Category Archives: contemporary

Trash volume 1 by Sanami Matoh

Trash is an unfinished series by the author of Fake. Taking a cue from Get Backers, we have a motley assortment of characters doing odd jobs. It’s your typical criminals with a heart of gold but the writing is solid … Continue reading

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Bus Gamer by Kazuya Minekura

Bus Gamer (Bus = Biz) is a fun and action-packed thriller of three young guys caught up in a strange corporate espionage game. The art is solid (though the boys sure do dress swanky for losers desperate for money) and … Continue reading

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Jormungand Volume 2 by Keitaro Takahashi

Now that I’ve finished volume 2, it is clear where this will go. Takahashi establishes some interesting mystery behind Koko’s arms dealer group and Jonah is discovered to have a secret history with Koko that will provide further drama. But … Continue reading

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Forbidden Dance Volume 2 by Hinako Ashihara

So…. what to do with a plot when your heroine triumphs and wins the big event to make her guy notice her? Add in a rival, of course! And a perfect one as well – the elusive European who speaks … Continue reading

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Forbidden Dance Volume 1 by Hinato Ashihara

In 2018, when this review is written, titles such as this can feel very dated. The artwork is very shoujo 1990s and can be hard to like at times with the era’s huge foreheads and small faces. As well, we … Continue reading

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Category Freaks by Gokurakuin Sakurako

Mangaka Gokurakuin is mostly known for her illustration work rather than her storytelling skills. Juvenile Orion series broke her out with its beautifully drawn characters but the plot was honestly silly and pedantic. With Category Freaks, she attempts to write … Continue reading

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Valentine Book 1 by Vanyda

This was a hard nut to crack – very little happens and we are pretty much a fly on the wall of a quiet and reserved teen girl who is navigating friendships, booze, sex, and boys. That sentence makes the … Continue reading

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