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Blue Flag Volume 6 by Kaito

Volume 6 is the payoff to all that has happened in the previous volumes and definitely my favorite in this 8 volume series. Things come to a head as feelings can no longer be contained and there are several confessions … Continue reading

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Zom 100 Volume 10 by Kotaro Takata

More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog https://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/Zom 100 is a very tongue in cheek tale of an idealistic young guy who gets his dream job – only to find out it is soul sucking and has consumed his … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland Volume 18 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

This is the penultimate volume in the series, continuing the final arc that will complete in volume 20. There is a lot of soul searching in this novel as Emma and Ray try to save Norman despite Norman giving up … Continue reading

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Jealousy 3 by Scarlet Beriko

This series definitely has a lot going on for it – undercurrents and nuances that are easily missed on initial reading. All of the characters are flawed enough to be interesting and unlike so many books in this genre, there … Continue reading

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Blue Flag Volume 5 by Kaito

Each volume of Blue Flag has a main plot and a sub plot – the main plot forwarding the quadrangle aspects while the sub plot will focus around a theme. With 5, the focus is about how we deal with … Continue reading

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Requiem of The Rose King Volume 13 by Aya Kanno

With Volume 13, we get the culmination of all the plotting: Richard finally ascends the throne of England. The princes in the tower are quietly dispatched and power is consolidated. But the price has been steep as Richard continues to … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland 16 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

Wow that was one heck of a volume. So much hinted at in previous volumes comes to fruition in this action packed installment in The Promised Neverland series. All the characters have now assembled at the demon capitol, each with … Continue reading

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World Trigger 21 by Daisuke Ashihara

The last rank war is about to begin and Tamakoma need only 4 points to secure second place and the away mission position. But their opponents are tough: Ikoma, Ninomiya, and Yuba are all looking to get points as well. … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland 16 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

Honestly, it’s been impossible to figure out which direction this manga will go and it still puzzling even after 16 volumes. Now that a live action movie has been created (along with the anime series) I can only imagine how … Continue reading

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After The Revolution by Chiho Saito

This is a nice follow up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the series in Japan. The short stories take place several years after the events of Revolutionary Girl Utena and are closures of a sort for … Continue reading

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His Favorite Volume 11 by Suzuki Tanaka

This is still as cute as ever. It’s rare that a volume of His Favorite doesn’t elicit a chuckle now and again for the great situations Tanaka puts her characters into. With all the melodrama and angst in so many … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House 16 (conclusion)

Ah, the conclusion comes to this wonderful series. Yes, it is as full of pathos and beautiful moments as you would expect. It is also a bit different – with an ending you might not have expected. The art is … Continue reading

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Requiem of the Rose King 12 by Aya Kanno

I was always curious to see how Aya Kanno would interpret the “princes in the tower” aspect of Richard III’s story. There was such an interesting set of events leading up to Richard usurping the throne and certainly Kanno did … Continue reading

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Skip Beat 44 by Yoshiki Nakamura

For those who want more Kyoko and Ren scenes, this book has quite a few. Unfortunately, none furtherered the relationship and nearly the entire volume was about the repercussions of Ren’s return from Guam and finding Sho kissing Kyoko. Story: … Continue reading

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Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World 1 by Kubo Tite and Narita Ryohgo

This is first in a series of light novels (in this case, a novel taking place after the events of the manga/anime). As such, there are only a couple of rough sketches and it is mostly text. It does go … Continue reading

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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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Fushigi Yuugi Byakko Senki by Yuu Watase

For those who have read the Fushigi Yuugi series in the past, you know that there are four gods in Chinese tradition that correspond to the NSEW compass points: Suzaku, Seiryu, Genbu, and Byakko. With the first Fushigi Yuugi series … Continue reading

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Hell’s Paradise Jigokuraku by Yuji Kaku

This series continues to impress – creepy, atmospheric, strong characterizations, and a story that you really don’t know where it will go. Although the focus on the first book was the pairing of Gabimaru and Sagiri, we are also given … 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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Maison Ikkoku 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi’s second foray into a long-running series (after Urusei Yatsura) is a wonderful and amusing adult-oriented story about a group of oddballs at an apartment house. Although written in 1980 (and with some very 1970s funky looks going on … Continue reading

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