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Cinderella Syndrome, Cinderella Shindoro-mu (Jun 20, 2013)
Author: Eringo
One Shot, Romance, Shoujo,
Key Words: Prince,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

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Ruri thought that princes were idiots but when she saw the unexpected side of the school’s most popular prince, what will she think of now?


My Thoughts: So this is a rather interesting story about a close minded girl finally opening her mind. And the really interesting thing about this is that they actually show us the reason she doesn’t believe in princes, and it all stems from her mother. Her mother became rather strict after her father ran off with another man and would not allow any stories about princes or princesses in her house. She engraved the idea that there was no such thing as a prince and that she can live without men. What a wonderful mother to smash her child’s dreams at a young age, right? But then, this manga does something that others don’t really do and that is to explain in a reasonable way why our main character thinks the way she does.

Now the guy… he really acts odd. The very first thing he says to a girl when they are alone (our main character none the less who said she doesn’t like princes) is that he doesn’t fit the prince idea and reads erotic books. Seriously, why would someone actually start out a conversation like that? And then he keeps on calling her Cinderella and Princess afterwards as he tries to be nice and helpful to her. So he really does fit the prince idea by being so kind even if his other ‘side’ is not.

This manga pretty much talks about every girl wanting to be a princess, someone’s Cinderella no matter who it is. I’m not sure if that is fully true since my idea of a prince really isn’t the idea of a prince others have. Still, I guess It was pretty good fir a one shot, not to long but something feels like it went a little to fast on her falling in love with him.

Artwork is standard Shoujo looks so not much to talk about. Nothing really stands out from any other Shoujo out there.

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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt in Manga Strip, (2010)
Author: Imaishi Hiroyuki
Adult, Black Comedy, Fantasy,
Key Words: Mature, Sex,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 1

Extra Stories from the director of the anime Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.


My Thoughts: The strange thing with this manga is that the characters mostly stay true to the anime personalities with only slight changes. Some were making Stocking do almost the same things Panty was doing and so on. (And no one knows how strange it feels to be saying their names on here… seriously, I feel perverted just saying the names.)

The stories feel like they could be put into the anime without any problems what so ever. They fit the standard perverted demons and ghosts coming in and basically messing up the world and Panty and Stocking have to deal with the problem in there ‘best way’ meaning sex and sweets. There really isn’t much to say about it as it really doesn’t do anything different then the anime.

The artwork looks much more like an American style mixed with a Picasso angular style in black, white, and pink/blue/orange/green depending on the strip. Characters bodies seem to change with each panel, sometimes more angular and sometimes with more curves. And yet, this actually feels a lot like the anime. It’s not a bad thing since this was done after the anime came out. The strange thing is that the only other color they have there is that really strange almost hot pink, light blue, awkward orange or lime green color. It throws me off slightly.

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Never Complex, (2011)
Author: Aoi Levin
Drama, Romance, Yaoi
Key Words: Slice of Life, Mature,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 1

~Never Complex~
Maki was always with Hiro since the moment they were in the orphanage. Hiro would follow him around all the time like a stray little puppy but what would happen when Maki goes overseas to England and leaves Hiro behind?

~Overdrive~
Tomoki was a student who fell in love with his teacher, but the forbidden romance was not one sided yet became rather complex.

~Summer Vacation~
Mizuki and Kazuma have been going to a dormitory for the summer for a while. The year before this, Kazuma confessed to liking Mizuki but is Mizuki’s return to the in the answer he was looking for? And what will happen when Kouta confesses his love this year?

~Honey Rodeo Boys~
Lam is the best cowboy in town that all the people respect. None of them however seems to love him as much as Maron though. He always looked up to him for as long as he could remember but Lam would only flirt with him, never going all the way until Maron turned of age. On his birthday, all that changed.


My Thoughts: This manga seems to have four stories about relationships. The first is ‘Never Complex’. So some manga tell you a story where the two people that love each other try everything to be with each other in a world that doesn’t want them to be. And then we get ones like this where a person who loves the other is trying to push the person away at every chance. I couldn’t really understand much of the story because it felt like everything was way to complicated or went way to fast. The story should have had a little more time to it in order to develop. Sadly, it had the feeling of just being more of a porno even though they didn’t really show much in terms of detail during the sex.

The second story was called ‘Overdrive.’ The story to this one seemed much deeper then the first in how it was a forbidden romance between a student and his art teacher. Sadly, it didn’t last long as it was pretty much a tiny short between to longer stories. I felt a little ripped off. It was there, they had sex, and it ended bland.

The third was ‘Summer Vacation’. The story again was a little short but had a better pace to it. I liked it because there was a bit more depth but I’m again feel ripped off because of the fact that we have someone who has confessed to Mizuki who could of become a rather good rival for Kazuma. We also had a point where we could have had the story go on through the years that they went to the Inn that the dormitories are at.

The forth was ‘Honey Rodeo Boys’. I have to say, this was a bit cuter then all the others even though I got the impression of broke back mountain with a better romantic plot. I love the idea that the older guy waited so long for his lover to turn of age before he actually did anything to him besides kiss him. Sadly, when I first saw Maron, I thought he was actually a girl because he had the figure and the clothing of a young girl. That might have been the only thing that bothered me about the oneshot there. The lanth for this one was perfect.

