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.hack//G.U.+
7 26 5 It started out as a rushed adaptation of the games, lacking subtlety, but turned out to be a solid alternate version of GU. There was closure given to the characters as a result of scenes in the real world getting time; Atoli ending up being likable!
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.hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu
6 24 3 A rather pointless, haremish little .hack series--one that's high on entertainment per page and low on substance. The main two characters' super-deformed looks blended well with the lighthearted, comedy-orientated focus. No Cubia, despite a new bracelet?
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.hack//XXXX
7 10 2 In only two volumes, this reworked version of the original .hack tetralogy makes the story seem better than it is. The art is both faithful to the games and well-drawn, and the characters' personalities come across vividly, in spite of the short length.
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6 13 1 I preferred the more FUCKED UP, rape-filled imaginary back-story. Just a 'JP school thug--fight!' series, tho Ichi's mental block x tears did add to it. The Osaka guy's arm-twisting was BRUTALLY awesome. Needed more of that "pinky promise" from behind.
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1 Pound no Fukuin
6 37 4 Takahashi always manages to make simple concepts heartwarming and amusing. However, her flaws as an author are always present in her work: repetition (though the boxers were quite varied) and a poor/lack of an ending. A vg, though not perfect series.
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17-sai, Natsu.: Seifuku no Jouji
5 4 1 Aside from the 'blackmail/rape will get you love!' theme of the third and fourth one-shots, this collection is decent. Those interested in stories full of unrequited love and jealousy would enjoy at least the first two one-shots.
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70-oku no Hari
4 24 4 7BN is a disappointing Parasyte knock-off. Appealing art and good anti-social characterisation raised my hopes. However, its lack of plot - typical of similar titles - ruined it once v3 began a juvenile attempt at evolution world-resetting.
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Adolf ni Tsugu
7 36 4 Could've been the GOD of historical fiction. Fictional Adolfx2 (a Nazi & a Jew) having their interlinked woes paired with Hitler's insanity? YES!...but no. 70%+ was 'HITLER = JEW!' episodic filler. Last 1/4th impressed-- it dealing ENTIRELY with Adolfx3.
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AI ga Tomaranai!
5 55 9 In terms of the roles the characters play and the A.I. powers, it's an OMG rip-off. It does have some good chapters but, really, it's a mostly random series; one lacking the heart and artwork of Love Hina. The mermaid play was good, but aside from that...
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Aishiteruze Baby★★
8 33 7 Kippei x Kokoro has to one of the BEST PAIRINGS EVER. It made me angry when Kippei ignored her needs early on, and I loved the bits with Kokoro. I came close to crying at the end; the relationship between Kippei and his 'daughter' being THAT touching.
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Aisubeki Musumetachi
7 6 1 The way the stories of different women interlinked - the first and last chapters connecting superbly - made it an engrossing read. The only negative of note is the pointless tale of a random, weird girl giving her unimportant lecturer 'forced' blowjobs.
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Akai Yuki
4 10 1 A collection of rural shorts that came across as incomplete or silly. One story is about a monk getting put in a sack and then being passed around/abused by lonely housewives. The messages are unclear (needed afterwords) and the art is limited.
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Akira
7 120 6 All these years, I thought the movie butchered Akira. Turns out it was meant to be a MICHAEL BAY MOVIE! Every vol stretched a few action set pieces to 300-500pgs. Barebones story, underdeveloped cast (/Kaneda).. yet I was absorbed by the world & ART PORN.
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Akkan Baby
6 12 3 When a story involves two kids in high school A) not knowing what a condom is and B) not realizing lots of sex would result in a baby, you know not to expect seriousness. It was a fun read and short enough not to get dull, but it wasn't anything special.
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Aku no Hana
8 58 11 The foreboding, all-consuming descent into teen angst and lust is like nothing else. Comical at times as Kasuga is loloverpowered by his psychobitch muses, but increasingly disturbing. Shame it ended love-tri with timeskip + new girl happy end gloss...
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Alive
2 10 1 Unsympathetic characters, with near to no development, and a plot involving someone eating a monkey, getting infected with the root of all evil, and passing it onto someone else. It wasn't great, to put it nicely.
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All You Need Is Kill
7 17 2 For once, Hollywood did it better (Edge of Tomorrow). V1: GANTZ-KURONO excellent. 'Dead-eyed super soldier via 100+ death time-loop' premise. V2: Too short for heroine's backstory. BRAIN SERVER showdown = SHITTY! Axes better vs. aliens than guns, FYI.
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Ane Doki
7 26 3 The dream of every (straight!) young guy is to have a drop-dead gorgeous, 17-year-old girl stay with him; offering to bathe with him. It's also touching for love to blossom out of such a relationship; a love that develops over time and goes beyond lust.
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Annarasumanara
7 27 3 BEAUTIFULLY captured the loss of innocence thru the daily grind of adulthood. R not being a magician, after CONTRADICTORY misdirection, was a cop-out. Repeating scenery, static faces, 'sausage heads' & semi-effective B&W colouring (/LIPS) also detracted.
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Anne Freaks
5 24 4 The story is rushed, at the start in particular. There's no time for the reader to care, or grow attached. And the 'cute' art used for comedy purposes didn't mix well with the dark tone. Its outstanding art and final volume saved it.
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Apollo no Uta
7 6 3 Unusual and brutal, Apollo's Song is an excellent collection of short love stories that end in depressing fashion. If it'd had an ending, wasn't repetitive, and didn't have poor, cartoony artwork, it would've been something special.
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Arcana
6 14 2 Kotegawa has a knack of mixing death with comical interactions. She also likes her romance involving weird but alluring girls. Arcana is no execption. Good 'spirit hunt' episodicness, with answers + a quirky cast... but its "Marry me!" non-ending = shit.
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Aruku Hito
4 18 1 A manga about a man walking around, doing nothing most of the time. No story, near to no dialogue... no nothing. I'm glad it was short because it seriously bored me. Why read a manga about taking walks - I could do that with my own two legs!
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Asa mo, Hiru mo, Yoru mo.
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Asatte Dance
6 89 7 A rom-com built on sex, w/ a mischievous free-spirited heroine. Halfway thru, Sue treated Aya SO BADLY--social commentary? After a return to AyaxSue, then came Aya = AN ACTUAL GOLD DIGGER!? A HUGE TIMESKIP + Aya acting like before = worst 'ending' ever?
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Ayako
7 19 2 Flawed, with a fragmented story and abrupt character 180ing, but the twistedness of a family punishing an innocent girl for their own sins kept me hooked. The titular heroine never became anything other than a child-like doll, and she had no closure.
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B Reaction
5 18 2 At first, it was better than UxU. Romance consisting of a panty-flashing, kickboxing teacher beating her student love... with the help of her charms. Some of sexiest art around, too. But then the art became inconsistent and it was canceled--NO ENDING.
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B-Shock
7 52 4 What do you get when you combine a rich young woman with your average horny guy... and bomb-watches that force them to stay together? A cute and often hilarious story! Singing is always the best solution to not hearing a lady poop. Rushed towards the end.
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Baby Leaf
6 7 1 Doesn't lead into HS smoothly. Made AFTER, and Youko's personality differed--from introverted 'rabbit-to-be-devoured' to out-going & mischievous. Dealt with the awkwardness of teen love / sex with amusing realism. An abrupt, confusing & depressing 'end'.
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Bad Company
5 10 1 Not even a panty flashing school girl could save it from being the weakest Onizuka offering.
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Barbara
5 15 1 No 'rape=love' (JUST SLAPPING!) in this tale of whimsical insanity. Barbara = a drunken praying mantis. Tezuka's 'planning': sexual deviancy, to an afro-guy on the run... to witchcraft. Intriguing 'artistxmuse' weirdness, ruined by BAFFLING randomness.
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Basilisk: Kouga Ninpouchou
8 34 5 Oh, Immortal Rapist, how I missed you! Exactly what I expected: a more streamlined version, with less in the way of flashbacks and sword swinging. There being less anime filler can be viewed as a plus, though some of the filler was good.
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Battle Royale
8 119 15 School girls, violence, sex, and lots of death. What more can a guy ask for?
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Battle Royale: Tenshi-tachi no Kokkyou
8 9 1 Two miniseries about the girls from BR's LIGHTHOUSE. #1 is about a tomboy-lesbian & her best friend, Ms. Leader. #2 is a bittersweet flashback to a girl talking with Mimura. Expands on the original in a believable, downplayed way. #2's art = chubby-derpy.
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Beast Master
6 9 2 While it was good to read, it lacked 'meat'. The story was short and, really, never had time to develop into anything meaningful. A girl 'tames' a beastly young man who isn't as scary as he looks - the end. I enjoyed the cactus mini-series more.
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Beautiful People
6 6 1 There's definitely some interesting ideas - such as a post-apocalyptic, homosexual take on Adam & Eve - but none of the shorts last long enough to leave a lasting impression on readers. With so few pages, the stories seemed undeveloped and incomplete.
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Becchin to Mandara
3 14 1 "I'm way smarter than you, Velveteen. So smart my parents were called in the day after my grammar school IQ test." - A few quotes such as this aside, an incomprehensible school girls vs. zombies mess. The 'unfinished' sketchy art didn't impress.
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Believers
6 22 2 Two psychologically disturbed men and one woman, on a deserted cultist island. I was expecting an amazing story but at least I got non-stop sex/MUFF. Great porn.
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Billionaire Girl
4 20 3 BG's doe-eyed idiot heroine got 170 BILLION by pressing buttons--REALISM! Pair her w/ passive Mr. Average for YAWNS. Awful NTR end: heroine goes with NTR guy, oblivious to common sense; lead does NOTHING. Uninteresting economics + cheesy-1D love. NOT S&W!
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Bitter Virgin
7 32 4 A moving and involving romance built around rape/loss of innocence, let down by a predictably terrible ending. Oh well...
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Blood Alone: Kiss in the Moonlight
6 1 - Would ALMOST fit into the series. Misaki's vampiric bed-rage and SLIGHTY more suggestive Kuroe x loli interactions were the only differences. Had the same 'always night' art quality and still compelling due to the lead duo's relationship. TOO SHORT!
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Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte
9 138 21 Left me with mixed feelings. Shion & Mokuren were both naturally FLAWED, TRAGIC characters. But their relationship was left infuriatingly incomplete, and the tower drama at the end was poorly executed. REINCARNATION story-telling 10/10 until the end mess.
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Boku no Idol
6 1 - When you're the loser kid everyone forces unwanted tasks onto (such as finding a school idol), it helps when your next-door neighbor is a lovely, though air-headed childhood friend. A nice little short about overcoming ones fears and going for it.
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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+
5 9 2 Sena's route. All but confirms that Yozora will get with Kodaka (first girl rule). Quickly turns into a soap opera; ending with an airport dash to stop Sena leaving. Left Yozora 1D & Sena wasn't re-written as childhood friend; even with Korean drama-ing.
