Reviews

Manga Review – Red Riding Hood and the Big, Sad Wolf

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Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf
赤ずきんちゃんは狼さんを泣かせたい! (Akazukin-chan wa Ookami-san o Nakasetai!)
HACHIJOU Shin
Josei – Comedy, gag
2 Volumes (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

Once upon a time, there was a young lady named Red Riding Hood… who was a pyromaniac. After destroying Wolf’s house, his crying face awakens something in Red Riding Hood. Now Wolf has to contend with Red’s harassment, idiotic hunters, and even more weirdos with not-so-thinly veiled threats. Forget about living happily ever after; Wolf just wants to live!

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Manga Review – The Heiress and the Chauffeur

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The Heiress and the Chauffeur
お嬢様の運転手 (Ojou-sama no Untenshu)
ISHIHARA Keiko
Shoujo – Drama, historical, romance
2 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Japan, early 1900s. Sayaka is the top student at her all-girls school, but rumors swirl about her and her chauffeur. Sayaka dismisses the gossip, as she considers Shinobu like her brother. Besides, a relationship between a noble and a servant could never work… right?

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Manga Review – Angelic Layer

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Angelic Layer
エンジェリックレイヤー
CLAMP
Shounen – Action, comedy, sci-fi
5 Volumes / 2 Omnibuses (complete)
Tokyopop / Dark Horse

Summary:

On her way to her aunt’s house, Misaki sees an incredible battle between a large fighter and a small one. She learns that those brawlers were actually dolls, toys controlled by players in a game known as Angelic Layer. With the help of an eccentric stranger, Misaki decides to become a Deus. But can a newbie really succeed in Angelic Layer?

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Manga Review – Akame ga KILL! [Redux]

Akame ga KILL! Volume 1

Akame ga KILL!
アカメが斬る! (Akame ga Kiru!)
Takahiro (story), TASHIRO Tetsuya (art)
Shounen – Action, fantasy, war, tragedy
15 Volumes (complete)
Yen Press

Summary:

Tatsumi arrives in the capital to raise money for his village. When he learns he’d have to start off as a private, a woman volunteers to help Tatsumi bribe his way into being a captain. She makes off with what money he has, but Tatsumi soon learns that unkind act cannot compare to the true depths of human cruelty in the cold-hearted Empire.

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CD Review – Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary Album Twinkle Songs

Nakayoshi 60th anniversary Twinkle Songs

Nakayoshi 60th anniversary Album “Twinkle Songs”
なかよし創刊60周年記念アルバム「Twinkle Songs」 (Nakayoshi Soukan 60 Shuunen Kinen Album Twinkle Songs)
Various Artists
36 Tracks
Columbia Music (Nippon Columbia)

Summary:

To celebrate 60 years of Nakayoshi, this two-disc collection compiles opening and ending songs to many of the magazine’s anime adaptations. From Princess Knight to Sabagebu!, relive the magic of Nakayoshi.

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Manga Review – Komomo Confiserie

Komomo Confiserie
こももコンフィズリー
MINAMI Maki
Shoujo – Comedy, romance
5 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

As a child, Komomo would always demand that the son of her family’s patissier, Natsu, make her sweets. Even after Natsu moved away, Komomo still longed to eat his desserts. Years later, a financially broke Komomo must enter the workforce. After being fired from one job after another, who should offer Komomo a job… but Natsu?!

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Manga Review – Seven Shakespeares

Seven Shakespeares Volume 1

Seven Shakespeares
7人のシェイクスピア (7-nin no Shakespeare)
7人のシェイクスピア NON SANZ DROICT (7-nin no Shakespeare Non Sanz Droict)
SAKUISHI Harold
Seinen – Drama, historical
4 Volumes (ongoing)

Summary:

Long ago, a man with little education rose up and became the most famous writer of all time. But how did William Shakespeare achieve success? Guts, determination, and, most importantly, allies with their own incredible gifts. All the world may be a stage, but for Shakespeare, there’s not doubt that the play’s the thing!

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Manga Review – Nisekoi: False Love

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 1

Nisekoi: False Love
ニセコイ
KOMI Naoshi
Shounen – Action, comedy, harem romance
25 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Raku has two goals. First, he wants to be a normal businessman… despite being from a yakuza family. Second, he wants to reunite with the girl he made a promise with when they were young… despite not remembering her name. Well, both of his dreams may come to a halt when he’s forced to pretend he’s in love with a violent, short-tempered girl to avoid a gang war!

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Manga Review – Otome Mania!!

Otome Mania!! Volume 1

Otome Mania!!
オトメマニア!!
TSUKIGASE Yurino
Shoujo – Comedy, reverse harem, romance, slice-of-life
2 Volumes (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

Yuzumi is an otome game fan who is excited to work for an otome game developer. Her dream to one day conquer the industry gets one step closer when she’s given the opportunity to create with a new game. With a strict boss, harsh deadlines, and tough competition, will Yuzumi’s first game be a success? Or will she just be a burden to her coworkers?

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