Friday, November 9, 2012

Angel Heart Review by Manga Xanadu

Lori at Manga Xanadu enjoyed the quirky cast of characters and the undeniable charm of Lag in Angel Heart!

Angel Heart is a fun, light one-shot, though I wouldn’t object to reading more about Shiki and Lag,  or another robot animal in this universe. Shinohara has created a cast of characters I enjoyed with stories that warm the heart... Definitely check out Angel Heart if you enjoy titles about dogs or just want a light, quick read. It’s worth it. (Read the rest of the review)
On a side note, I will update the purchase options for our titles soon. DRM-Free PDFs can be downloaded from Wowio now and from eManga in the near future!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Josei Title - Angel Heart

Peace Pet Rental's Lag is a robotic dog. He can be pretty slow at times and can't perform tasks aside from those written in his program, but despite all this, he's everyone's favorite dog. Soon, however, he is tackling people's problems in ways not included in his program, and it seems almost miraculous... Something mysterious has awakened within his heart even though he's supposed to be a machine with no emotions. What is Lag's true nature? For those lost in despair and sorrow and those with wounded hearts comes this healing tale of love, kindness, and sacrifice.

I am a big fan of the Ghost in the Shell theme and questioning our perceptions of what is real and living. While this can be a very serious topic, Angel Heart does touch on it in a sweet, fluffy, puppy way. I'm having a hard time describing what genre Angel Heart fits in, so it might be easier if I tell you what it's not. It's not a romance. It's not an all-out comedy though it has many light-hearted moments. I suppose it's something of a drama but not in the usual ways. Sci-fi? Only because Lag's a robot.

If you want something without the usual tropes, this is a good respite. No fevers, no getting drunk and passing out, no Valentine's Day, no jealous love interest from the past, no worrying about your first kiss, etc. When you pause to really think about the story in Angel Heart, you will realize that it goes much deeper than just a cute dog visiting hospital patients. I am very interested to see what other people think, so please contact me if you're interested in reviewing this title. You can leave a comment here or use the contact link at the bottom of the page.

This was a joint project translated by V.G. Jasper from Kaedama Translations. Lettering and editing by Mia.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Update - More Ways to Read DMG Titles!

In the past month or so, Digital Manga titles have become available through several more outlets. I'm super swamped with stuff right now, but I hope to take a closer look at the quality and interface of these options soon. Gah I am such a goober. I couldn't resist taking some screenshots.

First is the most recent announcement: I had never heard of this site before, but it provides what people have been requesting for ages: DOWNLOADABLE PDF FILES. I couldn't resist and just bought Entangled Circumstances. The file rolled in at 17 MB and is comparable to Nook quality (which is good). I was going to get Rainy Day Love since I could compare it directly to my own lettered files, but I didn't want to pay for something I already have XD 


Note the watermark in the lower left corner - it's on every page. I applaud the effort, but someone who wants to post their pdf on the internet can get around that pretty easily... The FAQ says that you can read the PDFs on iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and Android tablets, and so far I can say it looks great on my iPhone and iPad. I just emailed the pdf to myself and opened it using the native PDF reader.

Small side text looks good zoomed in on an iPad!

Also announced today was that Digital Manga titles are available on Graphicly, which has a Facebook App in addition to their online viewer. Maybe I'm just being cranky because the Graphicly website is annoying me, but their online viewer is pretty terrible if the preview pages are any indication. Quality looks fine, but the page turning is slow and clunky and it goes left to right. They have a banner saying they support damn near every format from iOS to Android to Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and beyond, but when I look at the page for a DMG title (e.g. A Truthful Picture), it says "Buying from Graphicly unlocks this book on both the Graphicly Facebook Application and the Graphicly Website." Do any Facebook users read manga on the Graphicly App? Is it better than this crappy online reader on their main website? Unless someone leaves a comment with a glowing review and happy recollections, I probably won't revisit Graphicly (also I am not a FB user, so that doesn't add any value for me personally).

