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Tokage no Ou Tokage’s King, The Lizard King(Apr 27, 2012 – Jun 27, 2013)
Author: Hitoma Iruma, Shiki Kamizuki
Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen,
Key Words: Murder, Survival, Gore,
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Book Volumes: 3

Of all the superpowers one can have, the ability to change the color of ones eyes might be one of the most useless, but Ikagawa Togake is able to whenever he closes and reopens his eyes. One day, he finds himself at the scene of a crime and feels that the culprit might be still close by. Will he be able to get out of the abandon building he trains in alive or is his power really all that useless?


My Thoughts: This feels a lot like Demon King Daimao in that there is a kid with power that he does not want and hates the people around him because of that power. In this aspect though, he is different in that he does want to change the world. Tokage seems like a really self centered young boy who only thinks about himself and not anyone around him. The boy’s ego just feels like his head is full of hot air whenever he keeps saying he’s the strongest and that he is destined to be the best in that world and so on. I really couldn’t stand it when he was preaching all about how special he was (ya, more like special mental wise) and made the manga feel like it was just dragging it on a bit too much. He is always forcing himself to train so that his power isn’t useless but he doesn’t seem to have any other goal. Nothing like ‘for the sake of saving the people around him’ or ‘to take over the world’ that I can’t seem to get behind this character. He just seems… I don’t know, bland? I can understand why he hates the religion in what he says about his back story but still, there isn’t a plan.

Another thing just like Daimao is that we have a girl who seems to only want to go on instant. If she wants to do something, there is no stopping her. She will get up and do it without pause for concern if it’s going to hurt her or anyone around her. She is rather bland to the point of not showing any emotions except for really really intense ones like shock once in a great while. When at a point where she could have died, she didn’t even flinch like she was clueless as you what was going on. She also shows her true colors about half way in showing that she is just insane. Though we see little of her, she is a main part of this manga that makes almost no sense. Seriously, the manga makes no sense even when they try to explain what the hell is going on! The story jumped around all over the place and made me feel lost, even when they were trying to explain where all the events where happening and at what time. It was calculated, don’t get me wrong, but it also was confusing.

Alright, I have to say this about the artwork; it really really needs to be in color. I can never know if Togake’s eyes have changed colors or not because his eyes look exactly the same in gray tones. Without anyone saying that his eyes have changed, I can’t be sure if they have or if it’s because the artist didn’t shade them in all the way. You cannot have a manga where there is a reason for colors to be changing and not have it in color unless the color it’s changing into is noticeable enough. Eyes are really not that easy to do since they can turn into white when scared or dark when the person is mad in pretty much any manga. In that logic, any character could have that eye changing superpower and we would never know. Other then that, its pretty much standard artwork where the characters look like middle school or high school students living almost normal lives. There is a lot of shading in most areas of the manga including the hair and clothing. The manga is also rather bloody, full of dismemberments, gore, and even a point where a characters eye is gorged out of his face. This is not for the faint of heart.

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Nyatto!(Jun 5, 2009 – Apr 5, 2012)
Author: Shigunyan
Ecchi, Harem, Comedy, Romance, Supernatural, Seinen, Mature,
Key Words: Cat Girl, Anthro, Smut, Yuri,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 3

Yaneda Shigeru is a lonely guy living with his cat Konbu until she ends up turning into a human under unknown reasons. It’s not a problem for him as he has a cat girl fedish but what is a problem is how snobby and high class she is. Will he end up being her butler or will she become his obedient little cat girl?


My Thoughts: From just the description alone, you can tell I was really going to like this one… NOT! Of course someone would make a manga about some guy wanting to get it on with his cat, of course someone would make it so that this guy would have a cute little cat that for ‘unknown reasons’ would end up becoming a human since the story wasn’t creepy enough as it was. So let’s get some facts down shall we? Our little perverted friend here wakes up to find a cat girl in his bed. Here is the first few things he checks; he checks her ears to see that they are real, her tail to see if it’s real, and then he suddenly drops his pants and tries to put his mass into her to see if she is a virgin... I am not kidding, this is exactly what happens the first part of the manga and our introduction to the perverted loser and his bossy cat. With all the things his cat talks about him doing with her when she was a normal cat, I would be pissed too and ready to beat his ass!