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Bokurano
8 66 11 Bokurano: ALL KIDS MUST DIE. The lack of fanfare as 15 brats take turns in a mecha against their will, before dying, makes this engrossing nihilism. Each kid is made UNIQUELY RELATABLE, if a bit too adult w/ issues. Kitoh's art reminds me of Sadamoto.
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Bradherley no Basha
7 8 1 Feminists would love the way women are treated with respect in this manga.
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Burning Hell: Kami no Kuni
4 4 1 Non-stop, hard-to-follow fighting, left without a purpose (cancelled). An island, two psycho-killers and pirates trying to sacrifice a virgin. MAYBE it would've improved, with a clueless Mary Sue between guys trying to eat and dissect her, but I doubt it.
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C.A.T.
8 18 2 Beautiful sketchy-shaded art; similar to Samura's. Begins with non-top action as assassins from around the globe battle it out, before unraveling the hidden conspiracy. V2's romance resulted in characterisation goodness. On hiatus since 2008... finished?
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Cherry
6 41 4 Thought it ended @ ch19. 'Read' v3-4 RAW. Entertained w/ early rural>urban eloping rom-comery (/angelic Mary Sue heroine). Ran out of ideas; settling into a 'hostess girlfriend x inferiority complex' mix. A surprisingly powerful 'life-changing dream' end.
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Chikan Otoko
7 21 - Loli Jugs = FAKE COCKBLOCK! The texting & cliche avoidance gave it an engrossing believability...but a ZERO FRIEND LOSER, suddenly surrounded by women; 2/3 falling for him? Pacing became BAD once Kansai was happy to smex/unhappy to date. CONTRIVED DRAMA!
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Chikyuu wo Nomu
3 20 2 Tezuka's worst? The title refers to its alcoholic lead. 7 women destroy the world of men, because ONE MAN used their mommy. frequent pointless tangents, and its artificial skin plot was simplistic & silly. NOT a feminist work: females = WEAK via 'love'.
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China Girl
7 9 1 A GREAT rom-com NOT SET AT SCHOOL, where a guy attempts to get with a '1-in-3 billion' Chinese waitress. Her Japanese ain't great, and my "MY PENIS IS ERECT!" translation leads to hate. WHY CANCELLED!? No wonder the GODLY (/SWEEET) artist killed himself!
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Chobits
7 88 8 We all need some robot lovin'. Why can't we just buy obedient 'women' in real life!? (My first manga.)
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Chrno Crusade
8 59 8 A love that cannot be; two fated to never be together. Mix that theme with nuns, guns, and demons and you get CC. I actually prefer the anime's R&J ending, but the manga is better, on the whole.
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Ciguatera
6 69 6 For 3/6 vols, there was a sense of purpose as bullying woes and improbable rom-coming advanced. After that? Randomness to the point of dressing up as a hobo with a strap-on. Ruined by an ending that went against everything that came before.
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Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
5 40 8 A well-drawn failure. The removal of mechas/battle strategies, without acceptable edits (school vandalism!?) and R2 (6-8) consisting of illogical actions & nonsensical backstory explanations = bad. Until R2, 8/10; Mao/Shirley & Euphy's arcs still working.
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Coelacanth
4 9 2 Convoluted and lacking an interesting story. Hisano wasn't a sympathetic lead, and her feelings for her love interest came down to lust, which left me feeling cold. Not the best short manga out there.
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Confession
8 11 1 There needs to more of this and less fan service in existence. 100% isolation tension and murder-fueled, twisted characterisation is good for the soul.
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Cutie Lips
3 9 1 Unless you like your smut short and as vanilla as they come, meh. Each of the 20-page heroines were idealistic planks of wood with big tits, and the sex = QUICK insertation- ejaculation affairs. Erotic art... with direction that made me think 'cute'.
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D-ash
4 54 5 The lead screwing 100+ women before making his childhood promise with his love into reality devalued it. No likable characters in an unfocused, uneven series. Add-in the amateurish, lazy art and horribly rushed end drama and you get disappointment.
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Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
6 10 2 A surprisingly decent DtB spin-off; one which was drawn with shoujo art. Once you adjust to the art style, it's not too different from watching a larger version of one of the anime's many episodic stories. Even Iceman made a cameo appearance!
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Deai
5 8 2 Yeah, I'd totally believe raping on a train to be a film scene, no matter how distressed someone looked. Then again, I'm an idiot.
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Dear Friends: Rina & Maki
7 2 1 ...I CANNOT REMEMBER THIS! Must re-read... one day..... in the future.......
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Death Note
7 1 - What started it all, and how Mikami came to exist. MAKE THIS INTO A DN SPIN-OFF SERIES!
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Death Note
8 108 12 The first four volumes are the best manga I've read to date. It's too bad SLUGGISH LAST HALF prevented it from being perfect. Ryuk's final twists being replaced with a sappy marathon aside, the anime corrected the last halfs failings.
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Death Note Another Note: Los Angeles BB Renzoku Satsujin Jiken
6 7 1 Fan service for DN fans, in the form of a spin-off novel, with the odd plot hole.
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Deep Love: Ayu no Monogatari
8 8 2 Warning: You may slit your wrists after reading this. Seriously depressing shit.
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Densha Otoko: Net Hatsu, Kakueki Teisha no Love Story
7 27 3 If you can force yourself to believe people on the internet would go out of their way to help a loser instead of just laughing, then this is a great story. It might even make you believe in humanity. Or roll your eyes.
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Doctor Du Ming
7 15 1 Unsettlingly beautiful drawings, depicting a world without purity. Was it love that dirtied the good doctor's soul, or was it always black? Either way, this kinda-jumbled tale of suicide, murder & rape explores the darker side of humans, and it IS pretty.
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Dogs: Stray Dogs Howling in the Dark
6 6 1 An interesting enough introduction; each of the main characters getting enough time for the readers to understand their personalities, as well as their varying problems. What lets it down is the amount of empty backgrounds and its incomplete nature.
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Doll Star: Kotodama Tsukai Ihon
4 18 2 I was impressed by the psychological breakdown of bullying. But then dolls bizarrely appeared everywhere due to a cowgirl conversing with them. Uninspired mini-arcs were followed by a hollow hypnotism final boss. The useless heroine irritated me.
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Dororo
7 19 4 Tezuka's best? An unborn son's body parts get sold to 48 demons & he's abandoned. *SOMEHOW*, he's rebuilt with prosthetic limbs. Good lead duo chemistry + creepy monsters. Cartoony art, slash-kill-all action & a lack of direction (NO ENDING!) ruin it.
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Dorothea: Majo no Tetsutsui
8 32 6 Cuvie: smut to.. medieval war & prejudice. Quality characterisation overshadowed wait-for-Dorothea-to-win battles. Dorothea developed through the horrors of war, and her protective-love relationship with Gyurk was cute. Good political intrigue (Else), too
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Double Arts
- 24 3 ONLY READ THE ONESHOT, 'ISLAND'. Good, but not great. 44 pages is too short to tell a sci-fi story of escaping an island and flesh out characters. It was enjoyable but, ultimately, forgettable.
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Doubt
4 21 4 The supernatural ending was so predictable I knew it'd happen from the first chapter, and the 'childhood friend goes psycho' twist was dumb. Entertaining fluff and no more.
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Dragon Head
4 89 10 The slowest, most filler-filled manga I've encountered. The focus was so much on aimless wandering, insane people, and monster metaphors that what mattered got ignored. And it ended at a random point, with NOTHING explained or resolved. Waste of time.
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Duds Hunt
7 - 1 'Awakened Dreams' = 9/10. Deserves its own entry. Excellently executed a true story; depicting the multiple personalities of a sympathetic killer. Duds Hunt = 7/10. A brutal, Battle Royale-esque series, let down by a daft ending involving a killer dog.
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Elhanburg no Tenshi
6 5 1 An emotionally complex tragedy about a king, his friend & a woman coming between. INTRIGUING mutual envy & underlying resentment. But NO backgrounds or battles; just chatter. A RUSHED extended oneshot, w/ an unsatisfying end. Madeth & Perseus = IDENTICAL!
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Emanon - Sasurai Emanon Episode: 1
6 8 1 The story so far: Emanon is NOT A KAPPA, and she has a NIIICE bush. Just an excuse for Emanon to swim around naked. I don't mind potential waifu nakedness, but I expected more after the dialogue-driven original. Should've ended as a single volume stunner.
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Emerging
7 22 2 Made the premise of a deadly virus outbreak in Tokyo into an intense thriller. Luca already highlighted the artist's skills to me: he excelled at depicting gruesome bloatation and bloodshot eyes. Only needed characterisation time to have been great...
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Endless Eden
5 8 1 The "yummy" FMP mangaka's only other available work. Starting with boobs, instead of plot, isn't smart. Hot (/hentai artist) but needed more than nudity + religious crap. The cliched hair-cutting bit summed it up. Cancelled when getting good.
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Endou Hiroki Tanpenshuu
9 8 2 At first, mainly because of 'Hang', I rated it 8/10. However, after blogging about the final, two chapter story ('Platform'), I feel the execution of that alone makes it worthy of a 9/10 score. Endo can do more with a little than others can with a lot.
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Enjokousai Bokumetsu Undou
4 11 1 A sadistic nympho & her guy steal from old men intent on school girl sex. At the same time, two men start sexing school girls without paying. The two forces collide, one penis gets nailed, another shot off... and that's that. Bondage & violence emptiness.
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Fire Candy
6 19 2 Get high, go on roller-skating rampages, have sex, and explode--that's FC's message. Entertaining, in spite of the unclear art, but the background was never explained and it ended incomplete... with its sadist lead walking around with a head.
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Fly, Daddy, Fly
7 17 2 A 47-year-old weakling's daughter gets badly beaten. Angry at his uselessness, he trains non-stop in order to regain his honour as a man. No delicacy here; no realistic mental recovery, or reactions by those near. Reason > Rocky Music > Final Fight.
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Forget-me-not
7 7 1 Kenji's dream woman is my own. I see why he was allowed to indulge his 'tight arse; tighter jeans' love with Emanon. Mariel's droopy-eyed laziness made me purr. The detective x thief rom-comedy (/get drunk + cuff ankles together) was great. Ending where?
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Freezing: First Chronicle
5 4 1 Chiffon's 'smile and the world smiles with you' personality, with her strength, made her Freezing's stand-out, creepy-awesome character. But instead of explaining anything important, this dealt with Mean Girls bitching over a turtle. TicyxChiffon is HAWT!
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Fujoshi Kanojo.
7 23 5 As an adaptation of bloggery-cum-novels, it EXCELLED at making a crazy-cute 'fujoshi' torturing her 'uke' boyfriend heartwarmingly funny. But since the source left out intimacy, there just wasn't enough romance. And v5 = a 'ran out of content' finish.
