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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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Araki Won’t Be Tamed

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Name: Araki Won’t be Tamed
MangakaKapparappara

Volumes: 2 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (1 Volumes: Digital)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy/Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
A high school girl who lives alone in her parents’ home, away from her sister and mother who are working as actresses in Tokyo. Under such circumstances, my family’s birthday, for a long time, somehow, popular actor Shiraki Araki appears instead of the family! Araki rushed to the confused Yakko, saying, “He became a star to help him find her.” “Keep me”…?! A gift (?!) that arrived at JK who was worried that there was nothing for me. It’s the start of a half-lived love comedy with a superstar!
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: I’m impressed with how cute this series is I’m just disappointed it’s so short!

The art is actually very unique. In some parts it’s gorgeous and others it seems a bit rushed. I find the heroine to be quite bland, and I get that it’s a plot point, but her sister isn’t that dazzling either. Otherwise, the male lead looks amazing and I love all the poses he does!

This series is actually a very cute take on the low self esteem girl with the persistent and loving male lead. While the heroine starts off super annoying and plain it’s fun to watch her grow more confidant over the first volume.

It’s also refreshing to read a series where the male lead is loving and supportive to the heroine. I really loved reading this just wish it was longer!

Final Rating: 4/5

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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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Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai R

Name: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai Returns
Mangaka: Aya Nakahara

Volumes: 6 (Complete)
Scanlations: V.04 Ch.13 (March 1st 2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
Good-for-nothing Shibata Michiko is back! And with her back are her never-ending troubles. Will she be able to stand on her own feet this time around or will she have to keep on relying on her superior, Kurosawa Ayumu, to get her out of her misery? Hop on board to take a ride for a fun and romantic journey with a woman too good for her own idiocy and a man too good for his own kindness.
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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Kiss de Fusaide, Bare Naide.

Name: Kiss de Fusaide, Bare Naide.  
MangakaFudono, Fudou

Volumes: V.0 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.01 Ch.05 (Jan 2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Smut/Josei
Age Group: Mature

Summary:  
Sachiko, who was ridiculed for her lowness and drank, decided to ask Jun, a boy who is more beautiful than the girl there, to receive guidance on improving women’s power. But as a condition, Jun gave to live together and touch Shoko’s chest … My body will be developed for the too naughty doting guidance of a beautiful younger person.
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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