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MMaru

  • Erie, PA
  • Joined Jan 18, 2013
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MMaru Mar 25
updated their review of Fairy Tail
Score 6.5/10

Cheesy but utterly addicting.  Spoiler alert: The power of friendship saves the day.  Every.  Freaking.  Time.  And yet I couldn't stop reading!  Worth a go if you want something light and entertaining!

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Fairy Tail
  • Vol: 57+; Ch: 517+
  • 2006 - ?

Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage with the power to summon stellar spirits, but what she really wants to do is join a guild - and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Moribito (Light Novel)
Score 9/10

I read the first novel after a few of the anime episodes caught my attention.  What an incredible treat!  I read a lot of fantasy fiction by American and British writers, so I'm used to it following a certain pattern, but Moribito, while having some of the same elements, was so...

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Moribito (Light Novel)
  • Vol: 12
  • 1996 - 2012

Balsa the spearwoman is a wandering warrior, who takes on the task of saving lives, in atonement for a past sin. On her journey, she happens to save a prince, and is tasked with becoming his...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Mouryou Kiden: Legend of the Nymph
Score 5/10

Really disappointed with this manga.  It is exceptionally rare for me to not even finish the first volume, but this was one such time.  The story was interesting and had potential, but was WAY too rushed, making the story and the characters hard to follow and understand.  I'm not...

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Mouryou Kiden: Legend of the Nymph
  • Vol: 3; Ch: 17
  • 1994 - 1995

In a land submerged in a thousand years of fog, demons and nymphs do battle. Until one day, the fated meeting of sworn enemies unravels an intricate love story, and hurls Ayaka, the daughter of the...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Ludwig II
Score 10/10

Absolutely looooooove this manga!  Although there are, of course, some creative liberties taken, this manga tells the story of the historical figure, Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was thought to be mad, having spent much of his fortune building dream castles and supporting the works of the...

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Ludwig II
  • Vol: 3; Ch: 12
  • 1996

It is the mid-19th century, and a remarkably beautiful 18-year-old has been crowned King Ludwig II of Bavaria… In the midst of a confrontation with Prussia and Austria, Ludwig II retreats from...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Fake
Score 9.5/10

This was one of my first yaoi series I ever read, and to this day, it remains one of my favorites.  The story is interesting, but it's the relationship between the characters that really makes it worth reading.  You get to see the two leads slowly get to know one another and fall in...

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Fake
  • Vol: 7; Ch: 20
  • 1994 - 2000

Sanami Matoh's FAKE, a BL favorite, is the unlikely love story between two NYC cops--who both happen to be guys... Meet Ryo and Dee, two New York City cops with an attraction for action, and for each...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Goong
Score 8/10

The concept for this story is interesting, and the art is beautiful.  However, it becomes rather redundant.  The characters progress to a certain point, then it's just a wash-rinse-repeat cycle of them going through the same struggles, very slightly altered.  I will probably read it...

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Goong
  • Vol: 27; Ch: 179
  • 2002 - 2011

The monarchy was abolished long ago in Korea – but what if it still existed to this day? Chae-Kyung lives in such a world where Korea’s palaces are filled with royalty and the crown...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Sand Chronicles
Score 10/10

Another favorite series of mine!  Ignore the description on the back of the manga - it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what this series is about.  Sand Chronicles tracks the lives of four friends as they grow from children into adulthood, how they grow apart and come back...

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Sand Chronicles
  • Vol: 10; Ch: 21
  • 2003 - 2006

After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Sorairo Kaigan
Score 7.5/10

Published in America under the name Skyblue Shore, this is a nice shojo manga about a girl whose love of collecting items found on the beach leads her to love.  It's a sweet, nice story, nothing terribly outstanding and memorable about it but worth reading if you get the...

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Sorairo Kaigan
  • Vol: 6
  • 2007

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Aquarium
Score 9.5/10

This is a really great collection of short stories in a one-shot volume.  The first, title piece is about a girl who failed to get into her first choice school.  She seeks solace in visiting the local aquarium, where she meets a young man that she starts to form a relationship...

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Aquarium
  • Vol: 1
  • 1990

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Blade of the Immortal
Score 10/10

This was one of the first manga I ever started to read.  It's been over a decade since I first picked it up and I still anxiously await the new volume(s) each year.  The art is fantastic (the first volume features some amazing two-page spreads where something as violent as a man being...