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Full Metal Alchemist: Prototype
5 1 - Merged the events of Lior & Youswell into 60-pages. FMA without the full-story polish--Ed swallowing a Philosopher's Stone and no homunculi pulling the strings. Might impress newbies, but me?... those 'Ed = bean sprout' jokes got old years ago.
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Full Metal Panic!
8 58 9 Tateo's vivid drawings of PMSing 24/7 Chidori made me love it. Most of Fumoffu was included, and some warfare was removed. This meant more rom-coming (pre-TSR action sucks). Sad the sequel has a different artist; presumably due to her unclear action.
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Gantz:G
6 18 3 Gantz:GIRLZ (/KuronA Kei). V1 was an awful imitation: unimaginative 'crossbreed' aliens & zero characterisation. V2: new writer(?) did main series downtime; adding bitchy depth. V3's mermaid alien added Gantz intensity of old but was too little, too late~
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GE: Good Ending
8 1 - Why deal with 10+ vols of melodrama when you can get 40-pages of satisfaction? A boy likes a girl, and another girl helps him get with her... only for the boy to fall for his helper. To the point and attractive, with lots of comedy--how I like my romance.
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Gekiga Hyouryuu
7 48 2 When kissing a girl, in your room, and she asks, "What's that in your pocket?", don't tell her it's a pipe! Tatsumi creating mature, cinematic manga, as he struggled through an otherwise average life, was engrossing because it lacked fictional nonsense.
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Gekiga Yose: Shibahama
7 8 1 "Eight moral comedies" = ACCURATE! Would be fascinating to read, if experienced with "rakugo"--the same stories having been refined over time via stage performances. Tatsumi's urban nihilism is better, but life lessons with gags at the end ain't bad.
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Genkaku Picasso
9 19 3 A superably drawn, surreal exploration of psychologically disturbed individuals. Struck me as repetitive prior to the variation of the artistic problem-solving and strong supporting cast impressing. Sad fairy-love finish. Style, substance + romance.
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Gensou Suikoden III: Unmei no Keishousha
7 - 11 SIII's two chapter, all-new intro added lots. The start of Hugo's bond with Fubar and the sexism/father issues Chris dealt with being explored made for a smooth game>manga transition. Unfocused & draggy near end, but an A+ adaptation. Faithful art.
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Gensou Suikoden V: Reimei no Shiro
8 40 4 SIII? FULL adaptation. SV? Cancelled RIGHT AFTER the prologue. My only complaints = the LQ scans & 'ending'. The rest was bang-on. The writing gave no hint about the originally silent lead. Lym's additional brocon complexity added to Ardil's development.
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Giganto Makhia
8 7 1 Greek mythology X Attack on Titan: MMA grappling on a gigantic scale. EPIC fights w/ Prome's cutesy GOLDEN SHOWER 'nectar' lulz = a great read! Post-apoc ecology given life by ARTSMEX. Continue instead of Berserk, plz: tone matches post-grim Miura better.
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Gimmick!
7 89 9 Too melodramatic and dumb, at the end. A good vs. evil SFX duel, live on TV--it turned into a bad shounen; minus the fighting! Movie effects + City Hunter episodicness = great, but the lack of pervy fun / nudity and most characters being shallow hurt it.
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Girl Friends
6 35 5 I approve of lesbians. Maybe not SHOUJO-VIRGIN 'Miss Understand' ones, tho. Started w/ a charismatic bundle of fun (AKKO<3) befriending a loner. Then, 'I put tongue in your mouth, but we're friends, rite?' facepalming. HALF-ARSED sexy tiem and a LAZY end.
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Girlfriend
8 26 5 'Sexfriend' > 'Girlfriend' - it's about sex without love, or sex that leads to love... or cheating-sex that sours the experience. SEXY but not smut, and many of the relationships developed over the course of the series. Often Bittersweet; rarely bitter.
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Goggles
6 6 1 A simple, dialogue heavy story, with enough substance to have been made into a series. I would've liked to see how the story ended for the strange threesome of two older guys and a young girl.
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Gokusen
5 156 15 Gokusen's problem is that it never changed from being a random, episodic series. Over the course of 15 volumes, little changed, and the jokes stopped being funny after awhile. The backgrounds were often non-existent, also. An aimless version of GTO.
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Gonensei
4 31 5 RUINS YONENSEI. Yoshino becomes a manipulative sociopath with a FINGER FETISH. Akio becomes a doormat with a habit of banging CRAZY bitches. Shimoku fucked with people, whilst rambling incoherently as if he's Mamoru Oshii! Sadistic Tits erotica = +1.
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Goth
7 5 1 A sociopath, weirdo girl & lots of local killers = GOTH. The novel has more depth/deeper characterisation, the manga has lovely character art. Whilst both versions have their plus points, the novel is far superior.
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GTO
10 208 25 Only an open-end lets down my most enjoyable manga read. Onizuka wins over and helps his lovable students, one by one, by being a COMICAL BADARSE. Urumi = my x2 eye colour waifu~
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Gunnm
6 53 9 Timeskips & genre changes up the wazoo. Starts with cyberpunk bounty hunting, moves onto cyborg race battling (YYY!?) and then... Mad Max-FotNS desert buggies. Alita is equally inconsistent; from kind to psychotic. Sexy octopus lips, but a flawed classic~
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Gyo: Ugomeku Bukimi
5 21 2 You can't smell what the characters smell by looking at drawings. The story is more stupid than scary. Decent, but far from great.
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Hajime
5 2 - A lie results in an imaginary friend. As much as I like the idea of imagination creating a person, 60 pages gave NO time for characterization. Apparently, Hajime remained because of feelings for the lead, but I only know this due to a mention at the end.
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Hana to Mitsubachi
7 63 7 How to ruin coming-of-age hilarity: 1) Make the lead go bald. 2) Once the lead gets with THE girl, have her cheat. 3) End with a timeskip where they meet, talk about her new bf and don't hook-up. Dominatrixes that 'rape' with artificial vaginas are hot!
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Hanako to Guuwa no Teller
7 19 4 If you hold interest in urban legends, it's worth a read. The leads only had comical charm and the end twists made little sense, but the combination of scary stories and karmic drama made it a masterpiece, by Mirai Nikki's low standards.
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Happiness
8 9 1 c1-2 = the author's perversions as art. c3-4 = so-so. Became gripping with the titular c5. In particular, the two-part story about a slow girl drifting through life as she paid her landlord with sex and fell in love with another resident moved me.
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Happy Tomorrow
6 4 1 The first story was clearly the prototype for all of Suenobu's best work. Her storytelling and drawing abilities were both unrefined when she created these shorts, but even then her talent shone through. The shoujo fluff, 2-4 chapters were decent.
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Haruka na Machi e
7 16 2 If you, as a 48-year-old married man with children, could go back to when you were 14 - with the brain of an adult - what would you change? I know I'd try to go for the most cute girl at school! It's too bad the romance wasn't fully explored...
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Harukaze no Snegurochka
6 7 1 Samura can even make all dialogue, 'erotic' (w/o sex) early 20th century Russia historical fiction entertaining! Despite ignorance Samura shared before drawing, Belka's identity intrigued. Bugger knows why a balding rapist was made out to be a nice gai...
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Hatsukanezumi no Jikan
5 38 4 Another Toume work where a young woman with the allure of an adult and unrequited love were combined with depressingly beautiful art. Sadly, like LotL, the run-up to its ending / ending highlighted a lack of planning and effort. Not satisfying.
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Hatsukoi Limited.
7 33 4 Why does Kawashita's work always get canceled!? First this and later Ane Doki. Until the story became horribly rushed towards the end, Hatsukoi was a worthy rival for HSG - showing school girls (and boys!) doing silly things in the name of love.
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Haunted House
7 8 1 Mihara proves that females are best at mentally torturing males. Similar to 'Flowers & Bees', HH's lead gets trolled 24/7: his gothic family scare away EVERY girlfriend by making every day Halloween. Too bad his true love running away wasn't the ending!
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H³ School
6 30 5 H3's romance got started too quickly, and it ended at a random point. But H3 was senjoyable throughout: it being more comedy than... girly. The tomboy female lead is the passionate sort everyone has to love.
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Heads
8 36 4 A lesson for ya'll: having someone else's brain merged with your own results in misery--WHO WOULDA THUNK IT? Perharps a bit slow and lacking the OTT finale I wanted, yet succeeds as a 'What if?' psychological thriller. Freckles = an A++ abused housewife.
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Hetakoi
7 61 10 SEXY, w/ semi-tasteful smut. Began as a cute virginxvirgin rom-com. Then, DRAMA as both leads got with others. RAGE. Good characterisation; not good NO COMMUNICATION misunderstandings. A happy sexend, but the 'JUST FRIENDS' pish needlessly dragged it out.
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Hideout
7 9 1 The detail/shading took it beyond B&W. Should be a movie. Guy works his balls off, only for his wife to turn out to be a gold-digging bitch. (The slow backstory reveal = YES!) They run into a cave home to a monster, and... c9 = shitty horror flick ending.
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Himatsubushi-hen
7 9 2 A nice break from the increasingly repetitive psychotic girls x murdering alternate dimensioning. Rather uneventful, and lacking the full cast, but it did include tasty Rena info, as well as showing what went before Kei's harem woes.
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Onikakushi-hen
8 7 2 Three versions of the opening arc... DEFEATED! It was all a bit too cute for the first 50-odd pages (I now hate "Adowable!~"), but then it got to the psycho girls bit and all was forgiven. The scary faces were creepy, and the fear/paranoia was unsettling.
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Onisarashi-hen
7 8 2 Exceeded my expectations before disappointing. The best art so far, combined with an all-in-one bloody thriller, promised much. The first problem is the shoujo-to-the-extreme fake romance. The second is how misdirection was used for a lame end twist.
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Tatarigoroshi-hen
7 13 2 The message is clear: don't murder to help wannabe sisters, or you'll get pushed off a bridge. All of v1 was spent on an overly long 'happy' intro, but once the child abuse started it became harrowingly absorbing. Sadly, it then stopped making sense.
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Watanagashi-hen
8 12 2 If only for the twin-sex possibilities and Mion acting girlish, Aion likes this. The new artist is better than the previous, tho his psychotic faces lacked creepy cat-eyed scariness. A solid mix of romance, mystery & dismemberment. Nice anime recap.
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Yoigoshi-hen
8 14 2 Higurashi's best? Mion's expressions & the artist's style (black, white, black pupils) made me drool. Its plot? A murder mystery where four individuals with secrets doubt each other, over the course of a rainy night in a ghost town. Twisty satisfaction.
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Hishoka Drop
7 25 3 QUALITY smut-with-a-plot. Katsura-esque art with THOSE faces, nipples & panties = YES! Iori from I''s returns, and a guy becomes the femdom toy of his ALL-FEMALE coworkers. If not for the story's rushed-bad end and the main-girl-at-end smut lacking, 8/10.
