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Ghost Only(2006 - )
Author: Yui Shin
Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo
Key Words: Food, Ghosts,
Originated: Japan
Publisher: Hakusensha In Magazine: Melody

Book Volumes: 2

In a small part of town, there is a very high class restaurant in with the living have no business being. The sign on the door only reads ‘Ghost Only’. Here the undead eat wonderful meals and reconnect with loved ones past. Ema is one of the very few living who can work there because of her special gift for seeing the dead, but can she stand the others enough to keep working?


My Thoughts: Oh my god! I really love this manga actually. It has a really wonderful storyline that makes it stand out from a couple others that I read. There doesn’t seem to be a full underlining story but small stories starting with Ema’s background story. Some of the characters are sort of forgettable sadly, but the 4 she normally is around are at least remember-able by face even if it isn’t by name. Each one has an interesting personality and look that makes them this stories own characteristic.

Because things keep going at a by story passé, it’s hard to see the romance that the manga says is inside it. The time we start seeing the romance bloom actually is in the 3rd chapter instead of showing up right off the back. Now, it’s done rather well but had me guessing where the love story was coming from and if the first chapter was the only love that they would have. Even though they don’t really give us a defined love between Ema and Saeki Renichi, they always put some hint in that she is important to him.

One thing I do wish is that they would talk more of the characters pasts. We hear a lot about the costumers but we don’t here much on Misa, Yuu, and Enomoto. I can’t even figure out if Enomoto really is a man sometimes.

Now when it comes to the stories, I remember a couple that really were my favorites. The stuffed animal one and the kitten one were the most wonderful stories to me because they had such a cute storyline. The very last one was cute as well, though sadly, it didn’t stop me from wanting more.

The artwork is rather beautiful at times and other times look just plan with slight lines. It’s not that it’s done rather chaotic but depends on the mood. When the mood has something to do with life and love, the artwork actually becomes rather beautiful with flowers and butterflies, and when it starts being creepy like about death, then the artwork slightly changes to fit that as well.

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Angel sat in the library, reading a book she had been wanting for a while when a dark shadow blocked out the light. She looked up to find Kurai staring at her in the face. She sighed, not jumping for she pretty much expected to see the troll after all the other times he had shown up, "What do you want now?" she asked, frowning, "Is there a strange pantie shot anime you want me to look at?"
"Ah..." he smiled, "You do read manga, right?"
"And what is the point?" She asked.
"Have you heard of Dojinshi?"
"Of course I have heard of that... most of them are not really that good...." she said, then glared at him, "Don't tell me......"
"You haven't looked at many of them, in fact, you pretty much only looked at one."
"Because I ended up reviewing the anime for it so figured I should at least see the damn manga..." she frowned.
"I got a couple for you.... but your first is this...." he slipped her a small doujinshi with 'Megamix Gravitation' written on the front. She eyed it, then she noticed a word under it, "Oh come on!" she snapped, then lowered her voice, "This is a..."
"Ah yes, it is of course one of those.... but your contract...."
"Shut up..... the sooner I'm done with this the better........." she growled.


Megamix Gravitation(2006)
Author: Maki Murakami
Yaoi, Doujinshi, Shouenai, Hentai,
Key Words: Hard core,
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 1

A collection of hard core Yaoi one shots with the characters from Gravitation.


My Thoughts: Well, I don’t normally review doujinshi (half the time I have no clue what to talk about with it) most of the time its because I know it was created for the fans and so for the fans it shall remain. But, I have been told that it would be better to review some of them just because and to see if I would really like it. I have to say, I like this better then the Boku no Pico stuff I had to review before! I actually liked Gravitation and so this actually got my little fan girl heart racing because of how cute it was. It’s cut into four chapters, each one about love that kind of goes over the top. I will break them up into each chapter because it kind of changes depending on what storyline you want to read. The chapters really aren’t connected so you don’t lose anything with just reading one of the stories.

The first one is of Shuichi and Yuki, and pretty much Shuichi narrating everything that he and Yuki normally do. I got to say, this is a little bit of a sighing moment for me. I would of liked it better if they had not brought the fact that Shuichi and Yuki ‘normally’ do stuff like this because first off, it takes away from the main story of the anime and the normal manga. In fact, I think there was only three scenes hinted throughout the whole anime that put them together in bed and actually doing it. This is where you notice, this is just for the fans and I would of loved to leave it at that but I’m a damn reviewer and must review what I’ve been asked to review. Anyway, there really is no story here, no reason why they would be doing this and pretty much they just start with the sex. (Minus points) The artwork is alright except that it shows every gross scene of the sex and ‘other things’ that makes me feel gross for even looking at the thing.( Minus Points) The only thing I consider something they did good on was the attention to the characters personality it seems. They made sure that Yuki was still a asshole and Shuichi still seemed to become his little toy. The characters have been drawn to where they are recognizable and close enough to the style of the manga. And I do like this one picture they have of Yuki all sweaty and saying Shuichi’s name, its rather a subtle picture at the end but its rather cute.

