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Eve no Musuko-tachi: Aoike Yasuko

The nice thing about reading books about books is that they often introduce you to other books. And while I was a little unhappy about the lack of…

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Hokkyoku Hyakkaten no Concierge-san: Nishimura Tsuchika

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you know the service pretty much everywhere is top notch, something that always leaves me disoriented when I return to Canada and…

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O Human Star: Blue Delliquanti

After perhaps one of the greatest periods of procrastination of my life, I am at last here to tell you about O Human Star, a three-volume series about…

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30 to 40 no Aida: Takinami Yukari

I am a reader of many books, as you may have noticed from the years of my brain battling books on these pages. But I am also a…

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Amazoness Kiss (the rest of it): Ishitsuyo Natsuko

I don’t usually come back to a series to write about the end of it when I’ve written about the beginning of it. There are so many other…

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Pharaoh no Haka: Takemiya Keiko

I actually started reading this series years ago. I got through book one and realized that for some reason, I did not have book three even though books…

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Hotai Shojo Kikan: Sudo Yumi

Friends, it has been a month! And there are still two more weeks of April to get through. I might not make it, to be honest. We’re over…

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AV Joyu-chan: Mine Nayuka

Like most people not of the porn world (well, I did write that column for a porn magazine, but I didn’t know it was a porn magazine until…

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Funukedomo, Kanashimi no Ai wo Misero: Motoya Yukiko

I have been rearranging my bookshelves because that is a thing I enjoy doing and also a thing that needs doing. I keep my books organized by genre,…

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Shojo Manga no Uchu: Tosho no Ie (ed.)

If you’re a fan of classic shojo artists like Hagio Moto or Takemiya Keiko, you have noticed the science fiction works that dot their oeuvre, books like 11…

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Jigoku no Girlfriend: Torikai Akane

A whole year since I’ve wandered the narrow aisles of my favourite Tokyo bookstores! Twelve whole months since I’ve picked up a book I’ve never heard of because…

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Underground: Haruki Murakami

There’s been a lot of talk about cults lately, mostly one cult in particular. And I keep seeing the name Aum Shinrikyo tossed around in that context, people…

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Dive!!: Mori Eto

I translate a lot of books. A. Lot. This is partly because I love my job—I literally get paid to read books all day! As a child who…

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Kore Kara wa, Ikemen no Koto Dake Kangaeteiku: Takeuchi Sachiko

It’s kind of wild to me that Takeuchi Sachiko has basically made a career of being a queer fangirl. Her work is generally either about fandoms or life…

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Yume no Hashibashi: Sudo Yumi

I’m sure I’m not the only one mentally time travelling to this time last year lately as the anniversary of WHO’s declaration of a pandemic approaches, bringing the…

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Branch Line: Ikebe Aoi

I have been waiting so long! I was beginning to think that Ikebe Aoi had hung up her manga hat and gone into a more lucrative, less punishing…

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Doujinshi Round-up: Plague Edition

Once upon a time, people gathered in great numbers in large halls in odd corners of cities around the world to browse the fine wares of many a…

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