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Pride Previews Manga Edition 2022

The Previews catalog had nearly 40 manga this month so featuring them in a separate column seemed a good idea. If you’re looking for a story with an ace/ aro character then check out Is Love The Answer? from Kodansha. Since it isn’t clear on the cover unless you read Kanji, I Think Our Son Is Gay (Square Enix) is the manga on the left of the feature image.

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BLACK PANEL PRESS

QUEER IN ASIA GN $39.99 Page 278
Seven
Who is Tian Fushi? A misunderstood manga artist, a depraved citizen of Chinese pornography, a young gay man gone astray in an ultraviolent world, a lost boy out of Peter Pan’s Neverland? How will he put the fragments of himself together and discover who he really is? Queer: differing in some way from what is usual or normal; this is definitely the case with this graphic novel. A portrait of a Chinese youth in search of love and meaning. An intimate and striking modern quest for identity. JUN221385 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION

DEADLOCK VOL 2 $14.95 Page 422
Saki Aida and Yuh Takashina
Matthew was assaulted by another prisoner?! Concerned for his friend is Yuto, a former DEA investigator. Enraged by what happened, Mickey sets out to avenge his brother. However, Yuto refuses to divulge the culprit’s name and is placed in solitary confinement where he meets Neto, the leader of the Chicano group. JUN222088

DEADLOCK VOL 3 $14.95 Page 422
Saki Aida and Yuh Takashina
After falling into the trap laid out by B.B., the leader of the black gang, Yuto is forcibly subjected to the harsh realities of being brutally beat and raped. Exhausted and wounded, the former narcotics investigator is rescued by none other than his cellmate, Dick, who attentively cares for his battered body and tenderly reassures him, “I would never, ever hurt you. You know that, right?” One day, wracked and shaken by the flashbacks of the assault, Yuto, unable to cope with what had been done to him, reluctantly gives himself over to Dick’s gentle embrace– only to discover soon after that Dick bears a large burn scar on his back, one of Corvus’s identifying characteristics. JUN222087

KODANSHA

HITORIJIME MY HERO VOL 13 $12.99 Page 446
Memeko Arii
Masahiro Setagawa doesn’t believe in heroes, but wishes he could: He’s found himself in a gang of small-time street bullies who use him to run errands. But when high school teacher (and scourge of the streets) Kousuke Ohshiba comes to his rescue, he finds he may need to start believing after all… and as their relationship deepens, he realizes a hero might be just what he was looking for this whole time. JUN222208

IS LOVE THE ANSWER $12.99 Page 447
Uta Isaki
A poignant coming-of-age story about a young woman coming into her own as she discovers her identity as aromantic asexual. When it comes to love, high schooler Chika wonders if she might be an alien. She’s never fallen for or even had a crush on anyone, and she has no desire for physical intimacy. Her friends tell her that she just “hasn’t met the one yet,” but Chika has doubts… It’s only when Chika enters college and meets peers like herself that she realizes there’s a word for what she feels inside–asexual–and she’s not the only one. After years of wondering if love was the answer, Chika realizes that the answer she long sought may not exist at allthat that’s perfectly normal. JUN222213

YURI IS MY JOB VOL 10 $12.99 Page 451
Miman
Hime is a picture-perfect high school princess–she’s admired by all and never trips up! So when she accidentally injures a cafe manager named Mai, she’s willing to cover some shifts to keep her facade intact. To Hime’s surprise, the cafe is themed after a private school where the all-female staff always puts on their best act for their loyal customers. However, under the guidance of the most graceful girl there, Hime can’t help but blush and blunder! Beneath all the frills and laughter, Hime feels tension brewing as she finds out more about her new job and her budding feelings. JUN222249

NET COMICS

BOY PRINCESS VOL 1 GN $9.99 Page 452
Seyoung Kim
Boy Princess is a pulse-quickening tale of swords and sorcery, far-away kingdoms, and the fairest princess in all the land… with a twist. When a prince’s soon-to-be-bride elopes two days before their wedding, her desperate family dresses up their youngest son and sends him to get married in her place. With his pretty blue eyes, cascading blond hair, and strategically placed apples, nobody bats an eye at the pretty pubescent standing before them. But how long can he keep up the charade? Despite odds against them, the two princes share adventures and intimacies in this mesmeric offbeat romance. JUN222250 (OFFERED AGAIN)