The artwork isn’t really that good, the drawings are really sketchy which would not be bad if the proportions were actually keeping intact. Sadly, characters end up being way to skinny and then turn into rather chunky looking characters. I do like the long legged characters but sadly, it just doesn’t feel like it has any real flow. They feel really stiff and I couldn’t feel life to the characters. It’s really hard to explain that type of thing but I just couldn’t get into the artwork of any of the stories.


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Ghost Sweeper Mikami, (1991 - 1999)
Author: Shiina Takashi
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
Key Words: Ghosts,
Magazine:Weekly Shonen Publisher:Shogakukan American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 39

Overdevelopment and crowding in Japan has been a rather big problem and so many times, ghosts and spirits end up losing their homes do to renovations and construction. Naturally, they don’t go quietly. That’s where the profession of Ghost Sweepers (GS) comes in. They are private exorcists that will come in for the highest bidder and exorcise the spirits for a rather large some of money. Mikami GS Company is one of these and Reiko Mikami is one of the best around. Together with her two assistants, a teenage perverted boy named Tadao Yokoshima and a ghost girl named Okinu, there is never a dull moment.


My Thoughts: Well, this is a rather interesting manga. You put a girl who is really interested in money and wears really sexy outfits with a perverted man who pretty much is her slave and then add a rather quite sweet ghost and you pretty much have this manga. The manga doesn’t really follow a full fledged storyline, but it really doesn’t have to. Just as most I have reviewed before hand, this one acts more along case files then on a wide driven story. Some chapters are rather short when others could have 7 chapters all about one case. It all depends how fast the case is dealt with.

The stories don’t play out what you would expect but always seems to end up comical without really meaning to. It’s like people who work for a serious company but they are all jokesters. It just doesn’t have a lot of drama unless you count the many characters that pop up from time to time. You can pretty much know that the characters will get out fine except for maybe their wallets and a couple of scratches so you don’t really worry about that. What you do end up wanting to know is that if they are actually making money out of the job. I can compare this manga to a Sci-fi anime I watched before, Outlaw star. The Ghost Sweeping business is a lot like a starship; both need a lot of money to keep up and running. You can tell this by when Mikami talks about just how much money just one talisman is worth. So basically the main story of the manga is get enough money to get onto the next job and to keep Mikami happy.

The characters are… well strange… The extra characters almost always make life harder for the main characters. We have a crybaby with shikigami that go crazy when she cries, a woman who uses voodoo magic as Mikami’s rival, a crazy alchemist who has lived forever but almost every thing he does blows up in his face, and tons of other various ‘colorful’ characters. They all come and go as they please making it interesting when they actually end up showing up. Unlike Ranma (and thank god its unlike it), these characters are not actually love rivals although the girls normally end up catching the perverted eye of Yokoshima only for him to end up getting harmed by them as they either go through him to get to Mikami or just because of his stupidity. Unlike many characters that would be just fitting the bill of their stereotypes, these characters do slightly grow, and I think the one that grows the most would be Yokoshima. I consider him more the main character to these mangas then Mikami just because he is the one that seems to grow the most. I can’t really say how much he grows because it is really hard to do so and not spoil some of the things happening, but trust me, you will end up seeing it.

The one thing that bothers me though is even when they are trying to be serious; they end up messing it up with some lame joke that is used a little too much such as Yokoshima’s horniness of Mikami’s money greed. It feels like the only things that happen end with these jokes and when you are reading every single story and it ends with that, it sort of bothers me. Even though the main stories are delightful and have a really good creative flow, when they use the same joke as the ending to all the stories, it ends up feeling uneventful. Here is another example of something that annoyed me. During a rather intense battle, one with a rather strong enemy, for some reason as they fought, the enemy ends up slipping on a banana peel that had no reason to be there. Just little things like that, though entertaining, break the feeling that she manga had. There are other times where the characters talk about the author and talk about the series breaking the forth wall.

The style reminds me of Rumiko Takahashi’s work to a point. At least the male looks like a rip off of Ranma slightly in the face. You can tell the personality of each character by how they dress which shows that the author was paying attention to it when he created the manga. You can tell who the pervert is, who the quiet one is, and who the rather sexual and money grubbing one is. The artwork is pretty standard for how old it is in that most panels have just enough detail to tell you what’s going on but the artist didn’t go any farther then that. Comical scenes are very un-detailed with characters comically exaggerated with chibi style faces, characters being sort of squashed, or other such things.

