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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood

LindLTailor's avatar
Feb 28, 2013

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has only recently experienced a big boom over in the English-speaking parts of the world, due to the recent anime adaptation taking off in a big way, and beforehand was merely a cult series with a small but devoted fanbase. However, in Japan, it has been huge for a very long time - it's tremendous influence spans to everything from Hunter X Hunter to Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, and it still stands as the 9th longest manga of all time, and still going. And through all this (well-deserved) attention and acclaim, it's pretty easy to forget that this, where it all began, really... See full review

6/10 story
3/10 art
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Me and the Devil Blues

Thrawn's avatar
Feb 26, 2013

Story: Legend has it that if you stand at a crossroad at midnight and play your guitar, a man will come up to you and ask for it. If you give it to him, he'll tweak it and you'll play like no other. To be able to play music beyond measure, all it would take is your soul. The same legend goes for Robert Johnson, one of the most legendary bluesman in history. King of the Delta Blues, he is a bonafide legend. Me and the Devil Blues is all about him, from the start of his time with Virginia and the birth of his blues. It's like no other manga I've read and not just because it's one of the few based on the... See full review

9/10 story
9.5/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Tale of the Waning Moon

MMaru's avatar
Feb 26, 2013

Quite a fun yaoi!  Upset over the loss of his lover, Ryuka makes a wish atop a hill that he'll find his true love.  The wish is heard by Ixto, the spirit of the quarter moon, who comes down and falls for Ryuka, then vanishes.  Ryuka is forced to find Ixto again, going on a journey that will take him through red-light districts, introduce him to the men he might have been fated to be with, and traverse the desert with a rich man who has an unusual attachment to his horse, all in the company of a cat spirit who ends every sentence with 'nyan.' While I think most fans of yaoi will enjoy... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 art
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Cutie Boy

BlueFeathers's avatar
Feb 22, 2013

<div> This manga took me a little while to warm up to because the girl annoyed me a little, but you soon saw her strengths and it's a really fun development. I loved the plot and the characters. The art style didn't wow me but we all have our tastes. The boy is cute once you figure him out. The plot was fast paced and kept you engaged the whole time. I really recommend this. It's really cute! </div>

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9/10 story
6/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

GE - Good Ending

Thrawn's avatar
Feb 21, 2013

Story: I just loved this straight from the first few pages, where the main gets the taste smacked out of his mouth by a rogue tennis ball while playing voyeur on a distant third or so floor with some peeping specs. Comedic moments like these are present throughout, by means of slapstick, comedic dialogue or what have you but never consistent, as interspersed within the pages of this series is some truly heartwrenching moments, tearjerkers, heartwarming and it's a torrent of emotions. One chapter may leave you laughing, another may tug at your heart strings and convince you to read just one more chapter... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Cardcaptor Sakura

Mariisa's avatar
Feb 19, 2013

Story | 9/10
I really enjoyed reading Cardcaptor Sakura. The story is mystical and breathtaking. The beginning was pure and simple, while the ending made me feel all "floaty," as Sakura would say to express how she felt around certain individuals. The story of Cardcaptor Sakura is truly magical. Throughout the series, we see a young girl develop into a powerful magician. Sakura's relationships were well written and had a positive effect on her character development. She also proves that one's feelings for others can always help attain victory.

Art | 9.5/10
The art is really beautiful... See full review

9/10 story
9.5/10 art
8.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

Nabari no Ou

yaoifairy1889's avatar
Feb 19, 2013

This is a great manga! I recommend reading it lol the plot and story it's really good and there are some really cute characters! If you like black butler or narurto you'll love this!

