Tag Archive: drama

Manga Review – Beasts of Abigaile

Beasts of Abigaile Volume 1

Beasts of Abigaile
薔薇監獄の獣たち (Abigaile no Kemono-tachi)
AOKI Spica
Shoujo – Drama, harem, romance, supernatural
4 Volumes (complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

After being bullied in school, Nina goes to live with her uncle in the country of Ruberia, home of rare roses. On her first day in this new land, Nina comes face-to-face with an animal-eared beast-like guy, and he bites her! Suddenly, Nina has those characteristics too — and she’s forced to attend a prison-like school where these “luga” learn how to serve humans. Can Nina ever go back home, and, more importantly, go back to being a normal girl?

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Manga Review – ARISA

ARISA Volume 1

ARISA
ANDO Natsumi
Shoujo – Drama, mystery, psychological
12 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Tsubasa is excited to see her twin sister, Arisa, after many years apart. While Tsubasa is violent and a tomboy, Arisa is gentle, smart, and even the leader of her class. When Tsubasa gets to swap with Arisa for a day, it’s a chance to be the model, well-loved student she’s always dreamed of being. But when Tsubasa gets home with a letter for her sister, Arisa jumps out of a window, and a confused Tsubasa is desperate for answers.

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Manga Review – Library Wars: Love & War

Library Wars: Love & War Volume 1

Library Wars: Love & War
図書館戦争 LOVE&WAR (Toshokan Sensou – Love & War)
YUMI Kiiro (story & art), ARIKAWA Hiro (original concept)
Shoujo – Action, comedy, drama, romance, war
15 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

In the near future, libraries have decided to band together against government censorship. While the Media Betterment Committee seeks to ban all controversial material, the Library Forces defend the books, and thus the two often face off in potentially deadly clashes. For one new recruit, the training may be tough thanks to a strict drill instructor, but she’s going to join the Library Forces to meet her hero!

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Unlicensed Spotlight – Bitou Lollipop

Bitou Lollipop
Low Sugar Lollipop
Lightly Sweetened Lollipop

微糖ロリポップ
IKETANI Ricaco
Shoujo – Drama, romance
7 Volumes (complete)
Shueisha (Cookie)

Summary:

Madoka is shocked: her parents have just won the lottery! She’s in for another surprise when they leave her with some acquaintances while they go study to become doctors. Between her scholastically-challenged parents, a strict landlady, her rebellious son, and a popular classmate with secrets, will Madoka’s life make a turn for the better or worse?

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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 – 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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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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Manga Review – Shuriken and Pleats

Shuriken and Pleats 1

Shuriken and Pleats
手裏剣とプリーツ (Shuriken to Pleats)
HINO Matsuri
Shoujo – Action, drama, mystery
2 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Dedicated wholeheartedly to her mission, ninja Mikage spends her days protecting her beloved master. But while ninja are trained to suppress their emotions and desires, Mikage is torn when her master asks her to quit and instead live life as a normal schoolgirl. But even when the opportunity presents itself, is it possible to leave the path of the shinobi?

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