The next one is more like a role-playing one where Shuichi and Yuki are considered married and Yuki comes home one day seeming off. Shuichi looks way too much like a little kid to even think he was a teen, and just a lot of the artwork feels off. Even the ending feels like he’s a little kid going to school rather then an adult song writer. It’s a lot worse change then the first. Again we start out with sex and this one is even more intense then the last, and it just makes me a little more sick because they took away the characters personalities. When I say this, I mean that this one has a stupid little twist that a ghost is hunting the two and taken over Yuki’s body. For some reason, a friend of mine really likes this but it feels very forced to me.

The next one has a small bit of story behind it, and it involves Yuki’s past, explaining a bit of why Yuki might hate Katazawa and yet also love him a little. Although we get more information on it, its all fan based and you can tell because of how they just wrote it. Again we seem to fall into the whole start with sex thing in this and it bothers me. Why can we not have a actual story line for this? Well, half way threw, we end up going back to present day and Yuki is with Seguchi and his actual brother… Tatsuha Uesugi… WHY AM I REVIEWING THIS AGAIN? *glares at Kurai* Fine… anyway, artwork is again alright in a sense except for the fact that Yuki is first Pedo bait, then as he is in the present time frame, he still looks like a child to the other two when Seguchi to me looked more like a child to Yuki. Also, Tatsuha in the anime and manga didn’t know about Yuki’s problem with Katazawa or at least not that I remember so it breaks the story.

Then its Shuichi and Yuki and while that happens, we have Hiro and Fujisaki ended up having a little fun as well. This chapter is cute in a way, but the faces of the ‘bottoms’ look way too cutesy then they should. The whole art style that was placed within it makes Shuichi and Nakano as grade schoolers rather then the teenagers and up they really should be. This bothers me like the problem I had with Boku no Pico in that it feels almost pedo-ish. Even in my head while knowing the characters actually are teens, I can’t get away from it! Now, I guess I can understand a little behind the character Fujisaki looking like that because he’s only 16 in the anime and manga but a character should still not look like a little kid when in a hard core Hentai manga! The sexual art pieces… they are rather dirty, hard core style pieces. Perfect if you like that stuff but then again, if you’re not interested in that stuff, then it kind of makes you feel sick. I know I sound like a hypocrite when I say that seeing this stuff is somewhat interesting to me, but I love more of the hint style where they only hint at things going on. When you draw the whole pervy scene, it loses its appeal to me.

All in all, its ok for a doujinshi all about sex, but that’s pretty much it. If you get past all its flaws, the manga can be a big turn on; on the other hand, the problems I have with the manga are a bit bigger in my mind that I just can’t get away from. I like when the characters keep their personalities and when we have more story then a fuck all style of artwork.

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-Rain-(2008)
Author: Hayase Hashiba
Fantasy, Drama, Yuri, Hentai,
Key Words: One Shot, Slice of Life,
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 1

On a rainy day, Mai met a beautiful girl comes to Mai. She calls herself Rain and has come because Mai’s days have been filled with bitterness and betrayal. Can Rain help Mai ease her heart?


My Thoughts: What can I say about one shots? Well, there short. There isn’t much to talk about really with them because of this. This story is actually rather cute because it doesn’t actually circle around the sex aspect. It’s about a little girl that just wants to be loved and she finds love with the rain or at least a girl who says she’s the rain. The stupid part of the manga though is the ending and this may be considered a spoiler but I have to say it because it’s so short. Why the hell does Rain leave at the end? It makes things much harder for Mai because she had sex with her right before she suddenly went away!

The artwork is rather pretty and the first half actually has color, which doesn’t normally happen. It’s a pretty watercolor style and then goes to the normal black and white with sepia tones once the sexual part starts. Not sure why the author did that, but it has a lot more attention then other one shots that I have seen because of the color.

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-SINS-(Jul 25, 2011)
Author: Miura Masataka
Shounen, Supernatural,
Key Words: One Shot,
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 1

Sara Tanjuro, nicknamed ‘Satan’ at his school, has proposed his love to a girl every day since he transferred into Mikagami’s school. But he has a secret, he is a anti-angel specialist in a secret society that combats the ones that wreak havoc on the world.


My Thoughts: Well, I can hear your guys hate that I’m doing another one shot but they are easier to read. I really did like the story line for this one, pretty much mixing supernatural action’s with love and courage undertones. The bad thing about this… IT COULD BE LONGER! They have such a great story that this could be made that much longer and actually have a series maybe to play around with but they don’t! They leave it on a cliff hanger. To me, that’s just lazy creating. If you have a story that is short, then don’t make it as good as this to the point that the reader is going to want to read more. That makes it lose stars in my thought.

The artwork is alright, basically average actually. We have Sara with his white spiky hair that makes him look like his the child of Yugi from Yugioh and Allan from D.Gray Man.

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Abstraction(2000)
Author: Kago Shintaro
Hentai, Horror,
Key Words: One Shot,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 1

Wonder what Manga panels would look like 3D?


