First BL Manga you ever read?

I remembered the first BL read was in my teens. I would regularly go to my local Waterstones bookshop after school to read books. Waterstone was introducing manga books in their stores.

TOKYOPOP was the main manga publisher at the time. The first manga I brought was DearS. (I still read that manga)

There were other manga books too. I picked up Junjo Romantica.

When I first read Junjo Romantica for the very first time, I was shocked with the graphics detail of the bedroom scene. I was taking a back by the rawness.

The drawings was different, unique to other manga styles.

Junjo Romantica by Shungiku Nakamura
Junjo Romantica by Shungiku Nakamura

I never knew this kind of manga existed in a book to buy. It was very entertaining to read. I blushed and squealed reading this manga.

Since then I been obsessed with reading BL mangas.

I brought only two volumes 2 and 3. I could not afford buying mangas with little pocket money back when I was young. But I was lucky to read Yaoi/ bL from local library.

Then the publisher close down and I could not continue to buy Junjo Romantica. I hope someday SublimeManga could get Junjo Romantica license again.

Junjo Romantica has been a inspiration for my stories.

Junjo Romantica it is one of the classics BL stories. The storyline is great. The characters Usagi and Musaki look goo together and very sweet. I love the chemistry between the couple.

It extremely comical too. Shungiku Nakamura humor in her manga are hilarious.

They even made an anime series from the manga which is also great to watch. (Available to watch on CrunchyRoll)

Junjo Romantica Anime

Manga Review: The World’s Greatest First Love: The Cases of Ritus Onodera.

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Artwork and Story by Shungiku Nakamura.

English published: Sublime manga. 

Genre: A slice of life/ romance/ Comedy 

The Junjo Romantic saga continues with a new romantic stories and hot couples. 

Ritus Onodera is a rookie at the shoujo manga editing department. The work is very tight with deadlines. Ritus is inexperience editing shoujo mangas. His boss, Masamue Takano is strict, cold and take no-nonsense.

However Takano was Ritus first love. When Takano recognised him, he forces himself to make Ritus fall in love with him again.

Takano is very persistent on making love to Ritus and doesn’t want to lose Ritus again. Ritus denies that he loves Takano but his internal feeling saying otherwise. The sexual chemistry between Ritus and Takano is and unusual but intriguing.

The sexual tensions is on point in every volume, very hot, saucy bedroom action! Just as you expect of Shungiku Nakamura’s manga’s. Most Bl manga are is too fast with the bedroom action. In Junjo Romantic and World’s greatest first love there alot of building up with he romance interest and plot development 

The manga starts get interesting in Volume 3 when the relationship between Ritus and Takano get steamy and intense. Also Volume 3 there is a sub story of Shota Kisa and Kou Yukina. 

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Anime: World Greatest First Love on Crunchyoll

The World Greatest first Love manga series is fantastic. I keep reading the manga over and over again. Shungiku Nakamura creates very creates great heart throbbing  romantic combined with good drawings. The drawings improved a lot since Junjo Romantica. 

I own all the volumes of this manga and watched the anime series on CrunchyRoll.

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There is a separate manga World Greatest first Love, Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori. Which is not available in english publication to buy. Only Japanese publication.

I was disappointed that Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori was not included in the sereis as in the anime.

Personally, Shungiku Nakamura is one of the best classic Yaoi/BL manga artist.

I really wished Junjo Romantica was re published in english publish again by Sublime Manga.

The anime is available to watch in crunchyroll.

I rate the manga series 6 out of 6 stars, highly recommended manga to read.

Sublime manga website: https://www.sublimemanga.com/

Anime Review: Orenchi no Furo Jijo

A very handsome mystify merman, Wakasa. lives with a high school boy, Tatsumi. Tatsumi looks after Wakasa, he feeds him and provide him everything he need in his bathroom.

Wakasa is a very playful merman. He is very comfortable with the luxury of the nice scent soapy baths and doesn’t want to go back to the sea.