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Hishoka Drop Mix
5 9 1 More of the same. Had gotten stale in the main series. Mostly a recycling of orgy-filled office life (a few chaps were spent on an unrelated arc). It was nice to see the elite villain cum inside a lust-crazed innocent before being punished, I guess?...
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Hitori Koukan Nikki
8 27 2 I found the sequel's exploration of depression + misconceptions more relatable than PINK sexual repression. The consequences of exposing herself before: realising she hurt her mom, coming to understand her, and despair. Ended (understandably) incomplete.
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Hitsuji no Uta
7 47 7 The oddly seductive heroine (mole under eye <3) lulls readers into her hopeless & depressing world. Slooow pacing or not, it's great for those looking for 'realistic' vampiric goodness. Shit end.
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Honeymoon Salad
7 41 5 Instead of a BL MinorixYouko continuation, SEX-SEX-SEX with Ichika as ALL THREE lived together. Minori dreamt of Youko for years, yet went after Ichika? Liked the odd bond of the trio, but Minori didn't deserve two & Ichika = no MinorixYouko 'till end.
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Hoozuki no Shima
3 30 4 Hohzuki lasted for four volumes due to a combination of sinister grinning, an imaginary girl, a Deus Ex Machina dog, sleep walking, and an evil rapist guy. Why did so few kids even get sent to a near enough uninhabited island!? Stupid, and not satisfying.
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Hoozuki-san Chi no Aneki
5 32 4 Funny, at first. Flirtatious abusive love via 4-panel shorts = YES! But then it got WTF-serious for bit, followed by it ending how it started--meaning ZERO progress. AND THEY WERE NEVER RELATED IN THE FIRST PLACE, SO WHY THE 'INCEST WONG' THEME, FFS!?
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Hoshi no Koe
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Hotel
7 5 1 Five shorts. 1) An A.I. fights alone to preserve all life. 2) A husband gives his wife one last present before she dies. 3) A scientist's love of tuna wins him fame but not tuna. What remained disappointed; only #5's full-colour art smex impressing.
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Hotel Harbour View
6 2 1 Only so much can fit into 90 pages. One man hires an assassin to end his suffering with a shootout; another is killed by an assassin he once had a fling with. Photos taken during sex aside, that's all there is to say. Stylish but not enough substance.
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Hotel: since 2079
6 1 - Boichi's more recent remake betters this, with polished art + impactful edits. An oddly inferior full-colour version. The ending was more emotional in the remake--the A.I.'s 27 million year battle against nature successfully protecting the human species.
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Houkago Drop
7 9 1 Only a few chapters dealt with Hishoka Drop characters, but I care not when it's in FULL COLOUR, with Katsura +1 smuttiness. The chapter involving a wife going to a femdom vet due to an unattentive husband alone made my di... er, made me go with 7/10.
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Hyakuman Tsubu no Namida
4 9 2 Rushed tragedy occurred, two doomed lovers became immortal existence eating-people, and the story ended without extracting much emotion from me. Clearly the work of an inexperienced author and too short to remain in my brain.
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Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu
5 44 11 After a great start, the mangaka's failings became more and more troubling. He's unable to create characters that aren't soulless plot devices. The ending sums the series up: bizarre and poorly executed. At least it had a psycho bread delivery man!
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I''s
8 143 15 There were a lot of FRUSTRATING AS HELL, often illogical things done by the characters to extend the story. But Katsura's a master at drawing expressions / panties, and I like rom-coms. It also ends far stronger than I''s Pure. £70 spent well, overall!
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Ibitsu
7 15 2 Never, EVER respond to lolita girls sitting by trash. If you do, your sister is as good as dead and you're soon to follow her. Creepy, and with enough back-story to make the urban legend that little bit creepier. A short 'n sweet manga horror entry.
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Ikigami
7 60 10 In TOTALITARIAN Japan, people are forced to believe pre-determined deaths (w/ 24hrs notice) help the nation. Great 'backstory>death' episodic variation. DESPAIRING faces wear thin. Fujimoto's detached, wishywashy role observing worked until rushed end.
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Ikinari! Full Metal Panic!
4 29 5 The FMP 'chibification' made it hard to enjoy. Sagara looked lifeless, and his actions were more stupid than funny as the author struggled to create filler. Some chapters amused; most were so-so. Chidori was too busy blushing to act sadistically.
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Imomushi
5 4 1 A soldier comes back from war; minus his limbs. He cannot talk. He can, however, still use his tongue, and he does so on his wife as they have creepy sex. Little to no story. The 'crawling caterpillar' end was predictable. The art ALMOST made it erotic.
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Inugami
4 72 14 Gradually became BAD. The empty/generic cast entered dream world bullshit territory to deal with Adam & Eve nonsense. It switched from Parasyte to End of Eva. Mr. Evil's motivation for ending life was sis-love rejection. The epilogue was fittingly shitty.
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Inukami!
7 30 6 Yoko blowjob-raping, instead of just teasing, made me lust for her. She's a raunchier, dumber Horo. Her tail excited me. Her jealousy & anger = CUTE, thanks to the art. Shame it ended like it had been cancelled. There were fewer 'lol' bits, as it went on.
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Inuyashiki
7 85 10 GANTZ + BREAKING BAD = <3. One young & one old man become robots; feeling alive killing/saving--superhero vs villain craziness. Hiro flip-flopped 24/7. ARMAGEDDON end a tad anti-climatic. Oku paid to publish. No Gantz C&P'd white edges, tho faces stiff.
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Island
6 46 7 SAO's art + a story about a rich bitch paying a serial killer to protect her virginity from demons. Not as good as it reads: inconsistent characters & the story switches from demons to politics. Ended incomplete; without backstories. "The and..." = NO!
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Chi Tamaki
6 7 1 Some of Ito's best AND worst. 'Blood Bubbles' is Ito vampirism: fruit twist + last page save it. 'Labyrinth': grounded SOCIAL ANX cult goodness. 'Bridge': cool 'trapped spirit' premise. 'Convo Room': 'hive mind' brain takeover = thriller movie, PLZ!
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Flesh-Colored Horror
6 6 1 MIXED one-shots. 60-page titular 'Flesh Horror' the best: SKIN REMOVAL child abuse, w/ AoT-style muscles. 'Dying Young' has ugly girls become beautiful, then die. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! 'Long Hair' is classic revenge, w/ a possessed hair twist.
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Kao Dorobou
7 6 1 'The Hanging Balloons' is Ito Junji at his best: WEIRD & CREEPY. Huge FACE-BALLOONS hang people w/ same face. 'Face Burglar' is a grounded human chameleon take on the theme. 'Scarecrows' is about revival of the dead via scarecrows on graves. UNSETTLING.
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Kubi Gensou
8 6 1 Reminiscent of 'Goth'. Oshikiri (/recurring) = Ito's BEST PROTAGONIST. The parallel universe mansion is a character in itself. Oshikiri is CONSTANTLY involved w/ murder: his alternate selves also killing! 'Penpal': introverted, twisted romance. NO MORE!?
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Namekuji no Shoujo
5 7 1 INTERESTING ideas ('Coldness': chill from holes developing on a people), but more WEIRD than creepy. 60p 'The Groaning Drain' was SILLY: a fat guy fitting into pipes. The SHORT, titular 'Slug Girl' was prob the best: a tongue transforming into a slug. EW!
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Souichi no Noroi Nikki
6 5 1 BETTER episodicness: 'Coffin' has Souichi revive his grandfather; turning up at own funeral. Souichi's ONE act not to backfire. BUT, after a v5-v6 arc, Souichi was seemingly killed off-panel. THAT'S IT!? Ch5 being about ch4 monster woman = final nail?
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Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Souichi no Tanoshii Nikki
6 6 1 Where as Tomie's stories ended in death, Ito Junji's other recurring character, Souichi, is just a DELUDED screw-up. Entertaining BLACK COMEDY, w/ creepy mouth-nail & doll curses + human copy weirdness, but little else. Weak NOT KILLED OFF support cast.
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Ito Junji no Neko Nikki: Yon & Mu
7 10 1 Junji Ito's darkly comical SELF-AWARENESS made this short about himself, living w/ his wife's two cats, more entertaining than it had any right to be. He used all his horror techniques FARCICALLY, whilst showing puss love. Do more outright comedy, plz!
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Japan
6 9 1 What you'd expect of a social commentary piece wrote by FotNS' author: post-apocalyptic DESERT BUGGIES! Mini-giants fight as the strong rule the weak + women be kidnapped. Better than expected (no Kenshiro + survival), but a shallow manly-fest. No ending
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Jigokuren: Death Life
7 12 2 Surely not cancelled AGAIN!? A 20yo shotabrat lead + loli demon prequel redo. New cast / Sanagi's blush-frowning tsundering and CRUEL ECCHI artsmex won me over anew... then it 'ended'. Can only assume the random, INCREDIBLY DETAILED gore puts readers off?
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Jigokuren: Love in the Hell
7 18 3 A SURPRISINGLY GOOD ecchi, cancelled. Japan... Interesting world building (Hell's currency = suffering), paired w/ SEINEN LULZ (/semen draining plant trap). Adult pervy git lead + SEXY. Gorey. Bad: Barren rocks setting & ABRUPT-WTF rushed backstory end.
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Jisatsu Circle
6 6 1 Twisted, and short enough not to overstay its welcome. Not a lot was revealed about the characters and the supernatural horror story also wasn't explored in-depth. However, its unusual nature made it an enjoyable read.
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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 1: Phantom Blood
6 44 5 Bram Stoker's FotNS. JoJo Kenshiro & Dio's rivalry carried pt1. JoJo was pure-DULL, so mainly Dio's manipulative CUNTISHNESS. Fav part was the Joestar trolling: DOG, NOOO! Tarkus + Blueford battle = PADDING. Oddly proportioned BODYBULDER art grew on me.
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Joshikousei: Girls-High
8 106 13 BEST. COMEDY. MANGA. EVER. The fact it's so true makes it funny. One of the most dialogue heavy titles I've read, yet it never bored me. Only 8/10 'cause it ran out of steam towards the end and lacked an ending. I now know about female hair removal.
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Junketsu no Maria
7 25 3 Anime's religion & mercs structure = better. BUT the manga (whilst sharing the LOVE > WORLD choice) ended less offensive: Maria grew as a person, rather than tsundere fingering God. The Viv-slut FWIEND scene was a nice touch. Sexy same-faced SPAZZY art.
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Junketsu no Maria: Exhibition
6 6 1 Viv's 'I WAS A VIRGIN, AND INSPIRED MARIA!' 3ch flashback = a waste. Maria losing an argument with her owls over fetching water = priceless. Joseph first meeting Maria as a courier = CUTE. Not seeing adult Maria mother "Little Dove" = a bit disappointing.