Digital Manga is also on Comics Plus, which is availble on everything (iOS, Android, etc etc), though right now it looks like there are only books from the main DMP imprint (no June or DMG). I think this cross-platform super-availability is going to be more and more ubiquitous in the future, and the real question is going to be which Japanese publishers and mangaka are willing to sell a license to actually distribute on these platforms and in these file formats.

As for me personally, I'll be buying my DMP manga from DriveThruComics whenever possible. I like the idea of downloading the pdf and then choosing my own reading device. Also, I see Project H and 801 books, so one can assume there won't be a censorship problem. I hope this business model remains feasible (and the cynic in me can think of a hundred reasons it could fail), but you can be sure I will be enjoying it while I can!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Makoto Tateno Interview - Publisher's Weekly

I just came across this interview with Makoto Tateno from a couple months ago.

These questions in particular made me think of Backlight:
PWCW: Now that you are a creator, why do you prefer BL?
MT: I don’t feel I am trying to work primarily in the BL genre. I like BL and shoujo equally and I try to continue creating titles in each genre.

PWCW: Which comes first for you, the story or the characters?
Generally speaking, the story comes out first and then I make the characters to fit the story, but occasionally I begin a title with the creation of the characters, and in my experience so far I have found that when the character comes out first, the series tends to go on longer.
Check out the interview for more interesting info from Tateno-sensei!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Shoujo - Backlight by Makoto Tateno

With his parents constantly fighting and his future uncertain, Suguru spends his high school days in discontent. He envies the carefree lifestyle of his friend Tomohiro, who lives alone and untethered, but even Tomohiro has his dark secrets. One summer night, the hidden passions and desperate desires of three teenagers threaten to change their worlds… permanently.
This elusive collection contains four stories by the acclaimed Makoto Tateno, author and artist of the popular series Yellow, Red Angel, and Blue Sheep Reverie!

Backlight is being filed as a shoujo, but I have to say this is one of the most genre-less books I've ever read. Yes, it tends more towards shoujo than shounen, but I would say that's largely due to the style of drawing rather than content. The stories are a bit dark as well. Also, as Tateno states in one of her author notes, "I love love-triangles with two men and one woman," so there are definite BL undertones in two of the stories.

There are three main stories: the one in the cover copy, a murder mystery, and a futuristic sci-fi that's also kind of mystery-ish. The futuristic story has an extra short chapter, too.

There's absolutely no smut.

You have a tendency to lose objectivity after working on a title and staring at it for inordinately long periods. I remember initially being impressed with the story telling despite the 80's style characters, and usually dated art styles turn me off. Then, my frustration at strangely-joined speech bubbles got the best of me :P  Any still-objective folk who would like to review this title can contact me (info at bottom of page) for a free review copy on eManga. Just send a link of your website or blog or your reviewer page on Amazon or BN.

You can find Backlight on Amazon, BN, and eManga.

Translator for this special assignment was Duane Johnson. Editing and lettering were by Mia.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yet Another Great Review for Tiptoe!

New review from the Pinkbook Pirate!

The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe should be read just for the sheer humor and slice-of-life angle alone, it is that good. The BL is the icing on an already delicious cake. If you like character development, and don’t mind that your boys aren’t playing hide the sausage in the first five pages, then do something nice for yourself and read this wonderful, funny story today. [Read the rest of the review.]

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Digital Manga Guild - It's About the Trees, Not the Forest

Recently, there has been some talk about the Digital Manga Guild on various scanlation and blog sites regarding cease and desist letters, copyright violations, and licenses. Let me be absolutely clear that I'm not here to argue one way or another about such complicated topics. That has all been done before, and generally, people will feel the way they feel, and no amount of discourse will change that. No, what I AM here to talk about is who and what the Digital Manga Guild really is because after reading through the blog posts and comments, I've come to the realization that many people don't fully understand how the guild operates or who is involved. There are many misconceptions and generalizations, and I hope this post dispels some of them.

