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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A man and woman sleeping side by side from manga knight on ice by yayoi ogawa

Knight on Ice (Ginban Kishi)

Name: Knight on Ice (Ginban Kishi)
Mangaka: Yayoi Ogawa

Volumes: 11 (Complete)
LicensedKodansha
Releases: V.01 (Ongoing)
Type: Manga
Genre: Josei, Sport, Slice of Life
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  Chitose is a serious young woman, working for the health magazine SASSO. Or at least, she would be, if she wasn’t constantly getting distracted by her childhood friend, international figure skating star Kokoro Kijinami! In the public eye and on the ice, Kokoro is a gallant, flawless knight, but behind his glittery costumes and breathtaking spins lies a secret: he’s actually a hopeless romantic otaku, who can only land his quad jumps when Chitose is on hand to recite a spell from his favorite magical girl anime!

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

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Boy carries girl on back laughing, from manga Baby I love you by Komori Mikko

I Love You Baby

Name: I Love You Baby
Mangaka: Komori Mikko

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: Unlicensed
Releases: V.04 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  You are the “first” of everything for me who is afraid of guys.

A 7th grade girl by the name of Mirei is not allowed to do anything after school due to her strict parents, but one day she goes out on her own after her mom has left for work. That day, she meets a boy that seems to be younger than her. What will become of this meeting.

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

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Kakuriyo Manga

Kakuriyo

Name: Kakuriyo (Bed & Breakfast for Spirits)
MangakaWaco Ioka

Volumes: 5 (Ongoing)
LicensedViz
Licensed Volumes: V.03 (Ongoing)
Type: Manga
Genre: Isekai/Supernatural
Age Group: Teen

Summary
Female college student Aoi inherited her deceased grandfather’s ability to see ayakashi. One day, while Aoi is feeding some ayakashi, a demon appears! He declares that Aoi’s grandfather owed a great debt, and as compensation, Aoi must marry the demon! Aoi refuses, and decides to pay off the debt by working at the inn of the afterlife, the Tenjin-ya.

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

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