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Featured image for Kyuujitsu no Warumono-san / Mr. Villain’s Day Off by Morikawa YuuBackground image for Kyuujitsu no Warumono-san / Mr. Villain’s Day Off by Morikawa Yuu

Kyuujitsu no Warumono-san / Mr. Villain’s Day Off by Morikawa Yuu

If you’ve ever asked yourself “I wonder what Dr. Doom [fill-in other favorite villain] does on his day off? Does he go shopping in his full armor and…

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Blue Period (Vol. 1) by Yamaguchi Tsubasa

If I were a better organized person, I’d have read Blue Period immediately after having reviewed Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey. They are both about a personal…

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Ai wa Chitto mo Rakuja Nai / Love Isn’t The Slightest Bit Easy by Kiriyuu Kiyoi

Even though, when I found Ai wa Chitto mo Rakuja Nai / Love Isn’t The Slightest Bit Easy, I was actually looking for something far smuttier, it turns…

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Hoshizora wo Mitsumeta Sono Ato de / After Staring at the Starry Sky by Kida Bisco

… And now back to our safe, little bishies. I don’t even know what I was looking for when I stumbled across Hoshizora wo Mitsumeta Sono Ato de…

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Akuma no Kare / My Devil Boyfriend by Anything (naop)

So, yeah, Akuma no Kare is a one shot and is exactly as dirty as the cover implies. It’s also not yaoi, but bara. SPOILERS . . .…

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Kieta Hatsukoi / My Love Mix-Up (Vol. 1) by Hinekure Wataru / Aruko

If you’re in the mood for a very light, cute romance with an actual love triangle (instead of a love-Y), Kieta Hatsukoi / My Love Mix-Up might be…

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RePlay by Tsukahara Saki

Finally, some yaoi. If your fantasy is sweaty high school baseball players, RePlay is for you. SPOILERS . . . . I can’t say that this one was…

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Hades-sama no Mujihi na Konin / Lord Hades’s Ruthless Marriage by Yuho Ueji

I’m not normally the type for straight-romance, but the schtick of Hades-sama no Mujihi na Konin / Lord Hades’s Ruthless Marriage is that Hades is really NOT interested…

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Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu / The Summer Hikaru Died by Mokumoku Rei

Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu / The Summer Hikaru Died is a poignant, deeply sublimated, barely acknowledged (but definitely queer) love story between a boy and… the monster that…

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At 30, I Realized I Had No Gender: Life Lessons From a 50-Year-Old After Two Decades of Self-Discovery by Arai Shou

Here on this site, I have complained MANY TIMES that I sometimes have to wonder if librarians read the manga before they decide where to shelve it. But,…

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Aku no Himitsu Soushiki Neko / The Evil Secret Society of Cats by Pandania

Aku no Himitsu Soushiki Neko/ The Evil Secret Society of Cats has worked its wicked spell on me, because this series is as addictive as it is adorable…

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Last Gender: Nanimono demo nai Watashitachi / Last Gender: When We Are Nameless by Taki Rei

I promised a return to smut, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to meet you halfway. There is a lot of nudity and sex in Last Gender:…

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Kakukaku Shikajika / Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey by Higashimura Akiko

I feel like I need to apologize to my regular readers. I have not been reading a lot of smut this year. What can I say? I’ve been…

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Nonnonba by Mizuki Shigeru

The back of this manga describes itself as a “poetic memoir,” though I feel like the term semi-autobiographical might also apply. It’s basically the lightly fictionalized story of…

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Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia / Insomniacs After School (Vol. 1) by Ojiro Makoto

Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia / Insomniacs After School is another library find. It’s a straight forward (and straight) romance about two high schoolers who have trouble sleeping at…

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Tsukuritai Onna to Tabetai Onna / She Loves to Cook and She Loves to Eat by Yuzaki Sakaomi

At the library, I came across this lovely, wholesome yuri, She Loves to Cook and She Loves to Eat. In a lot of ways, this feels like someone…

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Imouto wa Neko / My Sister (Vols. 1-2), The Cat by Senko

In a complete left-turn from the horror manga I’ve been reading, I picked up Imouto wa Neko / My sister, The Cat.  This story is one of those…

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Orochi (Vol. 1) by Umezu Kazuo

Someone at the Ramsey County Library is obsessed with horror manga. They have an enormous pile of Ito Junji’s work, and, the other day, I stumbled across Orochi……

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Meiruko-chan (Vol. 1) by Izumi Tomoki

Just looking at the art-style of the cover of Mieruko-chan, I worried that this one might have been shelved in the adult section of my library because it…

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Boys Run the Riot by Gaku Keito

I finally picked up Boys Run the Riot at my library and read it this weekend. It’s another story originally published in 2020 that tackles issues of coming…

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Kimi no Sekai ni Koi Wanai? / Is Love The Answer by Isaki Uta

Kimi no Sekai ni Koi Wanai/ Is Love the Answer? is another sort of fictionalized “intro course to a sexual minority” manga that seems really popular these days. It…

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Kanojo ga Dekinai Onna / The Girl Who Can’t Get a Girlfriend by Hiranishi Mieri

Another autobiographical manga, this one by Hiranishi Meiri about that one prefect, short-lived romance that ruined all further chances of finding love. There are a lot of reasons…

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Louvre no Neko / Cats of the Louvre by Matsumoto Taiyo

In my quest to read every manga ever written about cats, I picked up Cats of the Louvre at my local library. Buckle your seatbelts, gentle reader. This…

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Compare and Contrast: Two Nonbinary Autobiographical Manga

My wife is now on the board of the Friends of the Library. She doesn’t drive, so I was stuck hanging out, waiting for her meeting to end…