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9/10 story
8/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

GE - Good Ending

Deadlyidiot's avatar
Feb 18, 2013

Good Ending certainly has a good story but contrary to it's name, does not have a good ending. The story is amazing, heart wrenching, and tear jerking, I found myself many times with  my eyes watering at this realistic(kind of) love story. I absolutely loved it, the characters were well portrayed and each one had a unique story. The art though was a little bit odd for me as I usually select my manga reads based on the initial art (admittedly). I think this story is a must read if you can get past the terribly rushed ending. It is almost as though the manga was axed and had to be wrapped up in a chapter... See full review

10/10 story
7/10 art
9/10 characters
8.7/10 overall

A Town Where You Live

Deadlyidiot's avatar
Feb 18, 2013

A really good read for any first timer to manga, the story is really good at the beginning though it slowly begins to droop. It starts out amazing actually, it has a really good build up and you actually care about the main characters (Haruto and Yuzuki). The problem with this series is that unlike Suzuka (Seo's original work that this is based on) the side characters are really not all that important. The only ones you'll find yourself even kind of caring about are the females that are pretty much 'potential candidates'. Even then, slowly those characters will melt away and you won't see them sometimes... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 art
7/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Kimi wa Midara na Boku no Joou

ahou's avatar
Feb 17, 2013

The story is about a young boy who was really good friends with a young girl during theyre childhood, but when the girl enters elementry school they loose contact until they meet again in high school. However she is from a super rich family and acts very cold against him, pretending that she doesn't know him. However he is still very much in love with her as he has followed her and worked hard to get into the same high school. One day some girls are talking in class and are over heard saying that if you ask the "Observe god" for a wish he will grant it at a price. When the boy gets back to his... See full review

7/10 story
7/10 art
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

Beauty Pop

DuskFey's avatar
Feb 16, 2013

Manga in 200 Words: Beauty Pop

Premise: A club of teen boys with various cosmetic abilities gives makeovers to girls at their high school, but trouble starts when an apathetic girl named Kiri proves to be one of the most talented hair stylists around.

Audience: Girls. It’s romance, humor, and fashion.

Love Triangle: It takes a while to develop, and some might argue that Beauty Pop is more a reverse harem, but I like the triangle that emerges late in the series. Granted, I shipped the loser, but that’s ok.

Characters: Most of them are over the top, but that’s... See full review

5/10 story
5.5/10 art
6/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Adidas Manga Fever

DuskFey's avatar
Feb 16, 2013

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following review is only for one story in the anthology, but I have no desire to read the whole thing, as I don't like sports manga. For a list of the full contents, click here. Manga in 150 Words: Adidas Fever - Those Who Will Never Return

Why 150? It’s a one shot.

Disclaimer: Contains SPOILERS. Adidas Fever is too short to avoid them. After all, the title even alludes to the plot twist.

Premise: A girl goes to a soccer stadium by herself to reminisce about her two dead... See full review

3/10 story
4.5/10 art
4.5/10 characters
4/10 overall

+Anima

DuskFey's avatar
Feb 16, 2013

Manga in 200 Words: +Anima

Premise: Children who go through traumatic experiences occasionally transform and gain animal abilities perfectly suited to their immediate needs. An unlikely group of +anima forms and explores the world together.

Art: Kawaii! +Anima is unabashedly cute, and it helps to offset some of the darker themes in the series.

Characters: Honestly, out of the main four, there isn’t a single one that I dislike! In addition, I think that their divergent personalities grow together realistically as time progresses.

Plot: Each main character’s past is... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 art
7.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

$100 is Too Cheap

DuskFey's avatar
Feb 16, 2013

Manga in 150 Words: $100 is Too Cheap

Why 150? It’s a one shot.

Premise: A bounty hunter stumbles upon a -$100.00 bounty on a petty criminal and takes the notice into a bar, hoping that the young bartender will help solve the mystery. Why would the sheriff fine someone for bringing in a villain?

Appeal: All of the pieces needed to solve the puzzle are laid out for you in the pages, so try to figure it out before they tell you.

Art: I think it suits the story’s Old West setting well.

Characters: Neither of the main two are terribly original, but they are fairly... See full review

7/10 story
6.5/10 art
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Buso Renkin

mdchan's avatar
Feb 16, 2013

If I hadn't known this was done by Nobihiro Watsuki, the creator of Rurouni Kenshin, I never would have known.  In fact, it was when I heard he did another series that prompted me to seek this one out; I was sorely disappointed. Not just the plot and characters, but the artwork and the battles...some of it felt very forced, and often times, it was difficult to tell what exactly was HAPPENING. I will say that it started out with an interesting premise and idea, but, and I hate to compare it, in terms of homonculus and alchemy, Fullmetal Alchemist was much better.  This was, again, to my... See full review

4/10 story
4/10 art
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

0x0 Memories

DuskFey's avatar
Feb 15, 2013

Manga in 150 Words: 0x0 Memories

Why 150? It’s a one shot.

