Pride Previews Manga Edition!

Welcome to a special edition of LGBTQ Previews featuring manga, manga, and more manga! The folks at Diamond Previews are marking Pride month with a rainbow tag on June comics solicitations from publishers in the main catalog and there is so much mange for June that featuring them on their own made good sense. You’ll notice that “offered again” follows at the end of many listings, so many of these were first published in English five or ten years or so ago. Check your collection to make certain you don’t own these already or take this as an opportunity to buy one you missed.

While links to individual Amazon listings are included, please support your local comic shop or bookstore! The code “APR” followed by different numbers are order codes for each book if you want to pre-order from your comic shop.

DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION

IL GATTO SUL G VOL 2 $12.95 Page 426
Tooko Miyagi
Riya’s cousin Saki returns to Japan from New York, partly to visit him and partly to check up on him by order of his father. Seeing the bond between Atsushi and Riya, Aki offers to let Atsushi be a live-in housekeeper at the Narukawa residence. He accepts, and immediately has to deal with Riya’s ever-changing personalities. Riya asks Atsushi to sleep with him, but Atsushi can tell that he isn’t being sincere about his feelings. Or is he? APR192227 (OFFERED AGAIN)

INVISIBLE BOY GN VOL 2 $12.95 Page 427
Hotaru Odagiri
Many allies and even more enemies! A scandal breaks out surrounding the tremendously popular, charismatic, and beautiful student council president! APR192228 (OFFERED AGAIN)

JAZZ GN VOL 3 $12.95 Sakae Maeda Page 427
Narusawa and Naoki have returned from their romantic days in America. Busy schedules have kept them from each other, and when they’re finally able to find some time together, Naoki collapses. Narusawa is left to face Naoki’s father alone… How will he react to the father’s request to “end the relationship for Naoki’s sake?” APR192229 (OFFERED AGAIN)

JAZZ GN VOL 4 $12.95 Page 427
Sakae Maeda and Tamotsu Takamure
Narusawa chose to break off their relationship for Naoki’s sake. But Naoki falls into a state of depression that alarms his father. Despite being adamant against his son’s relationship with his doctor, he prepares a room for Narusawa right next to Naoki’s. Unaware that only a thin wall separates him from his love, Naoki stirs in his room, his mind and heart in pieces. Will Naoki spend the rest of his life pining for his lost love? Find out in the shocking conclusion to the hit series Jazz. APR192230 (OFFERED AGAIN)

L’ETOILE SOLITAIRE GN $12.95 Page 427
Yuno Ogami
Micah, a cutthroat American businessman, is intent on taking over a floundering Japanese hotel chain and whipping it into shape. All that stands in his way is its clumsy, yet endearing, president, Yuki. Will this hostile takeover end up being a vehicle for love? APR192231 (OFFERED AGAIN)

NOT ENOUGH TIME GN $12.95 Page 427
Shoko Hidaka
Shoko Hidaka’s breakthrough comic is a collection of eye-opening love stories. Yousuke suddenly shows up on the door step of his old high school buddy Tanigawa after years of no contact. While the two has a budding relationship back in school, things fell apart and they decided to part ways and search for their true love. However, it might be that their relationship in the golden days of high school was what they have been looking for all along. APR192232 (OFFERED AGAIN)

ORDINARY CRUSH GN VOL 1 12.95 Page 427
Hyouta Fujiyama
Being normal is every high school student’s dream. But in an all-boy school where 90% of the students are gay, being abnormal is something Nanase strives for with a passion! With his heterosexual buddy Heiji, the only straight guy in school, as an oasis, he finds himself dodging advances from the “normal” students in his class. APR192233 (OFFERED AGAIN)

PICNIC GN $12.95 Page 427
Yugi Yamada
Relationships are tough, but relationships between friends can be even tougher. That’s what Koreeda discovers when Noda – one of his college buddies – offers to become “friends with benefits.” Until recently, Koreeda has had a serious girlfriend, but now he’s on the rebound and looking for something different… something real. APR192234 (OFFERED AGAIN)

SOLFEGE GN $12.95 Page 427
Fumi Yoshinaga
Kugayama is a gifted music teacher, but a man with little ambition or desire. Born to a wealthy and prominent family, Kugayama passes his days simply going through the motions and existing. When ex-student, Azuma Tanaka, requests his help in studying for a prestigious music school’s entrance exam, his budding youth and enthusiasm invoke a passion in Kugayama that he has never experienced before. APR192235 (OFFERED AGAIN)

