, to quote their userinfo, is "a webzine for original boy's love oneshot stories, intended as an online, English-language text equivalent of one of those All Yomikiri Bimonthly Summer Special 100 Extra Pages!! manga phonebooks where every story is about the torrid romance of an ordinary schoolboy and his soccer club captain - or a teenaged yakuza boss and his faithful lieutenant - or the prince of an exotic desert country and the emerald-eyed winged bishounen he rescues from the sawtoothed sand monsters of G'or, self-contained in 30 pages and heartwarmingly predictable. Our editorial policy is to dispense with meaning and literary merit and concentrate on cracked-out inconsequential fun."
However! Every summer they have a special issue featuring yuri (female/female) stories instead of yaoi (male/male) stories, which is pretty much the best thing ever. Why is there no regular yuri webzine? Maybe I should start one. Maybe I should create extra hours in the day first. Maybe I should just beg someone else to run it and enjoy the free, effortless stories.
Anyway, as I've said, the theme of the summer issue is yuri. You can read all of the stories (and appreciate the art which comes with the illustrated ones) here
. I particularly recommend:The Archive
by Kagamino Kage. A very interesting urban fantasy with a main character who has a fascinating relationship to reality. This feels more like a novel than a short story, but in a good way, like there's a lot left to explore that you'd like to read. There's also some lovely images in here, which is always a plus.The Heart Eater's Children
by Usagi Anami. When I was 13 or so, I was obsessed
with the Drizzt Do'Urden books; I read them until I had them memorized. Which clearly explains why I fond this story of a twisted, dark relationship in a Dark Elf society to be a good read. I like the way gender roles work themselves out here, too; there's quite a different twist on things like using a strap-on.The Passion of Saints Tryphaena and Tryphosa
by Shukyou. My favorite story of the issue. It uses the style and format of early Christian writings, and it does it really, really
well, even in the sex scenes. It could be just blasphemous fun, but this story strikes me as something much more lovely.Masks and Stockings
by Torino Koji. I liked the story a lot because it has a transgendered person as the main character, and that's not the focus of the story. It's there, it effects some relationships, but so often a story with such a character comes off as a Very Special Episode, but instead 'Masks and Stockings' manages to let Alex be a real, three-dimensional person, and tell a normal story about first relationships. That made me happy.Fire
by Tsukizubon Saruko. The basic plot of this story is: a fighter pursues Fire across a desert. But wow. There is so much more going on here, about passion and love and obsession, and the writing is just absolutely gorgeous. Well worth the read.
My only criticism with this issue? Needs more sex scenes! Heh. The next issue will be out in October, and will probably have a theme of 'Horror'. However, signups have not yet started; I'll let you all know when the post goes up, or you can join bb_shousetsu
yourself.*Yeah, yeah, eventually I'll get around to posting something other than reviews of webzines, but that time is not right now.