My Thoughts: Um…. What the fuck did I just look at? The whole thing was confusing as hell to me. It started out normal with two characters that liked each other but then something went crazy and it made me feel like I was on drugs. After a while, it was way to hard to even read and got extremely horrific looking with blood, smut and so on.

The artwork was the most confusing to me and it didn’t seem to have any reason to look like that. If anyone has seen the Farscape comics, it was like that with more blood and guts in it. I would say don’t read it unless you want a really strange feeling after it.

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…Curtain(2006)
Author: Mizutani Kyoko
Romance, Josei,
Key Words: One Shot, Smut
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 1

~…Curtain~
Hiyori Okamura is a new math teacher at a high school where she graduated from and where her love, the chemistry teacher Shibasaki, works. One day, she can’t use her room so ends up moving into Shibasaki’s apartment where only a curtain divides them.

~Love Duet~
Honda works with Sawaki, a boy she likes. His little sister teaches her piano but because of a accident, Sawaki will be teaching her.

~Sweet Days for You, Too~
A young woman who works hard at a food industry company when she meets a strange man who is rather laid back.

~Impassioned Drawing~
A women at a architect firm falls for a new employ but if the two were ever found out to have relationships, one would be moved from the department. Can she pick between her job and her love?

~Love Supplication Guidance~
Two lovers have a fight, can they get past it and show how they truly feel?


My Thoughts: As with all shows and mangas that have more then one story, I will be splitting them up to talk about.

First is Curtain. It’s actually a cute story about how a young girl and her love ends up living under the same roof. Just as a rather young and naive girl can be, she has a lot of problems when it comes to things on her own like cooking so she ends up showing this to her love threw little problems. Despite that, she didn’t really tell anyone about her birthday so when Shibasaki finds out about it; he goes threw all the trouble to make sure she had a cake and candles. In the end, they fell in love, or at least confessed to being in love and that’s when it gets into a bit sexy time. The artwork is rather gentle and sweet, being rather cute at times. The shadows are soft and really bring out the romance within the manga chapter.

The next called Love Duet, the girl is more like a stocker then a naïve girl because she even ends up taking pictures of him at work. She ends up playing the piano with him after his sister has an accident. In the end, its to much for her to bear and she asks for another teacher but with the last performance, he does the music with her. The artwork again is gentle but yet has a lot more comical feeling to it. I was happy that the characters seemed to have a way different personality then the first couple and luckily, this One Shot didn’t really end with sex although they hinted they were going to do it. There was no art of them ‘getting it on’ and that means that the story didn’t need it.

With Sweet Days for You too, it’s a bit surprising that the women seems to actually be the stronger individual. She stops someone who has stolen the guys wallet then finds out that the happy go lucky guy she just helped works on creating spices for her company. Since she is a strong willed and diligent worker, seeing a guy like this makes her think that he is actually not doing his work and so she thinks little of him. Threw him, she learns to slow down at some points, and think about herself rather then work. In the end, he’s the one that rescues her from the problems she had with her boss and they learn to accept each other. If you don’t want a sexual story then this is the one you want because it has nothing to do with that.

Impassioned Drawing is about two architects that don’t really seem to see eye to eye. But unknowing to there company, the two are actually in love and living together. If the company found out, things would be rather bad for the both of them, making one quit and one leave the company for good. When they had to do a big compaction together, it drives them apart and leaves the women wondering what she should do now, leave the company or put her feelings aside. This one was much more drama filled and so it was almost like it would break my heart when the women tried so hard to have the man she loved back in her life. The artwork is pretty much the same as the others so not much to say on that.

This one surprisingly actually dives into the Impassioned Drawing one where we have the came characters. We follow the women wondering if her lover really does love her even if he doesn’t show it. I’m not sure if I understand this because he did all he could for them to be together. This one was a face palm chapter because the whole idea was that the women wouldn’t let him have sex with her till he actually said he was sorry for not showing his feelings. At least the other one didn’t revolve around sex but this one does. It makes the characters feel shallower and breaks the sweet drama they had before.

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Alice in the Country of Hearts(Oct 2007 – Oct 2010)
Author: Quin Rose, Soumei Hoshino
Adventure, Comedy, Reverse-Harem, Fantasy, Romance, Shojo,
Key Words: Gunfights, Warring Factions,
Magazine: Monthly Comic AvarusPublisher: Mag Garden American Publisher: Yen Press
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 6

Alice had a normal life with her sister till one day as she was dosing, a white rabbit came and kidnapped her, taking her to wonderland and the Country of Hearts. The White Rabbit gave her something and forced her to swallow it so that she could stay within that world with him since he loved her so much. She though, has other plans. She wants to go home and must meet the people of the Country of Hearts, fending off bullets from a war they have going, and trying to not let the world fall for her even though they already have.


My Thoughts: When I was young, I loved the story of Alice in wonderland because it was a strange storyline that grabbed my attention. Over the years, I loved almost every rendition of the story that came out. The darker the story, the better in my mind for instance, I liked American McGee’s Alice game where Alice was in asylum after her family was killed in a fire. I’m not sure why but when things are rather demented like that; it gives a really nice spin to an already overused story. This one, well, its what you would expect from a manga version of Alice with a Reverse- harem element. All the guys are beautiful men and the girl believes she isn’t work anything.

