The Sabbides Secret Baby
Posted on Jan 22nd / Genre: Harlequin
The relationship between Phobe and Jed is like watching a battle between fire and ice, as misunderstandings mount, and neither one wants to back down. They fight not only each other though, but themselves as well, as we find out more about Jed's troubling past and what made him into the man he is today. If you're after excitement, I can't recommend "The Sabbides Secret Baby" enough.
Nekomiya and the Cat Shrine
Posted on Jan 15th / Genre: Shojo
Since each story is basically self-contained, there's no grandiose plot here. In other words, this manga is the distilled essence of taking a break and looking at cat pictures. If that sounds right up your alley cat, then you owe it to yourself to open up a new tab(by) and scratch that post and that itch with "Nekomiya and the Cat Shrine!"
The Process of Impure Love
Posted on Jan 8th / Genre: Yaoi
This manga is very different from most of the yaoi manga on Renta! It's quite bittersweet, and the tone is rather dreary, but with a feeling of nostalgia and longing, which I loved. What starts out as an "impure" relationship becomes personal growth and the overcoming of depression, leading to the opening of hearts and eventually, love. The depiction of Utsumi's depression and how it manifested in the mess that is his life and his living space was too real... I also adored how emotions are a portrayed as spectrum and not black and white, which is hard to come by in yaoi manga, I feel!
If you're looking for something a little different, with characters who seem uncannily human, try this!
Only Be Yourself with Me
Posted on Dec 25th / Genre: Love
Protecting the Desert Princess
Posted on Dec 18th / Genre: Harlequin
This story features one of the boldest and most direct heroines you can find in romance manga. Layla's very open and honest about what she wants and Mikael is often taken aback by her innocence and drive. The way he's trying to keep it together when she makes shocking demands is really quite adorable! If you want to read an interesting role-reversal story, look no further!
Posted on Dec 11th / Genre: Shojo
And OMG, both of them are so cute! It's so clear how they're such good friends, but the way they have no idea what they're doing is a real breath of fresh air from the usual "instantly a master of romance" trope! I bet anyone reading this will instantly feel better about their own love life! And even though their attempts to find what love is don't really blossom into a textbook (or comic book in this case) romance, the two of them are such a good pair that you can't help but root for them on their next attempt!
You can do it Mamoru! I believe in you, Miyuki! Please don't mess this up, for all our sakes! Enter the world of coupledom so you don't just become another dumb couple!
Posted on Dec 4th / Genre: Harlequin
This is such a unique Harlequin story and was so refreshing to read! The pirate, Griffin, is really well fleshed out, and his surprise and lack of understanding of the modern world feels genuine, humorous, and charming. The bond him and Meredith share is one of mutual respect and understanding (he's a surprisingly progressive pirate!) and feels so mature and real. The climax of the story though was definitely the most enjoyable part, and not to spoil anything but, I couldn't have hoped for a better ending!
First Love Reset
Posted on Nov 27th / Genre: Love
His High Heels at Midnight
Posted on Nov 20th / Genre: Yaoi
This manga may seem on the surface to be a carnal, foot-fetish yaoi, but it's much more than that. Nostalgia, forgiveness, learning to treasure the past while moving forward, and finding the courage to love yourself, are all major themes in this slow-burn romance.
What I love about this manga is how artfully the author has captured the way Ryotaro and Wataru work through their own feelings as a result of their vastly different pasts. Most importantly, I thought depiction of Wataru's struggle to accept the death of his wife was respectful, and a distinct part of his character, not just a way to push the story forward like in many yaoi manga involving previously married men. For those of you looking for a mature, slow-paced yaoi manga that leaves you feeling whole and warm, give this one a try.
Hazakura Junior High Animal Club
Posted on Nov 13th / Genre: Shojo