Since this has the potential to be lengthy, I will start with the bottom line. The Digital Manga Guild consists of over 35 active groups and over 100 active members, and these numbers are conservatively based off of the number of titles that have been published. Groups are generally composed of 3 people - translator, editor, letterer - though some groups have more and some have less. Though we all fall under the umbrella of "DMG," we operate as individual groups, and each group handles its own website, twitter account, tumblr, etc. We are also individually responsible for the quality of work that we produce. In that way, "DMG" is really just the stage for all of our small groups to display our work, and DMI (the parent company) has no more control over the everyday lives of the groups than Madison Square Gardens does over the lives of the people who perform there. DMI is a small company and cannot control who the members email or how or why. When an unanticipated problem arises, like this kerfluffle over C&Ds, the best they can do is react quickly and clearly, which is what they did by posting an official position on the matter.

The point that I want to make clearer is that when statements are made about "DMG," they encompass over 100 people - most of whom are just going about their business as usual and aren't even aware of a problem. I know it's onerous to ask since there are so many of us, but really it's more appropriate to speak about individual groups. "Boys Love Bang Bang has hilarious banter on Twitter." "Cynical Pink just posted more obsessive photos of digital readers." "Sinister Hands had some amazingly difficult redraws in their last title (and boy am I glad *I* didn't get them :P)." In none of these examples can you substitute "DMG" or "DMI" and still be accurate.

Ok, thanks for reading that. Now on to a slightly more detailed section of ranting. There has been talk about how DMG members are hired by DMI and how we become representatives of the company. We're actually not employees - just freelancers - and we definitely in no way represent DMI. DMG received over 1000 applications and tests, though obviously not everyone continued on to form a group, receive a bundle of titles, and complete the assignments. Not only can DMI not control the everyday actions of all these people, but it's impossible for them to screen or interview or even really get to know each and every person. If issues arise with individual members, you can 1) be pretty sure that DMI was not aware of it, and 2) be absolutely sure that they appreciate your feedback and would want to hear about your concerns. Send an email to

Another thing that is appalling me is this call to boycott DMG titles. Again, it gets back to my whole issue of recognizing that we are individual cells of localizers and not a conglomerate that operates with one head. Royalties on each sale are paid to the localizing group, DMI, the Japanese publisher, and the mangaka. No one gets paid until a sale is made. I'm not here to defend or criticize this business model. What I want to point out is that NOT buying a title localized by Group A has absolutely no effect whatsoever on Group B, and this is not just limited to angry emails and personal interactions. If you did not like the quality of a book by Group C, then NOT buying a title from Group D is a poor way to make your dissatisfaction known.

Hmm... I was going to limit this post to "getting to know the groups," but that last sentence is tempting me to talk about quality. Dangerous ground... Readers have commented that the quality of DMG titles can be hit or miss, and with the huge selection of titles available now, it's difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. To that, I say - PLEASE REVIEW. If one out of every 10 people who read a DMG title left a review on Amazon or B&N or even just on their own blog site (which would then show up in a Google search), then deciding what to read would be that much easier. The localizing group is listed on the credit page of each book. If you find a book you like, look for more by the same group, and vice versa if you unfortunately didn't like it.

That's about all I had to say since I don't want to go into messier topics like licenses, sales and profit models, or scanlations. Before people go and make generalizations about DMG, all I ask is that you get to know us a little better. If you have ANY questions, please please feel free to ask them here. Right now the dialogue feels very one-sided, and I would like more voices from inside DMG to be heard.

UPDATE: After reading a few more disgruntled comment threads, I thought I would make a quick note explaining how Digital Manga, Inc (DMI) differs from Digital Manga Publishing (DMP) and Digital Manga Guild (DMG). Confused yet? Here's how I see it, though I may not grasp the finer, legal details.  DMI is the parent company, and DMP is their main publishing division (801 Media is the other). DMP has many imprints (you can think of them as genres or subsections) including June, Doki Doki, and DMP Platinum. DMG is also an imprint, which consists of titles localized by DMG members.

