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J LHLS Archives: October 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Princess Princess
By Mikiyo Tsuda

Day of the Revolution
By Mikiyo Tsuda
Published by Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Up until this morning, I wasn't going to review either of these titles because I felt they were inherently misogynistic and I had not idea how to give that a positive spin. Then the other evening I was rambling on and on about this very subject - how much I love Digital Manga, but not these titles, and why - when I looked up at my dinner companions who were staring at me with those hackneyed "What-in-God's-name-are-you-talking-about?" looks unenlightened people get when I discuss important cultural issues above a whisper. Poor lambs. But in the process of shocking innocent bystanders at dinner (heh heh heh), I adjusted my position on these manga and have decided they're not as misogynistic as I originally thought; nobody goes un-mocked in these manga. Most impressive. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:36 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, October 26, 2006

801 Media Inc. Launches at Yaoi Con 2006 and Unveils its Website!

Los Angeles, CA, October 27, 2006 – 801 Media Inc., a sister company of Digital Manga Publishing, launched this past weekend at Yaoi Con 2006. The new publishing company will focus on edgier and more explicit yaoi compared to its sister Juné Manga.

Opening with a suite party at Yaoi Con 2006, 801 Media Inc employees introduced participants to the new company with style. The company’s initial line-up of titles includes:

1. Ichigenme… The First Class is Civil Law by Fumi Yoshinaga
2. Love is Like a Hurricane by Tokiya Shimazaki
3. Bond(z) by Toko Kawai
4. Affair by Shuiko Kano
5. The Sky Over My Spectacles by Mio Tennohji
6. My Paranoid Next Door Neighbor by Kazuka (Haruka) Minami

The books will be produced in the authentic Japanese style – retain dust jackets and the full color pin-up and read from right to left. For information on where to purchase 801 Media Inc manga and the release schedule of books, please visit the site at

Posted by Editor @ 11:40 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cold Sleep
By Narise Konohara
Translated by Douglas W. Dlin and Iroi
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

"If there was a spring in his heart filling up with feelings of love, he wanted to see it. He wanted to see what couldn't be seen.", page 119, "Cold Sleep"

First let me say "Cold Sleep" is superbly translated, edited and has the excellent production values of Digital Manga titles. I don't know Japanese so I've no idea how the translation stacks up against the original, but the book I read is a beautiful story beautifully told. I have had issues with other translations of yaoi manga, but this translation is so well done, I was completely swept away by the deceptively simple story. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:54 PM PST [Link]

Close the Last Door
Written and Illustrated by Yugi Yamada
Published by the Juné imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

You cannot watch "Apocalypse Now" and review a yaoi manga afterwards. In my case I couldn't do much of anything for the rest of the night.

But it's a whole new day here Chez Mayerson, and "Close the Last Door" is one of the best, funniest, fastest-paced yaoi mangas I've ever read. If Howard Hawks directed it in the way he directed "His Girl Friday," he'd cast the wacky love triangle with Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, and it wouldn't matter which one was playing which role, because they'd each be perfect in every role. Yes, the men in it suffer, but it's so much from their own wackiness it's funny. Well, I thought it was funny. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:52 PM PST [Link]

Story by Satoru Kannagi
Art by Yukine Honami
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

"Rin!" This Shonen-ai manga is utterly adorable. With a story by Satoru Kannagi (Only the Ring Finger Knows) and art by Yukine Honami (Desire), how could it be anything else? I was very glad when I heard that this was the creative team on this book because I loved the are on "Desire," but didn't like the story very much. Although I was completely bewitched by the story in "Only the Ring Finger Knows" (I am the way I am because way back in 2004 Isaac Lew put a copy in the first box from Digital Manga and I've been a sucker for Shonen-ai ever since), I've run hot and cold on the artwork (I like Hotaru Odagiri's art in "Time Lag" better thank OTRFK, which came two years later). Anyway, Kannagi and Honami on this manga are like Rodgers and Hamerstein, Astaire and Rogers, Gin and Tonic, they are, to sum up, a helluva team. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:51 PM PST [Link]

The Man Who Doesn't Take Off His Clothes, vol. 1
By Narise Konohara
Illustrations by Yuki Shimizu
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

I write of many things,
a few of them even
related to this novel.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:43 PM PST [Link]

Don't Worry Mama
By Narise Konohara
Illustrations by Yuki Shimizu
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

"Don't Worry Mama" is one of those two guys get stranded somewhere and, for whatever collection of reasons, start having sex with each other kind of stories. The difference with this story is that only one of the guys is hot; the other is grotesque, repulsive and has a terrible personality. A lot of the story centers around how the hot gay guy, Yuchi, falls in love with his disgusting mama's boy boss, Imakura, who is so changed by the ordeal and the sex that he becomes more lovable, or at least less grotesque and repulsive. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:09 PM PST [Link]

Monday, October 23, 2006

By Tucker Malarkey
Published Riverhead Books

Review by Kathryn Ramage

Just a short review. If you liked The DaVinci Code, you'll probalby like this book too. It's in a similar vein, loosely based on the 1940s discovery of the Dag Hammadi gospels in Egypt.

After the end of World War II, when her archeologist father dies after sending her a cryptic letter from Cairo, Gemma Bastion goes to Egypt herself; she retraces her father's steps to find out what he discovered just before his death, and why he was killed for it. The Gnostic texts Gemma discovers show some major divergences from the accepted gospel, especially regarding the view of women in the early Church. Gemma's efforts to find and recover these texts also lead her through a personal spiritual journey. [more]

Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 01:20 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Dying For It
Edited by Mitzi Szereto
Published March, 2006 by Thunder’s Mouth Press

Review by Leigh Anne Wilson

It wouldn’t be too strong of an overstatement to say I dreaded reading this collection of erotica. I didn’t know for sure what to expect, but I suspected it was either stories about necrophilia, or just as bad, story after story of women murdered during sex. Or that the stories, like most erotica, would be unbearably hackneyed.

This dread didn’t lessen with reading the first story, either, although I was relieved to see neither necrophilia nor misogyny factored into it. The story itself, though, about a Muslim woman and a white man joining the Mile High club on the hijacked September 11th flight from Boston to L.A. left me cold. Maybe I’m just not ready to view the events of that day as acceptable jack off fodder. [more]

Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 08:39 PM PST [Link]

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, Vol. 2

Review by Tom Good

The first half of this DVD falls so squarely into the anime category of "a bunch of guys yelling and fighting" that I can't think of a better way to describe it. If you're in the mood for that sort of thing, it does entertain, like an exciting drag race full of noise and speed. The plot becomes funnier and more interesting by the third episode, "Cursed Board Game." Here the Sanzo party finds and plays an enchanted board game where the game moves turn out to have dangerous real-life consequences. The goofy, over-the-top magic in this one had me laughing.

The anime changes style again in the DVD's final episode, "The Red-Haired Woman," and offers a suspenseful romance. Gojyo meets a half-demon redhead who is sent to trap and betray him, but their relationship quickly becomes more complicated. This was my favorite story of Volume 2 because it had the most character development. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 01:32 PM PST [Link]

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