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Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

There are tons of new BL manga and anime scheduled for this year, so this thread will keep track of new releases, licensing announcements, and other BL news as well as be a place to talk about BL in general.

Movies
  • Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - The Clouds Gather (Winter 2020)
    Yashiro, the leader of the yakuza group Shinseikai, is a shrewd man of business but also has a libidinous and extremely masochistic face. One day Domeki joins the gang as his new personal attendant. Even though Yashiro has chosen not flirt with his own men, he is somehow attracted to this subordinate. And Domeki too has adored Yashiro remarking he is “beautiful”. However there is one reason, Domeki couldn’t answer his master’s temptations…
    The self-contradictory Yashiro, and the simple and honest follower Domeki.
    A story about two men with scars is about to begin-

    Note: this is the first of 3 movies
    website | MAL | PV

  • Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: Propose-hen (Winter 2020)
    Sequel/continuation to Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
    MAL | PV

  • Given Movie (Spring 2020) Postponed, TBA
    Sequel to the Given anime
    MAL | PV | PV2

  • Umibe no Étranger (September 2020)
    "There's nothing wrong with liking another guy."
    To be in the arms of the person I love... I thought that was an unattainable dream...
    On an island off the coast of Okinawa, two young men meet on a beach. Shun Hashimoto is gay and aspires to be a novelist. He is interested in Mio Chibana, a somber high school student, and starts to flirt with him. Day by day, the two of them grow closer, but then, suddenly, Mio decides to leave the island.
    Three years later, Mio returns and approaches Shun with the words, "I've thought about it for the past three years. I like you, Shun, even if you're a guy." However, when faced with the prospect of finally becoming lovers with Mio, Shun cannot take the first step towards commitment. This is a tantalizing love story about a gay novelist and a younger part-time worker.

    MAL | PV | PV

  • Marudase Kintarou (Fall 2020)
    Makoto's grandfather was the principal of the great Onodera Academy, and when he passed away, he left Makoto and his school staff with one very important will - "The one man who is able to seduce Makoto with his superb sexual techniques will be given the right to take over as Onodera Academy's new principal!" Because of this ridiculous last request, Makoto is now every faculty member's target for sexual harassment! Desperate to protect his virginity, Makoto seeks help from his childhood friend (and the man who he has always loved), Kintaro.
    MAL

  • Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka (Fall 2020)
    Kunieda Kei is a popular, young TV announcer whose public and private personas are so different, they might be called extreme. On the outside, he is the picture of perfection, affectionately nicknamed "The Prince," while on the inside he is constantly cursing at all of the incompetence around him. Of course, no one knows this secret of his.
    One day, Kei meets animation artist Tsuzuki Ushio for a work assignment. While Kei is in "inside mode," he later runs into Tsuzuki, who doesn't recognize him in his worn-out sweats and a facemask, but as compensation for injuring Tsuzuki's arm, Kei gets roped into helping out with his work.

    MAL | PV

TV Anime & OVAs
  • Jie Yao - Antidote (Winter 2020)
    Cheng Ke quit his original job in pursuit of art, and did not know Jiang Yu. He also became his tenant and started a new life. The strangers in these two different fields of work started to conflict, from mutual rejection to mutual understanding. Through hard work and struggle, they each achieved success and moved towards a better future.
    MAL | PV

  • Ten Count (TBA)
    Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani 's attraction to his counselor grows.
    MAL | PV

  • Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai: Don't Stay Gold (TBA)
    OVA adapting the oneshot Don't Stay Gold depicting an encounter between Kageyama and Kuga
    MAL

  • Heaven Official's Blessing (Tian Guan Ci Fu) (TBA)
    For you, I’ll become invincible!
    “Have you heard? The rubbish Heaven Official is having an affair with the ghost realm’s number one bigshot!”
    Eight hundred years ago, Xie Lian was the Crown Prince of the Xian Le kingdom; one who was beloved by his citizens and the darling of the world. Unsurprisingly, he ascended to the Heavens at a very young age. Now, eight hundred years later, Xie Lian ascends to the Heavens for the third time as the laughing stock of all three realms. On his first task as a god, he meets a mysterious demon who rules the ghosts and terrifies the Heavens……yet unbeknownst to Xie Lian, this demon king has been paying attention to him for a very, very long time.

