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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.

Story

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: 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: 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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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
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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