Name: Black Panther and Sweet 16 (Kurohyou to 16-sai)
Mangaka: Toriumi, Pedoro
Volumes: 11 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha USA
Licensed Volumes: 11 (Digital)
Age Group: Older Teen
Taiga moves into the city and meets a boy at an abandoned house. Later, he ends up kissing as “thanks,” to which she responds by slapping him and running off.
The next day, at her first day at her new school, she find out that the boy also goes to her school and is the super popular Anri, who publicly declares himself her pet.
Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 4/5
Opinion: I. Am. Ob-Sessed! It’s as if someone read my mind and took all my favourite parts from all my favourite manga and mashed it into a frankenstein mega manga made only for me. Having this be digital only is the most devastating thing for me (as a manga collector) but I’m glad I took the leap into my first digital purchase with this series.
Graphics are AWESOME. Both girls and guys get this really cute and stylish look, very detailed and glam without the stereotypical shoujo glitter. I’ve seen a comment talking about weird anatomy and I SEE it, but it doesn’t bother me I feel like it’s just a style choice and I like it even more!
The plot is some weird modern mash up of Boys Over Flowers and if you know me Boys Over Flowers is in my top 10 manga of all time. I love the heroine, Manga Updates has her listed as indecisive or weak but I disagree, I feel like she pretends to be meek a lot of the time to try and avoid the tomboy habits that she was mocked for in Middle School. When Taiga is pushed to far she straight up snaps, it’s not some point of frustration it’s her real personality shining through.
As for the boys… I have a soft spot for bad boys. The set up with 4 boys (hinting at harem?) is SO very Boys Over Flowers. As for the main guy, I love him! He is aggressive and demanding but at the same time seems to know just how far to push the heroines buttons. This story isn’t of a cat and mouse, it’s of two cats.
Final Rating: 5/5 (I’ll admit this rating is a little self indulgent but I can’t help it)