Now if it was only these two characters, I would have been alright with it I guess because it would be talking about how the two would have a good compromise or something like that, each knowing each others boundaries and becoming a normal relationship. But no… they couldn’t do that. They just had to make it a Harem with almost every girl cat that comes near him turning into a girl. And here in lies the problems when we get only one male character with a large group of female characters. All the cats what to sleep with him, and we have human women who show that they are lesbians so we get some Yuri in the mix too. Then they have tentacles, and eels and a whole mass of rather erotic and sexual fetishes that any man I guess would dream of.

Strangely though, the ending was actually rather heartfelt and worked out well, ending differently then I thought it was going to go. It was so surprising that I feel strangely satisfied for having to go through the perverted fantasy that was this manga. Not fully mind you, but slightly. So in the end, I probably would say if you can stand all the sexual erotic stuff that they have in here, the ending is worth it but if not, then no amount of good ending will make you want to read this.

The artwork is rather pretty, though perverted. I’m not kidding, a lot of the artwork caters to fan service with the cat girls and you really don’t get to see very much of the male characters full body or he just looks rather plain. It’s standard for a sexual manga that really wants to be a hentai but fails at that. Seriously, any sort of sex that happens (or almost sex as is mostly the case) has censorship like the person reading it would even care about that. In my mind, that’s just a way to get more people to read it and get it barely below the limit for a mature audience.

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The Tarot Cafe(2002 - ?)
Author: Sang-Sun Park
Horror, Romance, Shoujo, Shounen Ai, Supernatural,
Key Words: Mythology, Devil, Demons, Spirits,
Magazine: Publisher: Sigongsa American Publisher: Tokyopop
Originated: Korea

Book Volumes: 7

Pamela is a tarot card reader who helps the supernatural beings live in the human world and will help anyone from Vampires to love-struck cats. Although she is helpful and sweet in nature, there are deep dark secrets she must work with in order to move on to the next life. Can she or will she forever be stuck in between the supernatural and human world?


My Thoughts: As you know from the other manga I reviewed, I love anything really supernatural, this is no exception. The manga has the same feel as xxxHOLiC and Pet Shop of Horror with a main storyline mixed into the small storylines that show up. We have a girl who has a café where people can come and get their Tarot read and clear up any lose ends that they may have in this world. She mostly helps the Supernatural because she herself is supernatural in that she has lived for over 700 years. It’s amazing to me how the stories seem to play out sometimes through the ages as some of the beings she caters to never die and their past is laid out on the table. With their past, the future sometimes is also shown and when it isn’t, then it is better to let them take their own future in their hands. You can compare that in xxxHOLiC and Pet Shop as the wish or want of pet being to understand themselves better and the wish being granted or the aftermath of the pet is them doing something to achieve a happier ending.

Unlike the others, this manga is rather shorter in that we get to the main problem early on, about the end of the second manga. At least, it sort of comes into play. It does get much clearer as the story goes on but you only get it in pieces going through the other stories. I love this style of story telling because you get a satisfaction early on while still having to think about what is going on. Many of the stories they show have a bit of a gay relationship in where a male will fall in love with another male so those that have problems with that probably shouldn’t read it. Still, if you changed the characters around and thought of them as female, the relationship isn’t all that different. They do not normally show any sexual images (except for the last manga) but there are some scenes of torture and bondage, sometimes going into the extreme at times.

Character personalities show a lot more through the third manga (just a bit of a warning). You do get a little interaction between some of the characters but the more your going to understand about Pamela happens later on leaving you sort of with a mysterious glow about her. I consider her much like Yuko that way and yet again, we do get much more from Pamela then with Yuko. Aaron is a little bit annoying. He is a character that comes in the second manga and starts working there, acting like a little child at times. He is sometimes cute in that he is like a big puppy dog but other then that, sometimes he seems to pop up at the wrong times and have a really strange look to him to add a bit of comedy to the story.

