Posts Tagged ‘Nakamura Asumiko’
Shun Mizorogi is an acclaimed novelist who seems to have passed his prime. He hasn’t written a thing in years yet at his publisher’s party, he becomes infatuated with a young girl who calls herself Aki Fujino.
After the debut his new work, the police calls him in to identify a body of a girl who jumped a building. At the morgue, he sees Fujino’s body and another girl who looks exactly like her.
This is a story of a novelist. This is Utsubora.
When I first read Utsubora, it was in Kansai airport, waiting for my trip back home. The somber cover was telling that this wasn’t a cheery Asumiko title, but as soon as I inspected past the cover flap, I wondered what I was just reading into.
It was mysterious, seductive, and beautifully desperate.
As a celebration of Vertical’s licensing of Utsubora, here’s a visual sneak peek on what you might expect (and not expect). Some Utusbora images featured here are from the inside cover design and a special postcard from the Japanese edition. Still, pretty little things to lure you in.
First things first, Happy New Year gaiz!
Thank you so much for your support in the last year even if I was quite sparse and suddenly alive again. I feel like I’ll just catch some back log from last year especially with my spotlight series!
For this year though, I’ll be hosting two MMF events so get ready gaiz! It’s gonna be amazeballs!
But first, awesome news from one of my favorite authors, Nakamura Asumiko! She’s drawing for a new series written by BL novelist, Eda Yuuri named Sensei no Otoriyose. It runs in Libre Kurofune Zero which ran stories like Don’t Cry Girl, Hatarake Kentaros, Mo’Some Sting. The interesting thing here is you can actually read the magazine online via pixiv comic. I haven’t explored this magazine fully but you can read some of its comics online and based on the news, you can catch Sensei no Otoriyose online as well! The serialization starts in January 25, 2012. Asumiko fans, don’t forget this date, all right!
Of course, this comic is still in Japanese but here’s hoping Jmanga will pick it up since, it has a habit of picking up some awesome Kurofune Zero titles. <3
A great way to start the year with more Asumiko news! Also, do you remember that Utsubora’s coming out in English thanks to Vertical this year. <3
I just caught on my feeds this morning and I saw that Opera No. 32 is coming with a new Nakamura Asumiko title called O.B. She’s doing the cover for the anthology and the plus side is she’ll be using the characters from Dokyuusei and Sora to Hara!
I do believe that her Dokyuusei series is one of her fun works and pretty much sealed the deal for her as a BL mangaka. Personally I wish she wrote a new story, something in the same mild darkness as Double Mints because I really love that edgy side of her. But I’m fine with what we have and I don’t mind having more Kusakabe to enjoy!
I did mention in my spotlight that Nakamura Asumiko has taken a break to recover her health after her hectic work duties. But it seems that she’s back on track and returning to Opera to continue her current work “Sora to Hara.” They’re giving a colored cover for her return as well as a surprise front page feature for her series Sotsugyousei and Doukyuusei. It seems that the girls in Opera are planning something and Fuuko of Hazukashiikedo thinks it’s an illustration album for her Doukyuusei series! (The Opera article doesn’t say much beyond saying that there’s a surprise feature!! Mou! >3<)
I’m quite excited to see that she’s slowly returning to drawing again and I look forward to seeing her continue her other projects.
Happier news still, her series Anata no Tame Nara Doko Made Mo’s drama CD will be on sale on April 28. The detective, Takachiho, will be played by Toriumi Kousuke and the hot swindler, Nanami, will be played by Miki Shinichiro. I am quite amused that MikiShin is still acting in dorama CDs, BL ones at that.
I’m so happy that Asumiko-sensei is back on track and I look forward to see more of her works up soon.