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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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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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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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We Must Never Fall In Love Manga

We Must Never Fall in Love

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Name: We Must Never Fall in Love
MangakaTsukishima Haru

Volumes: 7 (Ongoing – Feb 2021)
Licensed: Kodansha (4 Volumes: Digital – Feb 2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Sakura confesses to Hatano-kun one summer and is rejected instantly, but does not have time to fall into a depression. She returns to her house to meet her new “younger brother,” what she never expected was her “little brother” to end up being bigger than her…
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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