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Manga Review – As The Gods Will: The Second Series

As the Gods Will: The Second Series Volume 1

As The Gods Will: The Second Series
神さまの言うとおり弐 (Kami-sama no Iu Toori Ni)
KANESHIRO Muneyuki (story), FUJIMURA Akeji (art)
Shounen – Horror, mature, supernatural
15 Volumes of 21 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Third year of high school. It’s a time most students prepare to either go on to college or enter the workforce. But two best friends end up in an argument over whether to chase after their childhood dreams of becoming soccer pros. Their mutual friends urge them to make up, but the day where they can hang out together again may never come, as they soon find themselves in another type of fight: a game to the death!

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Manga Review – Aoba-kun’s Confessions

Aoba-kun's Confessions Volume 1

Aoba-kun’s Confessions
青葉くんに聞きたいこと (Aoba-kun ni Kikitai Koto)
TOYAMA Ema
Shoujo – Drama, romance, sports
5 Volumes of 8 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Mayo is ready to start her new part-time job of listening to people’s complaints and worries. But she’s surprised when her first customer is the guy she admires! He’s popular and so good at basketball that he was made a starter —  what kind of problems could he possibly have? Mayo is just supposed to listen, but she can’t help but wanting to learn more about Aoba and his personal issues.

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Manga Review – All-Rounder Meguru

All-Rounder Meguru Volume 1

All-Rounder Meguru
オールラウンダー廻
ENDO Hiroki
Seinen – Sports
5 Volumes of 19 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Meguru and Takashi were friends who trained at the same dojo, but Meguru had to move away. Years later, he is happily surprised when his first mixed martial arts bout is against his old buddy, Takashi. However, Takashi is hardly interested in a touching reunion. Still, for the one who has no purpose in life and the other who has only one purpose in life, they may be forced to meet in the ring yet again.

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Manga Review – All-Out!!

All-Out!! Volume 1

All-Out!!
オールアウト!!
AMASE Shiori
Seinen – Sports
2 Volumes of 17 Volumes (ongoing)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

It’s the first day of the new school year, and students at Kanagawa High are teasing the new students: one because of his large height and apologetic nature, the other because he’s short. But there may be a sport where they both can shine — if only one knew how to play and the other could get over his past trauma!

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Manga Review – The Music of Marie

The Music of Marie

The Music of Marie
Marieの奏でる音楽 (Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku)
FURUYA Usamaru
Seinen – Drama, fantasy, mystery, psychological
1 Omnibus (complete)
One Peace Books
Review copy/copies

Summary:

In a land full of peace, Pipi has been crushing on her friend Kai, who is oblivious to her crush. As the years pass, their relationship hasn’t changed. Instead, Kai, with his elite sense of hearing, is spacing out more and more, staring up at the sky where the mechanical goddess Maries lives. Will Pipi’s feelings get across to him, or is there a deeper reason as to why Kai keeps thinking about Marie?

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Manga Review – After School!

After School! Volume 1

After School!
あふたーすくーる!
KASUGA Yasunori (story), Umiharu (art)
Webcomic – Adventure, mystery, sci-fi
2 Volumes (ongoing)
Manga Planet

Summary:

Like most students, Airi can’t wait for school to be over. For half an hour once classes are finished, she’s allowed to explore and play outdoors. Or perhaps it’d me more accurate to say, updoors. Long ago, nuclear war broke out and rendered most of the planet uninhabitable. Those 30 minutes are the only time Airi and her friends can enjoy being aboveground — and perhaps find out if nature is returning to this radiation-filled planet.

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Manga Review – Ace of the Diamond

Ace of the Diamond Volume 1

Ace of the Diamond
ダイヤのA (Daiya no Ace)
TERAJIMA Yuji
Shounen – Sports
7 Volumes of 47 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

At the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, middle schooler Eijun threw a wild pitch and ruined his team’s chances of making the baseball championship. But he still hopes that next year in high school, he can play again with all of his best friends . But when a scout from Tokyo invites him to tour her elite school, Eijun reluctantly goes. Once there, though, he can’t help but wanting to test his skills at this high-level battlefield.

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Manga Review – The Lion and the Bride

The Lion and the Bride Volume 1

The Lion and the Bride
ライオンと花嫁 (Lion to Hanayome)
SAKURANO Mika
Josei – Romance
3 Volumes (complete)
Media Do (Akita Publishing)

Summary:

Yua has a secret: she’s secretly dating her teacher, Ryo! He’s a kind, caring man, unlike the jerk who sits next to her in class who rudely turned down her friend. When Yua’s last remaining relative, her grandmother, passes away, Yua fears she’s going to be alone. But then Ryo proposes! Yua can’t help but look forward to her new status as a wife, but her husband has something to tell her…

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