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It was the best of Kingdom Hearts, it was the worst of Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts III

Man, for a series that features movies that most of us loved as a child, Kingdom Hearts makes you feel old when you think about how long it took to get us here. But FINALLY, today, we finally get the long-sought-after Kingdom Hearts III. (Well, Japan got it a few days ago.)

Some of you may have picked up your copy, and others may be waiting for their deliveryperson to drop off their copy. Either way, let’s dive into what makes every Kingdom Hearts game awesome and also terrible.

Basically the same rules as my Final Fantasy post. Final Mix versions are listed separately, but the HD collections are skipped since they have fewer tweaks than Final Mix games. Spoilers ahoy!

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Manga Review – Dragon Half

Dragon Half Volume 1

Dragon Half
ドラゴンハーフ
MITA Ryusuke
Shounen – Adventure, comedy, ecchi, fantasy, gag
3 Omnibuses (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

Super strong Mink is the daughter of a dragon and a human. But her idol crush is not only a popular singer but a dragon slayer as well! Mink sets out on an adventure to find a magic potion to turn her fully human, but with a couple of dead-weight companions “helping” her, royals with a secret chasing after her, and the fact that her beloved believes Mink is an evil dragon, her journey may take longer than she thought!

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Manga Review – Shugo Chara Chan!

Shugo Chara Chan! Volume 1

Shugo Chara Chan!
しゅごキャラちゃん!
MIZUSHIMA Naphthalene et al (story/art), Peach-Pit (original story)
Shoujo – 4-koma, comedy, fantasy, magical girl
4 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Amu’s Guardian Characters may be small, but their personalities are not! With each of the eggs having such different interests — not to mention the search for the Embryo –, every day is a big adventure!

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Manga Review – Shugo Chara!

Shugo Chara!
しゅごキャラ!
Peach-Pit
Shoujo – Comedy, fantasy, magical girl, romance
12 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Everyone sees Amu as a cool, confident young girl with a bit of a rebel streak. In truth, Amu is shy, easily flustered, and wants to be more feminine. After wishing to be more like her true self, Amu discovers three eggs have appeared out of nowhere. Before she knows it, she’s boldly confessing to her crush in front of the entire school. What is going on?!

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Manga Review – The Young Master’s Revenge

The Young Master's Revenge Volume 1

The Young Master’s Revenge
君のコトなど絶対に (Kimi no Koto nado Zettai ni)
TANAKA Meca
Shoujo – Comedy, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

After 10 years, Leo is returning to Japan as a wealthy, well-respected heir. His first order of business? Get revenge on Tenma, the rich girl who bossed him around and humiliated him. He’s has got the perfect scheme: make Tenma fall in love with him and then reject her. And now that Tenma’s family is broke, it should be even easier for Leo to woo Tenma’s heart. But even the best-laid plans can go awry, especially when love is involved!

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Manga Review – Comic Party

Comic Party Volume 1

Comic Party
こみっくパーティー
INUI Sekihiko
Shounen – Comedy, drama, harem
5 Volumes (complete)
TOKYOPOP
Out-of-print

Summary:

Kazuki is feeling a bit lost after failing to get into an art college. His friend Taishi decides to drag him to an event — a huge convention full of fan-made comics! Seeing the passion the artists put into their work awakens something in Kazuki. His other friend, Mizuki, however, can’t stand to see him enter a world full of disgusting fanboys.

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Manga Review – The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth

The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth Volume 1

The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth
千年迷宮の七王子 (Sennen Meikyuu no Nana Ouji)
ATORI Haruno (story), AIKAWA Yu (art)
Josei – Historical, myster
4 Volumes (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

Country boy Ewan suddenly finds himself in an ancient, collapsing castle with several famous and talented individuals. They then realize one of them must be selected to serve as the emperor and the others as his advisors. But when one of the eight is found murdered, will any of them even survive to become emperor? And why was Ewan selected anyway?

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Manga Review – Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Volume 1

Bloody Mary
ブラッディ+メアリー
SAMAMIYA Akaza
Shoujo – Drama, mystery, supernatural
10 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Ichiro has spent his days being mobbed by vampires. But this latest vampire doesn’t want his blood; he wants Ichiro to kill him! But he’s not about to grant any vampire’s wish, even one who displays some very un-vampire-like traits. Just who is this red-headed vampire? And what secrets are being kept from Ichiro about his family’s bloodline?

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