    MAL | PV

  • The Titan's Bride (TBA)
    One day, a male high school student Koichi (180 cm) is summoned to another world when he was masturbating. It is a country of giants, where a species much larger than him live. The first prince of the country, Kaius (250 cm), looks at Koichi enthusiastically and makes a proposal of marriage to him, "I want you to be my bride and give birth to my child."
    announcement info

  • 6 Lovers (Summer 2020)
    "The Dear+ July 2019 issue earlier announced anime adaptations of certain manga series serialized in said magazine in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Six series, namely Ameiro Paradox, Kuroneko Kareshi no Aishitaka, Renai Ruby no Tadashii Furikata, Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku, and ZE, will be animated as an ‘in motion’ OVA. Hence, the name 6 Lovers, which features the couples of the series." - from here

Manga
I'll pull out the more notable ones and edit this later. In the meantime: this page lists upcoming manga releases for the year and is regularly updated.

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 17:31 on Apr 16, 2020

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Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Where to read/buy BL manga?
I had originally envisioned doing some small paragraph write-ups of various services and publishers that specialize in BL but then remembered that websites exist:

BL Explainers and Further Reading

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 17:17 on May 28, 2020

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Here's a brand new release -- this manga is really cute!
https://twitter.com/futekiya/status...3221960705?s=20

And some recent license announcements I'm pretty excited about :
MADK


Birds of Shangri-La

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010




Where's that Yes...! Yes!!!! smilie when you need it???

e: I can always count on you to let me know when new and good things are out, Burrito

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

lol, glad someone else is excited for new stuff! I've just been scattershot posting things everywhere til now but they were kinda getting lost in the bigger threads.

I just found out about that Jie Yao donghua and it's already airing -- no idea about subs tho. There's two more novel adaptions I know of as well but I'm waiting to see more concrete info on them before I add them.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

new license
https://twitter.com/gomanga/status/...2191980544?s=20

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010





Wait, I never really paid attention to this anime. How lgbt is it?

Also I can only find non-english subs for antidote/jieyao

Watermelon Daiquiri fucked around with this message at 21:54 on Feb 19, 2020

DisDisDis
Dec 21, 2013

open your mind

open your heart


Julias
Jun 24, 2012


Watermelon Daiquiri posted:

Wait, I never really paid attention to this anime. How lgbt is it?

Also I can only find non-english subs for antidote/jieyao

One of the main three protagonists is gay and he is in love with another of the main three. Also the two cops are gay and love each other.

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010




you still have yet to link that dis :|


^^^ oh hell yeah



wait, i think i remember seeing something about the cops being talked about

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

The cops also have their own spinoff manga

e: added the most important manga release to the OP

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 01:10 on Feb 20, 2020

Alder
Sep 24, 2013



finally place where i can talk about my anime bfs and how i want them to be happy.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

https://twitter.com/gomanga/status/...3501118464?s=20 new license

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010




Speaking of the crazy brilliant and utterly gorgeous MADK, Chapter 7 has just been posted: https://mangadex.org/title/29655/madk

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

I saw the update pop up but I'm really trying to stop myself from continuing to read scans for stuff that's gotten licensed because that leads to the situation of being way ahead of the official translation and having more to re-read instead of getting to read it fresh.

There's not that much of MADK yet so it's not like something like Golden Kamuy where it's taken literally years for the official translation to finally get past stuff I'd already read scans of but it's more fun (to me anyway) to buy a book and read it when you haven't already seen everything that's in it.

It's so tempting when new chapters are right there though...

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010




Yes, but on the other hand:

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Given w/an actual PV now
https://twitter.com/given_anime/sta...3722757120?s=20

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

https://twitter.com/SquareEnixBooks...9946174465?s=20

This one looks like it'll be cute. It's also interesting that this is a new foray into BL publishing for them.

Alder
Sep 24, 2013



Cute I liked the manga trailer

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Manga release from Tokyopop coming out this summer:

Don't Call Me Daddy
When Ryuuji is left to raise his son Shouji as a single father, Hanao steps up to help him out. At first, their family life is happy and content, but Hanao's true feelings for Ryuuji become more and more difficult for him to ignore. The pressure of staying closeted eventually becomes too much to bear; Hanao leaves, choosing to run from his feelings and his fears of somehow “messing up” Shouji’s life when he starts getting teased at school for having two dads.

Years later, when he comes home to care for his aging father and ends up advising Shouji on his blossoming relationship with Hama, Hanao realizes it's time to face his own past… and his future.


