Category Archives: romance

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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Shine by Jessica Jung

Although promising a lot of inside info about the K-Pop industry, Shine skirts any kind of heavy-hitting commentary in favor of a few thoughts on gender inequality, the pressure of big business on the young hopefuls, and examples of how … 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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Therapy Game Volume 1 by Meguru Hinohara

The story didn’t catch me at first – we get dumped right into the protagonists’ first night together and then take a step back to focus more on characterization. The artwork is solid and conveys the thoughts nicely, though there … Continue reading

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Recipe For Persuasion by Sonali Dev

I went into this book not knowing it was second in the series but did not feel lost at all. This is a self contained story of one of the Rajes and while likely the book would have had more … Continue reading

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Siri, Who Am I by Sam Tschida

First and foremost, go into this knowing it is a tongue-in-cheek satire. As superficial as the Southern California milieu in which it is set, the book is at turns light and then ascerbic as it skews a lifestyle that is … Continue reading

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