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Oct 30, 2019
"Do Whatever You Want" is a refreshing story because it really does whatever it wants. There is nothing truly predictable in this, because in a sense it does not really have a beginning, middle or an end. Then again, most slice of life stories do not have some specific goal, but this does not follow a path; characters you assumed would play an important role don't, though they remain a constant throughout everything; relationships you were sure would happen don't and instead you get a much more solid and natural development among characters; plot points that were obvious would happen never did, which led to read more
Aug 15, 2019
What a refreshing revenge story. You expect it to go down the cliché tropes of things turning out for the best at the last moment and everyone gets their own happy ending, alas…

Once I started reading this, I thought this was meant to be a comedy with a story, because the first season is riddled with misunderstandings that could rival a soap opera. They all have the same source, more or less, with the main 3 characters not knowing the true identity of the other characters and thus, missing important details. It honestly gets hilarious the more you read the first season despite the more read more
Jul 4, 2019
A quick review for a fast manga! I want to preface this by saying that I really wanted to like the manga and expected I would, because it seemed right up my alley. Sorely mistaken for the most part, albeit easy to read (with some eye rolling).

The setting itself is not a unique idea, but it was still interesting to find out about the mystery of a group of friends being thrown 10 years into the past, but ultimately, it is not handled properly. We are given false hints by purposefully hiding important information, because the key answer to everything was obvious but it just read more
Jun 1, 2019
Ever felt something was plagued by problems, but could not help enjoying it either way? That is exactly the case with “The Children's Teacher, Mr. Kwon”, hence my high score. It manages to capture your heart and make you turn a blind eye to the abruptness of events.

Seemingly, the story seems as a slice of life about a gangster who somehow managed to become a teacher at a remote school with 5 kids of different ages. You would expect various adventures with the kids and how they slowly bond with Kwon, but in reality there are not that many of those moments. There are some read more
Apr 7, 2019
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Now, that is a solid advice and one that applies 100% on this case. Stumbling upon this work, I did not expect much especially because the premise of a teenage girl getting married is always silly, but the art seemed cute on the cover, the score was positive and there was happy feedback. So, I thought that it being 3 volumes long, how wrong could it go?

Oh, woe is me! OH, WOE IS ME! We all know that we must give up some part of our common sense sometimes when it comes to fictional stories like these, such as read more
Mar 30, 2019
After the first series aired with its numerous problems, not many of us had any expectations for the continuation. Rough work on the pacing, narration and execution was detrimental to the final work. However, CloverWorks worked on some of the core problems the prequel had and it brought forth a much acceptable result.

The theme of the anime remains pretty much the same with Phoenix (Naruhodo) going through a few cases, but this time there is much more attention to the pacing, leaving enough time for a case to unfold in a more natural way than rush through everything. There were 23 episodes to animate only read more
Feb 27, 2019
I jumped into this with very low expectations, but it turned out to be a big surprise. It seems to have been influenced by Japanese works of that time and it delivers a basic, yet interesting fantasy story.

My experience with manga of that era (around ‘80s-‘90s) has been mostly with narratives about space and various adventures of that sort with some direct storytelling, accompanied by stereotypical of that time art. Dai Zhan Tian Shi follows that direction to a T having an Earth with humans, which is protected by an angel, while there is also another race with supernatural powers that looks like humanity.

The tale read more
Aug 25, 2018
From the mangaka that brought us “Taiyou no Ie”, we are given a work smaller in size, but packed with well-deserved teenage angst that delivers quite fast, unfortunately. Albeit the tropes used are very common (sibling inferiority complex for example), the story manages to portray the slice of life element in an easy way that makes the reader get absorbed in it.

The plot itself is nothing original (although, one of my favorite tropes) with the main girl feeling inferior to her twin sister who seemingly has everything and so, she tries to stay as low key as possible to avoid any chance of her getting read more
Jun 24, 2018
There is always a time in everyone’s life when we get deceived by appearances and we try something out only to see it was absurdity packaged in a nice wrap. This is the case with Kouya no Koi, a seemingly coming of age story at the tender age of 12; learning about your body, learning the ways of the world, learning about the other sex and of course learning about love. Love is practically the answer to everything in this case, however convoluted it gets.

Where to begin with this? My experience with the manga can be summed up in a single scene: 12yo main girl read more
May 7, 2018
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Gender bender. 2 guys. Ballet. 3 things that made some warning bells go off in my mind, but surprisingly this is a pretty solid, enjoyable series that hardly has the time to drag on and portrays ballet in a very attractive light.

Having 2 guys dancing together ballet may come off as bizarre and possibly make someone think twice of how innocent it is, but in reality it handles very well the interactions between all characters, while it manages to give snippets of their past circumstances to make them relatable enough. It starts off with Haruichi, who likes ballet but hides it out of fear of read more