I like Wakasa’s rad blond hairstyle.

I’m a sucker when it comes for anime with good looking male character.

Tatusmi is a quite teen, live alone. (I don’t know how a teen lives home alone) but his little sister visit him sometimes.

Wakasa friends come joins in the bath with Wakasa. Takasu the Octopus and Mikumi the Jellyfish. They are all a hand full to deal with.

It is 4 minutes long. The anime is funny and lighthearted.

The anime is very eye pleasing, i like the style and look of the characters. The characters are drawn nicely.

The Intro is very strange and confusing.

The only critic I have with this anime is there not enough interesting scenarios. The anime doesn’t go as far with the storyline. It could have more playful interaction with Tatsumi and Wakasa. Maybe a hint of romance *wink wink*

There is an manga also that you can buy from amazon. I have not read it.

I rate this anime 3 stars out of 6.

Anime Review: High School Life of a Fudanshi

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BL for is everyone Fam!

Sakgaichi Ryo (nick name Gucci) is a normal high school boy who has a passion for BL manga. He is a Fudanshi a Fanboy of BL/Yaoi (I don’t know what Fudanshi means in Japanese).

A Fangirl is a Fujoshi (meaning Rotten girl)

He struggles to buy BL manga from bookstores without someone take note. He also worries he’ll get judged as a guy who like reading male gay romance. He stated in the first episode that guy who like reading Bl manga doesn’t mean he’s gay. (is true fam)Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 02.31.22

His dreams is to find other Fudanshi out there and make friends with similar interest.

He already has friend with really cool hairstyle, who is not an Otaku. but is just a good friend to Sakgaichi San.

On episode 2 he made friend with a girl, a Fujoshi, she nice to him. In future episodes she helps him buy BL to save the embarrassment. 

The anime is sweet, nicely animated. Its a short 4 minutes long show. Packed with funny scenarios and quirky characters. This anime made me laugh a lot. Sakgaichi Ryo is like the male version of me.

He has nice eyes and a beauty spot.

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He has a huge tempura pillow! I would like to own one. It look like a he is hugging large chicken nugget.

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I normally buy BL manga online. But I did used to borrow a BL manga from the library. I get really embarrassed because the librarian have to open the book and scan, the first page has two guy touching each other up.

The anime also reminds me of Gakuen Handsome. which is also available to watch on Crunchyroll. 

There are a small percentage men who read and enjoy romance genre.

If you are a Fudanshi or fanboy and feel embarrassed it. Don’t worry Fam, it dose not matter. Enjoy reading BL!

Watching this anime will be very relatable to you.

I rate this anime 4 stars out of 6.

I wish the anime continues with more episodes.

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Anime Review: DAKAICHI -I’m being Harassed by The Sexiest man of the Year

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This anime will leave you feeling hot and tingling.

It is a modern anime. A new yaoi anime now available to watch on Crunchyroll.

I was lucky to discover this anime by chance. I was trilled it was a new yaoi anime. I always watched Junjo Romanic or World greatest First love on CrunchyRoll, so it was refreshing  to  watch different Yaoi anime.

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Takato Saijyo is an attractive famous Japanese actor, trying to get by in his acting career, but another attractive actor Named Junta Azumaga (aka the Pervert Angel) is taking over his crown as the most sexy man.

The story is very fast pace, 20 minute  watching the anime theres already a bedroom scene.

I was not prepared for what happened next.

In that scene Junta San confessed his love to Takato San and make a fast move on him. He is very persistent and obsessed with Takato San.

The bedroom scenes are very suggestive and steamy.

There is no graphic details, only scene of hot kisses, licking and touching. However is very clear what they are doing. (forplay cough cough)

Junta San tries to get into Takato San his downstairs department anytime he can. whenever he does that to him, Takato San behaves like a little  submissive school boy (he’s age 28 by the way)

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There are a lot of funny moments is this Anime. After the film shot, Junta San takes Takato San away and Takato’s manager just allow Junta to kidnapped him. Also Junta San keeps tipping Takato San with 1,000 yen.

