Oneshot

These are stories in which there is only one volume. Sometimes it’s one story that takes up the whole book, and other times each chapter is a separate story.

  • 1LDK ♥ Shitsuji, by MORITA Fuji 1LDK ♥ Shitsuji, by MORITA Fuji Title: 1LDK ♥ Shitsuji ~ My Secret Butler Author: MORITA Fuji ISBN# 978-4-09-133109-0 Flower Comics, 2010 This was an obvious and easy purchase for me, simply because of the title. My Secret Butler? Heck yeah! The scenario on the cover is certainly one that I approve of :) I certainly wouldn’t mind having my own secret butler! Though now that I think about it, the butler in this story is not exactly a secret, so I’m not sure what’s going on with the English ...
  • A Drunken Dream, by HAGIO Moto A Drunken Dream, by HAGIO Moto Title: A Drunken Dream and Other Stories Author: HAGIO Moto (with interview and article by Matt Thorn) ISBN# 978-4-592-18590-1 Fantagraphics, 2010 As you may know from viewing my section on 70′s and 80′s shoujo manga, I am a big fan of classic shoujo works. I love all shoujo, really, and find it fascinating to learn the history of the art form. Therefore, when Fantagraphics announced they would be publishing a collection of manga works by HAGIO Moto, I was ecstatic. HAGIO Moto is one ...
  • Abunai Paradise, by HASEGAWA Jun Abunai Paradise, by HASEGAWA Jun Title: Abunai Paradise (Dangerous Paradise) Author: HASEGAWA Jun ISBN# 4-08-856132-5 Ribon Mascot Comics, 1999 Haha, what can I say? It’s another cross-dressing idol story! I know! So many of them! It’s not like I deliberately go looking for them, really! I just sort of end up buying them at random somehow! Actually, when I saw this cover, I was hoping for some rare boys love in a Ribon Mascot Comics series (seemed unlikely!) but it turns out that one of those guys is a ...
  • Ai no Shintairiku by YAMADA Nari Ai no Shintairiku, by YAMADA Nari Title:Ai no Shintairiku Author:YAMADA Nari ISBN: 4-08-847705-7 Margaret Comics, 2004 I actually had a vague idea of what this book was about before I bought it. Amazing, I know! So no, I didn’t just buy it because of the cover this time! I saw a preview of a couple of pages and read a really badly mangled bablefish translation of a plot synopsis. Amazing that I managed to be interested enough in this after reading such a mangled summary! The art is ...
  • Ai no Tame ni, by KAWAHARA Kazune Ai no Tame ni, by KAWAHARA Kazune Title: Ai no Tame ni Author: KAWAHARA Kazune ISBN# 4-08-847584-4 Margaret Comics 2002 I grabbed this one off the shelf when I saw it because I immediately recognized the art to be by Kawahara-sensei, the author of another fun manga, High School Debut. I have a few series by her now, I have enjoyed them all. This collection of short stories is no exception. This volume contains three charming short stories originally published in Betsuma Margaret magazine. I feel, in this volume, you can ...
  • Aitte Yatsu wo Utatte Miyouka, by NAGAYAMA Ei Aitte Yatsu wo Utatte Miyouka, by NAGAYAMA Ei Title: Aitte Yatsu wo Utatte Miyouka Author:NAGAYAMA Ei ISBN# 978-4-09-132010-0 Flower Comics, 2008 Here is another recently released manga, by an author I don’t have much previous exposure to. This is a nice book though, with attractive, uncluttered artwork, and likable characters. This is a one-shot volume, but the main story takes up 3/4 of the book. At the time I bought this, there were a bunch of new one-shots and several volume #1′s of new series at the bookstore, and I caved in ...
  • Akuma de Koibito, by SHIRAISHI Yuki Akuma de Koibito, by SHIRAISHI Yuki Title: Akuma de Koibito Author: SHIRAISHI Yuki ISBN# 978-4-09-131598-4 Flower Comics, 2009 For once, it wasn’t the front cover that convinced my easily-swayed mind to pick up this manga. Actually, the front cover turned me off, a little, because I didn’t really want to read a series where it looks like the hero is mean to the heroine. I admit, I like “tsundere” types of heroes, but I like them more in the sense that they are surly and anti-social, not outright abusive or ...
  • Akuma demo I Love You, by SAKURA Kaori Akuma demo I Love You, by SAKURA Kaori Title:Akuma demo I Love You Author:SAKURA Kaori ISBN# 4-09-136894-8 Flower Comics, 2004 If you have been a reader of my summaries for any amount of time, you should probably have a good idea why I bought this manga ^_^ As I am sure you have noticed, I am a scary fangirl, and this cannot resist the winged bishounen types, and here is one handsome cutie right on the cover! I don’t have anything else by this author in my collection. Her art style ...
  • Angel Time, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Angel Time, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Title: Angel Time Author: MATSUMOTO Natsumi ISBN# 978-4-08-856796-9 Ribon Mascot Comics, 2008 Ahh, I love this book, it’s so cute!! Here is a one-shot volume by MATSUMOTO Natsumi. I have talked about a few of her other titles here, but it has been forever since I have picked up one of her books. I think the last one I talked about was published in 1999! Wow, I need to find the stuff she has done since then! This is a brand new one ...
  • Animal Jungle, by SHIIBA Nana Title: Animal Jungle Author: SHIIBA Nana ISBN# 978-4-09-131335-5 Flower Comics, 2007 As always, a cute cover is what prompted me to buy this manga :) Look how sweet they all are! Granted, she looks a little worried, but come on, those are some hot boys right there :) This turned out to be a fairly cute volume. It contains four one-shot short romantic stories. The first one is the actual ‘Animal Jungle’ story. Then at the end of the volume there is a ...
