Screenshot from Spell of Desire Manga by Tomu Ohmi. Woman leans into a man holding her she looks upset.

Spell of Desire

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Name: Spell of Desire
MangakaOhmi, Tomu

Volumes: 5 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (Print/Digital – Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Supernatural/Smut
Age Group: Mature

Summary:  
Kaoruko Mochizuki runs an herb shop in a small seaside town. One day, a mysterious man dressed in black named Kaname Hibiki enters her shop and reveals that Kaoruko is actually a witch. And what’s more, Kaoruko needs Kaname to help control her awakening power!

Among the shocking news that Kaname imparts is that Kaoruko’s mother is still alive and has entrusted Kaoruko with the immense power of the Witch Queen. As long as Kaoruko has that power, she will be the target of humans and demonic spirits alike. Kaname claims to be a “knight” that protects witches, but then he steals a kiss from Kaoruko…!

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

Opinion: I really enjoyed this unique portrayal of witches! This series did a fairly good job of introducing the supernatural world but I felt like it could have been a bit longer.

Art is very unique to this mangaka. It gives an old school vibe that is kind of sketchy but it’s still modern. Very sharp looking. The male lead is quite handsome and the heroine is stunning as she develops throughout the series.

Plot was interesting and unique. I predicted some stuff that actually didn’t happen which was pleasantly surprising. I think the series could have been a bit longer to have some more fun with the world but the ending is satisfying. Very cute sexy series about witches.

Final Rating: 4/5

Extra: From the same mangaka of Midnight Secretary

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Scene from manga Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai - A woman grins at a man while he looks at her annoyed

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai

Name: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai
MangakaAya Nakahara

Volumes: 10 (Complete)
Scanlations: V.10 Ch.40
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
The unemployed Shibata Michiko is betting everything she has on her romance with a younger man—literally. In order to keep him happy, she deprives herself of the things she wants and buys him expensive clothing and accessories. Since she’s flat out broke, she needs to find a job before she starves to death and loses her young love interest. However, Michiko discovers that the boy was never interested in her romantically. Depressed at being dumped and after a series of unsuccessful interviews, she bumps into Kurosawa—an intimidating former boss she used to dislike.
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: So this series was very different for me in the fact it was super Slice of Life based with very little romance. Slice of life in itself isn’t a bad thing, I love it, but it’s a bit harder to get through when the heroine is well… annoying.

The art is really nice and lends itself to the often comedic moments in the series. It’s not very detailed and is very round. Didn’t love or hate the art it was quite nice.

Now I want to start that by the end (like the last 3 volumes) I actually started to be genuinely invested in the series. The first half of the series is tough because the heroine is a cringey idiot. This ends up being ok because as a slice of life series we watch the heroine grow up and make better decisions. But still, very hard to deal with her antics from the first few volumes.

I don’t know what convinced me to keep reading despite the bad times. I think knowing it was complete was helpful. It also has a lot of very funny moments. I really love the banter between the heroine and the main male lead. They are really cute to follow.

I think it was also nice to just read a slice of life josei about a woman who is 29. I’m turning 30 myself this year and could empathize with some of her concerns about trying to “grow up”. If you enjoy josei and don’t mind a cringey heroine I’d say go ahead and enjoy this!

Final Rating: 3/5

Extra: There is a sequel that is more “romance” called “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai R(Returns)”

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Crown of Thorns Manga by Kamio

Crown of Thorns

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Name: Crown of Thorns (Ibara no Kanmuri)
Mangaka: Yoko Kamio

Volumes: 2 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (2 Volumes – Digital only)
Type: Manga
Genre: Supernatural
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Nobara, a high-school girl who lives alone in a western style house, has a curious power. She can see things others can’t. Three months ago, a curious blonde guy appeared in front of her, but she is the only one who can see him…
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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Maid in Honey Shoujo Manga

Maid in Honey

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Name: Maid in Honey
MangakaYoshino Mari

Volumes: 6 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (6 Volumes: Digital – Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Nanase-san, a high school student, is studying at a famous private school. Unlike all the wealthy students she knows, her family situation is far from easy, as she lives alone in a dilapidated home with her little twin sisters, fights and small jobs supporting the house. The opposite of the high school star, a well-known actor who leads an easy and uncomplicated life … But appearances deceive? Are you hiding anything behind that facade? And what consequences will an impromptu meeting have in a delicate situation for each of them?
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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Star Crossed Shoujo Manga by Junko

Star Crossed!!

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Name: Star Crossed!! (Oshi ga Watashi de Watashi ga Oshi de)
MangakaJunko

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (4 Volumes: Digital and Print)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Azusa lives for only one man: Chika-kun, of the idol group Prince 4 U. But when she accidentally dies trying (and failing) to save him, she can’t believe her luck—to be in literal Heaven with the man she loves! But never one to lie, God says this one is on him, and sends them both back to continue their lives … but there’s just one little problem. Their souls have been sent to the wrong bodies! And not only that—they can switch back and forth by kissing? What on Earth does fate have in store for them?
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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