The clothing style of the characters and even the people in the background are very suggestive of the timeframe where it reminds me of old American 1960’s, rocker hair cuts and jumpsuits, small mini skirts with jean jackets, the occasional headband tied around the forehead. It’s slightly surprising that she decided to use that art style when it was done in 1991 but I believe part of that is because of the culture. You see, when Japan tries to imitate America, they end up being a little behind in the times because of how fashion is circulated around the world. We may try to imitate Japan in a way (well, most of us otaku fans) but we are behind in that. This is a good way of seeing it from the Japanese standpoint and I do not fault the author on creating this type of style in the manga no matter now much I sometimes question the fashion sense.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, (May 1994 – Sep 1994)
Author: Cagiva Ataru
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy,
Key Words: Video Games, Cannon,
Magazine: Publisher:Enix Corporation American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 2

As link traveled around the world to train after becoming the hero of Hyrule, he becomes ship wrecked on a small island where his only way off it to wake the legendary Wind Fish. But what shall happen to the island after he does? Will peace be brought to the land or will something darker begin?


My Thoughts: This manga was based on a not so popular game (at least not as well known as others in the series) called Link’s Awakening based on the Game Boy version of the game. For reference, I have only watched a playthrough of the game myself so I wasn’t really going in blind on the game, although I haven’t played it. Sadly, the manga lacks much next to the game, where it gives insight into parts that were quieted down, the main story seemed to suffer greatly by just how short and fast passed it was. In order to talk about this manga, I must get into many of the main pieces of the story and also have to spoil a few things since they are major parts in the storyline. I do apologize for this but as it is based off a game, I feel I have no way of not doing this.

We start out with Link in the storm, just as the game starts out and everything goes good up to the point where he is going to the forest and such. It seems that they decided to scratch off many of the side quests that made the game even better then just a linear piece such as Tarin turning into a raccoon or the secret sea shell quest to find them all for the upgrade of the sword. This bothered me for it changed the story, making the quests that would of taken most of the game seem like they were not worth it. And yet, even with the quests being taken out, you would think that they would have spent more time with the temples then as they are the second part of the game that took up the most of it. The answer is no. The barely touch it! It’s a couple images of him jumping over stuff, fighting stuff that looks like blobs and then the boss fight that he has only a little bit of time. What do they do have then? Link walking around and talking to a little fairy character named Felicia who isn’t even in the game at all!!

There the manga lacks in a lot of things, there are a couple things that they do have well. They explain more about who the ghost is that you help is as well as why he died away from his home. They also explain what Link feels as he learns about the secret of the island and what he goes through knowing exactly how things would happen. Sadly, the way they make the owl sound is almost like he is an enemy himself. I didn’t really like that because they do not make him feel like a voice of reason.

The artwork, while mostly well done, does lack a lot in my mind. The characters just seem very bland and I could not recognize some of them as I should. There are times when the characters seem to have ‘jagged cheeks’ where when looking at a 3/4th view, the cheek looks like it has its own nose. The eyes are way too big for the face at times and make the character look really dopy or like the eyes are up on the forehead. They will even slightly curve to put them up on the forehead at times it feels. I would of liked it if they had made the characters look slightly closer to the game because the game had rather good graphics for its time. On the cover, it feels that they can’t decide the color of Link’s clothing is.

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Mushishi, (1999 - 2008)
Author: Yuki Urushibara
Supernatural, Seinen,
Key Words: Occult Detective, Life Lessons, Nature vs Humans,
Magazine:Afternoon Publisher:Kodansha American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 10

Within this world, there are many mysterious things that not many people can explain. One such thing is creatures that are considered the purest form of life, made of only pure essence of life. They come in many forms and can disrupt the lives of people who come into contact with them. Because of this, there are people who travel to research them called Mushi Masters. This is the tale of one such master, Ginko.


My Thoughts: As you well know by now, I love the occult and anything that has a sense of sophistication in its writing. I fell in love with the anime version of Mushishi and now I like the manga as well. The manga is pretty much the same as the anime, same stories, pretty much same time frame. People may think this is a let down but not to me. Since the anime was so good, the manga didn’t need to do anything in order to be as good and I think it would have taken away from it if they had changed anything. The stories themselves have sort of life lessons that we should take to heart and some of them are rather old lessons that we had to worry about long ago. Because the acts have happened because of ‘mushi,’ these strange creatures that act according to there desires, that it sort of speaks to today’s world as well. Since these creatures have no time connected to themselves, it means that they can be affecting us in this high tech world. Some of the stories are like the desires of people now a days, things like hunting to much that you are taken over or acting higher then you are because of something special you found out. Other stories are just things around you that you wouldn’t be able to stop and seem like explanations of why things have happened the way they did, like losing your voice, memories, or even losing your hearing.

Now for those who hate when the manga and anime are the same, fear no more because the manga goes farther then the anime. We get even more stories and it starts about half way through the sixth volume. Many of the stories are actually rather sad though we get small parts of comedy so that we don’t get to teary eyed. I really think everyone should read these around the time your about to go to bed or to get some relaxation because none of the stories are big adventure action packed stories. Many times, they are made for you to think about what the characters have said and meditate on the story. I personally loved having meditation music on while reading the manga as it sort of zones me into the manga just as the opening song for the anime would zone me into the story then.