  • Binkan Ryouiki, by MOMONO Miku Binkan Ryouiki, by MOMONO Miku Title: Binkan Ryouiki (Sensitive Area) Author: MOMONO Miku ISBN# 978-4-09-132159-6 Flower Comics, 2008 Heh. As you may have guessed by the cover, this book is a slightly smutty one. Actually, it is not as smutty as I thought it would be. It is really just a little naughty here and there, and there is nothing explicit like you would find in a yaoi manga or anything, but it is a little more ecchi than some of the other books I have been reading recently. ...
  • Boku no Sekai Kimi no Real, by HATTA Ayuko Boku no Sekai Kimi no Real, by HATTA Ayuko Title: Boku no Sekai Kimi no Real (My World, Your Reality) Author: HATTA Ayuko ISBN# 978-4-08-846360-5 Margaret Comics, 2008 Gee. I wonder what could have possibly convinced me to buy this manga? I have absolutely NO idea. None at all. Totally clueless. Why, that hot guy right there on the cover surely had nothing to do with it! Bah, who am I kidding, I bought this for the eye candy cover of course! I didn’t realize until after I bought this that it is by ...
  • Bokura no Pink, by SAIJOU Ayano Bokura no Pink, by SAIJOU Ayano Title: Bokura no Pink (Our Pink) Author: SAIJOU Ayano ISBN# 978-4-09-132380-4 Flower Comics 2009 Even though the cover makes this look a bit like a reverse-harem story, that isn’t actually the case. I ended up picking this series up because of some silly artwork on the back cover that involved some sentai/power ranger type of characters. My general reaction was ‘wtf?’ which almost always means I will end up buying it :) This is a romantic comedy series that is rather ridiculous, and surprisingly ...
  • Bokura no Sekai de, by MAMURA Mio Bokura no Sekai de, by MAMURA Mio Title: Bokura no Sekai de (At the Our Place) Author: MAMURA Mio ISBN# 978-4-09-131858-9 Flower Comics, 2008 I picked this up because the name of the band on the CD the girl is holding amused me. “Astral Glow”. That sounds so… wrong to me somehow ^_^ This is a cute collection of three one-shot romance stories that were originally published in Sho-Comi magazine. With that said, they are amazingly un-smutty. Sho-Comi can get rather racy at times (it is up there on the high ...
  • Boy & Cool, by HARUKI Saki Boy & Cool, by HARUKI Saki Title: Boy & Cool Author: HARUKI Saki ISBN# 978-4-06-341703-6 Kodansha Comics, 2010 I picked up this cute oneshot volume because of the boy on the cover (oooh big surprise there!). I liked his mischievous expression. There is something about him that reminds me of Kikuchi Kamaro’s Rock Shounen works. All he needs is the tongue piercing! He looks very sneaky, while she definitely looks worried. I just love his eyes! They are kind of hypnotic. Anyway, this turned out to be a nice little ...
  • Boyfriend, by YAMADA Daisy Boyfriend, by YAMADA Daisy Title: Boyfriend Author: YAMADA Daisy ISBN# 978-4-06-364229-2 Kodansha Comics, 2009 I have discussed another series by this author, YAMADA Daisy, on this site before. And, like GiriKoi this book features a cover with a girl who looks kind of sad. Or, at least, she looks a bit uncertain. When I first saw this book on the shelf, for some reason I thought the girl had an apple on her head. I have no idea why, but it took me a while to realize it ...
  • Change!, by HASHIBA Mao and TERADA Toshio Change! by HASHIBA Mao and TERADA Toshio Title:Change! Author:HASHIBA Mao and TERADA Toshio ISBN# 4-08-847016-8 Margaret Comics, 1999 I first came in contact with the story of ‘Change!’ in the form of a live action Japanese TV drama by the same name that aired in late 1998. I just watched it recently, and loved it :) The drama is 11 or 12 episodes long (each episode is one hour). At the end of the last episode, the 2 main actresses in it did an ad plugging the manga that goes ...
  • Change!, by SHINOZUKA Hiromu, ANAN Mayuki, TAKAMURA Yuuka, and KOHARA Yuuko Change!, by SHINOZUKA Hiromu, ANAN Mayuki,  TAKAMURA Yuuka, and KOHARA Yuuko Title:Change! Author:SHINOZUKA Hiromu, ANAN Mayuki, TAKAMURA Yuuka, and KOHARA Yuuko ISBN# 4-09-130100-2 Ciao Comics, 2006 This volume is slightly unusual in that it’s a compliation of shor stories, but they are all by different authors. Usually such compliation books are larger and look different, but this one looks just like a regular tankoubon. The art styles of the 4 authors are very different. SHINOZUKA Hiromu, who draws “Change!” has a very cute, exaggerated style. All her characters have HUGE eyes. ANAN Mayuki’s style ...
  • Cherries Fight, by Yasuko Cherries Fight, by Yasuko Title: Cherries Fight Author: Yasuko ISBN# 978-4-09-132233-3 Flower Comics, 2009 As if the cover of this volume wasn’t eye-catching enough, with this cute girl looking omg-so-serious in her bathrobe and guns, it was really the back cover that had me laughing and picking this one up off the shelf. If you judge the book by the front cover, it is somewhat hard to get an idea of what this book may be about. What is with the guns? Is this an action/spy/crime story? Why ...
  • Cinderella Boy, by YUMENO Makoto Cinderella Boy, by YUMENO Makoto Title:Cinderella Boy Author:YUMENO Makoto ISBN# 4-09-136473-X Flower Comics, 1996 I don’t know why I bought this one ^^ I didn’t really find the cover all that attractive, and the title of this volume was OK I guess… Oh well, I somehow purchased it, and I am actually happy I did because it is a cute (though unremarkable) story ^^Why do so many manga series I buy involve cross-dressing? Really, it seems to be a BIG theme in shoujo manga. Perhaps I should get ...
  • Cinderella no Eve, by NAKAI Mena Cinderella no Eve, by NAKAI Mena Title:Cinderella no Eve Author:NAKAI Mena ISBN# 4-08-847177-6 Margaret Comics, 2000 Yeah, I am a sucker for manga series that have ‘Cinderella’ in the title. I seem to have a lot of them like this! I am really sorry I keep summarizing manga series that have similar plots and characters. I really can’t help it, I think I have a radar that points out all these series to me at the store, and makes me buy them :) I really liked the story in ...
