Category Archives: contemporary

Blue Flag 3 by Kaito

Those looking for an example of storytelling meeting illustration perfection will find it all here in the Blue Flag series. From emotive panels to subtle illustrations and dialogue, this manga remains consistent from the first volume to the end of … Continue reading

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Toritan Birds of a Feather 1 by Kotetsuko Yamamoto

Toritan is a cute style manga with clean illustration work and about what you would expect from this genre. There are lots of misunderstandings, secret confessions, and a sweet main character blithely going through life. The plot is very easy … Continue reading

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Rent A Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Rent A Boyfriend is a very well written book that explores Taiwanese identity in America through a wonderful romance. The book is nuanced and filled with characters that are relatable for their fallacies and contradictions. The personalities of both main … Continue reading

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The Friend Scheme by Cale Dietrich

While this was better than Dietrich’s debut effort, I had a hard time with the amount of suspension of disbelief needed to justify the plot as well as yet again, more weak characterization and world building. Most of the book … Continue reading

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Koimonogatari: Love Stories, Vol. 1 by Tohru Tagura

If you like text-heavy manga where people ponder everything from life to how fast a blade of grass grows, then this is the book for you. Who knew boys spend all day thinking about their friends and wondering about the … Continue reading

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Love Me, Love Me Not by Io Sakisaka

Volume 2 introduces the last part of the quadrangle (Inui) and now sets up the scene for the rest of the series. You have step brother and sister, sister’s best friend, and then another male friend. Step brother loves sister, … Continue reading

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How Do We Relationship Volume 1 by Tamifull

A lot of the problem I had with this manga was explained at the end by the author: Tamifull wanted to do a story about what happens after the protagonists get together and to explore the issues that result at … Continue reading

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