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MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL. 8 : “Yamamoto Kotetsuko Exhibition"

Hello, members!

How was your weekend?
Ours was kinda busy with the preparation of new exhibition.
Yes, this time we hold a special exhibition of Yamamoto Kotetsuko, a popular mangaka that has been producing many series in the last decade!


One of her masterpieces is Honto Yajuu (Like a Beast) that has been serialized for 10 years. Last week the latest volume (vol.11) was finally released! Honto Yajuu is a romantic comedy story between a cool and gentle Police officer, Ueda Tomoharu and a cute but fierce Yakuza family’s son, Gotouda Aki.



The staffs put so much efforts to make this police station display huhu. One that struck me the most is this timecard!! Ueda you probably never took a day off, huh? And also the fake gun! Even our cool superior was having fun with this stuff yesterday.



Another popular work from them is Omairi desu yo which story revolves around two brothers from Buddhist temple family that have their own clumsy romantic relationship with the shopping district’s shops heirs. And this is the altar where they usually pray when visiting citizen’s house. You can also get special Omikuji (Fortune paper) with character drawing! And the left picture shows where the main character usually chant sutra (Yuuji usually chants when he felt upset. While crying of course).



As always, the decoration and the illustration display are satisfying. You can't admire all of these in a short time. I even forgot that Yamamoto-sensei actually had many erotic illustrations due to their super cute and fluffy story, haha!



And of course, the special goods are also top-notch! One of the highlights is this towel! I mean this is the towel that Saburou, Yuuji’s boyfriend has been using when working in his tofu shop!



What a satisfying exhibition. I guess our staffs are becoming more skillful in presenting a great experience for manga fans!
If you happen to be in Tokyo, please visit TORICO!

And yes, next exhibition will be “Kachi COMI Bakutansai” or Kachi COMI Bursting Festival!
Kachi COMI is a new BL magazine that focuses on violence, Yankee, delinquent, yakuza story which are not very new in BL scene but quite surprising since this is a serialized magazine!

This is the end of our report!
Let’s meet again in the next post! And don't forget to read our free manga! We have many new titles this week!

Cheers,
Merry (manga.club)

MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL. 7 : “May 3rd Week New Titles"

Dear Members!

How was your day?
Tokyo has been raining this week and the summer-like temperature last week now feels just like a fantasy..
Nevertheless, we’re still excited to inform you a lot of new titles next week!



1. Matching Our Answers - Hikaru Murayoshi (Tuesday, May 15)

Genre: Boys Love, Angst, Friendship, Drama, Manga
Category: LUV
Rating: 13+

Summary: On that night he was driven out to the street, Ritsuya met his eternal admiration, Mayato. It was just a short meeting, but these two boys in pain finally found the best comfort on each other, sealing their bond for the years after. But, how would they survive in the world of irresponsible adults? "Matching our Answers" is a modern BL with a taste of classic unfortunate children folk tales that resolves on the idea of love and pain...

Staff Comment: I don’t know but this series kinda reminds me of Hans Christian Andersen’s Match Girl or Dickens’s Oliver Twist but in contemporary Japan. It is heart-wrenching seeing these kids’ struggle, but their deep bonds made me believe that they would be okay! The author’s art style is also unique and matches with the theme. I really can’t wait to see more development!

2. Breaking Point - Rabi Motoya (Wednesday, May 16)

Genre: Teens Love, Drama, Violence, Crime, Manga
Category: LUV
Rating: 16+

Summary: Mina, the prestigious daughter of a conglomerate chairman, finds herself the unlikely accessory to a crime that lands her in a remote island prison. Trapped in hell free of hope and human decency, will she reach her breaking point?

Staff Comment: I would say that this manga is not a manga that you would enjoy for fun, but for the constant drama and depressing situation. Breaking Point is longer than usual TL we have in manga.club so it has more rooms for more plot and character development.

3. Dreamnotes - Yasuyuki Oshima (Friday, May 18)

Genre: Shounen, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Friendship, Manga
Category: BUZ
Rating: 10+

Summary: Excessive sleepiness never seems like letting Nattsu, the 14-years old boy has a normal dream. Every time his eyes shut, his world changes into a cloudy dimension with bizarre creatures and strange humans. What is exactly Nattsu's purpose in that world? Why does he keep getting more drowsy? Will someday our MC found out why he was called "Mr. Dreamnotes"? Indeed, Dreamnotes is your starter shounen with unique artworks and charming concept, a gem that would not disappoint.

