ALC Publishing & JManga Partnering on Heian Period Yuri Manga “Kimi no Tamenara Shineru”

March 9th, 2012

“When you think of Heian period literature, two names come instantly to mind, Murasaki Shikibu, creator of the Tale of Genji and Sei Shonagon, writer of the Pillow Book.

What may not come to mind is the image of Shonagon as a 27-year old NEET, blogger, Twitterer and…well, perv.

That is, it may not come to mind, until after you’ve finished reading Kimi no Tamenara Shineru (姫のためなら死ねる). After that, you’re just about guaranteed to think of her that way.” – Okazu Review 7/9/11

With POOR POOR LIPS topping the JManga bestsellers, ALC Publishing and JManga are teaming up once again to bring you entertaining Yuri Manga.  Kimi no Tamenara Shineru, by Kuzushiro combines leading lights of Heian period literature, Imperial life and wacky Yuri comedy in a way that’s sure to bring a goofy smile to your face.

And now that Takeshobo allows access globally to all their manga on JManga, there’s no regional barriers at all between you and this and other fun Yuri manga!

Cover Image: Copyright Image: Kimi no Tamenara Shineru Volume 1 (c)Kuzushiro/Takeshobo Co., Ltd.)

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7 Responses

  1. Cryssoberyl says:

    They made a good choice. For a number of reasons, I’m very fond of “KnT” as I think of it, and I look forward to reading more of it as much as anyone.

  2. DezoPenguin says:

    *earmarks another five bucks from the budget*

    More Yuri available, and from a publisher that is willing to sign on to global distribution. These are both Very Good Things.

    …Plus the manga is funny. That helps. ^_^

  3. redfish says:

    Reading Shōnagon’s Pillow Book, that was certainly the impression that I got about her. I could also see why she reportedly didn’t get along too well with Murasaki Shikibu; their styles seemed quite different.

  4. @redfish – It’s been a really long time since I read it (although now I need to get a copy and re-read it!) but yeah, exactly.

    They were both writing for the same audience, but in completely different ways. It’s hard to *not* imagine a rivalry.

  5. CTB says:

    Oh Yeah! I will buy this one as soon as it will be on Jmanga !
    I found out about JManga opening worldwide Yesterday ( PPL v 1 & 2 XD First vol. one already done second for tomorrow to feast on ;) and already some future plans to buy next month.) And to think that I was not so long time ago raging about Not-US residents being @#!#! by Jmanga XD Now I can only say Sorry And MORE PLEASE !
    Oh BTW Its also great we can freely switch between ENG and JAP versions. Works nice for me since I’m leaning Japanese
    BTW is there a way somewhere on JManga to leave a suggestions/ requests for a series to pick up ?

  6. @CTB- I’m so glad you’re enjoying JManga! (And your apology is accepted. ^_^ I know it’s frustrating to be an Non-North American fan, but the best thing to do is never to rage, and always to write polite letters. That’s got a much better rate of success.)

    Yes, you can use the Feedback Tab on JManga’s website – it’s on the left of the screen – or email them at or use their contact form:

    Go ahead and let them know what titles you’d like to see.

  7. J says:

    I have trouble reading this manga, just because I’d always interpreted Murasaki Shikibu as a cloistered fujoshi and Sei Shonagon as more of a “queen bee”.

    Reading The Pillow Book with one’s goggles firmly in place is admittedly a very fun exercise though! Shonagon and her Empress exchange such sappy poetry that the translator whose edition I read (Morris) felt the need to add a note at one point that “the exchange of this type of romantic poetry between ladies at Court was entirely conventional and should not be taken as evidence of Lesbian attachments”. Interestingly, in that same note he cites a note from his book on ancient Japanese court life — a note which states that “homosexual relations among the court ladies were probably quite common”. Though he demurs that he has found no specific evidence of such relations, it’s still amusing that his own citation provides something of a contradiction to the original note.

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