Action-Adventure

These series don’t focus so much on romance. They are more action-oriented. I don’t read too many like this, but there are a few ^_^

  • Alichino, by SHUREI Kouyu Alichino, by SHUREI Kouyu Title:Alichino Author:SHUREI Kouyu ISBN# 4-8342-6101-8 Eyes Comics, 1999 Yep, no doubt about it here. I purchased Alichino because of the awesome cover art ^^ Click on the cover image to see what it looks like without the yellow translucent jacket on it. And I was thrilled to discover that almost every page of this manga has equally amazing artwork! The detail shown in the character designs and backgrounds is outstanding! I don’t even have to have any idea whatsoever as to what ...
  • Ashita no Tamago, by TACHIBANA Kaim Ashita no Tamago, by TACHIBANA Kaim Title:Ashita no Tamago Author:TACHIBANA Kaim ISBN# 4-04-924801-8 Asuka Comics, 1999 This manga had a couple of great things going for it before I even found out what the story for it was. First off, it has these two super-cute guys on the cover, holding weapons. That’s always a plus :) Second, this manga is by Kaimu (sometimes romanized as ‘Kaim’) TACHIBANA, who is one of my favorite manga artists. I really love her other work (Shinesman, Rasen no Kakera, DATA, etc). Her ...
  • C-blossom, by FUKUI Harutoshu C-blossom by FUKUI Harutoshu Title:C-blossom Author:FUKUI Harutoshu ISBN# 4-06-372040-3 Kodansha Comics (Betsufure) 2005 I purchased this manga based on the intriguing cover. It was their hands that captured my interest. They are bloody, and there is the gun. Her skirt is also in tatters. What happened to them? The art is very nice, and it looked like it would be an interesting story. What I found out after I bought it is that this is a pretty unique shoujo manga. It is a two-volume series written by ...
  • Cross Oneself, by AMAKAWA Sumiko Cross Oneself, by AMAKAWA Sumiko Title:Cross Oneself Author:AMAKAWA Sumiko ISBN# 4-04-924681-3 Asuka Comics, 1999 Summary by Rurichan Ok, first off I’ll admit that I got Cross-Oneself by Amakawa Sumiko just for the pictures of Takara. But the story itself is very interesting. Cross Oneself is like a magical girl story but with a guy as the main character. In fact it’s a holy bishonen story! Cross is about a very young catholic priest named Amakusa Takara who goes to a catholic high school, and uses his gift of holy powers ...
  • DNAngel, by SUGISAKI Yukiru DNAngel, by SUGISAKI Yukiru Title:DNAngel Author:SUGISAKI Yukiru ISBN# 4-04-924701-1 Asuka Comics, 1999 I was so thrilled when I finally managed to track down this manga! I had seen the artwork on pencil boards, and on a quickly-disappearing artbook at Kinokuniya, but I had no idea what the series was about or where I could get some of it at! Finally, after what seems like forever, Kinokuniya managed to get in a few volumes of this manga, and of course I snapped them right up! The art ...
  • Fly High, by OOUCHI Natsumi Fly High, by OOUCHI Natsumi Title: Fly High Author: OOUCHI Natsumi ISBN# 978-4-08-856874-4 Ribon Mascot Comics, 2009 I picked this book up because I really like this author’s artwork. It is so clean and delicate, yet detailed and pretty. I like the way she draws eyes for some reason. The eyes are large, but they still manage to not look freakish, which often happens with shoujo manga. The guys she draws are really cute, too! The cover of this book is a bit busy and cluttered, and the heroine ...
  • Gokusen, by MORIMOTO Kozueko Gokusen, by MORIMOTO Kozueko Title:Gokusen Author:MORIMOTO Kozueko ISBN# 4-08-862503-X You Comics, 2000 I probably would not have purchased this manga series if I hadn’t watched the live action drama first. Boy I am glad I did, because I am now hooked! The art style in this is not something I am usually attracted to. There are only 3 nice-looking characters in this series. Everyone else looks kind freaky shounen-manga scary. Vaguely Initial-D-ish. But the story is a lot of fun, and that is what hooked me ...
  • Higaeri Quest, by NANTEN Yutaka Higaeri Quest, by NANTEN Yutaka Title:Higaeri Quest Author:NANTEN Yutaka ISBN# 4-04-924496-9 Asuka Comics, 1995 Yeah I realize this manga is already talked about on a few other sites, but I figured that you can’t have too many plugs for a fun manga series ^_^ I purchased this one because of the artist. Higaeri Quest is by the artist/writer team of Yutaka NANTEN and Hajime KANZAKA. I am a big fan of Yutaka NANTEN’s Cowboy Bebop manga, so I was very happy about getting this series ^_^ The main ...
  • Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono, by MIYUKI Mitsubachi Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono, by MIYUKI Mitsubachi Title: Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono (The Princess and the Three Wild Beasts) Author: MIYUKI Mitsubachi ISBN# 978-4-09-132597-6 Hana to Yume Comics 2009 Oh, there is no doubt that it was the cover for this series that attracted me to it. There is so much going on in it! The artwork and colors are bright and pretty, and the sense of motion makes me feel like this will be a fun adventure type of story. I liked the confident expression on the face of the ...