  • Cinderella no Jouken, by KIKUCHI Kamaro Cinderella no Jouken, by KIKUCHI Kamaro Title: Cinderella no Jouken (Requirement of Cinderella) Author: KIKUCHI Kamaro ISBN# 978-4-09-138581-8 Flower Comics, 2004 Based on my appreciation for two of this author’s other works, “Nosatsu Rock Shounen” and “Nousatsu Beat de Utawasete,” I decided to give this one a try, too. The cover is cute! And I do like Cinderella stories. This is a one-shot volume, a collection of 5 stories. The characters on the cover are from story #4. This surprised me, as the volume cover and title are usually taken ...
  • Dakedo Happy Paradise, by TAKARADA Iyo Dakedo Happy Paradise, by TAKARADA Iyo Title:Dakedo Happy Paradise Author:TAKARADA Iyo ISBN: 4-592-17058-X Hana to Yume Comics, 2004 This was purchased at random because of the very cute cover. I mean hey, one girl sharing a scarf with three cute guys?? Heh, I had to see if it was some sort of weird love triangle/square plot. I hoped that they weren’t her brothers or something, hahah ^_^ Turns out this story does use a common shoujo manga plot device, but I fall for that plot device every time, ...
  • Dakishimete Noir!, by IISAKA Yukako Dakishimete Noir!, by IISAKA Yukako Title:Dakishimete Noir! (Hold Me Tight! Noir) Author:IISAKA Yukako ISBN# 4-09-137190-6 Flower Comics, 2002 Just what I have been waiting forever for! A manga with a catboy! There aren’t that many series that feature catboys. It’s always catgirls catgirls catgirls everywhere. Whenever I find a manga with a catboy in it, I just have to get it ^_^ Even better, this series is by IISAKA Yukako, one of my favorite mangaka. She likes doing ‘magical boyfriend’ series where the heroine gets some sort ...
  • Danjou no Adam, by MASUZAKI Yoshino Danjou no Adam, by MASUZAKI Yoshino Title:Danjou no Adam Author:MASUZAKI Yoshino ISBN# 4-09-137752-1 Flower Comics, 1999 Ahh, another perfectly random manga choice! The cover looked pleasant- the character’s didn’t repel me, and I thought the picture on the back of the volume was especially cute. In it, you see the guy sitting in a classroom, the girl sitting in the desk behind him. He has a big blush on his cheeks as he leans back to look at her. She is tugging on his sleeve. Aww. Anyway, this turned ...
  • Danshi Kinshi!!, by SHIGANO Iori Danshi Kinshi!!, by SHIGANO Iori Title: Danshi Kinshi!! Author: SHIGANO Iori ISBN# 978-4-09-131245-7 ChuChu Comics, 2007 It’s interesting. When I think about my favorite shoujo manga authors, SHIGANO Iori’s name never really springs to mind, yet when I look at my manga collection, I actually own an amazing number of books by her. I am not entirely sure why I keep purchasing them, as they can be hit or miss, but I guess I like reading them to find out :) This is a funny little one-shot volume that ...
  • Danshi x Joushi, by SATOU Kirie Danshi x Joushi, by SATOU Kirie Boys x Girls Title: Danshi x Joushi Author:SATOU Kirie ISBN# 4-08-856236-4 Ribon Mascot Comics, 2000 Yay, another slightly older, totally random manga! I like this one because it is somewhat different than the average shoujo manga story about girls finding love or being in love. This collection of one-shots focuses on other things instead. While love is a theme, the main focus isn’t on various heroines finding boyfriends. It’s nice to change it up a bit every once in a while! :) I don’t have ...
  • Danshing Girl!, by OKADA Haruki Danshing Girl!, by OKADA Haruki Title: Danshing Girl! Author: OKADA Haruki ISBN# 978-4-592-18544-4 Hana to Yume Comics, 2010 How about a little gender-bending fun? I picked up this book because I’m always happy to see a new Hana to Yume title that I don’t already own at the bookstore, and the title of this book suggested a pretty silly plot. The title is a painful pun. On one hand, when spoken out loud, it sounds like how the English phrase “dancing girl” would be pronounced in Japanese (danshing for ...
  • Delicate ni Kiss Shite, by TAKADA Tami Delicate ni Kiss Shite, by TAKADA Tami Title:Delicate ni Kiss Shite Author:TAKADA Tami ISBN: 4-06-303135-7 Kodansha Comics, 1998 I got this book because of the cute guy on the cover, and the fruit. I don’t know how he could look so serious and cute while holding a girl who is spilling grapes everywhere, but okay, whatever makes him happy ^_^ I hope he catches all those grapes, because if they roll around in bed on those, it could get kinda squishy. Anyway ^_^ The art style in this is really ...
  • Dynamite na Honey, by OZAKI Naraka Dynamite na Honey, by OZAKI Naraka Title:Dynamite na Honey Author:OZAKI Naraka ISBN# 4-06-303139-X Kodansha Comics, 1998 Oh cool! I was so happy when I found this manga volume! I had read the first chapter of it in a random old issue of ‘Best Friend’ that was given to me, and I had never forgotten the story because I thought it was so amusing ^^ When I saw this volume at the store I wasn’t sure if it was the story I remembered, but I took a chance, and it ...
  • Fly High, by SUGIURA Kei Fly High, by SUGIURA Kei Title:Fly High Author:SUGIURA Kei ISBN# 4-09-137233-3 Flower Comics, 1998 Yeah Yeah, I am a sucker for manga with a cute guy on the cover ^^; At Least I thought this guy was cute, and I liked the little bear hood-thing he is wearing and wanted to know who he was ^^ There is a girl named Rika who works as a cleaning girl at a TV studio. One day she gets into the main star’s dressing room, and is trapped there hiding ...
