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Jul 20, 2011
I just read a review of this oneshot and decided to read it. To my pleasant surprise, it's a good one. So, of course, here's a short review in return to add a little input.

Unlike the premise of most stereotypical shoujo, this story starts out with the girl and the guy (of course there's a girl and a guy, that's shoujo) already being girlfriend and boyfriend. Instead, the "challenge" in this manga (or source of titillation, if you please) is that the guy treats the girl inferior and takes her for granted--he's an "S," and she's the "M" in their S&M relationship. Hold your horses, read more
May 24, 2011
Hanakage is a pretty decent love story as far as yaoi goes. There's not a whole lot of smut; rather, it focuses on the development of the relationship between their characters as they deal with their emotions and societal repercussions.

It's not that long and it isn't mindblowing, but it's about love and sacrifice and the complexity of emotions. Set in an older time and using a plot device of the gap between nobility and servants, the drama seems more sincere and less theatrical than in a lot of modern-day yaoi angst you see often. I say it's decent.

The art is very pretty, as well. Nice, read more
May 24, 2011
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I wouldn't say this is your typical yaoi. Yes, it has themes of abuse and violence in it like the larger part of yaoi, but it's different in that it's not smutty in origin. Mature, yes, but not just constructed to arouse the audience.

This manga deals with the issues of power, abuse and resultant human emotion, although it only just barely exposes anything about it because it's a oneshot. The art uses a lot of blacks and whites to create a dark setting, maybe also for symbolism. The characters, which are used to depict a little of the dark of human life, have some dimension.

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Dec 28, 2010
~short review~

Teen Spirit is a story that centers around the members of a start-up group who are trainees in an entertainment label. Since the focal point is the interaction among the characters, the main features of the manwha lie in the dynamicism of the cast and the development of the team's project. Not too shabbily done; the characters are decent: relatively realistic and yet entertaining enough to keep the manwha going. It's moderate drama and humor arising, once again, from the interaction of the characters. The art is typical high-quality manwha art, which serves well for the concept.

It's surprising that no one else (that I read more
Dec 13, 2010
I haven't read too far into the story, so I don't feel like I can write a full review--I'm still gathering my impressions and trying to see where the manwha will go.

But, I'm writing this because I really recommend trying Birdcage Manor out regardless!

The first thing that will strike you is the clean, gorgeous art. It's not like typical manwha art, which exaggerates aestheticism, but it's drawn with the same appreciation for beauty and detail. The result is very refreshing and devourable art.

The other thing that will draw you into Birdcage Manor is the story. You get a particular feel from the story; it's different. read more
Dec 10, 2010
Reading the summary, I didn't know what to expect. It could be a mediocre gender bender, or a cheesy dramatic manwha. And I think it surpassed my limited expectations. :)

For one, I'm really happy that the author makes the gender bender concept work. Although it's not like the premise is realistic, you won't be thinking it's unrealistic because the story and character behavior is well-executed. You're not working hard to suspend your disbelief; the artful execution of the manwha suspends it for you. That's really a key indicator of success for me!

To describe it, well, the feel is a little hard to describe. It's suspense read more
Dec 10, 2010
It's only five chapters, but the author pulls it off nicely and it will work for some.

For some, their sense of realism may bring them to object to the development of the story; they will think that the behavior/emotions/thoughts of the characters, how they seem to fall in love so quickly (you'll see what I'm referring to when you read), is absurd. But I really don't see this as an issue because it works really well with the character of the protagonist and her love interest: they choose to communicate with art rather than words because their emotions are intense and it's difficult for read more
Jul 25, 2010
Cappuccino is an enjoyable light josei read.

The story is based on a realistic premise and develops with realistic action. Despite that, girls will feel enough empathy for the protagonist to feel suspense and read the next chapter for developments in the relationship.

The characters seem realistic as well, but the manga does not explore the emotions deeply enough to compensate for their realistically limited transformations. On one hand, this makes the characters (especially the protagonist's lover) seem slightly flatter than they might be ideally, but at least it's a change from the heavy dramatic tone of a lot of other josei manga.

As it is only read more
Jun 28, 2009
I don't really agree with the other reviews. Beauty is the Beast is a sweet short story, though not incredibly complex and developed. At a few moments it did seem like nothing was really happening, and I don't get why the author included some arcs/focus on things that she didn't really use later, but most of it flows together with the author's direction. I particularly like Beauty is the Beast for not being as ridiculous and overwrought as other shojo. No excessive drama traps. The ending does sort of slow down, and I wouldn't call the author's "climax" a real climax, but it's was pretty read more