Manga

Manga Review – Boys over Flowers

Boys Over Flowers Volume 1

Boys over Flowers
花より男子 (Hana Yori Dango)
KAMIO Yoko
Shoujo – Romance, drama, comedy, reverse harem
37 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media
Out of print (physical), digital available

Summary:

Tsukushi is a poor girl attending an elite private school. The school is ruled by a group of guys called the F4. Students who anger the F4 are bullied and hazed, but when Tsukushi’s friend is nearly made the newest target, Tsukushi’s anger erupts and is made the next victim instead. However, Tsukushi isn’t planning to go down without a fight!

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Manga Review – Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura Volume 1

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura
桜姫華伝 (Sakura Hime Kaden)
TANEMURA Arina
Shoujo – Magical girl, romance, historical, drama, action
12 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

In the Heian Era, Princess Sakura is suddenly summoned by her fiancee, Prince Oura. Having never met him before, a messenger, Aoba is sent to escort her to the palace. Not wanting to be tied down at 14 in a loveless marriage, Sakura escapes during a full moon, despite being warned to never look at it. Now Sakura finds herself attacked by beasts, and she is the only one who can defeat them.

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Manga Review – La Corda d’Oro

La Corda d'Oro Volume 1

La Corda d’Oro
金色のコルダ (Kin’iro no Corda)
The Golden String
KURE Yuki
Shoujo – Romance, drama, fantasy, reverse harem
17 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Kahoko is an ordinary high schooler. At least she thought she was until a fairy gives her a magical violin to enter the school music competition. She reluctantly agrees, but does Kahoko stand a chance against students who are aiming to be professionals?

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Manga Review – Missile Happy!

Missile Happy! Volume 1

Missile Happy!
ミサイル ハッピー!
KIRITANI Miki
Shoujo – Romance, comedy
5 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out of print

Summary:

Mikako is a girl with a sister complex. So when her sister is to have an omiai, Mikako takes it upon herself to investigate the guy by living with him. But can they keep their living arrangement a secret, especially when they develop feelings for each other?

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Manga Review – Gate 7

Gate 7 Volume 1

Gate 7
CLAMP
Shounen – Fantasy, action, historical
4 Volumes (hiatus)
Dark Horse

Summary:

History lover Chikahito goes to visit the old imperial capital city of Kyoto. Much to his surprise, she finds himself in an a suspended dimension. The mysterious Hana, jolly Sakura, and stoic Tachibana are members of an organization that fights strange beings, but a bigger war involving oni and historical figures is fast approaching…

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Manga Review – Strobe Edge

Strobe Edge Volume 1

Strobe Edge
ストロボエッジ
SAKISAKA Io
Shoujo – Romance, slice-of-life, drama
10 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Ninako is an ordinary girl who just doesn’t quite understand love. However, after the most popular boy in school, Ren, accidentally destroys her cell phone strap and replaces it, she starts to develop feelings for him. But Ren already has a girlfriend…

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Manga Review – Hetalia – Axis Powers

Hetalia Axis Powers Volume 1

Hetalia Axis Powers
ヘタリア Axis Powers / Axis Powers ヘタリア
HIMARUYA Hidekaz
Seinen – 4-koma, comedy, historical, war
6 Volumes
Tokyopop / Right Stuf print-on-demand

Summary:

Will the world ever be at peace? Well, maybe. That is, if Italy gets out of the tomato box, Germany loosens up, and America quits trying to be the hero. Then France could stop picking fights with England (and visa versa), Japan could finally leave his room, and China would continue his pursuit of cuisine. And who knows what Russia is really thinking…

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Manga Review – Until Death Do Us Part

Until Death Do Us Part
死がふたりを分かつまで (Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made)
TAKASHIGE Hiroshi (Story), DOUBLE-S (Art)
Seinen – Action, war, mature, sci-fi
8 Volumes (24 Volumes original Japanese release) (ongoing)
Yen Press

Summary:

Haruka, a girl with the ability to predict the future, is kidnapped by yakuza. Taking advantage of an opportune moment, she begs for help from a blind swordsman, Mamoru. Mamoru is part of a vigilante group and ends up agreeing to Haruka’s request to protect her “until death do [them] part”.

Note: this review has been updated and can be found here.

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Manga Review – MARS

MARS Volume 1

MARS
SOURYO Fuyumi
Shoujo – Romance, slice-of-life, drama, psychological
15 Volumes (original release), 8 volumes (bunko) (complete)
Tokyopop
Out of print

Summary:

Kira is rather shy girl who is good at drawing. One day, she runs into the school’s most popular guy, Rei, at a park. She helps him out by giving him a map and tries desperately to avoid any further interaction. When he compliments her drawing, however, the two form a rather unusual friendship which becomes something much deeper.

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