CORE SCRAMBLE GN VOL 1 $11.99 Page 452
Euho Jun
Abandoned on the battlefield by the handsome Gayoon, Chaeun desperately fights off an endless bug onslaught only to be rescued by the mysterious renegade leader Moonhoo. At first, the man playfully flirts with Chaeun, but slowly the realization dawns that Moonhoo and his Core Hunter group have insidious ambitions on the dimensional portals. JUN222251 (OFFERED AGAIN)

CORE SCRAMBLE GN VOL 2 $11.99 Page 452
Euho Jun
Chaeun finds himself emotionally attached to Moonhoo, but soon discovers the true identity of Moonhoo as a Core Hunter. Meanwhile, confrontation between those who create holes and those who fight them brings growing conflicts. JUN222252 (OFFERED AGAIN)

CORE SCRAMBLE GN VOL 3 $11.99 Page 452
Euho Jun
Under the command of his sadistic chief Gayoon, Chaeun must now survive completely on his own. Even worse, Gayoon aims to use Chaeun to satisfy his sinister lusts. During a massive three-way fight between dimensional bugs, Clarus Orbis and Moonhoo’s Core Hunters, Chaeun is forced to use forbidden dark magic to save Moonhoo. And Chaeun’s life will never be the same again. JUN222253 (OFFERED AGAIN)

HIS HOUSE GN VOL 1 $21.99 Page 452
Hajin Yoo
Life isn’t easy for an orphan, especially when you’re as good-looking as Gangyoo. To survive on the streets, Gangyoo hires himself out to homely women in desperate need of a pretend boyfriend. Now in college, Gangyoo only needs one more gig to earn enough money to graduate and live a normal life. There’s only one catch. His new client is a man named Soohyun. And there’s only one problem. They hate each other. Being a pretend boyfriend has never been so hard. Little does Gangyoo know that his own seedy past will catch up to bite him… and Soohyun harbors a dark secret of his own. JUN222254 (OFFERED AGAIN)

HIS HOUSE GN VOL 2 $21.99 Page 452
Hajin Yoo
After being gouged by his landlord, Gangyoo is forced to live with his client Soohyun. Gradually, Gangyoo develops feelings for the handicapped man, but Soohyun keeps his secretive thoughts to himself. Little do they both know that time and proximity are often the only required ingredients for two soulmates to fall in love. Gangyoo avoids going home. He anguishes alone at college. Meanwhile, Soohyun suffers his own torment. He badly wants revenge for his handicap. In order to get that vengeance, Soohyun must do something he planned from the very beginning — sacrifice Gangyoo. JUN222255 (OFFERED AGAIN)

HIS HOUSE GN VOL 3 $21.99 Page 452
Hajin Yoo
Gangyoo spends his days in bliss. Can life get any better? He has a great job and great friends. He lives in a comfortable home. Most important of all, he’s in love with Soohyun. Only one problem exists. For some reason, Soohyun keeps holding back his true feelings. Gangyoo desperately wishes to begin living his “happily ever after”, but a strange distance remains between the two lovers. Unfortunately, Soohyun’s brooding half-brother Sanghoon keeps hovering around. One day, Sanghoon offers Gangyoo the most dangerous gift imaginable…the truth. What is Soohyun’s secret? What is the true history of his house? JUN222256 (OFFERED AGAIN)

PIE INTERNATIONAL

ART OF YOCO FOR ETERNITY AND A SECOND SC $29.99 Page 452
yoco
yoco is an illustrator who is active mainly in the BL (boys’ love) genre and is particularly known for her exquisite, painterly illustration style. Her dramatic compositions evoke pure scenes of longing, while also fulfilling a slightly voyeuristic desire to take a peek inside a beautiful, ephemeral world of pure and delicate boys and young men, rendered in pale colors and fine lines, but also with a hint of melancholy and shadow. The Art of yoco For Eternity and a Second is the long-awaited first collection of the artist’s illustrations and paintings that have appeared in many BL novels, along with newly drawn illustrations. JUN222259

SEVEN SEAS

CITRUS PLUS VOL 4 $13.99 Page 454
Saburouta
High schoolers (and stepsisters) Yuzu and Mei have gone public with their relationship! The two are happy to be dating out in the open, but friends and family keep trying to butt in with advice. Can Yuzu and Mei figure things out on their own? The return of the modern yuri classic! JUN222269

