The fastest growing sport in the world is solidifying itself in manga. Teppuu is an MMA student's delight. If one knows the industry it is apparent that much research as gone into this work as evidence by the many real life references to current stages for competition (I.E. subdhabi = Abu Dhabi Combat Club, G-Girl = Smack Girl or even JEWELS) and accuracy of positioning during fights/training. The story even touches on real life issuse with the mma world (I.E. lack of attention and sometimes funding female fighters recieve in comparison to male fighters and the need of some fighters to work a full... See full review
Story: The manga revolves around a 30-year old bachelor who decides to take care of the recently found out illegitimate young child of his grandfather, after no one else in his family decides to step up to the responsibility. This follows the developing relationship between the single man Daikichi and child Rin and Daikichi understanding how to be a parent and care for a young child. The story mainly has two arcs. The first was absolutely heartwarming and beautiful, depicting death, divorce, difficult marriages, family strain, and the hardship of juggling a full-time career and caring for a child in a... See full review
Yubisaki Milk Tea was/is one of the most unique romance stories I've ever read. A boy, tormented by his own obsession with crossdressing, and a myriad of conflicting romances and stimuli. What originally caught me with Yubisaki was the story and the art. I'm not a typical romance reader (Including Yubisaki, I have maybe 5 true romance/dramas on my bookshelf--and that's out of over 50 titles!) but the fact that it was such an off-beat type of romance caught my eye. Every relationship has it's own seediness that in some ways is disturbing but compelling. And at times the average reader may find some of... See full review
its short........ that being said i can get to the review.. a girl goes ro a school cus she has godd grades and its cheap so when she finds out that the dorms are being done she freks she is told she could live in an app on the campuse for staff but a boy lives there they end up having to share the space...... the story is okay it has no plot..... almost.... i guess to watch them devloep feelings then get married is kinda a plot SPOILERS they get married and he is the chairmen of the school also the main is abstnait smart and stuped at the same time lolSee full review
I initially didn't want to review this, but since there's so little information about it on the site I changed my mind and decided to go for a relatively short look on what is probably the most macabre Manga I've read. Story: 5/10 Story wise, Midori is comprised of a somewhat unoriginal premise: a traveling circus of freaks reminiscent of the movie from the 30's performing in front of amused visitors. An orphan named Midori is forced to join the circus as a performer and is constantly abused physically, mentally and sexually by her cruel and deformed colleagues. The story itself is a pretty good and... See full review
I started reading Detective Conan/Case Closed a while ago, and dropped it. My friend made me pick the serise back up again, and I'm really glad she did. The one things I really dislike about this manga, though it truly is necessary, is the number of cases that they have to do before they actually encounter the Black Organiztaion. It really annoys me, in my opinion the onyl chapters that really matter are the ones with the member of the BO, but the build up is also needed. So it's agravating to read the 20-30 odd cases before you see a glimspe of on of their members. Other then that I really love this manga... See full review
Umi no misaki is the best harem manga that I have read because unlike other manga this on you can't tell who the guy is going for. Also, it gets better at the right time. All you need to do is read the first five chapter, and you will be hook.See full review
Aside for the description/bio, this is a well paced sport/slice of life story. The story itself is fairly straightforward, with no real deviations and twists along the way. Unless you are looking for a story with a consistently changing plot, this one should suffice. The art is farily clear and drawn well in the "fast paced" scenes. What I mean by this is that the reader is less likely to have to "re-read" a scene to understand what chain of events had just taken place. (Some mangas require a re-examination to understand what took place). Lastly, the characters all have their own... See full review
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Every once in a while, works of art get released but are overlooked by other mainstream articles. MxO starts out great, keeps on rolling, then is a victim in a head on collision with Mahou Sensei Negima!. Thus enters MxO, a magic school manga that in my honest opinion could of been as good if not better than others in its genera.
It's plot is centered around the generic magic... See full review
As with my other reviews I just don't have time to write a full length review at the moment but I will cover the basics; its awesome. This is a slice of life manga with slap stick humor and ecchi stuff everywhere. WARNING: there is a lot of....questionably sexual themes and moments in this manga but it is the basis of all the humor. The characters' personalities work well with each other thus providing a very funny story progression.