Here is another example: You have Scholastic Inc (like DMI). Scholastic Trade Books is one of their publishing divisions (like DMP). Arthur A. Levine Books is the imprint (DMG) that published Harry Potter in the United States. The equivalent of many of the comments I've been reading on other sites would be: "I can't stand how JK Rowling is approaching fan fiction, so I'm not buying anymore books from AA Levine Books or Scholastic."

Friday, March 23, 2012

You and Tonight v1 - BL Bookrack Review

A few weeks ago, Melinda chose You and Tonight as her Pick of the Week , and as her review on BL Bookrack indicates, she was not disappointed!

I’ve developed a bit of a love affair with Keiko Kinoshita’s work as of late, and this series has only deepened my feelings. Written in the same vein as her earlier two-volume series Kiss Blue, You and Tonight is a thoughtful, quiet manga about the delicate balance between love and friendship, and how two lifelong friends deal with the complications that arise when that balance is disturbed. Also like Kiss Blue, You and Tonight lets its characters process this sloooowly, which is one of the things that makes Kinoshita’s romance work so well. She isn’t afraid to let her characters wallow in uncertainty, and she certainly takes her time, but there’s never a sense that the story is dragging. On the contrary, there is tension in each moment, even the quietest ones. [Read the rest]

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rainy Review - SBM

Connie at Slightly Biased Manga couldn't help but be charmed by Rainy Day Love!
It’s a well-told, very light, very humorous, and very romantic book. I usually have more of a taste for dramatic BL, but I couldn’t help loving this book. It’s been one of my absolute favorites of the DMG releases so far, and I would encourage anyone looking for a light read on eManga to take a look. [Read the rest]

Saturday, March 10, 2012

DMP iPhone App and Nook Desktop Reader

Ok, now these posts are getting eclectic. There are too many new devices to keep things organized! I'll leave it to the summary page linked from the sidebar to handle organization, and my posts will cover things as they arise.

Yesterday, DMP released an iPhone app similar to the app for iPad. As expected, the iPhone interface has been scaled down for a smaller screen, and some of the features have been lost. Now there is a scrub bar for jumping forward or backwards through pages, but no thumbnails like the iPad version. Also, the storefront is just one big list of (unordered) titles instead of being collected by genre and imprint (DMG, June, 801) like the iPad version. What really surprised me was the quality of the image, and I suspect Apple's retina display may have more to do with this than DMP's file quality. Of course DMP is serving a high quality file, but man, 326 ppi makes the text looks nice and crisp! Another fantastic feature of this app is that you can pinch to zoom in (again, everything is instinctual and responsive to touch), and you can swipe to the next page without zooming back out. This may seem like a trivial thing, but it's not! It makes for a much more enjoyable 200-page reading experience.

Details and small text look great while zoomed in.
Double tap to zoom back to full page.

I also found out recently that Nook has a desktop reader for your computer, too - similar to the Kindle desktop reader. There aren't any surprises here. Quality is what you should expect by now - solidly good. The downside is that you can't zoom in beyond the actual file size of ~700 px. So if small side text is hard to read, you find yourself squinting and leaning closer to the monitor. I was really surprised by this oversight. With B&N's emphasis on comics and graphic novels, hopefully they will improve this feature to work better with images (and not just text).

Nook Desktop Reader on left, eManga on right
The point still goes to eManga for best DMG reading experience on the computer. Nook, like Kindle, was made for reading left to right.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Amazon & Apple Pull Titles, Android & BN Still Uncensored

First, Apple decided to restrict the books that DMP could sell in their iTunes app. While disappointing, I don't think anyone was terribly surprised since Apple is known for its primness and properness when maintaining its gated community.