SPELL GN $12.95 Page 428
Hyouta Fujiyama
When second-year college student Takamasa Natori gets ragged to a double date by his friend, Takeda, he meets Jumpei Kisugi. When Natori hears that Kisugi is bisexual, things heat up with the introduction of Kisugi’s current and jealous lover Tohru! APR192236 (OFFERED AGAIN)

STAR GN $12.95 Page 428
Keiko Konno
Hosimi Soudou is known as a lady-killer around the office by day. But he’s also a charming singer in an amateur band by night. At work, a male co-worker who has seen Soudou’s true face at night becomes infatuated with him, and sets out to seduce him. APR192237 (OFFERED AGAIN)

STOLEN HEART GN $12.95
Maki Kanamaru and Yukine Honami
The son of a rich and conceited aristocratic family leads an easy life of luxury. With servants to wait on him hand and foot, and his every wish granted with the right amount of money, life is easy. But what happens when a mysterious thief steals something very important and irreplaceable from that young boy? APR192238 (OFFERED AGAIN)

TIME LAG GN $12.95 Page 428
Shinobu Gotoh and Hotaru Odagiri
Satoru Tendou has confessed his love Shirou Sawaguchi every spring since entering high school, only to be rejected with a cold stare. As the spring of their third year approaches, Satoru is starting to wonder if he should give up on Shirou or risk being rejected a third time. Will Satoru be able to convince Shirou that his love is genuine? Or will Seiichi Hiro, Satoru’s friend and confidant, steal Satoru away before he and Shirou can reconcile their differences? APR192239 (OFFERED AGAIN)

WORLD’S END GN $12.95 Page 428
Eiki Eiki
It’s been four long years and Daigo and Hirofumi have begun living together. But Daigo’s wounded heart hasn’t fully healed and he’s gradually becoming over-protective of Hirofumi. Trapped in a cage of love and madness, what will Hirofumi’s final answer be? The “Dear Myself” series comes to its rivetting conclusion!
APR192240 (OFFERED AGAIN)

J NOVEL CLUB

LAST AND FIRST IDOL LIGHT NOVEL $14.99 Page 430
Gengen Kusano
This existential widescreen yuri baroque proletariat hard sci-fi idol story has carved out a new legend in science fiction history! Last and First Idol earned the first ever special prize in the Hayakawa SF Contest, and the first debut work to win the Seiun Award in 42 years! Also includes Evolution Girls, in which some gacha-expert friends race to find the truth of the universe, and Dark Seiyuu, a brand-new space opera about voice actors! Gengen Kusano’s astounding debut collection! APR192255

KODANSHA COMICS

PRINCESS JELLYFISH BOX SET $179.91 Page 434
Akiko Higashimura
The complete hit manga about geek girls in Tokyo, in a premium collector’s box set with exclusive bonus item! Tsukimi Kurashita moves into the Amamizukan to take refuge with other geek girls. But real life has a way of crashing in, even when you’re hiding among socially-inept manga artists, history buffs, and doll fanatics. This massive box set includes all nine volumes of the Princess Jellyfish manga, including a full-color illustration gallery, author interviews, extensive cultural annotations, and a look inside the creator’s studio. APR192268

NETCOMICS

TO TAKE AN ENEMY’S HEART GN VOL 5 $12.99 Page 437
Yusa
Forsaken and miserable, Kassan agrees to assist Caesar, even though such a decision might be his downfall. King Asakin is summoned to the palace by his Queen Mother, whose ploy is to arrange a convenient marriage for him. Nonetheless, the King’s plans are different, and he asks for Igen’s help in political matters. Betrayed by someone he cared for, Kassan will likely face a cruel fate. APR192304

TO TAKE AN ENEMYS HEART GN VOL 6 $12.99 Page 438
Yusa
Igen is over the moon now that his love is out in the open. However, his happiness will not last long, as new enemies arrive at his residence. Their hidden agendas might have devastating consequences. Asakin is showing signs of finally becoming the king Caesar trained him to be. Still, this change leaves Caesar with the feeling that he might not be useful anymore. APR192305

