Tag Archive: drama

Manga Review – The Gentlemen’s Alliance †

The Gentlemen's Alliance † Volume 1

The Gentlemen’s Alliance †
紳士同盟+(クロス) (Shinshi Doumei † [Cross])
TANEMURA Arina
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, reverse harem, romance
11 Volumes (complete)
VIZ Media

Summary:

Haine is at the bottom caste of her school thanks to her adopted family’s finances, but that’s not the only reason people tend to ignore her: she’s a former gang member. It’s a far cry from the position of Emperor, aka the student body president. Like many of her schoolmates, she’s in love with the Emperor, and when she hears he’s kidnapped, this may be her chance to tell him of her feelings! But Shizumasa has his own secrets…

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Manga Review – Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Volume 1

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
昭和元禄落語心中
KUMOTA Haruko
Josei – Comedy, drama, historical, romance, slice-of-life, supernatural
10 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

A recent parolee has only one goal: to be trained in the art of Japanese storytelling under a certain master, one who has never had an apprentice before. Yakumo, considered the last of the greats, shockingly agrees. But this still doesn’t mean smooth sailing for Yotaro: Yakumo treats him like a pet, the young lady Yakumo looks after resents both of them, and mastering the art is tricker than Yotaro thought.

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Manga Review – Stepping on Roses

Stepping on Roses Volume 1

Stepping on Roses
裸足でバラを踏め (Hadashi de Bara wo Fume)
UEDA Rinko
Shoujo – Drama, historical, romance
9 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Japan, late 1800s. Sumi tries her best to care for orphans her brother brings home. But Eisuke keeps losing money gambling! When one of the kids gets sick, Sumi feels hopeless. A kind stranger gives her money, but she soon needs more. Then another man enters Sumi’s life and makes a demand: marry him but never love him.

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Manga Review – Halloween Pajama

Halloween Pajama Doujin Manga

Halloween Pajama
ハロウィン・パジャマ
IRIE Yasuhiro
Action, drama, magical girl
1 Volume (complete)

Summary:

Ran is constantly having the same dream: floating upside-down above a city. One night, she decides to float down to the city, where’s she’s promptly attacked by ghosts! A larger ghost with legs saves her, but he give her a mission: fight evil spirits until Hallows’ Eve as the new Halloween Pajama!

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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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