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Review: THE SECRET NOTES OF LADY KANAKO

Let's end this month with an unjustly overlooked shojo series from the dying days of Tokyopop. THE SECRET NOTES OF LADY KANAKO ( Warau Kanok...

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Review: THE SECRET NOTES OF LADY KANAKO

Let's end this month with an unjustly overlooked shojo series from the dying days of Tokyopop. THE SECRET NOTES OF LADY KANAKO ( Warau Kanok...

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Review: READ OR DREAM (R.O.D.)

 I've never been shy about my fondness for Read Or Die .  Hell, for years my choice of online avatar was usually some form of Yomiko Readman...

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Review: READ OR DREAM (R.O.D.)

 I've never been shy about my fondness for Read Or Die .  Hell, for years my choice of online avatar was usually some form of Yomiko Readman...

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Review: THE SAINT'S MAGIC POWER IS OMNIPOTENT

OK, it's time to shake off the holiday hangover, look forward to my birthday at the end of the month and enjoy another month of Dealer's Cho...

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Review: THE SAINT'S MAGIC POWER IS OMNIPOTENT

OK, it's time to shake off the holiday hangover, look forward to my birthday at the end of the month and enjoy another month of Dealer's Cho...

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Holiday Review Giveaway Winner & 2022 In the Rear View Mirror

 First of all, it's time to announce this year's winner for the Holiday Review Giveaway: @WanderinDreamr , who took her opportunity to promo...

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Holiday Review Giveaway Winner & 2022 In the Rear View Mirror

 First of all, it's time to announce this year's winner for the Holiday Review Giveaway: @WanderinDreamr , who took her opportunity to promo...

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Holiday Review #25: YOKOHAMA KAIDASHI KIKOU

I knew from the moment I started sorting out what manga to cover this month which series I would end it with.  It had to be the series…

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Holiday Review #25: YOKOHAMA KAIDASHI KIKOU

I knew from the moment I started sorting out what manga to cover this month which series I would end it with.  It had to be the series…

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Holiday Review #24: BABY BEAR'S BAKERY

 The holidays are also a time for copious amounts of sweet things, so it's the perfect time to read something like this. BABY BEAR'S BAKERY ...

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Holiday Review #24: BABY BEAR'S BAKERY

 The holidays are also a time for copious amounts of sweet things, so it's the perfect time to read something like this. BABY BEAR'S BAKERY ...

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Holiday Review #23: SHONEN NOTE

The holidays are a time that's full of music (whether you want it or not), so it felt like as good of a time as any to talk…

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Holiday Review #23: SHONEN NOTE

The holidays are a time that's full of music (whether you want it or not), so it felt like as good of a time as any to talk…

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Holiday Review# 22: DRIP DRIP

No shojo romance, no matter how low-key or strange it could be, could compare to what came out this year from the mind of the woman who gave...

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Holiday Review# 22: DRIP DRIP

No shojo romance, no matter how low-key or strange it could be, could compare to what came out this year from the mind of the woman who gave...

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Holiday Review #21: NO LONGER HEROINE

 This next one won't be for everyone, but I appreciate the way to tries to interject some weirdness and awfulness into the standard shojo ro...

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Holiday Review #21: NO LONGER HEROINE

 This next one won't be for everyone, but I appreciate the way to tries to interject some weirdness and awfulness into the standard shojo ro...

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Holiday Review #20: IN THE CLEAR MOONLIT DUSK

 It's so nice for once to be reviewing a Kodansha-published shojo manga and not walk away from it bored or frustrated with its gender politi...

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Holiday Review #20: IN THE CLEAR MOONLIT DUSK

 It's so nice for once to be reviewing a Kodansha-published shojo manga and not walk away from it bored or frustrated with its gender politi...

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Holiday Review #19: LOOK BACK

 While everyone is talking about the Chainsaw Man anime, it's time to check out of its creator's first projects after it first wrapped up. ...

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Holiday Review #19: LOOK BACK

 While everyone is talking about the Chainsaw Man anime, it's time to check out of its creator's first projects after it first wrapped up. ...

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Holiday Review: #18: WORLD END SOLTE

 But that's enough isekai - let's look at a fantasy story from one of the better (and deeply underrated mangaka) of our time! WORLD END SOLT...

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Holiday Review: #18: WORLD END SOLTE

 But that's enough isekai - let's look at a fantasy story from one of the better (and deeply underrated mangaka) of our time! WORLD END SOLT...

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Holiday Review #17: HOUSEKEEPING MAGE IN ANOTHER WORLD: MAKING YOUR ADVENTURES FEEL LIKE HOME!

 Of course, I can't talk about isekai manga without talking about J-Novel Club, who in recent years set up a new imprint just for shojo- and...

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Holiday Review #17: HOUSEKEEPING MAGE IN ANOTHER WORLD: MAKING YOUR ADVENTURES FEEL LIKE HOME!

