And so I continue trying to reduce a little my screencapture waiting list of Harlequin & Romance comic raws. In a way, it’s a good thing that I’m busy with scanlation right now, so I have less time getting tempted by new purchases.

Harlequin comics

  • [Meg Alexander×MURATA Junko]The Love Child (3 books)
  • [Helen Brooks×TANABE Mayumi]The Devil You Know
  • [Kat Cantrell×KISHIDA Reiko]Pregnant by Morning
  • [Susanna Carr×NAGASAWA Satoru]bd2-The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar
  • [Debra Carroll×KARINO Mao]To Catch a Thief
  • [Lori Foster(bb4)×JET]Jordan
  • [Catherine George×SACHIMI Riho]Husband for Real
  • [Kate Hewitt(dh1)×ASO Ayumu]The Prince She Never Knew
  • [Kate Hewitt(dh2)×SOMA Jinko]Kholodov’s Last Mistress
  • [Penny Jordan(pc1)×HASHIMOTO Takako]A Perfect Family
  • [Penny Jordan(wmeb1)×YAMASHITA Tomomi]The Wealthy Greek’s Contract Wife
  • [Sharon Kendrick×MIDORI Yukako]dmq2-Shamed in the Sands
  • (mcm5)[Jennifer Lewis×SAKURANO Nayuna]The Maverick’s Virgin Mistress
  • [Catherine Mann×TODA Megumi]lb1-Rich Man’s Fake Fiancee
  • [Sandra Marton×TAKIGAWA Eve]b1-Marriage on the Edge
  • [Barbara McMahon×KAWASHIMA Rika]Greek Boss, Dream Proposal
  • [Lucy Monroe(rb3)×UCHIDA Kazuna]The Prince’s Virgin Wife
  • (bb7)[Sarah Morgan×ARISAWA Ryo]Bella’s Disgrace
  • [Carole Mortimer×NAKAMURA Rie]ssc1-Jordan St Claire~Dark and Dangerous
  • [Susan Napier×NAKAYAMA Sara]Phantom Lover
  • [Tessa Radley×YUMI Eko]The Boss’s Baby Affair
  • [Kathryn Taylor×TAKAGI Kana]The Forbidden Bride-to-Be
  • [Anne Weale×KOBAYASHI Hiromi]Worthy of Marriage
  • [Maisey Yates×NARUKAMI Yutta]Her Little White Lie
Details and samples for each manga can be read at the following pages:
► Harlequin comics raws: A-E | F-J | K-O | P-T | U-Z | Complete multi-author series
► Non-Harlequin manga raws: Adapted from Western works | Original Japanese works

If someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.
But I suggest for English speaking scanlators to look preferably at the non-Harlequin manga list. The Harlequin comics are consistently translated into English by the publisher. So sooner or later, the one you’re interested in will get translated. Contrastingly, the non-Harlequin mangas are barely picked by anyone.

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I’m trying hard to tidy up all my previous summer purchases since it’s gonna be nearly a year they are sitting down in my accounts. So yeah, I’m slowly but perseveringly screencapping these Harlequin comics raws. Still about 20 more left before I allow myself free rein buying whichever new ones I covet.

So here, I’m adding this batch to my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page (details, information and samples available there) :

Harlequin comics

  1. Julia James & KAMIYA Kazumi: The Greek’s Virgin Bride
  2. Kim Lawrence & ASO Ayumu: A Spanish Awakening
  3. Margaret Mayo & HATORI Nina: A Night with Consequences
  4. Marilyn Pappano & KOSAKI Kei: Murphy’s Law
  5. Emma Darcy & HARA Noriko: The Marriage Decider
  6. Kate Walker & RYO Atsumi: Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride
  7. Raye Morgan & YUIZUKI Rei: The Italian’s Forgotten Baby
  8. Elizabeth Power & MIZUHARA Fuyuki: Sins of the Past
  9. Carol Marinelli & KUREBAYASHI Tsukiko: Wedlocked Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen
  10. India Grey & YAMASHITA Tomomi: At the Argentinean Billionaire’s Bidding
  11. Ally Blake & OKAMOTO Keiko: Falling for the Rebel Heir
  12. Meredith Webber & DAN Karan: Sheikh Surgeon
  13. Margaret Way & ICHIJU Yuko: In the Australian Billionaire’s Arms
  14. Emilie Rose & HAMADA Rieko: His High-stakes Holiday Seduction
  15. Cathy Williams & MAKIMURA Jun: Ruthless Tycoon, Inexperienced Mistress
  16. Nancy Warren & WATANABE Naomi: Whisper
  17. Louise Allen & Earithen: The Viscount’s Betrothal
  18. Kate Hewitt & KOISHIKAWA Canary: The Undoing of De Luca
  19. Tessa Radley & TOMOI Miho: Millionaire Under the Mistletoe
  20. Anne McAllister & Lucy Monroe & NANAHOSHI Sae: Finn’s Twins! / The Playboy’s Seduction

If someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

First post of the year. Wish you all the best.
I’ve been busy collecting smutty mangas on this holiday season, so less time to browse the romance manga field. My remaining Harlequin comics summer purchases are still waiting in my account at some ebookstore, waiting for me to screencapture them. But I’m the queen of procrastination… That BAD!