The artwork is beautiful with characters having delicate mysterious looking designs based on what supernatural creature they are to portray. The almond style eyes take on almost a life of there own for each character, sometimes rather large and other times rather small and delicate to work with the faces. Sadly, many of the men look like women and actually make it hard to tell the two genders apart so when I think someone is a girl, it ends up being a very beautiful man. There is an air of sophistication in every image but the backgrounds seem to be lacking. Many times we have no background or a black background that sort of just feels a bit bland. Sadly a lot of the writing is really small when it talks about what the cards means so it’s hard to read and I have to grab a magnifying glass at times just to understand what the main idea of the card is. If I was any better at remembering Tarot Cards, it would be a little easier maybe.

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Idol Pretender(April 5, 2011 – Aug 5, 2013)
Author: Haruse Hiroki
Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, Seinen,
Key Words: Gender Bender,
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Book Volumes: 3

Eita Chinami wants to desperately become a man among men; strong, dependable, and able to get all the ladies. Sadly, that is all cut short when he accidentally drinks a rather expensive medicine that turns him into a girl. The only way back is to drink that same medicine but he has no money. After talking with a friend, he finds that the only way to get the money fast is to become an idol. Will he be stuck as a woman forever or can he get enough cash to turn back? And will he even want to turn back?


My Thoughts: Great… another gender bender manga… It’s almost like the authors of these mangas really hate men because it seems that almost all the men end up as women in these types. And then to top it off, we have a harem of boys and girls who like the character and each personality is pretty much infatuated by the main character. But anyway, I drew the short straw of the randomizer (I sometimes use that to figure out what I will be reading or watching next) so now I have to dive right in.

I’m sorry to bring this up but isn’t it really bad when there are guys really going for the centerfolds of a woman that used to be a man? That’s the type of manga this is, and its worse when there are a ton of times you see her naked, in sexy poses and such to. I feel like it’s another side of Yaoi that I’m not so sure about… or is it Yuri when there is a woman you like is a male who has turned into a female? The whole thing confuses me to no end. Not to mention that the story pretty much ran its course of Chinami starting to act more and more like a love sick girl to a point I was getting recaps of Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl. Seriously, it was enough for me to want to bang my head against the ground when almost every single character kept chanting the same thing of it not mattering weather someone is a boy or girl, it only matters what’s on the inside. I mean, I go by that idea too in a sense but it really didn’t apply all that well with this type of story.

Characters pretty much had only one thing on their mind the whole time, and their personalities only grew a little, if not at all. The only character that grew a lot and had anything going for them was Chinami and even then I felt they milked the feelings part a little too much. It was just too much for what they were trying to do. I could see it if there was a little more to get me interested but the character flip flopped way to much and again, I wanted to hit my head against the table in a fit of annoyance.

The artwork is beautiful but very moe. Everything looks like it has a really strong shine to it like the characters are made from plastic. Characters have really childish faces, large glass-like eyes, and small faces. If you really want to think of what its like, think Lucky Star goes ecchi. With that, Chinami is actually supposed to be a really sexy women and everything but I can’t get past her looking like a little girl. Not to mention her breasts look a bit too big for the body she has. Her hourglass figure just feels like the proportions are off in some areas. Her hair is almost always a mess to and I don’t think that if she was going to be trying to be an idol, she would leave her hair like that. They look much more like clomps of tentacles going every which way then hair.

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FLCL, Furi Kuri, Fooly Cooly(Oct 23, 2000 – Aug 23, 2001)
Author: Hajime Ueda
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Shounen,
Key Words: School Life, Surreal Humor,
Magazine: Magazine Z Publisher: Kodansha American Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Book Volumes: 2

Naoto hasn’t lived a very simple life with an eccentric father and grandfather, his brother’s ex-girlfriend that hangs on him all the time and now a very odd girl with a bass guitar hits him over the head. What’s a boy to do when he’s growing up with something like this?


My Thoughts: Surprisingly, I actually like the anime better then the manga. The manga tries a bit too hard to be serious and in some areas, it does it well but in others it feels like it’s a little forced. The anime made things a lot more fun and comical even if it was pretty random. The manga on the other hand, the idea of these characters being so serious when the world around them is going crazy just feels like they are becoming rather bland characters.

