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Mar 27, 2011
Haunted by a family curse, a man fights against the sands of time that are quickly running out for him in this supernatural mystery.

The supernatural and Miyamoto Kano are both high on my favourites list, so I was excited getting into Sleeping Moon. But while Miyamoto has previously dabbled in the supernatural with shorter stories, this is the first series where she’s made it the focus. The result is a compelling manga that invokes equal amounts of suspense and sympathy.

The story revolves around Akihiko as he returns to his father’s hometown to investigate the truth behind the curse that has afflicted his family for generations. read more
Jan 14, 2011
~ The following review contains spoilers ~

“You should go outside and try looking at the sky - it’s far away”

With these words Shinichi receives a rude awakening that spells the end of his youth. It’s when he arrives at that point in life when he realizes that no matter how hard he tries reaching for the sky, he may never be able to touch it.

Failing to achieve one’s dreams, accepting that fact, and moving on with life. This is a common everyday story, but there’s not much fiction around this subject. Possibly because it’s too close to home for so many people that it would read more
Aug 7, 2010
Escape (Manga) add (All reviews)
Two broken individuals, a need to escape and a serendipitous encounter.

Sounds like the plot to many romances, but add in some snow and get Miyamoto Kano to describe what happens next, and you end up with Escape – one of the most heartrending oneshots I've ever read.

Note: While there aren't any major spoilers, since Escape is a oneshot, this review covers a great deal of the manga itself.

The story begins as Jun, having led an inconsequential existence for as long as he remembers, stumbles upon Kouji, a seemingly dangerous drug-dealer. In a desperate bid to escape his miserable life, he asks to be sold some read more
Jun 4, 2010
Flowers (Manga) add (All reviews)
“Sometimes I feel like we're lost children, endlessly going around in circles as we try to find our way.”

That's how Nakamura Ryou feels as he contemplates his situation at one point near the end of this heart-warming manga. Contrary to the statement, however, the story does not go around in circles, but rather flows smoothly and convincingly.

Flowers is one of those seemingly ordinary BL manga that in Miyamoto Kano's hands turns into something far from ordinary. When newcomer Ryou spots his two male housemates kissing, his past misgivings about his own sexuality begins to resurface. He finds himself getting attracted to the alluring Makoto (who read more
May 8, 2010
Rules (Manga) add (All reviews)
Rules, with its realistic portrayal of homosexual relationships, deviates from the norm in that it does not come across as a yaoi fangirl's idealized view of the lovey-dovey relationship between pretty boys. It contains none of the negative clichés and stereotypes associated with the BL genre, i.e. non-existent plot, two-dimensional characters and cheesy dialogue. Like many good yaoi, though, this wonderful story was an absolute page-turner.

Part of Miyamoto Kano's highly popular Rules Universe that has spawned numerous fan fictions, the events described in this manga take place after 'Hydra' and 'Lovers and Souls', this time focusing on Hikaru and Tooru, as well as two new read more
Apr 13, 2010
Hydra (Manga) add (All reviews)
“Me, Hitomi and Ryuu... We were each reaching out our hands, but in different directions, and so we kept missing each other; never quite managing to touch, never quite managing to connect.” - Taira Hikaru

This is essentially what Hydra is about – the frustration, heartache and helplessness that ensue when one's love just won't reach another's heart. But it's so much more than just a tale of the painful reality of being in love – the relatable characters and great story combine to make this a truly engaging read. In spite of how emotionally charged this manga is, it never once veers into the melodramatic read more