Staff Comment: This one has an attractive drawing suitable for the dreamy story! You got mystery, adventure, cool battle, and awkwardly cute romance here! Full-packed shounen! Also, the main guy always feels sleepy… How more relatable this character can be? hehe.

4. Cooking - Murai (Saturday, May 19)

Genre: Horror, Surrealism, Slice of Life, Family, Manga
Category: CUL
Rating: 10+

Summary: Mom, I'm hungry, but I don't want anymore vegetable soup. Well, it's not like you will die if you don't eat vegetable, right?

Staff Comment: Cooking is your childhood nightmare that might seems laughable at first but will not allow you to forget… the unexplained fear at the end.

That’s all for next week! I hope every member has their favorites in manga.club!
Don’t forget to rate, comment, and review!
Always support manga.club!

Cheers,
Merry (manga.club)

MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL. 6 : “Kusabi Keri Exhibition"

Hello, members!

How’s your Monday? Although the Golden Week Holiday is over, TORICO is still in a festive mood!

Today is the sixth day of Kusabi Keri Exhibition. Phew, I’m trying my best to keep calm while writing this report but I actually can’t.. because this is probably the best exhibition TORICO ever has!


For those who are into Omegaverse will certainly know Kusabi Keri! She is one of the rising stars in BL manga scene that are known for her Erotic angst plot and attractive couples. Her best-known manga is probably Kurui Naku no Ha Boku no Ban. It is an Omegaverse-theme BL set in elite corporation full of Alphas, a place that is certainly not safe for Omega. The manga portrays two main couples. The first one is the couple of Karasuma Miyabi, an elite Omega that uses his body to protect his position in the industry, and Takaba Keisuke, an alpha newcomer that can’t leave his boss alone. While the second is the couple of Sasabe Sumito, a new Omega employee that has the ambition to reach the top but could not bear the idea to use his body, and Utou, the beta that has been helping Karasuma before Takaba comes. Their relationships are very complicated and deep, but at the same time also sexy and unbearable… The portrayal of the characters in imagined-omegaverse also very on-point and easy to understand even for the omegaverse newbie. And since the series has new DRAMA CD, we’re holding exhibition and book signing event to commemorate that!



Look at this amount of flowers and how creative it is… What a lovely bird cage:”) She is really so loved by many people, right?



The center decoration is the best sight, indeed. I think seeing this magically turns my skin clearer and put my life in order. What a bless.



I lost myself in these clothes display— Okay boys you're all adults and need to clean up your rooms- But thank you. This is our life support /ahem. But seriously, the nametag? The pills? I feel like a thief accidentally entering these couples houses when they are-- together somewhere. I’m going crazy here, Manga10 staffs, you are the best! This is more real than VR, hehe. By the way they have a lot of aromatherapy machine in the rooms which letting out our lovely character's scent. When I took this, it was Takaba's scent. Grape Hyacinth flower that is indeed suitable for mild ikemen.



And this one is the legendary AR (augmented reality) mirror. So if you buy this mirror and install AR application, you will get a camera stamp of the couple on your phone that you can use anywhere! So you can stroll through the human scramble in Shibuya or Shinjuku-gyoen park and take date photos for them! ;”)



This is the main display for the sketch, character sheet, and illustrations. It was a paradise. I mean, her art is such a blessing for BL citizen.



AND HERE’S THE GOODS LINE UP. THESE AMOUNT OF CREATIVITY IS OVER THE TOP. Total satisfaction for every fan. And you probably won’t see this much love and appreciation for Kusabi Keri other than in Torico.

Next exhibition is Yamamoto Kotetsuko’s (May 12-20)! She is also a long-time superstar in modern BL manga scene.

While waiting for the next report, you can enjoy our newest manga this week: Stories from the Shopping District and ARK that we already introduced in the last volume. The more you read in manga.CLUB, the more you can contribute to the industry!

Cheers,
Merry!

MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL. 5 : “New Releases For 2nd Week of May!”

Dear Members,

Another good news!
Next Week we have two more new titles that will be serialized!



Ahem, On Wednesday (May 9) we have “Stories from Shopping District” by Sanba Maekawa-sensei!

Genre: Boys Love, Romance, Cooking, Drama, Comedy, Friendship
Category: LUV
Rating: 13+

Summary: After hearing about his father's hospitalization, Shouta decided to leave his Pastaio job in Italy and inherit his family Western cuisine restaurant in Hurubita Shopping District. Not much has changed in the district, except probably his-used-to-be-innocent childhood friend, Makoto, who had now bloomed into an attractive guy everyone in the district wanted to sleep with. Makoto's casual sexual relationship with many young men in the district kinda drives Shouta crazy, but maybe... Just maybe Makoto still saves some of his innocence for the guy who hadn't been home for 7 years.

