18
Sep
07

Yaoi Hentai Series Ends

The Yaoi Hentai series will end with volume 4 next month, and volume 1 will remain out of print. It’s difficult keeping numerous volumes of a multi-volume series in print. It’s a hard sell at conventions when you only have Volume 3 in stock, and everyone new to the series wants the whole set. Since this is an anthology it’s easy enough to end it now. One-shot hentai anthologies will be much more easy to manage.

Volume 1 has had two printings and there is still a decent supply with the distributor. I don’t feel that the demand is there to justify a third printing. We’ve signed with an adult-only manga web comic portal to put the hentai series online, so there will still be access in the future.

Volume 2 has a backlog of orders both through our site and on everythingyaoi.com. I’ll be doing a modest reprint of this volume.

Yaoi Hentai was an unrepentant pornographic anthology series. It was meant to be more graphic and pointless than any other yaoi title out there. Explicit sex scenes were always what filled the majority of the pages. It was the same idea as an X-rated movie. Just enough story to set up the sex scenes. I don’t want to claim that this was anything special, but it was different than other yaoi titles out there, even the most pornographic ones. It was more similar to american smut comic books. There was no pretense that the sex was important to the story. The sex was the story.

Most readers said the art of the series was some of the most Western-seeming of all our publications (not a compliment). The series patently got bad reviews. And yet – it sold fantastically well and the more current volumes still do. Even though it was nothing near what fans defined as ‘yaoi,’ even though it lacked romance and plot and was basically in the formula of hetero smut.

The series has a reputation of being extreme porn. At conventions women would come by the booth with their friends and point at the cover of volume 3 while laughing and saying, “Oh my God!” They might buy other titles at that time, but they’d always come back sereptitiously and hand me a Yaoi Hentai 3 with the cover facing down or have it in between two other books they were buying. At large shows like Anime Expo and Otakon I would easily sell a case of 50 of these or more. It was also a tremendous seller online.

The conclusion of this series doesn’t mean an end to this sort of title. We’ll continue publishing the same sort of thing in one-shots. They’re so much easier to promote and sell. The title ‘Yaoi Hentai’ was very indicative of the content. The one-shots will have provocative (and somewhat comical) titles to continue to get instant recognition. We’re planning on some plot intensive adult-only titles for 2008. I want to have a clear line between these books and the smut for smut’s sake.


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