Archive for February 2013
Adorable chicks, slice of life BL, and a World War II era tale of starcrossed love can all be found on eManga.com, sweetening up your Valentine’s week – check ‘em out, and don’t forget to take a peek at our digital preview of Osamu Tezuka’s Unico while you’re at it!
And as always, we have idol photobooks and hentai in eBook form for your weekend enjoyment — right now you can grab Project-H’s Colorful Dreams and Extra Juicy on eManga.com before you can get it in print! Don’t miss ‘em!
| The River’s Current: Nao as a model can’t help but fear the worse from Washio, his artist lover. Has Nao done something wrong to be ignored? They haven’t slept together for more than two months. Will Nao’s past eventually tear this couple apart?
Natsu and Eiichi are childhood friends in rural, post-World War II Japan. When the booming urban city beckons to Eiichi, he leaves Natsu behind and four years pass by. Upon his homecoming, he realizes something sinister has happened. Will he be strong enough to support Natsu?
These are just two couples from this premium yet steamy collection of short standalone stories. Available for the first time in English from Jun Kajimoto, Digital Manga is on the move to bring out well known doujinshi turn mangaka artists for the enjoyment of English readers.
|Rose and Savage: When Yasukuni was in middle shcool, he fell in love with Tomokazu, a transfer student who dreamt of becoming an illustrator. Yasukuni couldn’t ignore the shy and reserved Tomokazu. Without knowing first love, the two separated unexpectedly. Seven years later, Yasukuni met Tomokazu again on the day he entered the college of arts. But Tomokazu’s reaction is not what he expected. Can Yasukuni convince Tomokazu of his feelings?|
| Shameful Body: When you’re a sadist and the boy you love is a masochist, picking on him is a pleasure.
Pain doesn’t affect Yoshie… no, that’s not quite right; it feels good! Sensei’s forceful massages at the Seitai Clinic are the best. But Sensei’s solemn and bone-obsessed son, Mikawa, is secretly listening to Yoshie’s breathless moans! Is it only a passion for bones that excites Mikawa? Yoshie soon realizes that pain in your heart isn’t the same as pain in your body.
Bonus! A young man loves the pâtissier who works at his dad’s café, but with their age gap, will his love ever be taken seriously?
| Flame of the Tropical Butterfly: They say that the smallest movement from a butterfly’s wing has far-reaching effects… and that butterflies are the souls of the dead.
In North Africa, a rocky but fated romance flutters to life while the horrible violence of World War II rages. Richter, a fragile, brilliant German scientist is a prisoner of the Allies. Grandall is an American soldier with a personal grudge against the enemy. To stay Richter’s execution, Grandall makes a startling decision. When tragedy hits Grandall, Richter surprises him with an offer of comfort. These two events begin a relationship that will affect everyone. But an extreme test lies in wait as the landscape of guilt, doubt, and fear intensifies.
|Torio’s Diary: Torio-san is a frizzy hair chick living in a small island named ” Donatello”. He loves walnuts and enjoys the laid-back life with his friends and family. Let’s take a peek of his funny stories!|
Some of the year’s first eManga.com releases have now made their way to Kindle and Nook, so fans buying from the Amazon or Nook marketplaces can now grab those at their leisure! This week’s brand spanking new eManga.com releases include the continuing adventures of sheltered housewife, Minano, one fantastic BL anthology, and DMG’s first doujinshi release, straight from the creator of Wedding Peach!
And if all these titles are too tame for you, we have idol photobooks and hentai in eBook form for your weekend enjoyment — right now you can grab Project-H’s Colorful Dreams and Extra Juicy on eManga.com before you can get it in print! Don’t miss ‘em!
Also, if you haven’t heard, we’ll be doing a special limited presale of the print version of Ai no Kusabi vol. 8 at the end of April! And that won’t be our last presale before the official return of our print editions either, so keep an eye out for more news…
| Unico (digital preview): WITH LOVE, ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE
A little unicorn named Unico lives with his mistress Psyche, bringing her happiness and good fortune in return for her unconditional love. The goddess Venus, however, grows jealous of Psyche’s legions of admirers and flings Unico across time and space! When he awakens, he’s facing down mean buffalo in the American West, with no memory of Psyche or his past life. It’s the first of many exciting adventures that will bring Unico face to face with high society in Imperial Russia, characters from fairy tales and Shakespeare, and even an automated factory intent on blotting out the sun.
