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Romance is in the air at TOKYOPOP and they got just what you’re looking for; With shoujo, josei, girls love, boys love and more, their new LOVE x LOVE line has something for everyone! One of TOKYOPOP’s core company beliefs is that “love is love” and all types of romance deserve to be celebrated. LOVE x LOVE was born from that idea and their commitment to representing a variety of stories and voices as diverse as their fans. In supporting the LGBTQ+ community with manga that reflects their identities TOKYOPOP has rolled out several new and upcoming LOVE x LOVE mangas.

Story and Art by Atsuko Yusen


Yuujirou Matsukaze has been close friends with Rui Hanamine since the two of them were children, and at that time, Yuujirou was the one who stood up for and took care of his adorable, soft-hearted friend. But as it turns out, Yuujirou's childhood dreams end up growing a little too big to handle — or, rather, too tall! At over six feet in height, the cheerful and happy-go-lucky Rui towers over his would-be protector... and still has no idea Yuujirou's had a crush on him since they were kids!

Story & Art by Saki Tsukahara


Yuta and Ritsu have been playing baseball together since they were children, but after being defeated in a local tournament over the summer, they must retire from the high school team to study for university entrance exams. Still, Yuta finds himself unable to give up his lingering attachment to baseball. The one person who can truly understand him is Ritsu, who has been acting worryingly distant since they quit the team. But there's something Yuta himself doesn't understand... Does he think of Ritsu as his partner in the way that a teammate would, or is the affection between them something stronger?

Story & Art by Gorou Kanbe


In a long distance sorta-relationship with his crush, Shouji is crestfallen when weeks of ghosting turns into a confession; his boyfriend just isn't gay. Having struggled with his sexuality for years, Shouji throws himself into his work to distract himself from the rejection, but when a young homeless man called Hama shows up at the shop, Shouji finds himself curious to learn more about him and, hopefully, befriend him. Attempting to make their way in a society that labels each of them as 'dirty' and 'outcasts', as they grow closer the two men find they have more in common than either of them could have anticipated.

Story & Art by Akashi


Makoto Shimizu is just an ordinary office worker, blending in seamlessly with her colleagues on the job... that is, until her coworker Akane Maekawa discovers her well-hidden secret: in her spare time, she draws and sells girls' love comics! Akane is the last person Makoto would think of as a nerd, but as her interest in Shimizu’s art blossoms and the two grow closer, it's starting to seem like Akane may have a secret of her own…

Story & Art by Caly


What if her prince charming was actually a princess?! Azami does not understand her friends' fascination with yuri and yaoi. As far as she's concerned, she's only attracted to boys, especially the handsome Gwyn, whom she's had eyes on since the beginning of the year. Intelligent, sporty, attractive and just a little older than Azami, Gwyn seems like the embodiment of the ideal boyfriend. But then, everything Azami believes comes crashing down when she finds out that Gwyn is actually... a girl!

Story & Art by Tohru Tagura


When Yuiji overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to a friend that he's gay, he does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but still finds himself overthinking things. He especially notices the way Yamato looks at one particular boy: Yuiji's own best friend. Even though he tries not to get involved, watching Yamato's one-sided love draws Yuiji in in a way he never expected. At first, he’s fueled by empathy, knowing that Yamato’s love interest is straight. But as his own friendship with Yamato deepens, Yuiji realizes how much he's come to care for his new friend. He just wants Yamato to be happy... and to be able to express his true self.

Story & Art by Edako Mofumofu


Kasumi and Kyousuke are polar opposites when it comes to personality. Kasumi is reserved, soft-spoken and shy; Kyousuke is energetic and has always been popular among their peers. As the saying goes though, opposites have a tendency to attract, and these two have been fast friends since elementary school. To Kasumi, Kyousuke has always been a hero to look up to, someone who supports him and saves him from the bullies. But now, school is over; their relationship suddenly becomes a lot less simple to describe. Facing the world — and one another — as adults, both men find there are things they struggle to say out loud, even to each other.

Story and Art by Hagi


A messenger's duty is to care for and protect the god they've been assigned to. In order to complete these tasks, such messengers require wings. Shin, however, can't fly. His tiny, useless wings make him the target of ridicule and scorn among the other messengers and have kept him from being able to serve a god... until now. Determined to prove himself as a capable messenger despite his flightlessness, Shin accepts his assignment to a mysterious being on one of the nearby mountains. At first, it seems an easy task to keep his charge safe and happy — especially when the deity in question is just a cute, fluffy ball of fur. But things aren't always what they seem. Recently, messengers flying over the strange god's mountain have been disappearing. Even as suspicion mounts against his deity, Shin just can't bring himself to think that such a gentle god could have a dark side. It's strange, but for some reason... the mysterious, fluffy being feels so familiar to him.

I hope these titles offer something more than just a good read to everyone, but a understanding that love comes in many forms and as humans we should be allowed to express that love freely.  


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