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Blade of the Immortal
  • Vol: 30; Ch: 206
  • 1993 - 2012

Manji, a recently-turned immortal swordsman, has sworn to kill a thousand villains to counterbalance the merciless and indiscriminate slaughter that ended with the death of his sister. To this end...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Manga Sutra
Score 8/10

This is actually a really interesting manga, and I haven't seen anything like it before or since.  I picked it up thinking that it was a hentai, but in actuality, it's an informative, almost textbook type of manga about sex that just happens to include a storyline about two people who are...

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Manga Sutra
  • Vol: 65+; Ch: 225+
  • 1997 - ?

Makoto, a 25-year old virgin, struggles to find girls, which is why his parents set up an omiai (match making) for him. Before he knows it, he's sitting at the same table as the beautiful 25-year old...

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Mars Gaiden
Score 7/10

Mars is one of my favorite series, so I was really excited when this came out.  I ended up being sort of disappointed, though, as this is actually a volume of short stories, only one of which involves the cast from Mars.  It's not terrible, but I frequently skip this book when I...

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Mars Gaiden
  • Vol: 1
  • 1999

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MMaru Jul 2015
updated their review of Olympus
Score 4.5/10

Beautiful art, but the story was so uneventful and pointless that I actually didn't even finish the first book - I can't remember the last time I didn't at least finish the first volume of a series. 

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Olympus
  • Vol: 2; Ch: 11
  • 2007

Ganymede was once the revered prince of Troy. But when the fickle god Apollo whisked him away to a place filled with flowers and beauty, the man finds himself trapped in eternity, unable to escape...

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Rurouni Kenshin
  • TV (94 eps)
  • 1996 - 1998

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if...

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Love Hina
  • Vol: 14; Ch: 118
  • 1998

Urashima Keitarou is a loser. He's failed the Tokyo University entrance exams two years in a row, and his parents have finally kicked him out of the house. Penniless and destitute, he travels to his...

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Fruits Basket
  • Vol: 23; Ch: 136
  • 1998 - 2006

Tohru Honda might just be the unluckiest girl around. After a series of unfortunate events Tohru has no place to call home - that is, until the wealthy yet cursed Sohma family offer to take her in...

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BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
  • Vol: 34; Ch: 102
  • 2000 - 2008

Tanaka Yukio is bored with life; he lives unremarkably from day-to-day, never doing anything to make himself stand out. With barely any presence, no social life and an embarrassingly bland taste in...

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Beast Master
  • Vol: 2; Ch: 7
  • 2007

Yuiko loves animals, but given the overly-aggressive way she tries to show her love for them, they always run away. One day Yuiko meets a strange boy named Leo who seems to be more beast than human...

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Cowboy Bebop
  • Vol: 3; Ch: 11
  • 1999 - 2000

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but...

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Rurouni Kenshin
  • Vol: 28; Ch: 255
  • 1994 - 1999

Rurouni Kenshin is the story of a revolutionary patriot fighting to conceal his bloody past in the new Meiji era of Japan. Battosai Himura's role in the revolution was so infamous that it earned him...

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Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom
  • Vol: 23; Ch: 144
  • 1996 - 2004

Mizuki Ashiya is a teen Japanese girl growing up in the USA. After seeing Japanese track star Izumi Sano on TV one day, she became instantly enamored with his grace and style, and became determined...

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Goth
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 5
  • 2003

Itsuki Kamiyama is a young man in high school who is morbidly obsessed with murders and death; he even combs through the paper for new information about killings. One day when he notices his...

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Bloody Kiss
  • Vol: 2; Ch: 6
  • 2006

Kiyo Katsuragi has just arrived at a special mansion in a remote area of the mountains. Said to be haunted, it has been bequeathed to her by a late grandmother who she has never met. While she...

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Yellow
  • Vol: 4; Ch: 16
  • 2002

Drug snatching is a dangerous business that requires the utmost trust in one’s partner in order to complete the job at hand without injury. Taki and Goh are two such snatchers who not only work...

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Only the Ring Finger Knows
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 4
  • 2001 - 2002

Wearing a ring holds a variety of special meanings. Wearing one on your right middle finger means you are single; matching rings on the right ring finger shows friendship; and matching rings on the...

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Chrono Crusade
  • Vol: 8; Ch: 57
  • 1998 - 2004

In 1920s America, Sister Rosette Christopher is a young nun of the Magdala Order - a military branch of the church charged with exorcising demons. Together with her assistant and best friend Chrno, a...

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Until the Full Moon
  • Vol: 2; Ch: 8
  • 1998

Marlo has a problem. On the night of the full moon, this half-werewolf, half-vampire undergoes a mysterious and terrifying transformation: he turns into a girl. Desperate for a cure, his parents call...

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