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Juushin Enbu
5 21 5 Seven heroes. A corrupt government. 2/7 must fight... that's it for plot. FMA it ain't! Sudden characterisation 180ing didn't help. Became BAD FotNS at end, before ending TRULY half-arsed. Only Arakawa's artistic likability & airheaded Winry won me over.
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Kabocha to Mayonnaise
6 10 1 Can any male truly appreciate a story where its heroine first cheats for money, then later sleeps with her ex behind her boyfriend's back repeatedly? Very believable & readable, but also very female. The art is amateurish; lacking detail + straight lines.
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Kaikisen
6 7 1 Mr. EVIL Sunglasses buys out a rural coastal town for profit. A mermaid egg pact gets in the way. Not BAD but the romantic subplot went nowhere, a mermaid only appeared at the end & rough panel-to-panel flow. Kon wanted it over: THREE pages ending it.
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Kami no Kodomo
5 11 1 More like 'Arsehole's Child'. Ignoring the artistic weirdness, an interesting look into the mind of a sociopathic killer... until the gay pre-teen boy cult bit. There are far better psychological examinations of nutjobs in existence. Style over substance.
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Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku.
7 5 1 A sort of everyday tragedy, w/ a touch of shoujo romance. Liked how the absurdity of a kid finding two other kids living alone was made convincing. RUSHED 'dis wat title means: God's a kunt' open end. WTF: 'I grab mom's boobs, post-puberty' random insert.
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Kanojo wo Mamoru 51 no Houhou
5 49 5 Superficial. Rape trauma quickly forgotten; cult brainwashing fixed easily - it was more of a disaster scenario collection than a thriller. The lead's random 'WHY NO SAVE EVERYONE!' fits = annoying. Little romance, and the RUSHED end was poor as a result.
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Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
7 59 7 A draggy means to an end. Nausicaa's beautiful love of all came at the cost of a Mary Sue ALL submitted to. Got stretched too far ("mama" of war god). Kushana was the only multilayered character. STIFF same-faces art. Shitty non-end that doomed humanity.
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Kieli: Shisha-tachi wa Kouya ni Nemuru
7 7 2 A story about a girl, a (naturally!) good-looking immortal guy, and a radio possessed by a dead corporal. Oddly enough, it works; the story being fun, touching, relaxing, and easy to read. I'm now interested in reading the novels.
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Kimi ga Uso wo Tsuita
7 12 3 An examination of the psychological issues hiding behind lies, and a strong heroine... in a shoujo!? Most unusual. If not for the incest avoidance 'twist', the heroine's dull-but-perfect white knight, and the romance pairing being fake/incorrect, superb.
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Kimi ga Waratta
6 2 1 Like Mashiba's other one-shot, it's very good, and quite touching. However, it's too short and, as ever, it ended just when it got interesting. If Mashiba only ever created two one-shots, I'll be sad because she clearly has talent.
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Kimi ni shika Kikoenai
5 5 1 When adapting a novel consisting mostly of imaginary phone exchanges, the problem is that drawings are inferior to the mind's eye. And empty shoujo backgrounds don't help. A twisty, heartfelt & bittersweet story, but better in its original format.
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Kirihito Sanka
6 20 2 Discrimination (against dogs) was the focus of OtK. It was difficult to connect with a story where a needless rape-doctor got away with raping needless women. Too many 'tragic babes' subplots, not nearly enough character time - as with other Tezuka manga.
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Kiseijuu
7 64 10 Parasyte's problem is simple: it had nowhere to go after the start. The message the author was trying to express - that humans themselves are like parasites - was conveyed at the beginning. (Note: it's best to show random sex at the start; not the end!)
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Kizu
7 4 1 Suffering is life. Should an angel appear and try to help the weak, it'd be abused & discarded. Otsu's compelling tale of child abuse & survival supports this theory. Even an outwardly kind person giving in to selfishness makes it depressingly believable.
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Kodomo no Omocha
8 54 10 Its hilarious yet deeply affecting start made it an early 10/10. Then, shoujo cliches and an ending consisting of a forced 'illness' + separation ruined it. Remove Fuka's love triangle nonsense + end bullshit & add end-of-drama development--perfect, then.
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Koe no Katachi
8 1 - Condensed 62p ver of the full serialisation v1. Same PRETEEN BULLYING of an adorable deaf girl that results in KARMA being a bitch for the lead. Just lacks characterisation / detail. Still powerful, tho. +1 for the taboo subject of disabled bullying.
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Koi Kaze
6 35 5 Compared to the anime, the manga is too slow; full of needless content. And the order of events in the manga (the anime is structured better) made it confusing at times. It was a good read but I prefer its faster paced anime adaptation.
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Koi wa Misoji wo Sugite kara
5 8 1 An office lady with perfect sized breasts, drawn by someone who knows how to handle erotic scenes. Not bad... in a 'fapping sense'.
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Koi wo Suru no ga Shigoto desu.
5 24 3 Sexy ladies, drawn with a feminine touch. But the sex was REPETITIVE; a few pages of non-genital 'happy sex' per chap. The rom-comedy as lovebirds worked for rival companies was good, and the NTR (AVOIDED!) subplot kept me reading, but it missed the mark.
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Komorebi no Moto de...
7 25 3 Tsukasa's Chinatsu. A charming slice-of-lifer. An unaging girl with plant ESP befriends a boy -> slow-burning romance. But then the episodicness became CH-ish. Ended without ANY answers. The pilot lead's inclusion was neat--WHY DIDN'T SARA & HIM HOOK-UP!?
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Koori-hime Kitan
5 1 - When a cold girl gets possessed by the spirit of the 'Ice Princess', she becomes raunchy. Kawashita's logic pleases me. The reincarnation of the Ice Princess' love saves her from an evil undead samurai, love blossoms, and the one-shot ends. Not too bad.
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Koroshiya 1
8 114 10 In terms of twisted manga, Ichi, with its penis-splitting, sadism / masochism, necrophilia, dismemberment, etc will be hard to top. When the lead convinces himself a gang-raped girl wanted him to rape her, rather than save her, you KNOW it's fucked up!
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Kuroi Fubuki
6 1 1 Created in 20 days and rough. A great early example of adult manga. Two convicts escape cuffed together, share their pasts on the run and (conveniently) discover that their goals are the same. Neded more romance / murder conspiracy time.
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Kuroori-hime to Kawaki no Ou
7 1 - Mizuho CANNOT fail with romance + blending tragedy with silly, as if normal. A ruthless king capturing a woman to toy with her, for pleasure? Ok, a bit shoujoish with the bishie forced lovin', but the heroine's mental strength kept it respectably funny.
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L∞p
7 1 - If you're dead already, you might as well take your killers with you so as not to have any regrets--that's L∞p's message. Really good in the sense its 'dead already; death loop' premise isn't common. Had it been expanded on, I would've liked it A LOT.
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LifE
7 23 3 If not for the never-ending stream of evidence appearing in order for justice to prevail and the father not just getting revenge the straightforward way, I'd have scored this higher. I want to read more like this and 'Confession'.
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Lilim Kiss
5 24 2 The aimlessness let it down; presumably leading to it being canceled. It was an episodic supernatural comedy with kissing until near the end. Ironically, the most absorbing part of the story was its finale, and that's because it turned into a rom-com/dra.
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Line
5 4 1 Line has an interesting concept and, as ever with Kotegawa's work, excellent art. The comedy blends in better than in Anne Freaks, too. But there's too much running, not enough character development, and no twists in its story.
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Love Hina
8 120 14 In some respects, an (arguably) slightly improved version of Maison Ikkoku, with added boobs and a better paced story. As they say, 'Give a guy boobs and he'll be happy for life.'
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Love Letter
7 4 1 'Azusa' was generic--a boy getting with the wrong girl, then falling for her. 'Half & Half' was an improvement: two people dying, then getting a week together to decide who lives. But it's 'Love Letter' that impressed--a PURE letter-writing WWII romance.
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Love Roma
7 32 5 LR's repetitive 'boke & tsukkomi' humour and alien-eyed/limited (expressions) art, as well as it lacking an ending, forced me to 7/10 it. It was fun and heart-warming throughout, but also very flawed. +1 to my wife for unwittingly suggesting it.
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Lovely★Complex
8 68 17 Almost unique: its romance developing without either lead becoming hate-worthy. The endearingly argumentative lead duo make it smile-giving from start to finish. Shame it lasted too long (side-stories) and ended without sex; in spite of double-bed woes.
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Lust
7 9 1 Erotically drawn women DRAWN LIKE WOMEN, plus an unusually twisted nature. One woman is molested by the shadow of a loser she teased; another is spied on (spiritually) by her sickly brother, and gets off on it. Unimaginative vanilla smut can't compare.
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Ma no Kakera
7 8 1 Cool return for THE master of CREEPY horror, Junji Ito. A few unimpressive shorts, but 'Turtleneck' & 'Dissection-chan' are entertainingly unsettling: one about a guy holding his head to stop it falling; the other about a FREAKY dissection fetish girl.
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Mademoiselle Butterfly
7 10 2 Although the shoujo cuteness of the heroine & her prince made me feel hate, I resisted. Life's harshness got ignored at first (and at the end), but it moved me once the chance of unhappiness arose. Marriage + ADORABLE twins = a very satisfying romance.
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Mail
6 18 3 An interesting, if slightly forgettable collection of ghost stories. The pacing was just right to keep the tension high, and the creepy images did their job. Mail's failing is that only its dull exorcist lead linked the shorts together.
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Maison Ikkoku
9 162 15 One of the most powerful romances: Widowed heroines <3~ Superior to anime near end: numerous important Kyoko lines which expressed her love for Godai + the love hotel trip not being skipped. Most satisfying sex scene ever? 'Miss Understanding' PACING NO!
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Maka-Maka
8 24 2 As I read 'Mars no Kiss' I thought, "This art would be FAPTASTIC if smuttier." Thank Allah for TWO vols of FULL-COLOUR sensual lesbianism! Different from other 'H': 24/7 natural chatter & varied situations; sometimes just kissing and/or touching outside.
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Manhole
7 29 3 Only minimal characterisation. Plot progression was the focus as a madman's parasite>desire crime solution plan was unraveled. Convenient fish-with-mosquito-eggs aside, a solid thriller, though without many surprises. Liked the detective duo's chemistry.
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Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku
6 17 2 A distinctive controlled setting. The flipside? Too much info; too little everything else. Pipi worked as a simple girl in love, but Kai was stiff. The sad romance was typical (/Usamaru), and the 'In 50..' end wasn't conclusive. The Kai reveal was forced.
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Mars
9 59 15 One of the more believable & best shoujos. I couldn't stop reading; even feeling fuzzy inside when R&K finally did the deed. So, why not 10/10? The needless ladyboy sociopath & lack of bg art.
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Mars Gaiden: Namae no Nai Uma
6 3 1 'Horse With No Name ' - worst book sub-title ever. Only 1/3 of the stories connected to Mars and even that added nothing of value. The other two were good one-shots, but why were they in a Mars volume?
