Like a Butterfly Hibi Chou Chou Heroine and Male Lead

Like a Butterfly

Name: Like a Butterfly (Hibi Chouchou)
MangakaSuu Morishita

Volumes: 12 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (4 Volumes: Digital /VizManga App / Print)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
After Kawasumi rescues her from an unwelcome admirer, Suiren finds herself captivated by him. However, Suiren is too shy to speak to anyone, much less this reserved karate boy. What’s more, Suiren isn’t the only one interested in Kawasumi. Will a class trip offer the opportunity to reveal her feelings before it’s too late?

– Mangaupdates

Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: It’s cute and fluffy. I almost didn’t continue reading after first volume because I hate pathetic heroines. Luckily I read more on the Viz Manga app and it’s not nearly as bad as I thought.

The art is really cute. I think that’s a plus one to continue to read. Very fluffy and shoujo style without too much detail.

This series I very very slow and honestly the heroine is very boring. But overall it takes all kinds and I kinda slowly started to like this cute first love story. It’s very soft which can be nice when you prefer very rough manga. Sometimes it’s nice to read low drama series.

I know I’m not selling this but I was up very late last night reading it so it must have the je ne sais quois. If you’re a fan of soft and slow romances you will really love this! And if you don’t want to commit lots of money it’s on the Viz Manga app so worth a try!

Final Rating: 4/5

Extra: Same manga-ka as Sign of Affection!

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Fundari, Kettarim Aishitari manga. Heroine and male lead smoking together

Fundari, Kettari, Aishitari

Name: Fundari, Kettari, Aishitari
MangakaIchiya, Sumi

Volumes: 4 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.03 Ch.14 (2024)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama
Age Group: Mature

Summary:
Kaho is busy working hard every day and is exhausted both mentally and physically. Her only recourse is drinking with the handsome Akira, who indulges in drinking, smoking, fighting and having fun with women. She truly thought they were able to become quite good friends without any romantic feelings between them – until that night…

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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: I love this series so much and I know I’m gonna get flack for it, it starts off with dub-con. But otherwise I feel like this series is such a life-like depiction of adulthood and the complicated and messy relationships we can get into.

I love the art. The art is very detailed but still feels mature. I love the fashions the heroine wears she always feels like a strong independent women wearing designer clothes. The ML is also very handsome and fashionable which makes sense since he’s a “playboy”.

So the reason EVERYONE hates this series is the heroine and the ML have sex in the first chapter after a night of drinking. The heroine is very upset by this afterwards and tries to avoid the ML but keeps running into him and realizes she misses the friendship. It is dubious consent as the heroine plays it off as a regretful one night rather than sexual assault. And honestly, it sucks, but it’s a key pivot point for the story.

I love the heroine and the ML banter and the story after all that ends up being extremely thoughtful. It shows a messy and complicated friendship/relationship that I haven’t experienced, but I’ve seen a lot of my friends go through. This type of relationship is rarely shown with the maturity the heroine approaches it with and it’s really interesting.

Overall this series is an analysis of the heroine’s approach to adult-hood. What should she be doing on what timeline? In Japan most women leave their work when they get married but our heroine loves her job. She enjoys her leisure time at bars with friends which won’t line up with married life either.

If you enjoy Josei and slice of life series give this a try past volume 1. The first volume is definitely dramatic but the story becomes so rich in volume 2 I’d hate for anyone to sleep on it.

Final Rating: 4/5

Extra: n/a

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My Girlfriend's Child manga

My Girlfriend’s Child

Name: My Girlfriend’s Child
MangakaAoi Mamoru

Volumes: 7 (Ongoing)
Licensed: Seven Seas Entertainment (3 Volumes: Digital (App) / Paperback OOP)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life/Drama
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Sachi and her boyfriend Takara are a young couple in high school. They go to school together, hang out, and even engage in the more intimate side of dating. However, after a recent evening of sex, Sachi gets the feeling that something isn’t right and buys a pregnancy test. Later, in the bathroom of a family restaurant far from her home, she sees the two red lines that will change her life forever. A tender and honest look at the realities of teen pregnancy.

– Mangaupdates

Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: I’m a big fan of slice of life so when I saw this was getting published I pre-ordered 100%. I’ve read three volumes and so far it has completely delivered the experience I was expecting.

The art is very unique compared to other shoujo. It’s very “sketchy” but still so beautiful and filled with so much emotion. I don’t think it’s like art I’d love on a wall or anything but it matches the vibes of the series really well.

The story is great. If you’re in for a serious drama about two high schoolers dealing with teen pregnancy you’re ready. For three volumes now everything has had a very serious tone about it and I really love the realistic portrayal of teen pregnancy. I really love this series and can’t wait to read it to the end.

If you aren’t a fan of serious topics that are a bit gloomy, or the slow pace of slice of life, you probably won’t enjoy this.

Final Rating: 4/5

Extra: N/A

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Basara Manga Image of Sarasa and Ageha

Basara

Name: Basara
MangakaTamura Yumi

Volumes: 27 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (27 Volumes: Digital (App) / Paperback OOP)
Type: Manga
Genre: Adventure/Action/Fantasy/Drama
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Basara is a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure series and one of the most popular shôjo manga of the 90s in Japan. It is the story of how a young girl becomes “the child of destiny” and finds the strength to free her people and seek revenge for the death of her brother.

–Manga Updates

Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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KIyoku Yamashiku Modokashiku

Kiyoku, Yamashiku, Modokashiku

Name: Kiyoku, Yamashiku, Modokashiku
MangakaTachibana Oreco

Volumes: 5 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.05 Ch.22 (2023)
Scanlator: Lovesick Alley
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary:
Enjouji may look like a scary and fierce gyaru on the outside, but she’s a pure girl on the inside. The only one who would dare tease and argue with her is their school’s disciplinary committee chairman, Fujii. And there’s also one problem, his perverted attitude is too much for her to handle!!

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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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