Scene from manga Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai - A woman grins at a man while he looks at her annoyed

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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I Will Make You Feel My Love for You

Name: I Will Make You Feel my Love for You
MangakaInozaki Hinata

Volumes: V.?? Ch.21 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.?? Ch.21 (Mar 2021)
Type: Manga
Genre: Smut/Josei
Age Group: Mature

Summary:  
My childhood friend – normally so cold and uncaring – caressed me sweetly. I couldn’t stop myself from moaning or my body from getting hotter and hotter. Why do I feel this way when we don’t even like each other?
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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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Screenshot from Marika and her Gentle Lover manga: a man in a suit holds a flustered looking woman.

Marika-chan to Yasashii Koi no Dorei

Name: Marika-chan to Yasashii Koi no Dorei (Marika-chan and her Gentle Love Slave)
MangakaToyama, Monaka

Volumes: 3 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.03 Ch.10 (Jan 2020)
Type: Manga
Genre: Psychological/Drama
Age Group: Mature

Summary:  “It’s because Yuu-kun is Marika’s slave!” One day, my childhood friend Marika, whom I haven’t met in 4 years suddenly appeared in front of me and said that. What…?! Was her personality always like that? Actually, hold up. Ever since then, I intentionally put some distances between Marika and I… Yes, after she saw me doing that…

A provocative and tantalizing heart-throb! Thus begins the battle for dominance & back-and-forth game of love!
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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

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Star Crossed!!

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Name: Star Crossed!! (Oshi ga Watashi de Watashi ga Oshi de)
MangakaJunko

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (4 Volumes: Digital and Print)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary:  
Azusa lives for only one man: Chika-kun, of the idol group Prince 4 U. But when she accidentally dies trying (and failing) to save him, she can’t believe her luck—to be in literal Heaven with the man she loves! But never one to lie, God says this one is on him, and sends them both back to continue their lives … but there’s just one little problem. Their souls have been sent to the wrong bodies! And not only that—they can switch back and forth by kissing? What on Earth does fate have in store for them?
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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

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

Knight of the Ice (Ginban Kishi)

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Name: Knight of the 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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