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Mars no Kiss
8 4 1 'Opposites attract' excellence. Not yuri--only the promiscuous short-hair fell in love, but the sexual tension + naturally erotic style = YES! Characterised a girl-looking-for-love-thru-sex PERFECTLY, and the 'yuri' bond didn't come across as superficial.
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MAX Lovely!
6 26 5 Shoujo full of humour, low on melodrama & complete with strong heroines are my cup of tea. I enjoyed reading ML. But it was like going through a rehashing of cliches, with shallow bully-cult dumbness on the side. Plus, the male lead was flat throughout.
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Mekakushi no Kuni
6 48 9 LotB's problem is its lack of story; it consisting of character mini-arcs until a non-ending. And the leads are typical of shoujo: Tohru without depth and a fake pretty boy. The supporting cast were FAR more likable than the horribly cheesy blushing duo.
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Metro Survive
7 16 2 The intensity level remained high due to it being short, and it was nice to read a manga with an adult cast. However, the downside of the story being short is that the characters never had time to do anything other than play their designated roles.
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Me~teru no Kimochi
7 28 3 If you can ignore the basic premise of a drop-dead gorgeous, 22-year-old woman first marrying a bald old man and then 'mothering' his reclusive son, you're in for some NHK-esque excellence. The ending is a bit of a let down, though...
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Midori no Hibi
8 86 8 I love rom-coms, and MD's unique premise - as well as its ADORABLE heroine - make it hard for me to be critical of. But the series consisted mainly of (amusing) single chapter filler stories, and it ended without a truly satisfying ending. An 8.5.
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Mondaiteiki Sakuhinshu
8 23 6 Do you want to read depressingly realistic stories, aimed at ladies? Then read this. I like it, and I'm a manly man.
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Monte Cristo Hakushaku
8 12 1 A better adaptation than Gankutsuou... in ONE VOLUME!? Morrel subplot & Abbe Faria showed Edmond's kindness before vengeance. Faithful end: no Albert huggle deus ex machina! Moriyama's novel love shone thru lovely art, along with Haydee snuggling-TITS<3.
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Mori Kaoru Shuuishuu
4 11 1 Mori's fetishes as SHORT stories (JUST women wearing a swimsuit & bunny suit!?), paired with miscellaneous info. Want 5-pagesx2 manga on fireplaces + corsets? OK! The ONLY lengthy-deep work's sexual, psychological story doesn't mix with maid silliness.
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Moteki
7 35 5 Seinen CREATED BY WOMEN, with male leads, are always insightful. lol? In the midst of rom-com fail, female hypocrisy gets paired with the logic of a relatably weak-minded male prat. Love quad becomes disjointed & end abrupt, BUT: wonderful art/writing.
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Mugen Spiral
6 12 2 Similar to FB. A bad boy gets turned into a cat by the heroine, they edge closer, a reverse harem forms and a rom-com begins. Mizuho's art is charming, but she can't DO action. Canceled when it was getting good, with Ura teasing Yayoi by seducing her.
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MW
5 26 3 MW is cheapened by the homosexual relationship between a priest & psycho being hopelessly superficial. Like other Tezuka titles, the cast are just cogs in the story's machine and the worthless rape=love subplot only highlights Tezuka's sexist fetish.
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My Heart Is Beating
7 30 3 When it's discovered you've been cross-dressing (/swimsuits) AND taking pictures, a Hollywood end doesn't cut it. No real romance satisfaction, either. The mother complex added complexity to simple perversion, but it didn't go deep enough with the girls.
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Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge
5 8 2 An attractively drawn school girl, in a mini-skirt, fighting a guy with a chainsaw. It might've been excellent if not for the lack of story and poor ending, which didn't take the series in the 'It was all your imagination!' direction I hoped it would.
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NG Life
10 54 9 PSME's reincarnation love woes, MI's deceased lover issue & "ROMANTIC-PANIC comedy" = NG Life @ #1. Even the supporting cast acted like they wrote their own lines. No 10/10 ending, but Keidai making Mii blush and flee made me smile.
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NHK ni Youkoso!
6 40 8 Too much filler. It's the weakest version of this excellent psychological comedy-drama. Still good and the art is top draw, tho.
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Nijigahara Holograph
4 15 1 Disjointed, nonsensical nihilism. One of those stories that isn't told chronologically for fake depth. Too many unsympathetic characters, and no purpose. Butterflies = God, everyone's life sucks, and random blowjobing is what drunk girls do... THE END!
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Nineteen, Twenty-One
7 21 2 Full-colour + alternating super-deformed cuteness / full-sized beauty art = 500+ pages of web comic joy. The stray cat-centric plot had little 'meat', but the adult society stressing added depth. If not for no kissing until the end, I would've 9/10'd it.
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Ningen Konchuuki
4 4 1 Intriguing Tezuka nihilism, ruined by his inherent flaws. The heroine being manipulative prevented extreme sexism (she still 'allowed' rape). Lacked a purpose as the lead copied others. Ended with a Tezuka non-ending. The human-insect link = superficial.
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Ningen Shikkaku
9 12 3 At once a victim of 'ordinary' society & a villain for his ways with women, Yozo's MISANTHROPIC DESPAIR hits home. Usamaru's understanding of the novel (+ art style) = a near perfect MODERN ADAPTATION. If suicide had been added for closure, maybe 10/10.
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Nozoki Ana
6 117 13 EASILY the winner of 'The most sexy thru-underwear blowjobs' award. Emiru's twisted voyeurism (+ 'lovey' yandere faces), paired with EROTIC art, saved it. But the softcore censorship + 'Slut #7 follows Slut #6' plot left it as a tease lacking substance.
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Nozokiya
7 2 1 You can NEVER be sure if your perfect-princess girl is secretely screwing a black guy. That's why it's ESSENTIAL to have a voyeur friend + night goggles. A surprisngly good glance at what hides behind smiles. Short, sweet and with a full-series spin-off.
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Ohikkoshi
7 7 1 Samura's 'let loose' work. He frequently broke the fourth wall with a rom-com that would've been sad, if not for poke-fun-at randomness. Main multi-chap unrequited love = good (unresolved). The female mangaka's unlucky 14-year fame-path short bettered it.
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Omoide Emanon
9 9 1 'Noname' being about one all-night convo between two strangers, with its unique 'world memory' aspect, absorbed me. Cherishing few hours, instead of letting the flame flicker out; a romanticist's view of love. Amazing art; Emanon's face told the story.
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Onanie Master Kurosawa
9 31 4 Only in Japan could someone start a story as a Death Note MASTURBATION PARODY and then turn it into one of the best psychological dramas in existence. Note to self: never underestimate a guy with an afro, and never trust a female. Bitches...
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One Missed Call
4 13 2 A beat-by-beat adaptation of an ok J-Horror flick (and its sequel). No point reading if you've watched them. OH NO: A LONG-HAIRED GIRL IS LEAVING MESSAGES & KILLING PEOPLE! Passable character art, but hard to tell what's happening with nothing else drawn.
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Onegai☆Teacher
5 15 2 What can I say? It still has the same sily premise as the anime and the changes made to the story didn't do much good or bad. Not the worst read, I guess...
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Ore ga Doutei wo Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite
6 22 4 GREAT PREMISE! Fizzled out. Began as a crazy 'lose virginity and die' harem murder mystery. Then, it became a 'SAVE YOSHINO FROM BECOMING A SLUT' romance... which failed due to TWO ch20 time skips. A predictably dull happy end; without KazuyaxYoshino.
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Ore x Yome - Cupid no Itazura
8 6 1 lol @ Robocock. The lead handing a vibrator to the girl he loves & her machine clone causing chaos was too much. (Liked story #1, too - I'd become her 'houseman'!) The artist is a master at pervy-com & drawing ladies with LOTS of pubic hair - I'm sold!
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Ourou
7 3 1 Berserk x Threads of Time. Two lovers find themselves in Mongol-dominated China, a general takes the lead's woman... you know the rest. The Yoshitune-Gengis Khan link was cool. The lead's history-altering duel with Khan excited me. LET ME READ THE SEQUEL!
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Ousama Game
3 25 5 Mildly entertaining 'Do as texts say, OR DIE horribly' high school 1D caricature fluff; w/ lol nakama NTR. Then, RUSHED GODAWFUL: death if cast cried & a PC virus (!?) caused spontaneous combustion whilst no fuks were given. A special kind of retarded.
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Ousama Game: Kigen
8 30 6 Better than 'sequel' in every way. Rather than unintentional mobile phone comedy, Kigen was inspired by HIGURASHI w/ its 1977, rural setting. Letter orders & atmospheric ISOLATION. Great pacing, disturbing deaths & slutty sociopath Michiko won my heart<3.
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Oyasumi Punpun
7 147 13 Transitions from tryhard birdthing coming-of-age, to despair porn. PunPun lost in life, stumbling thru a web of self-consciousness & lust, was incredibly relatable. But the nutty cultist jibberish timewasting.. NO! Weak end after sinking so low with Aiko.
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Paradise Residence 0
6 9 1 Dat art: AH MY GODDESS! Hatsune's rival chs the bestest: running with toast in mouth (/shoujo) hoping to bump into boy.. and running into bitch-nemesis. And Hatsune chasing her. SHORTS COLLECTION; later turned into a 3vol 'all-girl dormitory' series.
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Parallel
6 20 4 It was annoying to see Hoshino use her and Nekota's parents getting together as a plot-extending excuse, but their relationship was cute. Maybe canceled? Subplots got abandoned. The last chapter was good but rushed; the main two suddenly getting together.
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Pietà
7 6 2 A maturely executed and taseful lesbian romance story. I liked the mother&child aspects of the relationship. The only negatives are the needless conversations about fate/evolution and Rio getting all the drama / development instead of Higa getting time.
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Pretty Face
5 53 6 Aside from a few glimpses of something more, PF only offered a never-ending series of perverted comedy shorts; the lead often finding panties and/or boobs in his face. There wasn't any real progression from the start, and it's no wonder it was canceled...
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R.I.P.
5 12 1 Unremarkable. A guy commits suicide, gets 'revived' by a gothic angel, helps a few lost souls and - finally - resolves his own dull love woes. Its early episodic format and a number of needless characters suggest it was rushed to its conclusion.
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Rash!!
8 16 2 V1: CH problem solving as a HOT tomboy became a prison doctor. V2: ALL Yuki's childhood friend rom-comedy + an old flame killing people. It remained as lighthearted sexiness, but Tsukasa CLEARLY decided to end it post-V1. V2's romance-focused lulz = YES!
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Re:Birth - The Lunatic Taker
4 29 7 Dal Young strikes: THE MOST PATHETIC MALE LEAD EVER & NO ENDING. Ayaka = Yuno yandere love, and her being a psycho was worked into the action... but Reiji's knifeblock idealism was ALWAYS there, as she saved him. Reiji cancelled Ayaka's win with his fail.