The manga though does make Naoto out to be more of a boy his own age who just has had a bad run in his life with people he kind of doesn’t really care much about. His father and grandfather are crazy, his father always getting into other peoples business and his grandfather wanting him to become a good baseball player. His mother is no where to be found although I could never tell if she just died or ran off somewhere. He has a teacher who tries to protect her students from the world and acts as though they are much more innocent then they are. Even a lot of the friends he has seem to outcast him or tease him. The only person he really seems to care about is his brother’s ex- girlfriend and yet she always seems to see him as his brother. I would understand why a boy like that would be in depression if the world around him was like that.

You could almost look at his world as the same with a video game called Mother (Earth Bound to some). In Mother, a young boy ends up with a strange power and goes on a quest to learn about the outside world, only to stop an evil alien that wants to destroy the world. In FLCL, Naoto is a normal boy who has strange things coming out of his head and ends up having to deal with aliens all while learning about growing up. I can’t say its exact, hell I could never say it was exactly the same type of story but for those of you that know Mother, the idea is very similar.

When we get near the end, though both the manga and the anime have different endings to one another, I still liked each of them for what they were. They just had a very different effect to the story and seemed like it was trying to say something different then the other. The Anime was much easier to interrupt then the manga and I felt like I was getting lost a bit more then I should but still, for the two volumes it was, it was pretty interesting to see the difference.

The artwork is all over the place from rather thick lines to small thin lines that look rather like sketches. There is a lot of negative or white space around the characters and when there is a background, it looks very much like a dream with almost a hazy look. Many of the lines feel like they were actually done with ball point pen or a paint brush and only some of the pages have a rather soft or smooth look to it.

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Itsudatte My Santa, Always My Santa(1998)
Author: Ken Akamatsu
One Shot, Shonen, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance,
Key Words: Christmas, Santa Claus,
Magazine: Weekly Shonen Magazine Publisher: Kodansha American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 1

Santa had never had very good luck on Christmas. His parents named him Santa since he was born on Christmas Eve and since it was their anniversary, they would never be with him for his birthday. Suddenly, one Christmas Eve, a strange girl named Mai says she will make him happy this Christmas since she is a Santa in training. Will the spirit of Christmas be able to warm this Scrooge’s heart?


My Thoughts: Ok… I don’t know if any one remembers the review I did for the OVA they did from this but how could they make a two episode OVA with a short one shot that pretty much only covers the first anime? Seriously, there is no Summer beach, no stupid annoying rivals, and nothing that says anything about her hanging out with him except for the little mishap of having to spend a little bit more time in the human world.

The story with his parents was the only good thing they really had in the anime and now I find out it was all made up and the manga says just that it was their anniversary and nothing more. So what, these parents neglect their only child’s birthday just so they can have an anniversary somewhere else? Talk about neglectful. And then don’t get me started on Mai. At least in the anime she was of some use and didn’t only make fish appear. I understand the only thing she could make was stuff that started with S in the anime, I get that, but why in the manga can she only ever makes appear fish?

The artwork is pretty standard Ken Akamatsu art style with rather crisp lines and beautifully detailed hair for the women while the men look slightly nerdy. The backgrounds are always rather good too, with beautiful details and nice shading. It basically looks like Love Hina or any other manga he made.

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The Wolf Brothers and Little Red Riding Hood, Ookami Kyoudai to Akazukin-chan(Oct 2, 2013)
Author: Arata Hachijo
One Shot, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen,
Key Words: Fairy Tale, Twisted,
Magazine: GFantasy Publisher: American Publisher:

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Once long ago, two brother wolves lived in the forest. The youngest was weak and would not attack the humans that were the wolves pray. Every day, the older brother would try to train the younger until they met a rather twisted girl in the forest.


My Thoughts: Oh boy do I love twisted fairy tales! I always love seeing how messed up a story they can get it and this is no exception even if it was short. The basic of how they did it was simple, making each page seem like a mapped out plan or 4 panel comedy strip as the younger is pretty much teased by little Red and then pushed by his older brother to do things he didn’t really want to do. Sadly giving details will make you miss out on how good a one shot this is though I can say the ending isn’t what you think it would be.