CLASSMATES VOL 6 BLANC $19.99 Page 4654
Asumiko Nakamura
A new installment in the modern BL classic! Rocker Hikaru and studious Rihito met and fell in love when they were high school classmates. Now, three years after graduation, Hikaru is still in their home town trying to get his music career going while Rihito is studying in Kyoto. The two are desperate to make their long-distance relationship work, but can young love overcome adult hardships? JUN222270

CROSSPLAY LOVE OTAKU X PUNK VOL 1 & 2 $13.99 Page 454
Tooru
In this LGBT+ high school romantic comedy, a nerd and a delinquent find themselves attracted to each other, but only when they’re crossdressing at a maid cafe! Shuumei has a problem. He’s in love with a girl who works at a maid cafe, but he’s too cool to go into a place like that without being embarrassed. But girls can go to maid cafes without seeming creepy, right? When he dresses in feminine clothes and transforms himself into “Mei,” he can finally walk into the place to meet the girl of his dreams: the lovely blonde Hana. Meanwhile, Hanae is an introverted otaku who’s uncomfortable talking to people… unless he’s dressed in feminine clothes himself. While decked out in his best dresses, he works at a maid cafe, and finds himself crushing on a young woman who regularly comes to visit him: a cool beauty named Mei! In this delightful LGBT+ romcom, two young people in love are about to find out a lot about each other and themselves. JUN222272 (VOL 1) / JUN222272 (VOL 2)

GRANDMASTER DEMONIC CULTIVATION MO DAO ZU SHI NOVEL VOL 3 & 5 $19.99 Page 455
Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
Also known as MDZS, the blockbuster danmei/Boys’ Love novels from China, this historical fantasy tale of two powerful men who find each other through life and death is now in English, for the very first time. Wei Wuxian was once one of the most powerful men of his generation, a talented and clever young cultivator who harnessed martial arts and spirituality into powerful abilities. But when the horrors of war led him to seek more power through demonic cultivation, the world’s respect for his abilities turned to fear, and his death was celebrated throughout the land. Years later, he awakens in the body of an aggrieved young man who sacrifices his soul so that Wei Wuxian can exact revenge on his behalf. Though granted a second life, Wei Wuxian is not free from his first, nor the mysteries that appear before him now. Yet this time, he’ll face it all with the righteous and esteemed Lan Wangji at his side, another powerful cultivator whose unwavering dedication and shared memories of their past will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them. JUN222282 (VOL 4) / N222283(VOL 5)

LOVE IS AN ILLUSION GN VOL 1 $19.99 Page 457
Fargo
The hit Boys’ Love omegaverse webtoon from Lezhin is now in print! Hye-sung spent his entire life believing he was an Alpha, the jackpot of the genetic lottery. But his world is flipped upside down when he finds out he isn’t a dominating Alpha, but a submissive Omega. His frustration is pushed to its limits when he constantly crosses paths with the handsome Dojin, a true Alpha. Dojin supposedly can’t stand Omegas, but his head-butting with Hye-sung results in explosive arguments and unexpected sex. Is this sizzling chemistry truly just their bodies reacting? Take a step into the omegaverse with this fiery Boys’ Love manhwa webtoon! JUN222296

LOVE IS AN ILLUSION GN VOL 2 $19.99 Page 457
Fargo
Hye-sung spent his entire life believing he was an Alpha, the jackpot of the genetic lottery. But his world is flipped upside down when he finds out he isn’t a dominating Alpha, but a submissive Omega. His frustration is pushed to its limits when he constantly crosses paths with the handsome Dojin, a true Alpha. Dojin supposedly can’t stand Omegas, but his head-butting with Hye-sung results in explosive arguments and unexpected sex. Is this sizzling chemistry truly just their bodies reacting? JUN222297

MONOTONE BLUE GN $14.99 Page 458
Nagabe
The critically acclaimed creator of The Girl From the Other Side and The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms returns with this gorgeous Boys’ Love/BL tale about animal boys falling in love! Hachi the cat finds most things monotonous, but at the top of his list is high school and all that comes with it. But when Aoi the lizard–a quiet, high-achieving transfer student–arrives, Hachi catches a glimpse of a brighter, more colorful life. If Hachi can help Aoi open up, unlocking new feelings in the process, maybe his life won’t be so bland, after all. JUN222303