Overall, its the funniest manga I have ever read and the story is interesting enough to keep you interested in the main characters. Lots of sexual stuff and the... See full review
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is a very carefree, slice of life manga like Aria (could be mistaken but I am pretty sure they are both done by the same author). It simply follows the life of a Robot as she stays the same but time and everything around her changes. She doesn't age but all her friends go older and change in both apperance and personality. It has a feeling of melancholy but is filled with happiness as she always looks forward at the positives. All the characters have a personality that sticks and works. The artwork is very well done while keeping a simplistic style.
I do not have time to... See full review
At the moment I do not have time to write a full review but just know that you need to go read this manga. It puts the show to shame in so many ways. The character progression (the story follows the games not the show) is so well done. It is different than the show in that it can be very dark with pokemon hurting trainers and people actually dying. You really root for the good guys and hate the bad guys guts. It is very lengthy as it follows all the games releases (currently on Platinum). The art is very well done and each story arc has its unique charm. The author and artist for this manga are gods in my... See full review
Mahoraba is a manga that I stumbled upon on accident on MangaFox after hearing some good things about it from other members. I had been in a rut of reading super fighting, shonen manga and wanted a change of pace so I decided to give this a shot. The overall presentation of the manga is absolutely amazing and I soon found myself sucked into the story and unable to leave. The characters are all very likeable and are explored to show why they act the way they do. The whole cast for the most part are always together and that helps with the comedy aspect of the manga. It has a very slap-stick style humor... See full review
Story - It was so good that I literally read it within a few hours. Not all at once of course. The first 3/4 of the manga was good but that last bit seemed kind of weird. It was a good story and I enjoyed it. First manga I fully read.See full review
Review - Shadow Star/Narutaru
[Keep in mind I am a girl in my late teens, so you can keep in mind how my age and gender influences how much I enjoy (and therefore review) a manga]
Target Audience: Older teens and above (due to nudity, sexuality and violence). Is geared more towards a male audience, despite the protagonist being a young girl.
Story: I found the first few tankoubon intriguing but then my interest dwindled. There are short bursts of great plot development throughout the whole series, followed by long, boring scenes. At some... See full review
Review - Inuyasha
[Keep in mind I am a girl in my late teens, so you can keep in mind how my age and gender influences how much I enjoy (and therefore review) a manga]
Target Audience: Older teens (due to nudity and violence). Although most people consider Inuyasha a shounen manga, it can easily be enjoyed by girls, providing that they have a tolerance for lots of action.
Story: While I marathon-read this 56 tankoubon series, I noticed the most that the story tends to become monster-of-the-week. But underneath the countless fight scenes... See full review
Story: 9/10 I started reading Case Closed back when I'm like 14 years old and now I'm on the volume 35 and ongoing reading it. The few thing that I hate about this is that Jimmy (Kudo) I'm using English names. ALWAYS get out of a tough spot by the help of others. When Racheal countlessly suspected him to be Jimmy Kudo (when he's Conan) she changes her mind when Dr. Agusa or oneelse or some accident saves him. It takes along time to reach a point that pecks the plot that I get annoyed because of all those cases. I mean wow; in that short time Japan should be in... See full review
Story: 10/10- I just have to give it a 10 even though reading the manga from a female point of view it's sexist. None of the females have a good role and if they do have a role they're either "Stupid, easily fooled, naive" or the author just kill her off for the sake of the plot while the rest of the male characters even Matsuda is on a higher level than the females. Well a decent one is Wendy. Anyway besides that the plot was very good. The classic battle of good and evil. The plot makes anyone think what is right and what is wrong? But at the end of the story it's up to... See full review
Ah, Dogs. A series that is currently holding a spot on my "obsessions" list. Of course, that's related more to the fandom, but you couldn't get into a fandom if you hated a series, right? So I'd like to explain why I am so in love with this series, so here we go!