  • Gin no Sato, by SHINOZAWA Kozumi Gin no Sato, by SHINOZAWA Kozumi Title:Gin no Sato (Silver Village) Author:SHINOZAWA Kozumi ISBN# 4-08-856001-9 Ribon Comics, 1997 I found this tankoubon to be an enchanting collection of short stories, all by the same author, and all with supernatural themes. The first story (this is the one actually titled ‘Gin no Sato’, the rest all have different titles) tells the tale of a young girl named KAWAMURA Orie, and her encounter on a mountan with a strange boy named Gin. Gin means ‘silver’ and indeed, Gin has silver eyes ...
  • Good Father, by KAGAYA Uzuki Good Father, by KAGAYA UzukiTitle:Good Father Author:KAGAYA Uzuki ISBN# 4-592-17738-X Hana to Yume Comics, 1999 The cover of this random manga intrigued me. I liked the artwork, and I wanted to find out who this guy with the grumpy/arrogant expression on his face was. Also there is a small picture on the back of this volume of a grungy looking guy with blond hair and stubble. He looked odd too. So I bought this to learn more about them. This turned out to be a pretty cool buy. ...
  • Goshuujin-sama to Watashi, by YAMADA Komomo Goshuujin-sama to Watashi by YAMADA Komomo Title: Goshuujin-sama to Watashi English Title: Master and Me Author: YAMADA Komomo ISBN# 4-09-130355-2 Flower Comics, 2006 I am finally back with another summary, and what do I do? I post another maid series ^_^;; Maid stories seem to be popular in both shoujo and shounen genres, however there are some noticeable differences. The shoujo stories are more romantic, and the heroine usually doesn’t have huge cleavage spilling out of the skimpy maid uniform XD The guy is usually cuter too ^_^ Komomo Yamada ...
  • Haitoku wa Amaku Mushibamu, by AYUKAWA Mio Haitoku wa Amaku Mushibamu, by AYUKAWA Mio Title: Haitoku wa Amaku Mushibamu Author: AYUKAWA Mio ISBN# 4-09-130568-7 Flower Comics, 2006 I have no shame! I bought this purely for the smutty cover ^_^ Look at it! There can be no doubt that this is a smutty shoujo manga! Seriously! So watch out. If you can’t handle smut, you can skip this summary right now. I am not really sure what the title of this volume means. Something about Perversion/Corruption, and sweetness/innocence and being eaten away… XD My, it sounds naughty ...
  • Hakushaku-sama wa Yokujou suru, by AMANE Yuko Hakushaku-sama wa Yokujou suru, by AMANE Yuko Title: Hakushaku-sama wa Yokujou suru Author: AMANE Yuko ISBN# 978-4-09-133477-0 Flower Comics, 2010 It wasn’t really the cover that convinced me to buy this book, though it certainly is very cute and very different from a typical shoujo manga. It’s the fact that it is set in England that intrigued me. I have been reading a lot of Japanese high school romance manga lately, so something set somewhere else seemed like a nice change of pace. And this turned out to be super adorable! ...
  • Hibi Kore Koujitsu, by HINATA Mahiru Hibi Kore Koujitsu, by HINATA Mahiru Title:Hibi Kore Koujitsu Author:HINATA Mahiru ISBN# 4-08-847586-0 Margaret Comics, 2002 A poorly translated plot summary of this manga is what drew me to buying it. It is a story of an unlikely couple, opposites attracting. I always like those stories. The art style, like many things from Margaret Comics, is not exactly my favorite, but it is still pretty cute. The lines are sort of rough and messy at times, and all the characters have those little scratch marks on their faces. ...
  • Hidari Te no Love Letter, by CHIBA Kozue Hidari Te no Love Letter, by CHIBA Kozue Title: Hidari Te no Love Letter (Left Hand Love Letter) Author: CHIBA Kozue ISBN# 978-4-09-132298-2 Flower Comics, 2009 This is such an adorable book! I was attracted by the cover, as usual. In this case, the lead character’s direct stare and glasses made it stand out amidst all the happy shoujo couples that are on most other covers. I like how she is sort of hunched over her desk, as if she is letting us in on a secret. Also, I don’t think there ...
  • Hikitateyaku no Koi, by SHIMAKI Ako Hikitateyaku no Koi, by SHIMAKI Ako Title: Hikitateyaku no Koi (The Heroine is Not Suitable for Me) Author: SHIMAKI Ako ISBN# 978-4-09-132128-2 Flower Comics, 2008 I was ridiculously happy when I saw this book at the bookstore! I love Shimaki Ako, her stories are so cute and fun! And her art just keeps getting better and better with every volume. Seriously, her guys are totally hot now! ^_^ The art style is clean and crisp, and sometimes has an almost cartoony feel about it in the way some of the expressions ...
  • Himitsu no Oniisan, by MAKITA Nao Himitsu no Oniisan, by MAKITA Nao Title: Himitsu no Oniisan (Secret Brother) Author: MAKITA Nao ISBN# 978-4-09-132152-7 Flower Comics, 2008 Oops, I have had my days mixed up this week, what with the holiday coming! I totally forgot to update last night. As for Christmas, I am not sure yet if I will remember to post an update, but I will try ^_^ Anyway, this is an absolutely adorable collection of one-shot stories that originally ran in Betsucomi. While they do rely on many standard shoujo manga plot devices, there ...
  • Hitsuji ga Ippiki, bu MORO Orie Hitsuji ga Ippiki, bu MORO Orie Title: Hitsuji ga Ippiki (Counting Sheep) Author: MORO Orie ISBN# 978-4-06-364241-4 Kodansha Comics, 2009 Isn’t this cover the cutest? I bought it for the adorable sheepy plush thing that she is holding. I would love to have one of those! It looks soft and fluffy. This is a fun book that is, as far as I can tell, this author’s debut collected volume. I think she had a couple of one-shot stories previously, but this is the first tankoubon she has had published. The art ...
