Alphabetical Index of Other Manga Reviews

So I Need to Lose 15 Pounds

When I heard about this book, in which manga artist Shiho Torii accepts her editor’s challenge to lose 15 pounds in five months, I thought it sounded perfect for me. I love manga, and I’ve been meaning to get in better shape. Unfortunately, while the concept is promising, So I Need to Lose 15 Pounds itself is terrible. First, there’s the cartooning itself. I’m ok with simple art, but the illustrations here are so minimal as to make me ask […]

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Apothecarius Argentum Volume 2

by Tomomi Yamashita The shojo fantasy about a princess and her poisonous healer continues in a surprising fashion. (I reviewed volume 1 last year.) Instead of developing their romance explicitly, the story chooses instead to develop and deepen her character, making her more mature and appealing. Much of this development is accomplished through flashback. Young Soda, who wants to be Argent’s apprentice, reminds the older healer of his childhood days with Princess Primula. Argent doesn’t want anyone around him, since […]

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The Lapis Lazuli Crown Volume 1

Miel Violette comes from a family of magicians, but she’s not good at magic. Her super-strength serves her just fine… until she meets a prince in disguise after clocking him with her purse. Becoming involved with him shows her that there might be reason to improve her skills in The Lapis Lazuli Crown volume 1 by Natsuna Kawase. The title comes from the idea that lapis lazuli is “associated with intelligence, insight, and good judgment”, a nice symbol for a […]

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Venus Capriccio Volume 1

by Mai Nishikata Takami’s something of a tomboy. Although tall and pretty, guys dump her because she’s not traditionally feminine. Her best friend is Akira, a boy two years younger who’s also a gifted pianist. Akira’s music is Takami’s comfort; no matter the problem, listening to him play makes her feel better. Now that he’s (barely) in his teens, Akira wants to go out with Takami. She’s used to thinking of him as a friend, not a lover. The more […]

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Deux Yaoi: A Sampling — Kiss All the Boys, Take Me to Heaven, Two of Hearts

Two of Hearts by Kano Miyamoto Haruya, a formerly acclaimed novelist, is in a slump. He lives by the coast and pays the bills by writing magazine articles. He and his editor are also sleeping together. One day, he spies a teenager trying to wash his clothes in the ocean. He takes pity on him and invites him in for a meal and a shower. This is a typical adoption-style storyline common to yaoi. It’s obvious from early on that […]

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The Name of the Flower Volume 1

I love the word “aphasia”. I don’t know why I always remember the complicated term for forgetting words, but the irony amuses me. So when I saw the online preview for The Name of the Flower by Ken Saito, which prominently uses the term, I had to check it out. High school student Chouko has been orphaned. With no one to take care of her, she winds up staying with a remote cousin of her father’s. (There are a few […]

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Luv Luv: Make More Love & Peace, Sounds of Love, Object of Desire

Finishing up my coverage of the Aurora Luv Luv titles … these are the three titles I haven’t yet covered from line of explicit sex manga for women. Make More Love & Peace by Takane Yonetani A sequel to Make Love & Peace, about the girlfriend of a cop. This series is the only one in the Luv Luv line (and it’s only two books), but regardless of format, it’s still their most rewarding read because it’s about more than […]

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Yokohama Shopping Trip (Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou)

If you’re wondering what to read after Aria, try Yokohama Shopping Trip by Hitoshi Ashinano, another science fiction series based around the small events of daily life. They both have similar contemplative approaches, where the gorgeous scenery is as important as plot and the theme is appreciation of what you have. Sadly, you’ll have to download scanlations, since it’s not officially available in English. Which is unfortunate, since it’s a wonderful read (but probably a hard sell). The science fiction […]

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