This is apparently related to Don't Call Me Dirty which is currently available. I've grabbed a sample of it to check out but haven't read it yet so I can't really say much about it at this point.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Hanger

In a futuristic Neo-Tokyo, crime is rising rapidly in the wake of a new generation of super-drugs capable of enhancing the user’s physical and mental abilities. Hajime Tsukomo is a new recruit on a federal task force trained to go after these powered-up criminals. Now he must team up with Zeroichi, a so-called Hanger looking to reduce his own jail sentence in exchange for helping to take down these chemically-boosted bad guys.

I picked up all 3 volumes of this one basically sight-unseen because I've learned from experience print editions get scarce really fast. While my power was out the other day I read the first two volumes so here's my thoughts on 2/3 of it.

Sci-fi/action BL is generally pretty fun. If you watched Double Decker the setting is actually pretty similar to that -- criminals souped-up on magic steroids being hunted down by a special task force. 1/2 of each team is a felon who is also full of nanomachine drugs that give them some sort of super power that also comes with a semi-debilitating side effect that their Keeper has to mitigate along with maintaining the leash that lets these guys run around outside.

The Hangers have kind of a double stigma laid on them, because in addition to running berserk and doing a bunch of murders or whatever got them in jail in the first place, there's a sense of societal disapproval of drug addicts kind of laid over the whole thing and the story is very clear to portray them as addicts which I have some mixed feelings about. As best as I can tell from the mechanics of the thing, the nanomachines in the drugs stay in their systems after the first dose, and they got the big-time super powers from taking a huge dose for whatever reason. One side character overdosed to save his friend from a bunch of criminals, went berserk on it and killed 20 of them, and eventually landed in the Hanger program. But it also mentions that people "shoot up" the drug, and most of them clearly aren't turning into super villains so it's kind of unclear what the difference between habitual use and "one mega dose that gives you super powers" is. They also don't continue to have to take the drug; the effects are in their system permanently apparently. However there is rehabilitation of some sort but "heavy users" aren't able to go through it for...some reason? Nanomachines are also present in nearly everyone, as they've taken the place of most medical treatments and vaccines. I felt like the worldbuilding on this aspect was pretty loose with a bunch of ideas kind of slammed together in a bit of a half-baked way that doesn't really hold up if you examine it too hard or expect consistency, but it at least works as a framework to hang the story on.

This is primarily an action story and not a romance; the relationship between the two leads starts out antagonistic and a lot of the work they do is more about learning to be a team rather than being boyfriends -- it is BL so that part isn't completely absent, but it's a much slower buildup than you'd typically get. By the end of the 2nd volume they have kissed a couple of times and are still kind of oblivious to even the concept of being a couple. It feels sort of retro in that aspect to me in some ways, like a throwback to that late 90s/early 2000s stuff that had very light BL elements where you know the two leads are in love but might at most get a kiss by the end. Since I still have one more volume to go I don't think it's going to be quite that much of a tease, but I would definitely put this one in the slow burn category.

Another aspect that feels a bit like a throwback is the dynamic between the two leads, in particular the "damsel in distress" feeling that Hajime puts off. This has been so far my biggest complaint. Hajime is a traffic cop who has been transferred to the Hanger program and put in charge of one of the most dangerous dudes in the system; he's inexperienced and idealistic which is fairly typical for this sort of character. However, he is still a police officer and ostensibly has been trained and is competent at his job. The story makes it very clear that he's just an ordinary guy going after criminals with superhuman strength and after he gets lightly injured early on Zeroichi goes into overprotective boyfriend mode which is all plot-related so that they can eventually deal with his past trauma etc etc. That's fine, but the effect is that Hajime completely loses any sense of being capable of doing things as the other half of the team and is constantly being rescued and protected. This kind of dynamic is reminiscent of older shoujo action manga I remember reading, where the lead heroine is constantly put in danger just to be protected and rescued by her overprotective, emotionally-constipated love interest. She also usually has some sort of skill or ability or inherent magic "specialness" that should give her some power of her own but she doesn't ever get to use it for ~reasons~. Hajime also has one of those special traits -- he has a blood condition that means nanomachines don't work on him, which makes him more fragile and in need of protecting, but also gives him a special ability that he's not allowed to use except in rare circumstances. I'm hoping that the third volume addresses this but I can't say that I'm a fan of this particular trope in general, and I find myself wishing that Hajime had been allowed to be more of an equal in the relationship from the beginning.

