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“Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!?” named a “Best Manga for Grownups” at Comic-Con

We like to think that it wasn’t just because we’re friends with most of the panelists at San Diego Comic-Con’s 2013 “Best and Worst Manga” Panel, that our own Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!? was included on the list of “Best Manga for Grownups.” ^_^

Experience Rica Takashima’s look at lesbian life and love in Tokyo in the 1990s for yourself. Read Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!? for free, legally online! Enjoy!

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The Final Chapters of The Continuing Adventures of Yuriko, Saiyuu no Ryouko are up!

The Final Chapters of  Saiyuu no Ryouko: The Continuing Adventures of Yuriko,  are online for your reading pleasure! It’s been a long journey, but at last you can find out what happened to out lesbian pop idol (and Yurcon mascot) Yuriko, her lover, novelist Midori and their friends…and enemies.


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ALC Publishing and JManga Announce Fujieda Miyabi’s Yuri Manga Ameiro Kouchakan Kandan

akk1It’s time to pull up a chair and relax with a cup of tea and a chat at the Amber Teahouse!

Meet teahouse owner Seriho, her devoted employee Sarasa and the friendly denizens of this quiet little tea shop at the end of the street.

Fujieda Miyabi’s soul-warming romantic Yuri manga has been a favorite of Yuri fans since it debuted in the [ES]~ Eternal Sisters anthology  and was always popular during serialization in Comic Yuri Hime magazine.

Now, at last, you can brew a cup of your best Darjeeling (Sarasa likes second flush best) and curl up with the first official English translation by the translators you know and love from ALC Publishing, available only on JManga!

Won’t you come in and join Seriho, Sarasa, Haru and Hinoka for a chat at the Ameiro Kouchakan?

Volume 1 of Ameiro Kouchakan Kandan will premiere on JManga on January 17, 2013!


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ALC Publishing and JManga Present Yuri Manga Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana)

ALC Publishing and JManga announce the addition of Takako Shimura’s Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana) manga today on JManga and Jmanga 7!

In celebration of the release, JManga will be holding a special contest from November 29th to December 5th (PST).Anyone who purchases the first volume of Sweet Blue Flowers during the contest period will automatically be entered to have their chance at winning an amazing gift pack of rare Sweet Blue Flowers merchandise straight from Japan!
Prizes include pins, postcards, clearfiles, even a special Sweet Blue Flowers Tote bag. ^_^
Here’s a peek at some of the goods JManga is giving away (click on image for larger picture):
In addition, any JManga7 Member (Free or Premium) who reads the preview chapter will receive a limited edition Sweet Blue Flowers digital collector’s card!
More great Yuri from JManga – we’re very proud that ALC is part of this project. ^_^
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Rica Takashima and ALC Publishing present Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!?

Fifteen years ago, Rica Takashima walked into a lesbian bar and set off a chain of events that changed the world. From that fateful meeting came ALC Publishing and the Yuri Manga collection known as Rica ‘tte Kanji!?. Now, years later, Rica and ALC  Publishing are teaming up again for the definitive Rica collection, Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!?

Tokyo Love is available in a choice of DRM-free digital formats and is being made available as a free online flipbook. In addition, Tokyo Love is available to be shared for personal use or class curriculum. It’s your book – go ahead and share it. ^_^

And from the bottom of our hearts, Rica and everyone at ALC Publishing say thank you for reading Tokyo Love!

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More Heart-Pounding Yuri Manga from JManga, Ichijinsha and ALC Publishing!

Yuri season is in full swing with new three heart-pounding Yuri manga from Ichijinsha’s groundbreaking Yuri anthology magazine Comic Yuri Hime, brought to you by JManga, and ALC Publishing!


The thorn inside the apple that made a princess sleep pricks inside Maki’s heart. Even while carrying that thorn as an adult, Maki has a premonition of a new love….that girl who looks a little like her first love makes Maki’s heart beat a little faster. However… in the end it was futile…again. That time, this time, it’s always the same. Why can’t she grab on to love…. But, there is one love who waits for her…

Rikachi crafts a whole new fairy-tale for Romeo’s best friend Maki in Ibara no Namida. Will she ever find a princess of her own?


