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News – A Silent Voice Wins New Creator Prize at 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Awards

A Silent Voice by OIMA Yoshitoki was the only manga with a license in the US to win at the 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize ceremony. It won in the New Creator Prize category. The manga series is rare story about boy meets deaf girl. A Silent Voice is licensed by Kodansha USA. Back issues can be read on Crunchyroll with a subscription.

This is an excellent series, and I am looking forward to owning physical copies when Kodansha USA starts releasing the volumes in May.

Other licensed series up for consideration for a prize were Naruto and Assassination Classroom. The full list of winners can be read on ANN.

Game Summary – Mikaze Ai Route B from Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret Mikaze Ai Sandwiches

This is part of a series of summaries of the routes in Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret. Heavy spoilers for the game and Uta no Prince-sama All Star ahoy!

Today’s covers Mikaze Ai’s Route B. Unlike the other games, the senpai each have two routes, one for each song. Each route has two endings. The first ending is the one you get if your love or music meter is below 80%.

My Japanese is limited, so apologies if I misunderstood anything. If I got something wrong, please feel free to tell me.

Warning: long post ahead! Line breaks correspond with the end of a chapter.

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Manga Review – Wild Act

Wild Act Volume 1

Wild Act
TAKADA Rie
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, smut, adventure
10 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out of print

Summary:

Years ago, the biggest Japanese star died in a tragic plane crash. Yuniko adores his movies so much that she steals in order to get her hands on his scattered belongings. One night, a heist for a statue goes wrong, and Yuniko is busted by a rising superstar named Ryu. However, he lets her go and asks her to try to steal the statue from him again!

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Game Summary – Shinomiya Natsuki Route from Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret Shinomiya Natsuki Picnic

This is part of a series of summaries of the routes in Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret. Heavy spoilers for the game and all previous Utapri games ahoy!

Today’s covers Shinomiya Natsuki’s route. Starish each has one route with two endings. Note that the routes seem to take place after Debut and not after Rainbow Route in All Star. Both Rainbow Route endings are considered True Love endings, but A is the one you get when your love or music meter is below 80%.

My Japanese is limited, so apologies if I misunderstood anything. If I got something wrong, please feel free to tell me.

Warning: long post ahead! Line breaks correspond with the end of a chapter.

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Game Summary – Kurusu Syo Route from Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret Kurusu Syo Phone

This is part of a series of summaries of the routes in Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret. Heavy spoilers for the game and all previous Utapri games ahoy!

Today’s covers Kurusu Syo’s route. Starish each has one route with two endings. Note that the routes seem to take place after Debut and not after Rainbow Route in All Star. Both Rainbow Route endings are considered True Love endings, but A is the one you get when your love or music meter is below 80%.

My Japanese is limited, so apologies if I misunderstood anything. If I got something wrong, please feel free to tell me.

Warning: long post ahead! Line breaks correspond with the end of a chapter.

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Manga Review – Manga Dogs

Manga Dogs Volume 1

Manga Dogs
GDGD-Dogs
TOYAMA Ema
Shoujo – Comedy, reverse harem
3 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha USA

Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Kanna is a manga artist, but her series is in danger of being cancelled. She enrolls in a new manga course, but it’s worthless! And, much to her annoyance, three guys decided to learn about writing and drawing from Kanna, and they all have delusional ideas about what being a pro means!

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Game Summary – Mikaze Ai Route A from Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret Mikaze Ai Sandwiches

This is part of a series of summaries of the routes in Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret. Heavy spoilers for the game and Uta no Prince-sama All Star ahoy!

Today’s covers Mikaze Ai’s Route A. Unlike the other games, the senpai each have two routes, one for each song. Each route has two endings. The first ending is the one you get if your love or music meter is below 80%.

My Japanese is limited, so apologies if I misunderstood anything. If I got something wrong, please feel free to tell me.

Warning: long post ahead! Line breaks correspond with the end of a chapter.

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Manga Review – Rin-ne

Rin-ne Volume 1

Rin-ne
Rinne of the Boundary
境界のRinne (Kyoukai no Rinne)
TAKAHASHI Rumiko
Shounen – Supernatural, fantasy, comedy
16 Volumes (23 Volumes Japanese) (ongoing)
Viz Media

Summary:

Sakura once was spirited away, and ever since then, she can see ghosts. Now in high school, the guy who is supposed to sit next to her has never shown up. One day, he finally attends class, but Sakura’s the only one who can see him! The guy introduces himself as Rinne: “I’m a shinigami……sort of…”

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Manga Review – Honey Blood

Honey Blood Volume 1

Honey Blood
蜜味ブラッド(Mitsu Aji Blood)
MITSUKI Miko
Shoujo – Romance, drama, supernatural, mystery
3 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

High school girl Hinata’s new neighbor is the author of a popular vampire novel. The kimono-wearing Junya seems to take an interest in her, but what is even more shocking is that Junya and the vampire in his stories seem to have striking similarities…

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Unlicensed Spotlight – Momoiro Heaven!

Peach Heaven! Momoiro Heaven!

Momoiro Heaven!
Pink Heaven!
桃色ヘブン!
YOSHINO Mari
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, drama, smut
13 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha (Dessert)

Summary:

High school girl Momoko has a big secret: she’s actually an erotic novel author. When her secret is discovered by professional model — and professional womanizer — Ranmaru, he blackmails her into becoming his slave. Upon discovering Momoko is actually a virgin, Ranmaru keeps “volunteering” his services for her novels.

EDIT 2/28/2017: Now available digitally from Kodansha Comics USA under the title Peach Heaven!

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