Reviews

Manga Review – Kigurumi Guardians

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Kigurumi Guardians
きぐるみ防衛隊 (Kigurumi Bouei-tai)
HOSHINO Lily
Shoujo – Comedy, fantasy, magical girl, romance
3 Volumes (hiatus)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Hakka is an ordinary girl, spending her days crushing on the student body president, Chigaya. But that peace is shattered when she finds a strange being in an animal suit in her house! Hakka learns she’s not the only one with a sudden mascot partner, and Chigaya informs the three that they are chosen warriors who must work together to fight aliens!

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Manga Review – Mistress Fortune

Mistress Fortune

Mistress Fortune
絶対覚醒天使ミストレス☆フォーチュン (Zettai Kakusei Tenshi Mistress ☆ Fortune)
TANEMURA Arina
Shoujo – Comedy, magical girl, romance
1 Volume (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Kisaki and Giniro make up the team of psychics known as Mistress Fortune. Their mission? To battle aliens! Kisaki is in love with the more experienced Giniro, but their secret organization doesn’t even allow agents to exchange personal information. Plus he only seems interested in her chest! Will Kisaki’s feelings ever reach Giniro?

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Light Novel Review – No Game No Life

No Game No Life Light Novel Volume 1

No Game No Life
ノーゲーム・ノーライフ
KAMIYA Yuu
Seinen – Adventure, comedy, ecchi, fantasy, harem, isekai
8 Volumes (ongoing) of 10 Volumes (ongoing)
Yen Press

Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Sora and eleven-year-old Shiro are legendary expert gamers, but they’re also societal shut-ins. After beating a mysterious challenger in chess, the siblings are summoned to Disboard, a land where games decide everything. Is this land perfect for Sora and Shiro, or will all the other races finally defeat them — and humanity at large?

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Manga Review – Kiniro Mosaic

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Kiniro Mosaic
きんいろモザイク
HARA Yui
Seinen – 4-koma, comedy, girls’ love, slice-of-life
9 Volumes (ongoing)
Yen Press

Summary:

Shinobu loves English culture, even staying with an English family for a time. There she met Alice, a girl her age who loves Japan. Well, now Alice is coming to stay with Shinobu. With an English-crazy Japanese girl, a Japanese-crazy English girl, and their friends, there may be some cultural barriers, but no one can break their bonds!

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Manga Review – Mink

Mink Volume 1

Mink
電脳少女(サイバーアイドル)☆Mink (Cyber Idol Mink)
TACHIKAWA Megumi
Shoujo – Comedy, magical girl, romance, sci-fi
6 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out-of-print

Summary:

Mink is excited to buy the debut album of her favorite singer. But a simple trip to the store goes off-track: not only does a strange boy save her from a falling display, but the album she buys turns out to be computer software. Her friends install it and jokingly create an idol persona for Mink, but she transforms into her digital alter ego — and winds up on TV!

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Manga Review – Everyone’s Getting Married [Redux]

Everyone's Getting Married Volume 1

Everyone’s Getting Married
突然ですが、明日結婚します (Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu)
MIYAZONO Izumi
Josei – Mature, romance slice-of-life
9 Volumes (completed)
Viz Media

Summary:

Asuka works hard at her job, but she dreams of being a homemaker. After dating her boyfriend for five years, a proposal is surely around the corner. Instead of a ring, Asuka gets dumped! As she tries to move on, her work and social life causes her to keep bumping into a popular television announcer. But while Ryu expresses interest in Asuka, he’s definitely not her type — after all, he never wants to get married!

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Album Review – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute
美少女戦士セーラームーン THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TRIBUTE (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute)
Various Artists
11 Tracks
King Records (Evil Line Records)

Summary:

Featuring classic songs and new hits as well as some returning artists, once again, songs from the Sailor Moon franchise are revisited and redone.

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Album Review – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute
美少女戦士セーラームーン THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TRIBUTE (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute)
Various Artists
11 Tracks
King Records

Summary:

Some of Japan’s musical talent — including Moon Pride‘s Momoiro Clover Z — cover hits from the 90s Sailor Moon anime.

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Movie Review – POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu
Family – Adventure, action, mystery, sci-fi
Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures / The Pokémon Company

Summary:

Tim’s estranged father works as a detective, but when a case Harry was working on goes wrong, Tim is forced to come to Ryme City. Here, Tim finds a Pikachu — a Pikachu he can understand! Pikachu is Harry’s partner, and although he has amnesia, he believes that Harry is still alive. Tim’s not interested in having a partner Pokémon, but he may have no choice if he wants to find his dad — and solve the mysteries hiding deep in Ryme City.

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Manga Review – MeruPuri: Marchen Prince

MeruPuri: Marchen Prince Volume 1

MeruPuri: Marchen Prince
めるぷり メルヘン☆プリンス
HINO Matsuri
Shoujo – Comedy, fantasy, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Airi dreams of living a simple, cozy life with a devote husband. But her plans for an ordinary life take a turn when she meets a little boy who claims he came from her mirror. Sensing he is lost, Airi invites him to her house. But Aram really is a prince from a magical land — and now he’s been inflicted with a curse that ages him whenever he spends some time in the dark!

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