The artwork is rather nice in the basic details though also kind of bland as it looks like a lot of stuff out there already. I could consider it slightly like Soul Eater in some aspects as lines are rather thin inside and the outline can sometimes be rather thick. The two wolf boys are really cute though and you can tell just how Red is that she has to be slightly twisted.

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Vampire Girl(Mar 31, 2011)
Author: Minoru Tanaka
One Shot, Horror, Supernatural, Shoujo Ai,
Key Words: School Life, Vampires
Magazine: Comic Yuri Hime Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes:

Manami was obsessed with anything vampire. When she gets a new substitute teacher, she gets obsessed with her as well since she looks like the vampire of one of her cell phone novels. Has the girl fallen for a true vampire or is her obsession overtaking logic?


My Thoughts: This manga had a really nice change from normal vampire mangas in that it was centered on a female vampire character then a male one. This gave them a lot of room to grow the characters and make them different which sadly, they didn’t. I kept feeling like the story was the same even if the vampire had been a male character the whole time, it would of still played out the same. Give me more that can make this manga stand out, not something that feels half assed. It had so much potential and they seemed to throw that all to the side. That might be me nit picking at it but its how I feel. It did however have a surprising ending that was nice.

The artwork is nice though it feels a lot like every other manga out there with its standard background school rooms, standard school girl and school boy characters and even the standard teacher characters. Even though they talk about the color of the characters eyes, there is no color and I’m not really that against it since they say it right away and don’t have you wondering what the heck they are talking about.

All in all, it was a rather standard manga for the story it gave.

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Hell(2013)
Author: Panpanya
Comedy, One Shot, Seinen
Key Words: Life,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

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A girl rides an escalator up and passes many people with tears in their eyes.


My Thoughts: Not sure why this manga is called hell actually. It really has nothing to do with hell itself or any type of demons or anything. It’s almost a simple everyday scene although the extras look like dolphins but I couldn’t tell if that was intentional or not. They didn’t really explain that at all since only two characters looked human. It’s basically how the description says, a girl is riding up a escalator and is worried because the people going down are all crying.

The artwork is rather nice since they looked blurred with water colors and it adds to the crying that people are doing. The manga itself seems to be crying slightly as you keep reading on with the boxes having a little bit of a wave to them. It’s a interesting art style that I think looks rather cool and goes with the story.

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Alice's Dream Files(2010)
Author: Fung Nga Chung
Fantasy, Shoujo, One Shot,
Key Words: Dreams, School Life, Magical Girl,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes:

Alice is a dream decipher who goes and collects dream monsters who are making people sleepy. One day, she notices the class president is falling asleep and goes in to find the cause…


My Thoughts: I WANT MORE! This was such a good start to a manga and it just feels like the author coped out. It feels like it should be much longer because the storyline hints there is so much more that Alice needs to do and yet, it just stops. It’s just a chapter in a longer story. I love the idea that she goes into her dreams to help other people and I would really like to know weather she is just dreaming or if it’s actually happening. I also want to know how Karl, her little pet rabbit turns human in the dream world. Is he a dream being? An Alien? An inter-dimensional being? Anything would be better then just the open ending that the author gave us.

The artwork is really lovely as normal for a shoujo, large pretty eyes and a cute design for the characters. The hair is really detailed and lines are soft with only a little bit of comedy ‘blank’ scenes where the artwork is made to give a comical affect. This isn’t used too often (partly because its so short…) so it adds a nice touch and lets you know the manga is ‘joking with you’. The design of the other characters is pretty standard but I never seen someone with Alice’s hair style before making her stand out, if there is something out there like that, then I just haven’t seen it yet.

Again, it’s a perfect start but it sadly just ends making you want more. If the author is out there, please make more! I want to see how the story pans out.

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Oretama, My Balls!(Nov 3, 2006 – Apr 2, 2010)
Author: Harada Shigemitsu
Ecchi, Black Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Ecchi, Romance, Supernatural, Seinen,
Key Words: Mature, Sexual Jokes,
Magazine: Young Animal Arashi Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 6

Satou Kohta is an average boy living a normal life until the Queen of Terror was sealed away within his balls. To prevent her from destroying the world, Kohta must not ejaculate for 30 days. The battle has begun to save mankind, and it’s all in Kohta’s pants.


