wednesday_10_00: (books are good for you)
(Yes, I'm still doing backwards reviews. My life is Comiket. Really.)

Kaeru no Prince-sama - Panko.
[note that the paper version of this book is called Kaeru no Prince-sama and the digital version is called Kaeru no Oujisama. I'm fairly certain they're the same book, though.]
It took me a while to figure out this isn't "the frog prince," but "the frog's prince." Because one of the characters is the frog and the other one is the prince. The frog is awkward with people and has an ugly voice and everyone at work makes fun of him, while the prince is handsome and popular and nice and everyone admires him. This is just okay for me. The main character's troubles at work are very moving and all, but I just can't feel the romance between the main characters.

Comiket verdict: We're hitting this table anyway, so I will probably get the doujinshi, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. (Even if I secretly hope it's awesome and will make me love the manga.)

Omae wa Hitsuji. - Takasaki Bosco
Yuuya's apartment is destroyed in a fire, so he goes to live with a friend...and the friend's hot older brother, who also happens to be an assistant professor at their university. Tsukasa (the brother) has trouble sleeping, but accidentally discovers he can sleep while Yuuya is around. This is sooooooo pretty, but the pacing is so weird. I kept feeling like I was missing pages or maybe even whole chapters, which makes it hard for me to get into the relationship. I want to be thinking, "Just kiss already!" not "Wait, why are they kissing?"

Comiket verdict: I...why do I feel like I want the doujinshi anyway? Did I like it more than I thought? Or is it just that it's so pretty? Anyway, the other manga she's supposed to have a doujinshi for is this, which is not out yet, so...I guess the jury is out on this one? I hope Qpa stops being weird and lets me buy this as an e-book.

Eigyou Nika! - Kanai Kei
Sakisaka Ayumu and his sempai, Toujou Seiji are top in sales in their division (or the whole company? is division 2 below division 1, or above?) and so close everyone in sales division 2 jokes about them being a married couple. These guys are so crazy in love, it's ridiculous that they aren't together by the second chapter. Or maybe before the manga even starts. (Seriously, Sakisaka, snuggling in bed is NOT platonic behavior, even if Toujou is a little strange.) Instead we get misunderstandings and lots of pining, and, agh, JUST KISS. (Hey, remember what I was just saying about wanting characters to kiss...?)

Comiket verdict: YES I can't wait to see doujinshi of these dorks being all rabu rabu.

ETA: Oh, there's also going to be a drama CD of this in September. I hope it comes with an extra comic.

And, briefly, back to regular reviews:

Bokura no Gunjou - Akihira Shiro (sweh!!!)
Kinoshita Yuuma is a gay high school student who creates a blog with semi-dirty pictures of himself in the vague hopes of landing a boyfriend. Unfortunately, one of the teachers at his school finds it and Aoki Seiya (Kinoshita's homeroom teacher) tries to convince him to delete it. Kinoshita finally agrees, under the condition that Aoki play his boyfriend until graduation. (They have all these rules: no kissing, dates only in Aoki's apartment--limited to three days a week, etc, etc.)

AHHHHHHHHH. THIS IS SO ADORABLE. No, I'm calm. Sorry. But I'm SUCH a sucker for this kind of thing. The accidental discoveries of each other, the quiet scenes of them growing closer together, the hugging...GAH, THE HUGGING. And the pining! AHHHHHHHH. Just...bury me in this story and leave me to die. I'm sad that this is a regular review and not an anticipation of something to buy at Comiket. Why don't all the BL mangaka write doujinshi??

Yamada to Shounen - Mita Ori (sweh!)
Chihiro is a high school boy in love with his friend, and gets drunk on Christmas Eve while his friend is out with his new girlfriend. Yamada, a straight, average joe kinda guy, happens to find poor Chihiro passed out in some bushes, and takes him home. Chihiro falls for Yamada pretty much right away, and Yamada is confused to find that he's also kinda attracted to this adorable high school boy.

