Category Archives: manga

Hanger Manga Volume 1 by Hirotaka Kisaragi

This feels recycled from so many BL manga: good hearted but innocent young guy gets partnered with hunky alpha male and they are forced to work together where one falls for the other. Both have secrets, both will be targets … Continue reading

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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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Vampire Knight Memories Volume 2 by Matsuri Hino

I don’t think fans of the series will mind that these short stories are more vignettes than tale; there’s enough in here to see how the characters have grown and how their lives went after the ending of the manga … 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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Black Torch Volume 1 by Tsuyoshi Takaki

Yes, we’ve seen this story before: boy gets possessed by something [insert supernatural entity here: yokai, demon, angel, satan, evil spirit, etc. etc.] and gains extra powers. He’s recruited by secret organization with iffy roots, and he goes out and … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland Volume 5 by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu

The Promised Neverland continues to be a fascinating read as the kids are now outside and facing new perils. I had worried the series would be about constantly scheming to get out but never actually leave the orphanage. Fortunately, with … Continue reading

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