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Manga Review – Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty Volume 1

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty
おはよう、いばら姫 (Ohayou, Ibara-hime)
MORINO Megumi
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, romance, psychological, supernatural
6 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Money-loving Tetsu works as a housekeeper, but he’s caught sleeping on the job by his client’s daughter! Shizu agrees to keep that a secret if he visits her. Tetsu can’t help wondering why the mysterious Shizu can’t leave home, nor can he keep his feelings for her from growing stronger.

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Manga Review – Kenka Bancho Otome: Love’s Battle Royale

Kenka Bancho Otome: Love's Battle Royale Volume 1

Kenka Bancho Otome: Love’s Battle Royale
喧嘩番長 乙女~恋のバトルロワイヤル~ (Kenka Bancho Otome ~Koi no Battle Royale~)
Shoujo – Comedy, gender bender, reverse harem, romance
SHIMADA Chie (story & art), Spike Chunsoft (original story)
2 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Hinako has one goal for high school: make friends. But on her way to school on the first day of classes, she bumps into a guy — and he says he’s so injured, he can’t go to school! The boy, Hikaru, looks a lot like Hinako, so he convinces her to take his place at his all boy’s school. However, Hinako’s about to find out that Hikaru’s school is no ordinary learning institution: it’s an academy for delinquents, where fights break out every day!

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Manga Review – MARS [Redux]

Mars Volume 1 (Kodansha Comics digital)

MARS
マース
SOURYO Fuyumi
Shoujo – Drama, psychological, romance, slice-of-life
15 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop / Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Kira, a quiet girl with a love for art, is taken aback when the most popular guy in school suddenly asks for directions. Kira knows of Rei’s unsavory behaviors, but she sketches a quick map and dashes off without saying a word. Although she expects that will be the end of any interaction between the two of them, when Rei compliments her drawing, the two form a rather unusual friendship — and maybe something more.

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Game Review – Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
超回転 寿司ストライカー The Way of Sushido (Chou Kaiten Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido)
Action / Puzzle
indieszero / Nintendo
Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo Switch

Summary:

Years ago, war broke out over sushi. The Empire wanted to keep sushi to themselves; the Republic wanted everyone to be able to eat it. The victorious Empire banned sushi in the Republic, and children like Musashi were orphaned. One day, Musashi meets a strange fellow offering sushi, and Musashi’s destiny is changed forever!

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Manga Review – After the Rain

After the Rain Volume 1

After the Rain
恋は雨上がりのように (Koi wa Ameagari no You ni)
MAYUZUKI Jun
Seinen – Drama, romance, slice-of-life
5 Omnibuses (complete)
Vertical, Inc.

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old high school student Akira works at a family restaurant run by a 45-year-old man. He doesn’t understand his much younger employees, especially the quiet, sharp-eyed Akira. But this middle-aged man in a rut is about to get the shock of his life when Akira confesses to him!

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Manga Review – Chocolate Cosmos

Chocolate Cosmos Volume 1

Chocolate Cosmos
チョコレートコスモス
HARUTA Nana
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Sayuki loves romance and nail art, but her sharp gaze and blunt demeanor scare off others. Her luck finally appears to change thanks to an encounter at the beach, but he doesn’t give his name. Saiyuki thinks her mystery guy is from her school and swears to find him. But she’s in for a shock!

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Manga Review – Missions of Love

Missions of Love Volume 1

Missions of Love
わたしに××しなさい! (Watashi ni XX Shinasai!)
TOYAMA Ema
Shoujo – Drama, romance
19 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Yukina’s sharp eyes scare most people, so her cousin is her only friend. But at least she has the online stories she writes! The one thing she can’t write about is love since she has no experience. When Yukina discovers her classmate’s secret, she blackmails him into playing her boyfriend!

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Artbook Review – Mikulife: KEI’s Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikulife: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikulife: KEI’s Hatsune Miku Illustration Works
KEI
Artbook
Udon Entertainment

Summary:

The best illustrations of the character designer for some of Crypton Future Media, Inc.’s Vocaloids are gathered together in this collection. While Miku is the star, Rin, Len, Luka, KAITO, and MEIKO also are featured in this release celebrating Hatsune Miku’s 10 year anniversary.

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Manga Review – Trigun

Trigun Volume 1

Trigun
Trigun Maximum
トライガン
トライガンマキシマム
NIGHTOW Yashiro
Seinen – Action, adventure, comedy, drama, mature, sci-fi
2 Volumes + 14 Volumes / 5 Omnibuses (complete)
Dark Horse

Summary:

Vash the Stampede: a man with a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head, wanted dead or alive. This Humanoid Typhoon is said to bring death and destruction wherever he goes. But despite his reputation, he’s actually a pacifist? Will Vash get to lead a life of love and peace, or will his past drag him into more battles even though he doesn’t want to fight?

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Manga Review – Anonymous Noise

Anonymous Noise Volume 1

Anonymous Noise
覆面系ノイズ (Fukumenkei Noise)
FUKUYAMA Ryoko
Shoujo – Drama, romance
18 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Nino is devastated when her neighbor, Momo, moves away, but he says her voice can one day reunite them. Not long after, she meets Yuzu, a boy who likes to compose. Singing his songs gives Nino a sense of peace and happiness, but Yuzu disappears as well! Years pass, but music causes paths to cross again…

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