{Namaikizakari}

February 6th, 2016

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Name: Namaikizakari

Mangaka: Mitsubachi, Miyuki

Volumes: 4 (Ongoing)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.04 Ch.23 (Ongoing)

Scanlator: Mystic Iris

Type: Manga

Genre: Sports

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Upon first sight Machida Yuki knows that she doesn’t want anything to do with Naruse Shou, but how can she keep her cool when he is a part of the basketball club she manages?

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Graphics Rating: 3/5

Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: Graphics are good, not great, not special, just good.

Story has some really great moments but SO SLOW. Next Level slow. As a sports manga it’s kinda lame because it’s alright… I mean the focus on basketball is very wishy washy. The main plot is the romance between the two main characters and I will say “romance” very lightly. We are on chapter 24 and while they both plainly like each other the girl is some next level stubborn and I have no idea how the male lead puts up with it.

This was a very ok time waster but nothing unique or ground breaking.

Final Rating: 3/5

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{I’m Back}

February 2nd, 2016

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I’m back. Like a wanderlust fool I have journeyed through life the past two years and completely left my website. (Although I have checked to make sure it wasn’t COMPLETELY broken every month and continue to pay my fees!) But yeah, just checked in recently and couldn’t believe it was almost 2 years since I had updated. That’s nuts.

Since we last met my life has been on a steady upward trajectory. Happy family, happy romance, amazing job, and there is just no excuse to not come back to what I love. I’ve never stopped reading because I could never but reviewing just kind of fell to the side. But no more. This will be my year to shine.

New Changes
1) Weekly Scheduled Updates – To avoid me just coming on strong and burning out I’m going to stick with 1 review each week released on Saturday. (Rejoice) Any extras I read will be scheduled in advance for those weeks where I am busy.

2) More News/More Community – I want to be with you guys, my people, I want to be friends! I also want my website to have more informational content. Helpful stuff! News ranging from upcoming series, Licensing, ect.

This main push will be done through my Facebook Page. If you give my Page a like I promise to post interesting and useful information. I will also give links to my older favourite stuff so you don’t have to go through my whole website ect.

3) Lets communicate – I want a bigger input on what you’re reading. What should I review next? What kind of information will be useful to you? Do you want a personalized recommendation? I can do that lets chat!

4) Website Overhaul – I know my website is swamped with broken links/outdated info/missing graphics. I will go forward with making sure everything is up to date.

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Thank you guys for sticking with me! Let’s make 2016 amazing! :3

{Lip Smoke}

January 30th, 2016

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Name: Lip Smoke

Mangaka: Nishitaki, Mai

Volumes: 1 (Complete)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.01 Ch.04 (Complete)

Scanlator: Crimson Flower

Type: Manga

Genre: comedy/drama

Age Group: Teen

Summary: High-school student Setsuna Iwato works part-time for a publishing agency. When her employer’s having trouble with an erotic fiction novelist she becomes his assistant to help him rediscover the feeling of a “Pure Kiss”.

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Graphics Rating: 4/5

Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: Amazing graphics. Perfect. Sublime! Very detailed and stylized.

The plot was interesting. It could have been very cliche… but it wasn’t. The heroine is fairly straight forward, while not all knowing. The guy is interesting to say the least.

And even though this isn’t a “mature” series it definitely had my heart pounding. Be it the characters or the art it was an excellent one shot.

Final Rating: 4/5

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{Houkago x Ponytail}

March 29th, 2014

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Name: Houkago x Ponytail

Mangaka: Tanaka, Teko

Volumes: 1 (Complete)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.01 Ch.06 (Complete)

Scanlator: Dazzling Scans (Defunct?)

Type: Manga

Genre: Comedy

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Natsuki, an otaku high-school girl who’d rather spend her money on manga than pretty dresses, accidentally injures a creepy-looking mangaka named Kiritani Taichi. To repay him, she agrees to be his character model until he fully heals. Kiritani turns out to be a popular shoujo mangaka under the name Ichijou Kiriko, who is also Natsuki’s favorite author! Plus, underneath that disheveled hair Kiritani is actually a good-looking man! What will become of these two?

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Graphics Rating: 4/5

Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: I LOVE the graphics. Not consistent the whole way through, but not to say any of it looks bad. The style just changes a little from beginning to end. In LOVE with the eyes and the way the mangaka drew the assisstant… It reminds me of Kayono! I know there is a ton of controversy around Kayono but she is one of the few artists I have read religiously: AKA everything that she has ever done that is translated… I have read. I may not have reviewed them since I’ve been reading them since the beginning, but I love it. And this mangaka is new so it’s just going to get better from here! I’m so excited for their future projects!

