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…)

Here we go again with a bunch of raws added to my collection.

Harlequin comics
First the Harlequin comics:

  1. Melissa McClone & TAMURA Junko: Plain Jane’s Prince Charming
  2. Debra Lee Brown & SACHIMI Riho: Ice Maiden
  3. Violet Winspear & TSUYA Satomi: No Man of Her Own
  4. Michelle Reid & OKADA Junko: A Sicilian Seduction
  5. Leigh Michaels & TAKAI Mio: The Fake Fiancé!
  6. Susan Stephens & SOMA Jinko: Bedded By The Desert King
  7. Daphne Clair & SARUSUBERI Banana: Salzano’s Captive Bride
  8. Joanna Maitland & HOSHIAI Misao: His Cavalry Lady
  9. Fiona Harper & AYABE Mizuho: English Lord, Ordinary Lady
  10. Annette Broadrick & HOSHINO Masami: Branded
  11. Sharon Kendrick & FUJIMOTO Sami: The Royal Baby Revelation
  12. Susan Stephens & UCHIDA Kazuna: Master of the Desert

Then the non-Harlequin mangas:

  1. Lynn Kurland & SANAZAKI Harumo: That is All I Ask (2 books)
  2. Anne Hampson & KOBAYASHI Hiromi: Devotion
  3. HARA Noriko: Yume Oibito no Mure
  4. Jan Mathews & AKINO Nanami: Shady Lady
  5. Janet Dailey & MISATO Ryouko: The Hostage Bride
  6. Aimee Duvall & TAKAYAMA Mayu: Lover in Blue
  7. Jasmine Craig & OGATA Hiromi: Runaway Love
  8. MOCHIZUKI Reiko: Koushaku to Himitsu no Koi

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.

I still have plenty mangas bought last summer that I haven’t screenshot yet. And there are so many more I want to purchase. But I’m trying to be reasonable. First I need to take care of those summer purchases but I’m such a procrastinator, it’s turning ridiculous.

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.