  • Holiday, by Yasuko Holiday, by Yasuko Title: Holiday Author: Yasuko ISBN# 978-4-09-132023-0 Flower Comics, 2008 This is an amusing one-shot volume that I picked up because of the title, “Holiday”. I took it to mean a vacation or something. Interestingly enough, the main story in this volume doesn’t have anything to do with any kind of holiday, however the last story does take place at Christmas time. Even so, I think the cover of the book gives off an entirely different feeling than the Christmas story, so I really have ...
  • Honey Darling!, by Rikachi Honey Darling!, by Rikachi Title: Honey Darling! Author: Rikachi ISBN# 4-7730-9553-9 Cult Comics 2005 Here is another unusual entry here for me. For once I am talking about a book I don’t actually own. For every other title I talk about on this site, I own the actual book I am describing. In this case, I rented the book online from CD Japan’s online manga rental service. It’s pretty awesome. For a small fee, you can purchase tickets that allow you to rent a book (3 tickets gets ...
  • Hoshi made gofun!, by JINNA Mai Hoshi made gofun!, by JINNA Mai Title:Hoshi made gofun! Author:JINNA Mai ISBN# 4-09-137672-X Flower Comics, 1999 The art on the cover of this volume was simply too CUTE for me to resist! Such cute characters! Such bright colors! Such nice looking boys ^_^; The picture extends onto the back cover as well. Click on the manga cover pictured here and you can see the full image, front and back covers. I find it interesting whose hand the blond guy is kissing ^_^; The main story featuring the characters ...
  • Hyoko Romantica, by HATTA Ayuko Hyoko Romantica, by HATTA Ayuko Title: Hyoko Romantica Author:HATTA Ayuko ISBN# 978-4-08-846135-9 Margaret Comics, 2007 Ahhh! This series is so crazy-cute-adorable! I liked this book so much, I can’t believe I haven’t seen more mention of it anywhere, considering it is reasonably recent. This is a silly romantic comedy with a great tsundere hero and a ridiculous heroine. The art is super cute and clean and detailed. Each page is filled with lots of stuff going on, and there are a lot of hilarious facial expressions. Hyoko Romantica is ...
  • Idol Paradise, by ASAMI Miyabi Idol Paradise, by ASAMI Miyabi Title:Idol Paradise Author:ASAMI Miyabi ISBN# 4-09-138567-2 Flower Comics, 2005 How could I possibly go for so long without another cross-dressing idol singer manga summary? ^__^ I love idol singer manga! Japan’s whole idol industry amazes me. In the shoujo manga world there are talent scouts everywhere, lurking where you least expect them, ready to discover hot new talent. Actually, believe it or not, this seems to be true of real-life Tokyo too. When I was there a few years ago, I was actually ...
  • Iinazuke Ryokan, by SHIMAKI Ako Iinazuke Ryokan, by SHIMAKI Ako Title:Iinazuke Ryokan (Fiance Inn) Author:SHIMAKI Ako ISBN# 4-09-138389-0 Flower Comics, 2005 Bought this for the cover, plain and simple. The guy is a hottie. Totally. The guys get better and better looking with each series this author does! There is another series by this same author that I will be reviewing soon too. This volume contains three one-shot romantic stories. I am a total drooling fangirl over the guys in this. They are cute and surly :D The cover story takes up a little ...
  • Ijiwaru Love Devil, by NAKAHARA An Ijiwaru Love Devil, by NAKAHARA An Title:Ijiwaru Love Devil Author:NAKAHARA An ISBN# 4-09-135614-1 Flower Comics, 2003 I was surprised, after I bought this, that this was the only volume of manga that I have by this author. The art style and story type in this seem so familiar, I could have sworn I had read her stuff somewhere before. Maybe she was the assistant to some other mangaka I like or something XD This is a cute one-shot volume. I liked the cover because it has a winged ...
  • Ion, by TANEMURA Arina Ion, by TANEMURA Arina Title:Ion Author:TANEMURA Arina ISBN: 4-08-856053-1 Ribon Comics, 1997 Okay, this manga, “Ion” (which I am assuming is pronounced like the english ‘Eon’) is not exactly a random shoujo manga, because I already knew what it was when I saw it on the shelf, and I could guess it would be pretty cool because I have another great , more well known, manga series by this author, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. And I was right, this story is just as well drawn as Jeanne ...
  • Isshoni Ofuro, by Taamo Isshoni Ofuro, by Taamo Title: Isshoni Ofuro (Bathing Together) Author:Taamo ISBN# 978-4-09-130855-9 Flower Comics, 2007 I have been picking up a lot of manga by this author, Taamo, recently. I really like her art style. It is very distinctive. I can tell right away when browsing the bookshelves if something is a Taamo series. The cover artwork is sort of light and delicate and feminine, and usually has a lot of white space in the background. Very cute! As far as I can tell, she has only done one-shot ...
  • Itazura na 24ji, by MIYAWAKI Yukino Itazura na 24ji, by MIYAWAKI Yukino Title:Itazura na 24ji (Mischievous 24 hours) Author:MIYAWAKI Yukino ISBN# 4-09-136126-9 Flower Comics, 1999 Heheh, here is another manga that was just so cute it had me saying “awwwwww” all the way through it ^_^ I bought it for the cute cover, no doubt there. It seemed like it would be a cute romance, and yep, it was ^_^ This one has many of the Random Shoujo Manga Common Plot characteristics that I list in that section, and yes, the plot is very very predictable, ...
  • Joousama no Tamago, by KOMURA Ayumi Joousama no Tamago, by KOMURA Ayumi Title: Joousama no Tamago Author: KOMURA Ayumi ISBN# 978-4-08-846332-2 Margaret Comics, 2006 I picked this manga up after reading a short description of it. I could not resist this because the premise sounded so incredibly ridiculous! Upon reading it, I enjoyed it not just for the silly plot, but also because the art is cute, and the hero has this great Harry or James Potter sort of cute look to him somehow. The cover certainly makes a statement and gives a not-too subtle hint ...