There was a small thing that did annoy me a bit about the mangas though, and that is the little bonus pieces that for some reason the author decided to put in-between a couple chapters. They break up the stories and I found myself skipping them at times because I really wanted to read more of the actual manga. The bonus ones were ‘badly drawn’ compared to everything else and just got so hard to read at times that I just felt it broke the mangas. I believe most of them were supposed to be about the author’s life but still, I found myself not really caring about it since it was so hard to figure out if it really was from Urushibara-san’s life or part of the chapters, or even just random bits from someone else’s life.

The artwork is rather sketchy, sometimes looking like blobs without much detail and then there are other times that the background is really well detailed while the characters look bland and simple. I guess it helps the characters stand out but the characters deform a lot more then you would think. Chins are elongated, eyes have little to no definition of where they end and the rest begins, and even the clothing feel like little blobs at times. The times we get colored pages, the artwork is blobs of watercolor sort of merging together as though from a dream. I think it adds to the idea that these creatures we are reading about are things that we may only see in dreams and the imagination. As the books go on, the artwork gets better and better though still keeps its sketchy look.

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Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran Koukou Host Club (Jul 24, 2002 – Sep 24, 2010)
Author: Bisco Hatori
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Reverse Harem,
Key Words: Gender Bender, Cross-dressing, School Life,
Magazine:LaLa Publisher:Hakusensha American Publisher: Madman Entertainment, Viz Media,

Book Volumes: 18

Haruhi Fujioka was a rather poor girl who was smart enough to get into a very high class school, Ouran High School, just by her test results. After wandering into the music room where the host club met, she breaks a very valuable vase and is forced to join the club. To bad this is a club for beautiful men to entertain women, or is it? Haruhi must keep her gender a secret from the whole school while working with these beautiful, but rather energetic men..


My Thoughts: If you loved the anime, you are probably going to fall in love with the manga. It has all the crazy antics of the host club with never a dull moment but then it adds onto it with a much deeper story line. Though it loses its comedic value to an extent, the serious nature gives the characters so much more depth. This is one manga that I can say; you need to read it all even if you watched the manga because there is so much more to the stories that were shown on TV.

There are a couple people who change very drastically in the manga by just how serious the manga becomes. Haruhi is pretty much the down to earth girl of the anime and manga but even in the manga, she has times when she makes large leaps in her personality and I fell in love with her more in the manga then in the anime. She just seems to have a lot more character with her emotions then the rather bland character they tried to portray her as in the anime. During times, you do find out that she really is a girl, with real girly feelings and every once in a while, she does tend to think about romance or looking cute. She at times feels a little similar to Tamaki in how stupid she can be (maybe the right words would be dunce to feelings actually) but her heart is in the right place.

The twins are the next ones I want to talk about but I really can’t without spoiling so much! The characters change so drastically that you would not be able to even imagine how different they are from start to finish but you have to read it or I will spoil it. That or you would not understand any of it at all.

Tamaki changes a lot too, and again, sadly the only thing I can say is that he ‘grows up’ and I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I love him even more for the changes that happen. I could just not let go the idea that Tamaki grew up at all, and it pains me not being able to talk about it do to spoilers. Seriously, read the manga!

In fact, I think the only ones that don’t leap that far are Honey, Mori, and Kyouya. Honey and Mori seem to act much more like someone the characters can turn to in their time of need where as sadly, Kyouya seems to be left out at times. I know there are a few times he grows in the story but its not enough and makes me feel that he will never grow from what he is now. He feels like a static character where as Tamaki and the twins seem to jump from one thing to another very quickly. I wanted to see a little more of Kyouya but I didn’t get that.

The story was so deep at times that I had a hard time not crying and I actually did in the middle. Almost all of the drama that is in normal family life was there, from problems between siblings, to problems in the family, social status, and relationships. Some of these things were made a bit extreme for the fact it was about rich people but when you break the main point down, its stuff that we all have to go through at some point. I felt they did a rather wonderful job building up on these things and not giving us too much detail where the idea would be lost. Near the end of the books, they also had special chapters to show what happened after the story finished, and talked about what would happen in the future for the group. This helped close some of the questions that were left and also gave us just a bit more fun as the kids grew up. I love when stories tell us what happen after because we get to see the characters we have grown to love grow even more. I look forward to if Hatori-san makes a sequel or even just a side story book about their life growing up in collage even though I don’t think she will.

The artwork is pretty much what you would think of a Shojo style manga with beautiful men and even more beautiful hearts, flowers, and clothing designs. Sometimes we get something that is a little off for comedic affect but other then that, it’s a very well put together manga with the art style getting better and better as the volumes progress. As the story gets deeper, you actually get that feeling in the artwork and, just over all, it works.

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Bonnouji, , Temptation Temple(Apr 5, 2008 – Oct 5, 2012)
Author: Aki Eda
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Seinen,
Key Words: Relationships,
Magazine:Comic Flapper Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 3

Ozawa Michiyo is a pretty girl who after 5 years of going out with a guy, was dumped because she wanted to get married. After drinking to much one night and having to use the restroom, she ended up knocking on the door of Oyamada Zenji. There, she finds his place is full of interesting things, and starts to visit him often.


