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Manga Reviews

I really enjoy reading Manga and graphic novels. The visual storytelling format offers some unique ways of telling a story, mixing art that conveys action with dialogue (spoken and internal) and narration. Though I have always enjoyed superhero and pulp adventure comics, Manga, Manhwa, and Manhua offer a much more varied storytelling experience. Whether it is the psychological supernatural thriller of Death Note or the space opera of Space Battleship Yamato, there is something for everyone.
My love affair with graphic storytelling began as a child. I recall reading my brother’s growing collection of Lee Falk’s Phantom comics. I also loved Thor, Superman, Ghost Rider and Werewolf by Night. My mother also collected Girl comics, romance, war and horror comic compilations, the latter being where I was first introduced to Werewolf by Night.

These titles became my gateway to eastern titles.

My love of manga was a result of my love of some of the Japanese anime being brought into Australia during the ’70s and ’80s. I remember with fondness, sitting down to watch Star Blazers and Robotech. I was immediately addicted to the genre.
Yes, my introduction to the anime was through space opera and mecha series. I am not ashamed to say it either. They were epic and action-packed, often with a strong focus on character growth on account of the dramatic things going on around them. To say that it left a lasting impression would be an understatement.

“What is the focus of this section?” Manga, of course! What a silly question, imaginary reader.

Given that I don’t read much in the way of superhero comics anymore, this blog will focus on manga, manhua and manhwa. Perhaps I will start reading superhero comics again down the track but that would take up some of my manga-reading time. If I do start reading superhero comics again (not webtoons), then I will create a separate page for keeping them separated from my manga reviews as the style.

“What became of that old page format, the one that looked like a disgruntled primate employee arranged it?” Good question, imaginary reader.

I recently moved the lists around to make this section easier to navigate. It was a complete mess before. Whilst it is much better than it was, I still think that that this page needs work to make it even easier for folks to use. Below is a list of the sections to help get you started.

  • Next Reads
  • Current Reads
  • Discontinued Manga
  • Completed but Not Yet Reviewed
  • Completed but not getting a final review
  • Short-Form Reviews
  • Long-Form Reviews
  • Rereads
  • Completed Manga I’d Like To Read
  • Ongoing Series

If you have any further questions and/or suggestions for series to try, feel free to drop me a line. I look forward to hearing from you in the not-so-distant future.

Next Reads

In the event that I finish a series or I have to wait on new instalments for a series that I am currently reading, I will prioritize titles from the following list. As I finish these titles, I will populate it with titles from the three lists located below the Long-Form Reviews section.

  • L-DK [completed] (adorable and funny shoujo romance)
  • Siren’s Lament ( / ongoing)
  • Lost & Found ( / ongoing)
  • The Lady and Her Butler ( / ongoing)
  • Dating was the Easiest [completed] (Urban Fantasy Romantic Comedy)
  • Love in the Mask (sweet, shoujo romantic drama)

  • Kimi wa Natsu no Naka [completed] (short and sweet Shounen Ai love story)
  • Nenene [completed] (short but looks cute)
  • Why Not Be My Dog [completed] (supernatural action romance)
  • Tenshi Ja Nai!! – I’m No Angel!! [completed] (shoujo romantic drama with love triangle elements)
  • Takane & Hana
  • Koi to Yobu Kimochi Warui
  • Kawaii Joushi wo Komarasetai
  • Trinity Wonder (silly shounen comedy involving martial arts, magic and science fiction elements)
  • Shiota-sensei to Amai-chan
  • Ero x Roma [completed] (mild smut read)
  • You don’t know anything (shoujo romantic comedy)
  • Otokomae! Beads Club [completed] (short and silly)
  • Kimi to no Dogfight [completed] (short but sweet Yaoi love story)
  • Magic Marriage
  • Takane & Hana
  • Hirunaka no Ryuusei [completed]
  • Ero x Roma [completed] (mild smut read)
  • Otokomae! Beads Club [completed] (short and silly)
  • Sweat and Soap
  • Kimi to no Dogfight [completed] (short but sweet Yaoi love story)
  • The Trouble With My Boss [completed]
  • Keishichou Tokuhanka 007 [completed]
  • SP Baby [completed]
  • Dengeki Daisy [completed]
  • Last Game [completed]
  • My Room Has Become a Dungeon’s Rest Area
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
  • My Male Friend
  • Wortenia Senki
  • Toshishita no Otokonoko (Chihiro Hiro) [completed] (short but sweet shoujo romance)
  • Koi to Yobu Kimochi Warui
  • Kawaii Joushi wo Komarasetai
  • Shiota-sensei to Amai-chan
  • My Succubus Girlfriend
  • Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo suru

Current Reads

The following is a list of titles that I am currently reading. I’ve added links to periodic reviews to make it easier to navigate.

