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Reijin, September 2008 issue 
19th-Aug-2008 01:49 pm
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.
19th-Aug-2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, it has not (yet, at least) hit sex toy salarymen heights of greatness.

Are you referencing the sub-genre epitomized by that vibrator company manga? The one Drama Queen bought and will now never release? Because although funny, that Drama CD always gave me the creeps.
19th-Aug-2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Wait, there are *other* vibrator company manga besides the ones that Sakurai Shu^3 did? ^^;

But yeah, I was thinking of the Warera Takarara manga. I dunno if you've seen it, but the first incarnation of that series was in Kaikan Invitation--the two heroes product testing a veritable mountain of dildos. XD The subsequent book-length tankoubon never lived up to that level of hilarity.
21st-Aug-2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
That cover is really beautiful. I think I have Yamagishi Rou's first manga called "Wild Fangs". I'll have to check but her name is familiar.
21st-Aug-2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I sincerely doubt that you do; this magazine was Yamagishi Ryou's pro debut. :P

Cover artist for Reijin is always Kasai Ayumi.
21st-Aug-2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that one was by Yamagishi Hokuto.

I really adore Kasai's work. Wish there was an artbook I could get.
21st-Aug-2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Wish there was an artbook I could get.

There are at least two out there that I know of offhand.
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