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Jan 20, 2019
Preliminary
"'For some reason' things don't go well and you feel uneasy.
'For some reason' you hate someone and can't forgive them.
'For some reason' you hurt somebody.
The reason is usually buried somewhere within, but...the idea of digging around for it is too scary."

Queen's Quality isn't groundbreaking when it comes to character types. The art isn't the best I've ever seen. Even the story arcs can be a little repetitive in their sequences and resolutions.

But dang, this manga really deserves some credit.

Shoujo mangakas have a tendency to pass off pure nonsense as some kind of profound realization just by adding a ton of ellipses ("..."), sparkly framing, and read more
Aug 5, 2018
Preliminary
This is a laugh-out-loud kind of shoujo manga. It took me several chapters to adjust to the art style; how could you write a successful shoujo manga with two such unfashionable leads? The girl is an endless fount of ghastly expressions and the diminutive stature of her male counterpart is visually disconcerting. Furthermore, I would say that the first 10 chapters have irregular pacing and confusing character development. Given all this criticism, why would I rate this series as an 8 so far?
Why? How?
Because LOL.
This mangaka has certain storytelling/artistic skills, and they MILK IT.
Although the leads are not "beautiful" in the traditional shoujo sense (you read more
Jun 27, 2018
Are the Japanese very unwell? It amazes me how many deceased parents there are in shoujo manga, but Sugar Family outdoes them all. The first four families you meet have 1 deceased or absent parent, so that everyone has their personal sob story.

I enjoyed this manga well enough, but it doesn't change the fact that the story is poorly strung together. Teacher and student become step-siblings; teacher has immediate sister complex; student has family issues; 10+ chapters are dedicated to heightening tension by continuously repeating dialogue from a few conversations: "Sensei needs a sister..." "If only we were real siblings..." "We just want to always read more
May 17, 2018
You know those manga where the lead female considers herself plain or ugly, but that really isn't the case? Or where she undergoes some transformation that makes her into a great beauty?
That doesn't happen in this manga.
Kawai is scary. She just is. And that's okay!
This short series is endearing because you get to watch an unfashionable but kind-hearted woman fall in love for the first time. But hey, this is shoujo, so if the girl can't be pretty then you can bet that the male lead is going to be super handsome--yay Hosaka! This series also explores the parallels in read more
May 17, 2018
Preliminary
Forget breathy sighs, excessive thought bubbles, and unending miscommunication. Toradora! centers around two relatively straightforward, unconventional leads that inadvertently become best friends. Despite having a combative relationship, Taiga and Takasu agree early on to serve as wingmen for each other in pursuit of the other's best friend. Takasu likes the silly, cute Minori (Taiga's best friend), while Taiga likes the sociable, active Kitamura (Takasu's best friend).

It took me 5-10 chapters to get into the swing of things, but once Taiga and Takasu established their friendship, I found this manga to be delightfully refreshing. I'll agree with other reviewers that there's nothing read more
May 6, 2018
Shiawase Kissa 3-choume is a great weekend read. While I found the characters very likable, the pacing and conclusion could have been very off-putting depending on my mood. If you're looking for some hot shoujo romance, you may want to postpone reading this series. But if you're looking for a steady, more slice-of-life kind of feeling, then I can highly recommend it.

The main character, Uru, falls into a reverse-harem kind of situation where everyone surrounding her is captivated by her effervescent positivity. Even as the reader, I was attracted to her wide smiles, extroversion, and boundless energy. It was a read more
Feb 21, 2018
Preliminary
Let's rename this series, "17-sai, Stockholm Syndrome." We can subtitle it, "A young girl discovers she's a masochist."
Initially, I had a programmed, American response to the premise of cousins being love interests. However, after reading up on the cultural differences, I thought it could make for an interesting plot dynamic. There are plenty of shoujo manga where a cousin comes on the scene to stir up trouble, but I have little experience with such a romance being the primary focus. All that just to say that if the cousin thing doesn't weird you out, never fear, because the characters are plenty read more
Feb 20, 2018
Unlike many other shoujo mangas, Last Game establishes a firm foundation for the relationship between the lead characters. I think this is the primary reason it has a "very high" re-read value for me, since the shoujo genre is littered with love-at-first sight pairings and weakly defined character traits. Yanagi and Kujou have definite strengths and definite flaws, and both sets are continuously acknowledged throughout the series.
However, Last Game is also VERY satisfactory when it comes to your standard shoujo expectations. There are touching romantic moments and substantial character development in several subplots. But be warned: about twenty chapters elapse with read more
Feb 15, 2018
"Should I keep it a secret from him? ...No, it's better to be honest."
ReRe Hello does not get nearly enough credit for its unconventional approach to shoujo manga. I am surprised MAL didn't recommend it to me sooner, as it proved to be a rather solid selection from the genre.
The unique aspect of this series comes from the straightforwardness of its leads. My favorite mangas usually boast strong supporting cast, but this was one of a few that relies more heavily on its main characters. Minato and Ririko make a capable couple; she is studious, reliable, domestically talented, and physically strong, read more
Jan 9, 2018
This manga features beautiful art, some prime comedic timing, and some very attractive love interests (from the mains to small side characters). That's enough to earn it a 7 in the shoujo category, but it deserves a 5 in reality.
Prepare to cringe continually as Kazuma, the "plain" young English teacher, marries the pretty and violent orphan, Fumino. Try to laugh off the regular cosplay scenes set up by this perverted professional, who takes an inappropriate (and never fully explained) interest in this flip-flopping pure-but-actually-super-thirsty 16-year-old girl. I'm cringing even as I write this review, but that's the reality of the storyline. read more