Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Anime Review

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When Sakura tries confessing her feelings for Nozaki, she mistakenly blurts out that she is his fan not knowing that he is actually the famous shoujo manga author Yumeno Sakiko. With autograph in hand, Sakura decides to use this new knowledge to get closer to Nozaki even if he might never see her as anything other than a friend. But Nozaki has also had his eye on her as well, and enlists her to be his assistant as he goes through the process of researching, creating, and publishing his manga while being generally clueless about love.

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Kiss Him, Not Me Manga Review

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Always content to lurk in the background and watch other people’s relationships, particularly those resembling her favorite boys love comics, Kae Serinuma never really thought about having a relationship for herself. But when her favorite anime character dies, she sinks into a depression that causes her to lose all of her extra weight and become physically attractive. She’s now one of the most popular girls in her class, with four guys and even one girl vying for her affections. However, Kae has no interest in 3-D guys, and so her new found love interests have to come to terms with the fact that they may never gain her affections. Continue reading

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Manga Review

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When Chise’s mother dies suddenly leaving her all alone, she is passed from family to family, each one rejecting her because of her ability to see things they can’t lurking in the shadows. She eventually runs away only to fall into the hands of a slaver and is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Her new master just so happens to be a sorcerer straddling the line between human and monster. But when the sorcerer Elias calls her family and vows to make her his student, she decides to devote her life to his teachings even if her life may not last very long at all. Continue reading

Mars Manga Review

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After a chance meeting at a park, the reckless motorcycle racer Rei becomes drawn to the closed-off artist Kira. He finds out the next day that they’re actually in the same class in high school and makes it a point to get close to her no matter how much she tries to push everyone else away. These star-crossed lovers come together to heal each other’s deep wounds in a story packed full of drama, tragedy, and romance. From the mystery surrounding the death of Rei’s twin brother to the twisted minds of students and adults that they meet, Mars finds away to openly discuss many difficult issues in a captivating fashion. Continue reading

Super Lovers Season 1 Review

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When Haru gets called to visit his mother in Canada, he finds out that he has a new adoptive brother. The problem? He seems more wild puppy than human. As Haru works to gain his new brother Ren’s trust, a powerful bond is formed. Unfortunately, he has to move back to Japan after at the end of the summer, and Ren vows to live with him again one day. Seven years later, a lot has changed as Ren shows up at his door talking about a summer that Haru can no longer remember. Haru and Ren must learn about each other from the beginning and form some sort of family even as their relationship grows to something more than brothers. Continue reading

Exquisite Corpse Review

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Exquisite Corpse follows the life of main character Zoe who works as a booth babe at conventions and hates it. Her life consists of going to work and then coming home to a boyfriend who is outright verbally abusive at times. While on her lunch break, she notices someone peaking out of his window at her and decides to stumble into his apartment to use his bathroom, not knowing that he is the world famous author Thomas Rocher. His apartment becomes an escape for her and they quickly form a relationship, but his unwillingness to leave his apartment is troubling. Thus starts Zoe’s investigation into Thomas’ terrible secret. Continue reading

Hapi Mari (Happy Marriage?!) Wrap-up

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Happy Marriage is created by Maki Enjoji and was compiled in 2009 into 10 volumes that were brought over to the US by Viz Media in 2013. It centers around a woman, Chiwa Takanashi, who is forced into an arranged marriage with a man she has never met in order to save her father from his debts. The man, Hokuto Mamiya, happens to be the president of the company she works at, so they must keep their marriage a secret from the rest of the world for the time being. The story mainly focuses on the challenges of living with someone you don’t know, and the problems that come with entering into his high-class family. Continue reading

Snow White with the Red Hair: Season 1

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When Shirayuki’s unique red hair gets noticed by the prince of her kingdom, she must flee for her safety to the neighboring land of Clarines. On her way there, she bumps into Zen, the second-prince of Clarines, who is captivated by her strong will and determination. With his support, she begins to set up a new life for herself in Clarines as she works towards her dream of becoming an herbalist.

From the studio behind Ouran Highschool Host Club, this anime was picked up by Funimation in 2015 for simulcast in the US. It quickly became one of my favorite new animes of that year. I can definitely see the influence of Studio Bones in the fluidity and expressiveness of the animation which comes across beautifully in the rare fight scenes we get. Not to mention that the cast are all pretty likable in their own ways without any obvious lack of characterization for secondary characters. The name of this anime may bring thoughts of Disney’s Snow White, but besides the use of a poisoned apple and her unique beauty, there really isn’t any correlation. Continue reading

Sex Criminals: Volume 1 Wrap-up

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When this comic first came out in 2013, there was a flood of praise for it, citing the story as revolutionary in the way it depicted sex and relationships and hilarious in its hijinks. I picked it up later when the compiled volume came out, but surprisingly put it down after about three issues in. Sex Criminals has been hailed as one of the first comics to depict real people in real relationships, showing not only the good moments but the messy ones as well. Honestly, I can give Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky props for some things, but I don’t think of them as trailblazers when it comes to romance or comedy. Maybe their type of comedy just isn’t for me, but whether or not the comic is good is up to you. I’m just here to talk about what I thought was good and bad about this comic. Continue reading

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

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This comic is an adaption of a short story by Neil Gaiman of the same name that was nominated for a Hugo Award. The art is done by the twin artists Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, who have worked on such comics as Casanova (Image) and Daytripper (Vertigo). Published at the beginning of this year, this comic probably is meant to coincide or lead up to the release of the spin-off movie that is coming next year. Hopefully the movie will capture the same otherworldliness and style that made this comic so interesting to me. Continue reading