Premise: A high school girl named Rei gets hit on the head and loses all of her memories. Immediately afterwards, two guys start competing for her attention, and Rei must choose between them.

Audience: Shoujo romance fans who don’t want any real depth, complexity, or drama. 0x0 Memories is too short to contain any of those, but it is a sweet love story.

Relationships: I actually like this love triangle; it’s simple but still engaging. It’s also nice to explore the impact that memory has on... See full review

6/10 story
7/10 art
6.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom

xxenergizerbunnyxx's avatar
Feb 13, 2013

If I were to be perfectly honest, I didn't expect much when I began reading this series.  The idea of a single girl in an all-boys environment, or vice-versa, is a commonly used one in manga, and so I figured that this one would be no different from any of the others.  I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised! The story begins with Ashiya Mizuki, a girl raised in America who has come to greatly admire a high-jumper by the name of Sano Izumi.  So, following her feelings of admiration, she moves to Japan and begins attending Ohsaka High School, which happens to be an all-boys school... See full review

9/10 story
7/10 art
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Cage of Eden

Thrawn's avatar
Feb 12, 2013

Story: You know, I can't believe it ended. It left so much open, so many threads untied and loose. So many things missing, so many questions left unanswered and yet, it answered some of the most important of them all, and to it's benefit in a good pace. And why, is this guy talking about the ending right at the start? Because you already know deep down that a dumbass manga like this, chockful of fanservice, ridiculous events, hot-blooded hammy speeches and action, can never, ever, EVER hope to achieve a satisfying conclusion. It's the nature of things. But damn a nice plot it doth threads. Kids on a... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Cut

Sealsex's avatar
Feb 10, 2013

This is probably the first series i've come across that actually handled these types of subjects in a realistic and really heart-gripping way.

The character development throughout the whole series is actually one of the best i've seen.
I found myself hurting with the characters, but not to the point where it just felt horrible and overwhelming. The whole story is very engaging.

The ending is a bit random (as with many yaoi mangas.), which is one of the few things I think could have been better. I don't want to publish any spoilers so I'll just let you see for yourselves.
But it's not... See full review

9/10 story
6/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Sad Love Story

OtakuSenpai's avatar
Feb 8, 2013

Summary: As a child, Joon-young was always teased because his mother owned a bar that served Americans. When he meets Hae-in, a blind girl, they become childhood sweethearts and he vows to always protect her. However, Hae-in and her mom take off one night, leaving Joon-young and his promise behind. Hae-in later meets Kon-woo, the rich son of a CEO. Among these three, a tragic love triangle begins to form...  Plot: Behold the pinnacle of melodrama! Yeah I know that tragedies are supposed to be dramatic and I excuse that. There are, however, exceptions to every rule. I really do not like this Manhwa... See full review

2/10 story
1/10 art
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Magic Kaitou

Riyuri's avatar
Feb 8, 2013

I bought the Manga because I've always liked Kaito KID in the Detective Conan Anime and Manga. If you watch some episodes with him, you'll notice he has a strange personality. Not in a bad way, though ^^ He always steals and behaves like a macho, but then again he's a gentlemen and even helps Shinichi out one time. However, I asked myself why this it and looked it up, so I found this Manga. You get to know about his past and his reasons, which are on the one side finding his father's killers but on the other side having fun. And that's exactly the case: Kaito Kuroba is very goofy and has always fun with... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

The Snow Queen

OtakuSenpai's avatar
Feb 7, 2013

Summary: There once was a man called the most brilliant intellectual. And a woman with everything standing at the death's door. Their hearts were so completely frozen solid that nothing could melt them. What kind of light was it that could melt their hearts? ...Love...? If the answer was love, isn't it beyond absurdity?  Plot: The story was beautiful. I liked the premise. And for the most part I LOVED was it were it went with this good premise. This story is incredibly engaging when you can understand what’s going on. The Snow Queen had not so great flashbacks. There is no note saying that we... See full review

7/10 story
5/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Sekai wa Bokura no Tameni!

winters73's avatar
Feb 7, 2013

Starting this spring, citizens will be able to become a teacher at the expensive high school! This is what Maho is getting excited about, but her boyfriend for six years dumped her. Afterwards, she slept with a young boy to get over her sadness. However, who would have expected that she would be reunited with him in the classroom. That's right, he was her student!! A secret relationship with a younger handsome boy is packed full of scary, yet, exciting, nerve-racking, yet, heart-thumping action?! What will happen when the man who dumped her comes back?