Story: The story mainly focuses on two boys, Haine and Badou, but that's not to say that it's entirely about those two. As the story progresses, there are many new characters introduced, and the story always incorperates them fairly well. All three main characters get full, fleshed out back stories, particularly if you... See full review
I really like this anime because of it's unique story and setting. The manga's art in excellent. There's character development and it's an interesting gender bender. It's perverted here and there but most should be okay with it. It's one of a kind and I recommend reading it.See full review
Story: The plot revolves around Sana, a young TV star, and her situation dealing with the class bully, Akito. Despite the fact that the main characters are in middle school, the manga addresses mature topics in addition to the typical middle school problems. Suicide, mental and psychological illness, child abandonment, love, fear of separation, and various other issues are addressed quite nicely and realistically throughout the manga. Except for the unrealistically convenient and simple fixing of Akito’s relationship with his father and sister, all the problems that came after were dealt with quite... See full review
This manga is the best... To bad it's only 5 volumes!! The story line is good for all ages.. It's funny, romantic,witch craft, and it's the best in all the mangas!!! I recommend that everybody learn about this manga and watch the anime because I sure am!! Tell everybody that you know about this spectacular manga!!See full review
Best manga,the art is cute the storyline keeps pushing you to someone and it turns out wrong. <3. Best mystery manga I've read I never get bored of this no matter how many time I re read I can't wait to see who the "King" is <3! This manga is based on twin sisters Tsubasa and Arisa Tsubasa is basically the "bad" sister and Arisa is the goody two shoes. They was seperated because of their parents divorce and went seperate ways One day Arisa went to go vist her sister Tsubasa they spent a day together and went to the other's school to see how it's... See full review
I really fell in love with this manga. I love stories that I can place myself in and actually feel the story. (Not sure if people get my drift but it's an amazing feeling) I have been to Venice, Italy years earlier and I felt like I could feel the breezes from the spring weather, feel the cold and calm air in the spring season and also the heat of summer. It felt very much realistic to me. The characters were each different yet similar in a way and the story line was quite nice. Good read all around.See full review
A boy and a girl are forced to join hands for all eternity!? In a land ravaged by an epidemic known as "Troy", the only people with healing arts capable of stopping the seizures caused by the disease are the Sisters. Although they have a high resistance to the disease, they are searching for a person who is truly immune, if they exist, so that they can find a cure. The main character is Sister Elraine, one of the Sisters who becomes infected with Troy. But, when she touches Kiri, a seemingly ordinary boy, her seizures stop. Could he be the one!?
The storyline is interesting and has... See full review
Some manga-fans may know Mohiro Kitoh as the creator of 'Bokurano', an manga-series that puts a spin to the Super Robot-genre so utterly dark and nihilistic that it makes Evangelion (the godfather of genre-deconstructions in anime) look pleasant.
Many of Kitoh's works are similarly disturbing and depressing; but Zansho is an exception. It's by no means lighthearted; but the 7 stories featured in this collection combine insightful obervations on themes like regret and loss with a more bittersweet outlook on life and people as opposed to the oppressing nihilsm that normally permeates his... See full review
The character design is actually not great at all (although it does evolve throughout the series, just like the old garfield and new one, or the old simpson and new ones, still the same, but a little more refined), but it's the personalities and the story that make them feel alive anyway. There has been a 2 episode OVA on this manga as well, but sadly they never got any further than that.
I really would love to an anime of this as well.
Having had a phase myself when little children would just start crying at the sight of me, it is also really easy to crawl into the skin of kitano seiichirou. By... See full review
What starts out as an ordinary day in Japan turns into a complete contastrophe when, all of a sudden, the sky fills up with a blinding light that wipes away the memory of all those who see it. Over one million people are affected – children, teenagers, adults, evern the eldery are missing memories of their life (yet somehow still can speak Japanese). In response to this, the Japanese government starts shoving all the “Kidz” (the term used to describe the people who lost their memories, given to them to reflect their child-like thinking) into an underground society, under the assumption... See full review
I don't know how I was able to put off reading Iris Zero until now, but I'm glad I did. I followed it from the start until the 7th chapter and then something made me take a break, which come to be a long one. Quite conveniently so, because the 10th chapter begins the first long arc, and I sure am glad I didn't read it until its concluding chapter, the 20th, was out. There are some bad cliffhangers.
