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 (http://www.livestream.com/dmguild), 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!