  • After the Rain [Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, Vol.7, Vol. 8, …]
  • Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi (4 / 17) [Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4] [completed]
  • Mission of Love (8 / 76) [Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, Vol. 7, Vol. 8, Vol. 9, Vol. 10, Vol. 11, Vol. 12, Vol. 13, Vol. 14, Vol. 15, Vol. 16, Vol. 17, Vol. 18, Vol. 19] [completed]
  • Hapi Mari [aka Happy Marriage] (20 / 40) [Reread] [Ch 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40]
  • Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun (10 / ongoing) [Ch 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45]
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! (100 / ongoing) [Ch 1-100, 101-200, 201-300, 301-400, 401-500, 501-600, 601-700, 701-800, 801-900]
  • Domestic Girlfriend (114 / ongoing) [Ch 1-100, 101-114]
  • I’m In Love and It’s the End of the World (Volume 1 / 5?) [Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, Vol 5] [Completed series]
  • A Kiss, For Real (volume 1 / ?) [Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, Vol 5]
  • Skeleton Soldier Couldn’t Protect the Dungeon (20 / ongoing) [Ch 1-20, 21-25, 26-30]
  • Isekai Houtei: Rebuttal Barrister (5 / ongoing) [Ch 1-5, 6-10]
  • The Rise of the Shield Hero (50 / ongoing) [Ch 1-50]
  • Arslan Senki [2013 adaptation] (5 / ?) [Ch 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20]
  • Horimiya (13 / -)
  • Buyuden (4 / 134)
  • Kamisama Drop (9 / 44)
  • Kuzu no Honkai [Scum’s Wish] (43 / -)
  • Momoiro Heaven [aka Peach Heaven] (29 / 41)

Discontinued Manga

On occasion, I will see the need to no longer follow a series. Sometimes it is due to boredom. However, there are the rare occasions where I an so annoyed at a series that I can no longer justify putting in the time and the effort to read and review it.

  • Butterflies, Flowers (10 / 40) [Ch 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40] [Completed series] [Verdict: This series went from promising to unbearable within twelve chapters. I couldn’t justify spending time reading and reviewing it anymore.]
  • Noblesse (10/432) [Verdict: The premise of this series had potential, but I got bored easily.]
  • General & I [Verdict: Beautiful and intelligent story. However, I couldn’t read more of this manga because it was canceled before the storyline was complete.]
  • Appetite (15/?) [Verdict: OKAY… This story was okay, but not interesting enough for me to continue reading.]
  • A Couple of Handsome Men (115/?) [Verdict:  SIGH. The focus is on sex and drama rather than character.]
  • Midnight Secretary (20/?) [Verdict: MEH. Formulaic and way too “dramatic”.]
  • Ten Count (13/-) [Verdict: MEH. I found it hard to sympathize with one of the main characters.]

Completed but not yet Reviewed

Any completed titles I have not got around to review yet will be added to this list.

  • up-to-date

Completed but not getting a final review

Short-form Reviews

I’ll be posting short-form reviews in this section. These are for series that I didn’t feel needed a long-form review.

  • 12-ji Kara Hajimaru [7-part miniseries] {Verdict: MEH… Merely a means to deliver porn. No story of worth. The characters don’t elicit much if any sympathy either.}

Long-Form Reviews

You can find links to long-form reviews for completed titles in this section.

Rereads

I will be periodically rereading titles that I have enjoyed in the past.

  • The Friendly Winter [reread]
  • GE: Good Ending (/) [reread]
  • Wolf Girl & Black Prince [reread]
  • Absolute Boyfriend [reread]

Completed Manga I’d Like To Read

I will be spending a lot of time focusing on titles that have concluded as I dislike waiting on new installments to become available.