|Don’t Tell My Husband, vol. 2: Minano is back for more in the hilarious second volume of Don’t Tell My Husband! An innocent venture into the city for some common street fare leads our resident sheltered wife straight into the clutches of a ruthless yakuza gang! Kidnapped with her husband in another country, and her life on the line, what’s a girl to do? Whoever thought midnight snacks could be so dangerous?! Be sure to pick up this volume and follow our wayward heroine as she takes on the yakuza and worse – her mother-in-law!!|
|Come to the Infirmary: As an expert martial artist, Mamoru Sakai isn’t bothered by a mere scratch — yet he finds himself drawn to the school infirmary again and again. There lies the kind treatment of the school doctor, Chihiro Kajino, who’s oblivious to the not so innocent attention he constantly receives. Kajino refuses to see anything but sincerity in the words of his obsessive students, while Sakaki knows what they are really after. When Kajino’s blind trust finally lands him in trouble, will Sakaki’s skills be enough to save him? Also included in this volume: A high school boy resists his classmate’s affections, but can’t help but be drawn to this person in his time of need. In a struggle to understand his coworker, a store clerk discovers feelings he’s never had before. With the sudden addition of a new bunk mate, a ski instructor learns about the hidden depths of a person. A flippant comment throws the life of one high school girl into complete turmoil, through which she begins a period of self-discovery. And a police officer has a shameful fantasy about his superior, only to later learn how to appreciate the man for who he is, not for his image.|
|The Isolated Zone: Shinku Chitai vol. 1: A biological research station with a greedy, traitorous head researcher. A devastating earthquake. An unprepared government and an unsuspecting populace ring fenced and left to fend for themselves while facing an unknown epidemic. One young man leads a band of children and youths in a daily fight for survival against disease, starvation, and those who seek to prey on the weak. Welcome to the Isolated Zone.|
|Free Soul: Chihomi is a starry-eyed and impressionable high school girl working part-time at Coffeehouse Itoh. When part-timer Satoshi Nagatomo comes to work at the shop, Chihomi falls helplessly in love with him. Despite her advances, Nagatomo is shy and reluctant to open up, apparently trying to hide something about himself. The proprietor of the shop, Mr. Itoh, a middle-aged man with a sharp tongue and a heart of gold watches these events unfold until one day a startling and unexpected truth is revealed…|
|Love and a Sin on Kindle & Nook: Harada and Shibata were an unlikely couple in high school, and on a whim made an even stranger promise to meet each other again 30 years later. After graduation, Harada seems to have all but forgotten their promise. Now he spends his days as police chief keeping an eye on a Chinese mafia boss with a familiar face… Against all odds and logic, Shibata ends up back in Japan exactly on the date they promised to meet. Can Harada find him in time and catch the criminal who stole his heart? Or will his high school sweetheart rob him blind again?|
|Love Club, vol. 1 on Kindle & Nook: Souichiro Hino’s mother may be a world famous psychic, but she sure has trouble keeping track of everyday details. For example, that ‘wonderful’ new school she sent him to was embroiled in a string of grisly murders. All of the victims were male students like Souichiro. Nor did she mention that fellow psychic and childhood friend, Itsuki Aoyama, attended the school and was expecting him to do something about all of that. And then there was Itsuki’s Love Club, also known as the Ghostbusters. Somehow, his friend had gotten it into his head that a random group of kids – and one friendly spirit of a dead honor student – could take on and defeat The Seven Mysteries of Seika Academy, which actually numbered ten or more. Souichiro didn’t have time to object. There was a killer Sakura tree in the garden and a portal to hell in the Emergency Stairwell. If all of this wasn’t bad enough, there was that ‘connection’ between him and Itsuki. They hadn’t seen each other for years, yet everyone treated them like a couple! Souko Hino sure had a lot of explaining to do!|
|Kiss Upon the Hair Whorl (TOO HOT FOR KINDLE): Short volleyball player Nao hides a few secrets under an energetic and enthusiastic exterior. He’s insecure about his height and volleyball skills; not to mention his relationship with the tall volleyball team star and Nao’s oldest friend, Nawa, gets more than a little confusing after Nawa kisses him! Jealousy, growing up, and more than a few pokes in the hair whorl are in order for Nao to work things out! A story about love, growth and trust. Also, men in sports wear!|
We didn’t want to keep you guys waiting longer than you had to, so have some fantastic Ai no Kusabi news! Vol. 8, the conclusion of Riki and Iason’s story, will be available on Akadot.com as a limited pre-release at the end of April! Hang in there, guys, the wait’s almost over!
This week’s Digital Round Up includes a very exciting release — the first yaoi novel released by our DMG imprint! Now you too can indulge in yaoi text goodness on your digital device! On its heels are many more fantastic titles on eManga, Nook, and Kindle, from the heart-wrenching Clean a Wound to the fourteenth volume of the shonen hit, Erementar Gerade! February’s off to an exciting start, and we have more in store in the weeks to come! Looking to take the new eManga.com’s files for a test drive before you buy anything? Check out our preview sampler, 100% free, and find out what file type works best for your digital reader or computer of choice!
| 37°C – Thirty Seven Degrees Celsius (Novel): Noda has never wanted to be a source of disappointment or shame to his family. Raised in a pious, conservative household, he knew he had certain expectations to meet. Get a job, find a wife, have children- these were to be his destiny. But Noda has a secret. 10 years ago, he had a torrid sexual affair with an acquaintance, a male acquaintance. Noda had kept himself from getting to know Wakasugi too well, hoping to distance himself from emotional entanglements. After all, it had to end sometime s two men couldn’t carry on a forever type of relationship. When it got too personal, Noda pushed Wakasugi out of his life.