Staff Comment: Should you give this series a chance? YES OF COURSE. Neat Art, Fresh Plot, Interesting Setting, Pure Couples, and Unpredictable Scenes! Go read this one!

Next, on May 11, we have “ARK,” another full colored thrilling manhwa by Pubo!

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Supernatural
Category: BUZ
Rating: 10+

Summary:
After a massive earthquake, five ancient ruins containing minerals "Arkdite" that has enormous energy, appeared on the earth. The world are having heated debated on what exactly these ruins about. Is this another blessing of civilization or a sleeping apocalypse... "ARK" is a full-colored comic that would please not only your eyes but also your thirst for thrills...

Staff Comment:
I should say that the coloring skill of Pubo is more remarkable in this one! I could stare at one page for a loooong time because it was all so well done. Remember Oblation? It was indeed a horror series, made to make you shiver. ARK is an action-oriented science fiction… But it still makes your heart thump and chills your bones as if it's a Horror!

That’s all for this week! Don’t forget to rate, review, comment, and share our mangas!
Your cooperation is all important for the future of manga industry!

Cheers,
Merry (manga.club)

MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL.4: "Kawai Touko Exhibition"

Hello, members!

Part of the world is having a holiday today! Japan has entered the Golden Week holiday, but technically it's still a working day.
Complicated, isn't it? But we're not here to confuse you. Last week, we had another exhibition to commemorate the release of Kawai Touko's newest manga Marble.



You must be familiar with her name if you're a BL fan. One of her most famous work is probably Shizuku Hanabira Ringo no Kaori which was run in Be-boy magazines in 2008. She was known for her skill in story-telling which appeals to the adult audiences while still maintaining the fluffy innocent soul of Boys Love. 



Marble's story is set in a European restaurant. Komori, a diligent and skillful chef was the one in charge, but he is clumsy and does not possess a good social skill. That's why, without Kaji the Sommelier, they could not run the restaurant well. Slowly, Komori's trust to Kaji is probably blossoming into something more... And Kaji is probably not the best person that can properly read that. 



Various mangas written by Kawai Touko are also featured in the display. All her BL works are published under Be-boy comics. Her other works are: Ano Kado wo Magatta Tokoro, Cafe Latte Rhapsody, Cut, Keijijou na bokura, Kurumi no Naka, Bondz, and many more. 



This time I found something different in TORICO exhibition, yes, the informative boards! What a blessing for knowledge-thirsty fan! The left one is a board of a Q&A with the authors, while the right one is the description of her comic so far. 



And of course, what's TORICO exhibition without our special goods? If you are lucky, sometimes the goods will also be sold in our Japanese website:  Horin Love Books.  

There it is! This week we have another exhibition of Kusabi Keri, the author of popular Omegaverse BL, Kurui Naku no Ha Boku no Ban. Next week we're going to give the report to you all! And also, start from today we're having many new releases. You can take a glimpse of the new titles in our previous blog

Don't forget to comment, rate, review, and share our mangas! Because your support is very important to keep the manga industry alive. Thank you and have a good day, members!

Cheers,
Merry







MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL.3: "New Releases Festival in Golden Week!"

Hello Members!

Next week in Japan, we’re having long break called “Golden Week”! I’m sure a lot of Manga lovers have encountered the term in manga once or two. But what exactly is Golden Week? It is probably the longest holiday period for most Japanese workers, longer than Obon holidays in August or even the New Year holidays. In July 1948, Japan declared nine official holidays, and many of them concentrated in the last week of April and the first week of May. Indeed, many leisure and entertainment industries are making huge profits from the period. Thus the “Golden” name is being attached to this week! Now, the holidays celebrated in the Golden Week consist of these days:

Showa Day (April 29)
Constitution Memorial Day (May 3)
Greenery Holiday (May 4)
Children’s Day (May 5)

If weekend falls in the transition from April to May and after May 5, then it can even last until nine days! Therefore, To celebrate the week, Manga.club decided to have a consecutive new serializations start from May 1 to May 7!



