Tag Archive: drama

Unlicensed Spotlight – Suna no Shiro

Suna no Shiro Volume 1

Suna no Shiro
Le Chateau de Sable
The Sandcastle
砂の城
ICHIJO Yukari
Shoujo – Drama, romance, tragedy, psychological
7 Volumes (original), 3 Volumes (shinsho), 4 Volumes (bunko), 6 Volumes (reprint) (complete)

Summary:

Rather than be separated, rich heiress Nathalie and orphan boy Francis jump off a cliff to live together in death. Nathalie survives, but there is no sign of Francis. Following a tip that he has been spotted, Nathalie heads to an island. But what awaits her there sends her life into a different direction.

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Manga Review – Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect Volume 1

Kokoro Connect
ANDA Sadanatsu (story), Cuteg (art)
Shounen – Drama, comedy, romance, supernatural, gender bender
3 Volumes (ongoing), 5 Volumes (Japanese, complete)
Seven Seas

Summary:

The five members of the Student Cultural Society (three girls, two boys) spend their days hanging out and writing a school newspaper. One day, two members announce they switched bodies the previous night. The others think it’s a joke until they start swapping bodies, too.

Note: this review has been updated and can be found here.

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Manga Review – Oreimo

Oreimo Volume 1

Oreimo
My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute
俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない (Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
FUSHIMI Tsukasa (story), IKEDA Sakura (art), KANZUKI Hiro (character design)
Seinen – Drama
4 Volumes (complete)
Dark Horse

Summary:

High school Kyousuke barely speaks to his middle school sister Kirino. However, one day he discovers Kirino’s secret: she’s obsessed with siscon anime and video games! Now Kyousuke is roped in to keeping his seemingly perfect little sister’s hobby a secret.

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Manga Review – Dengeki Daisy

Dengeki Daisy Volume 1

Dengeki Daisy
電撃デイジー
MOTOMI Kyousuke
Shoujo – Romance, drama, comedy
16 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Before Teru’s brother died, he left her with a phone and the number of someone called Daisy. Without knowing Daisy’s identity, Teru sends Daisy updates about her life, but Teru hides she’s being bullied and is the school custodian’s slave. But could Daisy be close? And what’s with all the talk about a computer hacker?

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Manga Review – Tenshi Ja Nai!

Tenshi Ja Nai!! Volume 1

Tenshi Ja Nai!!
I’m No Angel!!

天使じゃない!!
SHIGEMATSU Takako
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, drama, gender bender
8 Volumes (complete)
Go! Comi
Out of print

Summary:

Haunted by memories of bullying, Hikaru just wants to blend into the crowd. However, she just got stuck with a rising idol for a roommate! Hikaru wants nothing to do with Izumi, but when she discovers Izumi’s secret, Hikaru finds herself blackmailed. Will Hikaru ever find peace?

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Manga Review – Honey Blood

Honey Blood Volume 1

Honey Blood
蜜味ブラッド(Mitsu Aji Blood)
MITSUKI Miko
Shoujo – Romance, drama, supernatural, mystery
3 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

High school girl Hinata’s new neighbor is the author of a popular vampire novel. The kimono-wearing Junya seems to take an interest in her, but what is even more shocking is that Junya and the vampire in his stories seem to have striking similarities…

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Unlicensed Spotlight – Momoiro Heaven!

Peach Heaven! Momoiro Heaven!

Momoiro Heaven!
Pink Heaven!
桃色ヘブン!
YOSHINO Mari
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, drama, smut
13 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha (Dessert)

Summary:

High school girl Momoko has a big secret: she’s actually an erotic novel author. When her secret is discovered by professional model — and professional womanizer — Ranmaru, he blackmails her into becoming his slave. Upon discovering Momoko is actually a virgin, Ranmaru keeps “volunteering” his services for her novels.

EDIT 2/28/2017: Now available digitally from Kodansha Comics USA under the title Peach Heaven!

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Manga Review – Kitchen Princess

Kitchen Princess Omnibus Volume 1

Kitchen Princess
キッチンのお姫さま (Kitchen no Ohime-sama)
ANDO Natsumi (Art), KOBAYASHI Miyuki (Story)
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, drama
10 Volumes, 4 Omnibuses (complete)
Kodansha USA

Summary:

When she was young, orphan Najika was saved by a boy and then given a flan. Najika promises to one day return the favor and make the best dessert in the world for him. Her search has led her to an elite school where everyone has a special talent. But despite her love of cooking, she has trouble fitting in. Will she make friends, and will she find her Flan Prince?

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Manga Review – Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS Volume 1

Inu x Boku SS
Dog x Me Secret Service

妖狐×僕SS (いぬぼくシークレットサービス)
FUJIWARA Cocoa
Shounen – Supernatural, romance, drama, comedy
6 Volumes (in progress) out of 11 (complete)
Yen Press

Summary:

In an effort to change herself, Ririchiyo moves into Ayakashi Mansion to be alone. She is surprised to find a bodyguard, Soushi, obsessed with protecting and serving her. While Ririchiyo had no intention of getting close to anybody, all the residents of Ayakashi Mansion must rely on each other to protect their shared secret.

Note: this review has been updated and can be found here.

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Manga Review – Boys over Flowers

Boys Over Flowers Volume 1

Boys over Flowers
花より男子 (Hana Yori Dango)
KAMIO Yoko
Shoujo – Romance, drama, comedy, reverse harem
37 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media
Out of print (physical), digital available

Summary:

Tsukushi is a poor girl attending an elite private school. The school is ruled by a group of guys called the F4. Students who anger the F4 are bullied and hazed, but when Tsukushi’s friend is nearly made the newest target, Tsukushi’s anger erupts and is made the next victim instead. However, Tsukushi isn’t planning to go down without a fight!

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