Reviews

Manga Review – Until Death Do Us Part [Redux]

Until Death Do Us Part
死がふたりを分かつまで (Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made)
TAKASHIGE Hiroshi (Story), DOUBLE-S (Art)
Seinen – Action, mature, sci-fi, war
13 Omnibuses (complete)
Yen Press

Summary:

A girl suddenly begs for help from a blind man. Mamoru, a member of a vigilante group who is always itching for a fight, agrees to be hired. But he is taken aback when Haruka proclaims their contract is “until death do us part”! Why? And in a world threatened by terrorists and corrupt governments, how long will this contract really last?

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Game Review – Uta no Prince-sama Amazing Aria & Sweet Serenade LOVE

Uta no Prince-sama Amazing Aria & Sweet Serenade LOVE

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Amazing Aria & Sweet Serenade LOVE
うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ Amazing Aria & Sweet Serenade LOVE
Otome game
Broccoli / Nippon Ichi Software
PS Vita

Summary:

Despite relationships being forbidden, Haruka and her partner have gotten tentative approval to date. But as the two of them take their first steps into stardom, can they prove that they aren’t just a one-hit wonder? And will their relationship stand up to new challenges?

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Manga Review – Chi’s Sweet Home

Chi's Sweet Home Volume 1

Chi’s Sweet Home
チーズスイートホーム
KONAMI Kanata
Seinen – Comedy, slice-of-life
12 Volumes / 4 Omnibuses (complete)
Vertical, Inc.

Summary:

Chi, a young kitten, gets separated from her mother. Just when all hope seems lost, she meets a young boy and his mother. They temporarily rescue Chi as they try to find a home for the little cat. Although Chi wants to find her mama and the Yamada family’s apartment doesn’t allow pets, is it possible they can make a new home together?

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Manga Review – Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Kiss Volume 1

Kamisama Kiss
神様はじめました (Kami-sama Hajimemashita)
SUZUKI Julietta
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, fantasy, reverse harem, romance, supernatural
25 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

High school student Nanami suddenly finds herself broke and alone. Lost and homeless, she ends up saving a stranger who offers her a home. With no place else to go, she arrives only to discover his house is actually a shrine — being run by a man with fox ears?!

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Game Review – Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms
薄桜鬼 真改 華ノ章 (Hakuoki Shinkai Hana no Shou)
Otome game
Otomate / Idea Factory
PS Vita / PC

Summary:

Japan, 1868. After several years, Chizuru finally returns to her hometown. It’s hardly a happy homecoming: war has broken out, allies have fallen, and the things she’s learned while in Kyoto have shaken her to the core. But despite the growing despair that her once-happy life is gone forever, Chizuru clings to the growing feelings for one particular man…

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Manga Review – Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring Volume 1

Waiting for Spring
春待つ僕ら (Haru Matsu Bokura)
Anashin
Shoujo – Reverse harem, romance, slice-of-life, sports
5 Volumes (ongoing) of 9 Volumes (ongoing)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Mitsuki hasn’t made any friends at school, but she wasn’t always friendless. Her time with the basketball-loving Aya was so precious to her that Mitsuki found a job at a cafe near the court where they hung out. But will her special haven be ruined when the four most popular boys at school start hanging out at her workplace?

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Manga Review – Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
HIKOKUBO Masahiro (story), SATO Masashi (art)
Shounen – Action, fantasy, sports
9 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Yusei and Sect spend their days playing and practicing Turbo Dueling, the latest form of Duel Monsters. But as a major tournament approaches, strange things start to happen. Will Yusei figure out the true goal of these championship matches? Is it possible to defeat the current King of Turbo Duelists? And why is Sect acting so oddly?

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Game Review – Uta no Prince-sama Shining Live

Uta no Prince-sama Shining Live

Uta noPrince-sama Shining Live
UtanoPrincesama Shining Live
うたのプリンスさまっ Shining Live
Rhythm/simulation
KLabGames / Broccoli
iOS /Android

Summary:

Help train and lead the members of STRISH and QUARTET NIGHT to stardom! Collect cards to raise their ability levels, match the music to the beat, and watch as the top idols of Shining Agency interact.

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Manga Review – Helvetica Standard

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Helvetica Standard
ヘルベチカスタンダード
ARAWI Keiichi
Shounen – Comedy, supernatural
2 Volumes (complete)
Vertical, Inc.

Summary:

Life is hardly ordinary. Whether in Tokisadame or in the real world, strange things — and strange people — are always around us. But if you don’t want to learn about the life of one man in particular, you could always check in on Yuuko, Nano, and all of their friends!

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Manga Review – Nichijou: My Ordinary Life

Nichijou Volume 1

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life
日常
ARAWI Keiichi
Shounen – Comedy, sci-fi
10 Volumes (complete)
Vertical, Inc.

Summary:

A robot who is trying to hide her true identity. Her child creator. An energetic idiot. A deadpan girl. A closet yaoi fan. A farmer’s son who acts like a rich boy. A girl with heavy artillery. A talking cat. This is a story about an ordinary town and its ordinary school and its ordinary students.

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