• Gender Bend Manga Review

    Waltz

    Also by this author: Inside Mari, Sweet Poolside, Welcome Back Alice Warnings: Violence, Bullying, Homophobia My Thoughts This little one-shot had so much to say in just one chapter, the story felt like a hard slap. I didn’t expect to have my heart crushed in such a short number of pages. Things start in the same way that many transgender stories in fiction do, a girl meets a cute boy and helps him find himself. The two become close over their shared secret, she comes to his defense when he is bullied. It’s a step away from the fetishized M/M fiction written by cis women. “I’ll just have to make…

  • Manga Review

    Look Back

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts Why do we create art? For enjoyment? For praise? To compete with our rival, or to live up to our idol? For money, a successful career? Creating art can be filled with joy, but it can also be painstaking too. This is the idea that lies at the heart of Look Back, a thoughtful one-shot manga that pays homage to the manga industry. Look Back follows two young girls, both aspiring manga artists, and how their art brought them together. Fujino is the best manga artist in her class, she lives for the praise of the people around her. Yet she finds herself upstaged by her…

  • Manga Review

    Peach Girl

    Also in this series: Peach Girl: Sae’s Story, Peach Girl NEXT Also by this author: Pre Mari, Loco Moco, Papillon: Flower & Butterfly Warnings: Violence, Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Bullying, Statutory Rape, Abuse My Thoughts Peach Girl is a nostalgic series for me, it is one of the first shojo series that I really got hooked onto. I loved the bold art style and the characters, the romance, the drama. I really related a lot to Momo, an outgoing but insecure girl that worries about her tanned skin and struggles with a manipulative and jealous friend, Sae. This manga struck a chord with me particularly because of the duality between Momo…

  • Manga Review

    Papillon: Flower & Butterfly

    Also by this author: Pre Mari, Loco Moko, Peach Girl Warnings: Violence, Gaslighting, Grooming My Thoughts What a disaster, a downright sloppy mess with an awful plot and annoying characters. Papillon is a drama filled teen romance manga about competing twins that tries to dig into some touchy subjects like insecurity, childhood abandonment, post-partum depression, and traumatic loss. Ageha is a quiet and shy country girl that feels that she is undesirable next to her beautiful and popular city girl twin sister, Hana. The first few volumes of the manga deal with the twins butting heads over boys. Hana feels left out if she doesn’t receive the same love and…

  • Yuri Manga Review

    Citrus

    Warnings: Nudity, Mild Fan Service, Sexual Situations My Review: Citrus had been on my radar for a while being one of the more well-known Shoujo Ai manga available in the west. I finally sat down to read it and found myself feeling conflicted about it. The art is spectacular and the manga is worth reading to appreciate that in itself. The characters and the story can be charming and genuinely heartfelt at points, and horribly cliche and boring at other points. My ratings for each volume ended up moving up and down wildly and left me wondering how much I really enjoyed it. The story follows Yuzu, a loud-mouth gyaru,…

  • Manga Review

    Hare-Kon.

    My Thoughts Harems are a dime a dozen in the world of anime and manga, portrayed as the ultimate male fantasy and often played for laughs, it’s a trope that is riddled with issues while not portraying polygamy with any real accuracy beyond gratuitous sex. For some, polygamy is an alternative lifestyle that can be fulfilling and painful for others. Polygamy has been a vehicle for numerous abuses all over the world, and it is generally misunderstood by many that see it as free reign to cheat on partners. The truth is, there are committed polygamous relationships, but rules are set by those within the relationship in the same way…