My Thoughts: … ya… you read the name right… this manga is literally called… ‘My Balls’… WHAT THE FUCK JAPAN? I mean really, I can understand the hard core stuff, I might be able to be ok with the tentacle thing… but really, that stuff is actually Hentai. This manga… its not listed as Hentai and in fact, it doesn’t really even show anything but blurry images or pixilated images of ‘things’. Well, since this is not under the term Hentai, it shall be reviewed as what it was named as… and boy, this is going to be a pain in the ass.

So let me get this straight, this perverted guy has had no luck with woman for his whole life and the month that he can’t have sex, every single girl wants to do him. Not only that, the girl he likes wants him, and even woman from hell want him. This turns into a large harem manga without even trying to be. The author ended up with the perfect storyline for a harem without even trying though it’s a manga I really wish I didn’t have to review. Then we have a devil that wears a cross around her neck and just keeps acting like a little girl getting into sex for the first time, a succubus that wants him to cum, and even the whole female hell armada seems to want him to do that. I’m serious, they have things from cupid to vampires trying to come at him that I’m surprised he isn’t put in prison for public indecency yet. For crying out loud, the guy ends up without his pants on for practically the whole manga including being outside and seems only once has been arrested and that was because of his boss taking him somewhere.

And you know what is the kicker about where I was reading this manga? I was reading it on Mangafox and the translators even put in the extra pages at the end where they have advertisements. Most are for sex items! I’m not joking… I HATE THIS! It’s one of the most disgusting manga’s I had to take a look at in a long time and that’s saying much because I have seen hentai.

As I said in the beginning, the artwork is nice though there are a lot of pixilated images of his mass. If you’re going to have a manga called ‘My Balls!’, at least make it a hentai and go all out! Then I would actually be able to review it by that standard and it wouldn’t be that bad. Sometimes the characters go off their profile making them look younger or older then they actually are and there are a lot of times I ended up grossed out by the artwork… more along the lines of just grossed out at the content though then the drawing style.

This manga is not for the weak at heart and younger readers. Hell, its not even for older readers. This manga is for the perverted, the sickos. I couldn’t even finish the damn manga because of how bad it was and this is coming from a girl that has reviewed some pretty bad stuff. I went through about half the series and pretty much dropped it because of how sick it was. I couldn’t handle it anymore.

Rating: I am not even giving it a rating as I just… I can’t bring myself to do it. I don’t want to even think about this manga anymore. It has scarred me pretty badly.

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Koiseyo Moyashi – Timid Boy Blues(Aug 10, 2013)
Author: Ayuko
One Shot, Romance, Shoujo,
Key Words: School Life,
Magazine: Bessatsu Margaret Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes:

A smart and weak boy named Hakase Jun ends up going to a school where students strive for sports.


My Thoughts: This was actually a rather interesting manga basically talking about a nerdy guy that is in a school of jocks. He didn’t find anything to really care about besides studying until he ends up falling for a girl on the track team. The problem I see with this story was that Hakase seems really self absorbed in everything he does, even when thinking about her. If you’re in love with someone, you don’t think only of yourself. You have to think about what that person is like too.

The artwork is standard if not low standard. It looked like almost any other manga out there on the Shoujo scale though for some reason, I wasn’t fully sold on it. The character looked way to long armed and thin to where he looked like bones. It works when its in a manga that was supposed to be mysterious or supernatural like xxxHOLiC but not when it’s a school life genre like this where the main story is all about a little romance. It also didn’t make sense in how the other characters were because they were not created buff or even muscular then the main character. The girl he was interested in seemed way to thin to be a sports girl even if she was in track.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Edge And The Light(Dec 18, 2012 – Nov 8, 2013)
Author: Queenie Chan
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy,
Key Words: Video Games, Cannon, Fan Doujinshi,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 1

Link returns after 10 years of absence but what has happened to Hyrule after all this time? Something strange is happening and both Link and Zelda must dive into the past of Hyrule to understand the meaning behind it.


