Manga Review: LDK, Vol 3

ldk-3Author: Ayu Watanabe
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US) / Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Original Magazine: Bessatsu Friend
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Nishimori has finally started to come to terms with her feelings for Shusei, but she can never seem to find the right moment to tell him. Will the an overnight school trip finally present the perfect opportunity? While Nishimori struggles for the perfect “shoujo manga” romance moment, Shusei’s flirtatious brother throws a very unwelcome wrench in the budding couple’s plans.

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With this third volume, I am convinced that LDK cannot possibly be taking itself seriously.

I’ve mentioned before that LDK checks of shoujo cliches with reckless abandon, kind of like watching a trainwreck, but in this particular volume we get the overnight school trip, the hot teacher, the “let’s get closer” angle, and the creepy older brother all rolled into literally four chapters. I don’t expect a ton of depth here, but the story and the plot moves at such breakneck speed that it destroys any ounce of buildup that you may have had. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this in every review — and at this rate will continue to do so — but I am amazed that this series somehow lasts for 18 volumes. At some point Watanabe has got to run out of cliches — right?

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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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