For me, Iris Zero is the rare kind of manga where every single page is an enjoyment on its own. The art is excellent (and thankfully the scans are good quality), every line of the dialogue feels... See full review
Story Very! Very! Sweet is about a young woman with a crush on her sister's boyfriend. Knowing they will never be together, she still doesn't feel like she'll find love. There's a boy that has a crush on her, but she doesn't return his feelings. So, the other side of the story (at least at start) is about a rebellious boy from Japan (the majority of the story takes place in South Korea) that discovers that he has ancestry ties to Korea, and his grandfather fears that he has become too influenced by Japanese culture. This boy (Tsuyoshi) is then sent to South Korea, with his grandfather hoping that he'll get... See full review
Alright, so this manga was made by Aya Nakahara, the mangaka possibly best known for Love★Com. In a similar vein to Love★Com, this collection of short stories (to put it basically) is about high school romance, and it has similar humor. Story The story is made up of four stand alone stories about a high school 'prince', each being particularly popular among female students. One particular female student is focused on in each story, and romance blossoms (this is a shoujo, afterall). Each prince seems to be the stereotypical bishounen from the average reverse harem shoujo. You've got your... See full review
Story: Slice-of-Life with drama, romance and comedy with the perfect amount of each. It has drama and excitement that makes you want to keep reading it but it never becomes a soap opera. It has realistic touch but has plenty of heart-warming/breaking and hilarious moments throughout the series. It's deep and really makes you think about love and life. I have little bad to say about it other than the fact that's over. However, the ending was terrific. It feels final without leaving a huge amount of questions unanswered. It also doesn't accelerate toward the end but keeps the same pace it's had since the... See full review
This series is just....phwaaa.....creepy. It's like a detective story, mixed with a slasher film, with an awesome ending. Like I said in my Ibitsu review, Goth has that really Japanese story-telling feel. It flows so smoothly, it hits no snags, it's great. The art...well, I've never seen more graphically drawn gore. Creativity is it's main component though. The originality amazes me. I would highly suggest this manga for anyone who enjoys...well, manga. It's for everyone!See full review
Brutal, disturbing, and funny. Ichi the Killer is a manga that will make you wonder if you should be disgusted or fascinated. The story is brilliant, told from a two-point perspective, and plays out like a detective story. A very, very violent detective story. Now, gore and violence doesn't usually bother me, but this series made me cringe big time. It's not how violent they get, but it's the way they it's committed and shown. Like a papercut, it's worse than a regular wound. The art is decent enough, but the characters are very interesting and unique. Only negative thing I can say is that the ending... See full review
Franken Fran is definetly one of my favorite mangas. It's funny, twisted, and just absolutely delightful if you like black comedy. The story has no definite plot, a plus in my opinion, because lots of mangas get do divulged in their plots, the originality and flavor of it is lost. The humor varies, outrageous at times, subtle at others, but always good. As for gore, if you have a problem standing black-and-white gore that is drawn, then you will not be too crazy about reading this. All-in-all, it's worth reading. I'm so glad I found out about it, and I bet you will be too.See full review
Ibitsu is a manga that has such a good story, I'm very surprised it didn't have a novel before it. It is very creative, has great art, and wonderfully creepy. It gives you a reason to be afraid of lolitas. It also has a truly japanese feeling way of telling its story. It flows evenly, doesn't drag, and keeps enough suspense hanging. You can see the structure, see all the mangaka's intentions, it's almost like reading a movie in manga form. It's what a contemporary horror should be.See full review
I learned about March Story from the magazine Otaku USA a few months ago and decided to pick it up.
First of all, the art is simply sublime. It's really detailed and graceful, with a luxurious use of black. It just makes you want to reach out and touch it; even all the gore is drawn beautifully. If a lot more mangas where drawn by this guy, the world would be a better place. So of course I give the art a 10/10, heck, let's give it an 11/10!
The plot isn't all that original. Those of you familiar with D.Gray-Man will probably pick up on the similarities between the two. But it is... See full review
When I go for a horror manga that deals with survival, I expect:
2. A satisfying conclusion
3. Violence and blood (Optional but appreciated, not a dealbreaker)
I for one, am a sucker for suspense. If there's an inkling of it, I'm in and am probably all caught up in it while others are shaking their heads. This has done it for me in the suspense department and it had enough to make me want to continue on in one sitting. You got your mystery to go along with it; the disappearances, the lack of trust and a sense of something deeper. There's always a... See full review
Story: I've seen the "single parent suddenly get child" concept done several times in different mediums. However, Usagi Drop does it but with completely different feel. It has two major timelines. The first timeline is mostly slice of life. There is drama but nothing like soap opera. It's mainly Daikichi figuring how to make a family with Rin and the moments and feelings that unfold. The second timeline is more dramatic. However, neither become like soap opera which is nice. I will admit that I have a preference for the first timeline but the second is still good. Although this is a slice-and-life... See full review
