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Growing up in a single parent household with an abusive father, Sora always took comfort in knowing that his best friend and neighbor Tetsuya is always there for him. Their relationship has always been a close one, but when they realize they're beginning to develop feelings for each other beyond the boundaries of "best friends", Tetsuya starts to avoid Sora all together. Will they be able to regain the comfortable friendship they once shared? Or will it all fall apart? Translated by Neri Wesek; Edited by Chris Chiwon Woo; Lettered by Courtny Fenrich
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Painter Yukari Yohito will soon realize that despite all that he's been through, leaving his umbrella on a train will be the one thing that changes his life. Completely in tune with his paintings, Yukari is a genius at the canvas; however he is completely useless at living life. One day fellow art student Kurosu Keiichiro realizes Yukari has forgotten his umbrella on the train and quickly tries to return it-- having been a huge fan of Yukari's work, he strikes up a friendship. Keiichiro begins coming by to take care of things for the neurotic artist. However, the more he involves himself in Yukari's complex life the deeper Keiichiro's feelings begin to run. It's no longer mere friendship or even admiration that moves him, but just what should he do about it?
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Torajirou and Sakura have survived their lousy childhoods by watching each other’s backs. When Sakura finds himself at the mercy of a yakuza gang, Tora has to do what he can to save his best friend. Will he be able to win back Sakura's freedom, or has Tora bitten off more than he can chew? Translated by creamysalad; Edited by Andi Van; Lettered by Kalé Luna
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Trey and Paul are up-and-coming programmers with their minds set on fame and fortune! However, they need to actually finish writing a program first. The two decide to make a program that can play tic-tac-toe, but all their hard work is destroyed by the clueless yet smooth-talking MJ. In spite of their rough first meeting, MJ turns out to actually be useful to Trey and Paul. He even manages to land them the intimidating job of making class-scheduling software! Misadventures and romantic tension abound in this adorable comedy that’s set in the 1960s. Translated by T. Grindol, Edited by Lindley Warmington, Lettered by S. Russell
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Yuu Takamiya is an ordinary guy who's never had much luck in work or love – and just happens to moonlight as a private eye. Things start getting complicated when he's assigned to shadow his boss at the art gallery, the kind-hearted Masaya Shikibu. Then, after an accident at work, he meets Minoru Kuji, a brilliant scupltor who stirs up old memories. Before long, Yuu is working for Minoru as an artist's assistant, while struggling to stay objective on Mr. Shikibu's case. But there's more to Minoru than meets the eye, and as they grow closer, Yuu may learn things he'd rather not know... Translated by Allen Laney; Edited by Allen Laney; Lettered by Eike Kusch
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When we meet Makoto and Kei in “Love Soul”, they've already known each other for years - now see how it all began! Makoto and Kei met at a biker-gang gathering. The free-spirited and feisty Kei quickly became Makoto's ideal. By the time both of them entered high school, they had become inseparable friends who always did everything together. But as girls begin to pay more attention to the two and to question Kei's public displays of affection towards Makoto, can Kei continue to keep up the facade of mere friendship? How will the more traditional (and somewhat clueless) Makoto deal with Kei's love confession? In "Facing the Incoming Wind", Kouko Agawa paints the world of tough guys who love blazing through life on their motorbikes with the wind in their faces. However, they discover that facing a similar storm in matters of the heart is not as simple. Find out what happens to this adorable couple with opposing natures in "Facing the Incoming Wind"!
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Welcome to Sales Department Two, where all the employees are women... that is, until Mr. Amano, a shy dreamer who perpetually spins off into homoerotic fantasies, and Mr. Kakimoto, the persistent wanna-be husband of Mr. Amano, are transferred in. Don't worry; the women are on it! Elsewhere in town, a waiter gushes with daily public affection and special meals for his high-strung paramour, while their friend has trouble swallowing an extra helping of violent flirting every lunch hour. Mix in a cocky waitress, a brash interloper, an old guy who won't listen to reason, and what do you get? Reality explodes in the unique vignettes of FANTASY PARADISE! Translated by Barbara J. Vincent; Edited by Kimberly Lammens; Lettered by Alexandra Gunawan
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Akira, over the years, has developed feelings for his unobtainable childhood friend, Tadaoki. Because of his unrequited love and burning passion for his friend, Akira is always in a constant state of fever. As if that wasn’t troublesome enough, Akira is also receiving advances from his boss, Shima, who is older. How far will Akira’s love for Tadaoki go? Can he stay strong or, will he find himself in the merciful arms of Shima as a deciding act of surrender? Tadaoki has always seen Akira as his responsibility, and as a result, is very protective of him. He is totally unaware of Akira’s fever state, and not once, has he ever considered just how much Akira really means to him. That is, until Shima threatens the very balance of his and Akira’s friendship. Will Tadaoki rise up to the occasion before it’s late? Or, will he allow another man to take his most coveted place within Akira’s heart forever?
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I'm going to quit painting... After Misaki Kurahashi loses an art competition, he becomes fascinated with the work of his fellow student, Ikkei Shibuya. While he's depressed at his own lack of talent, Ikkei encourages him not to quit, and paints a small picture of outer space in the palm of Misaki's hand. "Anyone can create a world, you know," he tells Misaki. The palm Ikkei touched grows hot... Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest of places and dreams of love really do come true in the sweet palm of your hand.
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“In Yuni-san's country, everyone kisses the ones they love every day.” Yuni-san gave me my first kiss. I don't really understand young love or true love but I do know what it means to “like.” Translated by tarocake, VG Jasper; Edited by tarocake, VG Jasper; Lettered by Gabrielle H.
