Screenshot from Takane and Hana. A highschool girls is asleep leaning on an older man who is also asleep.

Takane and Hana

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Name: Takane and Hana
MangakaShiwasu, Yuki

Volumes: 18 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (Ongoing – Digital/Paperback)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  
Hana is a high schooler who ends up replacing her big sister at a marriage interview. Little does she expect that the potential groom, a handsome 26-year-old businessman named Takane, immediately insults her and calls her a gold digger! Furious, Hana throws her wig in his face and leaves.

Against all odds the two end up going on dates on a regular basis. Takane is a rich kid who’s much more immature and inexperienced than his good looks and flashy manners suggest, so they find it easy to forget that their ages are ten years apart. But how will these two ever find love when they’re so busy teasing each other?
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: I wanna start by saying I think I would have enjoyed this series much more if it were much much shorter. Say, 5 volumes instead of 18.

The art is very girly and shoujo but often distorted for comedic effect. It doesn’t stand out but it’s not in any way bad.

Like I started with this series would have been much better if shortened. While the antics between the heroine and the male lead start off very cute, it becomes grating quickly. We are talking 10+ volumes of them still being very childish to each other.

While they inevitably reach bumps along the way in their relationship it feels like every new volume brings them back to square one. This may add to the “Comedic” effect, but the comedy style gets old as well. It’s like a comedian who just shouts their jokes the entire time. It isn’t that charming.

While the series may be great for someone who is new to shoujo or doesn’t care about romance much, if you are deep in the shoujo fandom this isn’t that good. It isn’t TERRIBLE either but it is hard to read.

Final Rating: 3/5

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Boy carries girl on back laughing, from manga Baby I love you by Komori Mikko

I Love You Baby

Name: I Love You Baby
Mangaka: Komori Mikko

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: Unlicensed
Releases: V.04 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  You are the “first” of everything for me who is afraid of guys.

A 7th grade girl by the name of Mirei is not allowed to do anything after school due to her strict parents, but one day she goes out on her own after her mom has left for work. That day, she meets a boy that seems to be younger than her. What will become of this meeting.

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

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Walls Between Us, Kodansha

The Walls Between Us

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Name: The Walls Between Us (Watashi-tachi ni wa Kabe ga Aru)
Mangaka: Tsukishima, Haru

Volumes: 7 (Complete)
LicensedKodansha
Licensed Volumes: V.07 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary
Makoto is suddenly confessed to by her narcissistic childhood friend Kikuchi Reita. Not even just any confession, he stands in the street and publicly says «If you want a boyfriend that badly, I don’t mind going out with you.» Which was obviously a no, since Makoto has never considered Reita to be a man, especially a man of interest. What will become of her daily life now that Reita insists on her going out with him?

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

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Springtime with Ninjas Manga Hasegaki Narumi

A Springtime with Ninjas

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Name: A Springtime with Ninjas
MangakaHasegaki, Narumi

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
LicensedKodansha
Licensed Volumes: V.04 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Fantasy/Drama
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  
Kasugami Benio is the sheltered daughter of the richest family in Japan. According to her family tradition, the first man she kisses will be the one she marries. Now that she’s old enough to gain some freedom, Kageshita Tamaki, a handsome playboy is assigned to be her bodyguard… Master x Servant love story starts here!

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

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Hatsu Haru manga by Fujisawa Suzuki

Hatsu Haru

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Name: Hatsu Haru
Mangaka: Fujisawa, Suzuki

Volumes: 13 (Complete)
Licensed: Yen Press
Licensed Volumes: V.13 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  
Too far, it’s hard to be seen. Too close, it’s also hard to be seen. It hurts and makes you feel like crying. Too sad, until it makes you laugh. That’s right, this is what you call first love…the most popular guy in school falls in love for the first time in his life!

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

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