Tag Archive: shounen

Manga Review – Cross Game

Cross Game Volume 1

Cross Game
クロスゲーム
ADACHI Mitsuru
Shounen – Romance, sports, comedy, drama, slice-of-life
8 Volumes (17 Volumes original Japanese release) (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Ko’s family owns a sporting goods store, and his best friend/sort-of girlfriend Wakaba’s family runs a batting center. But Ko doesn’t take much interest in any sport, including baseball. But Wakaba’s younger sister Aoba resents Ko for both seeing baseball as just a game and for hogging Wakaba’s attention.

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Manga Review – Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh Omnibus

Azumanga Daioh
あずまんが大王
AZUMA Kiyohiko
Shounen – Comedy, slice-of-life
4 Volumes (original), 1 Volume (omnibus)
ADV (Out of print), Yen Press

Summary:

A group of friends (Chiyo, Yomi, Tomo, Sakaki, and Osaka) go through high school together. However, between their homeroom teacher’s antics and their own idiosyncrasies, their high school life will certainly be memorable.

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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 – Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 1

Yu-Gi-Oh!
遊☆戯☆王
TAKAHASHI Kazuki
Shounen – Fantasy, adventure, action
38 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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Unlicensed Spotlight – Dear

Dear Volume 1

Dear
FUJIWARA Cocoa
Shounen – Romance, fantasy, adventure
12 Volumes (original), 6 Volumes (shinsouban)
Square Enix (Monthly Gangan Wing)

Summary:

Lycanthrope Chiruha leaves her solitary life on the mountain to live in the village with humans. Amnesiac warrior Kisara works to extinguish demons. Once childhood friends, they cross paths again, but will the lycanthrope’s power test their bond? And there may be others interested in a lycanthrope…

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Manga Review – The Heroic Legend of Arslan

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume 1

The Heroic Legend of Arslan
アルスラーン戦記 (Arslan Senki)
ARAKAWA Hiromu (art), TANAKA Yoshiki (story)
Shounen – Action, adventure, fantasy, war, historical
22 Chapters / 2 Volumes (ongoing)
Crunchyroll / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Arslan is the prince of Pars, a country with great wealth and slaves. He is surprised to learn some view slavery as a cruel, that all men are considered equal under the god Yaldabaoth. But when the followers of Yaldabaoth attack, Arslan must face many trials and decisions in order to reclaim his kingdom.

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Manga Review – UQ Holder!

UQ Holder! Volume 1

UQ Holder!
AKAMATSU Ken
Shounen – Fantasy, action, comedy
74 Chapters, 4 Volumes (ongoing)
Crunchyroll / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Tota and his friends dream of leaving their backwater town and climbing the tower to the capital. But they can’t leave until they defeat the powerful Yukihime, Tota’s guardian. But who is Yukihime really? And what about Tota’s parents and grandfather, a man named Negi Springfield…?

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Manga Review – The Prince of Tennis

The Prince of Tennis Volume 1
The Prince of Tennis
テニスの王子様 (Tennis no Ouji-sama)
KONOMI Takeshi
Shounen – Comedy, sports
42 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Seishun Academy has a strong tennis team, but even its members are intrigued by the skill of 7th grader Ryoma. Cocky and confident Ryoma only has one goal, but perhaps the world of middle school tennis will expand his horizons.

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Manga Review – Rin-ne

Rin-ne Volume 1

Rin-ne
Rinne of the Boundary
境界のRinne (Kyoukai no Rinne)
TAKAHASHI Rumiko
Shounen – Supernatural, fantasy, comedy
16 Volumes (23 Volumes Japanese) (ongoing)
Viz Media

Summary:

Sakura once was spirited away, and ever since then, she can see ghosts. Now in high school, the guy who is supposed to sit next to her has never shown up. One day, he finally attends class, but Sakura’s the only one who can see him! The guy introduces himself as Rinne: “I’m a shinigami……sort of…”

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Manga Review – Buso Renkin

Buso Renkin Volume 1

Buso Renkin
Arms Alchemy
武装錬金 (Busou Renkin)
WATSUKI Nobuhiro
Shounen – Action, sci-fi, comedy, romance
10 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Kazuki just had the weirdest dream: he died trying to save a girl! But when a teacher transforms into a hideous animal-human hybrid known as a homunculus, Kazuki learns his heart has been replaced with an alchemic device known as the Buso Renkin. Now Kazuki and his savior, Tokiko, must search for the creator of the homunculus in order to prevent innocent people from being killed.

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