I found one of the side teams more compelling as far as their history and relationship goes. They're the team with the guy who OD'd on magic steroids to save his friend from being killed, and their relationship is built around a sense of guilt and self-sacrificing love from both of them. The Hanger guy feels guilty that his partner is sacrificing himself to try to purge his sentence as quickly as possible, and the Keeper guy feels guilty that his buddy got in the situation in the first place because he hosed up, so they're both angsting about wanting to make the other person happy while suffering stoically and in reality making each other miserable. They eventually get their poo poo sorted out after interacting with the MC team and tbh I think they should have had to work a little harder for it. Their arc left me wishing that they'd been the main team because I found their problems and emotional connection to each other way more interesting.

Overall I don't regret buying this one but it's solidly mediocre due largely to the slapdash worldbuilding and dated relationship dynamics. However if you like action and/or sci-fi BL, vaguely militaristic character designs, slow burn relationships that aren't the main focus, and have a taste for old school shoujo action this one would fit the bill.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

TIL Therapy Game has a sequel

e: Secret XXX comes out next month, then Therapy Game vol.1 in June & vol. 2 in September. Considering the sequel is only just now being published and doesn't have a whole volume out it'll probably be over a year before it's available. I know that doesn't necessarily stop anyone from reading it

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 17:55 on Mar 7, 2020

Alder
Sep 24, 2013



I feel like that's a risk w/blind buying manga that I find that I fall back on scanlations. Like then I need to store the actual books in my limited space and life is hard

I wish I could just buy ebook/PDF of my favorite manga instead of subs but I guess I can take pics of it? Ik technically the site could go down so I'd lose all my books on Renta but I like to pretend I own them.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

yeah I'd rather have a download of it to keep vs Renta's system but just FYI their app does let you download books so you can at least read them offline. I was glad I'd downloaded a few to my tablet to test it out when my power & internet were out for the entire day.

Reading through the app at least makes it more like the kindle, I've got tons of books that could just vanish at amazon's whim but being able to access them outside my computer & offline is slightly better than only being able to read through the browser. It would be nice if Futekiya would make an app too since their navigation is still pretty clunky.

It would be great if getting to preview the first chapter for free was universal, it's really nice when that option is available and you can at least check out a sample before buying. Scans are pretty handy on that front but I'm getting to where I'd rather read an official version instead of trying to muddle through something some rando has machine translated.

Sublime still does PDF versions if you buy directly from them and they're getting a lot of the better licenses lately. idk why tokyopop is only doing print editions, I really would have preferred to just get a digital edition of Hanger (esp. since it likely would have been cheaper).

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Renta! is having a sale on gangster-themed BL; runs til the 11th

would be a pretty good time to pick up what's available of Saezuru in English (3 vols) because it's 25% off rn

e: other notables
Tatsuyuki Oyamato the 4th (prequel to Jealousy)
Flaver
Tie Me, Untangle Me, Kiss Me

idk about the rest, they don't look that great. I picked up Flaver & already have the others so I can vouch for those at least lol

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 22:45 on Mar 8, 2020

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

This has been circulating on my tl for a while now and I guess finally got enough attention ANN picked it up
https://twitter.com/Anime/status/12...7041025024?s=20

the author even went as far as making a post on the site which is pretty unusual, and people were really lovely to her which is sad

regardless of your opinion about reading scans, at least have enough shame to know that what you're doing is illegal and not be so entitled as to act like you're doing the author a favor jesus christ

Alder
Sep 24, 2013



mangago is a special place

GorfZaplen
Jan 20, 2012



I read the manga "Stranger", good stuff

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

I haven't read that one yet but I want to

this has an official tl now
https://twitter.com/mojito_ennead/s...3376543744?s=19

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

new release! this one looks really cute, I watched a preview video of it when they announced it.

https://twitter.com/SquareEnixBooks...8223197186?s=20

has a digital version available too, thank goodness 
Oh looks like it's got a 2nd volume as well, I don't know much about the plot other than what was in the preview so no idea if it'll be overall a slower paced story or do the thing where it keeps going after they get together -- either one is good imo.

I'm curious to see what else they might pick up since this is a completely new venture for this publisher.

I just told myself this morning no more books this month but....maybe just one more

GorfZaplen
Jan 20, 2012



Everything Burrito posted:

I haven't read that one yet but I want to

this has an official tl now
https://twitter.com/mojito_ennead/s...3376543744?s=19

It's insanely short, took me less than a half hour to read

I'm glad Ennead has an official tl, it was mighty stylish

Erg
Oct 31, 2010



Everything Burrito posted:

Manga release from Tokyopop coming out this summer:

Don't Call Me Daddy
When Ryuuji is left to raise his son Shouji as a single father, Hanao steps up to help him out. At first, their family life is happy and content, but Hanao's true feelings for Ryuuji become more and more difficult for him to ignore. The pressure of staying closeted eventually becomes too much to bear; Hanao leaves, choosing to run from his feelings and his fears of somehow “messing up” Shouji’s life when he starts getting teased at school for having two dads.

