Manga Monday! -#87 Pretear by Junichi Sato (Creator), Kaori Naruse (Author/Illustrator)

Pretear  by Junichi Sato (Creator), Kaori Naruse (Author/Illustrator)

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Review: Even though this is a short manga series, and a bit older. It still has a good storyline and characters, that are retelling that of snow white in a new way. What gets even better about this series is that it got one season of an anime show! Although not as good as the ones you see today, but still a really good classic.

The one thing I didn’t really care for, for this series was just how slow or too detailed some of it was. Yes the artwork and style is what I like but it did feel a bit off. Almost as if it was missing that something to make it great.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

1-5 volumes.

Manga. Romance. Paranormal. Fantasy. Shojo. Retelling.

Published by ADV Manga.

Summary: Himeno is a high school freshman who’s having trouble adjusting to the lifestyle of the very rich. Her father, Kaoru, is a one-time famous author of young girls’ novels. One of his greatest fans was Natsue, a wealthy woman who liked Kaoru so much that she snatched him up from their rundown apartment and married him. But Himeno’s life is far from rosy. Her dad tends to take the side of Natsue rather than her, and Natsue’s two daughters from a previous marriage aren’t very fond of their new stepsister. One day, Himeno takes a shortcut to school and meets a young boy. When she takes the boy’s hand, she’s transported to a fantasy world that lies on the brink of extinction. And the one person that can stop it is the girl called “Pretear.”

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #86- Meteor Prince by Meca Tanaka

Meteor Prince by Meca Tanaka

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Review: As soon as I saw this series in the bookstore, I could not stop myself from grabbing it and reading it in one sitting. Although this short and sweet manga series is a lot of fun, packed into to two  volumes… The art and the story plot are something to look forward too. I am happy to say that this is a step into the newer manga series that we will hopefully be seeing a lot more of now. instead of the same old stuff that keeps repeating classics or just re-publishing them. So Meteor Prince is one heck of a silly ride!

4 out of 5 stars.

1-2 volumes.

Manga. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Drama.

Published by VIZ Media LLC.

Summary: Strange accidents always seem to happen around Hako Natsuno—so much so that she’s been dubbed “The Queen of Bad Luck.” It’s hardly surprising then that a naked alien prince falls from the sky to tell her that out of all the girls in the universe, he’s come to Earth to mate with her. Does this mean Hako’s luck has changed, or…?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #85- Romeo x Juliet Omnibus (Romeo x Juliet #1-2) by COM (Illustrator), William Shakespeare, SPWT (Original Animation), GONZO (Original Animation)

Romeo x Juliet Omnibus (Romeo x Juliet #1-2)  by COM (Illustrator), William Shakespeare, SPWT (Original Animation), GONZO (Original Animation)

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Review: I thought that this adaption of the anime was not all that good and had no real depth to it. It was as if it was rushed, and re-telling of Romeo and Juliet  needs time to sweep you up in their story. it is also a story that has been told many times all through time, and if you want to grab peoples attention you have to do this story in a whole new way that has not been done yet. And sadly this was not it.

2 out of 5 stars.

2 volumes in 1.

Manga. Romance. Action. Adventure.

Published by Yen Press.

Summary: Neo-Verona was once peacefully ruled by the Capulet family, but the rival house of Montague led a coup against the Capulets, wiping them out. Fourteen years later, Lord Montague rules Neo-Verona with an iron fist. But there is hope for the suffering citizens: Juliet Capulet survived the massacre and now turns her sword against the wealthly Montagues in an effort to aid the poor. When she meets the son of Lord Montague at the Rose Ball, she discovers that he is similarly disturbed by his father’s cruelty. As Juliet finds herself falling in love with her sworn enemy, she is conflicted…
Is there any hope for a love that crosses enemy lines?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #84- Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland by CLAMP

Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland by CLAMP

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Review: This book is just a cute one short story of Alice in Wonderland, that CLAMP does a really good job on. Lots of funny and silly, but lots of detail and great artwork to go along with the loveable plot and characters.

3 out of 5 stars.

1 volume.

Manga. Shojo. Fantasy. Comedy. Fiction.

Published by TokyoPop.

Summary: There are many worlds in the universe outside of our own, connected by doors that are hidden to the eye. but if you chance upon those doors, you can be transported to a place where supple beauties reign supreme and all of your fantasies come allve. Should you pass through the doorways, be most careful, for the creatures you will meet can be as dangerous as they are beautiful. Many would die for a glimpse at those worlds–Miyuki would do anything to have them go away.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #83- W Juliet by Emura

W Juliet by Emura

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Review: I really enjoyed this series, I liked the plot and how you got to know the characters so well. Even the side characters, such as the siblings getting their own happy endings as well. The artwork was also a big part I loved, because I’m a sucker for classic style manga…

Anyway, even though the plot and characters don’t make you want to jump out of your seat or send the book flying through the air… The series is overall simple with a hint of fun and humor to it.

3 out of 5 stars.

1-14 volumes.

Manga. Shojo. Romance. Contemporary. Comedy. Drama.

Published by VIZ Media LLC.

Summary: Sixteen-year-old tomboy Ito Miura has been chosen to play Romeo in Romeo and Juliet! The problem? She doesn’t want the male role! So, who will be Juliet? The favorite for the part, beautiful and vain Tsugumi, must compete with the cute new transfer student, Makoto Amano. Makoto not only has the looks, but her audition proves that she has the acting chops to play any role assigned. But Makoto has a secret, and if rival Tsugumi, or anyone in the school, finds out, it could ruin Makoto’s life dragging Ito down as well!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #82-Alice on Deadlines by Shiro Ihara

Alice on Deadlines by Shiro Ihara

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Review: This is one of the weirdest series I have ever read. Although I liked the art style and the humor or the series. I did not like the characters or plot, all that much. I felt it could have been better if the series did not focus on the nudity and perverted times going on. And put more thought into the characters and story line.