  • Kaeru no Ousama, by NAGASAWA Satoru Kaeru no Ousama, by NAGASAWA Satoru Title: Kaeru no Ousama (King of Frogs) Author: NAGASAWA Satoru ISBN# 978-4-08-847363-9 Margaret Comics, 2001 I’m not entirely sure how long I’ve had this manga in my collection, but I’m kind of sad I haven’t talked about it until now because it’s very cute. This is an older one-shot manga from 2001. It’s divided into 2 stories that each take up about half of the book. The art style is very much in keeping with the time period this was published. It’s funny how, ...
  • Kanchigai Musume to Bichigire Ouji, by SHIUMI Saki Kanchigai Musume to Bichigire Ouji, by SHIUMI Saki Title: Kanchigai Musume to Bichigire Ouji (Misunderstood Girl & Angry Prince) Author: SHIUMI Saki ISBN# 978-4-09-12595-2 Flower Comics 2009 The last two titles I talked about on this site were rather dramatic and suspenseful series (Ten yori mo, Hoshi yori mo, and Yami no Purple Eye) so I thought I would relax a little and return to a modern fluffy cute collection of short stories. How is that for contrast? I picked this one up because the cover is adorable. There is all that ...
  • Kanojou ni totte Takaramono, by NISHINO Ringo Kanojou ni totte Takaramono, by NISHINO Ringo Title:Kanojou ni totte Takaramono Author:NISHINO Ringo ISBN# 4-08-856044-2 Ribon Comics, 1997 Yay, yay yay, random cute Ribon shoujo manga fun! This is another volume of short stories, all of them cute and fun and romantic and silly. The art style is very detailed and fun. Everyone has the usual huge Ribon manga eyes, though the features and hair look a touch more angular than I am used to seeing from Ribon. Then again, I am probably hallucinating that. I bought this at a ...
  • Kanon, by USAMI Maki Title: Kanon Author: USAMI Maki ISBN# 4-09-138221-5 Flower Comics, 2002 I am now a huge USAMI Maki fan. I don’t know how or why it happened, but I think in the space of 2 days, I have managed to collect all of her works! I think out of all of her collected volumes, I am only missing the last 2 books in her most recent series. Naturally, when I start obsessing on an author that is new to me, I start ...
  • Katakoi no Tsuki, by MITSUKI Kaco Katakoi no Tsuki, by MITSUKI Kaco Title: Katakoi no Tsuki Author:MITSUKI Kaco ISBN# 4-09-130249-1 Flower Comics, 2005 I bought this manga because it is by Mitsuki Kaco, the author of Ai Hime, another series I have already talked about on this site, and one that seems to be pretty popular. This series, Katakoi no Tsuki, is a work she did prior to Ai Hime, and is a one-shot volume. The main story takes up the entire book. I probably shouldn’t talk about this series right after I talked about the ...
  • Kataomoi no Mukougawa, by YOSHINAGA Yuu Kataomoi no Mukougawa, by YOSHINAGA Yuu Title: Kataomoi no Mukougawa Author: YOSHINAGA Yuu ISBN# 978-4-09-132655-3 Flower Comics 2009 Hey, look! It’s the return of that lovely translucent color haze I love so much. I still have no idea why Flower Comics gets so gung-ho with slapping the color haze on so many covers, but it is getting pretty silly. I am actually working on a little gallery section to display a bunch of these covers, so people can see how similar they are starting to look. I do like this ...
  • Kienai, Omoi, by YOSHIOKA Ririko Kienai, Omoi, by YOSHIOKA Ririko Title: Kienai, Omoi (Indelible, Feeling) Author:YOSHIOKA Ririko ISBN# 978-4-06-341513-1 Kodansha Comics Betsufure, 2007 This is another manga by the author of Kare wa Tomodachi, a series I am currently enjoying reading. I liked that series enough to go look for things by the same author, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I like the cover here — it reminds me of the Kare wa Tomodachi covers, with its school setting and blue and green colors. This is a collection of 4 school-life stories. Under the paper ...
  • Kiken na Honey, by HONDA Natsumi Kiken na Honey, by HONDA Natsumi Title: Kiken na Honey (Dangerous Honey) Author: HONDA Natsumi ISBN# 978-4-09-132005-6 Flower Comics, 2008 Ahh, now here is a collection of silly, improbable, romantic short stories for ya! I liked the cover art here, and thought when I saw it, ‘ooh, he looks so dangerous! ^_- The art inside this volume is nice, if fairly typical for stuff published in Cheese! magazine. Here we have a one-shot volume that contains 5 short stories. They are: Kiken na Honey; Kaizoukei Darling; Kiss made no ...
  • Kimi dake no Devil, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Kimi dake no Devil, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Title:Kimi dake no Devil Author:MATSUMOTO Natsumi ISBN# 4-08-856139-2 Ribon Comics, 1999 I eagerly bought this because of the author. Natsumi MATSUMOTO is the author of 2 other volumes I talk about on this site, ‘Mezamereba Mermaid’ and ‘Vampire Kiss’. And like those volumes, this one relates a story that involves a normal girl and her brush with things magical! The art is, as usual, super cute, with the really large eyes that are so typical of series found in Ribon. And not only ...
  • Kimi wo Chuushin ni Sekai wa Mawaru, by HATTA Ayuko Kimi wo Chuushin ni Sekai wa Mawaru, by HATTA Ayuko Title: Kimi wo Chuushin ni Sekai wa Mawaru - Ikemen Love Collection Author: HATTA Ayuko ISBN# 978-4-08-846541-8 Margaret Comics, 2010 HATTA Ayuko is steadily becoming one of my favorite mangaka. There is something about her clean and attractive art that really, really appeals to me. Every time I see something by her at the bookstore, I snap it up. I actually had no idea that this book was out (It came out in June) until I happened to spot it on the publisher’s website. Shueisha ...
