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Jun 16, 2019
This is a unabashed ecchi harem manga. So, I'll be comparing it to other unabashed ecchi harem manga (To Love Ru, Love Hina, Nisekoi, Ai Yori Aoshi, etc.). I say this, because genre expectations are different. If you want an in-depth look at one couple and deep relationship building, go read a shoujo romance. If you want a grittier, more realistic vision of young people struggling with sex and relationships, find a good seinen. Hacchi Icchi isn't those things, and was never going to be those things.

So, compared to the expectations of the genre, here's what Hacchi Icchi does well:

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May 4, 2019
Their are basically two mangas here crammed into one.

One manga is a heart-warming story about a boy who is still mourning his dead mother, as he comes to accept his new step-mother and step-sister/brother. That story is great: great characters and character development, good resolution. The forbidden-romance part of this plot is its weakest link, but it still works well enough.

The other story is a school harem manga. Actually, to call it a story is giving it too much credit, because it doesn't make any sense. Girls join the harem with no warning or explanation--suddenly, they are just there. None read more
May 2, 2019
Hoshi to Kuzu is a short, four volume shoujo high school romance manga with likable characters, little drama, and a happy ending.

If you want more than that, you're in the wrong place. But if that is the itch you are looking to scratch, then you've come to the right place.

The heroine here is a poor-but-driven (mostly driven to make money) girl who encounters love for the first time when she starts falling for a popular (but seemingly shallow... or is he really?) boy. They find themselves as vice president and president, respectively, of the student council... and if you don't see where this read more
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