Kamisama Kiss Season 1 Anime Review

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Nanami’s father runs off to escape his debts, leaving her behind alone and without a home to return to. While sitting in a park contemplating her situation, she comes across a man stuck in a tree trying desperately to shoo a dog away. When Nanami saves him, he places a kiss on her forehead in thanks, offering her a place at his shrine and – unknown to her – giving her his mark of godhood. Having no other options, Nanami makes her way to Mikage Shrine where she finds the ornery fox yokai, Tomoe, who just so happens to be her new familiar. Now she must take on the mantel of land god and all the responsibilities that come with it. But will Nanami and Tomoe’s relationship become something more than master and familiar? Continue reading

Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet Manga Review

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Fumi is a stubbornly optimistic girl who’s generally clueless about love. Akatsuki is a reclusive and grumpy historical fiction author who is terrible at reading situations. When Fumi’s father reveals that he wracked up a huge debt and must go off on a tuna boat to pay it off, Fumi now needs both a job and a new place to live. Luckily for her, Akatsuki needs someone to make sure he eats and doesn’t collapse on his own floor from overwork, and she winds up becoming his live-in housekeeper. But as they start to share more than just their space, new feelings are ignited that neither of them really understand. Continue reading

Princess Jellyfish Anime Review

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After moving to Tokyo to try her hand at becoming an illustrator, Tsukimi now lives in the Amamizukan apartment building where no men are allowed and every tenant has their own obsession. Unable to find work and scared of social interaction – especially with those deemed stylish – Tsukimi prefers to draw and admire jellyfish, an obsession brought on by a trip to the aquarium with her long-deceased mother when she was a child. When the energetic and stylish drag queen Kuranosuke forces himself into her life by saving the jellyfish she had been admiring at a pet store, she must hide the fact that he is a man from the rest of the tenants of Amamizukan. But as Tsukimi struggles with her feelings for Kuranosuke’s brother and Kuranosuke tries to understand his feelings for Tsukimi, all the tenants must face the impending destruction of the only place they really feel they belong. Continue reading

Aoi Hana Manga Review

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Two childhood friends, Fumi and Akira, meet again ten years later as they both start their first year at a new school after Fumi moves back home. While they’re not in the same school, they’re brought together again by their families and memories of their close relationship. Where Akira is outgoing and innocent in love, Fumi is quick to fall in love with her senpai, Yasuko, after another failed unrequited love. But Yasuko may have been running from an unrequited love of her own, and when their relationship fails, Akira has to step in to comfort Fumi, igniting long dormant feelings once again. Continue reading

Your Lie in April Anime Review

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Arima Kousei is haunted by the figure of his deceased mother anytime he tries to play the piano to the point where he can no longer hear the notes. After a mental breakdown at the age of twelve while performing in a piano competition, he has sworn to never touch those keys ever again. But when he meets the eccentric violinist Miyazono Kaori one day in April, he is drawn to her free spirit and nontraditional way of playing. Soon, he is dragged along by her fierce need to play music and is thrust back into the competitive circuit that he swore off two years ago. Can Kaori help dispel the looming regret of his mother’s death? And can Arima come to terms with the fact that the woman he has come to love loves someone else? Continue reading

Love so Life Manga Review

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When Matsunaga comes to pick up his twin niece and nephew from daycare, he notices how much of a liking they’ve taken to a certain daycare worker. In a fit of desperation, he decides to hire Shitaru to be the part-time babysitter for the twins Aoi and Akane. As someone whose mother and father are also no longer with her, Shitaru bonds quickly with the twins as she tries to make their early years as fun as possible. With Matsunaga trying his best to raise them by himself, Shitaru slowly becomes an important member of their family and maybe even something more to Matsunaga. But when the twin’s grandparents decide they want to take custody, they may never have a reason to see each other again. Continue reading

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Anime Review

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From the creator of Junjou Romantica, this anime follows the love lives of three sets of men: Ritsu Onodera and Masamune Takano, Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshiyuki Hatori, and Shouta Kisa and Kou Yukina. The main overarching story follows the relationship of Onodera and Takano who meet when Onodera is hired as an editor at a shoujo manga publishing company. Over time, he finds out that Takano may actually be his first love from high school, and begins struggling with the feelings he’s tried to shove into the background for 10 years while trying to learn about this industry. The second storyline revolves around manga artist Chiaki and his editor Hatori who have been friends since childhood. When Chiaki starts to misunderstand Hatori and his friend Yuu’s relationship, Hatori has to set it straight, but that means admitting feelings he’s been hiding for years. The last arc looks at the jaded character of Shouta, a manga editor who is in his thirties and is attracted to people with pretty faces but never falls in love. When he meets a handsome book seller with a passion for shoujo manga, that all might change. Continue reading

Imadoki Manga Review

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When Tanpopo Yamazaki transfers into the prestigious Meio High School in Tokyo from her small home town in Hokkaido, there is a lot of adjusting to do. The day before the entrance ceremony, she goes to check out the school and encounters a boy planting a dandelion. She doesn’t catch his name but is struck by his kindness to plants. The next day she meets him again, but he acts like a completely different person and doesn’t seem to recognize her at all, even ripping up the dandelion that he lovingly planted. Tanpopo takes it upon herself to become friends with him and make a place for herself in this cold school by starting a gardening club, and slowly through sheer force of will she begins to gather friends and romance around her. Continue reading

Blankets Graphic Novel Review

 

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Blankets tells a tale ripe with childhood innocence, the search for religious meaning, and the pull of obsession found in love. Written as a memoir, the story follows Craig as he grows from a child troubled by bullies and the fundamentalist religion that both scares and comforts him to a man tangled in obsession and searching for the meaning behind God. Craig recounts the childhood games him and his brother used to play and the fateful meeting that led to a relationship shadowed by naivete and shame. While a long read, clocking in at 592 pages, this autobiographical graphic novel is filled to the brim with amazing artwork and a story full of discovery and loss. Continue reading

Orange Anime Review

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Naho Takamiya receives letters from someone claiming to be herself ten years in the future, asking her to help erase her biggest regret, which has something to do with the new transfer student Kakeru Naruse. At first skeptical, Naho begins to notice that the letters start to accurately predict events happening around her. When the letters tell Naho and her friends (Suwa, Takako, Hagita, and Azusa) to not invite Kakeru to walk home with them after the Entrance Ceremony, they decide to invite him anyways. He ends up being absent from school for the next week. To prevent another mistake, Naho looks to the letters for guidance before something terrible happens to Kakeru.

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