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TOKYOPOP's new licenses. Just in case you haven't heard yet. 
21st-Sep-2005 09:18 am
Oh, it's only been what? three years of griping on my part before TOKYOPOP at last evinces interest in licensing one-shot, single volume titles.

These are all shoujo, not so incidentally:

-Die Todliche Dolis by Kusumoto Maki - Think Beardsley on crack.
-Glass Wings by Asaoka Misuzu
-Gorgeous Carat by Higuri You - Suddenly everyone wants her. Kinda like Matoh Sanami.
-Sequence by Mizuki Ken - An early work by a very popular illustrator. (Love her Gundam Wing and Battle Royale doujinshi.)

Anyway, I don't know anything about the second, but the rest of the titles are solid ones--and a damn sight better than what TOKYOPOP has been gracing the bookshelves with lately!
21st-Sep-2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
Good to know, I've been waiting for some commentary on these titles - I'll put these on my tentative buy list. Any comments on the Beautiful People one-shot they're releasing?
21st-Sep-2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Any comments on the Beautiful People one-shot they're releasing?

I haven't heard anything about that one.
21st-Sep-2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Tokyopop's site for the title. That's all I know about it at this time, but I'm tentatively interested, provided it's like the better parts of Doll and not the not-so-better parts.
21st-Sep-2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely no idea. I don't read much ladies manga. ^^;
21st-Sep-2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
I think Hirguri's a better illustrator than mangaka. Her plots just drag on and are pretty much without substance. But Gorgeous Carat should make yaoi fans happy. It's got rape and the whole hurt/comfort romance between the two main guys later.
21st-Sep-2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
*nods* Oh, I agree. Her stories are pretty derivative. Dreck. The ironic part about being a mangaka is that you tend to be either a good storyteller or illustrator--but rarely both. It's a shame, in a way, that there isn't more of a tradition of division of labor in Japanese comics.
21st-Sep-2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered if Motoni will ever be licensed. I mean, she makes no sense in Japan so I am curious to see what a translated manga will make clear.

21st-Sep-2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
The only company I could really see releasing anything BL by Motoni is *cringes* BeBeautiful. (Heard that their new books are *finally* shipping.) Personally, I think an artist like Kotobuki Taraco would do better than Motoni--challenging and weird...but at least Kotobuki's world makes better sense. Tokyopop might do well with Kotobuki.
21st-Sep-2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
But when a mangaka is both a good storyteller and a god artist, it really shows in how the character's face matches with the words he's speaking. There's a united feel to the manga then.
21st-Sep-2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Any disunity that occurs is most often because the Japanese in general are not experienced with the style. I think CLAMP (naturally) and Obata Takeshi, for example, do very well illustrating for writers.
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