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Twins Ken and Mari and their friend Joe have been constant companions since childhood. Now in their final year of high school, they've grown into young adults with their own hobbies, loves, and even secrets. No matter their differences, though, they share a common bond in their love for movies. But will this bond prove to be strong enough when unresolved feelings and distance threaten to pull this threesome apart? Kine In! collects the existing chapters of this bittersweet story, plus a newly written chapter! Also included are three one-shots where Est Em further explores the bonds of affection that draw friends and lovers of all kinds together. Translated by Lea Histake; Edited by April Gutierrez; Lettered by Alexandra Gunawan
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Harada and Shibata were an unlikely couple in high school, and on a whim made an even stranger promise to meet each other again 30 years later. After graduation, Harada seems to have all but forgotten their promise. Now he spends his days as police chief keeping an eye on a Chinese mafia boss with a familiar face... Against all odds and logic, Shibata ends up back in Japan exactly on the date they promised to meet. Can Harada find him in time and catch the criminal who stole his heart? Or will his high school sweetheart rob him blind again?
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"Will you protect me?" High school student Mochida Masaki has set a trap in order to protect himself. He will do anything to shield himself from senseless violence, even using his own body to lure in and ensnare the strong... Masaki has trained his heart and mind to cast aside all emotion, so what will arise when, one fateful day, he begins to experience genuine feelings of love for his sharp-edged classmate, Aihara? Love and Trap burns with the passion of new awakenings. Three sullen young men struggle to cope with the hardships of life by resorting to self-destructive practices, but each has his world turned upside-down upon stumbling into the gentle arms of a man willing to challenge his outlook. Will Masaki and company finally discover their dreams in the reflection of a carefree smile? Translated by Brittany Sweet Edited by Kristina Potts Lettered by Mia Chiresa
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The new doctor at an all-men's college, Himura Naoki, is beautiful - and proud of it. What's more, he has exceptionally high standards. Anyone that wants him had better be a better man than he is. So what happens when Himura meets Hirose Shinichi, a freshman whose looks score a perfect 10 on his scale? Himura trips Hirose into bed, of course! Follow their relationship as Himura trains Hirose into his perfect partner - and Hirose teaches Himura a little about being in love. All this and more in Secret Garden!
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Sakae Sugiura working hard to become a teacher, gets an assistant teacher position at an elementary school. There he meets his old elementary school homeroom teacher, Ryuji Fukada. Fukada-Sensei was someone Sakae looked up to, someone who supported him. Now, Sakae is shocked by how different Fukada is and feels lost. But since he’s no longer a student, will his feelings towards Fukada change...? Translated by Tina G; Edited by Angela Eastman; Lettered by Phileas j Fogg
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When former boxer Yazaki accepts employment with a local yakuza group as a driver, the last thing he is expecting is to be ensnared by love. Especially when it’s the very dangerous man he’s supposed to be chauffeuring about. Not only is Sansui seemingly the boss’s paramour, but spurned suitors that he fleeced are literally gunning for him. Then there is the matter of a certain police detective, who not only has his eyes on yakuza business, but seems to have a personal grudge against Yazaki. Either Yazaki’s life is going to hell in a handbasket, or fate has smiled upon him at last... Translated, Edited & Lettered by Kimiko Kotani
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A new student enrolls in Kosuke’s sophomore class in high school. As a perfect foil to Kosuke’s short stature, Raku is tall, manly and popular with girls. Although Kosuke initially feels jealous, he soon learns of Raku’s secret and is asked to keep it a secret. Raku finds himself taking an interest in Kosuke and they begin to grow closer. This is a high school romantic comedy about an odd couple! Translation by Elina Ishikawa Editing by Ailen Lujo Lettering by Mia Chiresa
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One rainy day, the serious Professor Amamiya comes home and finds a young man named Naruse seeking shelter from the downpour by standing beneath Amamiya's roof. Naruse looks so much like Amamiya's past love that on a whim, the professor invites the young man inside to dry off. Afterwards, Amamiya refuses the young man's contact information out of politeness, but a month later, Naruse reappears. This time, he asks to spend the night... Translated by Thais; Lettered by Nick Green; Edited by Lorelei Nguyen
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Having been sentenced to 5 years in prison for dealing drugs, yakuza Kyousuke Sawaragi just wants to finish his sentence and start a nice normal life far away from his past. So after parole, when he literally runs into former cellmate Shuuya, he's in no hurry to renew their acquaintance. Fate seems to have other ideas though, having the yakuza and Shuuya repeatedly cross paths with him. Can he really turn his back on all of it, especially if it holds out his one chance at finding true love? It's exciting romance as only the famed Saki Aida (S) can write it and Yugi Yamada (Close the Last Door) can draw it!
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Be it a sudden, painful revelation or a slow ballad, second love carries the hope of happiness again. Two tales of love experienced twice unfold in Want to Depend You. A professor of literature has died, leaving his son Yamato and his assistant Onodera to put his affairs in order. To Onodera, Yamato constantly echos his beloved professor; his grief grows desperate. Will Onodera’s past memories consume his chance for future love and break Yamato’s heart in the process? Ten years ago, friends Yuuya and Arata became lovers, but their crushing love died as soon as it began. Yuuya fears the past will repeat itself... but could a song feel different when it’s played a second time? Translated by Anne Whittingham; Edited by Kimberly Lammens; Lettered by Alexandra Gunawan
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