Mark your calendars for November 28th as manga publish TOKYOPOP presents LOVE MURDER BASKETBALL, a gripping BL release. This captivating story unravels a tense cat-and-mouse murder mystery against the backdrop of professional sports. Brace yourself for a gritty and thrilling experience like no other.

The upcoming series will be released through TOKYOPOP’s LoveLove imprint, showcasing an enticing collaboration between author Kurutta Hito and the talented artist Tsunderuuu. LOVE MURDER BASKETBALL is based on the popular OEL (Original English Language) webtoon that captured the hearts of over 360 million readers and amassed an impressive following of 45K subscribers. The print edition by TOKYOPOP will also be available in digital format, ensuring a wider reach for this captivating story; available for the first time completely uncensored! Get ready for a thrilling and immersive experience with LOVE MURDER BASKETBALL!

Love Murder Basketball Synopsis

As the son of one of the most infamous Yakuza bosses in Japan, Shoto Tanaka’s life is anything but ordinary. Then, he meets the most popular athlete in Japan, Goro Nakamura. Goro is used to putting on a show for the public, and since he comes from a family of wealth and notoriety, he is frequently in the limelight. Shoto, like many others, is captivated by Goro’s icy charisma.

What Shoto doesn’t yet know is that Goro is also the infamous “Animosity Serial Killer.” In what ways will Goro and Shoto’s profound devotion to each other and their conflicting ideologies impact their complex relationship and those around them?

This bloody BL thriller is for mature readers (18+) who enjoy dark psychological themes, suspense, and a side of horror with their romance.

Kurutta Hito | Author Comments

“Goro, one of the main characters, is of Japanese and Melanesia-African American heritage,” explains Hito. “His heritage is an important part of his narrative, and I wanted to explore what it’s like to be a multicultural kid growing up in a homogeneous culture.”

Hito continues, “During the early stages of the creation of his character, I had a distinct notion that he should be unlike anyone else in the BL community. I wanted him to be unique. I was also aware that it would not be easy to do. Every character in this series brings a smile to my face, and I sincerely hope that readers will develop the same sentiments regarding any of the characters that ultimately win their hearts. There is a character for everyone. Your readership of Love Murder basketball is appreciated.”

You can follow Kurutta Hiro and his work at, and illustrator Tsunderuuu at,

Love Murder Basketball is set to be released on November 28th; PREORDER HERE

The article has been updated on 11/5/2023 at 1:20 a.m. at Hiro’s request. Newly revised author quote regarding “Love Murder Basketball.”

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