Manga

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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Manga Review – Kiniro Mosaic

Kiniro Mosaic 1

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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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, shotacon
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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Manga Review – Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics
鋼の錬金術師4コマ (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 4-koma)
ARAKAWA Hiromu
Shounen – 4-koma, comedy
1 Volume (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Ed and Al may be carrying a large emotional burden, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time for fun — or that others don’t have time to mess with them and each other! Combining the bonuses from the original Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the DVDs, and brand new strips, the country of Amestris has never been so crazy!

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Manga Review – Suki

Suki Volume 1

Suki
すき。だからすき (Suki. Dakara Suki)
CLAMP
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, romance
3 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop / Viz Media

Summary:

Hinata’s happy days just keep getting happier. The man who moves in next door looks after her, does all of her favorite things, and even turns out to be her interim homeroom teacher. It’s no wonder Hinata is experiencing new feelings! But is Shiro’s arrival purely coincidence? Is there a reason why he seems especially interested in Hinata?

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