SEASIDE STRANGER VOL 4 $13.99 Page 459
Kanna Kii
When Shun and Mio attend Visitors’ Day at Fumi’s elementary school, Shun runs into his former classmate and crush, Wada. Though Shun is shaken, Mio grows strangely close to this carefree character from his lover’s past. And if that weren’t stressful enough, the novel Shun’s been agonizing over is about to be published! JUN222314

SEASIDE STRANGER VOL 5 $13.99 Page 459
Kanna Kii
Ever since his parents disowned him for being gay, Shun has been living with his aunt on a small island near Okinawa. One day, he meets Mio, a high school student who recently lost his own parents and now spends his days sitting by the sea. The two young men begin to open up to each other… until Mio reveals that he’s leaving. Three years later, an adult Mio returns to the island to confess his true feelings, but is Shun ready for a relationship? JUN222315

SUMMER YOU WERE THERE VOL 2 $13.99 Page 460
Yuama
Shizuku is a shy high school girl who hardly talks to other people. Instead, she loses herself in writing, crafting a novel that she never plans to show anyone. But when her cute, popular classmate Kaori gets her hands on Shizuku’s book, everything changes! Kaori is a huge fan, and suggests that, in order to give Shizuku material for her next book, the two of them should start dating! Can this mismatched pair create their own happily ever after? JUN222319

SQUARE ENIX MANGA

I THINK OUR SON IS GAY VOL 4 $12.99 Page 463
Okura
As Hiroki comes home from school every day with new tales of friend Daigo’s feats, Tomoko wonders about the future of her eldest’s schoolboy crush. And if young love wasn’t confusing enough, Tomoko is also keeping tabs on Hiroki’s childhood friend Asumi, who appears to be nursing a crush on Hiroki herself! But nothing can prepare Tomoko for the day Hiroki comes home with a shocker–Daigo’s got himself a girlfriend! How will this new development affect Hiroki, who’s still figuring things out? Even as the friendship between Hiroki and Daigo undergoes a change and the relationship between Hiroki and kid brother Yuri evolves too, life goes on for the Aoyamas and their loved ones, all under mom Tomoko’s caring and supportive eye! JUN222343

SUBLIME

LOVE NEST VOL 1 $12.99 Page 423
Yuu Minaduki
A brokenhearted Masato moves into his friend’s second home looking for some peace and quiet, but instead he finds a man who’s very much not his type already occupying the space. Can this messy, ill-tempered intruder help mend his broken heart? JUN222089

THERAPY GAME RESTART VOL 2 $12.99 Page 423
Meguru Hinohara
Shizuma has proposed living together and couldn’t be more gung ho about it! Minato, on the other hand, is a little more reserved and wants to think things through first. Will apartment hunting give Minato the push he needs to take the next step in their relationship? Or will Shizuma’s sometimes heavy-handed love get in the way of his big decision? JUN222090

TOKYO POP

BREATH OF FLOWERS MANGA VOL 2 $10.99 Page 471
CALY
Azami always thought she was only attracted to boys, but after the unexpected revelation that her long-time crush Gwyn is actually a girl, she quickly learns that love doesn’t have to be limited by gender. Now, the two of them are a happy couple, and lovestruck Azami couldn’t be more excited to do all the cute relationship things she’s read about in romantic manga! Unfortunately, their new relationship comes with new challenges as well. When Gwyn spends the summer at basketball camp and transfers to a new school, Azami has to learn how to cope with her anxieties and jealousy in a healthy way. JUN222364

