26th May 2008
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
26th May 2008
I always liked the idea of the Be-Boy anthologies. Books that came out monthly/semi-monthly that carried works by a variety of artists. I would always stop and look at them when I went manga shopping, then put them back on the shelf due to the fact that I couldn’t read a single character in them.
June has brought us over something very akin to the Be-Boy anthologies. Here we have a huge collection of shorts, drawn by a variety of artists printed up in pretty colors and ready to go. Be still my beating heart. I think I’m in love.
Like most anthologies, I don’t think there’s anyone who’s going to like every single story in the book, but there’s enough of a variety that I think most people are going to find at least a few stories that they like.
I was thrilled to find that the opening story was by Haruka Minami. It took me a while to get into her work, due to the fact that some of her characters can look very young, but the fact that her characters are incredibly filthy helped me get over the slight squick over the age-apparent thing pretty quickly. The story included in here is no exception. I’m very much hoping that the story will be continued, or that there will be more by this artist in future volumes.
As for presentation, June outdid themselves with this one. The book is printed in all different colors of ink. Some of the pages are different colored as well. It all makes for a very neat presentation. I don’t know why in the hell having purple ink thrills me so much, but it does. I think a lot of people are going to be very happy with this anthology series. I know I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the next volume.