Tag Archive: shoujo

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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Manga Review – Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura Volume 1

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura
桜姫華伝 (Sakura Hime Kaden)
TANEMURA Arina
Shoujo – Magical girl, romance, historical, drama, action
12 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

In the Heian Era, Princess Sakura is suddenly summoned by her fiancee, Prince Oura. Having never met him before, a messenger, Aoba is sent to escort her to the palace. Not wanting to be tied down at 14 in a loveless marriage, Sakura escapes during a full moon, despite being warned to never look at it. Now Sakura finds herself attacked by beasts, and she is the only one who can defeat them.

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Manga Review – La Corda d’Oro

La Corda d'Oro Volume 1

La Corda d’Oro
金色のコルダ (Kin’iro no Corda)
The Golden String
KURE Yuki
Shoujo – Romance, drama, fantasy, reverse harem
17 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Kahoko is an ordinary high schooler. At least she thought she was until a fairy gives her a magical violin to enter the school music competition. She reluctantly agrees, but does Kahoko stand a chance against students who are aiming to be professionals?

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Manga Review – Missile Happy!

Missile Happy! Volume 1

Missile Happy!
ミサイル ハッピー!
KIRITANI Miki
Shoujo – Romance, comedy
5 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out of print

Summary:

Mikako is a girl with a sister complex. So when her sister is to have an omiai, Mikako takes it upon herself to investigate the guy by living with him. But can they keep their living arrangement a secret, especially when they develop feelings for each other?

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News – Japanese Women Rank Overused Shoujo Tropes

Anime News Network posted an interesting ranking from Japanese site Goo of what 500 women thought were the most overused shoujo manga tropes. As TV Tropes explains, tropes are not cliches, but when the whole manga is basically one of these main tropes after another…ugh. Bring something new to the table. A good manga needs at least one major difference or twist to help set it apart, especially in shoujo school life manga.

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Manga Review – Strobe Edge

Strobe Edge Volume 1

Strobe Edge
ストロボエッジ
SAKISAKA Io
Shoujo – Romance, slice-of-life, drama
10 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Ninako is an ordinary girl who just doesn’t quite understand love. However, after the most popular boy in school, Ren, accidentally destroys her cell phone strap and replaces it, she starts to develop feelings for him. But Ren already has a girlfriend…

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Manga Review – MARS

MARS Volume 1

MARS
SOURYO Fuyumi
Shoujo – Romance, slice-of-life, drama, psychological
15 Volumes (original release), 8 volumes (bunko) (complete)
Tokyopop
Out of print

Summary:

Kira is rather shy girl who is good at drawing. One day, she runs into the school’s most popular guy, Rei, at a park. She helps him out by giving him a map and tries desperately to avoid any further interaction. When he compliments her drawing, however, the two form a rather unusual friendship which becomes something much deeper.

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