DEKOBOKO BITTERSWEET DAYS $15.99 Page 471
Atsuko Yusen
Tiny and adorable when they first met, Rui — still just as adorable — now looms over his boyfriend, Yuujirou. Though they were little more than best friends at first, the confusion over their true feelings for one another smoldered until they confessed. Now every day passes with such overwhelming sweetness it’s all they can do not to ask themselves, “am I allowed to be this happy?” The final high school judo contest, the last summer of their high school careers, and beyond — the thought of his future with Rui makes Yuujirou’s heart flutter. JUN222365 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DEKOBOKO SUGAR DAYS MANGA $14.99 Page 471
Yusen Atsuko
Yuujirou Matsukaze has been close friends with Rui Hanamine since the two of them were children. Back then, Yuujirou was the one who stood up for and took care of his adorable, soft-hearted friend. But as it turns out, Yuujirou’s childhood dreams end up growing a little too big to handle — or, rather, too tall! At over six feet in height, the cheerful and happy-go-lucky Rui towers over his would-be protector… and still has no idea Yuujirou’s had a crush on him since they were kids! JUN222366 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DONT CALL ME DIRTY VOL 1 $12.99 Page 471
Gorou Kanbe
After some time in a long distance sort-of-relationship with his crush, Shouji is crestfallen when weeks of getting ghosted finally result in a confession: his boyfriend just isn’t gay. Having struggled with his sexuality for years, Shouji throws himself into his work to distract himself from the rejection–but when a young homeless man called Hama shows up at the shop, Shouji finds himself curious to learn more about him and, hopefully, befriend him. Attempting to make their way in a society that labels each of them as “outcasts” and “dirty,” the two men grow closer. Together, they begin to find they have more in common than either of them could have anticipated. JUN222367 (OFFERED AGAIN)

HYPERVENTILATION $15.99 Page 470
Myongi and Sunho haven’t seen each other since they were 18 years old. Now 27, they run into one another at a high school reunion, and the romantic feelings they had for one another come rushing to the surface. But are they the same people now that they were back then? JUN222362

KOIMONOGATARI LOVE STORIES VOL 2 $14.99 Page 471
Tagura Tohru
When Yuji accidentally overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to another friend that he’s gay, his perspective shifts. Seeing Yamato in a new light, Yuji does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but he still finds himself overthinking his classmates’ interactions now. However, as his own friendship with Yamato develops and the two of them grow closer through a mutual study group, Yuji comes to truly care about Yamato, regardless of his sexuality. JUN222368 (OFFERED AGAIN)

OUR NOT SO LONELY PLANET TRAVEL GUIDE VOL 2 $12.99 Page 471
Mone Sorai
Super serious Asahi Suzumura and laidback, easygoing Mitsuki Sayama might seem like an odd couple, but they made a deal; they’ll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they’ll get married. As they travel from country to country, the different people, cultures and cuisine they encounter begin to bring them closer together. After all they’re not just learning about the world, but about themselves too. JUN222369 (OFFERED AGAIN)

STILL SICK MANGA VOL 3 $14.99 Page 471
Akashi
The anticipated final volume of the whirlwind office romance is here! Akane and Makoto grow closer, as Makoto is finally able to realize her dream with someone who loves her and believes in her by her side. Are the two women finally able to confess their feelings to one another? JUN222370 (OFFERED AGAIN)

THERE ARE THINGS I CANT TELL YOU $14.99 Page 471
Edako Mofumofu
Kasumi and Kyousuke are polar opposites when it comes to personality. Kasumi is reserved, soft-spoken and shy; Kyousuke is energetic and has always been popular among their peers. As the saying goes though, opposites have a tendency to attract, and these two have been fast friends since elementary school. To Kasumi, Kyousuke has always been a hero to look up to, someone who supports him and saves him from the bullies. But now, school is over; their relationship suddenly becomes a lot less simple to describe. Facing the world–and one another–as adults, both men find there are things they struggle to say out loud, even to each other. JUN222371 (OFFERED AGAIN)

Yuri Espoir

YURI ESPOIR VOL 2 $12.99 Page 470
Mai Naoi
After finding out she is to be forced into an marriage of convenience as soon as she graduates high school, Kokoro sees her life ending before her eyes at her father’s wishes. And so in her final year of high school, she decides to indulge in her love of other women, and create an incredible sketchbook of lesbian romance to leave behind as her legacy. As she observes the young women of her town, she learns more about their desires, their struggles, and the unpredictable whims of love. JUN222363

YEN PRESS

SASAKI AND MIYANO VOL 6 $13.00 Page 437
Shou Harusono
It’s time. He’s decided. Miyano has finally realized-he like-likes Sasaki. And he already knows Sasaki like-likes him. But it’s harder than he thought, this whole confession thing…Just how did Sasaki work up the courage to say it to his face all those months ago? JUN222138

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