We start out with Alice waking up from her ‘dream’ and seeing her sister there, reading a book. Ironically, it’s the book Alice in wonderland and so of course Alice believed wonderland to be nothing more then a dream. Even though she only had a dream about a game, she seems to be bothered by a game of cards that her sister asks about. This is where the manga gets a little hairy in continuity or just plain explaining what the hell is going on. We wouldn’t know just why Alice is so jumpy since all we get is a very small bit of her dreaming about a game. Now even more problematic is that she also talks about how her sister was probably a girl all the men would love but when she thinks of an image, we have nothing that would tell us who it is. We can suspect though that it’s a guy she likes. I have a feeling that those that might of played the games this manga was based off of would understand but as of now, I do not believe they have actually come to America and are probably not in English.

As her sister leaves, we get Alice drifting off again to sleep and then she sees a normal white rabbit with clothing on. The story of Alice in Wonderland almost always had her following the rabbit on her own accord, but this one, the rabbit tells her she needs to follow him, then when he picks her up to force her to come with, he turns into a really hot white haired man with glasses! And not only that, but he forces her to drink a strange liquid as well. He calls himself Peter White…. I believe it is a play off of Peter Rabbit and this is when I facepalm because in only about 35 pages, we have a rather ‘erotic’ scene with a name pulled as a spinoff of something else. And yet, this is what Alice in wonderland was made for.

The story goes really fast and really doesn’t have much time to explain what exactly is going on. This is not for people who want things explained right off the back but then again, you wouldn’t like the normal Alice in Wonderland then. Now, there are a lot of things I like about this manga though, including the little touches that the ‘Hatters’ are a family of mafia with the main Hatter as our representative love interest. (Those that seem to ship Alice and Hatter will love this manga.)

I have to say this story reminds me a lot of Kobato where the main character must collect something in a bottle to get back to where she wants to go, STOP THINKING IT PERVERTS! We also have a rather interesting staker who seems to have fallen for her and wants her to stay in the world of Wonderland with him. Of course, in a harem, all the men and some women it seems want to be with Alice including an incubus that creates nightmares. I get the feeling this manga should be a hentai but it never really comes to that. Instead, we have a rather fun and witty dialog between all of the characters. Seriously, a lot of the dialog actually made me laugh at times because it was stuff that I should of figured would happen but I was not expecting it. All the characters turned into loveable characters (Even Peter White in a way) in their childish nature and fun loving self.

In the end, there really isn’t an end and so it keeps on going on about the same. This sometimes bothers me but there are luckily hints that something will be changing at some point in time.

The artwork is actually rather good though pretty standard for the beautiful harem boy. If you consider it against all the other Reverse-harem mangas, then the artwork is just standard. Every once in a while, a character may stand out but it’s hard for them to stand out when they look like many other characters in other mangas. As for in the manga, you can tell the characters apart except for Dee and Dum at times but they are twins. The other characters around them don’t have faces and so it really helps the main characters stand out. It was a interesting way of playing it off.

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Alice in the Country of Clover(Aug 25, 2009 - )
Author: Quin Rose, Mamenosuke Fujimaru
Adventure, Comedy, Reverse-Harem, Fantasy, Romance, Shojo,
Key Words: Gunfights, Warring Factions,
Magazine: Comic Zero Sum Publisher: Ichijinsha American Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 2



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Zombie Powder(Jul 19, 1999 – Feb 8, 2000)
Author: Taite Kubo
Sci-fi, Western, Comedy, Action, Shonen, Supernatural
Key Words: Guns, Swords, Fetch Quest,
Publisher: Shueisha American Publisher: Madman Entertainment, Viz Media
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 4

Elwood was a young thief who pick-pocketed to get meds for his ill sister. After pick pocketing the wrong guy, he becomes friends with Akutabi Gamma, a powder hunter looking for the twelve rings of the dead.


My Thoughts: Automatically, the first few pages reminded me of Trigun in how the main character is portrayed. He’s somewhat flashy, and acts like an idiot in a world of the western gun. Gamma is really comedic and seems to also be a womanizer himself as seen with Elwood’s sister. So, a womanizing, comedic, and almost bad ass of a guy is looking for something around the desert. He is kind to anyone he meets and wears a flashy coat, standing out like a sore thumb. He has armor that is built directly into his right arm and is a wanted man who doesn’t fight aimlessly because of a woman. If that doesn’t explain both Vash and Gamma, then I don’t think anything will. Now, unlike Vash, he isn’t worried about fighting and even carries around a sword that’s more like a chainsaw and he’s mastered a sword style that is extremely hard to learn.

