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Manga Review – Angelic Layer

Angelic Layer 1

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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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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Manga Review – Full Moon o Sagashite

Full Moon o Sagashite Volume 1

Full Moon o Sagashite
満月(フルムーン) をさがして
TANEMURA Arina
Shoujo – Drama, fantasy, romance, tragedy
7 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Mitsuki wants to be a singer, but a tumor in her throat makes this nearly impossible. When two grim reapers appear and reveal her upcoming death, Mitsuki decides to risk it all. As she receives some special help from her escorts of death, the connection between love and music and even the cycle of life and death envelop Mitsuki and all those around her…

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Manga Review – Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight

Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight
午前0時、キスしに来てよ (Gozen 0-ji, Kiss shi ni Kite yo)
MIKIMOTO Rin
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, romance
5 Volumes (ongoing)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Hinana appears to be a honor student only interested in studying, but she’s actually a romantic at heart with a soft spot for fairy tales. Keeping up the act may be difficult when her school used as a setting in a movie starring Kaede, a popular idol. But Hinana is shocked to learn that she may not be the only one with an interest they keep hidden from everyone…

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Manga Review – The Bride was a Boy

The Boy was a Boy

The Bride was a Boy
花嫁は元男子。(Hanayome wa Motodanshi.)
Chii
Romance, slice-of-life
1 Volume (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

Chii is living happily ever after with her husband. It’s a future many people dream of, and one that could have been out of reach for Chii. Why? Because she was born a boy! Chii recounts some of the key points in her life story and describes the laws and misunderstandings of being a transgendered person.

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