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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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Manga Review – Kitchen Princess

Kitchen Princess Omnibus Volume 1

Kitchen Princess
キッチンのお姫さま (Kitchen no Ohime-sama)
ANDO Natsumi (Art), KOBAYASHI Miyuki (Story)
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, drama
10 Volumes, 4 Omnibuses (complete)
Kodansha USA

Summary:

When she was young, orphan Najika was saved by a boy and then given a flan. Najika promises to one day return the favor and make the best dessert in the world for him. Her search has led her to an elite school where everyone has a special talent. But despite her love of cooking, she has trouble fitting in. Will she make friends, and will she find her Flan Prince?

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Manga Review – My Love Story!!

My Love Story!! Volume 1

My Love Story!!
俺物語!! (Ore Monogatari!!)
KAWAHARA Kazune (Story), Aruko (Art)
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, slice-of-life
3 Volumes (8 Volumes Japanese) (ongoing)
Viz Media

Summary:

Takeo is a big guy who looks scary, but he has a heart of gold and a strong sense of justice. Unfortunately, every girl he likes prefers his best friend, Sunakawa! Takeo’s lastest crush is a girl he saved named Yamato, but Takeo will support his latest love interest no matter who she likes. But perhaps this time…?

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Manga Review – Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS Volume 1

Inu x Boku SS
Dog x Me Secret Service

妖狐×僕SS (いぬぼくシークレットサービス)
FUJIWARA Cocoa
Shounen – Supernatural, romance, drama, comedy
6 Volumes (in progress) out of 11 (complete)
Yen Press

Summary:

In an effort to change herself, Ririchiyo moves into Ayakashi Mansion to be alone. She is surprised to find a bodyguard, Soushi, obsessed with protecting and serving her. While Ririchiyo had no intention of getting close to anybody, all the residents of Ayakashi Mansion must rely on each other to protect their shared secret.

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

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Manga Review – Buso Renkin

Buso Renkin Volume 1

Buso Renkin
Arms Alchemy
武装錬金 (Busou Renkin)
WATSUKI Nobuhiro
Shounen – Action, sci-fi, comedy, romance
10 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Kazuki just had the weirdest dream: he died trying to save a girl! But when a teacher transforms into a hideous animal-human hybrid known as a homunculus, Kazuki learns his heart has been replaced with an alchemic device known as the Buso Renkin. Now Kazuki and his savior, Tokiko, must search for the creator of the homunculus in order to prevent innocent people from being killed.

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News – Shojo Beat Discusses Manga Acquisitions

Shojo Beat editor Nancy Thistlethwaite posted some interesting information on manga acquisitions. The most important thing is that scanlation views does not always translate into sales. That is a shame.

I’m sure I’ll be repeatedly be saying this, but please support the official releases. And by official releases, buy the manga. Buying merchandise (hats, posters, anime box sets, etc.) are nice, but remember that the money flows differently. Sure, the original creator and publisher gets some royalties, but somebody’s got to pay the English translator, graphics team, the shipping department, and so on.

I’ll be doing a post soon on how to get your manga fix on a budget.

News – Yen Press Licenses The Irregular at Magic High School

Yen Press announced on their Twitter that they have licensed the light novel series The Irregular at Magic High School (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei) and manga series.

UPDATE: Anime News Network confirmed the manga series is The Honour at Magic High School (Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei).

Yen Press has really been doing well in the licensing department lately. I’m sure this one will be a big hit for them. I’ll be picking up this series!