  • Where Tangents Meet [completed] (webtoon by the creator of Siren’s Lament)
  • Ohisama Egao [completed] (a short anthology about the romantic relationships of four women)
  • Isekai Goumon Hime [completed]
  • Pandora Hearts [completed]
  • Carat! [completed]
  • Tomodachi no Papa – Hakui no Oji-sama [completed] (3-part josei romance)
  • Aoki Umi no Toraware Hime [completed]
  • Imadoki! [completed]
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle [completed]
  • Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE – Niraikanai-hen [completed]
  • Mango’s Bone [completed] (short romantic drama)
  • Love Barometer [completed] (South Korean mid-length romantic drama webtoon)
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge [completed]

  • Love Sick [completed] (short shoujo harem romance)
  • Kiniro no Corda [completed] (shoujo musical romantic drama/comedy)
  • xxxHOLiC [completed]
  • Sex to Kiss to Setsunasa no Aida [completed] (anthology of stories about love starting after sexual intimacy)
  • Hirunaka no Ryuusei [completed] (ah, young love in Tokyo)
  • Sekai wa Happy de Dekiteru [completed] (short but sweet mature shoujo romance)
  • Enra in Hell [completed] (a cheeky supernatural shoujo rom-com in the vein of Kamisama Kiss)
  • Houkago, Sensei to Koi ni Ochiru [completed] (short shoujo romance anthology)
  • Marriage Hunting of the Legendary Brave [completed]
  • Kimi to Kemono na Yume wo Miru [completed] (short collection of smutty josei “romance”)
  • Daisuki Datta yo, Sensei… [completed] (shoujo romance)
  • Kore wa Koi no Hanashi [completed] (a romance featuring characters with an age gap)
  • Sweet Black [completed] (short, shoujo romance with a single chapter extra story)
  • Meteor Methuselah [completed]
  • Scandalous [completed] (trashy read)
  • Don’t Cry, Girl [completed]
  • Chobits [completed]
  • Good Morning Kiss [completed]
  • Musketeer [completed]
  • Mizutama Puzzle [completed]
  • Divine Bells [completed]
  • Ouran High School Host Club [completed] (I’ve watched the anime multiple times but haven’t got around to reading the manga yet – shameful bronze!)
  • Ore-sama Kiss [completed] (collection of 5 oneshots)
  • My Fair Neighbour [completed]
  • Shall We Have Dinner Tonight? [completed]
  • Purikyuu [completed]
  • House of the Sun [completed]
  • Nineteen, Twenty-One [completed]
  • Those Summer Days [completed]
  • Bokura no Koi wa Shi ni Itaru Yamai no You de [completed] (trash smut read)
  • Alive – The Final Evolution [completed]
  • Rainbow Rose [completed]
  • Double Baby [completed]
  • Stella to Mille Feuille [completed]
  • Happy If You Died [completed]
  • Serendipity [completed]
  • Sweetness and Lightning [completed]
  • Haru no Noroi [completed]
  • Usemono Yado [completed]
  • Kugutsu [completed]
  • Beelzebub [completed]
  • A Demon Isn’t That Bad [completed]
  • Real Girl [completed] (I watched the first season of the anime)
  • Scum’s Wish [completed]
  • Hana to Akuma [completed]
  • Katakoi Triangle [completed]
  • SSG – Meimon Danshikou Keppuurokou [completed]
  • The Flower Under the Sky [completed]
  • Hibi Chouchou [completed]
  • Ruri no Kaze ni Hana wa Nagareru [completed]
  • Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen [completed]
  • Sugar Family [completed]
  • Dream of Loulan Kingdom [completed]
  • Magiwari Hakushaku no Bouken [completed]
  • Shirogane no Ou [completed] (short josei fantasy drama)
  • Ryuu no Hanawazurai [completed]
  • Absolute Witch [completed]
  • The Queen’s Knight [completed]
  • Grand Sun [completed]
  • Wild Ones [completed]
  • Lost in London [completed]
  • A Kiss to the Prince [completed]
  • Flower in a Storm [completed]
  • Kimi no Sei [completed]
  • Cage of Eden [completed]
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend [completed]
  • Shirokuma Cafe [completed]
  • Living Like a Flower [completed]
  • Futari no Renai Shoka [completed]
  • Angel Sanctuary [completed]
  • Voices of a Distant Star [completed] (I watched and enjoyed the anime film)
  • Secret Crush [completed]
  • Sekine’s Love [completed]
  • Koi Kaze [completed]
  • Denzen Complex [completed] (anthology)
  • Veins [completed]
  • Lost Angel [completed]
  • Aibu de Jiashite [completed] (anthology)
  • The Lion and the Bride [completed]

Ongoing Series

Whilst I will be reading the occasional ongoing title, I will be focusing on completed titles due to my dislike of waiting on new installments when really good completed titles are available. Here is a list of ongoing titles that have taken my fancy.