My Also Like: First off, I believe this is all fan based and I can’t figure out at what time frame it’s from. There are things that made me think it was after Ocarina of Time and I had thought it was after Links Awakening in the Gold Era of the official timeline or even after Majora’s Mask when he went in search of Navi but then they seem to speak of other things within the story like the rise of Gannondorf who has just become the King of the Garutos. There are also times where they talk about Link being a captain in Zelda’s guard and teaching all the other guards how to do their job, something I wouldn’t think a little kid would be able to do but they say that Link is about 29 years old in this manga so that would of meant he was captain when he was about 19. Some things just don’t seem to add up exactly right in how they wrote this but I guess that’s what you get when it’s a fan based manga. Of course then there are a couple small things they bring up that seem to be based on a entirely new timeline or timeframe sometime after all the games happened, as though the story keeps repeating itself over and over again. She does try to explain all of what has happened in the games and why it is happening again but it just feels a bit muttled. Could be I was not understanding it right or something or I don’t know Zelda series as well as I thought I did but it is my own opinion.

Second off, this is not fully a comic, this is like a comic and novel had a baby. She has beautifully detailed comic images placed through large paragraphs describing the scene and what the characters are thinking or even saying at times. This is both good and bad. Good in that you seem to get much more from the image then just what you can see. You get the feel and emotion placed into each stroke of line weather its comical or serious. There are times that if we did not have the large paragraphs, we would not understand the characters personality or why they would crack a joke with the other character as they did. On the downside though is that it can get slightly frustrating or daunting to read paragraph after paragraph of dialogue when you were looking for a comic book that normally doesn’t have that much writing.

It’s rather fun seeing the childish personality that Link has and the fact he actually talks without being rather annoying. He actually seems like a teenager sometimes teasing Zelda and Ruto but then at other times, he shows how much he has grown on his journey. His personality really feels believable as well does Ruto and Zelda. You can feel how connected the three of them are by just how they joke around.

As they talk about the history of Hyrule, Queenie Chan brings up characters that make me want to bang my head into the ground. There is the first Queen of Hyrule who she has drawn to look a lot like Zelda from Skyward Sword and a character they called Fallinor. Now Fallinor looks like a armored version of Link and in fact, they actually say that the name is actually supposed to be pronounced Fallinkor, Fal meaning ‘First’ and linkor meaning ‘the mighty one’. To me, she is pretty much saying this is the first Link. Its way to obvious what the author was trying to do that when I first heard it, I actually did smack my head on my desk. Seriously, you might as well just call him Link if you’re going to get like that. I give her a lot of props for trying to make an interesting storyline that links all of the Zelda Universe together on the timeline. I also give her props for actually creating it well enough that you can try and understand what she was trying to talk about and where she might be getting some reference from. Still, there are some parts that feel out of place and I can’t tell where she got the ideas for them from.

The artwork she does do is so beautifully done that if feels like most of the time it can stand on its own. Her drawings are ink drawings with screen tone over them, but then there are times that you get images with shading that could only be done with line shading from countless hours of drawing line by line. You could not get those shadings by any screen tones or computer graphics. This is true dedication to the art of creating manga. While we do get one or two images where characters faces look a little off, most of the artwork is done perfectly to a point where I was thinking I was reading a manga from Nintendo themselves, well, the artist for them at least. The realistic character style is not unwanted in this way because it looks so close to the games design from the newer games.

I have to tell you about this by the way, Queenie Chan is actually a Manga-ka herself (meaning Manga Artist) with stuff published by Tokyopop. Her website is queeniechan.deviantart.com if you want to take a look at it. She has put this manga up on Mangafox for now so you don’t really have a reason not to read it.

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Hansel and Gretel(1981 - ?)
Author:Otomo Katsuhiro
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy,
Key Words: Twisted Fairy Tales,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 1

A collection of short parody classics like Cinderella, Robinson Crusoe, and Snow White as well as many others.


My Also Like: I am so not going to lie about this manga, it’s weird. I mean, I like twisted fairy tales but this kind of goes pretty grim. It’s not that I don’t like it; it’s just that this was very off putting when they started hacking up people and talking a lot about starvation. It isn’t in every story as this is a collection of very short stories but still.