  • Lapis Lazuli no Oukan, by KAWASE Natsuna The Lapis Lazuli Crown, by KAWASE Natsuna Title: Lapis Lazuli no Oukan (The Lapis Lazuli Crown) Author: KAWASE Natsuna ISBN# 978-1-401-22120-1 US ISBN# 978-4-592-18063-1 JAPAN Hana to Yume Comics, 2004 (CMX 2009) Hey, look, it’s another English-translated US manga release! Lapis Lazuli no Oukan (The Lapis Lazuli Crown) is a 2-volume manga that was originally published in 2004 by Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume line. Volume 1 was recently released in the US by CMX. I don’t actually own the Japanese volume this time, so I don’t have anything ...
  • Love Root Zero, by TSUTSUMI Aya and KATO Chihomi Love Root Zero, by TSUTSUMI Aya and KATO Chihomi Title: Love Root Zero Author: TSUTSUMI Aya and KATO Chihomi ISBN# 978-4-86245-056-2 Fairbell Comics, 2007 Now here is a book that is a little bit different from what I usually cover here. I am actually not sure if this is officially shoujo. Well, ok, I am sure it’s aimed at girls, but I don’t know if this was published in a manga magazine or not, like the other stuff I read. I don’t own anything else by this publisher. I found this book at ...
  • Mayonaka no Ariadne, by SHIMOTSUKI Kayoko Mayonaka no Ariadne, by Shimotsuki Kayoko Title: Mayonaka no Ariadne (Midnight Ariadne) Author: SHIMOTSUKI Kayoko ISBN# 978-4-06-341488-4 KC Betsufure Comics, 2006 Aw yeah, here is a cool series! I was intrigued by the cover art (as usual) so I picked it up. Then, later, I realized that this is by the artist who drew the ‘C-Blossom’ manga which I also talk about on this site. Hey, cool! And like C-Blossom, this story tends to be more action and mystery oriented than the usual shoujo series. There is possible romance, but ...
  • Nervous Venus, by WASADA Chie Nervous Venus, by WASADA Chie Title:Nervous Venus Author:WASADA Chie ISBN: 4-06-340003-4 Amie Comics Summary by Rurichan Nervous Venus by WASADA Chie is the sad story of wanting to find love and not allowing for love to enter your heart. The first chapter of the story starts out promising, Sekiya Haru is in her last year in middle school and looks forward to going to high school with all her friends. Her best friend Minato Akira (Aki for short) is one of the best swimmers in the school and ...
  • Oshiete. Sensei Jijou, by IBUKI Kaede Oshiete. Sensei Jijou, by IBUKI Kaede Title: Oshiete. Sensei Jijou Author: IBUKI Kaede ISBN# 978-4-09-132110-7 Flower Comics, 2008 Yeah, it was the cover and title that sold me on this manga ^_^ It just screams ‘Teacher-Student series!” so I could not resist! The strategically placed bunny plushie amuses me too. And while this turned out to be more of a tutor-student series instead, I still really enjoyed this book. This is a collection of 5 short stories that were originally published in Sho-Comi magazine. And woo hoo! This time they ...
  • Ougon Kamen, by MAYA Mitsuki Ougon Kamen, by MAYA Mitsuki Title: Ougon Kamen (Gold Mask) Author: MAYA Mitsuki ISBN# 4-253-09559-3 Bonita Comics 1994 This book represents a number of rarities for me. First, it’s a Bonita Comics book, which is not a publishing imprint that I cover much on this site (at least not in comparison to Flower Comics, or Hana to Yume). Next, it’s a book where I was able to glance through the pages before I bought it used (all the stuff I buy new is shrink-wrapped, so I really do buy ...
  • Rasen no Kakera, by TACHIBANA Kaim Rasen no Kakera, by TACHIBANA Kaim Title:Rasen no Kakera Author:TACHIBANA Kaim ISBN# 4-403-61284-9 Wings Comics, 1992 Summary by Rurichan In a way Rasen no Kakera, by Kaimu Tachibana, can be in the same category as Please Save My Earth. Where Rin, Alice, and the other characters are reincarnations of people from space observing Earth. Rasen no Kakera (which I keep referring to Kaken no Rasera ^^;) follows the same story line of dealing with your past life and the consequences of finding the people who were involved. The story starts ...
  • Rei Kai Bi Dan, by KAYONO Rei Kai Bi Dan, by KAYONO Title:Rei Kai Bi Dan Author:KAYONO ISBN# 4-09-138141-3 Flower Comics, 2002 I looooove Kayaono’s artwork~! This is the second of three volumes of her works that I purchased all at once. As usual, Kayono’s artwork is clean and solid, and often very detailed. This book contains 4 short stories, all set in modern Tokyo, but two of them have supernatural twists to them. I love the way Kayono draws guys. They look very handsome and bishounen, but in a more realistic way ...
