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Unlicensed Spotlight – Suna no Shiro

Suna no Shiro Volume 1

Suna no Shiro
Le Chateau de Sable
The Sandcastle
砂の城
ICHIJO Yukari
Shoujo – Drama, romance, tragedy, psychological
7 Volumes (original), 3 Volumes (shinsho), 4 Volumes (bunko), 6 Volumes (reprint) (complete)

Summary:

Rather than be separated, rich heiress Nathalie and orphan boy Francis jump off a cliff to live together in death. Nathalie survives, but there is no sign of Francis. Following a tip that he has been spotted, Nathalie heads to an island. But what awaits her there sends her life into a different direction.

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Manga Review – Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode

Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode Omnibus

Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode
東京ミュウミュウあ・ら・もーど
IKUMI Mia
Shoujo – Magical girl, romance, comedy, action
2 Volumes (original), 1 Volume (omnibus) (complete)
Tokyopop / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Berry wanders into Cafe Mew Mew and accidentally becomes a Mew Mew! Now merged with a rabbit and a mountain cat, Berry must join together with the other Mew Mews and take down new enemies. But can she handle her newfound powers and her budding feelings for her best friend?

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Manga Review – Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus Volume 1

Tokyo Mew Mew
東京ミュウミュウ
IKUMI Mia (art), YOSHIDA Reiko (story)
Shoujo – Magical girl, romance, comedy, action
7 Volumes (original), 3 Volumes (omnibus) (complete)
Tokyopop / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Ichigo was an ordinary middle school student until a freak accident merged her DNA with that of an iriomote wildcat! With her new powers, Ichigo must defeat aliens who infect animals and find the other girls who had their DNA altered. And she also has to hide her cat transformation from her crush…

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Manga Review – Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh Omnibus

Azumanga Daioh
あずまんが大王
AZUMA Kiyohiko
Shounen – Comedy, slice-of-life
4 Volumes (original), 1 Volume (omnibus)
ADV (Out of print), Yen Press

Summary:

A group of friends (Chiyo, Yomi, Tomo, Sakaki, and Osaka) go through high school together. However, between their homeroom teacher’s antics and their own idiosyncrasies, their high school life will certainly be memorable.

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Manga Review – Nosatsu Junkie

Nosatsu Junkie Volume 1

Nosatsu Junkie
悩殺ジャンキー
FUKUYAMA Ryoko
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, gender bender
6 Volumes (U.S. release suspended), 16 volumes (Japanese, complete)
Tokyopop
Out-of-print

Summary:

To get back at her crush for rejecting her, Naka wants to be a model like the popular Umi. But Naka has a problem: her smile comes off as a horror expression! And while Umi seems like the ideal girl, Naka ends up discovering Umi’s secret. In exchange for keeping the secret, the unlikely model Naka gets to work with Umi.

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Manga Review – Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect Volume 1

Kokoro Connect
ANDA Sadanatsu (story), Cuteg (art)
Shounen – Drama, comedy, romance, supernatural, gender bender
3 Volumes (ongoing), 5 Volumes (Japanese, complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

The five members of the Student Cultural Society (three girls, two boys) spend their days hanging out and writing a school newspaper. One day, two members announce they switched bodies the previous night. The others think it’s a joke until they start swapping bodies, too.

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

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Manga Review – Midnight Secretary

Midnight Secretary Volume 1

Midnight Secretary
ミッドナイト·セクレタリ
OHMI Tomu
Josei – Romance, drama, smut, supernatural
7 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Kaya just wants to be an effective secretary. When her new boss, Director Tohma, tries to dismiss her because she’s not pretty enough, Kaya sets out to prove him wrong. But she ends up discovering his secret: Kyohei is a vampire! And all his womanizing is actually his feeding time…

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Manga Review – Oreimo

Oreimo Volume 1

Oreimo
My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute
俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない (Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
FUSHIMI Tsukasa (story), IKEDA Sakura (art), KANZUKI Hiro (character design)
Seinen – Drama
4 Volumes (complete)
Dark Horse

Summary:

High school Kyousuke barely speaks to his middle school sister Kirino. However, one day he discovers Kirino’s secret: she’s obsessed with siscon anime and video games! Now Kyousuke is roped in to keeping his seemingly perfect little sister’s hobby a secret.

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News – The Seven Deadly Sins & Yowamushi Pedal win Kodansha Manga Awards

ANN reports US licensed series The Seven Deadly Sins and Yowamushi Pedal tied for best shounen manga in the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards. The first series is simu-published by Crunchyroll, and Kodansha USA releases the print volumes. Yowamushi Pedal was recently acquired by Yen Press. The winners for best shoujo manga, general manga, and the special award are not licensed in the US.

I really like The Seven Deadly Sins. It’s a series that seems like it would be rather typical shounen fare, but it puts enough twists to make it fresh. I never paid much attention to Yowamushi Pedal until Yen Press announced their license and so many people were ecstatic. This news makes me more interested now.

Manga Review – Girl Got Game

Girl Got Game Volume 1

Girl Got Game
Power!
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SEINO Shizuru
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, sports
10 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out of print

Summary:

Kyo is thrilled to get into the high school of her choice. However, her father has registered her as a boy! Now Kyo is forced to join the male basketball team, and one of her teammates is her roommate! Will Kyo manage to keep her secret?

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