I see Elwood as pretty much Wolfwood in a sense because most of the times he’s talking to Gamma, I can see Wolfwood doing the same for Vash. Still, there are quite a bit odd things that make him his own character. All the characters call him by his middle name it seems since in his BO, his full name is read as John Elwood Shepherd. His drive is only one thing, bringing his sister back to life after feeling very guilty for the events leading up to her death. I somewhat consider him more like our introduction since the story ends with him a bit.

The next character we should talk about is CT Smith who is Gamma’s partner. Why he wears a professional suit in hot dry weather is beyond me but it doesn’t look like he would be very comfortable. He’s pretty smart and seems to look up to Gamma though he somewhat matches him in strength. He also has a really really bad habit of building bombs that never once work right. He has been yelled at by Gamma for that many times.

And last we have Wolfgangina Lalla Getto (Wolfina). Who in their right mind would freaken call there kid Wolfgangina? Anyway, she is paparazzi journalist who has a really strange idea of justice. For example, after taking a picture of a gangboss trying to rape a woman, she doctored it to make it seem that he was a dominatrix.

I had trouble with the name for a rather long time. It really looks like it should be Zombie Power and not Powder, doesn’t it? Even in the description, I had a hard time not writing ‘power hunter’ instead. There is also the fact that the author has for some unknown reason given every single character who is in this manga a full name even if they were only fought for one chapter or has been seen in two or three panels. That’s a bit of dedication right there but I feel it’s unnecessary. Also, this would have been a really good manga if the creator didn’t decide to cut it off so soon. It felt unfinished after the forth episode. In the end, it just needed to keep going and give us more then a preview of what could have been.

The artwork is really out of this world with all the different types of swords and weapons they have. It’s got a really fun steam punk artstyle at times and yet, it isn’t fully steampunk. You can see it in the ‘Jet powered’ swords and even in Gamma’s Chainsaw sword but no one is really decked out in all steampunk.

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It's been 2 months since the whole Christmas / Holiday thing happened and it was still snowing very hard around Kakurega. MAK and Kai was watching some strange anime in the living room that caught their attention.
"OK, you have any idea what's going on in this show?" MAK asked.
"No, first time watching this." Kai asked. "Why are we watching this again?"
MAK explained, "Because I got a request from somebody I know to review this anime and hey, it's not awful yet."

Angel walked passed them as she was doing her and Akuma's laundry and blinked seeing the show, "Oh... you guys watching that one?" she asked as she placed the clothing into a basket for a moment to join them, "So, you guys like this stuff?"

Kai said, "Well, I'm not sure. I'm mostly open-minded about whatever anime I watch. Looks interesting enough, sort of."
Then MAK faced Angel and said, "Ditto, I heard it was from the same guy that directed Madoka Magica later on and I thought I give this show a watch to see if the guy's any good."

"It's pretty dark and I didn't really like how the story worked out myself..." she shrugged, "Just wasn't full. The manga was no different in my eyes."

"So, I guess you have watched and reviewed this before, Angel?" Kai asked her.
"She probably did." MAK said, "I'm not sure but if you did, do you mind telling us your thoughts about the OVA---" He grabbed the title and read the name "Le Portrait de Petite Crosette".

"Sure.... by the way, the title is french...." she said as she sat down right next to him and grabbed the laptop and opened to her page.


Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, Cossette no Shouzou(Aug 11, 2004 – Dec 21, 2004)
Author: Asuka Katsura
Supernatural, Seinen, Psychology,
Key Words: Torture, Gore, Suicide,
Magazine: Magazine Z Publisher: Kodansha American Publisher: Tokyopop
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 2

Eiri Kurahashi is an art collage student that works part time at an antique shop for a little extra cash and also to see the beautiful items that come in. One day, a strange glass appears in the shop with a beautiful, hunting quality to it. For some reason, he is the only person that can see something within the glass and is transfixed on the images. Cossette, a very beautiful young girl in 18th century attire. Turns out that she was from a wealthy family and was engaged to a well known artist of her time. He was transfixed with keeping her exactly the way she was, so much so that he killed her to keep her from aging. Hunted by that memory, her lovely items including the glass that she is trapped within decide to destroy the artist. Even centuries from that time, their hatred only grew until Eiri happened upon them. For her to leave her tortured tomb, a man must take her place, tortured by the painful crimes the artist committed upon her.


My Thoughts: I have to say that this manga, even though created after the anime was done, actually has much more depth to it. The story starts out with the main character drawing a image of a girl he saw in a painting in the antic store and it feels much more realistic then him seeing the girl in a piece of glass. Not only that, but it’s a painting that was painted with her own blood after Marcello killed her. The painting actually has a background that whoever owned the painting died so it gives a bit more depth to it. It gives the realization that Eiri wasn’t actually chosen out of thin air, although he is still mesmerized by the painting for no real reason.

The manga dives much deeper into these then the anime and Cossette actually seems to have a heart instead of a heartless bitch. She seems to feel sad for the things that her items have done rather then just want to torture Eiri with there pain. And sadly, even though they have a bit more depth to them, I can’t find myself to care about these characters because of the artwork.

