For today’s author spotlight, we’re going to be looking at one of our favourite BL authors, Mariko Nekono (Japanese: 猫野まりこ)!
One of my favourite things about Mariko Nekono is that they tend to focus on one volume stories, where you get a full story between two characters from start to finish, in a single 200~ page book. I always find that this way you get a really well rounded plot, that wraps up nicely at the end.
They also do quite a lot of sequels, where we get to see new story lines, or other sides to characters we already know very well. We all know how exciting it can be so see our favourite characters again! ヾ(´∀`)ﾉ
At Renta!, we’ve got two of Mariko Nekono’s longer running series available, so let’s take a look at them shall we!
The Drawn into Love series focuses on the relationship between Yoshifumi and Ichito, two guys who have been friends since high school. Although they stop talking when Ichito became a movie star after graduation, the two have always longed for the day that they’d be reunited once again! (n´v｀n) And that day finally comes, when Ichito brings his Yoshifumi X Ichito yaoi manga to Yoshifumi’s printing company! Talk about an awkward reunion…
Ichito’s adoration for Yoshifumi is super cute right form the start, especially when he gets all small and teary eyed. The most surprising this about this series is probably just how funny it is, and although the approach to their relationship is serious when necessary, you’ll be laughing out loud the rest of the time. There’s also a fairly serious and realistic approach to the couple’s sex life, as they slowly build up to going the whole way together. Overall it’s a very well balanced series that we think anyone can enjoy! ( ´∀｀)b
Drawn into Love: The Demanding Author Falls for the Loser
The Demanding Author Falls for the Loser
The Demanding Author and the Fledgling’s One-sided Love
The Demanding Author series features one of the side characters from Drawn into Love, Jun Nanami, in his own romantic spin-off! After causing a whole world of problems for Yoshifumi and Ichito, Jun is being properly punished by being made to work… as a manga artist’s assistant? The last thing Jun wants to do is help some creep draw smut manga, but it just so happens that the artist he’ll be working with is none other than model Yudai Kase, Jun’s life-long idol!
Jun is not a particularly likeable character in the beginning, but that’s one of the real draws of this series. As much as it’s about hot model sex and nerdy jokes, Jun’s growth as a person is the central pillar of the story, with his relationship with Yudai being an important part of that. Yudai is an interesting character as well, and his possessiveness of Jun makes your heart skip a beat (´˘`)♡ The cherry on top for this series, is getting to see the guys from Drawn into Love every so often, getting involved in little side shenanigans!
Mariko Nekono’s ability to tie all their characters and stories together is truly impressive, and makes the world within the books feel full and real. We’re really looking forward to reading more of their stuff!
If you’re interested in seeing doodles and other stuff from Mariko Nekono, you can check them out on Twitter! (in Japanese)
We’d love to hear your thoughts on Mariko Nekono, so let us know in the comments below!
And remember, be sure to check them out on the Renta! store!
Until next time～! ｳﾞｧ───ヾ(´ｰ｀)ﾉ───ｲ