Hazakura Junior High Animal Club
Posted on Nov 13th / Genre: Shojo
When Destiny Calls!
Posted on Nov 6th / Genre: Love
Posted on Oct 30th / Genre: Yaoi
This is an intense story about Shimojo, a mafioso who's lived his life manipulating people, breezing through on easy-mode, and the shadow of a man who used to be his rival, Kuse. Shimojo had always wanted to be the one to destroy Kuse, and he can't stand knowing that the boy who had humiliated him in high school is now deadbeat human trash. He takes him home, and things only escalate from there...
With so many yaoi manga, the past of the characters is often only revealed as necessary, often near the end as a plot device, but in Flaver, the story weaves between past and present to show how deeply intertwined the two characters are. For a bit of suspense and some Top x Top dynamic, I definitely recommend Flaver.
Secrets, Lies & Lullabies
Posted on Oct 23rd / Genre: Harlequin
Posted on Oct 16th / Genre: Shojo
Okay, I guess I should talk about the story and stuff, too. Anna is a locksmith that lives with her mysterious cat, Clavay. Also, their locksmith shop is in a mystical dimension that only appears to those who need to unlock something. Pretty nice digs, right? Anyway, the manga is split into different short stories, all involving some kind of mystery or problem that somehow needs to be solved with a cat. And a lock, too. But, mostly a cat.
There are all sorts of different stories in this 200+ page volume, ranging from a girl who loves the piano but is jealous of a boy who plays better than her (and who also loves cats), a spoiled cat who hates the frilly dresses his owner puts on him, even a restless spirit who possesses a... well, you get the point. For those of you who prefer a bit of sweet romance, there's also a story of a boy who has a crush on a girl who likes his twin brother (and he has a really cute pet cat). If you like lighthearted adventure comics, check out Clavay's Keys for a story that's paw-sitively sure to unlock your heart and have you going, "Aww!"
Sadistic Boyfriend's Maid -Body Repayment Plan-
Posted on Oct 9th / Genre: Love
If you're looking to spice up your manga bookshelf, you won't want to miss this one!
Posted on Oct 2nd / Genre: Harlequin
The female lead is a little bit of a damsel in distress, which is actually a trope I enjoy when it's done well... which it is here! She knows what she wants and is strong in her conviction and dedication, and never asks to be saved. The male lead is your strong-and-silent protector archetype, but not at all broody and possessive. Combined with soft, airy art that matches the dreamy atmosphere of the story, these characters are really hard not to like!
If you are a fan of modern vampire romances with a soft gothic touch and want something that deviates from the the edgy stereotype, you won't want to skip this one!
Star-Crossed Paintbrushes [Plus Digital-Only Bonus]
Posted on Sep 25th / Genre: Yaoi
This is not a smutty series, but rather an emotional journey for both characters, where we get to see them overcome some serious crap they've got going on, both personally and in their relationship. Though if you're into smuttier stuff, there's some really nice extra chapters at the end of the second volume that you might enjoy!
Although the focus is on the main couple throughout, I appreciated the world building that was present, and the fact that side characters weren't just throw-aways and actually had some presence in the story. It's refreshing to find a series not based in a city as well, and the small island aesthetic really suits the themes of loneliness and finding oneself that are heavily present. Not to mention the fact that the outside scenes really show-off the beautiful artwork!
Posted on Sep 18th / Genre: Shojo
This story takes place with the past and present interspersed. When Chika happens to run into Kataru for the first time six years later, it's as if those summer memories from all those years ago have bubbled up to the surface and are reaching up to a slow boil. And that's exactly what Asuka Sakashita is great at doing in this story! Each chapter starts out leaving you wondering what will come next, and slowly builds up to a heart-pounding climax, only to leave you hanging for the next chapter. I admit I couldn't put it down myself without reading everything in one sitting!
Chika and Kataru, as well as Kataru's younger sister Yuki, are really interesting and fleshed-out characters who react to the manga's themes of love, despair, loss, and change in realistic ways. Both of them deal with sadness and pain differently, and the story takes some surprising turns as their relationship develops! Just because summer is over, it doesn't mean you have to be sad. Check out Summertime Blues and cure your own malaise!
From Booty Call to Girlfriend
Posted on Sep 11th / Genre: Love