Oh, this is super cute. Chihiro just so cute and innocent, and the way Yamada dotes on him is so sweet. Awkward, but sweet. (He needs to take doting lessons. But he tries.) Gah, I just found the author's blog and there's an extra story for this in Canna 42, so I'll have to get that, too.
wednesday_10_00: (misaki - book love)
I am obsessed with planning for Comiket. For the first time in several Comikets, I am super interested in fandom doujinshi, so of course the Comiket gods decided to smite me by putting everything I care about on the same day. This Comiket is going to require military precision planning. Thank goodness I have awesome friends and we're going together because if I were on my own I'd just give up and curl in a ball in the corner and cry.

Anyway...this weekend I was going through the original BL section of the Comiket catalog to make sure I hadn't missed anything and came across this picture that made me go "WAIT WHAT IS THIS I NEED IT." I decided to flag that circle and a few others that looked interesting and check out their published works. [Advanced level shopping: buying stuff to decide whether I need to buy more stuff.] This is a backwards way to find new manga, but whatever. Let's do this:

backwards reviews )

Two.

Jun. 29th, 2015 12:15 pm
wednesday_10_00: (yuzuki - eyebrows)
Two posts in 2015 (before this one). Two. Sheesh. Maybe I can improve on that in the next couple of weeks. Before I get into reviews, some housekeeping:

1. I know I owe [livejournal.com profile] gnine some fanfic recs; should I post them here? (This is like that "anyone who's not here, raise your hand" joke...) If there's somewhere else that you would see it sooner (email or whatever), I can do that, too.

2. I have a tumblr (or here if you don't care about about tags, which is just crazy talk). It's...90% Haikyuu and cats, but if you are interested in those things (or don't mind scrolling past them), feel free to follow.

reviews and scans )
wednesday_10_00: (KageHina - !!!)
Before I talk at great length about Haikyuu, I want to talk about deputy shopping services. I have been using Noppin for years (since they were Crescent, even) and have been happy with them. At the end of December, however, just as I was getting ready to place a bunch of bids on Winter Comiket doujinshi, Noppin closed for a week for the holiday and server maintenance. I panicked and started looking for a different deputy service, because what if I missed all the Comiket doujinshi?? But I soon calmed down and realized that 1) everyone was going to be closed at least for a few days for New Years, and 2) I already have a sizable deposit at Noppin, and it's kind of annoying to have to make a deposit elsewhere as well. So I decided to be patient and wait out the holiday, and of course I didn't have any trouble getting anything I wanted.

The reason I tell this story is that while I was panicking, I found a service called Goody Japan. They don't have real time bidding the way Noppin does, so I doubt I'll be using their auction services. BUT their fees for shopping services are way cheaper (¥400 + 7% vs ¥1000 + 10% at Noppin), and placing orders is much easier compared to Noppin's clunky message board. (Since I mentioned the deposit above, I will say that with Goody's system, you make a deposit for each shopping order, and then it's subtracted from the final total you owe, so they don't keep money for you the way Noppin does for their auction service.) Frankly, it makes it dangerously easy to order things from Animate, or Tora no Ana, or any number of shops. They also were super fast in getting my things packaged and ready to ship out (Noppin can take days to get a package ready, especially when apparently they think your package is going to get confiscated because it has freaking udon noodles in it), and everything was packed perfectly. I kind of laughed that they made a big deal out of the air pocket padding, but the box really did seem lighter compared to just newspaper. Anyway, I will definitely be using Goody again--in fact, I just placed another doujinshi order this weekend because Haikyuu!! (Those exclamation points are in the title, but they are also the punctuation for that sentence.) This is...as good of a segue as any, I guess?

let's talk about volleyball )
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
adorbs

Today's photo is really a review. Because why not? I'm making the rules here.

Ame to Kiss - Akihira Shiro (sweh!)
Maeda Taiki is an insecure, (supposedly) plain-looking boy who works in a clothing store ("10 Inch Frog"). He has a HUGE crush on Yagii Haruhisa, who works for the company that runs the mall. And they are So. Freaking. Adorable. Together. Unfortunately, the main conflict stems from Maeda's insecurity (and inexperience with relationships), so he can't see how totally crazy about him Yagii is. This leads to a sort-of-fight that I can see being frustrating for people who don't like conflict to come from miscommunication. (Even I am like, "Dude, if your boyfriend says 'We need to talk,' you should probably talk, rather than assuming he wants to break up with you and never answering his calls or texts.) Anyway...YMMV, but I think the adorableness of the rest totally makes up for it. I almost died when I saw the New Years picture (above). The others are clearly selfies, but who's taking a picture of them making a heart with their hands?? "Hey, random person, we are totally not a couple, but would you please take a picture of us?" I'm guessing Maeda is too oblivious to realize how obvious they are and Yagii just doesn't care. He'd probably wear a T-shirt that said "Check out my adorable boyfriend! You can't have him."

