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Nov 2, 2017
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan exists on two levels, which makes it hard to review:

1) As a Haruhi Suzumiya spin-off. On this level, it mostly fails.

2) As a stand-alone, slice-of-life romantic comedy. On this level it mostly succeeds.

Story:
Kyon joins the literature club, along with the shy Nagato and her best friend/surrogate mother Asakura, thereby saving it. Nagato quickly falls for Kyon, and Asakura tries to help her build confidence to confess. Meanwhile they have stereotypical manga/anime antics (Christmas, Valentines, Tanabata, Fireworks festival, Onsen trip, beach trip, etc.) with Haruhi, Mikuru, and others. Nothing you haven't seen before here, if you've ever read read more
May 10, 2017
A borderline-H, slice-of-life manga with likable main characters that's not bad, though there are certainly better.

Story: Childhood friendship turns into romance, but the relationship gets thrown into chaos when they start thinking about sex, just as romantic rivals appear on the scene. The story plays out twice: the virginal high school version, and the sex-fueled college version. It's a less-well-done version of Hajimete Datteba, but a whole lot ecchier.

Art: Quite good throughout. Especially the sex scenes, if you're into that kind of thing. And if you're not into that kind of thing, probably best to avoid this manga.

Character: The read more
Apr 23, 2017
A silly mix of supernatural battles and ecchi romantic comedy. Young woman works for a "cleaning" office that specializes in taking care of evil spirits. She has a huge crush on her handsome but happy-go-lucky boss. But as part of her job, she must let him kiss her, at which point she becomes temporarily possessed by a powerful dog spirit.

The story is fun and lighthearted. The action and romance are interwoven well, it's well paced, and the ending is pretty satisfying. The art is quite good and consistent throughout.

The characters are really good, although I wish that there had read more
Aug 23, 2016
Things you should know about Sakura Discord:

1) It's drawn by the same mangaka as Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Actually, I Am), and the artwork is almost identical. Like it or hate it, the artwork is very distinct. Also, the humor is similar in both cases: lots of slapstick, lots of shouting, lots of over-the-top and exaggerated faces.

2) Unlike Jitsu wa Watashi wa, Sakura Discord has no supernatural elements. It also deals with some more serious issues (all of the characters have some reasonably weighty back stories), although it does manage to keep an appropriately light-hearted tone all the time. The focus read more
Aug 22, 2016
Crayon Days is a very good manga that is frustratingly close to greatness--if you like shoujo romances, that is. (If you don't like high school shoujo romances, go elsewhere.)

Story (8): Plot outline is just a simple twist on a shoujo standard: plain country girl who loves to draw but has no especial talent for it goes to a Tokyo high school that specializes in the arts, and there she meets a dreamy-but-cold (and did I mention brilliant?) classmate with whom she instantly clashes. They clash, she brings out his best, they attract, he has a playboy best friend, he has a read more
Apr 15, 2016
W Change is a pretty good Yakuza fighting/political conspiracy manga and a pretty good ecchi romance manga rolled into one. If you're just looking for one or the other, there are probably better manga out there--but all in all, W Change is more than the sum of it's parts, and is good enough to be worth a read if that combination strikes you as interesting.

The plot centers on Maki, a high school girl and heiress to a Yakuza clan. Her dream is to leave the Yakuza and be a normal housewife, except that her repressed anger comes out increasingly often as a "black" read more
Apr 13, 2016
Futari no Renai Shoka is a sweet, vanilla romance about two bookish people from broken families who find comfort, solace, and love in each other. The only possible turn-off for some might be the 10 year age-gap: when the manga begins, she is in her mid-20s, while he is about to enter high school (10th grade). If that doesn't bother you, then this is an extremely good romance manga.

The story is fairly simple, as this is mostly a slice-of-life romance. The little story that is here is driven by the two fascinating characters. Young woman takes over her father's old bookshop, read more
Mar 11, 2016
Great start, great characters, awful finish. I assume it got axed, but even then, this is an awful way to end a manga.

The premise isn't too horribly original: struggling mangaka gets a new editor who is quirky but dedicated, and falls for them. The genders are reversed from some of the other struggling mangaka stories I've read before (Comic Studio, Koimoku), but the basic ideas are the same: to make it as a mangaka you need to pull all-nighters, you need to pay attention to detail, you need to be creative, you need to balance your artistic impulse with the readers' preferences, read more
Mar 5, 2016
Please, spare yourself and do not read this manga.

You might think there is something worthwhile here. The art is pretty good, and the premise seems interesting. The first few chapters seem like there might be something there.

But it's a trap. There is nothing of value in this manga. Stay away.

It was axed, so nothing is explained and the plot never comes to a resolution. Furthermore, every character except for the two mains is either a slut or a rapist, and the two leads spend remarkably little time interacting with each other.

So, most of the manga is spent with the read more
Feb 18, 2016
Okay, so the other reviewer has rightly pointed out that the premise of this particular manga is patently absurd. So, if you can't suspend your disbelief long enough to buy that a high school kid can encrypt code with a pencil and paper or that a virtual reality program could blow up the world, then you shouldn't be reading this manga. Please, go read something else.

For those of you who are left, you will find an enjoyable, short story. There is a nice little romance here and an absurd plot about AI. But the core of this manga, the reason to read more