Years later, when he comes home to care for his aging father and ends up advising Shouji on his blossoming relationship with Hama, Hanao realizes it's time to face his own past… and his future.


This is apparently related to Don't Call Me Dirty which is currently available. I've grabbed a sample of it to check out but haven't read it yet so I can't really say much about it at this point.

Extremely down for this based on premise and cover art

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Nice, the 2nd volume of this will be out soon:
https://twitter.com/blprism_/status...0477923330?s=20

This one is great if you like dark humor -- the MC is a disaster so a lot of the plot is just him melting down and making a big mess of his life. I don't remember enough of the details at this point to provide real specific content warnings so I need to re-read it but iirc a suicide threat happens at some point.

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 16:48 on Mar 11, 2020

Wark Say
Feb 22, 2013


Zofia Today
Alm: Human Disaster


Lipstick Apathy

Everything Burrito posted:

Nice, the 2nd volume of this will be out soon:
https://twitter.com/blprism_/status...0477923330?s=20

This one is great if you like dark humor -- the MC is a disaster so a lot of the plot is just him melting down and making a big mess of his life. I don't remember enough of the details at this point to provide real specific content warnings so I need to re-read it but iirc a suicide threat happens at some point.
I have a friend that makes that exact same goddamn facial expression when he's fretting. The resemblance is uncanny.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

So, I hate this series but just in case other people don't, Caste Heaven is out now.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Digital edition of What Did You Eat Yesterday? finally

https://twitter.com/TheOASG/status/...9617005568?s=20

this is great because I've had a hard time convincing people to read it when getting into it is kind of an investment. Hopefully this will encourage more people to check it out.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Tokyopop is doing a whole new line with BL/GL and finally got around to announcing it

https://twitter.com/TOKYOPOP/status...8000759814?s=20

What they're highlighting:
(+more)
(+more)

The real stand-out of those imo is Koimonogatari and I am terrified it's going to end up unfinished so I hope they can stay in business long enough to get the whole thing out. It's still an ongoing series w/2 volumes so far but the chapters come out really slowly so idk when we'll ever see the end of it

also Deko-Boko Sugar Days is pretty cute and I hope they also get the sequel.

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 20:50 on Mar 15, 2020

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Futekiya is making changes to their subscription plans with some discounts for long-term subs and free trials via gift codes coming soon:

announcement

when the gift codes start rolling out I'll be sure to share
the sub price dropping to $5/mo if you do a full 6 months is pretty great too

I look at this service very similarly to how I look at Kindle Unlimited in that if I read at least one or two books every month that's cheaper than buying them individually and in general I read more than that every month. Plus if one sucks you can throw it back and try something else without being stuck with having already paid for it.

Something I've been meaning to do is write more reviews for the stuff I've read on there but I've been too lazy

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 16:18 on Mar 17, 2020

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

Post with info and trailers, they had an ova I didn't know about : https://futekiya.com/2020-bl-anime-movie-adaptations/
Linking primarily because it includes live action movies and I wasn't going to get into trying to list those in the OP but wanted to note the info somewhere:
his
Love Stage!!
Sei no Gekiyaku (Sex and Drugs)
Kyuuso wa Chizu no Yume wo Miru (The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese)
Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru (The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window)

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Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Fan of Britches

There are way too many new releases on Renta/Futekiya/et al for me to list or post each one so I'm being selective and mostly focusing on print stuff but this one I'm genuinely excited about because I love this series and had no idea it had a third volume

https://twitter.com/blprism_/status...9693842435?s=20

Honestly all of Niyama's series are really fun, the art is fantastic and very sexy and has a slightly retro vibe (sort of reminds me of City Hunter maybe?) so I'd recommend any of them.

This is the book that started the series: An Innocent Puppy Meets a Two-Faced Cat if you want to read from the very beginning but the cop spinoff one works just as well as a stand-alone.

e: Also this is a really good one -- one of those quiet, slow stories where people get over their poo poo and move on together
https://twitter.com/blprism_/status...7860481024?s=20

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 19:26 on Mar 26, 2020

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