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10/10 story
10/10 art
9/10 characters
10/10 overall

Torikagoshou no Kyou mo Nemutai Juunintachi

OtakuSenpai's avatar
Feb 7, 2013

Summary: 16-year-old Kizuna stalks the city at night, flirting with middle-aged salary men and coercing them out of their money. The thrill should be enough to satiate her, but Kizuna remains unsatisfied with her everyday life… That is, until the beautiful Inoue Yuki, also living in “Birdcage Manor” approaches Kizuna with a job proposition- to model in the nude for Yuki’s cousin, a painter and fellow resident Yusei Asai! Plot: This manga annoyed me to hell. I really like the premise of the story though. I like how the premise isn't like your typical shoujo. I mean that the main... See full review

3/10 story
9/10 art
1/10 characters
2/10 overall

Bakuman.

Cosplayer's avatar
Feb 7, 2013

I have to say, I loved Bakuman. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata make a great team. I thought so with Death Note, and I think so on Bakuman. The story of Bakuman is so amazing, with so many ups and downs and ups and downs and so on. I found myself not wanting to stop reading because I wanted to see what happened with Ashirogi Muto's stories and how Mashiro and Takagi made it through every obstacle. It also was great to see that Ohba and Obata could develop gripping stories inside of one large story. Along the same lines, the art was really well done. It was great to see so many different styles done by the... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Shinobi Life

Vague's avatar
Feb 7, 2013

So, since this page doesn't have a synopsis I'll give that first, then my review. Due to her family’s wealthy background, Beni Fujiwara is used to being kidnapped, held ransom and having her life threatened on a daily basis. In fact, she welcomes any chance to make her father feel miserable for the decisions he has made in the past concerning Beni and her late mother. However, Beni’s plans to get back at her father are ruined when Kagetora comes falling into her life…literally. Claiming that he has devoted his life to protecting the Red Princess, Kagetora becomes Beni’s new ninja... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Cirque Arachne

MayaKumashiro's avatar
Feb 5, 2013

Esta historia está hermosa, cambia mucho al shoujo-ai que he leido antes, la recomiendo mucho, los personajes son hermosos, con personalidades verdaderamente lindas, el arte es lindo y esta bien expresado

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9/10 story
8/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Sorairo Kaigan

MMaru's avatar
Feb 5, 2013

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 opportunity.  What attracted me to it is the fact that I have recently taken an interest in collecting beach glass, and I liked that the manga contained tips on crafts you can make using beach glass - I made one as a gift for a family member who is also into the hobby and it turned out great!

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8/10 story
7/10 art
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Sand Chronicles

MMaru's avatar
Feb 5, 2013

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 together time and time again.  It's not overdramatic, it's not wild.  It's real.  I can't even begin to say how many times I paused while reading and thought to myself, "I remember feeling that way when I was that age."  Hinako Ashiahara beautifully captured all the struggles and... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Mouryou Kiden: Legend of the Nymph

MMaru's avatar
Feb 4, 2013

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 sure if that is a problem with the writing itself, or simply the translation, but it made it impossible for me to connect with the plot and characters.  That said, the art was AMAZING!