Now, Noda is all alone in his newly built house. His wife has left him, and they’ve had no children together. Then came the unexpected phone call from Wakasugi. Feelings buried for ten long years were given an opportunity to be laid to rest. But the outcome was not as either man expected, as passions that had simmered for ten long, lonely years insist upon a reckoning. Is Wakasugi ready to risk his heart again, and can Noda find the courage to step out of the closet he has locked himself and his emotions into? Two hearts reach across time and emotional distance to feed the fever that burns…
|Clean a Wound: Twins Itaru and Hajime have no one in this world but each other. After their abusive mother disappears, they are separated and sent to live with different families. They keep in touch via letters, swearing to always be there for each other, but one day, Itaru falls in love with a boy called Ryouta. Hajime is plunged to the depths of despair and stops reading Itaru’s letters, blaming his brother for abandoning him. And then Itaru dies in a car accident a few months later, clutching one last letter meant for Hajime. What did Itaru want to get off his chest? What part did Ryouta play in Itaru’s death? And who is this mysterious novelist who may just be Hajime’s salvation? All this and more will be revealed in this stunning debut work by Kentaro Matsumoto.|
| Love Club, vol. 3: Life for Souichiro Hino and Itsuki Aoyama and their Love Club aka Ghostbusters should be getting easier. The club finally have a teacher adviser who won’t run screaming into the night. They’ve even managed to attract girls who aren’t spirits to their ranks. However, fate and Souko Hino, Souichiro’s mother, have other plans.
Souko chooses not to warn them when they take on a video game that is a portal to hell. She even farms them out to sold a haunting of a historic mansion. Meanwhile, those portals at Seika Academy keep popping up ready to suck unsuspecting students inside to be eaten by demons. And then, there is the talking mouse with magical powers! Will the adventures ever end so they can have a normal school day?
|Card Master: Card Masters are immortal individuals who have a contract with a single tarot card. Wandering the world, they search for other gifted individuals and books possessed by spirits with either good or bad intentions. Join Alex and Keith as they journey through Europe completing tasks that only Card Masters can fulfill. If offered immortality, would you take it?|
|Pandra Restaurant!: There’s an unusual restaurant located in the suburbs of Japan, and we invite you to take a look at the livelihoods of its staff. Does it appeal to your senses to mention they’re all cookware personified? Pandra Restaurant begins with a cutting board’s journey to find his own place in the restaurant — it’s not easy being a plastic cutting board amongst more experienced utensils, but he’ll make the most of it!|
|Erementar Gerade, vol. 14 on Kindle & Nook: With Nad Lezen behind them, Cou and his team have finally arrived at the bridge that leads them to Edel Garden. But there they again meet the mysterious duo that has been following them since Barley Toast. What are their motives? Will they be friends or foe? The team searches for answers as they try to cross the bridge. But they must do so quickly as another group of pursuers come closing in on them from behind…|
|Daily Fiction on Kindle & Nook: Riku Shiraishi and Tooru Yatsu are childhood friends. Yatsu loves him, but their relationship has always been forced. Just as Shiraishi starts to realize how Yatsu really feels, he loses all his memories in a car accident. How will their love end up?|
|Get! vol. 1 on Kindle & Nook: Student council president Kyo seems to have it all – looks (he’s prettier than most of the girls), intellect, and power. He doesn’t even care that he is hated by many students, he has everything under control. But then super popular and incorrigible Ryosuke upends his life like a tornado, professing his undying love, kissing him, and turning up everywhere he shouldn’t be! Why won’t he leave Kyo alone? Why can’t Kyo push him away? Can Ryosuke’s devotion save Kyo from a ruthless plan of revenge at the hands of school bullies?|
We’ve got a whole ton of extra inventory in our warehouse that we need to get rid of, so come on down to our Gardena warehouse to get your hands on deeply discounted manga and anime goods! Saturday and Sunday March 9 and 10 are the big days, so mark your calendars now! We’ll be open from 10AM to 4PM and you can find our warehouse and office at:
Digital Manga, Inc.
1487 W. 178th St.
Suite 300 (third floor)
Gardena, CA 90248
Parking is free, and while the lot is gated, the gate will be wide open, so drive right on in and look for the Digital Manga logo outside the building.
Everything is available on a first come, first serve basis and will be discounted up to 70%! We’ll be swimming in manga and merchandise, so get there bright and early at 10AM.
Make sure you bring a valid driver’s license or DMV-issued ID card! You MUST have one of the two to prove that you are over 18 before entering the building.
Remember, we’re on the third floor – catch the elevator on up, and we’ll see you there!