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Apr 25, 2018
This is a slice-of-life about a poor couple in an arranged marriage who slowly fall in love with each other.

Normally, I'm a sucker for that kind of plot. And this one is told with quite a lot of charm. The woman is care-free and extremely likable. The artwork is a little sketchy at times, but adds a lot of charm. The plot is told across a series of very short stories, each of which have some central joke or revelation about the characters, and it's a lot of fun.

But...

The man is such a complete jerk. He gets fired repeatedly for read more
Apr 17, 2018
Wanko Number One has two interwoven story lines, one which works and one which doesn't. Whether or not you should read this manga depends entirely on what you want out of this manga.

One storyline is "man sees his dog as a human, but the rest of the world sees her as a dog." While not especially original, this plot works very well. It is funny (hilarious at certain points) without actually crossing the line into beastiality or "ewww...." territory. The dog is cute (in both forms), the man is likable, the antics are great, and this part of the read more
Mar 17, 2018
Some manga are exactly what they seem to be from the very start. This is one of those manga.

Sensei Lock On! Starts out a fun 4-Koma manga about a 33-year old fourth grade teacher who has a very chaste boyfriend-girlfriend relationship with her 20-year old former student. It tells the same half dozen jokes over and over again. The first time, the jokes are fun and cute.

The fifth time, the jokes are starting to wear a little thin.

By Chapter 30... well, the jokes have worn out their welcome.

Now, that wouldn't matter much if their was character development or significant relationship building. read more
Mar 2, 2018
Virgin Ripper--a horrible and misleading title, by the way--is about an awkward grim reaper who is in love with her boss. The boss steals a powerful artifact and runs away with a dangerous group of minions, leaving her behind. The girl sets out to track down the artifact and find out why her beloved boss could be wrapped up in such evil doings.

It's an odd manga. The content starts off stereotypical shoujo (ditsy girl, cute jerk guy), gets extremely bloody and rather disturbing by about chapter 6, and eventually settles into a plot that has a lot in common with some supernatural read more
Feb 21, 2018
My Bride is His Wife has a lot of good ideas, but the execution of both the plot and characterization are poor throughout.

It begins as a reverse harem: two best friends agree to alternate being married (they each live with her one month at a time) to a woman that they both love. The protagonist has always looked up to the other man; never as smart, popular, wealthy, or successful.

The manga doesn't really dwell on how they get into this relationship. Instead, it wants to be a thoughtful examination of the interaction between love, marriage, and fidelity--and to what extent any of those read more
Feb 17, 2018
Manga versions of long light novel series are often just disappointing advertisements for the novels. Unlimited Fafnir is a little bit better than that... but just a little bit.

Story: 5/10 There are WAY too many plot elements for 20 chapters. Three years earlier, a boy mysteriously saves his sister from a dragon. He then gets whisked off to be an assassin for the military, while she develops supernatural powers, related to the dragons, and is sent to a school to train those. This series starts with him joining her at that school--the only boy there--and encountering a pretty naked girl. read more
Feb 3, 2018
A lonely young woman is convinced that the world will end in 10 days, when she gets asked out by her plain-looking neighbor. Thus starts a very sweet, short romance about a young woman focused on death, and the nice guy who is trying to get to know her.

Story: Simple, short, and sweet. The woman goes out with the guy on a whim, then they have some rocky times as they get to know each other. Very little plot, but enough for the length.

Art: The art is very unique, and not necessarily in a good way. The characters are read more
Feb 2, 2018
An interesting universe, good artwork, and fun main characters make up for an unoriginal plot and uninspired bad guys.

Story: There are powerful demons in this universe that mimic diseases, but are really parasites, feeding off of their hosts until the host dies. To fight them, "dark doctors" use magical tomes. This story centers around two such doctors; one is a former swordsman seeking repentance, the other is his cute childhood friend that he has sworn to protect. They are looking for a special tome, with which they can put an end to all disease demons.

It's a clever universe, although the basic read more
Jan 31, 2018
Narue no Sekai is a lot like if To Love Ru had less fan-service, a better romance, and a satisfying conclusion (not to mention an older style of artwork).

Story: The premise is basically the same: nerdy boy meets pretty alien girl, and he ends up getting involved with lots of other pretty girls, most of whom are aliens, robots, or some other such thing.

The key difference, however, is that the boy here (Kazuto) is head-over heals with the alien (Narue) from the beginning, and the two remain a couple for the entire manga. So instead of having a "harem plan", the read more
Jan 29, 2018
The plot of the manga centers around a love triangle between a girl, her (male) best friend, and a boy with a bad reputation that mysteriously knows her mother.

But at its heart, this is a manga about family. The girl is being raised by her brash single mother, who is keeping a ton of secrets about their family. And its really those secrets--and the tensions that they produce--which drive the conflict between the three leads. This isn't a typical forced love triangle drama, where the main couple breaks up because someone left their phone off for an hour. The drama here read more