento box

Photos there )

Kurokawa is another French publisher who does not publish BL for the moment. But it's been a tradition for a few years that they offer thermos cups for special occasions. It's the first year I've gotten my hands on them, mainly because it's the first year I was interested in obtaining goodies and could actually have them... like the BL bento boxes from Asuka. So I got curious to see what the other publishers were offering.

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Kurokawa's version of Vinland Saga (Yukimura Makoto) and Chocola & Vanilla / Sugar Sugar Rune (Anno Moyoco) thermos cups

Photos everywhere )


I'm not even a fan of Vinland Saga or Chocola & Vanilla. But my parents can use the thermos cups to go camping or picnic. I will keep one for myself since I drink hot tea all day long.

Edit 05/27/2011
I won the mousepad that is offered when you purchase the French version of Be×Boy magazine #11. I will buy several copies of the magazine anyways. I'm still wishing for Asuka to release some Viewfinder goodies. I sure would ruin myself to get as much of them as I can. Nonetheless, the mousepad for this issue is real pretty and I'm a fan of Suzuki Tsuta, so it's fine.

Konoyo Ibun / A Strange & Mystifying Story / My demon and Me (Suzuki Tsuta) mousepad

Hey hey! Good news for Nitta Youka. Now she’s got a new site and in English! With such a home page, it’s obvious that her come back is definite and ambitious.

I’ve browsed the site and still no news about Secret Diplomacy. What has really caught my eye is Nitta’s scheduled contribution to the next winter February issue of Be×Boy Gold (December 28)… and the fact that amongst the new items available again for sale, there is the ebook version of Boku no Koe/Sound of my Voice… in English! (^^)V

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