Throughout the whole book, we have a sort of Narrator-ish chat going on without any real way of knowing whether its Eiri or Corssette talking. Sometimes it’s a mix of the two though can be just a little hard to figure out how who is. It dives much into psychology of obsession and love with almost a surreal feeling. And yet, it also goes into a rather depressing thought about what it really means to be alive, of course, the only answer this gives is that we live to one day die. That nothing we do means anything in this world because we will all end up the same.

The Artwork is actually really bland compared to the anime, and sometimes feels blotchy. Cossette is the only one that actually is well detailed where as everyone else is bland and uninteresting. The items and background look much more like scribbles a lot of times or are much to detailed for a black and white manga. It’s hard to see many things and so it makes it inconsistent. I half the time have problems figuring out what is supposed to stand out and what isn’t because things that should be in the back, are much more detailed and interesting then things in the front. For a manga where the main character is going to a art school, the manga has a lot of problems with the art.

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After the review, a scene popped up where the guy was pretty much being tortured.
Then we heard some strange noises coming from somewhere as there were strange noises coming from around the area. No one knows where its coming from.
"HOLY FUCK!! WHAT THE SHIT IS THAT!?!?!?" MAK screamed.
"I don't know who that is but I'm pretty terrified now." Kai said.
He went into his Hybrid Phase (in a mild setting) and Kai went along with him.

Angel sighed as she followed, rolling her eyes as the group walked outside and found a small black cub sitting in the snow with dark wings. It was a strange little lynx cub and Angel cooed when she saw it, "So cute!" she said as she walked over to the little lynx.

"Oh.....A lynx." Kai said, "All right, nothing bad about that and the little guy looks cute, too."
"But the question is that where did it come from?" MAK said.

Angel held the little lynx close to her, feeling his forehead, "He's freezing... lets get him inside so he warms up..." she said walking to the door. Kurai was just coming ourside with his snowboard, about to go hit some of the mountains close by. As soon as the lynx saw him, it wiggled out of Angel's arms and started rubbing on Kurai's leg. Kurai frowned as he looked down at it, then looked at the others, "What's with this thing?" he asked, pointing to the lynx.

Kai then explained all the details to Kurai, "Well, he just came into our doorstep as he was making some strange noises. Angel thought it was cute and there you go and I'm mostly up for keeping him. Plus, he might be a good playmate to Christina since she was been rather lonely for a while."

Kurai frowned as he looked down at the lynx, "Not another little annoying pet... your ferret hates me a lot anyway. I don't need another one..." as he said this, the little Lynx saw Christina and bolted after it like she was a little toy.

"Aww, come on, Kurai," Kai said as she went to pick up Christina and held her in her arms, "Now how can someone as sweet as Christina be hateful to anyone here?" Then she proceeded to baby talk her.
"Come on, man. Don't tell me you're actually scared of our pet ferret now." MAK said.

"No, I'm not scared of that thing...." he said watching as the lynx tried to get at her again, "I'm afraid of what Kai would do to me once I get my hands on that stupid ferret..."

"OH.........yeah." MAK wondered, "She'll definitely kill you if you tried to do something with her. Hell, I remember one time when this one girl was slapping around this little Corgi we know and when that happen, Kai just went fucking hostile on her...make the Punisher looks like Pippi Longstocking....and that was when she was 13."

Kurai nodded, "Well, if that little lynx will keep that ferret away from me, I guess we will keep it..." he started walking off and the lynx followed, hopping in his footsteps cutely.
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One day, Akuma was sitting in the living room with a manga in one hand and a handkerchief in the other. She was crying so much because of the beautiful story she had just finished reading. As she finished, Kurai walked in and frowned as he saw her crying, "Akuma?" he asked, walking over to her. He hated seeing her crying as she used to so many times before at his Step-Dad's building and this was no exception though it had been quite a while since she had actually cried in front of him.
As he walked up, she dropped the book and flung her arms around him, "Kurai!" she cried out, hugging him even tighter now, "D....Don't ever die!"
Kurai, being really clueless about what manga she was reading and what the hell she was going on about, looked at her confused a little. He slowly wrapped his arms around her and sighed, "What brought this on? I'm not dieing or anything so why are you acting like this?"
She sniffed and pointed to the Manga that now sat on the floor. The title read 'Kieli' and the second one she had finished reading had a boy with red hair on it.
Again, Kurai look dumbfounded, "Um.... so?" he asked, "I never read that."
"Then..... then maybe I should.... give you a review like how Angel does it...... right?" she asked, looking up to him.
"You can if you want to..." he said gently as he sat down next to her, just to be a little kind and to help her stop crying.


Kieli(Dec 6, 2005 – Aug 5, 2006)
Author: Kabei Yukako, Teshirogi Shiori
Adventure, Fantasy, Shoujo, Supernatural, Drama,
Key Words: Spirits, Undead, Religion,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher: Yen Press
Originated: Japan

Book Volumes: 2

Kieli is a 14 year old outcast at her boarding school and the reason why, she can see ghosts. Her only friend is a semi-departed girl who inhabits her room until she encounters a young man with the same gift. Sadly, this boy isn’t all that he appears, as he is the reanimated corpse of a dead soldier. Has she really found a kindred spirit or is this lonely girl begging for trouble?


