What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 9

What Did You Eat Yesterday? volume 9 may be the last volume of the series by Fumi Yoshinaga we see for a while. There’s no volume 10 listed yet at Amazon, and sales reportedly haven’t been great. That’s a shame, since this is a wonderful manga, blending gorgeous art, well-realized characters, realistic interpersonal challenges, and a deep dive into a particular skill. In this case, it’s cooking, with Shiro making tasty-sounding everyday meals to feed himself and his boyfriend Kenji, […]

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Love Stage!! Volume 2

Now that we’ve established the premise of Love Stage!! (story by Eiki Eiki, drawn by Taishi Zaou, published by SuBLime), volume 2 is about building the relationship between manga wannabe Izumi and actor Ryoma. The light-hearted tone of the story is established early on, when Ryoma drops by Izumi’s school to wait for him after class. Izumi, embarrassed by some of the physical contact they had in the previous book, runs away, but doesn’t get far, thinking to himself, “Crap, […]

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Happy Marriage?! Volume 10

The mismatched romance manga series by Maki Enjoji concludes in Happy Marriage?! volume 10. First, we have to abruptly wrap up the cliffhanger from the previous book, with Chiwa attacked on the street. Hokuto is handling the situation badly, since it reminds him of the event that killed his mother and setting him on the competitive path he took to take over the family company. That’s the big plot element that has to be resolved before we can get to […]

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Case Closed Volume 56

Case Closed volume 56 begins with a whodunit I was immediately attracted to. A famous mystery novelist is going to be featured in a magazine piece, so he, detective Richard Moore, the interviewer, and the photographer spend the night at his house. After we observe him berating his editor over a small, obsessive point, they all retire for the night — but in the morning, the writer is found dead! The attention to detail, the publishing characters, and the classic […]

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 7

In contrast to the previous book, which emphasized the emotional, personal discovery, Food Wars volume 7 jumps right into the competition, which means the book is a never-ending parade of creative food dishes, provided by a revolving list of student chefs with quickly definable quirks. There’s a character page at the beginning you’ll find yourself referring back to. Don’t read this volume just before dinner, either, because it will make you crave some variant of curry, the theme of the […]

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Love Stage!! Volume 1

It takes something special for me to enjoy a yaoi title, since I’m not a natural fan of the boy/boy sex genre. In the case of Love Stage!!, that extra element is humor in a celebrity context. The title’s story is by Eiki Eiki, it’s drawn by Taishi Zaou, and it’s published by SuBLime Manga. The premise is goofy but fun. Izumi’s parents are famous. They were filming a commercial involving a wedding 10 years ago, and Izumi, a boy, […]

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Love at Fourteen Volumes 1-2

Love at Fourteen is a poetic, quiet series about first love by Fuka Mizutani. Kanata (she) and Kazuki (he) are mature for their 14 years, taller than the others but set apart by the other kids looking up to them. They feel constrained by others’ expectations, and they don’t feel as old as others treat them. So they bond together, in similar circumstances, and begin falling in love. It’s the moments that make this manga so involving. Whether or not […]

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So, I Can’t Play H Volume 1

So, I Can’t Play H is a manga that feels familiar from the start. It began as a series of light novels (11 in all) written by Pan Tachibana and illustrated by Yoshiaki Katsurai that then were adapted into five manga volumes, drawn by Sho Okagiri, before becoming an anime series. This volume opens with a bunch of confusing mythology about a realm of Grim Reapers and their training and contracts and rules, but it’s really about a regular guy, […]

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