Alphabetical Index of Other Manga Reviews

The Ruthless Commander and His Reincarnated Warhorse

I would never have read The Ruthless Commander and His Reincarnated Warhorse if it weren’t for my local comic club. There’s a member who’s very knowledgeable about manga, especially BL, and her recommendations are often very entertaining. This one, story by Sakashima, art by Nomoto Narita, and published by KUMA (the BL imprint of Denpa), sounded wacky, so I gave it a try. Sadly, it wasn’t wacky enough. The first chapter sets out the premise. A young man reincarnated as […]

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Tales of the Tendo Family Volume 1

I don’t read historical manga much any more, as I find not understanding the references off-putting. I gave this a try because a smart editor mentioned to me that it was by Ken Saito, author of The Name of the Flower, which I remembered enjoying when CMX put it out 15 years ago. I’m glad I did, because this setup is intriguing. Tales of the Tendo Family is out next week from One Peace Books. The characters are a bit […]

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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! Volume 6

In Yuu Toyota’s Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! volume 6, the psychic Adachi has told his boyfriend that he can read his mind. This is an important, adult decision, to be honest with his partner. The need to reveal his secret first arose in volume 4 and drove the conflict in volume 5. Of course, Adachi was concerned about how Kurosawa would react. However, it doesn’t turn out as Adachi feared. Instead, Kurosawa accepts […]

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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! Volume 4

I’m entertained by how this series is moving along, without drawing out plot points redundantly. Adachi, with his virginal telepathy, has the advantage of knowing Kurosawa honestly likes him — and excessively so, sometimes. So far, the series has been about what he decides to do about it, with him coming to a decision in the previous book. Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! volume 4 sends the two on a proper date, which of […]

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Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! Volume 3

Although the premise of Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! is ludicrous — if you’re a virgin when you turn thirty, you get telepathy by touch to make up for it — there’s a sweetness to the BL series by Yuu Toyota that I appreciate. There are plenty of familiar tropes; the second volume had the group vacation trip, while in this third volume, Adachi is sick and Kurosawa, who likes him, comes over to […]

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The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame Volume 1

I became familiar with the work of Gengoroh Tagame, as so many people did, through My Brother’s Husband. That’s a well-meaning, comfortable story about a man learning not to be afraid of gay people by meeting his dead twin’s husband. Many of the chapters are almost lessons, or even in the style of a very special sitcom episode, the kind that educates on social issues. The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame of course shares the art style, with glorious images of […]

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A Man and His Cat Volume 6

A Man and His Cat volume 6 continues with dramatic events. I’m more comfortable with them this time around, compared to the last book, because they happen to the humans, not the felines. The man of the title, Mr. Kanda, has performance anxiety. He used to be a famous pianist, but he can’t stand to be on stage any more. He works with another man, Moriyama, who dreams of being in a band… and his dreams are coming true. He’s […]

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Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 10

With volume 10, Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu has really settled down into a comfort read, much like the comfort food it promotes. One of the soldiers who’ve been frequent customers of the pub has an issue. His wife is pregnant, and her family has sent them excessive amounts of dried squid from her homeland. They want to give it away, so they enlist the izakaya’s help. (I was reminded of a similar problem that arises with Southern US home gardens, although […]

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