  • Kimi wo Omou Toki, by YAGAMI Rina and Vira Kimi wo Omou Toki, by YAGAMI Rina and Vira Title: Kimi wo Omou Toki Author: YAGAMI Rina and Vira ISBN# 978-4-09-132118-3 Flower Comics 2008 There were a lot of little things about the cover of this book that caught my attention and drew me to buy it. First, it was nice to see the lack of the translucent color haze that currently plagues Flower Comics covers. Second, I liked that the couple is off-center like that, and the way her red scarf draws my eye towards her. One distracting thing about the cover ...
  • King no Urashigoto, by FUJINAKA Chise King no Urashigoto, by FUJINAKA Chise Title: King no Urashigoto Author: FUJINAKA Chise ISBN# 978-4-09-132597-6 Flower Comics 2009 I have another book by this author, and I am actually rather surprised I haven’t talked about it or this one here yet. This is a ridiculous book, but fun. No, this is not the greatest series ever, and probably won’t appear on any ‘best shoujo manga ever!’ lists, but it is enjoyable, if you are looking for something cute to pass the time :) I actually like the art inside the ...
  • Kiniro no Yami, by KAKIZAKI Fumi Kiniro no Yami, by KAKIZAKI Fumi Title: Kiniro no Yami Author: KAKIZAKI Fumi ISBN# 4-08-849292-7 Margaret Comics 1987 This cover! This book has such a striking cover that I just had to buy it the moment I saw it at the bookstore. You just don’t see to many shoujo manga series these days where there is someone with bloody hands on the cover. It is such an interesting visual, with the contrast between the red of the blood and the brightness of her hair. I had no idea what kind ...
  • Kinkyori Lovers, by YAMADA Komomo Kinkyori Lovers, by YAMADA Komomo Title: Kinkyori Lovers Author: YAMADA Komomo ISBN# 978-4-09-132216-6 Flower Comics, 2009 Heh, right after I talk about a series called “Kinkyori Renai,” I follow it up with a series bearing a similar title, “Kinkyori Lovers.” “Kinkyori” means “a short distance” so this manga, as with the previous one, is a series about romance found with someone very close to you. I picked this up because I have liked some of this author’s previous works. She does some cute teacher-student series. Also, this cover looked ...
  • Kiss Me Doctor, by KAWAMARU Shin Kiss Me Doctor, by KAWAMARU Shin Title:Kiss Me Doctor Author:KAWAMARU Shin ISBN# 4-09-138663-6 Flower Comics, 2005 Well, if teacher-student manga gets boring for you, how about some doctor- student manga? Actually, this one is doctor- student, producer- student, teacher- student, and student- student. ^_^ I don’t think I have summarized anything by this author before. This is a fun little one-shot volume I picked up because of the cover (yup, as usual, lured in by the pretty boy). This book contains 4 short stories, all very cute. The art ...
  • Kodomo Datte Otona ni Naru, by SATO Yukie Kodomo Datte Otona ni Naru, by SATO Yukie Title: Kodomo Datte, Otona ni Naru Author: SATO Yukie ISBN# 978-4-08-856878-2 Ribon Mascot Comics Cookie, 2009 For a little change of pace, here is a josei manga for you. This means it is a series aimed at a slightly orlder audience than the average shoujo manga. It also means that the characters are a little bit older as well. It’s nice, now and then, to get away from all these high school girl heroines :) This is a one-shot volume that ran in Cookie ...
  • Koi Beta!?, by YUMACHI Shin Koi Beta!?, by YUMACHI Shin Title: Koi Beta!? Author: YUMACHI Shin ISBN# 4-09-130149-5 Flower Comics, 2005 Heh, ok, I admit that I did not buy this one because of the cover. I actually bought this one because it was was one of the few series in the shoujo section of the bookstore that I didn’t already have, or wasn’t part of some really long series ^_^; It’s getting kind of sad to think I may have totally exhausted the selection at Kinokuniya. Too much manga… @_@ Er, anyway, ...
  • Koigokoro Fantasia, by MIZUTO Aqua Koigokoro Fantasia, by MIZUTO Aqua Title:Koigokoro Fantasia Author:MIZUTO Aqua ISBN# 4-09-137592-8 Flower Comics, 1999 In case you couldn’t tell by the HUGE eyes on this girl, her layered hair and detailed clothing, this manga is by Aqua MIZUTO, the same authr who did another manga I summarized, ‘Go! Hajimaru’ I like Aqua’s art. Sure the eyes are bigger than usual, but the guys are really cute! Unlike ‘Go!’, this is yet another ‘yomikiri’ volume, it contains one self-contained short story that starts and ends in this one ...
  • Konna Koto ya Anna Koto, by FUJIMURA Mari Konna Koto ya Anna Koto, by FUJIMURA Mari Title: Konna Koto ya Anna Koto Author: FUJIMURA Mari ISBN# 4-08-846009-X Margaret Comics 2005 Wow, it has been a long time since I talked about a series by FUJIMURA Mari on this site! The other title from her that I have read is Tonari no Takashi-chan. I think I talked about that series back in 2000! It was one of the first series I talked about here, back when I didn’t update as often as I do now. I really enjoyed Tonari no Takashi-chan, ...
  • line, by TSUKISHIMA Sango line, by TSUKISHIMA Sango Title: line Author: TSUKISHIMA Sango ISBN# 978-4-08-846663-7 Margaret Comics, 2011 After a bit of a break, I’m back! With more teacher-student manga, even! Hurray! I picked this one up entirely based on the cover, which makes it fairly obvious that there is some teacher-student fun going on here. That class attendance book is a dead giveaway. This book is by TSUKISHIMA Sango, an author I’m really starting to like. She hits all my fangirly shoujo manga spots with her light, cute (and of course, ...
