I haven't truly hunkered down with manga in Japanese
for quite a long time, but this month's issue of the BL magazine Reijin
(consistently one of the best out there but, like most BL nowadays, usually little better than skim-worthy) immediately struck me as somewhat better than average. I'm sure the fact that it came with a furoku booklet called Reijin Mudangai
Vol. 2: Anata to XXX Shitai, which featured an extra hundred pages of manga and one of the most explicit--and cheerfully inventive!--threesomes I've ever seen (courtesy of Kijima Hyougo) helped. Kijima draws a bit like Uchida Kaoru, which should give you some idea of what her threesome looked like.
But it's the magazine proper that had the most rewarding material. There was the usual content from the likes of Naono Bohra, Nekota Riko, Uchida Kaoru, Nishida Higashi, and Motohashi Keiko (a veteran mangaka who used to do shoujo for Hakusensha but said goodbye to all that sometime in the early 21st century to do BL)--all creators with signature styles and quality work under their belts. Sakurai Shushushu debuts an Arab prince x Japanese boy story, an irritating Orientalist theme I've been seeing way too much lately. Unfortunately, it has not (yet, at least) hit sex toy salarymen heights of greatness.
Far and away the best story came from newcomer Yamagishi Ryou (whose name caught my eye because it reminded me of the Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi
mangaka). Appropriately titled "Brother Complex," it tells a story about a little boy with psychic powers who is secretly in love with his older brother. No sex, but plenty of emotional catharsis. It's also beautifully drawn. This
is the sort of story that I come to Reijin
for, and the magazine still delivers...once in very great while, that is.