When we touch, I grow wings…… A Love and Sex story of two young women packed with growth to maturity. Yae, a girl who has a complex about how feminine she is, transfers to a girl’s high school where she meets boyish and energetic Chitose.  Chitose’s astonishing lack of inhibition is intensely attractive….a woman’s world rapidly unfolds in a bittersweet story. Plus, a Student x Teacher adult story!!

Pioneer Yuri manga artist Morishima Akiko leads the way with a tender (and educational) story about young love, body image, gender roles and Yuri in Hanjuku Joshi!


I became slave to a rich girl!? The vivid Harem Love story of the idiosyncratic clique in a women’s dormitory!! It will be too much as hearts throb…girl’s lips are soft aren’t they…feelings and body melt together….

In Mikuni Hachime’s “ecchi” comedy Gokujou Drops, Maezono Komari runs into housing issues at school (haven’t we all?) and finds herself accepted, conditionally, in the fanciest dorm on campus. The sole condition? That she act as servant to school star Himemiya Yukio.  That’s tolerable, but the sexual harassment is just beginning…worse, Komari is starting to have feelings for Yukio!
Watch for these Yuri manga  – and more  – coming up soon!

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Yuri Invades JManga (Again!) With Yuru Yuri

In the 1960s the British Invasion was led by the Beatles, in the 2000s, the Manga Invasion was led by Tokyopop and in the 2010s, the Yuri Invasion is led by JManga and ALC Publishing!

Today on JManga, namori-sensei’s hit manga series from the pages of Comic Yuri HimeYuru Yuri lands with the kind of splash that only 4 girls sitting around doing absolutely nothing could provide! (Judges’ score: 10 out of 10 for having fun)

For fans of Yuru Yuri, there is a contest quiz – answer questions that show your knowledge of the series and be entered to win prizes and great fame. ^_^

And last, (but not least, because I wrote it,, so don’t forget to tell JManga how awesome it is, ^_^) JManga’s Poi Poi features an essay I wrote about the Yuri publishing landscape in Japan from 2003-2012, called The Yuri Scene in Japan 2003 – 2012. Enjoy!

More Yuri manga will be coming in the days ahead and more promotional fun from JManga, Ichijinsha and ALC Publishing!

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Yuri Heian Gag Comic Kimino Tamenara Shineru, Volume 2, essay, and a contest on JManga!

Jmanga and ALC Publishing are pleased to announce that the second volume of Kuzushiro’s Yuri Heian period gag comic strip Kimino Tamenara Shineru, Volume 2 is now available on on!

In addition, we’re offering a second short essay on Heian Imperial Life on the brand new JManga blog, JManga Poi Poi.

And, to thank fans of the series for their support, if you buy Kimino Tamenara Shineru Volume 2 this week, you’ll be entered into a contest to win a copy of Sei Shonagon’s diary, The Pillow Book.

Get a dose of Japanese culture, fun Yuri manga and a bellyful of laughs all at once with   Kimino Tamenara Shineru, from JManga and ALC!

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ALC Publishing and JManga announce a Yuri Summer with Three Comic Yuri Hime titles!

ALC Publishing, JManga and IchijinshaALC Publishing and JManga are pleased to announce their partnership for a 2012 Yuri Summer extravaganza, with three new Yuri manga series from Ichjinsha’s Comic Yuri Hime!

Yuru Yuri, the hit anime and manga series by Namori, about the members of the Amusement Club, a group of four girls who are determined to fill their high school lives with fun!  Join Kyouko, Akari, Chinatsu and Yuri as they amuse themselves with abandon. Check out the second season of the anime this summer on Crunchyroll.

Sorairo Girl Friend, by Rikachi, follows the love story of Hiromi and Juli. Transfer student Juli is convinced that Hiromi is the only one for her. They may be Romeo and Juliet in Juli’s mind, but will they have a tragic ending? Hiromi isn’t sure.

Popular BL author combo Zaou Taishi and Eiki Eiki team up once again to bring you Haru Aki Natsu Fuyu, a Yuri series for all seasons. School can be awkward when you’ve got feelings for another student, and it’s doubly awkward when that other student is a playgirl. Find out how various couples work out difficult situations in this ribald tale of love and lust at an all-girl’s school.


