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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
Jan 28, 2018
Papaya Gundan is a pretty good interwoven series of short love stories about a hostess bar. All of the stories are pretty ecchi--lots of chests, lots of sex. There are a number of love stories here, but the manga really focuses on three characters (who come and go in all of the stories):

-- The manager, a 30-something man who falls for a fujoshi
-- A young, lesbian hostess who is aggressively pursuing her sempai
-- The sempai in question, a bisexual, ditsy, and sexually promiscuous young woman

By the way, all of the romances are hetero-, except for the lesbian's pursuit of the bisexual.

Story: The read more
Nov 2, 2017
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan exists on two levels, which makes it hard to review:

1) As a Haruhi Suzumiya spin-off. On this level, it mostly fails.

2) As a stand-alone, slice-of-life romantic comedy. On this level it mostly succeeds.

Kyon joins the literature club, along with the shy Nagato and her best friend/surrogate mother Asakura, thereby saving it. Nagato quickly falls for Kyon, and Asakura tries to help her build confidence to confess. Meanwhile they have stereotypical manga/anime antics (Christmas, Valentines, Tanabata, Fireworks festival, Onsen trip, beach trip, etc.) with Haruhi, Mikuru, and others. Nothing you haven't seen before here, if you've ever read read more