Fullmetal Alchemist, not only one of the greatest animes (no, i haven't seen, neither do i plan to see the 'Brotherhood' remake), but also one of the greatest mangas to grace my shelves. I've been looking forward to this. Art: Absolutely sublime, the character design is beyond comparison, literally, there are no two characters that look the same, yet also look believable. The backdrops are just stunning, the towns and cities well planned like a real city, it needs to be seen to be believed, just amazing. My main comparison would be with Akira, though the character design is a completely different style... See full review
In 2006 a game was released for the Xbox 360 that surprised quite a few gamers with its uninspired game play, poor level design and terrible dialogue. After receiving largely negative reviews from both critics and gamers, Bullet Witch quickly sank into obscurity and poor sales have thankfully prevented a sequel from being made. What many people didn't realise was that the game took a great deal of inspiration for its main character from a manga by Katakura Masanori that began serialisation in Monthly Shounen Jump four years earlier. So how does Mahou Tsukai Kurohime compare to a game that received... See full review
in this manga young rahzel is kicked out of her house to go on an adventure/travel 1 problem she needs to find a traveling partner she wasts no time in finding the best bishounen that she can even if he is 24 and really grouchy but he is nice too and his name is alzeido she also has one more companion and he is a very lechoures man named heat who has his eyes set on rahzel and so they set off it seems to be very upbeat but a bit morbid and as the story grows it becomes darker and a mystory from the eyes of all the charicters as bits and peices can you figure it outSee full review
A adorable, sweet, funny manga about a innocent incubi who isn't very good with magic and a stong black magic using human. The story show growth between the two characters and how their realtionship grows, without feeling rushed. It has slight action so its not all frills and love and I felt that it was balanced. The cast of charcters really help our Harlem, the incubi familiar, grow and learn about the human world. If you want a sweet light hearted yaoi this is a definite pick.See full review
It is a very good manga for people who like this kind of thing Gender Bender and comedy. But it's biggest selling points have to be the characters and the more Cutesy/fun feel it brings. Because a lot of the mangas like this usually follow the same events that preceed the character bcoming a girl or boy. But Asuka Hybrid brings its own twist into it with how they are looking for the mage girl that turned Asuka into a girl, while his crossdressing roomate helps only to get closer to him and do who knows what after hes a guy again hehe. But Theres also the predicament that brought him too is how he lloked... See full review
This manga is about a deliquent boy which has been biten by a vampire and turned into one himself.Unfortunally he occasionally change gender and his other nature comes out which want to kill all high class vampires.Protagonist discovers later that its his mother which sealed herself inside him and she wants revenge on main clan of vampires cause one of them killed her lover cause he wanted her for himself.Main character is boring and hes like "if not him , then i can die" , its realy annoying that he cant face reality.If he....well she will make oath with vampire her mother probably will get her... See full review
Takahiro is the adopted son and secretary of an important Japanese politician. Already uneasy about his position in the eyes of his disapproving father, it doesn't help when Takahiro gets himself kidnapped by American gangsters. While his captors wait for the ransom demand to be met, Takahiro has to while away the days under the watchful eyes of his assigned guard, Jack. As the days turn into weeks, something like friendship develops between them. But will it lead to more...?See full review
This is about a brother with a strong case of a sister complex and the sister with an even stronger case of a brother complex who knew all about her brother and tries to manipulate the outcome for them to be together no matter what it takes. If you like KissxSis you will most likely like this.See full review
Ah, the Rosario + Vampire manga... this was the first series I actually kept up with and finished reading almost as quickly as the chapers were translated. I'm really pretty glad this was my first impression of the anime world, so here's my review! Story is... for the beginning the same as the anime. read my review of that if you want to know. Story follows a basic monter-of-the-week format up untill about chapter 4, which brings the Witch's Knoll arc, Ikeda's experimental first steps in turning his light harem comedy into a full blown shonen manga. From there the series keeps getting darker and edgier... See full review
Akumetsu is about a high school student, shou, becoming the notorious Akumetsu who kills corrupt politians (Note: at this point Japan owes a huge debt) somehow following a firm "one man, one kill" policy. But after commiting the act, he is still alive the next day. How? Most of the time, you are in awe at what shou is doing, but sometimes you don't completly understand what he is talking about. Sometimes the scenes talk a loooot about politics. Somewhat difficult to follow at times as well. Although i would say Akumetsu is an epic manga, it tends to get repetative some where in the middle. He... See full review
This is like the best yaoi manga's ever that i have read recently i luv that in this manga it doesn't leave you hanging with an ending that could go either way it's a must read its cute and funny i luved it the characters were the best i luv their killer personality since im a fan of blood and weapons you should read it at mangafox it has 13 chapter's so make sure if you cant or dont go on mangafox that what ever website you go on have all 13 chapters THE STORY IS REALLY AWESOME!!!!!See full review