Manga Review: Complex Age, Vol 1

Complex Age 1Author: Yui Sakuma
Genre: Seinen, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US) / Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Original Magazine: Weekly Morning
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Like many of us, mid-twenties temp office worker Nagisa Kataura post-work hobbies are what maintain her sanity. In Nagisa’s case cosplay is what makes her tick — dressing as the popular magical girl anime character, Ururu in particular. Well-liked in online communities and popular at cosplay gatherings, in costume Nagisa is fan-made, hand-made perfection, but can she keep her favorite hobby a secret — as well as her insecurities — forever?

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Manga Review: LDK, Vol 2

LDK 2Author: Ayu Watanabe
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US) / Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: December 12, 2015
Original Magazine: Bessatsu Friend
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Just when things seem to be headed somewhere, Aoi is shocked to find her pretty boy roommate Shusei in the arms of another woman. Has Aoi underestimated Shusei’s feelings after all? And who is the new boy that seems to have taken an interest in Aoi? Aoi and Shusei’s red hot romance looks to quickly be headed for some major bumps; will Shusei finally pack his bags and go?

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Manga Review: Maid-sama!, Omnibus 1

Maid-sama 1Author: Hiro Fujiwara
Genre: Shoujo, Comedy, Romance
Publisher: Viz Media (US) / Hakusensha (JP)
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Original Magazine: Lala
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Having climbed the ranks, Misaki Ayuzawa is the well-respected student council president of the previously all boys Seika High School. Now co-ed but still mostly boys, Misaki keeps a watchful eye on all of her peers, including class pretty boy, Takumi Usui. Unfortunately Usui just so happens to find out Misaki’s one well-kept secret — she works part time at a maid cafe!

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Manga Review: Evergreen, Vols 3-4

Evergreen 4Author: Yuyuko Takemiya (Story) / Akira Kasukabe (Art)
Genre: Romance, Drama, Shounen
Publisher: Seven Seas (US) / ASCII Media Works (JP)
Release Date: November 17, 2015 / March 15, 2016
Original Magazine: Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh
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Things are looking up for Hotaka. Though the road’s been bumpy, Hotaka finds himself genuine friends with his long time crush and school swimming queen, Awaya Niki — and could they wind up being even more? There may not be time to find out; as feelings and family secrets come to light, everything the pair knows threatens to be torn apart.

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Manga Review: Idol Dreams, Vol 1

Idol Dreams 1Author: Arina Tanemura
Genre: Drama, Romance, Magical Girl
Publisher: Viz Media (US) / Hakusensha (JP)
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Original Magazine: Melody
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Chikage Deguchi believes you’re romantically popular only three times in your life. At 31, she’s only lucked out once, as a teenager. Since then Chikage’s been in a romantic rut, and it’s not something she’s proud of — especially since she’s still a virgin. When word gets out about her lack of romantic experience she’s ready to throw in the towel, until an experimental drug gives her a chance to re-do her teenage years — as an idol!

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