Category Archives: contemporary

Karate Heat volume 1 by Eiichi Kitano

Perhaps I have become a bit jaded with sports manga over the years because this felt like every other book in the genre: energetic happy kid with good heart has a natural affinity for a sport but has some impediments … Continue reading

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Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura

A Tokyo version of Sex in the City is perhaps the best indicator of what you will find in this manga. Three women, all in their early 30s, realize they are getting old and may miss their chance to find … Continue reading

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Social Intercourse by Greg Howard

I was curious as to how others were receiving this book and came across one review that noted you might feel like you need a shower after this book. And I have to agree – this definitely looks like it … Continue reading

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Shortcake Cake volume 1 by Suu Morishita

I had a hard time with Shortcake Cake simply because I have rarely seen more wooden characters. Our protagonist is like a clueless mannequin walking among people but never really giving any semblance of being an actual living person. This … Continue reading

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That Blue Sky Feeling by Okura and Coma Hashii

That Blue Sky Feeling should be fairly popular – it has a sweet, slow burn type of romance that is somewhat rare in a lot of manga in this genre. But at the same time, both main characters are very … Continue reading

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I can see why Geekerella was so beloved upon release in 2017 – it is a charming remake of the fairy tale with an appropriate modern flavor. Relatable (if not very realistic) main leads make you want to root for … Continue reading

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Kenka Bancho Otome by Chie Shimada

By this second volume, I had hoped for something to really distinguish this manga from similar (but much better) titles like HanaKimi. I enjoy the premise (cross dressing/pretending to be a boy at an all-boys school) but here we have … Continue reading

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