If you pick this up, don't miss out on the gags under the cover. Yagii is a squirrel, haha! These guys are Too. Adorable.

March manga

Apr. 7th, 2014 01:52 pm
wednesday_10_00: (suzuki-san reading)


Nagi wears a "K" necklace. Because Nagi is subtle, you guys.

cut for reviews )
wednesday_10_00: (flesh&blood)
*keyboard mashing*
*incoherent flailing*
*silent screaming* )

This just came out, but I'm already anxious for the next one. *gasp* I love this series again! Yay!
wednesday_10_00: (misaki - book love)
Now that I'm more or less done with my shopping list, it's time to work on my OTHER job: getting my friends to buy as much as possible (mwahahaha!). I haven't been doing much reviewing this year, so I put together a list from my manga orders since this spring (when I last posted reviews). I did take out magazines and artbooks, but left everything else in. Feel free to peruse this list and request a review on anything that might interest you. (This does include my November order, though, so some of it I don't actually have yet.) I'll leave this list here and cross things off as I review them, so you can come back and request more later if you are so inclined. And, of course, if there's something not on this list but I've talked about elsewhere, feel free to ask for that, too. (Hmm, maybe I should throw a spreadsheet of all my manga online somewhere...)

list )
wednesday_10_00: (kaito 2)
ジェフリーは片手を上げ、同様にしたキットの掌にそれを打ちつけた。

Geoffrey lifted his hand and struck it against Kit's raised palm.


You guys, pop quiz time!

When would you guess the high five was invented?
A) 1970s
B) 1950s
C) 19th Century
D) 16th Century


TRICK QUESTION. The question is not "when was the high five invented" but "when would you guess the high five was invented" so the answer is anything other than FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO IN ENGLAND because who would think that.


(Just for the record, Wikipedia says it was the late 70s. The high five is the same age as me! We were BFFs growing up.)


re: Flesh & Blood 20 )
wednesday_10_00: (writing)
Here is my long, boring introduction which you can totally skip: I've been reading Sakuraga Mei's books for years, and got four books into the Warui Koto series before I got sort of bored and gave up. However, recently I'd been noticing that some of the newer books in the series were getting really high reviews on Chill Chill, so when I happened to spot Koi ja nai Kedo in California, I picked it up, liked it, bought the rest of the series, and have been wondering why I ever stopped. I've also been sad because I don't have anybody to share the series with, so I managed to convince [livejournal.com profile] mangaroo to pick up the first couple of books whole series (yay!!!), but somehow I am also making a huge long post summarizing every book in the series because I like making poor life decisions more people should read it and join our conversations!

Feel free to read as many summaries as you like, but I would encourage you to stop if you get to a point where you are interested enough to read the manga for yourself, because the summaries do not shy away from spoilers. I've organized the summaries by couples because it's easier for me to think about that way, but I've included volume numbers so you can tell the proper order (which is how the series should be read), and hopefully the spoiler tags will make it easy to read the summaries in whatever order you choose. (Hint: refreshing the page will close all spoiler tags.)

Enough boring intro, take me to the porn already! )
wednesday_10_00: (kaito 2)
[Ugh, LJ, why you gotta take away the old update page? ;_; ]

spoilers for Flesh & Blood 17-19 )
wednesday_10_00: (books are good for you)
Umm, maybe? I had actually intended to do one last review post for 2012, but since I got distracted by Downton Abbey, I guess this will be a kick off, rather than a wrap up.

no snakes were harmed in the reading of this manga )
wednesday_10_00: (misaki - book love)
I was going to cut my losses on books I hadn't reviewed over the summer (maybe come back later to a few things I really liked), but I found some old write-ups that I never posted. So...August manga + a few backlog things )

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