latest release in Japan:
28th chapter (22 I)
ch29 release date:
22 III 2014
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The 5th volume of “Yuuutsu na Asa” goes on sale today! Here’s the extra picture at the end of it + the afterword.

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The protagonists of Hidaka Shoko’s “Close your eyes" one-shot manga (to be released on February 3rd) - Nomura Ryou and Kase Hiroki.

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Replies under the cut because my longass text posts are probably annoying to some of you (sorry for that!);

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chocolatbox replied to your post: fudanshidesu replied to your post: qui…

Can you think of any existing BL manga that fit that description? Everything you just said is exactly what I want too. Especially the bit about a BL protagonist who is like Kotetsu. That would be so great!

Oh man, I’m really bad when it comes to things like that… two weeks ago someone asked me to list my favourite BL manga and I’m still struggling with answering this question (I’M SO SORRY FOR BEING SO SLOW AND TERRIBLE), because I can go with either 3 very obvious choices or like, 100 titles that I really really liked. There’s no in-between for me, once I start listing things I simply can’t stop. It just seems, I don’t know, unfair?… yeah, I take it way too seriously. 

Anyway, back to moe oyaji types. Once again, I’d like to link you all to the manga habit and its Oyaji BL Manga Primer. Older men are sorted into a couple of categories, so everyone can find something for yourself. Although it really is quite difficult to find a story that’d fit the description I wrote in my previous post… here are some of my additional recommendations:

- “Sora to Hara" by Nakamura Asumiko;
- Kuimonodokoro Akira" by Yamashita Tomoko (afair Akira was kind of Kotetsu-ish, but I read it a couple of years ago so I’m not 100% sure of that… anyway, this manga is v. hilarious, I should reread it one day);
- “Lies Are a Gentleman’s Manners" by Matsuo Marta (the older guy in this story is nothing like Kotetsu, but I enjoyed his whimsical and a bit twisted personality);
- It’s mentioned on the blog I just linked to, but let me repeat it here - est em and basso are top notch and their characters are often a bit more mature, incredibly attractive and they feel so… human too.  Suzuki Tsuta is a good choice if you’re looking for a lighter read, but I haven’t read any of her stuff in ages. I think Yoshinaga Fumi likes her some oyaji too (Kinou Nani Tabeta?, Antique Bakery etc).


I can’t think of more at the moment, s-sorry ;; most of these stories involve an age gap too… perhaps my lovely followers could recommend us some other oyaji BL manga? Please help!

cyclemama said:

I completely agree with this. Hopefully, as mangaka age with us we will get more stories with mature men. Sadly, I have a feeling that the publishers don’t think the market is there for older characters.

Yeah, I think so too. The publishers should realize the target audience keeps constantly changing and so do the readers’ expactations (actually, Tiger and Bunny is a prime example of that, its unexpected popularity was rather mindblowing). Let’s hope we’ll see more and more BL manga with older protagonists in the future!


fudanshidesu replied to your post: quierobl replied to your post “8 rando…

isn’t sakurai from hana wa saku ka almost the same age? ^^; or do you mean both seme and uke his age?

Well, Kashiwagi is about 50 years old and a decade does make a difference! But yeah, it would be nice to have protagonists who both are past their ‘raging hormones phase’, who rediscover what falling in love is all about and it makes them look back on their lives and past relationships and reflect on them.

… well, I basically just described Sakurai in the end, haha. But I really do think stories like that have a lot of potential and there isn’t nearly enough of them out there. Besides, I’ve grown tired of schoolboys, they make me feel so old…

gwkimmy replied to your post “quierobl replied to your post “8 random pages from ch28 of Hana wa…”

OMG YES PLEASE SENSEI I NEED A CUTE SLICE OF LIFE WITH OLDER GUYS. eee!

High five!


quierobl replied to your post “8 random pages from ch28 of Hana wa Saku ka under the cut. This…”

It’s kinda funny

IT REALLY IS i laughed out loud when I first saw it, Youichi’s face on the 2nd page was just too much.

I find it hilarious that the one and only character that looks good in this chapter (so far at least) is Kashiwagi.

Hidaka Shoko didn’t dare to mess up his handsome face. Damn, I really want her to start a BL manga about men his age…  attractive old men are where it’s at.


akai-anna:

Hmm… indeed. I don’t know if she’ve had any issues when she made this chapter. However, there must be something that happened while this was in progress. That’s unlike her to make ‘mistakes’ like this… (It’s not really the right word but I think you get my point. It’s off not just a little.)

We are talking about Hidaka-sensei here so I’m sure she will redraw a lot of things in this chapter for the tankoubon. Um, or at least hope for that.

My best guess is that Hidaka Shoko was so swamped with work she simply couldn’t meet deadlines and had to “sacrifice” one of her titles. Hana wa Saku ka was a sensible choice in this case, because as you pointed out - it can be later corrected for the volume release (and I sure hope it will, there are a lot of people who noticed this sudden drop in quality). Meanwhile, she probably devoted herself to the new project and YnA, especially the former I assume as it is only a one-shot story.

Some people suggested that perhaps Hidaka Shoko’s assistant was in charge of this particular chapter. Can small time mangaka even afford assistanst though - I have no idea, truth to be told… I’ve always assumed that Takie-san fulfilled this role and helped with some simple stuff. Who knows, perhaps it was her behind some of these drawings!

This is all just a mere speculation on my part though. This chapter seems to be rather dialogue heavy, so let’s hope it’ll bring anything new at all to the table. I’ll do my best not to judge it for now, but I have to admit that I’m not particularly thrilled about it anymore and I don’t exactly plan to frantically search for scans as I always do. If someone finds them before I do - please share, that’d be very much welcome and appreciated :)


8 random pages from ch28 of Hana wa Saku ka under the cut.

This month’s chapter is sponsored by the ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ kaomoji.

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Looks like ch28 of Hana wa Saku ka is only 17 pages long this month… Hidaka Shoko apologized and promised to make up for it in the future though!
Here’s a higher quality of this month’s colored splashpage to make it better: click!
Also, casual reminder that the 5th volume of Yuuutsu na Asa will be released in 3 days, while Hidaka Shoko’s new project “Close your eyes" included in the HOLLY BOX anthology is getting 46 pages. Although it’s only a one-shot for now, Hidaka Shoko doesn’t exclude the possibility of continuing the story if the opportunity arises.
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Looks like ch28 of Hana wa Saku ka is only 17 pages long this month… Hidaka Shoko apologized and promised to make up for it in the future though!

Here’s a higher quality of this month’s colored splashpage to make it better: click!

Also, casual reminder that the 5th volume of Yuuutsu na Asa will be released in 3 days, while Hidaka Shoko’s new project “Close your eyes" included in the HOLLY BOX anthology is getting 46 pages. Although it’s only a one-shot for now, Hidaka Shoko doesn’t exclude the possibility of continuing the story if the opportunity arises.

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