 Of course, I can't talk about isekai manga without talking about J-Novel Club, who in recent years set up a new imprint just for shojo- and...

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Holiday Review #16: SHUNA'S JOURNEY

 But let's take a diversion to a more highbrow sort of fantasy, created by the one anime director that literally everyone knows. SHUNA'S JOU...

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Holiday Review #16: SHUNA'S JOURNEY

 But let's take a diversion to a more highbrow sort of fantasy, created by the one anime director that literally everyone knows. SHUNA'S JOU...

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Holiday Review #15: THE OTHER WORLD'S BOOKS DEPEND ON THE BEAN COUNTER

 Mind you, not all the isekai fantasy manga that came out this year was dire.  Yen Press managed to find a real gem, as well as the first…

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Holiday Review #15: THE OTHER WORLD'S BOOKS DEPEND ON THE BEAN COUNTER

 Mind you, not all the isekai fantasy manga that came out this year was dire.  Yen Press managed to find a real gem, as well as the first…

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Holiday Review #14: MY [REPAIR] SKILL BECAME A VERSATILE CHEAT, SO I THINK I'LL OPEN A WEAPON SHOP

 The ongoing tsunami of fantasy light novel manga adaptations continued into 2022, although it started to take on a different quality.  Amid...

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Holiday Review #14: MY [REPAIR] SKILL BECAME A VERSATILE CHEAT, SO I THINK I'LL OPEN A WEAPON SHOP

 The ongoing tsunami of fantasy light novel manga adaptations continued into 2022, although it started to take on a different quality.  Amid...

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Holiday Review #13: TALES OF THE KINGDOM

 Mostly I'm just glad that this year brought us yet another beautiful and subtly queer manga from Asumiko Nakamura. TALES OF THE KINGDOM ( O...

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Holiday Review #13: TALES OF THE KINGDOM

 Mostly I'm just glad that this year brought us yet another beautiful and subtly queer manga from Asumiko Nakamura. TALES OF THE KINGDOM ( O...

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Holiday Review #12: TO STRIP THE FLESH

Yet again, if you want trans (particularly transmasc) representation in comics, manga remains the best place to find it and this year brough...

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Holiday Review #12: TO STRIP THE FLESH

Yet again, if you want trans (particularly transmasc) representation in comics, manga remains the best place to find it and this year brough...

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Holiday Review #11: THE TITAN'S BRIDE

BL manga also continued to thrive, and you could only imagine my surprise when THIS got licensed. THE TITAN'S BRIDE ( Kyojinzoku no Hanayome...

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Holiday Review #11: THE TITAN'S BRIDE

BL manga also continued to thrive, and you could only imagine my surprise when THIS got licensed. THE TITAN'S BRIDE ( Kyojinzoku no Hanayome...

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Holiday Review #10: CATCH THESE HANDS!

 But if we're talking about adult ladies in manga, we have to talk about yuri.  It continued to thrive and grow as a category here, so much ...

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Holiday Review #10: CATCH THESE HANDS!

 But if we're talking about adult ladies in manga, we have to talk about yuri.  It continued to thrive and grow as a category here, so much ...

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Holiday Review #9: CAT + GAMER

 Sometimes though, you don't want bodice-ripping smut or complicated emotional masterpieces.  Sometimes you just want a simple story about a...

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Holiday Review #9: CAT + GAMER

 Sometimes though, you don't want bodice-ripping smut or complicated emotional masterpieces.  Sometimes you just want a simple story about a...

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Holiday Review #8 - TALK TO MY BACK

 Others looked back to the past and towards the more alternative side of manga to find the unique voices of women who would otherwise go unn...

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Holiday Review #8 - TALK TO MY BACK

 Others looked back to the past and towards the more alternative side of manga to find the unique voices of women who would otherwise go unn...

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Holiday Review #7 - I'LL NEVER BE YOUR CROWN PRINCESS!

Speaking of ladies, this year was better than average for josei manga.  Seven Seas has been dabbling in it for a little bit, but this year ...

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Holiday Review #7 - I'LL NEVER BE YOUR CROWN PRINCESS!

Speaking of ladies, this year was better than average for josei manga.  Seven Seas has been dabbling in it for a little bit, but this year ...

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Holiday Review #6 - BE VERY AFRAID OF KANAKO INUKI!

Even Kodansha got in on the horror manga craze, picking up an anthology from one of Junji Ito's peers who has been somewhat neglected by Eng...

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Holiday Review #6 - BE VERY AFRAID OF KANAKO INUKI!

Even Kodansha got in on the horror manga craze, picking up an anthology from one of Junji Ito's peers who has been somewhat neglected by Eng...

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Holiday Review #5 - OROCHI

Viz has been the biggest beneficiary of the Junji Ito horror manga craze, but it wasn't until this year that they were willing to capitalize...

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Holiday Review #5 - OROCHI

Viz has been the biggest beneficiary of the Junji Ito horror manga craze, but it wasn't until this year that they were willing to capitalize...

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