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4/10 story
10/10 art
6/10 characters
5/10 overall

Moribito (Light Novel)

MMaru's avatar
Feb 4, 2013

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 different.  There is a lot that goes on in the novel, much of it very dark, yet it maintains an almost peaceful spirit throughout.  If you watched the anime, you'll find that the novel starts out the same, but they branch off a bit.  Both the anime and the novel are well worth watching/reading... See full review

10/10 story
?/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Mars

MMaru's avatar
Feb 4, 2013

If I had to pick only five manga series to read for the rest of my life, Mars would definitely be one of them.  The best way I can describe this series is as a soap opera, what with mysterious deaths, unknown twins, and crazed murderers, but despite that unflattering description, it's an insanely addictive series that will keep you hooked! Please be aware that this review contains some mild ***SPOILERS***!  I've tried to keep them minimal and vague so as not to spoil everything, but I'm not really sure how to properly bubble about this series without mentioning a few of the... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Mars Gaiden

MMaru's avatar
Feb 4, 2013

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 reread Mars.

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7/10 story
9/10 art
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Manga Sutra

MMaru's avatar
Feb 4, 2013

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 experiencing sex for the first time.  Their friends, who have all had sex before, frequently provide their own perspectives, showing that different people experience sex in different ways.  I wouldn't exactly use this as a sex-ed guide for a younger reader as some of the characters are very crass, but for... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

In Full Bloom

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Feb 4, 2013

Disclaimer: I've only read up to the amount that has been translated into English (ch. 42) the rest hasn't been translated so I cannot comment on it. In Full Bloom is, first and formost, a beautifully drawn manhwa. Like most manhwa I've encountered, it is in full color and holds a very ancient asian/caligraphy like feel with thick lines and much of the same color scheme throughout the manhwa. The primary colors are deep cool colors, pale skin tones and bright contrasting red colors. The landscapes are beautiful and unique. The only downfall to the art is a lot of the faces look very similar. So similar... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Life is Money

NicoNicoDesu's avatar
Feb 3, 2013

I decided to read this manga because I saw how short it was. I thought that it would be a quick read, and I would use it as a way to pass the time. Haha, universe. You're so funny. Story: Fukurokouji Meguru's sister is dying of heart disease, and his fundraiser-gone-wrong has shattered his hopes. Desperate, he agrees to join a shady lottery-style game to earn the money to pay for his sister's procedure. Unfortunately, this is actually a high stakes game--survive psychological torture among ten other people for ten days, and you're rich! Lose, and you lose not only your mind, but your life. Oh, but the... See full review

4.5/10 story
6.5/10 art
4.5/10 characters
5/10 overall

Kimi wa Boku no Mono

melodyheal's avatar
Feb 3, 2013

First, I found it very creepy with all the age differences, but after reading it, I felt a bit envious to have a guy who's years younger than me, yet very mature for his age, caring and clever. I felt a bit sad to how the whole situation ended, but it was indeed a happy ending.

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
9/10 overall

Meteor

OtakuSenpai's avatar
Feb 1, 2013

Summary: Kawana Tomoko, a 15 year school girl, doesn’t care about much. Everything from her social life to school life is a blur. One summer day, while waiting at a bus stop, Tomoko finds herself waiting with her classmates, Sasajima Miyuki, Yatomi and Sannou. There are nasty rumors flying around about Tomoko and how she had relations with Yamashita, a teacher at their school. As the group boards the bus and the awkwardness reaches its max, a meteor comes out of nowhere and hits the bus sending everything into a frenzy.  Plot: When I started finished reading this manga I asked myself "what... See full review

3/10 story
3/10 art
1/10 characters
2.4/10 overall

Ludwig II

MMaru's avatar
Feb 1, 2013

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 composer Wagner.  I love You Higuri's works, and this one was no exception.  Fantastic storytelling, simple but beautiful art, and classic, heart-warming characters.  This was one of my first yaoi and I wasn't sure how comfortable I would be reading it, but I loved the relationship that developed between... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Tramps Like Us

MMaru's avatar
Jan 31, 2013

Absolutely loved this series!  I picked it up after one of my best friends had started reading it and was getting rid of her copies.  I thought it would just be something to pass the time, nothing that I would really commit to, but I ended up loving it.  The premise is kind of goofy, but it ends up working into a beautifully-crafted storyline.  I really connected with Sumire, who was so well-developed and dimensional.  I loved seeing her awkwardness, and that contrast between her being shy and attempting to be girly for the man she loves, and her true, real nature of being tough... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You

MMaru's avatar
Jan 31, 2013

Really have to say that I am not a fan of this series.  I have two friends who absolutely love it, and both are big manga readers whose opinions I respect and appreciate, but for me, this series just completely missed the mark.  There was nothing original about it, and having read Wallflower, I was really disappointed with how much Sawako seems to be a carbon copy of the Sunako from Wallflower, even down to the nickname.  The difference?  Wallflower's lead female is much more interesting, not so mousy, and Wallflower has a better storyline, in my opinion.  I think this would be a... See full review

2/10 story
7/10 art
2/10 characters
2/10 overall

Goong

MMaru's avatar
Jan 31, 2013

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 to the end, but only because a friend is letting me borrow them.  It's not a series I will buy for myself.