My Thoughts: So while looking for alcohol related manga’s like Bartender, a random person on a chat introduced me to Bonnouji. This may not have been about alcohol but I still fell in love with it. It’s a very simple story about a man and woman falling in love. There is nothing really over the top, no harems for Oyamada to pick from, no really large conflicts or supernatural intervention. After all the anime and manga I have read over the years, I was surprised this was actually a manga (don’t you love sarcasm?).

The characters are very simple, and sadly sometimes a little to simple. Ozawa is rather spacey at times and doesn’t really grow at all though the story. She just goes through her life as a normal business woman, responsible and hard working while trying to get up in the world, but when she is in Bonnouji (Oyamada’s room) she acts like a child. Half the time I didn’t even believe she was almost 30 with how childish she was. Oyamada really wasn’t any better, being carefree pretty much. He would always have fun opening one box after another from the items his brother would send him and living each day as though there was going to be something spectacular in the next box. These two worlds have really different feelings to them, and yet they seem to collide in odd ways as the two get more and more attracted to each other. One would even think, maybe, that Ozawa is only using Zenji to get out of her daily routine and to help her forget her ex. That is a big question to ask and it is one of the main reasons I kept reading the manga, not because of the artwork, but because of the story inside. That to me is the real reason people should be reading manga in the first place.

What bugged me was the fact that there was no good way to judge time at all. The chapters held themselves together well with the stories and playful antics but there was no way to figure out time. They would say it every once in a while that a year has passed, that a couple months passed but it doesn’t tell you out loud. It’s only a small hint.

The art style is pretty sloppy, sort of a mash together of lines but I think it sort of works. What doesn’t work though is how strange the proportions sometimes end up, with squashed heads and large hips at some points. They don’t even look like adults half the time because of the inconsistent way the characters had been drawn. I thought for a while they might have been just teens at a couple points, especially Oyamada. There is a bit of a warning I have to add to this by the way, there are a couple sex scenes (though they are not made to be the main focus) and many mature talks about romance. This is not for younger people. The background goes from highly detailed to almost nothing a lot of the time though I wonder if that is just time frames getting in the way.

This was worth every moment of me reading it and I think everyone needs to at least try to read it at some point if they love romance.

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A Wise Man Sleeps, Kenja Wa Nemuru, (Jan 7, 2002 – Aug 28, 2003)
Author: Mick Takeuchi
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Shoujo
Key Words: Stones, Alchemist,
Magazine:Suspiria Publisher:Akita Shoten American Publisher: Go! Comi

Book Volumes: 2

Miharu is a young girl who has very bad luck. Her mother passed away leaving only a single little ring to remember her by. That wouldn’t be to bad except that her father also ran away leaving her to clean up his debts. In the mist of dealing with all these problems, she runs across a Jewelry Expert by the name of Rintaro who says that her bad luck is all because of the ring. To bad a unfortunate accident makes it so that Miharu and the ring can’t be separated. What’s a girl to do?


My Thoughts: A stones, they have strong spiritual powers that can make you feel good or bad depending on what you need… and in this case, can also curse you to no end. Being a Wiccan (that’s my religion, if you don’t like it, then I don’t care) I use stones to gather powers and to heal people who need it. This manga has something of a similar nature although they go into the alchemist part of the deal and amplify it a million times over.

We start out with a rather interesting young girl who has lost all parental guidance in her life, mother died and father has run off. This seems like the most typical shoujo style in that this little high school girl has to do everything on her own, then meets a handsome guy who saves her and they run off into the night. It’s typical and basically runs the same format as all the other manga and animes like this. Then we add the story by chapter files to it where they find someone in trouble and help them. Again, basic storyline for these types of manga. Through all this review, your not going to find much that makes the story stand out from any other but what makes this pretty good is that I don’t fully get bored of it. The same with Zodiac P.I., I enjoy these types of stories where the girl is a smartass teen who tries to stand up for what she believes in and ends up in these strange situations or has some strange power given to them.

Miharu (Again, very standard name for main character girl) gets a rather interesting power when she swallows a stone called the ‘wise man stone’ when she thought that it was going to be taken from her. The wise man stone is known to give people eternal life, turn metal into gold, cure people – pretty much this is the philosopher’s stone in a nut shell. Not exactly sure why they had to try and give it such a pretty little name as the wise man stone but they did. Of course, this stone was hunted by Rintaro Akechi who is part of a secret organization that was looking for the stone. Again, this feels pretty standard except for the fact he is normally a weak little pansy boy who apologizes way too much instead of a strong bad boy. He only turns into a strong bad boy when he uses his own wise man stone.

The sad part about the manga is that it finished up without even having an ending. The last chapter ‘Emerald’ has no real ending to it and just hangs there. It makes me sad that the story isn’t able to be completed.

The artwork is pretty much like every other Shoujo out there, beautiful fine details mixed with rather funny little panels where a character is getting bonked on the head or something. Nothing much to say there.

I would give the manga high praise if it didn’t leave with such a sudden stop at the end. With no ending in sight, it just loses some of the love I had for its story. If you don’t want to suddenly be asking where the next book is, then this really isn’t the one for you. On the other hand, if you don’t care about a no ending and enjoy the small pieces to the story, then go for it.

