Join me July 9th!

This blog’s one year anniversary is almost upon us. Can you believe that?! It’s been a crazy but awesome year-long journey for me and I want to celebrate it with all of you, faithful readers. Join me on July 9th for the week-long celebration featuring: an updated look, my comprehensive top 5 lists, and new content every day.

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I can’t wait to share this with you! And if you’re looking for a teaser for the new look, check out my Facebook page. While you’re there, be sure to give it a like so you don’t miss anything coming up!

~Allison

 

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Why Kare Kano Remains One of the Best Shoujo Romances

 

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Kare Kano has always had a special place in my heart, starting from my early high school more than a decade ago now. It was one of the first romance mangas I picked up and still remains steadily sitting on my bookshelf to this day. I’ve been feeling a lot of nostalgia lately for manga and anime of the 90’s and early 2000’s, and decided to revisit this classic recently. I spent the better part of two or so days binging through the whole 21 volumes, and am pleased to say my nostalgia did do it justice, which I can’t say for many other mangas from that time period. I won’t say the story is perfect, but there are reasons why it has remained in my top five romance mangas of all time for so long.

Kare Kano, or His and Her Circumstances, follows the story of Yukino and Arima who are both the tops of their class at high school, admired by students and teachers alike for their intelligence and attitude. However, for both of them, this perfect student persona is just that, a mask that they wear to gain respect and admiration from their peers. Yukino thrives on the attention her classmates give her, while Arima must play the good boy role for the well-being of his adopted family. When Yukino sees her position in school threatened by Arima’s rise to class president, a vicious feud erupts that leaves their true faces exposed. Continue reading