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Reset
4 6 1 A heroine that married a fatty for money? A story about a suicide-inducing LAN game SO REAL that in-game death is somehow traumatic?... (lol @ in-game rape = mind rape) Freddy Krueger as the baddie + his mom going psycho IRL when prompted didn't impress.
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Ressentiment
7 49 4 How do you describe a series involving a 30ish fatty wearing a cock-sheath & losing his virginity to a virtual school girl? It ended with World War III as otakus fought an army controlled by a monkey. An hilarious glimpse into the future of many.
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Ribbon no Kishi
7 16 3 'Rape=Love Tezuka' created shoujo's most influential manga. He even dealt with sexism & equal rights. Baffling. My first 'childish' Tezuka exp--his style works better with comical horse>king death. Too many needless arcs + an abrupt end, but a fun read.
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River's Edge
7 14 1 Reading River's Edge comforted me because it was about how other people also drift through life aimlessly, without caring as they self-destruct because of their own natural flaws. It also made me feel uneasy due to it highlighting how worthless life is.
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Romeo x Juliet
5 9 2 Similar to the anime, the manga is a tale of two halves. A good job was done of editing the slow(ish) story at first, but the extremely rushed last half only highlighted the anime's failings. Even the attractive art seemed to worsen as time passed...
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Rose Hip Rose
4 22 4 None of the decent characterization from Zero, or story explanations. Worse yet, its story doesn't connect with prequel-sequel Zero at all beyond the names used - terrible writing by Fujisawa. On the plus side, it has nice art and school girls.
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Rose Hip Zero
6 34 5 A fun read, despite its stupid story. Fujisawa drawing school girls and inserting his humour always makes for great entertainment. My main issue with the series is that the story is left unresolved.
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Rozen Maiden
4 46 8 I found it hard to like the lead because he acted like a dick and hid himself away over very little. Also, the way the story progresses via 'dream sequences' and vague dialogue took away from my enjoyment. And it has NO ending.
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Ruka to Ita Natsu
7 27 4 Romance-heavy sci-fi shortness. I liked the idea of a bro falling for the girl possessing his sister. Luca chasing "TT" through time, falling for his younger self & going against her mission needed time. The ending was a downer. Superb art + neat action.
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Sabishisugite Lesbian Fuuzoku ni Ikimashita Report
7 6 1 A compelling autobiographical glance at an introverted 28yo virgin's life. PINK COLOUR added fittingly feminine edge. Cuteness contrased well w/ srsbiz. "THESEX" was believably awkward & underwhelming. Internalised approach better suited to novel format.
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Saishuu Heiki Kanojo Gaidenshuu - Sekai no Hate ni wa Kimi to Futari de
1 4 1 Rape and murder, followed by cute/comical facial art and 'humourous' chatter. Rape, murder and comedy - there's an odd one out there. But what of believability and characterisation? It says a lot when the most interesting character was a bullet.
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Sakuran
6 13 1 When reading a period piece, the translation making little sense is bad. Kyoha's strength in an era where women were treated as property made her memorable. I liked the realism of an ending where true love turned out to be one-sided naivety.
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Samurai Champloo
5 10 2
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Sanctuary
6 108 12 Sexist. A police elite gives up everything for a man she barely knew + a politician became obedient after sex. Starts as political manliness, with toilet rape 'humour'. Gets repetitive. The Russian arc was needless. Ended abruptly, without Japan changed.
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Sayonara ga Chikai no de
7 1 - The Shinsengumi have become almost mythical badarses, over time. However, this is a tender depiction of the terminally ill Okita's last days, after a life of killing. His realisation at the end, when a cat killed to feed its young, made for a fitting end.
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School Rumble
5 345 22 SR ended with the anime (S2). The manga only repeats the same increasingly tedious jokes, after that point. Nothing involving the lovable cast & pairings advances. Just as it picks up, it abruptly ends... with a timeskip, pie-fight and NOTHING resolved.
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Seishun Survival
6 4 1 The first story had a great combination of silliness and realism; highlighting how scary it would be to get lost in the wild. The following story was touching - it revealing how writing love letters can move hearts closer together. 3&4 were average.
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Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu
7 5 1
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Sexy Voice and Robo
4 13 2 Unattractive art, lacking detail and drawn with thick lines. Mix that with a premise involving a girl being given 'spy' jobs by an old man for no reason, with most of the content either coming across as pointless or ending abruptly, and you get a mess.
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Shadow Lady
7 24 3 Too good to have been canceled. Katsura's art, a lively, flirtatious heroine, romance woes resulting from a shy/spunky personality, and the tried and tested formula of a master thief challenging the police repeatedly combined to make SL A+ entertainment.
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Shi ni Itaru Yamai
5 19 2 Despair leading to death; doomed love with an alter ego--INTRIGUING PLOT POINTS! Weighed down by unsubtle "THE DESPAIR"; "DEEP, DARK GLOOM" dialogue and VERY Japanese-pervy 'I sleep with you for therapy... and wash your back' relationship progression.
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Shigurui
6 84 15 Intestines fly as samurai (robotic vs. ambitious) fight to the death. But with only OTT violence and boobs to distract from its shallowness, it ran out of steam LONG before a rushed 'done already' final fight. Why the dick-woman sidestory with no purpose?
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Shin Angyo Onshi
8 76 17 THE KOREAN BERSERK. Munsu's arc was satisfying; living up to my expectations--Kye being such a tragic character. What let SAO down was some poor characterisation, quality drops, and a disappointing all-action finale. Korean history + Chun in S&M gear = <3
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Shin Angyo Onshi Gaiden
6 5 1 The first three stories were so-so; adding little of value. The final story, however, not only added some development to Munsu but also reaffirmed my belief that, had the flashback arc started at the very beginning, SAO would've been a truly great series.
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Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku
6 8 2 The OVA is better. V1 not exploring the underground AT ALL + Badarse Levi = fanwank? BUT, Team Levi (Isabal WUV!) developed in v2 via interesting Survey Corps / Erwin time. The overdone deaths killed the OVA's WTF & artist was afraid to make Levi DESPAIR.
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Shingetsutan Tsukihime
8 74 10 A kill-at-first-sight romance. The pacing as Shiki searched for the truth/Roa wasn't ideal. Moving doomed love, and the 'realistic' human-vampire end left me blue. Not enough background info. Arcuied's cuteness when she only knew of death seemed wrong.
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Shino-chan wa Jibun no Namae ga Ienai
6 11 1 Tame, considering the author. Did a GREAT job of emphasising the humiliation and frustration caused by speech impediments. Went cliche with the singing subplot, though the female friendship was endearing. The monkey guy and a 'cancellation end' ruined it.
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Shissou Holiday
6 5 1 When a spoiled princess wants attention from daddy, what else is she to do but fake her own kidnapping? Ignoring the token end twist, the story was by the numbers. I liked it 'cause of the exaggerated lightheartedness injected into it by the classy art.
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Short Cuts
7 10 2 2 vols of 1-2 page shorts about the power of sexualised JP school girls. Only a REAL man could've created this. Too much to remember... but a bottle can sell for millions if a girl uses it as a 'toy' and girls lust after erect teddies. I learned a lot.
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Shounen Shoujo Hyouryuuki
7 12 1 Surrealism and symbolism irk me, but I liked the balance between issues for those failing to fit in and their surreal depictions. Sadly, most chapters could only briefly cover the stories with the surreal imagery. -1 for the 'altogether' end forcedness.
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Show Me The Money
8 11 2 Those needy shoujo heroines need replacing with domineering types, such as Aimei. If she helps you, out comes her calculator and into debt you go. And should you kiss her, you're her future husband/slave. A+ lighthearted fun - shame it ended @ 2/2.
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Shuuseki Kairo no Himawari
8 7 1 Although the intended final message ( 'condom' story) was often hard to understand, GREAT psychological exploration. An abused woman getting a dream family, yet still 'chomping' over her past? A disturbed woman sure she's a captured mermaid? All included!
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Sister Generator
8 14 1 In Japan & the Wild West, Samura's ladies lead. BotI's samurai are honourless, so a western = PERFECT. Emerald relied on 'wits vs. guns' to great effect. The rest = disturbingly unusual & school girls' wit. EVERY heroine looks like Rin/Hyakurin/Makie.
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Solanin
7 28 2 Close to 8-9/10. As much as I enjoyed it, the fact it ended where it started - despite that being the mangaka's intent - irked me. And I didn't understand Taneda's final change of heart. The fact I couldn't relate played a part, too.
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Sonezaki Shinjuu
6 1 - When adapting a tale of doomed love - involving a loved one being sold into prostitution - it's a bad idea to mix in a lighthearted edge and force a happy ending. A charming, face-sitting historical short, but tragedy is always more realistic and moving.
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Sousakusha
6 13 1 Very, very similar to 'Seizon -LifE- '. It's more straightforward, without the never-ending twists of Seizon, but the mystery behind missing/dead girls in both makes it hard to think about one without thinking about the other.
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Souten no Koumori
6 1 - A teenage assassin starts a new life; gradually changing through the kindness of another. Seen before. One girl EASILY killing 18+ former comrades at once was daft, but I liked the bittersweet change of direction. The open-ended reunion was a nice add-on.
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Spirit of Wonder
6 12 1 TWO volumes. People ignore V1: 9 shorts structured amateurishly + poorly explained sci-fi = CONFUSION! V2 dealt ENTIRELY with a violent, Engrish China girl & her man driving her mad with inventions. MUCH better rom-com shenanigans, but not THAT great.
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Strawberry Shake Sweet
7 17 2 Ran looked and acted male. A forced all-female les-com. Julia's constant spaz attacks made it fun, but it would've been better if the duo had the body parts to go beyond foreplay. Improved once the four-panel gags stopped. Lame separation 'drama' end.
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Sugar Dark: Umerareta Yami to Shoujo
6 19 4 Grave-digging, mysterious girl romance, monsters & guro make it a good read. Lots of worthless chatter+ MESSY battles pull it down. And the contrived nature of a happy ending equal parts abrupt & absurd ruins it. Artist good close-up, bad at distance.
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Sugiru Juunana no Haru
8 14 2 Gripping. During the last volume, which followed a volume dedicated to establishing the main characters' personalities and Takashi's unnatural change, the story did drag a little. But I was hooked throughout. Background art would've been nice!
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Sukima Suki
5 10 1 Bunny Drop's author, drawing a 'peeping' manga = NOT EROTIC! Three friends talk CONSTANTLY, and there's neighbourly peeping (x2)... but boobs, where!? Little romance chemistry-time, and ends with a '...that's it?' separation. Lacked a plot-driving force.
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Swweeet
9 17 2 A deliciously twisted take on Touch's love triangling. Reverse raping and surreal dreams made this psychological thriller of a romance even better. Its outstanding art hooked me from the get-go, and the mix of innocence with ugliness had me purring.