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Comic Studio, , (Mar 10, 2010 – Apr 11, 2012)
Author: Konogi Yoshiru
Comedy, Mature, Ecchi, Romance, Seinen
Key Words: Manga, Comics,
Magazine:Young Magazine Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 4

Aihara Minoru is an inspiring Mangaka (Manga Artist) on his way to Tokyo. He is inspired by the Battle Manga writer Takakura Kenji and wants to write just like him but his editor keeps insisting on placing Moe into his work. Will he be able to get a manga out that he loves and still make the editor happy? And when he does meet Kenji, will ‘he’ be what he imagines?


My Thoughts: There are a lot of manga out there with crazy stories, moe characters, and sometimes even giving us some rather sexual romances but this one is a little odd. To think they would actually take a moe character and make it the Mangaka of a manga all about fighting and battles is pretty interesting. Not to mention the age of the character or at least how old she looks like and acts. I almost feel sorry for both of the characters, Aihara for finding out exactly who wrote his stuff and Kenji to be judged by how she looks. I can’t blame Aihara for it though because she does look like and act like a little kid. The sad part is that although they could have made the story interesting, they made it a standard Seinen romance instead. I would have loved to see it more of the type that Kenji actually creates then the cutesy little love story that it is.

The whole idea of the two main characters getting together seems to go a bit to fast as from the moment that Aihara ends up on Kenji’s doorstep like a lost little puppy; she seemed to have feelings for him. Then its one misunderstanding after another as we have images of the two falling on top of each other and touching in the wrong areas. And then Kenji would do a standard tsundera answer of punching him or acting all tuff when really she is just like a lovesick child. Then we have the other two characters, one being a high school girl with a crush on Kenji and the other is a more responsible adult who seems to not have much say in what’s going on. Both of them are useless and just get in the way of the two main characters having a relationship. It reminds me a bit of the storyline for Ai Yori Aoshi where you just know from the beginning who was going to be with each other, the side characters were only forced in to make some comedy happen. I can see so much more conflict happening with pretty much anything else so why they fell back on adding extra’s for the conflict seems like it was just going for the fans. I do give them props though that all the girls are not throwing their panties at Aihara though. We at least have a character after Kenji while the other is just more of a parental character.

Sadly, just when I thought that the manga was going to end with a really fitting meaning behind it, it just went on. I saw great promise with the end of one of the volumes only to be let down that the manga was still going on. They went into a very perverted area that I really think would have been much cuter if they had left it out (Doesn’t help that Kenji looks like a Lolita character as well). The actual ending was pretty good but somehow, I feel a bit bothered by how the ending summed up. I wish it had more of an underlining meaning like what it had in the middle because some of the rest of the manga felt forced. In my mind, it just should have ended at volume 3 and not had the 4th volume since the last one lacked something.

There were also things that I didn’t really understand as they use a lot of manga trade lingo that I have not really learned yet, things like ‘name’ made me feel confused. I thought that it was a rough draft or the basic idea of how the manga would go but then there are times when Kenji is working on it at the end of working on that version of the manga. These questions were not answered anywhere in the manga so I just couldn’t figure it out.

The artwork is actually very pretty with really good shading and nice detail work. I actually think it looks like one of the better of the manga’s I’ve read. Still, the male is slightly bland and the girls are all set for the fans with the moe, the tomboy, and the mature adult and with the rather ‘hot’ looking scenes, its hard to take it as different then any other manga out there with this style of story.

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Pretear, , (May 30, 2000 – Jul 18, 2001)
Author: Junichi Sato
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural,
Key Words: Manga, Comics,
Magazine: Publisher:Kadokawa Shoten American Publisher: ADV Manga

Book Volumes: 4

When a man marries a really rich woman, everyone would think that he was in it for the money. At least that’s what everyone thought when Himeno’s father and stepmother got together. Judged for this even by her new sisters, what could have been her castle became a bit more of a nightmare. It’s a time like that when this young Cinderella would need a handsome prince to take her away. To bad that prince seems to need her to help fight a wicked queen. With bother her life and her crime fighting taking up her time, will she be able to take care of herself?


My Thoughts: Remember the pretty stories of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, you think of a little damsel in need of rescuing. You rarely think of the damsel being the one able to help save the knight in shinning armor but that’s sort of the feeling about this. Such a pure and sweet little girl with a heart of gold; YA RIGHT! This little princess isn’t as pure as the story but she does have a small sad story to tell. With an alcoholic Dad who didn’t really bring money in with his books, she pretty much had to grow up fast and take care of herself. Now that she is a princess, she can’t stop acting like how she used to. Sadly, there are some things that the anime did much better then the manga and I will be getting into this a little.