As for the story, I haven’t read something so adorable and comedic since Oresama Teacher. Unlike Oresama Teacher there is WAY more romance and it’s just to adorable to bear. I’m not a Japanese slinging otaku, but holy mother of moe, doki doki. Doki doki describes this series in more ways then I ever could.

It’s hilarious as well, can totally relate to the herione. Pursuit of happiness? More like pursuit of manga. She’s strong in many ways but weak in so many ways that you can relate to as well. Also it’s kinda cute to see the awkward, socially weird guy win one for once. Also can we give this manga an award for breaking away from “Same Hair Syndrome*”?

One thing I do not like is how lightly her abuse of the main guy is taken. She beats the crap out of him and it’s always comedic relief, domestic abuse isn’t funny.

In the end though it was perfect as a 1 shot. Any longer may have been just too much. It ends in such a sweet spot and I have nothing but mad love for the series!

Final Rating: 4/5

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***Same Hair syndrome is the fact that in 90% of manga (Uncited source) the girl will always end up with a guy with the opposite hair colour. AKA: Girl with light hair will end up with guy with dark hair/Girl with dark hair will end up with guy with light hair.

I’m not making this up, I don’t enforce the rules, but it’s a disturbing trend that can help you predict the ending of many a romance manga.

{Hana-kun to Koisuru Watashi}

February 20th, 2014

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Name: Hana-kun to Koisuru Watashi

Mangaka: Kumaoka, Fuyu

Volumes: 7 (Ongoing)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.?? Ch.29 (Ongoing)

Scanlator: Shoujo Sense

Type: Manga

Genre: Slice of Life/Comedy

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Nanase Sakashita is good at playing the role of model student but that doesn’t stop her from taking an interest in Hana-kun, the school’s delinquent. Hana-kun accidently drops a small box while sneaking around on the school grounds. When Nanase tries to return the box, Hana-kun tells her to keep it for its already too late to give it to the person he likes. Who is this person?!

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Graphics Rating: 4/5

Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: Love the graphics. Cute and modern. Very down to earth with not a TON of glitter… but it’s there.

Okay so with the plot. GUYS, I have a LOT of feelings about this series. All the feelings. It’s so sweet (in the perfect way) and refreshing. I just cannot get over how amazing the heroine is. She isn’t vain or obsessive or overtly insecure. There isn’t this constant melodramatic undertone. The heroine is just continually genuine and honest. You can’t help but love her. It isn’t even like she is some wonder woman either, she isn’t unrealistically perfect and gracious.

And you know what? The heroine has this great relationship with her friends which is always a plus for me.

The guy is interesting and unique. The romance is slow and realistic. Nothing in the series seems super forced except this strange arc you get into around Ch.27. (When you catch up can we all agree wtf?)

I really really really enjoyed this series. It’s an awesome high school/first love romantic novel done perfectly.

Final Rating: 4/5

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{Chicchai Toki kara Suki dakedo}

February 19th, 2014

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Name: Chicchai Toki kara Suki dekedo

Mangaka: Haruki, Saki

Volumes: 2 (Ongoing)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.02 Ch.06 (Ongoing)

Scanlator: Shoujo Sense

Type: Manga

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Tsubasa and Shou have been friends ever since they met in kindergarten. Now they’re starting high school at the same school, in the same class. Tsubasa has been in love with Shou for years, but never found the courage to talk to him about it. Still, she thinks he may feel the same… until they meet a girl who changes everything. Could she be the one whom Shou truly loves? And what does that mean for Tsubasa?

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Graphics Rating: 4/5

Plot Rating: 2/5

Opinion: I quite enjoy the graphics. I love how the guy is drawn darker and you can kinda get a sense of his personality through shading. Love the style, pretty up to date, very shoujo with minimal sparkle. (But loads of blush)

This is just a sugary sweet piece of pie. These cute, wholesome bff’s attempt to date. At first it was cute. Would have been awesome as one volume, but at this point the girl is way too paranoid. I get being concerned but it’s so melodramatic. I dunno what’s going to happen now that the contract has been extended.

Otherwise very vanilla.

Final Rating: 2/5

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{Conflict Lovers}

February 17th, 2014

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Name: Conflict Lovers

Mangaka: Takamiya, Satoru

Volumes: 1 (Complete)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.01 Ch.02 (Ongoing)

Scanlator: Shoujo Crusade

Type: Manga

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Because of her sister who suddenly ran away, Sagiri ends up getting married in her place. Her husband is hard to understand and is a bit of an S. What will happen to their married life?!