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Taiyou no Uta
7 4 1 Living away from the sun, and only being able to venture outside at night, would be horrible for any girl in love. And that's why - at least in girls' comics - falling in love from afar and love blooming at night is possible. Tragic, but also uplifting.
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Tamashii no Futago
8 14 2 TnF = more than Mihara one-shot excellence. It began so-so, with recurring gothi-spirits; 4/7 of v1 being standalone. But v2 dealt ONLY with the gothi-spirits, as well as the romance of the two "twin souls" that connected them--becoming something special.
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Tanabata no Kuni
3 28 4 TnK = Parasyte's flaws, without its alien face-off excitement. The premise of a clan trying to protect their land & ESP from outsiders was fine. What wasn't fine was how TnK consisted of a may-as-well-be-nameless cast talking about magpies in circles.
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Terra e...
5 28 5 The retro-feminine (/eyelashes) style survived the test of time. As did the sci-fi psychics vs. machine-controlled humans plot. But the lack of art detail, messy psychic battles, woeful 'ending', and an improved 2007 anime left me feeling unsatisfied.
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The Other Side of the Mirror
7 12 2 Two damaged souls meet by chance and get drawn together, healing the wounds of the other through a love born whilst struggling to survive in a world where dreams and reality differ. Not enough back-story time, and a bit too much forced drama. Mars-lite.
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Threads of Time
8 46 11 Karmic tragedy, set during the Mongolian invasion of Korea. Spoilers made seeing the lead's loved ones abused easier. THE twist made the love triangle ironic. Chung War's husband, a lack of 1999-time & rough action = no 9 for a superbly written war epic.
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Time Killers
5 11 1 Kazue Kato's shorts collection. Varying lengths/quality. The WORST are at start: genre confused assassin-comedy + 'TOMATO = FAMILY!' Best: the few grounded in reality + Blue Exorcist pilot. Rin & Kuro as one character = cool. Viz's WHITE HQ paper = Yes!
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Tista
4 9 2 v1 was unimaginative. Church girl-killer questions herself after meeting a boy. Would've been better with v2 as v1 (backstory > killing w/o gore), but a church assassin with sniper-scopes for eyes wasn't a good set-up. 120 - 80 = 40 years in prison.
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Togari
4 68 8 Ignoring the 'revived sinner' premise, Togari is no more than a well-drawn jaunt through EVERY shounen cliche. And the dialogue remains awkward throughout. At one stage Tobei gets thanked for telling someone to kill a hostage! Was cancelled.
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Tokkou
6 11 3 A typical shounen (it's seinen only because of gore), mixed with Fujisawa's lovely art and perverted humour. Highly enjoyable, in short. But it has no ending; the last few chapters covering a side-story. If it was canceled, it's a shame.
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Tomie
8 20 3 Narcissistic SUPERBITCH Tomie seduces / consumes EVERY male her 1000's of monstrous selves meet. Most entertaining when multiple Tomie's try to kill each other. After underwhelming 4-5chs, Ito's episodic variation = YES! Sexy 1987-2000 art improvement.
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Trace
6 177 - Mutants + characterisation: v1-3 each dealt with separate leads. Full-colour, with art that grows on you (nice chibi-comedy bits), it hit 9+/10... before no-death fights, non-thinking villains, God jibberish & MASS deus ex machina revivals killed it dead.
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Trigun
5 22 3 Unclear and unrefined art. This is a rare case of an anime adaptation being more enjoyable.
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Tsumitsuki
6 5 1 With impressive character art matching the dark mood, this episodic series about sins and sin-eaters had potential. It reminded me of Hell Girl, and the lack of forced happiness appealed to me. Sadly, it ended without any form of conclusion...
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Tuxedo Gin
7 136 15 Poor Ginji; getting reincarnated as a penguin (for love) and having to deal with mating dances, the urge to incubate round objects, and bath-time with THE dream girl. Hilarious, touching & with lovely, Minako-is-so-hot art. Canceled + rushed end = sad.
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Udon no Hito
6 8 1 Dem noodles! An older woman serves a younger man noodles. The young man starts drawing 'erotic' noodle art. They lust from afar, and the woman's ex-art-teaching-hubby is in the background. Nothing remarkable, but hey: at least it isn't high school wuv.
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Umibe no Onnanoko
6 20 2 SLUT on the Shore. Bizarrely forced smut fetishism: Isobe eats poo, own cum AND sticks a dildo up arse. Gripping 'sex w/o love' suicidal romance.. until AWFUL end: Isobe does 180 after wtftasering & Sato acts purepure. "The sea is big" final line = Err..
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Undercurrent
6 11 1 Explores how one would feel when abandoned by someone they trusted. The theme of not understanding others added a mature feel. But it moved SLOWLY, and there was no explanation for the husband. The childhood trauma subplot seemed tacked-on.
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Underdog
5 17 3 Decent premise: "Ghost Boy" immoral nobody (/SPY CAM perv) finds himself in a death-game. His goal? Get his opponent killed... by another person. Sadly, writing poor--was CANCELLED. Twisted lil' sister stick-rape + lol? nympho-slut sex couldn't save it.
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Usotsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan: Totteoki no Uso
3 5 1 How could I find the leads convincing as disturbed killers when their interactions would've fit a rom-com? A psychiatrist + detective with young looks, flirting with a child? A pointless twist ending a painfully straightforward thriller?... No thanks!
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Utsubora
3 14 2 Pretentious light smut. Still confused over the 'twins'--only one side shown. Liked how Mr. Editor lusted/impregnated then vanished (/smutplots). Not sure what impressed more: the author plagiarising a fan, or creating much love juice with only fingers.
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Utsurowazarumono: Breath of Fire IV
8 27 5 Best VG adaptation? Hard to tell that Ryu was silent (/game). The removal of CHUNKS of traveling + gameplay was smooth. Shame Fou-Lu STILL got little time--needed more old English x country slang love! The QUALITY art deserved backgrounds & decent action.
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Uzumaki
8 19 3 Uzumaki introduced me to Ito's work, making me buy all I could. Some of the stories were too daft to be scary and the ending was terrible... yet the combination of horror and absurdity is what make's Ito unique.
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Variante
4 19 4 A collection of recycled content. Girl gets attacked by monster; girl gains power; girl gets used as weapon; girl discovers those using her created the monsters. The villain even tried to create a God to reset all. Nice death ratio, but unimaginative.
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Vendemiaire no Tsubasa
5 8 2 Repetitive and lacking polish. The abuse mainly being restricted to dolls made the tragedy lack power. Each too-short-short offered Kitoh's message(s) and little else. No attempt was made at explaining why, or how, the living dolls were created.
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Video Girl Ai
8 131 15 ...What!? A rom-com where the lead actually advances; changing from a spineless insect into someone who takes the initiative? I never! Let down by one or two filler characters and a short spin-off series being included. Truly sexy art--beautiful ladies!
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Vitamin
7 3 1 The depiction of bullying in this story (and how it affects the mind of a person) is so realistic that I have to assume the mangaka based the story on her own life. The only thing that let it down was its horribly rushed final chapter.
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Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan
9 8 1 Such a sad yet beautiful 'waiting to be executed' romance; completely free of childish pish. A must read 'Crime & Punishment' story that begins at the end. In only 8chs, it came close to making me cry. I feel it would've succeeded had it lasted longer.
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Wild da mon♥
6 16 3 Ando's FAR better at dealing with rom-coms than thrillers. Shoujo's very own take on Tarzan. A jungle boy slowly comes to terms with civilization and, after many laughs, wins the heart of the girl he moved in with. Not remarkable but is a lot of fun!
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Winter Flowers
6 1 - This is why you don't play with fireworks, kids. Short, sweet and a little depressing. If it had lasted for longer than 50 pages, it probably would've been even better, but there's no denying it's powerful as it is.
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Witchblade
6 12 2 Such gorgeous art, depicting a near-naked girl licking her juicy lips, was irresistible in colour. The needless lighthearted/dumb bits, American stereotyping and lack of an ending took away from the fun. Why didn't Takeru show her lustful desire for Kou!?
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Yanagida-kun to Mizuno-san
6 21 2 Porn with A+ rom-comedy. Much too 'samey', though. Ms. Tsundere would deny her love, have sex--repeat. The sex was short, while the romance was left until late. Ms. Tsundere's eyes were big & her bust small(ish); lowering the attractive art's smut value.
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Y十M: Yagyuu Ninpouchou
6 100 11 First half is Kill Bill 'FEMALES vs MALES' vengeance awesomeness. 7 normal girls, trained by a lovably cool Yagyu Jyubei, against 7 killers. REALLY GOOD! Then, retarded SUICIDAL MONKS political intrigue pish & Jyubei killing as the girls are ignored. HUH?
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Yokokuhan
5 22 3 A SOCIAL COMMENTARY internet era vigilante thriller. Immersive art realism. All but one of the cast = PLOT DEVICES; resulting in detached heroine scream LOL. The epilogue detailed how ABSURD the plot was. An excuse for kid appeal INTERNET VIGILANTE KEWL.
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Yonensei
7 6 1 Characters with human failings dealing with life. Sometimes the mood isn't right for sex; people in relationships get too used to each other/fight--REFRESHING! Yoshino not giving up on Akio & Akio changing for her = LOVE! A lame, trollish 'final chapter'.
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Youkai Kyoushitsu
6 7 1 Has all the hallmarks of classic Junji Ito but - "I'M SO SORRY!" - not his best. Turning the absurdity of brains melting into horror, w/ JP apology culture social commentary, was cool. But recurring duo + 'EVIL electromagnetic waves' were.. eh. Shite end.
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Yume de Aetara
5 143 17 If you're looking for an easy to get into, charming rom-com, YdA is good to go with... but the lead might be a lil' too pathetic for some, and the way Nagisa constantly needs chasing may irk others. Also, the story drags on for FAR too long, needlessly.
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Yunagi no Machi Sakura no Kuni
6 3 1
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Yuutai Nova
7 20 2 Not inferior to 'Aku no Hana'... yet it was cancelled. Goes from supernatural peeping to mind-break territory--the lead's first love switching from "NO, IT HURTS!" to being a whore. Covers uncomfortable ground, but the twistedness made it more than smut.
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Zashiki Onna
5 11 1 Suspense was built well, and the lead linking his stalker with a girl he bullied added depth. But its crappy ending left it in Ibitsu's shadow. The stalker wasn't explained and the lead's 'girlfriend' took up too many pages to have such a minor role.
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Zennou no Noa
4 16 3 Rushed CG rip-off. From the cast to the alternate Japan discrimination, it's there. But, unlike CG (S1), the 'mind games' = Noa pulling out a new invention, or deus ex machina. Once zombies join in, it's a "page-turner" in the 'PLZ END!' sense. Cancelled?
Chapters: 9128, Volumes: 1223, Days: 61.15, Mean Score: 6.3, Score Dev.: -1.15