The whole beginning of the story is a little bit odd and there are major differences that just made the anime seem to have more heart. Things like how the knights were working so hard to find the Pretear, the knight’s personalities, even the story about what happen with her stepmother’s ex father. All these things just seemed like they were not as heart warming to me where as the anime had more to it. The idea that the father would have passed away instead of just a divorce made the sister’s a bit more relatable for our heroine. With the father alive, it just feels a little bland. It was also really odd because unless it was a translation error, the first book had said they were divorced but then turned around in the 4th book and said that he had died. Also, we have the knights feeling a lot more carefree then I think they should be. It’s not like they weren’t in the anime but something just feels off. I tried to keep thinking of the manga as its own and yet… It was just not that interesting to me.

The parts I did like were that the mother seemed to have a bit more of a mean stepmother style instead of a lovey dovey woman but it was still a bit off. It seemed as though the mother just didn’t care about Himeno at all and only cared about her new husband. I also liked some parts near the end a little better then the anime but again, something just seemed to be missing to me. It’s not that the anime is better then the manga, they are about the same in that aspect. But the concept of the characters and the way they act just changes what I like. To me, the story didn’t exactly end the way I wanted to, preferring the cute ending in the anime then the manga.

The artwork was beautiful, bright colors when there was watercolor styled when it was colored and the rather delicate lines in the rest. They were expertly detailed and was a joy to look at even if the story lacked.

In the end, it was slightly bland though I liked some concepts. I prefer the anime then the manga as it was a bit shorter and easier to watch then read.

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Scrapped Princess, , (2002 - 2004)
Author: Sakaki Ichiro
Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Shoujo, Shounen,
Key Words:Magic, Religion,
Magazine:Dragon Comics Publisher: Kadokawa American Publisher: TokyoPop

Book Volumes: 3

Pacifica Casull was a normal 14 year old girl with a loving older brother and sister. Unfortunately, she is also prophesied to be the seed of destruction for the world. Because of this, her and her siblings must travel throughout the land in order to keep those who wish to kill her at bay. Can she really be the seed of destruction or is this cheerful girl just a scapegoat?


My Thoughts: What happens when the world is against you and all that you have left is your brother and sister? That is somewhat the main story plot to this manga as it was in the anime. Although they have some things that are very similar to each version, the manga seems to have something a little different that I didn’t quite like. I’m not sure exactly what it is, it’s just a type of feeling you get when a story you like has been changed. It’s not really that bad but different. I think part of the reason was because of the fact the artist was trying to write the manga from a novel instead of something in his head so the characters feel slightly lacking. I am not sure how the anime had more soul to it when the manga felt bland but I like the anime more.

We meet a lot of different characters who seem to not of been put into the anime for some reason including a Wolverine reject from X-men. Some of the stories that the characters give seem to be the same rehashing of losing a brother or sister, losing family members and so on. I guess this was a good thing to have something that the characters could connect to but sadly, it also feels like they reused the story. Sometimes they would talk about what happens a couple years into the future but I do have to ask why they talked about that in the second book if Pacifica was supposed to end the world? Wouldn’t that mean that nothing happened? I guess it would lead you to wonder weather she died or something but again, it just feels like it was a bit strangely put.

If you were thinking that this story was going to be exactly like the Anime, this is where you would be fully wrong. In fact, it doesn’t even have a ending so to speak. It feels like just small bits of the whole story where they meet this person and that person. Every story arc had them meeting someone (most of the time someone who wanted to kill Pacifica), them attacking, they get away, a break in action when the person after them tells their story, and then the attack once again for a natural ending. It was bland and pretty standard. We didn’t get much of the background story, no amazing fighting with dragoons like in the anime (not sure if that was in the novel or not), and no real underlining story except for the idea of protecting ones family no matter what.

The artwork is beautiful but pretty typical. Sometimes I had a hard time figuring out who the characters were because of how black some of the lines where and the eyes seemed slightly dead a lot.

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Sexless Friend, , (Oct 25, 2011 – Feb 10, 2013)
Author: Kakei Hidetaka
Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, Seinen
Key Words:Triangle Romance,
Magazine:Web Comic Beat's Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 2

Suou Tsukasa is one of the most popular boys at his college. All the girls want to get with him but he doesn’t like the straight forward ones that come and talk to him. In fact, he likes a quiet girl in his class but when he ends up having to take care of his drunken teacher one night, she tells him the largest secret of her love life.


My Thoughts: So can I just say one thing here, ‘Oh god the triangle of romance.’ This manga seriously had twists and turns that made the little fan girl in me swoon a bit in that it is about two people who seem to be fighting to not be seen as homosexual all because of the feelings they had for people of the same gender. I know, confusing right? Well that was what I felt trying to piece it all together. Basic idea, Tsukasa liked a guy he was somewhat rivals with; his teacher had a crush on her upper classmen though both say it’s not in that way. Now they both have a person of the opposite gender that they want to be with, though because of past experiences, they are scared. So what is the normal response to get over the phobia with someone that has the same phobia? Let’s do it together and act as a couple! Ya… it made very little sense for me too.