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT

CITRUS GN VOL 1 $13.99 Page 439
Saburouta
Citrus is an all-new yuri manga series that offers a bittersweet love story coupled with gorgeous artwork. Yuzuko Aihara, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends, and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom’s remarriage, Yuzu has transfered to a new, all-girls school that is extemely strict. From Day One, She makes enemies, namely the beautiful yet stern Student Council President Mei. So what happens when a dejected Yuzu returns home and discovers the shock of her life: that Mei is her new stepsister who has come to live with her? Even more surprising, when Mei catches Yuzu offguard and kisses her out of the blue, what does it mean? APR192313 (OFFERED AGAIN)

CITRUS GN VOL 10 $13.99 Page 439
Saburouta
Yuzuko Aihara, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends, and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom’s remarriage, Yuzu has transferred to a new, all-girls school that is extremely strict. Her real education is about to begin. From day one, happy-go-lucky Yuzu makes enemies, namely the beautiful yet stern Student Council President Mei. So what happens when a dejected Yuzu returns home and discovers the shock of her life: that Mei is actually her new step-sister who has come to live with her? Even more surprising, when Mei catches Yuzu off guard and kisses her out of the blue, what does it all mean? APR192312

MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID GN VOL 8 $12.99 Page 440
Coolkyoushinja
Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment, until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end! APR192319

MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS GN $13.99 Page 443
Kabi Nagata
The heart-rending autobiographical manga that’s taken the internet by storm! My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman’s exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist’s burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers. APR192343 (OFFERED AGAIN)

MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY GN VOL 01 $14.99 Page 444
Kabi Nagata
The sequel to the viral sensation My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness! In this follow-up to the critical and commercial hit, Nagata Kabi uses engaging diary comics to explore her personal issues surrounding mental health, identity, and intimacy. Her relationship with her parents is growing more difficult than ever, and she struggles with the idea of living alone for the first time. Join her on her heart-wrenching, relatable journey through the challenges of adulthood. APR192344 (OFFERED AGAIN)

MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY GN VOL 02 $14.99 Page 444
Kabi Nagata
The sequel to the viral sensation My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness! In this follow-up to her critical and commercial hit, Nagata Kabi uses engaging diary comics to explore her personal issues surrounding mental health, identity, and intimacy. Her relationship with her parents is growing more difficult than ever, and she struggles with the idea of living alone for the first time. Join her on her heart-wrenching, relatable journey through the challenges of adulthood. APR192345 (OFFERED AGAIN)

SUBLIME

CANDY COLOR PARADOX GN VOL 2 $12.99 Page 401
Isaku Natsume
Kaburagi and Onoe still bicker constantly, but at the end of the day they’re firmly in love. But suddenly, Kaburagi’s sister Noriko shows up! Apparently, the two of them don’t get along very well…or at all, really. But Noriko does manage to hit it off with Onoe, and the two start hatching plots to knock Kaburagi’s ego down a peg or three… APR192120

ESCAPE JOURNEY GN VOL 3 $12.99 Page 401
Ogeretsu Tanaka
Nao is hurting over his relationship with Taichi, and his new friend Nishina wants to help-but he ends up confessing his own feelings in the process! When two men are in love, the world can be a very callous place, and even friends and family sometimes hurt the ones they love. Can a couple like Taichi and Nao ever find true happiness? APR192121

TOKYO POP

YURI BEAR STORM MANGA GN VOL 1 YURIKUMA $12.99 Page 409
Kinago Ikunigoma and Akiko Morishima
Every night, 16-year-old Kureha Tsubaki has strange dreams involving lilies, storms, and… being rescued by her classmate Ginko as an alien bear princess?! At school, Kureha’s unassuming personality and looks render her practically invisible. Sometimes, it feels like no one notices her at all, until cute and outgoing transfer student Ginko asks Kureha to be her friend. With Ginko’s encouragement and protection, Kureha starts to come out of her shell and realizes that, whether or not her new classmate really is a bear, her feelings toward Ginko might be stronger than friendship after all.APR192134 (OFFERED AGAIN)

YURI BEAR STORM MANGA GN VOL 2 YURIKUMA $12.99 Page 409
Kinago Ikunigoma and Akiko Morishima
When Ginko discovers a pendant that releases her hidden memories, she learns the truth about the relationship between Kureha’s mother and her own. Frightened by this new revelation, Ginko decides to distance herself from the girl she loves to keep her safe. After all, a bear and a human couldn’t possibly be together, no matter how they feel about each other — or so her mother said. Are Kureha and Ginko doomed to repeat the past mistakes of their families, or can their love for one another overcome their star crossed fate? APR192135 (OFFERED AGAIN)

 

April 13, 2019

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