Viz Shojo Beat Licenses “Bloody Mary” and “Honey So Sweet”

This Wednesay ShojoBeat announced on twitter the two newest series that have been licensed by the publisher. Bloody Mary by Akaza Samamiya is currently running in Asuka magazine, and Honey so Sweet by Amu Meguro is currently running in Betsuma magazine.

About the story and mangaka from ShojoBeat tumblr:

Bloody Mary by Akaza Samamiya

“Bloody” Mary, a vampire with a death wish, has spent the past 400 years chasing down a modern-day exorcist named Maria who is thought to have inherited “The Blood of Maria” and is the only one who can kill Mary. To Mary’s dismay, Maria doesn’t know how to kill vampires. Desperate to die, Mary agrees to become Maria’s bodyguard until Maria can find a way to kill him.

About the author:

Akaza Samamiya was born on November 7. Her blood type is B. Her other works include Hatsukoi Canvas (First Love Canvas), Torikago Syndrome (Birdcage Syndrome) and Ouji wa Tadaima Dekasegichuu (The Prince Is Gone on Business), all of which were published in the popular Japanese shojo magazine Asuka.

About the story and mangaka from Shojo Beat tumblr:

Honey So Sweet by Amu Meguro

Little did Nao Kogure realize back in middle school that when she left an umbrella and a box of bandages in the rain for injured delinquent Taiga Onise that she would meet him again in high school. Nao wants nothing to do with the gruff and frightening Taiga, but he suddenly presents her with a huge bouquet of flowers and asks her to date him—with marriage in mind! Is Taiga really so scary, or is he a sweetheart in disguise?

About the author:

Newcomer Amu Meguro debuted with the one-shot manga Makka na Ringo ni Kuchizuke wo (A Kiss for a Bright Red Apple). Born in Hokkaido, her hobbies are playing with her niece and eating. Honey So Sweet is her current series in Bessatsu Margaret magazine.

Bloody Mary is a BL title but Shojo Beat promises it’s not yaoi because it’s running in a shoujo magazine. When I did my write up on Asuka I commented that the art in this series looks fantastic and it would be a great BL title for Vampire Knight fans. Guess those factors do add up to getting licensed.

Honey So Sweet is taken from the simple title Honey, which I’ve read in Betsuma magazine. It’s a cute title about a girl who agrees to go out with a delinquent because she’s afraid of what he would do if she refused. But he actually likes her and even wants to marry her. Slowly she discovers that his reputation doesn’t really fit the kind-hearted person he actually is. At least this title is slice of life, which I’ve been hoping to see more of from Shojo Beat.

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  • At first, I thought, “NO WAY a character has my name!!!” But it’s a dude…and I don’t read BL. So I won’t be picking this up, but Honey sounds really cute!

    • I think that was the reaction from fans that are not into BL. I’m disappointed today, but well, it’s more to read.

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