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Graphics Rating: 5/5

Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: Love the graphics sooo much. I mean, I don’t think they are ridiculously original but it’s a style so seldom used in shoujo and I’m just really impressed. Very straight forward, slim, streamlined. It seems a strange way to describe art but I’m serious. It also matches the characters very well. A+

The story is so cliche. Been there done that. Still a guilty and luscious pleasure though. I mean how many completely original romance novels can there be? The characters are so fun and I found myself laughing quite literally out loud. I totally understand the heroines struggle to be feminine. It’s sweet.

There was a lot of potential there though that was untapped. I feel like the author has a better grasp on the idea of the age gap forced marriage then any predecessors… but keeps the story and the characters relationship very shallow. More emotion! Maybe if it was longer then 1 volume?

Final Rating: 3/5

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{Risou no Kareshitachi}

February 16th, 2014

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Name: Risou no Kareshitachi

Mangaka: Honda, Honomi

Volumes: 1 (Complete)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.01 Ch.01 (Complete)

Scanlator: Crimson Flower

Type: Manga

Genre: Horror

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Naho wants to be Hayato’s girlfriend, but senpai won’t quit noticing her.

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Graphics Rating: 4/5

Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: Loved the graphics. They seem really modern and clean, not fluffy, but still pretty shoujo.

As for the plot get ready for a serious case of “Wow that escalated quickly.”. It’s listed as horror and I stopped periodically thinking where the horror came in. What is horror? Horror compared to suspense or a thriller. Then it hits like “Welp, that’s definitely horror.”

Not very original at all. Fairly predictable and lot of build up for a very quick climax and diminuendo. But I do have to say it’s very refreshing to see stereotypical “love” smeared in almost satire.

Final Rating: 3/5

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{Kainushi wa Akuma}

February 5th, 2014

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Name: Kainushi wa Akuma

Mangaka: Kaji, Eiri

Volumes: 4 (Ongoing)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.02 Ch.04 (Ongoing)

Scanlator: Phoenix Serenade Scans

Type: Manga

Genre: Drama/Fantasy/Historical

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Most people love red hair. It’s so vibrant and striking. But not our protagonist Nora. Many people in her village hate her because she has red hair because of an old legend in the village. Though some people hate her, she still pulls on. But her not -so-ordinary life might become mysterious and dangerous soon…in more ways than one?!

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Graphics Rating: 2/5

Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: I could like the graphics more. They’re kinda long and pointy. Bishounen are pretty great looking.

The series is interesting. I feel like it’s a really weird watered down version of Trinity Blood. Or maybe Dazzle? It just feels like the set up is great but there isn’t a ton of depth to the story.

BUT, great huge but, I still love it. It’s like an addictive harlequin romance (which lets admit, isn’t as awful as people assume). It’s got an interesting back drop but is very much a typical shoujo. As long as you don’t have any huge expectations I’m sure you will love this supernatural story.

Final Rating: 3/5

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{Tsubakikan no Utsukushi Sugiru Garçon}

January 26th, 2014

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Name: Tsubakikan no Utsukushi Sugiru Garçon

Mangaka: Yuuki, Riko

Volumes: 2 (Complete)

Licensed: No

Scanlations: V.02 Ch.07 (Ongoing)

Scanlator: Shojo Sense

Type: Manga

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Age Group: Teen

Summary: Yufuin Shizuka is a garçon at the Cafe Tsubaki-kan. He’s gorgeous, elegant, and gives superb service. He just has one weakness – girls! Just looking into a girl’s eyes or being touched is enough to completely fluster him. Unfortunately, the owner’s granddaughter is going to be running the cafe, and when she finds out about his problem, she decides that he shouldn’t be working there!

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Graphics Rating: 3/5

Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: Love the graphics. I find the girls are drawn quite plain but jeezus the males are nice looking. Which is great since you spend the series staring at the hapless and good looking hero.

The plot is a little interesting but there isn’t a ton of depth to it. Despite that there is something about this series. I think the series can catch you off guard from art. The art and the scenes the artist has decided to show are very important, even more important then any of the words. You really feel the emotion and I could feel my heart squeezing more then a few times.

Although not an award winner I really really enjoyed reading this series.

This review sucks a lot but it’s hard to describe this series for some reason… maybe I’m just rusty.

Final Rating: 3/5

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