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Review: GIANT SPIDER & ME: A POST-APOCALYPTIC TALE

 Never has a post-apocalyptic story been so fluffy. GIANT SPIDER & ME: A POST-APOCALYPTIC TALE ( Owari Nochi, Asanagi Kurashi ), by Kikori M...

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Review: SHORT SUNZEN

The Tokyopop library is riddled with manga like this - no-name titles with a few interesting ideas that were unceremoniously dropped because...

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Review: AWKWARD SILENCE

No mangaka, however great they may be, can churn out hits forever.  Sometimes they're going to miss, or in the case make something that is d...

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Review: RUMIC THEATER

Finally, a Rumiko Takahashi manga with all the quality of her best-known works but doesn't require committing an entire shelf to it! RUMIC T...

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Review: ARIA

 Oh god, I'm totally going to get cancelled for not liking this iyashikei classic. ARIA, by Kozue Amano.  First published in 2002 and first ...

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Review: QWASER OF STIGMATA

You have to try really hard to make an ecchi manga that stands out, particularly if you were making one in the time before monster girls.  T...

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Review: WALKIN' BUTTERFLY

There's a lot of great josei that got completely overlooked in the 2000s, and few were as overlooked as this title. WALKIN' BUTTERFLY ( U-ok...

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Review: SEIMADEN

SEIMADEN, by You Higuri.  First published in 1993 and first published in North America in 2005. PLOT: Hildegarde is a beautiful, graceful da...

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Review: MARIONETTE GENERATION

Sometimes a character designer can successfully make the leap from animation to manga.  Today is an example of a beloved old-school designer...

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Review: A CENTAUR'S LIFE

I want to state for the record that I am NOT anti-monster girl.  I'm just very particular about the kinds of monster girl manga that I like....

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Review: WANTED

I was hoping that this book could provide some summer fun in shojo manga form.  What I got couldn't be more different. WANTED, by Matsuri Hi...

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Review: HINADORI GIRL

Nothing hurts like getting your hopes up only to be disappointed, even by obscurities like this.  HINADORI GIRL, by Mari Matsuzawa.  First p...

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Review: HIGH SCHOOL PRODIGIES HAVE IT EASY, EVEN IN ANOTHER WORLD!

 Of course, I can't do nothing but review stone-cold classics that are both old and new.  That would just get dull after a while.  This mont...

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Review: DICK FIGHT ISLAND

 Look, I'm not above cashing in on social media trends around here, especially if it means righting a wrong from last year's Holiday Reviews...

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Review: PEEPO CHOO

 I can hardly believe it, but this month marks the tenth anniversary of this humble little review blog.  What started out as a mere hobby bl...

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Review: SHIRLEY

This month has mostly been full of duds, so thank god that there's still one good maid manga out there that I hadn't talked about yet.  SHIR...

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Review: MAID SHOKUN

I was hoping to find a shojo maid manga when I picked this one up.  What I got was...certainly something else. MAID SHOKUN , written by Nank...

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Review: ENMUSU

More often than not, maids are used as fetish fuel in manga, and today's review is one of the more unfortunate examples of such. ENMUSU ( Re...

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Review: MOE USA

It's time for a spring cleaning before our big TENTH ANNIVERSARY, so let's do a month of maid manga!  Sadly, I reviewed the best maid manga ...

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Review: REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA - AFTER THE REVOLUTION

Despite the date on this review, this is no trick - it's not only a sequel manga to my favorite anime (and its rather underrated manga adapt...

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Review: SARAZANMAI - REO & MABU

Let's take a look at a much more recent manga prequel to the latest outing from one of anime's critical darlings. SARAZANMAI: REO & MABU ( R...

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Review: MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING: BATTLEFIELD OF PACIFISTS

There are LOADS of Gundam manga spinoffs to pick from for this month, and that's doubly true for Gundam Wing manga. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING:...

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Review: SWORD ART ONLINE PROGRESSIVE

 It's been too long since we've done a round-up of some of the many manga sequels, prequels, and spinoffs out there around here.  Let's rect...

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Review: HAPPY LESSON

Of course, I couldn't let the month pass without talking about a bad harem manga, but this one is both different from the rest and yet not a...

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Review: THE YOUNG MASTER'S REVENGE

Shojo manga is full of bad relationships, but what happens when you combine that with one of shojo manga's fluffiest creators?  THE YOUNG MA...