Then, Amazon refused to sell one of the edgier, BDSM titles from DMG. One of the localizers reported that DMG was asked to remove pages or cover up naughty bits or both. And now, apparently, Amazon is refusing to list anymore DMP titles until the censorship situation is resolved. I'm wondering if Amazon finally realized that the previews of DMG titles often had explicit sex in them and were available for viewing by anyone. He's Mine (localized by Mi3) starts off with a threesome, and anyone in the world could have read that scene. If that really is the case, I don't blame them for panicking since businesses and ukes alike need to CYA. Someone with a young child and a penchant for litigation (read "half of America") could have a field day. And it's possible that Amazon's panties are in a twitch over something completely different, but whatever the reason, they should have addressed it when the books were initially released and not create a huge problem for everyone now. As for the greater issues of possible LBG prejudice, censorship in general, and Amazon's role in publishing, I leave those for the more articulate and passionate people. I'm just here to compare digital readers.

So how do these changes affect buying and reading DMG titles? Well as I'm sure you know by now, Kindle quality is so-so, and if you didn't know this, click the link on the sidebar to see a comparison of the different digital platforms. What really broke my heart was the censorship of titles in the DMP iTunes app since the files were HUGE, which made for the best quality available. The good news for some is that the Android market remains a bastion of unfettered freedom. The DMP Android app is just as high quality and well designed as the iTunes version, and all DMP titles are available. For those of us who already own an iPad and won't be purchasing an Android tablet anytime soon, fear not. Barnes and Noble has not restricted any titles, and the quality of the Nook app for iPad is very good even though the pages are not optimized for the screen. And for those who don't read the super-explicit 801-ish titles, well, just keep doing what you're doing :P

Samsung Galaxy Tab running DMP app
Galaxy Tab again

If anyone has a different Android tablet and has installed the DMP app, please send me some pics! I'm always curious to see if fragmentation is really an issue or if it's just something people like to blow smoke about. Just a photo with your cell phone is fine, and you can load up a free preview of any book as an example ;)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tiptoe Still Going Strong! - Amazon Reviews

Four months later, The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe is still going strong on Amazon and consistently staying in the top 100 manga titles on Kindle. Thanks to all the people who left reviews!

5.0 out of 5 stars Yaoi must!!!, November 30, 2011
lynn -Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: The Rule Of Standing On Tiptoe (Yaoi Manga) (Kindle Edition)
I'm a hard core Yaoi fan. But this manga is so sweet,cute and a repeat read. I would keep this as a permie in my kindle. Will keep. A sudle unsure love. Wonderful art.

Ending so sweet I had to aw

Very light Yaoi.
Sure to enjoy!

5.0 out of 5 stars Completely adorable., January 5, 2012
Wordwok -This review is from: The Rule Of Standing On Tiptoe (Yaoi Manga) (Kindle Edition)
I love yaoi/BL and this was a definite great read. It's a soft, cute, and absolutely adorable manga! The artwork is cute and well done. The story line is great, as well. I'm glad I purchased this, it was definitively worth the buy!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming and Enchanting Read!, February 5, 2012
Michelle A Moody -Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: The Rule Of Standing On Tiptoe (Yaoi Manga) (Kindle Edition)
I found this book to be a charming and enchanting read! It is a coming-of-age story about how two boys friendship turns to love. It is cute, light-hearted and a true BL over yaoi story. If you have ever read the manga series La Esperanca, you will definitely enjoy this manga! Overall, it is well worth the buy, because I know I shall be reading The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe several times over! I highly recommend it and it's a good read for a day you want to feel good.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Manga, February 27, 2012
cat_pack (Junction City, Ohio) -Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: The Rule Of Standing On Tiptoe (Yaoi Manga) (Kindle Edition)
This is a amazing manga, you really feel like you can connect with the characters. There is alot of comic antics throughout that makes it a very entertaining read. I don't really feel that it should be classified as a yaoi manga as nothing "intense" actually happens aside a few innocent kisses. So for those of you expecting the usual in depth scenes may be disapointed but it's a worthy addition to any shonen ai/yaoi collection.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kindle for Mac vs. eManga - Reading on Your Computer

eManga is Digital Manga Publishing's online storefront that directly sells DMG titles. Purchased titles are streamed through your browser via their online reader, so books are not downloaded as files. The image quality on eManga is very, very good, and you have a few page size settings to choose from. In the screenshot below, eManga is on the left and is zoomed to 800 pixels high. The small side text in a handwritten font is easy to read, and there are almost no compression artifacts. You can view one or two pages at a time, and of course, when you view two pages, they are oriented right to left like native manga.

