Reviews

Anime Review – Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
テイルズ オブ ヴェスペリア 〜The First Strike〜
Bandai Namco / Production I.G. / Kadokawa Pictures
Funimation

Summary:

When crystallized and put into special devices, the natural substance known as aer can do anything from powering lights to casting spells to enacting huge barriers to keep out monsters. But in one particular town, the aer is amiss. Two rookie knights — Flynn, a by-the-book son of a former knight, and Yuri, a brash and rebellious young man, are assigned to the area, but can they stop fighting long enough to figure out what’s going on?

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Manga Review – My Love Story!! [Redux]

My Love Story!! Volume 1

My Love Story!!
俺物語!! (Ore Monogatari!!)
KAWAHARA Kazune (Story), Aruko (Art)
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, slice-of-life
13 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Takeo is a big guy who looks scary, but he has a heart of gold and a strong sense of justice. Unfortunately, every girl he likes prefers his best friend! Takeo’s lastest crush is a girl he saved on the train, but Takeo will support his latest love interest no matter who she likes. But perhaps this time…?

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Manga Review – Wedding Peach: Young Love

Wedding Peach Young Love

Wedding Peach
ウェディングピーチ
YAZAWA Nao (art & story), TOMITA Sukehiro (original creator)
Shoujo – Action, comedy, fantasy, magical girl, romance
1 Volume (complete)
VIZ Media
Out-of-print

Summary:

Clumsy Momoko dreams of one day falling in love and having the perfect wedding. But that might never happen f the Demons have their way and steal all the love in the world! One day, Momoko is given a mysterious compact and gains the ability to transform into a Love Angel named Wedding Peach. Can Wedding Peach protect love and save the Angel World?

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Manga Review – Wedding Peach

Wedding Peach Volume 1

Wedding Peach
ウェディングピーチ
YAZAWA Nao (art & story), TOMITA Sukehiro (original creator)
Shoujo – Action, comedy, fantasy, magical girl, romance
6 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media
Out-of-print

Summary:

Clumsy Momoko dreams of one day falling in love and having the perfect wedding. But that might never happen f the Demons have their way and steal all the love in the world! One day, Momoko is given a mysterious compact and gains the ability to transform into a Love Angel named Wedding Peach. Can Wedding Peach protect love and save the Angel World?

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Comic Review – Yo-kai Watch

Yo-kai Watch (Comic)

Yo-kai Watch
Esquivel, Eric M. (author); Franscisco, Tina (artist); Hao Mae (colorist); Duenas, Rob (cover art)
1 Volume (complete)
IDW Publishing

Summary:

Yo-kai are strange creatures who can temporarily influence humans with abilities or emotions. Some yo-kai try to help people; others cause mischief. Snartle, for instance, is supposed to teach naughty brats a lesson, but his definition of what a “naughty brat” is is going overboard! Will anybody be able to stop him?

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Manga Review – Beasts of Abigaile

Beasts of Abigaile Volume 1

Beasts of Abigaile
薔薇監獄の獣たち (Abigaile no Kemono-tachi)
AOKI Spica
Shoujo – Drama, harem, romance, supernatural
4 Volumes (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

After being bullied in school, Nina goes to live with her uncle in the country of Ruberia, home of rare roses. On her first day in this new land, Nina comes face-to-face with an animal-eared beast-like guy, and he bites her! Suddenly, Nina has those characteristics too — and she’s forced to attend a prison-like school where these “luga” learn how to serve humans. Can Nina ever go back home, and, more importantly, go back to being a normal girl?

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Manga Review – ARISA

ARISA Volume 1

ARISA
ANDO Natsumi
Shoujo – Drama, mystery, psychological
12 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Tsubasa is excited to see her twin sister, Arisa, after many years apart. While Tsubasa is violent and a tomboy, Arisa is gentle, smart, and even the leader of her class. When Tsubasa gets to swap with Arisa for a day, it’s a chance to be the model, well-loved student she’s always dreamed of being. But when Tsubasa gets home with a letter for her sister, Arisa jumps out of a window, and a confused Tsubasa is desperate for answers.

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Manga Review – Library Wars: Love & War

Library Wars: Love & War Volume 1

Library Wars: Love & War
図書館戦争 LOVE&WAR (Toshokan Sensou – Love & War)
YUMI Kiiro (story & art), ARIKAWA Hiro (original concept)
Shoujo – Action, comedy, drama, romance, war
15 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

In the near future, libraries have decided to band together against government censorship. While the Media Betterment Committee seeks to ban all controversial material, the Library Forces defend the books, and thus the two often face off in potentially deadly clashes. For one new recruit, the training may be tough thanks to a strict drill instructor, but she’s going to join the Library Forces to meet her hero!

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Manga Review – Kigurumi Guardians

Kigurumi Guardians 1

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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