May 1: A.D.A by N.G
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Family
Category: BUZ
Rating: 10+

Summary:
The discovery of SA cells triggered a dramatic advance and collapse in human civilization. The new sentient, Adams build and control the new society, pushing the rebelling Anti-netters’s appearance. Young Eda and his father have been living in secret for years, although he was never sure if he was an Anti-netter. When he finally kept in the prison of Anti-netter, Eda finally comes close to the truth of the new society.

Staff's Comment: A.D.A is an excellent Shounen read! I'm not good with sci-fi genre, but this keeps me hooked up! Check it out, members!

May 2: Chimasan’s Trinket Box by Emi Fukasaku
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Friendship
Category: FUN
Rating: All Ages

Summary:
Welcome! Hand-crafted cute little things are the specialty of Chima-san’s shop! Although the owner might be a little strange, Toriko cannot hold herself to come back. Along with other lively customers, what kind of wonderful encounters will she have here? Will Toriko’s dream to open her shop got realized?

Staff Comment: Anyone who has read Emi Fukasaku's manga on our sites will know what to expect. Yes, it's a fun and addicting daily lives manga! But I would say this is probably her best work since all the characters are just perfectly adorkable!

May 3: Gourmet Glutton! by Shigeru Tsuchiyama
Genre: Cooking, Action, Drama, Seinen, Friendship, Comedy
Category: BUZ
Rating: 13+

Summary:
At first, Mantaro Ohara was just an ordinary salaryman with slightly bigger appetite. For Mantaro, eating is something to be enjoyed, and the idea of food battle does not sound attractive to him. But his meeting in Pork Cutlet store with the professional competitive eater, George Hunter, gradually changed his view and passion towards gourmet competition... And they probably would not let this unexpected "dark horse" escape either.

Staff's Comment: I had a hard time reading recipes in the cooking manga, so I'm not excited at first, BUT Gourment Glutton is more about eating competition and I love that! And I keep demanding for more because not only I can feel second-satisfaction by seeing the character's huge appetite, but the rivalry between the competitor is just wonderfully depicted. The characters are all adults, but their fierce ambition is as hot as youngsters. Especially Mantaro, the main character... is probably one of the best protagonists in seinen manga I've ever seen. His dramatic character development is very vital to the manga!



May 4
: Repeating Your End Together by Seiju Natsumegu

Category: BUZ
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama
Rating: 10+

Summary:
"Things I wanted to re-do seem to be endless..." An elite Office Lady, Komori, has a unique ability to do minimum time looping but the limit suddenly turn into 10 years when she got in an accident. The one who greets her in the high-school-past was that man, who had live in Komori's heart for a long time... sometimes remembered as a smiling nerd, sometimes as a lifeless body that Komori couldn't save.

Staff's comment:
This one is really interesting! I'm sure there have been a lot of similar themes before, but the relationship between the two main characters are adding heavy spices which taste I can't forget! Anyone craving for Shounen with the high dose of romance needs to read this!

May 5: Shizumu, the Imaginary Girl by Fruits Suzuki
Category: FUN
Genre: Surrealism, Comedy, School Life, Supernatural
Rating: 13+

Summary:
Shizumu-chan is a very delicate girl. Literally. She doesn't fit into the crowd. Not without reason. She also resembles you in a way. That might surprise you....

Staff's comment:
This one might look like your usual cute manga, but Shizumu-chan is more "weird" in a positive way. It's like you are laughing, but underneath you notice that there's a deeper meaning than just jokes here.

May 6: Fermata Life by Emi Fukasaku
Category: FUN
Genre: Friendship, Drama, Supernatural
Rating: All Ages

Summary:
Welcome to "Fermata," a star that acts as the boundary between worlds. Sometimes a dead soul in the earth will come to this planet. Freshly coming from her death, Mirako now began her extraordinary second life with Nico, a cheerful and kind girl, who has been observing Mariko's fate all this time.

Staff's comment:
It will magically make you smile!

May 7: Days Days by Hinauta
Category: FUN
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Friendship
Rating: All Ages

Summary:
Due to excessive excitement when introducing herself in the new school, Masumi Mame ended up being called Daizu instead. Now she was known as the "soybean" girl; it seems like more weird and quirky schoolfellows are interested in getting along with her. "Days Days" is a 4-panel comic of the comedic high school days that is both entertaining and of course, very extra...

Staff Comment:
I expect the main character to be the center of the comedy, well she is, but so does the rest of the characters. Days Days is an ensemble of weirdest high schooler casts that involves awkward romance and friendship dramas!

Phew, so much exciting new titles, right? But the May's surprises do not end here, hehe, we will inform more you next time.

