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Feb 8, 2021
Preliminary
Sometimes, I'll read the first chapter of a manga and decide it's not really worth continuing, especially if chapter 2 hasn't come out yet. I was maybe a millimeter away from doing that with this one, but for whatever reason, I decided to follow it. I like to think past me was looking out for future me.

Everything that happens in I Love You As A Friend is a fucking gut punch, but like good instead of bad. The author took a prim, proper, caring student council president and paired him up with a loose, easygoing, friendless gal with an unfortunate sexual history, built up a read more
Feb 8, 2021
Preliminary
In 2012, Flying Witch made history by becoming the first work of fiction ever to blend the magic and slice of life genres seamlessly. Majo Life is the second.

This manga just has such good energy to it. Granted, there are a lot of moments when the author will have a character poke fun at the MCs for being very plain witches. Other than that, though, everything feels so nice and light, and I always come away with a warm feeling in my heart. I'm really happy I caught this one early on so I can enjoy the growth of the MCs on a more leisurely read more
Apr 29, 2020
Preliminary
I want to write a review for this that doesn't mention Girls' Last Tour, but I really can't figure out how, so bear with me.

Shimeji Simulation is the second major manga from Tsukumizu, the first being the aforementioned Girls' Last Tour. If you've read GLT or follow Tsukumizu on Twitter, you're probably familiar with their signature "touch of darkness;" everything they do seems to have a hint of sadness tucked away inside.

This was really easy to see in GLT. While much of the manga was comedic or relaxing, it was undeniably a post-apocalyptic manga filled with moments of sadness and melancholy. Because of that, what read more
Apr 18, 2020
Preliminary
There's something special about this manga and I can't really figure out what it is.

This manga's description is definitely accurate, but the way it's written gives it a sort of wacky feeling, and I went in with that expectation. Instead, I was greeted with something incredibly down to earth, with two adult characters interacting in a misunderstanding-less way to create a nice relationship together.

To say the least, this manga is incredibly comfy. The MCs are just too cute together, and every interaction between them serves to deepen their bond. It's only been 11 chapters, and I can already tell I'll be rooting them on the read more
Sep 13, 2019
Preliminary
I legitimately don't understand why the score for Fulldrum is barely above a 7; this is one of the most entertaining sports series I've read/watched. The first goddamn chapter of this manga features the main character tackling a motorbike... and winning. By all accounts, this manga is ridiculous fun, even if it's about a sport you may have never watched in your life.

Our main character joins the rugby club at his school, not because he wants to play rugby, but because there's a cute girl managing the first years. Once there, he proceeds to frustrate everyone he comes into contact with, ultimately leading to read more
Sep 1, 2019
Preliminary
Yes, I did read this because the anime was just announced, and yes, my time was spent perfectly well.

I remember seeing chapters 1 and 2 of this pop up on /r/manga a long time ago and passed it up because I thought it was about a girl with a hand-puppet dinosaur. Not sure why I thought that, but it’s not important now. What is important is that the manga is actually about a gal and an unexplained dinosaur, which is my favorite kind of dinosaur.

There’s not much to talk about, which is what makes this weird little read really fun. It’s just a girl read more
Aug 16, 2019
Preliminary
There are a lot of things that can be said about Fire Force, most of which will be said over and over during its run. We're only 6 episodes in, but with every discussion thread comes a new wave of comments praising the animation quality or questioning the inclusion of a character who's primary role is to provide fan service. Rather than restate everything that's been said about this show, I will go with a simple statement:

Fire Force is straight up entertaining.

I came late to the Soul Eater train by about 8 years, but I blazed through the anime and finished the manga twice as read more
Jun 7, 2019
Preliminary
I started reading this manga because the main character is hot as fuck. That being said, this manga has a lot going for it outside of that.

Being a slice of life manga, nothing much really happens over the course of the 50 chapters I've read (the rest are untranslated), but nothing much has to happen. Zawa-san provides an amazing little vignette on high school baseball in Japan, but not the type we'd get from an actual sports manga. Instead, we see the situation of somebody who can't actually participate in real games. Mostly, though, this manga is about little stories and goofy situations involving the read more
Oct 25, 2018
Preliminary
Do you like funny characters that don't express emotions readily? If your answer was yes, you are doing yourself a disservice by not reading this manga.

The plot is as simple as it comes. Raidou, your seemingly-average male highschooler, one day begins talking to Aharen, the very small girl who sits next to him in class. He quickly finds that she is horrible at judging interpersonal distance, both physically and mentally, but continues to interact with her on a daily basis.

If you ask me, the main draw of this manga is the absolute stoic nature of both the main characters. Both are severe kuuderes, especially this read more
Apr 18, 2018
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Preliminary
Nichijou is one of my favorite manga, as well as one of my all-time favorite anime, so I have to say it was a tough day for me when I finished all the Nichijou content I could find. Luckily, I managed to stumble across Arawi's newer work, CITY, and it has easily carried on Nichijou's legacy.

The absurd situations, ridiculous characters, and million-miles-a-second pacing of Nichijou are all present in CITY, and it all feels fresh thanks to the new setting. The characters themselves are refreshingly different too; instead of following what could have been a rehash of Yuuko/Mio/Mai and Hakase/Nano for the mains, we instead read more