(Cover Images: Yuru Yuri Volume 1 (c)Namori/Ichijinsha Inc.,  Sorairo Girl Friend (c)Rikachi/Ichijinsha Inc., Haru Natsu Aki Fuyu (c)Zaou & Eiki/Ichijinsha Inc. )

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Heian Period Yuri Gag Manga Kimino Tamenara Shineru now available on JManga!

At last! Now you can enjoy the goofy humor of Heian period gag comic KiminoTamenara Shineru by Kuzushiro, translated and edited by ALC, lettered by Carl V. on JManga!

In addition, to help you better enjoy the comic, we’ve written a short essay about the Heian period, Imperial life and some choices we made about translation and transliteration. You should be able to read the essay as long as you have have registered on Jmanga, regardless of your subscription.

We hope you enjoy reading this book as much as we enjoyed working on it. ^_^

Cover Image: Copyright Image: Kimi no Tamenara Shineru Volume 1 (c)Kuzushiro/Takeshobo Co., Ltd.)

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ALC Publishing & JManga Partnering on Heian Period Yuri Manga “Kimi no Tamenara Shineru”


When you think of Heian period literature, two names come instantly to mind, Murasaki Shikibu, creator of the Tale of Genji and Sei Shonagon, writer of the Pillow Book.

What may not come to mind is the image of Shonagon as a 27-year old NEET, blogger, Twitterer and…well, perv.

That is, it may not come to mind, until after you’ve finished reading Kimi no Tamenara Shineru (姫のためなら死ねる). After that, you’re just about guaranteed to think of her that way.

With POOR POOR LIPS topping the JManga bestsellers, ALC Publishing and JManga are teaming up once again to bring you entertaining Yuri Manga.  Kimi no Tamenara Shineru, by Kuzushiro combines leading lights of Heian period literature, Imperial life and wacky Yuri comedy in a way that’s sure to bring a goofy smile to your face.

And now that Takeshobo allows access globally to all their manga on JManga, there’s no regional barriers at all between you and this and other fun Yuri manga!

Cover Image: Copyright Image: Kimi no Tamenara Shineru Volume 1 (c)Kuzushiro/Takeshobo Co., Ltd.)

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ALC Publishing and JManga Announce POOR POOR LIPS Partnership!

Poor Poor Lips Volume 1 (c)HAYAKO GOTO/Takeshobo Co., Ltd.

Okashi Nako is a young woman living in poverty. When she applies to work at a Gem store, she learns that store owner, Otsuka Ren, is a lesbian. Ren promises that Nako’s not her type, but she may be lying…. Nako takes the job and so begins a comedic tale of rich and poor, sickness and health, for better and for worse!

ALC Publishing and JManga are proud to announce a partnership to bring you Goto Hayako’s Yuri love comedy, POOR POOR LIPS!  

From JManga, the world’s first official Japanese manga portal website, directly from the 39 prominent publishers that make up the Digital Comic Association, and from ALC Publishing, a pioneer in Yuri Manga comes a partnership that brings you some of the best in Yuri digital manga straight from Japan! With the honest representation of lesbian life you’ve come to expect from ALC and the convenience of digital manga, Poor Poor Lips is sure to please Yuri fans. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available globally!

(Cover Image: Poor Poor Lips Volume 1 (c)HAYAKO GOTO/Takeshobo Co., Ltd.)


Update: 9-March-2012: Takeshobo has unlocked all their work on JManga – this and all other Takeshobo titles are now available globally for JManga subscribers! Thanks to everyone who made the case for global access.

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RenBooks releases Italian edition of “Rica ‘tte Kanji!”

Italian LGBTQ comics publisher RenBooks announces the release of  the Italian-language edition of Rica Takashima’s manga, Rica ‘tte Kanji!? with this charming commercial spot on You Tube.


From all of us at ALC, congratulations Rica, and all the Renbooks staff that worked on this edition!

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Kyoto International Manga Museum Adds Yuri Manga from ALC Publishing to Permanent Collection

Yuricon Staffer Komatsu Mikikazu-san files a report about making the donation on his blog:  アメリカの百合マンガ専門出版社ALC Publishingの作品が、京都国際マンガミュージアムに正式寄贈 (Japanese)

Anime News Network Article: Kyoto International Manga Museum Adds U.S. Yuri Works (English)

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