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

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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Manga Review: LDK, Vol 1

LDK 1Author: Ayu Watanabe
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US) / Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Original Magazine: Bessatsu Friend

Pretty boy Shusei Kugayama may be the good looking “prince” of Aoi Nishimori’s high school, but to her he’s just the rude guy that broke her friend’s heart. Needless to say Nishimori is far from his biggest fan, but finding out that Kugayama is also her neighbor certainly doesn’t help matters — until the pair become roommates! How can Nishimori hide her new roommate from her friend (and the rest of the school), as well as her changing feelings? Continue reading Manga Review: LDK, Vol 1

The Oddity of Adulthood: Pondering Punpun

PunpunThe adults in Asano Inio’s Goodnight Punpun are very strange, and very destructive. The stranger set, like one of the school administrators, play hide and seek with an gleeful abandon normally only reserved for children. The homeroom teacher might seem fairly normal, until someone trips a nerve about undone homework and he’s banging his head against the desk at top speed. Then there’s the more destructive set of adults, like Punpun’s father. He’s a bit too fond of alcohol, but decidedly less fond of his wife — or at least the responsibility and failure she reminds him of. Punpun’s mother isn’t much better, lamenting the life she has, wishing she were childless and untethered. There are Punpun’s friends too and even his acquaintances — somewhere along the line, all the parents, all the adults, forgot to put the kids first.

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Manga Review: Evergreen, Vols 1-2

Evergreen 1 Author: Yuyuko Takemiya (Story) / Akira Kasukabe (Art)
Genre: Romance, Drama, Shounen
Publisher: Seven Seas (US) / ASCII Media Works (JP)
Release Date: May 12, 2015 / August 11, 2015
Original Magazine: Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh

Yoshimatsu Hotaka thinks of himself as weak, much like his late father. Though he’s had a long-standing crush on top swimmer Awaya Niki, a heart disease has kept Hotaka from participating in the regular swimming practice. As luck would have it, Hotaka is forced to make up the swim practices after school, where an accidental run-in with Awaya Niki changes everything.

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Manga Review: QQ Sweeper, Vol 2

QQ Sweeper 2Title: QQ Sweeper, Vol 2
Author: Kyousuke Motomi
Genre: Shoujo, Drama, Romance
Publisher: Viz (US) / Shogakukan (JP)
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Original Magazine: Betsucomi

Kyutaro and Nishioka continue getting closer as Nishioka learns the ropes of becoming a full-fledged sweeper. Meanwhile, Kyutaro can’t stop thinking of the girl from his past — his first and only friend, Fuyu. Why does newbie sweeper Nishioka look so much like her? Meanwhile, Nishioka has a secret of her own, one that could drive her away from the only family and friends she’s known.

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