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News – Seven Seas Licenses 3 New Series

Seven Seas continues to make some fabulous acquisitions. In the last few days, they have announced three new titles: Franken Fran by KIGITSU Katsuhisa, Not Lives by KARASUMA Wataru, and Orange by TAKANO Ichigo.

Franken Fran, as one might expect, is a shounen series with inspiration from Frankenstein. Not Lives is a “got-sucked-into-a-game-world” story with a gender-bender twist. Orange is a shoujo romance with a time travel element.

By far, I am most excited by Orange. Coincidentally, I have a review lined up, but you can probably guess that I’m going to recommend it. But what you are looking forward to?

Manga Review – Ultra Maniac

Ultra Maniac Volume 1

Ultra Maniac
ウルトラマニアック
YOSHIZUMI Wataru
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, magical girl
5 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Ayu is a middle school girl who just wants to be seen as cool. One day, the new transfer student, Nina, announces she’s a witch! But Nina isn’t very good at magic. Thanks to Nina’s spells, Ayu’s cool girl image is at stake. How will this affect her relationship with the guy she has a crush on?

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Unlicensed Spotlight – Dear

Dear Volume 1

Dear
FUJIWARA Cocoa
Shounen – Romance, fantasy, adventure
12 Volumes (original), 6 Volumes (shinsouban)
Square Enix (Monthly Gangan Wing)

Summary:

Lycanthrope Chiruha leaves her solitary life on the mountain to live in the village with humans. Amnesiac warrior Kisara works to extinguish demons. Once childhood friends, they cross paths again, but will the lycanthrope’s power test their bond? And there may be others interested in a lycanthrope…

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Manga Review – The Heroic Legend of Arslan

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume 1

The Heroic Legend of Arslan
アルスラーン戦記 (Arslan Senki)
ARAKAWA Hiromu (art), TANAKA Yoshiki (story)
Shounen – Action, adventure, fantasy, war, historical
22 Chapters / 2 Volumes (ongoing)
Crunchyroll / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Arslan is the prince of Pars, a country with great wealth and slaves. He is surprised to learn some view slavery as a cruel, that all men are considered equal under the god Yaldabaoth. But when the followers of Yaldabaoth attack, Arslan must face many trials and decisions in order to reclaim his kingdom.

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Game Review – Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret PSP

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ All Star After Secret
うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ All Star After Secret
Otome game
Broccoli
Sony PSP

Summary:

Haruka is a composer who is secretly dating her idol work partner. Haruka and her boyfriend must keep their relationship a secret while also tackling personal and professional issues.

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Game Summary – Kotobuki Reiji Route B from Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret Kotobuki Reiji Morning

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 Kotobuki Reiji’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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Game Summary – Ittoki Otoya Route from Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret Ittoki Otoya Lift

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 Ittoki Otoya’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 – Ichinose Tokiya Route from Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret

Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret Ichinose Tokiya Window

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 Ichinose Tokiya’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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Opinion – Supporting Official Releases

I recently posted an article about Shojo Beat’s editor discussing licenses. One of the major points was that scanlation views do not necessarily translate into sales. This is wrong. While I, too, am guilty, I do not condone not supporting the releases when they are available in your country and/or language. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons people use as justifications and why they just don’t stick.

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