The stories do pan out rather well making things fun and you don’t really know what is going to happen at the end even when it’s as short as two pages. The problem with me is that they were not the laugh out loud comedy I like but more of a sweat drop style comedy with black humor. By the way, if you are really sensitive about religion, do not read the story I.N.R.I. It is pretty much a turned around version of the story of Jesus. I mean it, they have Jesus being the one who is doing the killing and sexual acts and the ones who persecute him are the ones doing good. Very turned around and twisted. Just the fact that it’s in this manga says that the writer believes it to be a fairy tale. And we can get into a whole manner of discussion on everything that is, but I would rather not.

The artwork is… well… different? It’s high detailed and I look up to the person who drew it because the shading is pretty much all pen lines or speckling but it’s just not that appealing to me. This is only my opinion and I am not going to say its bad but it’s a style that I am not that drawn to when it shows ether really starving people or really fat people. When you do see normal people, they are normally being chased by something.

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Crescent Moon, Mikan no Tsuki, An Incomplete Moon(1999 - 2001)
Author: Haruko Iida
Fantasy, Shojo, Romance, Comedy,
Key Words: Folklore creatures, Moon,
Magazine:Asuka Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten American Publisher: Tokyopop

Book Volumes: 6

Mahiru Shiraishi was one of the unluckiest girls around although those around her would always have good fortune. That is, till she meets the Lunar Race and learns she is a Descendant of the Princess who had special powers that aid the Lunar Race. Together, they search for the Teardrops of the Moon to save the Lunar Race.


My Thoughts: The storyline is actually rather good though can get confusing at times. It just sometimes doesn’t fit all together until the end so some may find themselves getting lost. I’m still not fully sold on how the manga ends but it does make a little more sense then it first lets on. We start out with a girl who is unlucky, throw in a boy who isn’t human who wants to kill her instead of be her friend, and a whole race that looks for her help. That’s a lot for even an ordinary girl but for an unlucky one, I’m pretty sure that she would think she was going to die by a race that isn’t human. I do like the manga but it’s not as gripping as some others in that I don’t normally try to reread it. It is a very good manga to read once but to reread it again makes me feel slightly board as I know what will happen at the end. Still the little information pieces they have on the back of the manga help to clarify things that you wouldn’t understand such as Japanese words, name meanings, and a couple of the spells that are used.

Shall we talk about the characters? Mahiro is a cute little high school student but yet acts a bit more mature. Sadly, sometimes she does end up whining but not very much. For a girl who lost her parents at a young age, she is rather good at taking care of what she has to do even though she has the same problems as a normal girl her age. There are times when she doubts herself and times when she pushes herself but she always has a good heart. Mitsuru is the second main character and at first he acts like a complete and total jerk, wanting to kill Mahiro and doesn’t trust humans much. If you look at the very small bit of info they let on about his upbringing, you can kind of understand but I really wish we had much more to go on. He warms up to her much as any other character does in this type of manga but is attitude never seems to change.

Nozomu is almost like the ‘sly charmer’ in the mix as he acts very loving to the people around him. He’s rather swave more then the others so you sometimes get the impression he is probably like a guy in the host club. I guess that’s because of the fact he is a vampire. Akira is the cute character to where he is always playful and innocent like a little puppy instead of a full blown werewolf. He is just like a dog in that he is loyal though and I think he is the only one of the group who actually shows his emotions right out on his sleeve where as the others do try to hide it. Misoka is a mysterious one though. We don’t get much about him except that he seems to be the quite shadow and more knowledgeable about the stuff they are doing then anyone. The other characters do not get much screen time except for the bumbling inspector and detective that chase the group at almost every point. They never change and just seem to be there for a bit more conflict or comedy.

The artwork is rather strange with large, closed eyes that seem almost like they could pull you in next to very simple faces. Hair is always really well done and detailed except for one or two characters like Akira and Youhei. It’s almost like the artist mixed a couple different styles together and its almost off putting although you can tell that she was working really hard because of how much detail she puts in the backgrounds and the characters clothing and hair. Every once in a while, we would have a picture where it looks like she might of forgotten the detail but its not a lot and so doesn’t take from the rest. I cannot fault her for the artwork as to normal standards, it’s extremely well done. The problem I face and some others may also feel this is that it’s very stylized. Those who aren’t used to this style might end up putting it down just because of that.

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