Don't forget to comment, review, and share our mangas! Manga.club is an official provider of free translated manga that keeps developing! So we need support from everyone! Who knows maybe next time it's your favorite manga that would be added here.

See you next time,
Merry

MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL.2: "Shounen Ashibe 30th Anniversary & Commemoration for Seishonen Ashibe Release Exhibition"

Happy Monday from the center of Tokyo!

Manga.club will also cover various manga exhibitions happening at our headquarter: Space Torico in Tokyo! During the weekend, we've had an exhibition for the 30th Anniversary of "Shounen Ashibe".



International manga fans might not be that familiar with the "Shounen Ashibe" series, but it is one of the classic 4-Koma manga for children that was first serialized between 1988 to 1994. The manga illustrates a family and friendship that revolves around the life of Ashibe-chan with his cute pet seal, Goma-chan!



Shounen Ashibe also has a sequel that still ongoing, COMAGOMA, and also has been adapted to anime several times (the first one was in the 90s, and the continuation is being broadcasted by NHK since 2016).

Last year, another sequel to Shounen Ashibe started serialization,Seishounen Ashibe, which like its title is revolving around "Seishounen" which is the life of teen Ashibe and his friends! The artist for this sequel is Shohei, which also being active as BL mangaka under a different pen name.



As a foreigner myself, I also did not know much about Shounen Ashibe, but the adorable Goma-chan is famous, and I've watched several episodes of the anime myself, but I was never aware that it is popular in Japan.

In Space Torico we've had quite a lot of people from around the world to enjoy the exhibition! The staffs did a great job in decorating the venue, so good that I could spend hours to enjoy the art. I mean, when I saw the Yeti (a prominent character in Shounen Ashibe that was introduced because one of the MC moved to Nepal) in the chairs I just couldn't be calm. It's really fluffy and simply, adorable. 



The Exhibitions feature the manga pages from both "Shounen Ashibe" and "Seishounen Ashibe" series, and some of it even have.. ehem.. secret feature like hidden sketch behind! And of course, one of the best things about TORICO's exhibition is always... the GOODS CORNER! It is all really cute and well-designed... Even if you aren't really familiar with the series, I think many will get tempted to buy the merchandise (especially Goma-chan!).





In Space Torico, manga exhibitions are held all year around. And of course, we will share every moment of it here! With more to come, enjoy our manga collections in Manga.club! Because by supporting Manga.club, you are also supporting the manga industry.

See you in the next post, then!

Cheers,
Merry












MANGA.CLUB BLOG VOL.1: "We're Starting a Staff Blog!"

Hello, MANGA.CLUB members!

Thank you for enjoying Manga.club, we are excited to share the fun of manga with everyone!

We’ve decided to start a blog to further share how we enjoy manga and the experience behind Manga.club, and everything else we offer at TORICO. Our new blog will be updated twice a week by our two staffs, from the heart of Tokyo!

To celebrate our brand new challenge, we've brought good news for all manga fans out there - especially the Fujoshi!
One of our most loved category in Manga.club - BL mangas, will expect a few new titles to be released very soon!

There will be two BL titles that are originally published by us, which you can already access with our Japanese manga service, Sukima:

  1. Shoutengai Monogatari (“Stories from the Shopping District”) by Sanba Maekawa.
  2. Kotaeawase (“Matching our Answers”) by Hikaru Murayoshi



As a BL Manga fan myself, I was surprised with the freshness and originality of the two titles. It is something you rarely see in BL manga.

When I read Shoutengai Monogatari for the first time, I was attracted to the clean art and unique setting. The characters also interesting, it’s like they are pure and naughty at the same time, haha. Kotaeawase is more dramatic and angsty, but the art-style is very... cute and beautiful that made me wanna cry my eyes out. Can’t wait to see more from both series!

This month, we also have a bunch of new manga, especially from the "Gourmet" scene. We have two new mangas from Shigeru Tsuchiyama - one of the most well-known food manga-ka in Japan

Super Food Bowl and Bakumeshi! Both are making me hungry so I tried to avoid it at first... but I just can’t.. with this temptation… /cry

Of course, other titles are slated to come, but if you tell us (with reviews and comments) what kind of manga you want to see in Manga.club, we'll fulfill your desire in the near future.

Also, if you happen to be around Tokyo, you probably want to come visit our weekly manga exhibition (FREE ADMISSION) here in "space TORICO", in Iidabashi.

You can check the schedule here.

Don’t forget to check back to Manga.club for new releases every day! 

Till we meet again,
Merry

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