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Manga Review – Suki

Suki Volume 1

Suki
すき。だからすき (Suki. Dakara Suki)
CLAMP
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, romance
3 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop / Viz Media

Summary:

Hinata’s happy days just keep getting happier. The man who moves in next door looks after her, does all of her favorite things, and even turns out to be her interim homeroom teacher. It’s no wonder Hinata is experiencing new feelings! But is Shiro’s arrival purely coincidence? Is there a reason why he seems especially interested in Hinata?

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Manga Review – I Am Here!

I Am Here! Volume 1

I Am Here!
ココにいるよ!(Koko ni Iru yo!)
TOYAMA Ema
Shoujo – Drama, romance, slice-of-life
2 Omnibuses (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Hikage is practically invisible to her classmates. She has no friends, no one knows her name, and they forget she’s even in their class. Still, she at least has two regular commenters on her internet blog. But when the most popular boys in school start to talk to her, Hikage may finally be able to escape the shadows of her lonely school life.

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Unlicensed Spotlight – Blade Girl ~Kataashi no Runner~

Blade Girl ~Kataashi no Runner~ Volume 1

Blade Girl ~Kataashi no Runner~
Blade Girl ~One-Legged Runner~

ブレードガール ~片脚のランナー~
SHIGEMATSU Narumi
Josei – Drama, romance, slice-of-life, sports
2 Volumes (ongoing)
Kodansha (Be Love)

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Rin has not gotten used to having an artificial leg. But when she’s taken to a sports complex, she sees a whole team of people racing with a strange device in place of a foot. When she meets Kazami, a maker of these blades for running, Rin finds herself drawn to the world of competitive running…

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Manga Review – Pearl Pink

Pearl Pink Volume 1

Pearl Pink
天然パールピンク (Tennen Pearl Pink)
TANAKA Meca
Shoujo – Comedy, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out-of-print

Summary:

Kanji is shocked to learn the top idol at his father’s talent agency has a teenage daughter. But Tamako insists they’ve met before and made a promise. Kanji and his dad take Tamako in to hide her from the public, and Kanji just can’t get used to this monkey-like girl. Tamako, meanwhile, just has one goal: to be Kanji’s ideal wife!

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Manga Review – Assassination Classroom [Redux]

Assassination Classroom Volume 1

Assassination Classroom
暗殺教室 (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
MATSUI Yusei
Shounen – Action, sci-fi, comedy, drama
21 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

To students at Kunugigaoka Junior High, being sent to Class 3-E is almost a fate worse than death. But the students in 3-E know all about death: they’re tasked with killing their teacher to save the world! Their target and teacher, an octopus-like being, has incredible abilities that make him seemingly unkillable. But his greatest skill may be teaching a class of “losers”!

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Calling all aspiring manga creators!

The Otaku Box

I’ve been given the opportunity to review a few indie comics on here, and I’ve also been asked about becoming a creator before. Well, for all those folks, here’s your chance! You could get your manga/comic featured in The Otaku Box.

The full press release is included here, but I also emailed Joe Delbridge of GeekSmash to ask a few additional questions for those contest entrants:

1. When does the contest end and when will winners be contacted or announced (approximately)?
— We’re thinking this can be an ongoing thing. We don’t want to limit the opportunities for the creators.

2. Is this contest open to creators worldwide? (With English works, of course.)
— Yes, it’s open to worldwide creators as long as it’s in English.

3. Are there any restrictions on age rating or content?
— Somewhat. We don’t want pornographic content, but edgy is encouraged.

So if you’re interested, please read the press release for more details and to learn how to enter: (more…)

Manga Review – Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Yu-Gi-Oh! R Volume 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! R
遊☆戯☆王 R
TAKAHASHI Kazuki (original concept), ITO Akira (story/art)
Shounen – Fantasy, adventure, action
5 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Yugi has always had an interest in games and puzzles. But one thing has stumped him for eight years: the Millennium Puzzle. It is said that whoever solves this puzzle will be given a strange power. But solving the puzzle turns out to be only the first challenge Yugi will face.

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Manga Review – Captive Hearts of Oz

Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 1

Captive Hearts of Oz
MARUYA Ryo (story), FUJIMARU Mamenosuke (art)
Shoujo – Adventure, drama, fantasy, reverse harem, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

Dorothy is an orphan, but she’s happily living with her aunt, uncle, and little dog Toto. But when a tornado tears through their farm, Dorothy finds herself in a strange land. Told to go see the Wizard of Oz in order to return home, Dorothy can’t help but have a nagging feeling there’s something oddly familiar about all this…

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