  • Sengoku Danshi Hana no Ran, by SUMOMO Momo Sengoku Danshi Hana no Ran, by SUMOMO Momo Title: Sengoku Danshi Hana no Ran Author: SUMOMO Momo ISBN# 978-4-253-19184-5 Princess Comics, 2010 I snapped this book up at the bookstore the moment I realized that it’s by SUMOMO Momo, the author of another series I talk about on this site, Ten no Ryuu * Chi no Sakura. I still haven’t actually found the rest of that series yet, but this one is more than enough to keep me entertained until I do. I just hope that I will be able to find ...
  • Shinobi Life, by KONAMI Shouko Shinobi Life, by KONAMI Shouko Title:Shinobi Life Author:KONAMI Shouko ISBN# 4-253-19377-3 Princess Comics, 2006 I don’t really have many series published by Princess comics listed on this page. (Do I have any?). But lately this publisher has come out with a lot of interesting stories, so I will probably be posting more summaries for their stuff. I purchased this book based on the cover (of course!). That plain white background really caught my eye. I liked the girl’s determined look, and his tough look. The artwork is very ...
  • Shura to Otome, by KAYONO Shura to Otome, by KAYONO Title:Shura to Otome Author:KAYONO ISBN# 4-09-138143-X Flower Comics, 2003 Ahh, this is the third of my three volumes of Kayono stuff. This book has two stories. The first takes up almost all of the volume, and is set in the modern world, but with a lot of supernatural stuff going on. The second story is also set in the modern world, and, amazingly enough, nothing supernatural happens in it. But wow, it’s just full of nekkid bodies. So if you can’t ...
  • Ten no Ryuu * Chi no Sakura, by SUMOMO Momo Ten no Ryuu Chi no Sakura, by SUMOMO Momo Title: Ten no Ryuu Chi no Sakura Author: SUMOMO Momo ISBN# 978-4-253-19631-4 Princess Comics, 2008 Wow, the cover artwork on this book was way too pretty for me to ignore! Compared to the other books on the shelf surrounding it at the bookstore, this volume definitely stood out. I absolutely adore the coloring here — the greens and blues of his hair are so lovely! His clothing is an obvious hint that this series contains fantasy elements, a genre that I don’t have nearly ...
  • Ten yori mo Hoshi yori mo, by AKAISHI Michiyo Ten Yori Mo Hoshi Yori Mo, by AKAISHI Michiyo Title: Ten Yori Mo Hoshi Yori Mo Author: AKAISHI Michiyo ISBN# 4-09-132481-9 Flower Comics 1987 I was fortunate enough to pick up some of this series recently at the closing sale of a local manga cafe. As usual, I am unable to resist the temptation of cheap manga, and I seriously pillaged the place :) I have been reading through the series I bought, and this one stood out right away. It is a great supernatural romantic suspense mystery type of series. I feel ...
  • The Lizard Prince, by IZUMI Asuka The Lizard Prince, by IZUMI Asuka Title: Tokage Ouji (The Lizard Prince) Author: IZUMI Asuka ISBN#4-592-18811-X (JAPAN) ISBN# 978-1-40122053-2 (USA) JAPAN: Hana to Yume Comics 2004 USA: CMX Comics 2009 What an adorable cover! I really like the artwork here! It feels so warm and gentle, in spite of the fact that she appears to be holding a slug with a crown on. Oh, wait, that is supposed to be a lizard! :) Funny color for a lizard. This series is “Tokage Ouji” a series currently being released in English in the ...
  • Tokimeki Tonight, by IKENO Koi Tokimeki Tonight, by IKENO Koi Title: Tokimeki Tonight Author: IKENO Koi ISBN# 4-08-853247-3 Ribon Mascot Comics 1982 Here is a series I enjoyed enough to track down the whole set. I hesitated a little to talk about it here, because it is another older series, but I decided I like this one enough to talk about it anyway! I think classic shoujo series should get more love. Often they are passed up by licensing companies as “too risky” because they think kids these days can’t handle or won’t buy ...
  • Towa Kamo Shirenai, by AKAISHI Michiyo Towa Kamo shirenai, by AKAISHI Michiyo Title: Towa Kamo shirenai Author: AKAISHI Michiyo ISBN# 4-09-137481-6 Flower Comics, 1998 Yes, yes, you might guess by the cover what it was that attracted me to this series :) Could it possibly be that bishounen with the long dark hair and the sword? Wow, you are good :P Actually, it was the cover of volume 4, with this bishounen in a forest scene, and a green background that first alerted me to the coolness of this series, but every cover for it ...
  • Yami no Purple Eye, by SHINOHARA Chie Yami no Purple Eye, by SHINOHARA Chie Title: Yami no Purple Eye (Purple Eyes in the Dark) Author: SHINOHARA Chie ISBN# 4-09-131651-4 Flower Comics 1984 Since I started my reviews this week with an older shoujo action/suspense title, Ten yori mo Hoshi yori mo I decided I would continue with that theme and talk about yet another older shoujo series that is fraught with suspense, mystery, and danger. This is a 16-volume series that began in 1984, and actually won some awards in Japan for shoujo manga. Yami no Purple Eye ...