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Heroine for Hire

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Name: Heroine for Hire
Mangaka: Amakura Fuyu

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (Complete: Digital)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Shuko Kodakamine is strong—too strong, by the standards of some. She hopes to make a good high school debut, but that plan goes up in smoke almost immediately when she injures the attractive, charismatic Serizawa-kun…and later suplexes him, to boot! But when Serizawa-kun finds himself in hot water with a jealous boyfriend, it’s Shuko who comes to his aid…and he comes up with a ridiculous proposition: If Shuko becomes his bodyguard, he’ll make her the most important girl in his world!
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: I really hoped to like this more than I did. Overall it just didn’t wow me and was very much OK.

Art was very unique and very sketchy but I didn’t really enjoy it. It seemed more unfinished rather than a specific choice. A lot of nice scenes seemed to be rushed due to the art style and it was dissapointing.

The plot is cute but it was lacking. Usually when you have the super strong heroine she has more personality to her. I found the heroine incredibly boring, and to be honest I was more interested in her best friend.

The male lead wasn’t anything special either just another popular male lead. As a shoujo the series did well but it was predictable and boring. Sometimes super entrancing art can elevate it to something more but this wasn’t it.

If you’re bored this is an interesting shoujo series. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for something to be deeply invested in or see something unique it’s not here.

Final Rating: 3/5

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Takane and Hana

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Name: Takane and Hana
MangakaShiwasu, Yuki

Volumes: 18 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (Ongoing – Digital/Paperback)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  
Hana is a high schooler who ends up replacing her big sister at a marriage interview. Little does she expect that the potential groom, a handsome 26-year-old businessman named Takane, immediately insults her and calls her a gold digger! Furious, Hana throws her wig in his face and leaves.

Against all odds the two end up going on dates on a regular basis. Takane is a rich kid who’s much more immature and inexperienced than his good looks and flashy manners suggest, so they find it easy to forget that their ages are ten years apart. But how will these two ever find love when they’re so busy teasing each other?
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: I wanna start by saying I think I would have enjoyed this series much more if it were much much shorter. Say, 5 volumes instead of 18.

The art is very girly and shoujo but often distorted for comedic effect. It doesn’t stand out but it’s not in any way bad.

Like I started with this series would have been much better if shortened. While the antics between the heroine and the male lead start off very cute, it becomes grating quickly. We are talking 10+ volumes of them still being very childish to each other.

While they inevitably reach bumps along the way in their relationship it feels like every new volume brings them back to square one. This may add to the “Comedic” effect, but the comedy style gets old as well. It’s like a comedian who just shouts their jokes the entire time. It isn’t that charming.

While the series may be great for someone who is new to shoujo or doesn’t care about romance much, if you are deep in the shoujo fandom this isn’t that good. It isn’t TERRIBLE either but it is hard to read.

Final Rating: 3/5

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Demon Prince of Momochi House

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Name: Demon Prince of Momochi House
MangakaShouoto, Aya

Volumes: 16 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (Complete – Digital/Paperback)
Type: Manga
Genre: Supernatural
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Momochi Himari, despite being an orphan, unexpectedly inherits an old house. Despite warnings she receives on the Momochi House being haunted, she decides to go live there anyway. She soon learns that the house is already occupied by three somewhat strange men, Aoi, Yukari and Ise, all of whom may or may not possess supernatural abilities to combat evil spirits. What happens when stubborn Himari decides to stay, despite being told to leave?
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 5/5

Opinion: I am so enamoured with this mangakas style. I think so far of the three series I’ve read by her this one finally lands the ending and creates a great series that matches the gorgeous graphics.

Starting I love the way the art is. Very detailed and original look that is instantly reminded of the specific manga-ka. The girl is drawn very cutesy while the plethora of men in the series are dark and brooding.

I really liked this series. It’s a great supernatural series with demons and the isekai vibe. The series is well thought out and paced really well. I love how we slowly see the two main characters fall in love in this fantasy world. It’s also really nice to see a kind. gentle, and caring male lead.

I had a lot of fun with this series and highly recommend it if you enjoy yokai and supernatural series.

Final Rating: 5/5

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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

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Something’s Wrong with Us

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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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