As mentioned in previous posts, Amazon's Kindle format has some image compression that creates artifacts, which makes some side text difficult to read and makes some of the gray patterns ugly. The image quality is comparable to the Kindle iPad app, and there's no way to zoom in. Full screen mode puts the pages side by side, but they are left to right like English books, and I haven't found a way to only show one page or swap orientation while in this mode. Don't use full screen mode.

The bottom line is that eManga is optimized for reading manga and has no file size restrictions since it streams one page at a time. Amazon limits file size and so the quality suffers here and on other devices. If you enjoy reading on your computer and do not mind streaming, then eManga is your best option.

eManga on the left, Kindle for Mac on the right

See all the small gray dots around the text? Those are compression artifacts. Notice that the gray tone on the right has some weird plaid patterns, too. Those shouldn't be there.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rainy Day Love - BL Bookrack Review

To be fair, I'm going to post the bad reviews along with the good, and here's one by Michelle Smith at Manga Bookshelf, who was disappointed by Rainy Day Love. Michelle likes more serious BL and was hoping that the title alluded to a melancholy story, but in reality, Rainy Day Love is a fluffy, fast-paced romp with little drama or angst.

I won't lie, there is no subtlety when it's sexy time. Here is an excerpt straight from the script:

Shizuno:        I want to...
Shizuno:        ...Have sex with you now.
FX:        [SUBTITLE] Bam

Yuta:        Eep!
FX:        [behind the boy] Roar
FX:        [on the floor] Plop

So here is Cynical Pink's warning to all prospective readers out there: THIS BOOK MAY MAKE YOUR TEETH ACHE. It is a cute story - silly in some places, funny in others, but sweet all over. 

Those looking for a more serious read should take a peek at You and Tonight v1. The focus is on the two main characters and their internal development as well as their struggle as a couple. It is a quiet drama, not angsty or slashy. I guess you could call it a slice of life for yaoi businessmen.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Keiko Kinoshita Featured on b's-garden

Keiko Kinoshita's two currently running series (You and Tonight and Ikusen no Yoru) were featured on Taiyoh Tosho's website b's-garden. The site looks to be promoting the release of the latest tankoubon, which includes a preview of You and Tonight volume 2 and a desktop image of Rikuro and Yasutaka. There's lots more, but it's beyond my ability to translate T_T

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pick of the Week - You and Tonight

Melinda over at Manga Bookshelf has her eye on Keiko Kinoshita's You and Tonight v1, having read and enjoyed other titles by Kinoshita (like Kiss Blue).

MELINDA: I’m going to go off-list and into the digital only realm this week, to recommend volume one of Keiko Kinoshita’s You and Tonight, due out soon at eManga from the Digital Manga Guild. I was a big fan of Kiss Blue, a two-volume series from the same creator that was released on DMP’s Juné imprint, and I’m actually working on editing another of her short series for my reporter’s stint at the DMG. I’m consistently impressed by Kinoshita’s subtle humor and delicate touch (she’s even won me over to the dreaded BL Anthology), so when I saw that another group was working on You and Tonight, it immediately jumped to the top of my list of must-buy BL. I’ve always been a fan of the best-friends-turned-lovers trope, and given that this was also the premise for Kiss Blue, I’m gathering that it’s a favorite of Kinoshita’s as well. The first volume is already available for the Nook and Kindle, so I expect it’ll go live on eManga in just a day or two. Now the question is, will I be able to hold off until it appears for sale on the iPad? Only time will tell. [Read the rest of this week's picks here.]