  • I Was Kicked out of the Hero’s Party Because I Wasn’t a True Companion so I Decided to Have a Slow Life at the Frontier
  • Honey Come Honey
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahou No Sho (fantasy adventure)
  • Ultraman
  • The Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts
  • Looking Up to You
  • My Boyfriend in Orange
  • Atsumori-kun no Oyomesan (<- Mitei)
  • Barbarities
  • Tendou-ke Monogatari
  • Boku no le ni Oide
  • Kitsune Spirit
  • Force Field Girl
  • Cheese in the Trap
  • Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
  • Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken: The Ways of Strolling in the Demon Country
  • Marry Me!
  • Tsuyokute New Saga
  • Lovecome Like a Demon
  • Delicious in Dungeon
  • Tonikaku KawaiiWatari-kun no x x ga Houkai Sunsen
  • NPC
  • Oh! Holy
  • KonoSuba
  • Continued, Gifting this Wonderful World with Explosions!
  • Versatile Mage
  • The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs
  • Saihate no Paladin
  • Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki
  • The Hero Suddenly Proposed to Me, but…
  • Berserk of Gluttony
  • Rune Soldier
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor
  • July Found by Chance
  • Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Dokome mo
  • Shadow
  • A Returner’s Magic Should be Special
  • I Was Naked When I Reached the Other World
  • One Punch Man
  • My Senpai is Annoying
  • On the Way Home, I Got a Bride and Twin Daughters, But They Were Dragons
  • Hajime no Ippo
  • Namaikizakari
  • Satome-Senshu, Hitakakusu
  • The Matchmaker Forbids Me from Dating
  • The Magic Chef of Fire and Ice
  • Talking of a Hero Who is a Hero
  • The Smiling, Proud Wanderer
  • The Abandoned Hero is Going Home
  • Futoku no Guild
  • Solo Leveling
  • I’m Around Thirty and Finally in Love
  • Shibi Quartet
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Armor Shop for Ladies & Gentlemen
  • Heterogenia Linguistico
  • You Loved Me
  • Love Cruise
  • Wild Arms Flower Thieves
  • Guarding
  • Isekai ni Kita Mitai dakedo Ikaniseruba Yoi no Darou
  • Kataribe no List
  • The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic
  • Boukensha ni Naritai to Miyako ni Deteitta Musume ga S Rank ni Natteta
  • Farming Life in Another World
  • Oh My Goddess
  • The Dragon’s School is on Top of the Mountain
  • The Dragon’s Seven Adorable Children
  • Someday’s Dreamers
  • Ran and the Gray World
  • Hunter Age
  • Noragami
  • Lovely Complex
  • How to Keep a Mummy
  • Harukanaru Jikuu no Naka de
  • Cigarette & Cherry
  • Special Relationship Law
  • Inu X Boku SS
  • Scary Face High Schooler and Miss Plain Jane
  • Otakare Fujo Kano
  • Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue
  • Apotheosis
  • Dawn of the Arcana
  • Billionaire Girl
  • Hero? I Quit a Long Time Ago
  • Faster Than a Kiss
  • SSG – Meimon Dansikou Keppuurokrou
  • All Day Jo Ayoung
  • Private Prince
  • I Want to Know You
  • Our Relationship Is…
  • Peerless Dad
  • Her Summon
  • Namaikazakari
  • Peerless Alchemist
  • The Priest’s Chart
  • Saotome-Senshu, Hitakakusu
  • Mr. Villain’s Day Off
  • Slime Life
  • Blue Sky Complex
  • Sensei to, Watashi wa
  • Chasing the Sun
  • Imadoki no Wakai Mon wa
  • The Stories of Those Around Them
  • Overbearing Loyal Dog Looking for Love
  • Secret Crush
  • I Shaved. Then I Brought a High School Girl Home
  • Dear Door
  • Honey Come Honey
  • The Teacher Can Not Tell Me Love
  • Finally Living Together with My Anti-fan
  • My Little Monster
  • Mission of Love
  • Related Marriage
  • Arrogance and Romance
  • Captive Hearts of Oz
  • High School Debut
  • From Maid to Mother
  • Keishichou Tokuhanka 007
  • Mister Cat
  • Flying Over the Mountains to Love You
  • Ameiro Paradox
  • Blue Spring Ride
  • The Fiancess Live Together
  • You Are My Lovely Dragon King
  • City Prince and Amazon Princess
  • Kakao 79%
  • Baby Steps
  • Monster no Goshujin-sama
  • Holding Onto Him
  • Saint Seiya – The Lost Canvas
  • Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai [aka Please Love the Useless Me] (25/43) [I watched the short-lived live-action TV adaptation for this series and adored it. It is such a pity that it was canceled before the series ended because it was so cute]
  • Space Brothers
  • Orange Marmalade
  • Sket Dance
  • Green Boy
  • Feng Shen Ji
  • Special A
  • Trump: Another Space Continuum

 

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