Screengrab from Ichinose Kyoudai wa Gaman Dekinai. A teen boy holds a teen girl as he kisses her.

Ichinose Kyoudai wa Gaman Dekinai

Name: Ichinose Kyoudai wa Gaman Dekinai
MangakaSakurai Mayu

Volumes: 2 (Complete)
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.08 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
A new big beautiful guy is transferred in Hoshino’s class. Wait! He’s Ichinose, the troublemaker of middle school. At that time Hoshino has written a love novel between Ichinose and his new stepbrother. When the novel was discovered by a classmate, they make fun of them and triggered Ichinose’s wrath. Then ichinose transferred. Maybe was Hoshino’s fault? And now he’s back!
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

Opinion: It’s been a while since I have read a series that made my heart stop like this. It’s almost brought me to tears with how sincere all the three main characters are. And I’d like to point out the love triangle isn’t two guys to the one girl, it’s a girl and a guy going after the same guy.

The art is great. I will be totally impartial and admit I love the art. I think it’s very unique and detailed. I love the way the mangaka draws both female sand males in a sketched kind of way.

This series is interesting in the way it approaches the different types of love there are. There is romantic love, familial love, brotherly love, and they are all equally important. Rarely do you see men affectionate on all levels but it’s amazing to see the male leads admiration and respect for his older step-brother.

On the other hand, it’s heartbreaking to see his brother’s romantic love kept a secret while the male lead pursues the heroine. Even on top of that is the complication of the heroine trying to find a place for herself where she still respects and honours the male leads relationship with his brother.

And finally my most favourite part about this series is how loving and honest the male lead is with the heroine. I’ve been so desensitized by tsundere leads I keep waiting for the hero to turn around and hurt the heroine. But he never does and it’s so refreshing.

Highly recommend this series to literally anyone. I’m so glad I was able to read this and I hope it’s licensed and released paperback some day.

Final Rating: 5/5

Extra: From the mangaka of Boss Wife

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Screengrab from manga Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudesai R where a woman leans in to kiss a man with glasses on the cheek. He is surprised.

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai R

Name: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai Returns
Mangaka: Aya Nakahara

Volumes: 6 (Complete)
Scanlations: V.04 Ch.13 (March 1st 2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
Good-for-nothing Shibata Michiko is back! And with her back are her never-ending troubles. Will she be able to stand on her own feet this time around or will she have to keep on relying on her superior, Kurosawa Ayumu, to get her out of her misery? Hop on board to take a ride for a fun and romantic journey with a woman too good for her own idiocy and a man too good for his own kindness.
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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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

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Dakishimete Tsuide ni Kiss mo

Name: Dakishimete Tsuide ni Kiss mo
MangakaMimori Ao

Volumes: 5 (Ongoing – Jan 2020)
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.07 (Jan 2020)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
Tamako Asahina, who lived without care, unmarried and without a lover, will soon be 30. But, an unexpected meeting swoops down from a familiar place…?!
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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Love Phantom

Name: Love Phantom
MangakaMitsuki Kako

Volumes: 11 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.01 Ch.05 (Jan 2020)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
Momoko is just a normal waitress who works at a cafe, but suddenly a fateful romance appears right in front of her….
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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