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40 x 40 Chikuwa Kaigi by Unou Sanou

40 x 40 Chikuwa Kaigi is light, funny romance between two forty-year old men. It’s refreshing to see two, fully-grown men discover love and sexuality together. As the…

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Ore no Zettai Muteki Baitariti / My Invincible Vitality by Ikuyasu

There are only two chapters of this single volume manga scanlated so far, which is a bummer because My Invincible Vitality / Ore no Zettai Muteki Baitariti is…

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My Dog Becomes Human by Hamada Kenji

As someone who regularly participates in Yuletide as a pinch hitter, I was wandering, like one does, through the tag set for the upcoming year. Lo and behold,…

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Asumi-chan is Interested in Lesbian Brothels! by Itsuki Kuro

In keeping with my stated promise to review everything I read, no matter what, I present: Asumi-chan is Interested in Lesbian Brothels! Longtime readers have heard me complain…

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Neko no Massageya-san / Cat Massage Therapy by Hisakawa Haru

I do this thing whenever I’m at a bookstore that sells manga that’s kinda BAD–like, I feel a little terrible about it. I pick up anything I think…

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Hate no Shoutsuushin / Correspondence from the End of the Universe by Menota

I guess I was in a quirky mood when I was at Barnes & Noble, because the other manga I picked up was Hate no Shoutsuushin / Correspondence…

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Hikari no Hako / Box of Light by Erisawa Seiko

A couple of weeks ago I met a friend for coffee at a Barnes & Noble. While I was there, I did my usual scan of the various…

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I (♂) Cross-Dressed for the IRL (♀) Meetup) /  Josou-shite Off-Kai ni Sanka Shite Mita by Kurano

I’m probably going to have a bunch of odd manga showing up here in the next few days because in one of those “wow, I’m really down a…

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Akogareta Hito wa 42-sai no Shoufu Deshita / The One I Longed for was a 42 year old Male Prostitute by Matsumoto Yoh

I have already confessed to having a weakness for stories involving sex work and sex workers, so here we are arriving at Akogareta Hito wa 42-sai no Shoufu…

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AI no Idenshi / The Gene of AI by Yamada Kyuuri

Apparently, according to the anime friend I met at CONvergence, The Gene of AI / Ai no Idenshi is one of this season’s new anime on Crunchyroll. As…

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Psycho-Pass: Providence directed by Shiotani Naoyoshi

Last time I logged into Crunchyroll, a little ad popped up telling me that there was an exclusive fan screening of the newest Psycho-Pass movie, Psycho-Pass: Providence, in…

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Call of the Night/Yofukashi no Uta by Kotoyama

I ran into someone that I’ve been on anime panels on with in the past at CONvergence (a local-to-me / Minneapolis science fiction convention) this last weekend, and…

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Bloody Buddy / Boku no Chi Sutte Kuremasen ka?

Many pardons for the Spanish cover, but most of the other images were far too small. Despite the underage look of the protagonist, all the actors here are…

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Hibi, Kimi / Every Day, With You by Koike Sadaji

The last manga I reviewed was very steamy, so I thought I’d follow-up with something sweet and wholesome: Hibi, Kimi / Every Day, With You. SPOILERS . .…

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Bad Trip by Azekari

As I have previously confessed, I am a sucker for the cop/yakuza dynamic. My other guilty pleasure is sex workers. Imagine my squee when I discovered a yaoi…

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Kaijuu ni Natta Gay / The Gay Who Turned Kaiju by Minamoto Kazuki

Last night I had a reading at a local comic book shop. While there, I couldn’t resist picking up a manga with this amazing title: The Gay Who…

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Gate 7 (Volume 1) by CLAMP

The great manga collection clean-up continues! As I continue to sort though the random manga I’ve collected over the years, we come to Gate 7 , which I…

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Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto / Someday’s Dreamers (Vols 1 & 2) by Yamada Norie and Yoshizuki Kumichi

This week, I continue reading through and reviewing the random pile of manga that I’ve collected over the years. I have a vague memory of pulling the first…

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From Far Away / Kanata Kara (Volume 5) by Hikawa Kyouko

Continuing with the theme of isekai from the 1990s pulled from my pile of random volumes I’ve picked up over the years is From Far Away / Kanata…

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Those Who Hunt Elves / Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi (Volume 1) by Yagami Yu

An early ecchi isekai from 1994, Those Who Hunt Elves has the distinction of being one of 38 Japanese anime that was banned by the Chinese Ministry of…

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Qwan (Volumes 1 &2) by Aki Shimizu

As I continue to plow through my TBR pile uncovered while cleaning, I finally came across two manga in a row! I even have number 1. Will miracles…

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Time and Again (Volume 3) by Yun Ji-Un

I finally lucked out. Even though apparently I’m still a very haphazard collector of manga, it turns out that all of the stories in the Korean manhwa series…

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DN Angel by Sugisaki Yukiru

Apparently, I’m a sloppy collector. For those who may be just now tuning in, I’ve been cleaning out the room where I collect my manga and am systematically…

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Wild Adapter by Minekura Kazuya

I have disappointed a HUGE number of my friends by not loving Saiyuki. I have one friend, in particular, who is so hopeful that I will eventually love…

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Alice the 19th (Volume 1) by Watase Yu

Like a lot of book lovers and manga fans, I pick up books randomly. You know how it is, right? I’m at garage or library sale and somehow…

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Fujimoto Tatsuki Tanpenshuu / Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man 17-21

 My dream is to be so famous that publishers will print literally anything I wrote, ever, including my juvenilia. I guess this means that my dream is…

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