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7/10 story
10/10 art
8.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Aquarium

MMaru's avatar
Jan 31, 2013

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 with.   The second story is about a stewardess who reconnects with an old school friend during a flight.  The third story is about two friends who, years after sitting together in church, feel themselves destined for one another. This is just a very sweet collection of stories.  I'm not normally a short... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 art
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Tokyo Tribes

Alchemist88's avatar
Jan 28, 2013

Five years after the Shibuya riots, the Tribes of Tokyo have been enjoying a period of relative peace, until Kim and two other members of the Musashino Saru intrude on the territory of the Wu-Ronz in Bukuro. Mera, the leader of Wu-Ronz kills the three Saru, under the assumption that they were members of the Shibuya Saru. Two days later, after searching for who killed his friends, Musashino Saru member Kai runs into Mera. Old friends in their high school days, the two get into a confrontation that ends up leaving Tera, the leader of Musashino Saru, dead and setting the stage for violence between the... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Olympus

MMaru's avatar
Jan 28, 2013

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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3/10 story
10/10 art
6/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Fake

MMaru's avatar
Jan 28, 2013

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 love, as opposed to so much yaoi where there is instant attraction and the whole "I'm not gay, so why am I getting aroused by this man?!" obsession dominates the story.  Here, the mangaka takes the time to let the love unfold slowly and more realistically.  Trust between partners as cops slowly... See full review

10/10 story
8/10 art
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Blade of the Immortal

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Jan 28, 2013

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 quartered turns into birds... not as cheesy as that line makes it sound, I promise!) and I love going back and re-reading the series, seeing how much Samura's art has progressed. There is quite a cast of characters in Blade, and I am the first to admit that I often have a hard time keeping up with a manga that has... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Bride of the Water God

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Jan 28, 2013

The stunningly beautiful art of this series is what first prompted me to buy it.  There is a wonderful story involved as well; however, after nine volumes, I stopped collecting because it never seemed to be going anywhere.  While the character designs were all gorgeous, there were some characters that I kept getting mixed up.  It may be worth sticking with till the end, but I prefer a storyline that progresses along at a decent rate.  This one moved too slowly for me and when it seemed like I was reading the same story only slightly altered, it felt like a waste of money.

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8/10 story
10/10 art
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Tobenai Tori

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Jan 28, 2013

Summary: Aoi was abused by her teacher in middle school, a trauma she is still unable to overcome. One day, because of a family vacation, she is reunited with her first love, Kaoru: even though she has never forgotten him, she definitely doesn't want him to see how much she's changed...!  Plot: How do I describe this oddball of a manga? As you might have noticed romance in general and especially in Japan is portrayed as a pure innocent love. So a smutless manga like this is a welcome! Right? Well that would be the case if it was executed well. Tobenai Tori is a 5 Chapter manga. And 3 of... See full review

5/10 story
3/10 art
2/10 characters
3/10 overall

The Legend of Lady Mirror

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Jan 28, 2013

Summary: Doppelgangers. Mice that take the form of humans. With murderous intent, the look-alikes and the originals are both pressured to fight in their own ways. After an ambiguous event in their life, Jin-Uk and So-Hee's love life has been shattered. While trying to reconcile with her, Ji-Suk meets her look-alike, and that's how this story starts. What will he do when he, too, has a look-alike destined to kill him? And what's the secret So-Hee will never tell?  Plot: This is a Fullcolor Chinese Webcomic Mahwa. Now that I've gotten that out of the way The Legend of Lady Mirror had a lot of... See full review

6/10 story
8/10 art
2/10 characters
5/10 overall