Both character Junta san and Takato San are good looking couple. The drawings on the characters seriously good. The animation is neat and well executed.

There is a manga to this, I just discovered on the comments. It is named Dakaretai Otoko Ichii Odosarete Imasu. I found it on MangaFox.

Personally I prefer the anime to the manga. The manga version is not very well drawn as in the anime. But beware! You get to see full detail of the bedroom scene.

I keep watching certain episodes 3 and 4. (I was not the only one doing that) especially episode 4 as Takato san wears his old school uniform, both Takato San and Junta San play teacher and student.

The only critic on this anime, it lacked development in the story and not enough conflict. Perhaps the anime could have good plot.

I rate this anime 5 stars out of 6.

i would definitely recommend this anime to someone is already into BL/Yaoi. 

New  episode available to premium members every Friday after 4:30pm GMT

More Anime Collages

i created more Boy Love collages from the anime Dakaich – Harassed by the sexiest man of the year (i know it sound wrong). it’s a new anime, i been watching it on CrunchyRoll.
I like creating collage on Canva.com they look so nice. also i been doing inktober this month so i been posting my drawing on my Instagram page @ree.bek or Twitter @reebeksart ( look at my porfile for social links)

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The Way of Manga like A Pro through World Greatest First Love and Nichijou.

Episode 20, Nichijou

I always watching world Greatest first love anime on CrunchyRoll. The anime is an insight on how manga publishers work. Ritsu and Tanako are both manga Shojou editors. Thier jobs is to work closely with the manga artist.

There is a sub story on world Greatest first love, manga Shojou Artist Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori the manga editor.

Chiaki and his team work in a studio. They working endlessly to meet the deadline.

It seem that working on a manga series is a lot of work and stressful! Luckily for me I am a one man band and don’t have to meet deadline.

I see the story board or rough draft in the anime where the character discus the rough draft. The drawings are drawn very simple, thumbnail rough, include the dialogue. The manga artist makes many pages of rough drafts drawings then show them to thier editor.

I noticed watching World Greatest first love, the manga artist divide the paper and draw two pages roughs in one page. This give them an idea how the manga read into the next page.

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This gave me an idea to do the same with my drafts. I am using a layout paper to do my manga rough.

My manga will read from left to right western style.

I write my story first. Adding details to the scene and the character dialogue. I write my stories like a fiction because I want to get the essence of the characters. It is a good way to develop your characters. I aim to write between 500 – 1,500 words.

Draft drawings

After I am happy with the roughs, I will start working the real manga on my computer on Clip Studio EX. I have a Wacom Display Tablet so it more easily draw with ease.

I am still working on my manga and uploading them on my Deviantart page. I am trying to find a good method in creating my manga. So far it coming much more nicely together.

‘Chained to you’ manga comic drawn on Clip Studio

Tip: Stick to manga that you like or inspired by. Take note on how the manga is directed, how the tone convey the mood and the panels works on the page.

Nichijou gave me encouragement when I feeling like my manga is not good enough. I just remember how Mio chan felt with her manga. She inspires me to follow your dreams in becoming a manga artist.

Episode 20, Nichijou

Episode 20 on Nichijou is when Mio’s friend help her complete her manga, but did not go well. It is a good episode to watching because you will see that every artist has those days when nothing is coming out right.

Video: Line Work with Vector Features on Clip Studio Paint

On this video, I showing you really cool features, The vector drawing. With vector drawing and layer you can adjust the line width, erase overlaps lines with one stroke and pitch the lines to adjust them.

With the vector you can create polished looking drawings.

I use vector for the line work on my manga comics and illustrations.

Clip Studio has a video explaining more detail about the use of Vector features for comics.