My Thoughts: The story starts out 15 years after a war that depleted the planets resources and a war that created a creature called the Undying. After the war though, the church went on a mass scale killing spree of the undying, much in the same way the Vatican got read of the Knights Templar if you want to link it to our history. In that sense, it makes the manga a bit more believable even if it is talking about the supernatural. It’s interested that before we are even introduced to Kieli, we are given a back story on this world they live on which isn’t earth, it’s a different planet they live on that the church founded itself on. Then it jumps to 80 years, and then another 7 to the time in which the story really does start.

I can see somewhat why Kieli is pretty much a outcast and I don’t think its just because she can see ghosts. She seems to also have a belief that is not the same as the teaching of the church that runs her home. A church with soldiers that will kill someone right in front of a mass amount of people, calling it a justified killing. Her grandmother seemed to try and protect her from them by telling her not to speak of seeing spirits and her beliefs but when her grandmother died, she was left in a care of a church boarding school.

Becca, her ‘roommate,’ sadly doesn’t stay throughout the manga. She is only there during the first chapter and it’s a very heartwarming story with her when she leaves us. A young girl who died from a train accident and then became best friends with a girl who never had any other friends. I could really feel for her and for Kieli when she is leaves.

Harvey on the other hand is a reanimated corpse, the Undying as they are fully called. He has to be very careful because of the church wanting to kill his kind so he seems a bit cold sometimes. Sometimes even, his hunted radio seems to have more tact then he does in the ways of people’s emotions. Even though, Harvey has a bit of a heart and does show some times where he is gentle to Kieli. Another surprising trait is that he is actually warm to the touch. Kieli actually talks about this at one point in the first book and yet, he is supposed to be pretty much a zombie.

The last person I have to talk about is Corporal. Corporal has no other name then his rank but he knows so much from the time before the church had so much power including different types of music and how to understand a persons feelings. I consider him somewhat a big brother or adult to Harvey and Kieli because he does seem to take interest in the two and care for them slightly. Becca called him an evil spirit when she first met him but I only see him as a spirit just trying to find a place to go. He does have a wicked temper at times that he shows in the first chapter but I have my suspicions that it was more on the line of trying to protect Harvey, even if in the flight of rage, he ended up hurting him.

The artwork is actually rather beautiful with large blotches of ink to show blood. The characters are rather detailed but don’t feel as though they stand out of their world. Even the ghosts look as though they are still alive most of the time except for Corporal when he is in his static form.

In the end, this is a very heartwarming manga that will probably make you cry.

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When she finished, she sniffed a bit and looked up at him with big round eyes, "Well?" she asked.
"Sounds like a good story," he said gently, "But I won't die. Trust me on that, ok?"
She nodded and snuggled up to him lovingly, "A...alright."
As she did this, Angel walked by and though she didn't say anything, she sent a rather dark glare to Kurai pretty much meaning not to do something to her sister.
Kurai pointed to the Manga on the ground and shrugged. Angel sighed and nodded, walking away as though she had already read the manga before.
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‘Hajimete’ Ageru!(2009)
Author: Hoshimori Yukimo
One Shot, Romance, Shoujo,
Key Words: School Life,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

Sayu was surprised when Yano-Senpai, a popular boy, told her that he liked her. She was happy to go out with him but when others ask her why he would ever go out with her, she starts to doubt herself.


My Thoughts: The art style is really beautiful, very well detailed just as Shoujo is done normally. I always wondered why there is such a thing as one shots, especially when the Authors style looks so good. Sadly, this manga doesn’t have enough to it that would make it either realistic or have any depth to the story what so ever. The guy falls in love with a girl just because 2 years ago she helped his little brother who fell with juice stains on his shirt. I heard of love at first sight but this was a little ridiculous. The characters are shallow and yet now that they are a couple, they could probably have much more to it like the girl bully’s could do more things because they are jealous. Then again, the manga is pretty much the same as every romance story out there and for that, I have to give it a really low score for originality. The thing that saves it is the artwork.

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0X0 Memories(2007)
Author: Takeuchi Kozue
One Shot, Romance, Shoujo, Comedy,
Key Words: Amnesia,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

Tsuda Rei has lost her memories do to an accident that happened. She can’t remember her favorite foods, her parents, or even Ichi, a childhood friend. Ichi takes her to the place she lost her memories but doesn’t tell her anything to see if she will remember on her own. While there, Kujou Manabu, an upperclassman, says that it’s ok if she doesn’t remember at all.


My Thoughts: So if you watch soap operas about people who lost their memories, then this is probably a one piece for you. It has a little comedy, a lot of misunderstandings, and so on to it because she doesn’t remember a thing. The art style is pretty typical to a Shoujo manga with lots of details and it’s a little better then Hajimete Ageru. This one actually ended rather nicely and I feel that it closed with a satisfying ending.

