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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A Girl and Her Guard Dog Manga Screenshot. A man looks up at a high school girl as she holds his head in her hands.

A Girl and Her Guard Dog

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Name: A Girl and Her Guard Dog (Ojou to Baken-kun)
MangakaHatsuharu

Volumes: 5 (Ongoing – Feb 2021)
Licensed: Kodansha (1V: Digital – Feb 2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Senagaki Isaku will be a first year high school student starting in spring. Her grandfather is the third head of the Senagaki group, a yakuza organization, so she is feared by those around her. However, starting from spring, she hopes to make normal friends and normally fall in love.

She is admitted into a high school further from her hometown, however, the overprotective young head of the Senagaki group, Utou Keiya, falsifies his age and enters the school with her through a backdoor admission…?! Keiya proclaims that love is too early for her although Isaku is perfectly ready. In truth, she has held an unrequited love for Keiya for quite some time
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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Boss Wife

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Name: Boss Wife
MangakaSakurai, Mayu

Volumes: 1 (Ongoing)
Licensed: Kodansha (Digital – 1V)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy/Smut
Age Group: Mature

Summary:  
When Hasumi has a chance meeting with her old high school crush, Yamato Kujo, she figures she might as well spend one night in bliss before she deals with the debt collectors that hound her steps. But when Yamato reveals he’s become a yakuza member, Hasumi panics and runs away—only to have Yamato pop up again, but this time with a proposition: He’ll buy her debt if she becomes his bride. But can she take the pressure and drama of becoming a yakuza wife?
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: I really enjoyed this so far (1 volume) as I can’t really resist the recent Yakuza trend. I’m very excited to continue reading!

The art is my favourite part honestly. It reminds me so much of my favourite mangaka Izumi Kaneyoshi. It’s very unique and mature but still very feminine. I can’t resist the way she draws men or women.

The plot is very good I love the setup and the male lead is lovable. Unfortunately the heroine is kind of annoying. She is always running away scared waiting until the last minute to stand up for herself. It’s understandable the situation for her is weird but sometimes it’s a little grating.

Overall I really love the series and can’t get enough of the art of the male lead! Also this series is pretty dang good for smut.

Final Rating: 4/5

Extra: Reminds me a lot of Dangerous Lover if you need something similar!

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Top 4 Shoujo Bad Boys

Top 4: Shoujo Featuring Bad Boys

So last month I did a Top 4 about Possessive Lovers and I’m gonna kinda piggy back on that idea moving into Bad Boys. This Top 4 is a lot more PG featuring delinquents and bad boys. There is something so fun about the misunderstood bad boy whose heat is softened by the heroine.

Like the other Top 4 lists this isn’t an exact ranking, but a list of four series that fit the sub-genre. I love them all in their own unique way.


Oboreru Knife (Drowning Love)

Oboreru Knife is hands down one of the best Slice of Life manga I have ever read. The series follows a child model who moves out to the country side and falls for the local wild child bad boy Kou.

This series follows the heroine from childhood all the way to adult hood. It’s interesting to watch all the characters grow up. An enduring story of first love. Even as Kou refuses to give up his bad boy ways as a teen.

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Top 4 Bad Boy Manga Series Oboreru Knife. A teen male holds his hands around a teen girls neck under water as they stare at each other longingly.
Oboreru Knife by George Asakura

Mars

Screenshot from Mars: Teen girl give teen boy a painting
Mars by Fuyumi Soryo

Rei is the blue print for all bad boys in manga. He rides a motorcycle, smokes, shows up to school when he wants and lives in his own apartment while in high school. Paired with the mousey heroine Kira, Mars is the perfect high school mix matched couple romance.

Mars was created in the 90’s and is without a doubt a classic must read for anyone who enjoys shoujo manga.

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Lovenista (18+)

Hiromichi stands out in this list cause while he is definitely a hard hitting delinquent his secret passion is makeup! Of course his bad boys ways create a lot of issues for our heroine regardless.

I can’t get over Kayono’s art and the way she portrays bad boys. It’s really too bad that she stopped writing.

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Lovenista by Kayono

Candy Life (18+)

Candy Life by Ogawa

While Candy Life is short (1V) it is wild. The heroine must choose between the rich and caring CEO or his delinquent son.

The series really puts a perspective on what truly matters when it comes to love. Live in luxury or be poor and have passion.

Candy Life is also by Yayoi Ogawa so take a peek at Sumires sisters from Tramps Like Us.

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Snap shot of male lead holding female lead in the manga ima koi wo shite imasu

Ima, Koi wo Shite Imasu

Name: Ima, Koi wo Shite Imasu
MangakaHatta, Ayuko

Volumes: 4 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.04 Ch.14 (Jan 2020)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life/Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
The manga centers on the relationship between a scary and popular, but actually gentle high school boy, and a “life-size” high school girl. Satomi decides to try her best with love in high school. She’s curious about the boy who saved her from a pervert, but she has trouble deciding if the boy is scary or kind.
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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