“When a mysterious train charts a path through the demilitarized (and allegedly tainted) No Man’s Land, Taki must act quickly in order to prevent its passage into his domain. But will he protect his own boundaries from the brute advances of Claus… or is he prepared to welcome a forceful invasion? Sometimes a minor skirmish becomes an all-out war for prized territory… and only the strongest soldier will be left standing once the final shot is fired.”
“Taki Reizen is an honorable young aristocrat caught between his call to duty and a forbidden love. Claus von Wolfstadt is the proud Saxon who becomes Taki’s knight in a war against his own people… and his secret lover! Will these two passionate men lay down their weapons once they’re off the battlefield, or will they push the very limits of their sacred alliance?”
What can I say? We actually have a plot to go with our sex. Maiden Rose is a love story wrapped in a war story tied with a beautiful ribbon of BDSM. Lord Taki met Saxon Claus von Wolfstadt ten years earlier in Taki’s home country and as fate would have it they were destined to meet again, this time in the grasp of war. Claus’s feelings for Taki run so deep he gives up his country, his citizenship and his family to move to Taki’s homeland (and enemy territory) to be his knight. Although Taki is in charge on the battlefield, it is Claus who is in charge behind closed doors.
Black Butler Season One Part One released today. The Limited Edition is now selling at Amazon for $38.99 with FREE shipping within the U.S. It has both English and Japanese languages and English subtitles. More details as well as where to purchase it are located here.
I'm a bit stunned… I'm not sure how I feel about Sebastian's voice in English. Well, I DO know how I feel about it but I'm trying to hold off on making any rash judgments. I think I need the shock to pass first.
UPDATE: I found out that Black Butler Season 1 is being released in TWO parts so the release on January 11th is only the first part of season 1, found here with Limited Edition found here, and the second part is being released on March 8th, 2011, found here (no part 2 Limited Edition is showing yet) . Personally I'm waiting for another Funimation sale before investing in this two parter, regardless of how much I love it. $89.98 for only one season is a bit steep and that's not for the Limited Edition, although I have no idea what extras that includes.
UPDATE #2: Interesting, looks like until the limited edition sells out, you can't buy the regular edition (at RightStuf). This is what it says on the regular edition:
Note:This regular edition does not contain the rigid box and premium item included with the limited edition, and will not ship until after the limited edition has sold out.
“Romantic ice-age hilarity ensues as young whaler Anituk's miserable life with doting parents and an oversexed wife-hunting brother is rudely interrupted by the arrival of Abalu, a tall handsome stranger who delights in encroaching upon Anituk's angst.”
Wow… what an original plot! Loud Snow takes place on the Eastern coast of North America in 17,000 B.C., better know as the Ice Age. The story focuses on one family in general with a mother, father and two brothers, Anituk and his older brother Nifu. The family lives farther north than other tribes and women are scarce. Nifu has now reached the age where he must look for a wife and our young Anituk doesn’t understand why he wants to replace their mother. It becomes pretty clear our little Anituk isn’t really into chicks.
Along comes stranger Abalu who’s tall with flowing long hair and an adorable smile. It’s not long before he takes a liking to Anituk and this is where ‘hilarity ensues’. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this, especially when Abalu introduces himself to Anituk’s nether regions or when he keeps drop kicking the penguins. Tina’s sense of humor is nicely paired with Amelie’s facial expressions and the two together make for a funny read. Another thing I liked about this plot is the twist at the end. It’s not something you see coming and the initial reaction is WTF?!?!, but just hold your horses and don’t go off the deep end like I nearly did. That’s all I’ll say.
HETALIA fans: There are two ways to read HETALIA AXIS POWERS right now!
(1) You can buy a digital edition through TOKYOPOP's digital manga store, hosted by our friend at Zinio right here: http://bit.ly/d8iSKG
(2) We have made (*free*) digital editions of HETALIA available to all US public libraries–get your library car…d (also *free*) & go to your public library's web site. If they don't have a copy, ask them to order it through the "OverDrive Digital Library Reserve" program.
The manga will also be available at bookstores everywhere on Sept 21 — we just couldn't wait that long! Enjoy! Paaaaastaaaaa!
Your thoughts? Are you interested in a digital version or will you wait for the print copy to be released September 21st? Comment below!
This is a new webcomic that definitely includes yaoi in it. It's possible it will have some 'het' in it as well, it's too early to tell at this point. So far there are six pages posted and it will be updating three times a month (1st, 10th and 20th).