Category Archives: contemporary

Grand Passion by James Robinson, Tom Feister

British takes on American noir can be suspicious: one only has to go to Kenneth Branagh’s main protagonist in the movie Dead Again (and the perpetually wrinkled suit wearing laconic protagonist who was an amalgam of everyman in the USA) … Continue reading

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Maid-Sama! Volume 9 by Hiro Fujiwara

Volume 9 brings the series to a close with some sweet moments and a very “Maid-Sama!” ending. Fujiwara stayed fairly consistent throughout this long series and didn’t sidetrack into the minor character lives too often, keeping the story focused on … Continue reading

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Sweet Blue Flowers Volume 1 by Takako Shimura

Sweet Blue Flowers is a gentle slice of life following two main characters: Fumi (shy, emotional) and Akira (outgoing, kind). The girls were friends in kindergarten, separated for 12 years, and have had the opportunity to meet again thanks to … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Getting Married volume 6 by Izumi Miyazono

With Everyone’s Getting Married 6, most of the conflict in the story comes down to Asuka’s colleague Kamiya not giving up on her yet. Asuka and Ryu are firmly committed, of course, but her family is curious why she never … Continue reading

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The Anonymous Noise 4 by Ryoko Fukuyama

With volume 4, we finally have the full stage set for the conflicts to come in this tale of unrequited loves. Momo refuses to admit what he feels for Alice, Yuzu admits what he feels for Alice and is rejected, … Continue reading

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Skip Beat 39 by Yoshiki Nakamura

Skip Beat 39 finishes the backstory of Kyoko’s mother, Sanae, and why the two have had such a complicated relationship. Some readers will forgive what her mother did and others will likely always dislike her – but author Nakamura does … Continue reading

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Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata

Any worry that Ohba wouldn’t be able to follow up on the complex storylining and tense drama of Death Note need not worry – by volume 3 it is clear that this is going to be just nailbiting a psychological … Continue reading

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