Reviews

Manga Review – Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 1

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
昭和元禄落語心中
KUMOTA Haruko
Josei – Comedy, drama, historical, romance, slice-of-life, supernatural
10 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

A recent parolee has only one goal: to be trained in the art of Japanese storytelling under a certain master, one who has never had an apprentice before. Yakumo, considered the last of the greats, shockingly agrees. But this still doesn’t mean smooth sailing for Yotaro: Yakumo treats him like a pet, the young lady Yakumo looks after resents both of them, and mastering the art is tricker than Yotaro thought.

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Manga Review – Whose Fault is this Sleepless Night?

Whose Fault is this Sleepless Night? / Sleepless Nights

Whose Fault is this Sleepless Night?
Sleepless Nights
MURAKAMI Sachi
Boys’ Love – Romance, smut
1 Volume (complete)
Media Do (Nihonbungeisha) / Digital Manga Publishing

Summary:

Miyabi’s workplace is a known pick-up spot for gay men. Miyabi asks one young man to hurry up and leave, but he wants Miyabi! Miyabi is shocked, as he’s not gay, but he agrees to go with the handsome guy… The next day, Miyabi is trying to mentally downplay the encounter, but the two meet again unexpectedly!

Warning: this review is of a series that is recommended for ages 18+ and is not safe for work!

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Manga Review – Stepping on Roses

Stepping on Roses Volume 1

Stepping on Roses
裸足でバラを踏め (Hadashi de Bara wo Fume)
UEDA Rinko
Shoujo – Drama, historical, romance
9 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Japan, late 1800s. Sumi tries her best to care for orphans her brother brings home. But Eisuke keeps losing money gambling! When one of the kids gets sick, Sumi feels hopeless. A kind stranger gives her money, but she soon needs more. Then another man enters Sumi’s life and makes a demand: marry him but never love him.

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Manga Review – Halloween Pajama

Halloween Pajama Doujin Manga

Halloween Pajama
ハロウィン・パジャマ
IRIE Yasuhiro
Action, drama, magical girl
1 Volume (complete)

Summary:

Ran is constantly having the same dream: floating upside-down above a city. One night, she decides to float down to the city, where’s she’s promptly attacked by ghosts! A larger ghost with legs saves her, but he give her a mission: fight evil spirits until Hallows’ Eve as the new Halloween Pajama!

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Album Review – Hakuoki Opening Best

Hakuoki Opening Best ~Kakyou Shuu~

Hakuoki Opening Best
Game “Hakuoki” Opening Best ~Vocal Collection~
ゲーム「薄桜鬼」 オープニングベスト ~歌響集~ (Game “Hakuoki” Opening Best ~Kakyou Shuu~)
YOSHIOKA Aika, mao
30 Tracks
Team Entertainment

Summary:

The theme songs of the Hakuoki series — from the original PS2 game to the PS4 port of the remake — are gathered together in one collection.

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Manga Review – The Bride & the Exorcist Knight

The Bride & the Exorcist Knight Volume 1

The Bride & the Exorcist Knight
花嫁と祓魔の騎士(エクソシスト)  (Hanayome to Futsuma no Kishi [Exorcist])
ISHIHARA Keiko
Shoujo – Romance, shotacon, supernatural
4 Volumes (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

It’s the day that has been long foretold to Anne: her 17th birthday. It’s the day the Demon Lord Mephisto has come to spirit her away and make her his bride. But as she’s being captured, she’s suddenly rescued by a young exorcist… and he wants Anne to become his bride?! Anne has no intention of marrying him, but Haru may be the only person capable of protecting her from Mephisto.

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Manga Review – Midday Moon

Midday Moon Manga

Midday Moon
極夜 (Kyokuya)
MONZEN Yayohi
Boys’ Love – Fantasy, romance, smut
1 Volume (complete)
Media Do (Printemps Publishing)

Summary:

All inns have visitors, but at Amano’s workplace, they don’t just house normal guests: spirits and deities come to relax from their eternal existence. Amano is put in charge of serving their latest guest: the king of the everlasting world, Tsukuyomi. Amano is taken aback when he sees Tsukuyomi’s face, as the king looks like his old friend. But there’s no way Tsukuyomi could be connected to Amano’s missing friend, right?

Warning: this review is of a series that is recommended for ages 18+ and is not safe for work!

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