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Feb 24, 2018
Shinobi Life (Manga) add
✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ Historical fantasy is always a little fun, thus quite a few shoujo manga are centered on the interesting genre. Add the fact that there are ninjas involved and you already have quite the devoted fan base. That's "Shinobi Life" for you.

✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ Right from the beginning, this series starts with a little bit of a melodramatic scene. The mangaka paints Beni as an angsty teenager who'd throw her life away to spite her cold-hearted father, but that's only what's on the surface. As we delve into her life, we see that her father's attitude toward her is ...
Dec 6, 2017
Kaikan Phrase (Anime) add
Mixed Feelings
Ah, just skimming through the screenshots of this anime gives you the nostalgia surrounding that age-old dream and idea: if you believe in yourself and work hard enough, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. If you’re not too old to root along for a small band raising to the roof, “Kaikan Phrase” might be up your alley.

I can’t quite remember why I put this on my list. I think it was recommended to me by someone when I mentioned I hadn’t watched much music anime. Truth be told, if you notice the aesthetics, it’s not much to look at. The anime was ...
Aug 26, 2017
Juu Ou Sei (Anime) add
⊥ ⊥ ⊥ ⊥ ⊥ I added “Jyu Oh Sei” to my list after my sister reviewed it, but she warned me that the ending made no sense and neither did the “shoujo” tag. That was back when I was adding anime to my list willy-nilly, and I’m not as picky about anime as she is, so I thought it’d be alright. Looking back, I experienced a variety of emotions while watching this 11-episode show, though not all were great.

⊥ ⊥ ⊥ ⊥ ⊥ I can’t really explain that well why it took me about two months to watch “Jyu Oh Sei.” There were a ...
Aug 6, 2017
▩ ▩ ▩ ▩ ▩ I knew the rating on MAL for this was pretty high, but the fact that it was another one of those fighting shounen manga made me expect a little less. There are a lot of those and what new thing could “Rurouni Kenshin” bring to the picture? The plot with the strongest hero from the beginning to the end is not particularly new, so the mangaka would really have to make him stand out from the others.

He came to town as a wandering swordsman with a mysterious past he told no one about. He turned out to be the ...
Aug 6, 2017
Tokidoki (Manga) add
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I forgot this oneshot was on my list. I heard it was a fairly popular oneshot, though. The name “Tokidoki” makes it sound like it’s going to be cute, and it was when I breezed through it. At first glance it seems like a tender-looking school manga about precious first love, perhaps even a shoujo, but it’s definitely not that. You can tell it’s something more when you see the beginning.

The mysterious disease is unique and saddening, but the mangaka sets up the reader for this tragedy by mentioning Hatsu’s death on the first page and having the rest of ...
Aug 6, 2017
Jumping into this story, I was already intrigued by its differences from other shoujo manga. The protagonist is the male student Taiga. The main relationship features a couple wherein the female is older than the male. The biggest thing to notice is that the girlfriend is a fujoshi; I doubt I’ll ever see that being a huge part of a story again.

After those are pointed out, though, I think the story falls a little flat. I might have read it faster in the beginning because I wanted to see how Taiga handled things. It was funny to see him slowly learn all these Japanese terms ...
Jun 4, 2017
If you don’t mind how predictable it can be, it’s probably like the other generic shoujo you’ve read if you’ve read others. The most obvious shipping from the start will be there in the end and others might form based on who’s left over. I think what’s a little different about this manga, though, is the whole childhood friend relationship. Most of the time when a shoujo manga includes a childhood friend, he/she isn’t there in the beginning and comes in as almost an afterthought on the mangaka’s part. In other words, he/she isn’t taken seriously as a suitor and is only inserted for some ...
Apr 10, 2017
Inu x Boku SS (Manga) add
“Inu x Boku SS” seemed like a pretty innocent manga when I picked it up at first. The beginning chapters revolved around a spoiled little girl who had trouble making friends because she was a huge tsundere, so the majority of her comments were scathing insults. Immediately afterward, though, she regretted her words but could do nothing to recant them.

Then there was him, the SS agent assigned to protect her in that tall building filled with other weird misfits. He was loyal as a dog to her and soon enough, it was revealed that the SS was not composed of ordinary bodyguards, nor were the ...
Mar 20, 2017
Incidentally when I began this manga, I recognized the art and realized that I had read a selection from this mangaka before, but it was a newer series called “Momo.” That one was a bit intriguing, so I was hoping that this would be as well. Unfortunately it was considerably less so. It didn’t fall off my radar of interest, though, as it did have some thematic quirks.

The topic of a special girl trying to pass off as a normal one in school is not an uncommon one. Instead of being a princess, though, she’s the prime minister’s daughter. I actually kind of liked that ...
Mar 3, 2017
To be completely honest, the synopsis of “Sonan Jyanaiyo” put me off at first because it sounded pretty weird: a girl finds out that she’s not actually related to her handsome brothers and is now in a love triangle with them. Who will she choose?

Thankfully (or sort of not), it wasn’t exactly like that sappy kind of borderline incest story it sounded like it would be (“Brothers Conflict,” anyone?) because it veered off with plenty of plot twists that left me confused about who was actually related to whom. I have to admit, though, that this manga gave me plenty of genuine laughs.

I get that ...

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