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Shuuten Unknown by Sugiura Shiho

Shuuten Unknown

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After spending almost ten years following the adventures of Rakan and Chigusa in Silver Diamond, I was lost when it came to an end. I followed the manga from the beginning and it was hard imagining the hobby without it. And then I saw the first images of Sugiura Shiho’s new manga, Shuuten Unknown (Last Stop Unknown). I learned to let go and embrace the excitement of seeing your favorite mangaka present a brand new setting and characters. We’re in for another fantastic ride.

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou by Itokichi

Orenchi no Furo Jijou

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou (The Circumstances of My Home’s Bathroom) is a worthy addition to the line-up of moe shoujo/josei manga that I’ve covered on this site. Instead of adorable monks or mischievous high school boys, this time we have a young man who collects monster boys in his bathroom.

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Koban by Ishikawa Chika

Koban

Koban is a simple, yet very entertaining series by Ishikawa Chika. I was first drawn to her eye-catching art style and boldly colored covers, but stayed for the fun and endearing characters. She might be my favorite new (to me) mangaka of this past year. So I’m going to introduce you (the whole three of you who might actually care about this type of manga, ha) to the police comedy, Koban.

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Addition to oyaji romance list: Ojikoi

Here’s a late addition to the Oyaji Romance Manga Selections that I mentioned months ago: Ojikoi. While Ojikoi is available for free at Hana to Yume Online now, a print volume will be released this January! So to celebrate, here’s its official inauguration to the oyaji lovin’ list:

Ojikoi by Tsutsumi Kakeru
type: shoujo, comedy
length: 0 volumes (ongoing)

Ojikoi is a rare treat–it’s a shoujo manga that features a romance with an older man. While josei and BL have a dedicated and expanding oyaji niche, shoujo manga lags behind. But Ojikoi is a great start.

Sanjou Arashi (nicknamed “Ran-chan”) is a high school student who works part time at an agency that does private investigations and odd jobs. She’s quite serious and has a strong sense of responsibility that offsets her boss, Kageyama, a man seemingly more interested in goofing off and smoking than running the place.  Being a smart girl, Ran starts to notice that this isn’t quite true. The boss can be quite reliable and she’s drawn to the kindness hidden beneath his eccentricities.

“What, did you fall for me?”

The oyaji: Kageyama Kiichi

Kageyama smokes, likes pachinko, and is quite messy. He runs his own small agency and while he’s immature and irresponsible at times, he does try to take care of Ran. If he doesn’t keep her out of trouble, he’ll at least pull her out of it after she finds trouble!

Kageyama is great at throwing out mixed signals. After sharing a brief, spontaneous, and chaste kiss, he acts like nothing is different, much to Ran’s frustration. However, when Ran takes his flippant offer to sit in his lap while watching fireworks, his composure is visibly shaken. Ran asked what his first name was and he replied that it was a secret and he’ll tell her once she becomes an adult. He likes being called “boss.”

Nijiiro Days by Mizuno Minami

Nijiiro Days

Mizuno Minami is a fairly new shoujo mangaka and the impression I got from reading two of her three previously published works is that the art is delicate and beautiful and the stories are sugary sweet, but ultimately forgettable. They didn’t stand out from the mountains of pretty shoujo manga. Nijiiro Days (Rainbow Colored Days) is a tale of adolescent fun, idiocy silliness, mischief, and a touch of romance–it sounds like it would fall into the same pattern. But the colorful personalities and hobbies of the boys keep it fresh.

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Shiny New Releases: Ore Monogatari!! by Kawahara Kazune and Aruko

I found a high school shoujo romance manga that I want terribly.  It’s been a while since I’ve burned with such strong manga lust.  It’s because the main character of Ore Monogatari!! is a bit different this time.

For starters, Takeo is about two meters tall and weighs 120 kg (265 pounds).

The more typical-looking shoujo manga male character is Suna, Takeo’s best friend.  Despite their gap in appearance, they’ve been good friends since childhood.  The only problem is that every girl Takeo likes ends up chasing after Suna, who never accepts confessions from the girls anyway.  However, Takeo’s luck might be turning around after one girl seems to have eyes for him and not his friend.  If only the awkward and dense Takeo could realize it.

Takeo is as pure as untouched snow–a feature typically reserved for the heroine.

I could go and on about my love for this manga, but I figure that means I should just do full entry on it sometime.  Thus, I should save something for that time!  There’s a lengthy sample available online to satiate the hunger in the meantime.

Oh god, where have you been all of my manga life?  You’re late!!

Hirunaka no Ryuusei by Yamamori Mika

Hirunaka no Ryuusei

No matter what I do, I’ll always be just a student to him

It looks like I have a small offering after all!  Recently, I redoubled my efforts in finding enjoyable contemporary shoujo manga titles outside of my normal imprints and mangaka.  I wanted to stray away from my comfortable fantasy territory and venture into the dangerous realm of high school drama and romance once again.  Hirunaka no Ryuusei (Daytime Shooting Star) was a promising lead with its refreshing heroine, endearingly awkward classmate, and hot teacher.  Particularly that last bit–very hot teacher.

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Shiny New Releases: Ojikoi by Tsutsumi Kakeru

Hana to Yume launched an online magazine, which is newsworthy on its own.  There’s a number of new series featured, but a particular one immediately caught my eye and I’m compelled to write about it because–

Here’s Ojikoi by Tsutsumi Kakeru.  You can read the first chapter online and I did so while barely containing all my oyaji lust love. Continue reading

Trafalgar by Aoike Yasuko

Trafalgar

I have a strong dislike of mangaka who dismiss putting any effort into creating backgrounds and settings for their stories. Our environment shapes us, so why should stories and the lives of their characters be any different? I believe comics should consist more of just heads talking to each other. At least if there’s any illusion of depth. So it’s rather sad, but I get overly excited when I see someone create a well-structured, detailed backdrop for their stories. I’ve been obsessively reading the works of Aoike Yasuko, particularly Eroica Yori Ai wo Komete, for a while now. Eroica is a manga that focuses on a world-class art thief and a NATO intellgience officer, so naturally, there’s a lot of globe trotting. They travel to so many different countries and Aoike always manages to make sure you’re actually aware of that. The setting is different and spiced with her characteristic hint of comical stereotypes that seamlessly blend with the manga’s tone. So I knew Aoike was no stranger to creating detailed, varied settings. But that still didn’t prepare me for her maritime story set during the Napoleonic Wars, Trafalgar.

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Koi to Gunkan by Nishi Keiko

Koi to Gunkan

An unconventional love triangle–How much is real? How much is imagined?

I like Nishi Keiko.  That much is obvious enough around here.  But I wasn’t sure how much I liked her.  Is she top tier?  Second?  Occasional indulgence? Should I automatically buy any and all of her works?  After reading Koi to Gunkan (Love and a Warship), I’m starting to think–yes, yes I should.  She has a very distinct style, both in drawing and in the interactions between characters and I like them very much~

I briefly covered Koi to Gunkan before, but it’s good enough to warrant a more detailed look.  Koi to Gunkan is currently serialized in the shoujo magazine, Nakayoshi.  There’s a common theme to the internet chatter–shock that this story is “allowed” in Nakayoshi, which often carries fairly light (shallow sounds a bit harsh, but true?) shoujo manga that focus on school life and budding romance of young girls.  Honestly, Koi to Gunkan really isn’t that different.  It’s just different because the romantic interest might already have an established relationship–with another man.

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