A man and a woman with a butterfly, snippit from Seirou Opera Manga

Seirou Opera

Name: Seirou Opera
MangakaSakurakoji Kanoko

Volumes: 12 (Complete)
Scanlations: V03, Ch12
Type: Manga
Genre: Mystery, Historical, Drama
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
The story unfolds in the Edo era in the Yoshiwara red-light district of Tokyo. Akane, a girl whose family is from Samurai, is sold to a brothel to be orphaned. To be the “little sister” of the “lady” No 1 spot. This will bring a client ask, then she meets a stranger very peculiar man. What will happen after that meeting?
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: I’m glad I’m reviewing this series right after “Somethings Wrong with Us” because I feel like Seirou Opera does a way better job. You’ve got a murder mystery but at the same time you feel really connected to all the characters.

To start the art is fantastic. Right away I recognized the art from Black Bird and I love it. Her art style always looks so fantastic with a historical backdrop. Very detailed but not sparkly. She definitely has her own specific style and it consistently delivers.

For the Heroine I would love to say she is strong and I think she is, but she is quite emotional. Overall I quite like her regardless.

The pacing of the series is slow but fast all at the same time. There is a lot of historical jargon that can make it confusing. I would recommend reading Sakuran which is pretty short and sweet but does a great job explaining the ins and outs of the pleasure district.

I’m absolutely hooked on this series. When it’s not the pining of a forbidden relationship, the murder mystery will keep you hooked! A must read.

Final Rating: 4/5

Extra: From the author of Black Bird

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Something’s Wrong with Us

Name: Something’s Wrong with Us (Watashitachi wa Douka Shiteiru)
Mangaka: Ando Natsumi

Volumes: 12 (ongoing)
LicensedKodansha (2)
Type: Manga
Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Josei
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Nao became a traditional Japanese sweets maker, and at 21, she’s about to take the industry by storm. With unparalleled artistry and a bright attitude, she gets an offer to work at a world-class confectionary company. But when she meets the young, handsome owner, she recognizes his cold stare … It’s none other than Tsubaki, her childhood friend and first crush-the same boy who stood over his father’s bloodied body 15 years ago, and framed Nao’s mother for the murder. As the only witness of that fateful night, Nao is eager to chase down the truth and confirm her suspicions. Since Tsubaki has no clue who she is, she seizes her chance to get close to him, but instead of finding any answers, she begins falling deeper for Tsubaki’s allure …
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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Piece

Name: Piece
Mangaka: Asihara, Hinako

Volumes: 10 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.010 Ch.21 (Complete)
Scanlator: Forbidden Garden
Type: Manga
Genre: Mystery/Drama/Romance
Age Group: Teen

Summary: One day, Mizuho, a university student, receive news that her classmate in high school, Origuchi Haruka, passed away. Mizuho doesn’t remember being best friends with Origuchi, but apparently, Origuchi told her mother that Mizuho was her best friend. And now, her mother wants Mizuho to help her find the boy Origuchi dated during high school. Mizuho told Origuchi’s mother that Origuchi was a very plain girl, and she was never seen with a guy, but her mother told Mizuho that Origuchi got pregnant and had an abortion when she was in high school. Mizuho was shocked, but she still starts asking her other classmates in high school and following the traces Origuchi left behind.

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

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Nobody Knows

Name: Nobody Knows
Mangaka: Lee, Hyeon-Sook

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.04 Ch.28 (Complete)
Scanlator: Suras Place
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Josei/Supernatural/Mystery
Age Group: Teen

Summary: The “self bully” Ban has a normal enough life, and where divorced parents aren’t that uncommon, her life becomes shadowed in mystery when her mother, Eun-Joo, suddenly brings their “distant relative” Jin-Whan home to live with them. Ban’s mother would always avoid the topic of her family, so who is this strange boy? Are they really relatives? What torturous secrets does her mother’s past hold? And what do the sudden strange happens that follow in Jin-Whan’s wake mean? Would a better question not be who is he, but what?

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

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Anata ni Hana o Sasagemashou: I’ll Give You a Flower

Name: Anata ni Hana o Sasagemashou (I’ll Give You a Flower)
Manga-ka: Ohmi Tomu

Volumes: 2 (Ongoing)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.08 (Ongoing)
Scanlator: Midnight Scans
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Supernatural/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary: Seri is a very happy, simple girl. The only thing that bothers her is her marriage to her fiancee, the super-obocchama, Yuzuki! While they both repel each other, Seri happens to notice the strange creatures behind Yuzuki!!

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