Also keep your eye out for Want to Depend on You (localized by BLBangBang) and the Yuri-sensei books (localized by Purple Prose Killers) if you want more from Kinoshita sensei!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rainy Day Love Review at Squeefinity

Thanks to Shakespeare over at Squeefinity for her review of Rainy Day Love! I've seen another review (on MU) that mentions liking Shoichi and Seigo more than the main pair, and I kind of agree. This was Konno-sensei's first title, and you can almost see her getting more comfortable in the saddle as the book progresses. I hear her second title in HertZ has finished, and she's already begun her third, so hopefully DMG will have more from her soon!

Tonight I had the opportunity to read Rainy Day Love. It is adorable. Yes. I know, crabby Shakespeare who usually just wants to be critical of everything is saying: this manga is pretty darn sweet. [Read the rest...]

Friday, February 3, 2012

For the Love of... Mustaches!

During the DMG video conference today (, the chat box got a little rowdy. At one point, cheers of "Take off your shirt!" were typed enthusiastically. Near the end, conversation digressed into mustache fetishes, and I nearly suggested a challenge to see who could slip a mustache past DMG QC. I didn't think the head of production would appreciate the humor, though XD

I thought Rikuro looked kind of good with his goatee XD

It didn't go so well for the younger guys, though >_>
Then ago, fu manchu never goes well for anyone...

Top pic is from You and Tonight v1 - Koyoi Omae to (c) by Keiko Kinoshita
Bottom pic is from Rainy Day Love - Ameiro Koigokoro (c) by Satomi Konno
All rights reserved Original Japanese edition published by Taiyoh Tosho Publishing Co., Ltd.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You and Tonight v1 is released!

Volume 1 of You and Tonight by Keiko Kinoshita is finally out on eManga, Kindle, and Nook! This series is still being serialized in HertZ magazine, and hopefully DMG will get the license for volume 2 soon!

Rikuro has been in love with his best friend, Yasutaka, for ten long years. Convinced that he never had a chance, he hid his feelings and moved to Tokyo, dreading the day that Yasutaka will get married and start a family. All that changes at a party one night when Yasutaka admits that he gave in to a desperate co-worker and slept with him. With a renewed sense of determination, Rikuro decides it's time to finally make his move, but his gamble may mean losing his best friend!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Amazon Sales Ranks January 1-15

More colored spaghetti! A few notes:
  • Each dot represents a daily average for that book.
  • Dots with short line segments or no line at all pop into the top 100 for a day or two and then disappear again. Books with long lines of connected dots stay in the top 100 consistently. 
  • Like before, the Manga Rank is Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga. It goes up to 100 and is recalculated hourly (by some unknown algorithm).
  • The Kindle Rank includes all paid books in the Kindle Store.

  • You can see a new title appeared on January 5 in dark purple, and it quickly moved to the top of the rankings. This title had the luxury of being released with only one other book (which isn't included because its link was throwing an error in my script). I'm interested in the next big batch of DMG books and seeing how titles are ranked when several are released at once (as happened around mid-December). Do titles get lost when there are several released at the same time?

  • So far, 24 DMG titles have been published. Around 10 titles are consistently staying in the top 1-80 rankings at any given time, and there doesn't seem to be a pattern. Another 10 books fluctuate in and out of the 80-100 range. Is this competition between the books for a limited audience? Or are only half the books garnering word-of-mouth interest?

  • Since November, there have been many more Kindle manga books released by other publishing companies like Yaoi Press and Seven Seas. They are regularly less expensive than DMG titles, and Yaoi Press tried something interesting where they published chapters of a book independently. While the total book wound up being more expensive than a DMG title, the first chapter was $1.50 and probably tempted many people to give it a try. What do people think of DMG pricing so far? Too high? Just right?
Ranks aside, I think in the long run we're just going to have to wait until the sales figures come out in a month or two.