The two of them get together to try and combat each other’s ‘phobia’s’ but seriously, it’s a rather cliché idea for a story, one you would probably figure out the ending to. And hence the name ‘Sexless Friend’ comes into play in the story because they want to make sure that it’s without sex. Of course, since it is an Ecchi, we have a whole manner of images pertaining to sex even if they aren’t doing it for real. You know; nude images that go through the perverted mind of a guy. And because of how the relationship is kept secret, we have the problem of people misunderstanding what is going on outside the relationship. I want to say it’s a lot like Please Teacher in that respect. Hell, it’s like a lot of shows and manga that have that same sort of story line. Although I do have to laugh at the comedy, it does get a little to predictable that I wish they did something else.

Now on the other side of the spectrum, the ending was a bit surprising and was not that predictable. The ending made me laugh at how I thought it was going to end up because you wouldn’t be able to figure it out without reading it. It was short but I feel just right as they didn’t let the jokes become old and stale. They kept feeling slightly refreshing to read even though you knew what was going to happen in each scenario except the ending.

The artwork is rather good looking except the fact that the mail character doesn’t seem to look like he would be the most popular boy. I don’t see what’s so great about him that all the girls have themselves going gaga and calling him prince. He looks like an average guy compared to the rest of the guys in the show. His personality doesn’t seem to stand out; he’s just a nice guy. So why is he so popular? The shading with the pantones and lines are really nice, everything is super detailed in that aspect down to the slightest little detail but I have to wonder if it really needed that much work. It’s wonder, I can’t stop that, but some of the tiny detail didn’t need to be shaded to the max. I won’t faultier it though as I like when they put time into the artwork. The design for their teacher is pretty much like a child who makes me wonder why people are so into manga with a character that looks like a loli child as a teacher rather then an adult.

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Pandora: A Death Jr. Manga, , (2009)
Author: Hai!
Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Supernatural,
Key Words:School Life,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 1

Pandora is a young girl who goes to school with the son of Death and even has a big crush on Jr. When she tries to help one of her friends who fell into a hole however, she winds up time traveling to the future and having to save her boyfriend and her friends from a unknown villain, all while trying to get back to her own time. What’s a girl going to do?


My Thoughts: Well now this was a bit of an interesting manga based on a video game for the Playstation Portable called Death Jr. (Again, like most video game based manga, I have not played this). We have a couple known characters like Pandora, Death Junior (Son of Death), and then there are characters like Smith and Weston (Siamese brothers linked by the brain), Seep (the strange fetus in a tank), and Stigmartha, a strange girl that bleeds from her hands when she is nervous. Yes… they literally made a joke about Stigmata, and now you understand the dark humor of this manga. It’s even darker when you find that these characters start out as middle school students at a school called Alfred Packer Middle School. I say start because they time travel the main character into being a Teenager in high school.

The storyline gets a little hard to understand along the way including a new character in the high school part that isn’t in the middle school part. I would have loved to have a character that was Pandora’s rival end up being the villain of the story instead of just this random woman with a back-story that doesn’t seem to be explained what is happening, even in the ending. There also was no actual ‘horror’ in the manga even though the genre was given a horror class. It wasn’t scary at all and the parts that were supposed to be scary were low scale because of the artwork and the comedy involved.

The artwork was rather interesting as it was not the normal anime style. They had big bug-like eyes, Pandora’s Iris filling up the whole eye for her, and very thin bodies. I believe the style of manga is called the aesthetic style, where characters look rather alien-ish to a point. It’s not a bad style and I actually liked the difference from other anime. If everything is done in the same style, it ends up blending into one another. This one had a fun little difference even if it wasn’t horror based.

It was short and sweet, a good piece to take a look at even if you’re not really big on manga.

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Separated, , (2008)
Author: Oga
Supernatural, One shot,
Key Words:Horror, Ghosts,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:

Book Volumes: 1

One night, a young girl goes to an apartment complex in search of her cat. What she finds instead is something a little more horrifying.


My Thoughts: So, I love Supernatural stories and this one has a bit of a sort of urban storytelling going on. Sadly, it falls short of what it could be. We start with a strange young girl who seems to have her own personality instead of what she should actually be, a person who the character can put themselves in. Next, we have some unexplainable things happening that are not really given much filler. There are things like the girl calling out the name of the son the ghost woman is looking for without showing herself being possessed. We might be able to chock it up to her looking for her cat and the woman looking for her son which makes there energies mingle but other then that, it come out of know where. The same goes for the man who just suddenly shows up and starts scolding her for no reason at all. He doesn’t explain to her what is wrong and only says she best leave, then yells at her about not being responsible if something happens to her. I did like the ending though as it gave a bit more of a back story to the horror but sadly, the execution of the rest of the story felt a bit low.

The artwork is a mixture of occult and shoujo a bit seeing as the girl we are supposed to connect to is drawn more of this rather cute style in the beginning. It gets creeper as the story goes on but sadly, she starts out with the creep factor being really well detailed and much more realistic. As the story goes on, the girl never gets to the point where she feels like she fits in with the story, and at the end just seems to miss the mark. The man who scolds her is even fitting more then her and he is only in the shot for two or three panels before he leaves her all alone.

Just overall, the manga lacked to a point and just felt as though it needed more to get it pushing in the right direction. I might have been fine reading it once but not something I would look at again for being bland.

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