Reviews

Manga Review – Maid-sama!

Maid-sama! Volume 1

Maid-sama!
会長はメイド様! (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!)
FUJIWARA Hiro
Shoujo – Comedy, romance
9 Omnibuses (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Misaki is known as the man-hating Demon President of Seika High. But this “demon” has a secret: she works at a maid café! What will happen to her now that the only person who can match — and surpass — Misaki’s brains and brawn discovers her secret? (more…)

Manga Review – Hatsune Miku: Acute

Hatsune Miku: Acute

Hatsune Miku: Acute
Acute
KurousaP / WhiteFlame (original song), ASAHINA Shiori (art)
Shoujo – Drama, romance, tragedy
1 Volume (complete)
Dark Horse

Summary:

Miku, Luka, and Kaito were the best of friends. When the girls realized they both liked Kaito, the two swore to never their feelings to him. But as Kaito and Luka head off the college, Miku feels increasingly left behind. When emotions burn like fireworks, what will happen at the end of this twisted love story?

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Manga Review – Zodiac P.I.

Zodiac P.I. Volume 1

Zodiac P.I.
十二宮でつかまえて (Juunikyuu de Tsukamaete)
ANDO Natsumi
Shoujo – Comedy, fantasy, magical girl, mystery, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out-of-print

Summary:

Lili comes from a family of astrologers, and she intends to continue the family business. But reading the future isn’t the only thing passed on to her: Lili possesses a special ring that can be used to contact the spirits of the zodiac. With the help of the ring, Lili solves cases as the legendary detective Spica. But Spica may find out she has a rival or two!

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Manga Review – He’s My Only Vampire [Redux]

He's My Only Vampire Volume 1

He’s My Only Vampire
純血+彼氏 (Junketsu + Kareshi)
SHOUOTO Aya
Shoujo – Action, drama, horror, romance, supernatural
10 Volumes (complete)
Yen Press

Summary:

After a certain incident, Kana had to give up doing track-and-field. Still trying to find something to replace that part of her life, Kana suddenly spots someone who looks eerily like someone she knew, someone whom she thought was gone forever. Before their reunion can take place, Kana jumps in to save a girl and may now lose her own life…

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Manga Review – Kaze Hikaru

Kaze Hikaru
風光る
WATANABE Taeko
Josei – Drama, gender bender, historical, romance, war
25 Volumes (ongoing) of 40 Volumes (ongoing)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Japan, 1860s. As certain domains push against the shogun and clamor for a rebellion, a group known as the Mibu-Roshi fight on behalf of the shogunate. A new member joins this group in admiration, but the captains all seem to be goofs, leches, and drunks! But one leader is about to discover a big secret: the promising new recruit is actually a girl!

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Manga Review – Alice 19th

Alice 19th
ありす19th
WATASE Yuu
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, fantasy, magical girl, psychological, romance
6 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Alice lives in the shadow of her older sister, Mayura. In fact, Alice keeps her feelings to herself, which is why she would never have the nerve to admit she likes Mayura’s friend Kyô. But after encountering a mysterious rabbit, Alice is about to learn how powerful words can be — for better or for worse…

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Manga Review – School Judgment: Gakkyu Hotei

School Judgment: Gakkyu Hotei 1

School Judgment: Gakkyu Hotei
学糾法廷
ENOKI Nobuaki (story), OBATA Takeshi (art)
Shounen – Comedy, drama, mystery
3 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

To help solve the educational crisis, Japan has set up the School Judgment System. Whenever a crime or a problem happens at a school, two transfer students take on the roles of prosecutor and defense attorney. But perhaps the only thing more mysterious than the mysteries are the two lawyers themselves…

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Manga Review – Servant × Service

Servant x Service Volume / Omnibus 1

Servant × Service
サーバント×サービス
TAKATSU Karino
Seinen – 4-koma, comedy, romance, slice-of-life
4 Volumes / 2 Omnibuses (complete)
Yen Press

Summary:

The health and welfare department has three unusual new hires. One is a flirty layabout, one doesn’t like to reveal her name, and the other is a senior citizen magnet. Throw in a cosplaying temp, an insecure supervisor, and a mysterious section chief, and you have to wonder: are these employees working hard or hardly working?

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Light Novel Review – Hot Gimmick S

Hot Gimmick S

Hot Gimmick
ホットギミック
NISHIZAKI Megumi (story), AIHARA Miki (original concept)
Shoujo – Drama, reverse harem, romance, mature
1 Volume (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

With her love life in a mess, Hatsumi runs to the one person she has always counted on: Shinogu. But learning Shinogu was adopted was a secondary shock to the revelation he’s been in love with her for years. Shinogu wants to leave the Narita family, but Hatsumi doesn’t want him to go away. But does she want to stay by his side as his sister or something more?

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