Feb 122013
 

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and of course, not all of us have found that special someone to share it with (yet!). And sometimes, if you’re feeling just a little bit lonely when everyone else seems to be feeling the exact opposite, you just want to drown yourself in a different world. A new world, with a little guaranteed romance just for you. That’s where some wonderful shoujo manga kicks in! Sure, it’s for girls, but this week, anyone can enjoy some good ol’ shoujo. Just forget all that ails ‘ya and read a title or two on this list!

14-sai no Koi

14 sai no koi

This is an awkward, goofy, and adorably romantic little manga series. There isn’t much of it out yet, just about 2 volumes or so worth, but it’s quite good. The romance aspect is strong, and it’s very cute. Unlike a lot of standard shoujo series, which details the romance from start to finish (with many trials and tribulations along the way), 14-sai no Koi puts you right in the middle of two kids who are happily in love, living their high school life the best they can. Due to their school personas, they can’t quite interact all lovey-dovey at school, so they find time to meet up and act like a normal couple whenever they can. Of course, they’re each only 14 so they’re adorably innocent and cute and it’s just a barrel of lighthearted fun.

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Jan 152013
 

Another manga review this week, and it’s one I’ve been really looking forward to writing. It’s done by one of my favorite manga authors (and artist, for that matter), Sahara Mizu. It’s recently been completed (at least in a way I could access and read) and at 5 volumes it’s not even too long.  It was serialized in Comic Bunch and ran starting in 2007. My Girl is just a sweet story about a young man and the daughter he never knew he had. But let’s explore it a bit deeper than that.

My pleasure is to live with you

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Nov 142011
 

You’d think this has a happy end.

Hey MoarPowah! Long time no see. Amidst all my Guoventures, I gift to you a short review of my all-time favorite manga, Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan (also know as Our Happy Hours). This 8-chapter story is by one of my favorite mangaka, Sahara Mizu (alternate pen name Yumeka Sumomo), whose art and prose is also just top notch.

A side note, but this story is an adaptation of novel by South Korea’s most popular female novelist, Gong Ji-Young. However, I’ve known plenty of adaptations gone bad, and regardless of the original, Yumeka’s adaptation is definitely the opposite of any sort of bad.

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