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review 2015-03-16 08:24
Henshin
Henshin - J. M. Ken Niimura

Henshin is a collection of short mangas, and also one of the weirdest things I've ever read.

 

They are all very short, I guess about 30 pages each and real random. Some (quite a lot actually) have a somewhat macabre twist at the end. Others are completely dedicated to cats.

 

It's really hard for me to make my mind up about it. It was definitely something different and I'm glad I read it. But I did feel like I should have known more before starting because it didn't make a lot of sense to me. It's because of that I don't know who to recommend this to, but if you're looking for something completely different, try this one.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-01-28 00:00
Henshin
Henshin - J. M. Ken Niimura 3.5* A typical Manga book. Way out there stories mix with heartwarming tales, all told in typical Manga art style.
Not one I'd re-read but still worth picking up if you're a fan.
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text 2015-01-08 17:24
TBR Thursday #22
Storm Siren - Mary Weber
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One - Paige McKenzie,Alyssa B. Sheinmel
The Dead Hamlets - Peter Roman
The Yellow Wood - Melanie Tem
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List - Mimi Sheraton
Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea - Mahendra Singh,Adam Roberts
Grimm Memories (Grimm Tales Book 2) - Janna Jennings,Erica Crouch
Henshin - J. M. Ken Niimura
Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers - Rodin Esquejo (Artist), Jim McCann, Sonia Oback (Artist)
The Ghost of Sephera (Theodore Crane) (Volume 2) - J. D. Tew,Scott Spotson,J Caleb Clark

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

Remember when I stated I didn't want to add new books to the TBR pile this year?

 

Well, there's something I need to admit. I failed miserably this week. So, here are some of the lousy excuses I've come up with to help myself feel better about it.

1) The publishers returned from their Christmas breaks and approved a lot of my older requests, so it's basically not THIS weeks mistake...

2) Some publishers just presented their new Netgalley books and there were a few books I just didn't want to miss out on...

3) I need to study all day (damn you bloody exams) and searching for/finding books is such a good way to come to rest afterwards (I'll worry later about when to read them).

 

Flawless argumentation! (But I really hope there will be less books next week or I'll never be able to read them all)

 

Reading has been great though. I've already finished 6 books this year and I think another one will follow tonight.

 

TBR pile currently stands at 275. (+12)

(Netgalley ARCs at 109 (+9))

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review 2013-10-19 00:00
Henshin Dekinai
Henshin Dekinai - Hitoyo Shinozaki
This one blew me away! I can't even 4-star it.

I wasn't really expecting much when I started with it. Then I got surprised by the depth of it. This manga has substance even when it's funny as hell too. Heh, and I nearly cried during a very emotional part (⌒_⌒;)

Honda-kun is a true man. I admire his conviction and firm approach. I could easily fall for such a guy although I am not too keen on driving one of his tacky custom made modified car - he really needs to get his eyes checked. (*≧▽≦)ノシ))

Seems like Honda-kun stands out more than the protagonist, Someya in this manga. I do like feisty Someya when he's in drag mode tho. The 'brand new' him was pretty cool too. Someya and Honda does make the perfect pair. They both compliments each other so well and balanced out the imperfection both has and bringing out the best in each other. It's pure blessing to find someone who loves you for who you are, not who you could be.

This manga has the right dose of comedy and drama and it goes well with Kousaka Tohru sensei's cutesy artwork. It's nice to see cameo appearances from Ayase and Kanou of Okane Ga Nai manga.

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Title: Henshin Dekinai
Alternate Title: 変身できない/ I Can't Change / I Can't Transform
Related Series: A spin-off oneshot of Okane Ga Nai
Author: SHINOZAKI Hitoyo
Artist/Illustrator: KOUSAKA Tohru
Year: 2011
Type: Manga
Volume: 1 Volume (Complete)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Romance, Yaoi
Categories: Afraid of Being Hated / Cross-dressing / Glasses / Homophobia / Insecurity / Mechanic / Mistaken Identity / Okama / Unexpected Feelings / Yankee
Blurb: Car mechanic and ex-yankee Honda falls in love with Someya, a beautiful okama. Someya promises to go on a date with him in exchange for free car maintenance. Someya planned to tease him since the mechanic was unaware of his true gender, but when Someya reveals the truth, Honda's attitude doesn't change one bit! And now Honda's acceptance has stirred up feelings of affection in Someya!
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