I really need to at last copy them in my hard drive. Well, for the time being, I still manage to buy a few more romance mangas added to my list:

Harlequin comics

  1. Paula Marshall & SACHIMI Riho: Rebecca’s Rog ue
  2. Barbara Hannay & NANAHOSHI Sae: Blind Date with the Boss
  3. Lynne Graham & NARUKAMI Yutta: The Stephanides Pregnancy
  4. Judith McWilliams & HAZAMA Mori: Did You Say… Wife
  5. Helen Bianchin & OHASHI Suguru: Purchased by the Billionaire
  6. Emma Darcy & TODA Megumi: The Costarella Conquest
  7. Kate Hewitt & ARISAWA Ryo: Zoe’s Lesson
  8. Sherryl Woods & NAKAMURA Chisato: A Love Beyond Words
  9. Leigh Michaels & NAKAYAMA Sara: The Boss’s Daughter
  10. Penny Jordan & HIROSE Mihoko: Master of Pleasure
  11. Catherine George & YONETANI Takane: City Cinderella
  12. Lucy Gordon & SACHIMI Riho: Tycoon for Hire
  13. Catherine George & SOH Michiko: Leader of the Pack
  14. Sharon Kendrick & FUMIZUKI Kyoko: Finn’s Pregnant Bride
  15. Margaret Barker & ITO Kako: Christmas in Paris
  16. Marjorie Lewty & KOBAYASHI Mine: Misleading Engagement
  17. Miranda Lee & HOSHIAI Misao: The Millionaire’s Mistress
  18. Rosalie Ash & KARI Erika: The Trophy Wife
  19. Deborah Simmons & TSUYA Satomi: The Companion
  20. Sophie Weston & TSUJI Rikako: The Sheikh’s Bride

And the non-Harlequin mangas:

  1. Carole Buck & KASUGA Kaoru: Simply Magic
  2. SANAZAKI Harumo: Bara no tiara
  3. Kat Attalla & NATSUME Aiko: Royal Blue
  4. HASHIMOTO Takako: Aoki Umi no Koibumi
  5. MIKAZUKI Kougetsu & TATSUMI Jin: The Hotel Magnate’s Cinderella
  6. Gaston Leroux & Mirai & YATSUKI Yako: PersonA~Phantom of the Opera~
  7. Nigana & KOUZUKI Sachino: Arabian Romance~Hanayome wa Ou no Ude de Madoromu
  8. MIZUSHIMA Shinobu & TAKAHASHI Itsumi: Bought Wedding

Details, information and samples are available at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page. If someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in that list, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

This time around, because I was so into smut shoujos and joseis these last months, I’ve picked 4 of them to include into the romance mangas. They have Western settings or at least are toying with Western romance criteria, mixed with that exotic Japanese flair. (more…)

Latest Harlequin comics raws acquisitions added to my collection. Details, information and samples are available at my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection page.

Harlequin comics

  1. Emma Darcy & TOBA Shoko: Bride of His Choice
  2. Sharon Sala & NAKAYAMA Sara: Ryder’s Wife
  3. Candace Camp & TAKAYAMA Mayu: No Regrets (translated)
  4. Rebecca Winters & KOBAYASHI Hiromi: The Forbidden Marriage (translated)
  5. Janette Kenny & KIRISAKA Mao: Innocent in the Italian’s Possession
  6. Alexandra Sellers & TAKAGI Yuri: Sheikh’s Betrayal (translated)
  7. Kim Lawrence & WAZUMI Fusako: The Carides Pregnancy (translated)
  8. Alice Sharpe & RYOU Atsumi: Make Me a Match
  9. Kate Walker & FUJIMOTO Sami: The Hired Husband
  10. Kate Hewitt & TODA Megumi: The Sheikh’s Love-child
  11. Grace Green / Laurey Bright & MATSUNAE Akemi: A Miracle for Christmas / Marrying Marcus
  12. Maisey Yates & UCHIDA Kazuna: A Mistake, a Prince and a Pregnancy

Though the only information I can get about Ryou Atsumi is that she is a shoujo mangaka, for some reason, the first time I saw her art, it rang a bell, reminding me of a BL mangaka’s art style. After looking at 3 more Harlequin comics drawn by her, I still have this nagging feeling she may be initially a BL mangaka. I usually prefer BL artists to shoujo artists for their arts but in Ryou-sensei’s case, it’s very not a compliment because her art style is typically the kind I dislike in BL genre.

