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Apr 3, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (13/? chp)
As a huge fan of the older guy/younger girl thing (in manga, not real life - in real life, run as fast as you can), this story inherently doesn't work. It dodges a lot of the traps that works in genre fall into - disrespectful, domineering boyfriends who don't acknowledge the fact that they need to treat their significant other with care especially because of the age difference - but it tosses those aside for a rarer, but huge and glaring flaw: complete unreality.

If you want to be generous, you can call this story fast-paced, but to be honest, it just doesn't make sense. I ...
Mar 16, 2017
Note: Be sure to read the other works in the series first - in order, Kindan no Koi wo Shiyou and Zoku - Kindan no Koi wo Shiyou. They are crucial parts of the story, not just prologue or extras.

You know how at the end of shoujo manga, there's usually a cute, inconsequential epilogue that's a snapshot of their domestic life, just to give you a nice little feeling of closure at the end? This manga is like if there were 40 chapters of that.

In a way, it was doomed from the start, since it started out as a threeshot, but at the same time, ...
Mar 12, 2017
This series is a lot like Wolf Girl and Black Prince in that you need to get past the beginning to really understand the quality of this manga, but it's different in that the main guy of this is a thousand times more upstanding than the main guy of Wolf Girl. And I know that's not that high a standard, but he's honestly one of the best shoujo love interests I've encountered.

This is surprising if you read the start. Their beginning is VERY shoujo/josei smut typical, which, yeah, does mean sexual harassment, and I won't make any excuses for it, but he actually ends up ...
Feb 12, 2017
Liar x Liar (Manga) add
Preliminary (60/70 chp)
Let me be clear with you: This is my favorite ongoing romance manga and possibly my favorite romance manga ever - I'd be giving it a ten (it definitely has that on my list) if I didn't have to acknowledge objective flaws - so I'm probably going to be biased as hell writing this, but let me at least try to explain to you why I love it so much.

Tooru and Minato are the sweetest couple ever. They made me believe in love. At first this is hard to tell; all the shenanigans in the beginning are kind of distracting, but honestly, that's worth it, ...
Feb 12, 2017
The truth is, I'm extremely conflicted on this one. In execution, this manhwa is so close to perfect, but where it counts, it misses the mark. Let me elaborate.

First of all, if you're looking for a cute romance, I highly recommend you look somewhere else. While their relationship is a huge part of the story, it's less the Ma Ri and Jae Min story, more the Ma Ri story. Less a love story, more a story about a teenage girl doing her best to cope in a highly discriminatory world.

And this is done extraordinarily well. In theory it sounds stupid, a world where vampires ...
Feb 3, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Mod Edit: This review may contain spoilers.
Here's the thing about this manga: if you like it, you'll hate the ending. If you hate it, you'll love the ending.

I confess to hate-reading this entire thing, and I'm shocked it paid off. But let me tell you: this is basically 39 chapters of netorare frustration and it is painful. I swear, I almost cried and I don't even like the main guy.

On that. Out of four main characters, three are incredibly unlikable. Kyousuke is probably the one that got to me the most; after our main character admits to being jealous of the new girl he's met ...
Jan 24, 2017
Arisa (Manga) add
Mixed Feelings
Have you ever read a shoujo manga and thought "We should put these characters in a psychological thriller"? If so, Natsumi Andou has got your back.

First things first: This is not a romance. This is a story about a girl who loves her sister more than anything and also a thriller. It gets a little macabre. Not gory, but pretty horrible at times.

It's a thriller first and foremost, and that's where it excels. Characterization can be weird and arbitrary in the way people suddenly act illogically in a way that's convenient to the plot, and the author's prone to a lot of half-assed, unearned swipes ...
Dec 13, 2016
Mars (Manga) add
At first glance, Mars seems like your typical shoujo - shy girl somehow charms the Most Popular Boy At School - but don't be fooled. This manga's a soap opera through and through. If you're looking for standard shoujo - a bunch of highschoolers hanging out complete with the Valentine's Day arc, Christmas arc, White Day arc, "we're graduating" arc - you really won't get it here. This manga's a lot more serious than the usual lighthearted slice-of-life romcom.

The thing about this work is that it feels dated, and it's not just the art. Kira, the female protagonist, is the ingenue of ingenues; so demure ...
Dec 11, 2016
Preliminary (43/43 chp)
I think the best way to summarize this series is "refreshing." This won't blow your mind and it doesn't have crazy drama, but it's so cute and unique that reading this gives you the same feeling you get after watching your favorite romcom.

The main character, Shibata, a 30-year virgin who is also a doormat, is a lot better than she sounds. Even though she can make stupid decisions, she's not stupid per se, and it's almost endearing at times, like a puppy. Plus, it's hard not to relate to her extreme willingness to avoid confrontation. Moreover, even though she's a doormat, she isn't the standard ...