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Review: FINDER

 We are rested and ready to return with a month's worth of bad romance manga!  Let's begin with...well, "classic" would be too strong for th...

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2021 In the Rear View Mirror (and Holiday Giveaway Winner!)

 First of all, let's announce this year's Holiday Giveaway winner: A Sea of Reads , with some very diverse selections: Two of my favourite n...

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Holiday Review: LIL' LEO

Sadly, a lot of Denpa's releases for this year got caught up in Covid-related delays.  Thankfully, we did eventually get this charming littl...

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Holiday Review: I THINK OUR SON IS GAY

After another awful year, we could all use a good laugh.  Thankfully, Square Enix provided us with a fine comedy about family, understanding...

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Holiday Review: MAGICAL ANGEL CREAMY MAMI AND THE SPOILED PRINCESS

 Speaking of child-like imagination, one of my personal favorites of the year was this modern take on a classic 80s magical girl anime. MAGI...

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Holiday Review: HANA-CHAN AND THE SHAPE OF THE WORLD

Christmas is a time of childish wonder and imagination, which is fitting considering that's the focus of the book we're reviewing today. HAN...

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Holiday Review: BOYS RUN THE RIOT

Today's title was not just a powerful story about a trans teen, but also one of the most anticipated and critically acclaimed titles of the ...

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Holiday Review: A WHITE ROSE IN BLOOM

I could have done an entire month's worth of reviews just of yuri manga just from 2021 - that's how popular the genre has become.  I've got ...

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Holiday Review: BAD BOYS, HAPPY HOME

BL manga came back in a major way over 2021.  I could have picked all sort of examples, but I decided to go with this interesting debut from...

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Holiday Review: I'M IN LOVE WITH THE VILLAINNESS

Thanks to the runaway success of My Next Life as a Villainess , otome-based isekai stories are more popular than ever.  Eventually, creators...

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Holiday Review: UNCLE FROM ANOTHER WORLD

 I can't believe it took this long into the isekai manga trend for someone to think "what would happen if one of these doofus actually came ...

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Holiday Review: DUNGEON TOILET

That being said, we got A LOT of isekai manga this year.  For every year this trend drags on, it seems the stories only get stranger, more s...

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Holiday Review: FRIEREN: BEYOND JOURNEY'S END

Fantasy stories continue to dominate the modern manga market, although today's review is one of the latest and most atypical of this year's ...

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Holiday Review: DAI DARK

Of course, you can work with horrific ideas and make them fun and charming.  Just look at this series, for example. DAI DARK ( Dai Daku ), b...

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Holiday Review: SACHI'S MONSTROUS APPETITE

 Horror manga can take all sorts of forms.  Take today's review, where we look at a series that mixes horror, food and romance into an uneas...

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Holiday Review: SENSOR

Horror manga has taken off in a big way, and the man at the forefront of this trend has been Junji Ito.  It's been too long since we've…

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Holiday Review: THE ENGAGEMENT OF MARIELLE CLARAC

 J-Novel Club spent this year churning out another steady stream of iseskai light novels and manga.  Most of the time their titles don't cap...

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Holiday Review: A SIGN OF AFFECTION

Nonetheless, of the few shojo series to get any hype, this was by far the one with the most acclaim (and it's easy to see why).  A SIGN…

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Holiday Review: SEX ED 120%

 I don't want y'all to think I'm a prude, though.  There was a perfectly good (and educational!) manga from this year that's literally all a...

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Holiday Review: BITE MAKER: THE KING'S OMEGA

As the American shojo market slowly but surely embraces its hornier side, it becomes more susceptible to trends from outside of the manga wo...

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Holiday Review: YAKUZA LOVER

Even Shojo Beat was willing to get a little raunchier than usual this year with titles like this one.  YAKUZA LOVER ( Koi to Dangan ), by No...

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Holiday Review: PENGUIN GENTLEMEN

Fanservice can take all sorts of shapes, though.  Often it's attached to round, bouncy girls, but sometimes it's indulging in a fantasy wher...

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Holiday Review: SUPER HXEROES

There were also plenty of titles trading in pure unadulterated fanservice, although most of them were not quite as literal about this as thi...

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Holiday Review: MEDALIST

Sports manga continue to thrive and I'm really glad it has because otherwise we might not have gotten a title like this one, even if it's di...

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Holiday Review: BURN THE WITCH

Weekly Shonen Jump manga continue to dominate the American manga market, although most of the really successful ones were titles that were c...

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