First, because her characters look like teens, however old they are supposed to be. Second, when I look at her heroine’s face, I see a boy with a ridiculous wig. Sometimes, it’s okay, but in Make Me a Match, I can’t help seeing a boy in disguise, with straight short hair and a lousy fringe that I see on so many guys in BL mangas. But it’s like the artist has reminded herself she’s drawing a girl so she’s added those annoying wavy extensions to convey a somewhat girly vibe. Though, the wavy strands don’t blend with the whole hairdo.

In spite of her efforts, if her male lead design is decent, her heroine still looks male. The shape of the face, the masculine features, the thickness of the neck, the flatness and angles of the body… all this is screaming “boy” to me. You add this to the very doubtful sense of female fashion from the artist, not the kind that you think she just has bad taste but you get the feeling the artist doesn’t know what a “girl” wears. Yeah, you get the picture I absolutely dislike Ryou-sensei’s art style.

Whether you like their art styles of not, shoujo mangakas have a sense on how to draw girls, to the point that even their males often look girly. But with Ryou-sensei, she doesn’t know how to draw a girl and all her characters look like men. That’s the kind of flaw you sometime notice with BL mangakas. I don’t know if Ryou-sensei is one but I have strong suspicions.

Fortunately, I have other artists to brighten my mood. Like Uchida-sensei. She’s primarily a BL mangaka but her art style is good, consistent and mature. And she can draw pretty women!The heroine of A Mistake, a Prince and a Pregnancy is all womanly, pretty sexy in a very female way, thank you very much!
The manga looks quite fun and I hope to see it translated very soon.

As usual, if someone is interested in scanlating a story or more in my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Here we go with my new acquisitions. Information and samples for these mangas are compiled in my Harlequin & Romance comic raws collection. And as usual, if someone is interested in scanlating a story or more, listed at that page, you can submit a request for the raws HERE.

Harlequin comics

  • HARA Chieko: The Duke and I (reserved for English scanlation)
  • Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters Island trilogy illustrated by TACHIBANA Kaya:
    1. Dance Upon the Air
    2. Heaven and Earth
    3. Face the Fire
  • Deborah Hale & SACHIMI Riho: The Bonny Bride
  • Leigh Michaels & AMANE Ritsuka: Backwards Honeymoon (translated)
  • Michele Dunaway & SHINOZAKI Kakuko: Nine Months’ Notice
  • Jessica Steele & INOUE Youko: With his Ring
  • Emilie Rose & NAGASAWA Satoru: Paying the Playboy’s Price
  • Caitlin Crews & SHINOHARA Masami: The Man Behind the Scars
  • Maggie Cox & SOUMA Jinko: Brazilian Boss, Virgin Housekeeper
  • Kate Hewitt & SAKUYA Kaishi: The Greek Tycoon’s Convenient Bride

I’m no fan of Hara Chieko. In general, old school is not my cup of tea but sensei’s drawings don’t bother me contrary to other well-known mangakas’, maybe because she has a sweet understated style — old school style usually tends to annoy the hell out of me with melodrama and theatrics overuse. I wouldn’t have bought this manga on my own but exceptionally, purchased it for a scanlator who needed decent raws. In the end, I should thank them because after browsing the manga, I think the story looks nice and sweet. It doesn’t change my opinion about Hara Chieko’s art style but I’m curious to read this manga once it’ll be scanlated.

In this set of 12 mangas, I’m only put off by With his Ring. It’s a pity because the drawing is not bad, nicely detailed, and the story seems sweet. But I can’t stand the hero’s face! He has prettier and more delicate female features than the heroine. His flyaway hair is darn ridiculous and what’s with the absurdly long eyelashes for a man?! Other mangakas also draw feminine looking heros but it doesn’t bother me as much because they actually draw all characters, males and females, like that. In this case, it especially disturbs me because the other men appear decently male. Sorry but as soon as I saw the hero, I had images of Takarazuka revue flashing in my mind, otokoyakus parading with their kitschy wigs, padded suits and corny songs.

Better not dwell too much on this disappointment and instead mention the manga I’ve prefered this time: The Man Behind the Scars. The illustrations look so lush and mouth watering. And I’m a sucker for attractively drawn men with scarred faces.
Shinohara Masami is an alias for the BL mangaka Suzuhara Shino. I already noticed sensei’s art style in the past and wanted to read her recent BL works. But when I saw the previews for The Man Behind the Scars, I was a goner. The technical mastery reminds me of JET’s and Iwasaki Yoko’s though the 3 mangaka’s art styles are different. It’s something about the maturity of their drawings, the precise way they draw facial expressions and bodies like the characters are breathing and moving…

I’m hoping to see Shinohara-san’s Harlequin comics translated very soon. The biggest flaw I’ve noticed in her art is that her hero’s design screams Asian — slanted eyes, slick black hair. But I can forgive her because the vulnerable Scottish man is flat-out hot. Well, the dark looks can pass for some exotic British mix.