2 out of 5 stars.

1-4 volumes.

Manga. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Romance. Action. Comedy.

Published by Yen Press.

Summary: As punishment for slacking on the job, the shinigami Lapan is ordered to go to the Human Realm in the body of a skeleton to retrieve a wandering soul. However, much to Lapan’s lecherous delight, a slip-up lands his soul in the body of the young Alice, a buxom student at a local all-girls’ school. With the skirt-chasing shinigami (as Alice) leaving a storm of sexual harassment allegations in his wake, whatever is poor, beskeletoned Alice to do?!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #81- Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi (Story & Art), Hiro Arikawa (Original concept), Kinami Watabe (Translator)

Library Wars: Love & War

by Kiiro Yumi (Story & Art), Hiro Arikawa (Original concept), Kinami Watabe (Translator)
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Review: This is one of the best new series that has come out in the last couple of years from VIZ media. The plot and characters are never dull, and as each volume came out the story line and the ships got even better. I was so sad to find out last week that this series was coming to an end this month. I still feel like there could have been more volumes that the story could have progressed to, along with the characters. Anyhow, the final volume ( 15) was everything I could have hopped for and more. I was not at all disappointed with how the story or characters ended up.

5 out of 5 stars.

1-15 volumes.

Manga. Shojo. Action. Romance. Fiction.

Published by VIZ Media.

Summary: In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she’s finally a recruit, she’s finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #80- @Full Moon by Sanami Matoh

@Full Moon by Sanami Matoh

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Review: I thought that this continuation was just an okay manga series. I mean the artwork was different for some reason, so the whole thing was just thrown off for me because I had a hard time getting into the series again…

2 out of 5 stars.

1-2 volumes.

Manga. Mature Themes. Romance. Paranormal.

Published by Kodansha Comics.

Summary: After ten years apart, aristocratic vampires and childhood friends Marlo and David are back together– as fiancés! Being half werewolf and half vampire, Marlo undergoes a peculiar transformation, becoming a woman rather than a beast under the full moon. So there’s no problem for a wedding and David’s womanizing fangs– right?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #79- Apollo’s Song (Apollo no Uta #1-2) by Osamu Tezuka

Apollo’s Song (Apollo no Uta #1-2) by Osamu Tezuka

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Review: A very old and classic manga art style, but also a very interesting plot line. And by interesting I mean totally out of this world weird plot line that I had a hard time following. But with Osamu Tezuka’s work from back in the day, every one of his pieces hints at a larger meaning behind what you see in his manga.

3 out of 5 stars.

2 in 1 volume.

Manga. Classic. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content.

Published by Vertical.

Summary: Better to have loved and lost…

The gods with their poetic justice, can be unrelenting. Just ask the young cynic Shogo, who sinned against love. Electroshock therapy was only meant to bring him face to face with his own violent misdeeds, but instead landed him in the court of a stern goddess.

If the encounter was a hallucination, then it’s a hallucination that starts to encroach on reality in this unforgettable tale penned by manga-god Osamu Tezuka and inspired by Greek myths of divine unforgiving. Sharing with his longer work Phoenix the themes of recurrence and retribution as well as the spirit of high invention, Apollo’s Song explores the meaning of love and the consequences of its absence.

Shogo’s mother is a bar hostess, his father could be any one of a dozen of her regular patrons. Growing up, he learns nothing of genuine love and tenderness, and when he witnesses his mother in the nearest approximation of which she’s capable–lustful embrace–he receives a merciless beating soon afterwards. Shogo comes to hate the very notion of love. But goddesses, who are neither the Buddha nor Christ, do not excuse misfortunes of upbringing.

Apollo’s Song reaches Olympian heights of tragedy as the story proceeds from a boxcar bound for a Nazi concentration camp to a dystopian future where human beings are persecuted by an ascendant race of their own clones. Will Shogo ever attain redemption, or, like the human race itself, will he have to relearn the lessons of love forever? Is it better to have loved and lost if the heartbreak must recur eternally?

Love, propagation, nature, war, death–Tezuka holds his trademark cornucopia of concerns together with striking characterizations, an unfailing sense of pacing, and of course, stunning imagery.

Though marked by a salty pessimism, this unique masterpiece from Tezuka’s transitional period is also unabashedly romantic–and, at times, profoundly erotic. Combining a classic tale of thwarted love with cognitive ambiguities reminiscent of the work of Philip K. Dick, Apollo’s Song is guaranteed to plumb new depths of the human heart with each rereading.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Manga Monday! #78- Until the Full Moon by Sanami Matoh

Until the Full Moon by Sanami Matoh

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Review: A great Yaoi/ gender bend series, full of funny moments and some really sweet romance ones too. The down part of this series is the short length of it and the spin off that has been made in the last couple of years. Which is also only two volumes.
3 out of 5 stars.
 
1-2 volumes.
 
Manga. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Romance. Paranormal.
 
Published by Broccoli Books.
Summary: Marlo has a problem. On the night of the full moon, this half-werewolf, half-vampire undergoes a mysterious and terrifying transformation: He turns into a girl. Desperate for a cure, his parents call on Doctor Vincent, a long time family friend. But Marlo wants to keep his condition secret from Vincent’s son, the vampire playboy David. Unfortunately, the secret gets out, and a new problem surfaces: David is interested in Marlo’s female form! If a remedy can’t be found, their parents believe the next best solution is marriage – a marriage between Marlo and David!
-Summary from GoodReads.com