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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-25 00:20
Otome Mania Vol.1-2
Otome Mania!! Vol. 1 - Yurino Tsukigase
Otome Mania!! Vol. 2 - Yurino Tsukigase

This series was a cute read. I bought the volumes months ago, but I did not have to read them. So I finally found some time to read them over spring break.


The artwork and the story are not revolutionary for the shojo manga genre. The plot was predictable, and I was able to see the plot twists miles away. For example, I predicted that Tachibana used to be a voice actor before he quit from the first pages of the first volume. The artwork is pretty and is in a typical style for shojo or otome game, but it fits the story because the story is about making otome games.


The one complaint I have with this series is that the members of the Princess Limited company were severely underused. While the members of Trick Star were able to get a turn under the spotlight each chapter, only one member of Princess Limited, Akamune, was able to receive some focus. But unfortunately, the scenes with him make up a small part of the series. The rest of Princess Limited crew were barely there in the story. They could easily be removed without affecting the plot of the story. The reason for that flaw has to do with the fact that series only has two volumes. I wish there were one more volume in this series to give the characters some development.


That aside, the series is a sweet, cute read for the weekend or vacation.


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review 2018-02-27 00:00
My Favorite Song ~The Silver Siren~
My Favorite Song ~The Silver Siren~ - Charis Messier,Ako Tenma,Kairi Aragusuku

I decided to check out this book because it was a shojo light novel which is something I don't usually see here in the US.

When I first opened up the book, I was surprised to see there were 29 chapters. I expected each of those chapters to be long. However, they were short.

The story plays out like a typical fish out of water story which was expected since this book is the first volume in this series. Despite the predictability of the plot in this volume, I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to read future volumes.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-16 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 3
Black Bird, Vol. 3 - Kanoko Sakurakouji

On the third volume, I still do not see a lot of improvement. Misao's character still hasn't grown. The only thing that grows is her love for Kyo. Besides her feelings of Kyo, she still cries a lot and falls for the demons' traps. By this point of the series, I expected Misao to wisen up and not blindly trust other demons. But nope she still listens to what the other demons say and gets into danger. She doesn't feel like an actual character but rather a glorified plot device. Kyo still is a perverted jerk. Though in this volume, it seems like his horny antics are toned down, but I still his behavior annoying. I like Kensuke because I found his personality to be interesting compared to Kyo or Misao. I chuckled a bit when he accidentally revealed himself to be a demon to Misao.

There was one part that I liked at the beginning with Misao hanging out with her friends. I was happy when that happened because I finally got to see Misao hanging out with other people besides Kyo. I was hoping to see more of Misao's friendship with Mana and Kana this volume because I wanted to see more sides of Misao besides the "Kyo!" part of her. Unfortunately, those moments ended as quickly as it started. I am disappointed at what could have been a chance to develop Misao's character more and give her some other hobby besides thinking about Kyo.

It was this volume that I decided to give up on this series. This series has some interesting ideas and beautiful artwork. Unfortunately, it's wasted on some terribly written romance.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-15 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 1
Black Bird, Vol. 1 - Kanoko Sakurakouji

I bought three volumes of this manga several years ago because I wanted to read more shojo manga. I haven't got the chance to read them because I was busy with other activities. Since I had nothing to do for a few days, I decided to read them to pass some time.

After I read all three volumes, I wondered what my high school senior self was thinking when purchasing these books.

The first volume introduces the main characters and sets up the story. This first installment was formulaic. Every chapter in the first volume either has one or all of these three things happening: Misao running into dangerous situations, Kyo saving Misao from danger, and Kyo being a pervert. I understand the first volume being strictly formula because the author is trying to figure out what direction should the series go.

Anyway, I found Kyo's behavior annoying. I found Misao to be an uninteresting character for me. She spends most of the time crying. I understand why she cries a lot but it got annoying for me.

Moving on, I like the artwork and the tidbits on Japanese mythology.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-15 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 2
Black Bird, Vol. 2 - Kanoko Sakurakoji

After I read the first volume, I read the second volume. The second volume introduces some new characters. I found Kyo's vassals to be interesting characters. I was fond of the dynamics between them, and their designs are distinct and have personality.

There is some movement in the plot. For example, there was a flashback scene showing how Misao met Kyo when they were young. It was one of my favorite parts of this manga because I thought it was well-paced and it was genuinely heartwarming. I was sad that scene ended because after that, it was back to the less stellar stuff. Most of the thing that happens in this volume is a repeat of the previous entry.

The artwork is still lovely.

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