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1/6000 Honesty(1992)
Author: Mashiba Hiromi
Drama, One Shot, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural, Tragedy,
Key Words: Memories,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

When you turn 16, you have lived for about 6000 days. Tomoko regrets that when she was a teen, she didn’t tell a boy that she liked him because he was with another. After getting hit by the car, she gets the chance to try one last time and maybe change her destiny.


My Thoughts: Well, this one was hard for me to figure out. Tomoko is supposed to be watching pretty much rewinds of her past self and yet things start to change little by little as the manga goes on. This sort of story gets really predictable and so it was no surprise what happened at the end. I feel like it was a slightly a waste to read it in that regard. It’s a ok story, but just doesn’t stand out on any scale.

The art style was really tiny lines that seemed like a pain for the artist to draw and in the end it was hard to make out some things that should of shown up better like the characters. It might have been really high detail but it’s hard to pull the characters out of the background if done in the same thin strokes as the background. There hair normally didn’t close at all making it sometimes hard to figure out where it ended except when there was shading.

In the end, though the story had a little charm, it was pretty much mimicking a bunch of other romance stories, the artwork was plain, and the characters didn’t stand out well.

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Wings(2007)
Author:Xia Da
One-shot, Slice of Life, Psychological,
Key Words: Poem,
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Book Volumes: 1

A short poetic one-shot about breaking free.


My Thoughts: This is one of the most beautiful one shots I have run into. The story shows that you don’t have a lot of writing in order to do a manga. All you have to have is a creative mind.

The artwork is as beautiful as it is confusing, starting out with a girl that is sowing her wrist all around and then ending as she seems to fall from the top of a building. You can take what you want from it and I am sure everyone will take it differently. I took it as a girl who was committing suicide. Nothing in it is really fictional and really does seem like it could happen though if you take it another way, say she grows wings and fly away, and you add that fantasy aspect to it.

The poem is very minimalist and doesn’t explain anything about where or why things are happening which leaves more questions then answers. If you just let go of the idea that everything has to have a plot, then you can enjoy it much more.

I really enjoyed the manga even if it was a bit too short. I would have loved it being longer but I understand that the poem was short to begin with.

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Alice in Underground(2003)
Author: Mihara Mitsukazu
Fantasy, One Shot, Shoujo,
Key Words: Twisted Classic,
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Book Volumes: 1

A darker tone of the Adventures of Alice.


My Thoughts: This is a rather different tale then Alice in Wonderland. It goes along the line that Alice is torturing the White Rabbit and she has done it more then once. None of the other characters help the rabbit and they seem to be self absorbed in what they are doing in the story. She just does as she likes to the poor rabbit who seems only to want to leave her grasp. In the end, it turns out that the whole story is just a girl’s imagination as she is torturing her rabbit, well, it could also be the rabbits mind too but it’s unsure. You do hear the rabbit’s thoughts at times.

The artwork is rather fun and interesting but has a very satanic feeling to it. Each character is depicted as a beautiful boy or girl. There are many hints of bondage and torture without there being any gore or sexual imagery.

It’s alright, though I think it could be longer and have much more detail of the rabbit’s thoughts.

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100 Days Dream(2005)
Author: Sa-sook
Drama, Supernatural, Slice of Life, Shoujo, One Shot,
Key Words: Flying,
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Book Volumes: 1

A young girl runs away from her problems by flying and talk to anything.


My Thoughts: The story is actually kind of cute and makes you feel sorry for the main character. The ending is really interesting because it leaves it up to why she would be letting herself fly away from all the trouble. I do feel that making the tree able to talk kind of made it a bit over the top because she doesn’t talk to anything else like that. The only other things she interacts with are a bird and a little kid so the tree just feels a bit out there. Not only that but the face and art style of the tree is kind of bla. The name of it also doesn’t make much sense because they do not explain why its 100 days. It’s just a dream she has.

The artwork is really bland and yet in some areas, nicely detailed. It’s just enough that it’s on the higher end of being average.

I still feel that it needed a bit more but it was quite good and worth the read.

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12 O’ Clock Bell Rings(Apr 28, 2011) 12-ji no Kane ga Naru
Author: Kishimoto Seishi
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, One Shot, Shoujo, Tragedy,
Key Words: Twisted Classic,
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Book Volumes: 1

An interesting take on the fable Cinderella.


My Thoughts: This is a really twisted manga. It’s definitely not like the Cinderella story that we grew up with. In fact, I consider it closer to a Grim Fairy Tale more-so then a children’s tale with an ending that can make your skin crawl. It did for me and that is really rare. I do have to give you a slight warning if you really do not like spiders, this may not be the story for you. Other then that, Cinderella was really annoying when she started sounding like a valley girl.

The artwork is that of a fairytale, very befitting, and yet the proportions are all wrong. Some characters are way to big compared to others to make them look at all realistic. Things are rather stiff and it’s got almost a supernatural ‘Halloween’ feel. It was a little like Tim Burton’s movies. There are a lot of angles in the art and characters are rather stretched out.

I liked the story and I do say you should see this because it’s interesting. I liked the take on it.

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