  • Love Love Shock!, by KURAHASHI Erika Love Love Shock!, by KURAHASHI Erika Title: Love Love Shock! Author: KURAHASHI Erika ISBN# 4-08-856160-0 Ribon Mascot Comics, 1999 A couple of weeks ago, I went on a manga shopping trip to southern California (there are several Japanese used bookstores there, and I went to them all~), and I returned home with a ridiculous amout of old used manga. I am still in the process of reading it all (this will take forever) but here is one that I think is cute. For some reason, I ended up with a ...
  • Love Survival, by SUGIYAMA Miwako Love Survival, by SUGIYAMA Miwako Title: Love Survival Author: SUGIYAMA Miwako ISBN# 978-4-09-132286-9 ChuChu Comics, 2009 Oh hey, it’s another comic published under the ChuChu Comics label! This cover has cute boys and chocolate, so I really could not resist it. (As if I need an excuse to buy more manga!) The orange and red colors give this book a warm feel, and I like the heroine’s expression. This is a cute one-shot book (then again, every series I talk about on this site is cute!) that has really ...
  • Love Triple, by TAKAHASHI An and AKIYAMA Maiko Love Triple, by TAKAHASHI An Title: Love Triple Author: TAKAHASHI An (art), AKIYAMA Maiko (story) ISBN# 4-06-365423-0 KC Dessert Comics, 2006 Wow, this quite a revealing cover for a series that is totally non-sexy/smutty :) In fact, pretty much everything about this cover is misleading when compared to the story inside. That really amused me ^_^ Usually, the cover will make things very obvious, but believe me, this cover does not! Really! Anyway, I admit I did buy it thinking that it would be smutty, but I was ...
  • Lovely Wars, by SAKURA Chitose Lovely Wars, by Chitose SAKURATitle: Lovely Wars Author: SAKURA Chitose ISBN# 4-08-847128-8 Margaret Comics, 1999 Yep, it was the cute cover that hooked me! He looks sufficiently cool and bishounen for my tastes (perhaps it is the leather jacket!), and she looks cute and un-annoying (well yeah, her yes are HUGE!) ^_^ The art style also looked pretty familiar, but it turns out I didn’t have anything else by this author after all. The art is very nice. It has a definite shoujo-ish feel to it, with ...
  • Make Sweet, by MAMIYA Rin Make Sweet, by MAMIYA Rin Title: Make Swee Author: MAMIYA Rin ISBN# 978-4-08-846424-4 Margaret Comics, 2009 Here is an adorable collection of one-shot stories from an author that is new to me. In fact, this appears to be her first collected volume of books. After reading this, I must say that she is off to a pretty good start. I was initially attracted to this book because of the simple cover and the nice name in English. I like that while she is blushing, the guy actually is, too, ...
  • Mama no Koibito, by KANESADA Yukio Mama no Koibito, by KANESADA Yukio Title: Mama no Koibito (Mother’s Lover) Author: KANESADA Yukio ISBN# 978-4-09-131180-1 Flower Comics, 2007 I bought this one for the title! I think the title alone does a pretty good job of describing what the main story in this volume is about ^_^ This is a collection of 3 unrelated romantic short stories. The art is simple and nice, if fairly standard. However, something anout the ratio of head/hair to face bothers me. I can’t describe it, exactly, but really, everyone seems to have ...
  • Masaka to Omou Kedo, by MOMOI Izumi Masaka to Omou Kedo, by MOMOI Izumi Title: Masaka to Omou Kedo (I thought it wasn’t possible, but) Author:MOMOI Izumi ISBN# 4-08-848818-0 Margaret Comics, 1998 Hah! Ok, stepping back in time a little bit with an older manga again. This one is from 1998 though, so it isn’t THAT old, really. This is yet another one I purchased because it was on sale, and there right in front of me, and had such a cute cover :D It is a one shot volume, with the main story taking up about 3/4 of ...
  • Mayonaka Express, by Yasuko Mayonaka Express, by Yasuko Title: Mayonaka Express (Midnight Express) Author: Yasuko ISBN# 978-4-09-131427-7 Flower Comics, 2008 I am adding two summaries by this author today. I liked both books very much! I just discovered her, and I need to find her other series! This is a one-shot volume containing four cute and romantic short stories. The first two stories have a magical or supernatural twist, while the second two are more ‘normal’ school-age stories. The first story (which is related to the illustration on the cover) is my favorite. ...
  • Me to Te de Kanjitai!, by ISHIDA Eri Me to Te de Kanjitai!, by ISHIDA Eri Title: Me to Te de Kanjitai! Author: ISHIDA Eri ISBN# 4-06-341189-3 KC Dessert Comics, 2002 Here is a volume I have had for a while now. I enjoyed it, and several other books by this author, so I figured I’d talk about it here. This is a one-shot collection of 5 short stories. While not exactly smutty, there are a few scenes involving nudity and sex. I enjoyed how these stories all seemed fairly realistic, well, compared to most other shoujo series :) The ...
  • Mezamereba Mermaid, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Mezamereba Mermaid, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Title:Mezamereba Mermaid Author:MATSUMOTO Natsumi ISBN# 4-08-853848-X Ribon Comics, 1996 Yay! It’s another collection of short stories revolving around magical or supernatural themes! I really like fantasy stories like these, espcially when the characters are cute and there is some romance :) This book is made up of 4 individual short stories, though the last 2 are somewhat connected. All of the stories have soem fantasy element. The girl pictured on the cover is from the first of these stories, the one actually titled ...
  • Mienai Kimi E no Okurimono, by SATORI Tae Mienai Kimi E no Okurimono, by SATORI Tae Title:Mienai Kimi E no Okurimono Author:SATORI Tae ISBN# 4-09-135533-1 Flower Comics, 2003 I bought this one because of the cover too, of course! It was when I noticed that the guy on the front was transparent that I knew I had to get it. I love ghost stories! And yup, there is a very ghostly guy in this book! Actually, he’s only in the first story. This book is divided into 5 very cute love stories. The artwork is very cute, and just ...
  • Miha Paradise, by TADA Kaoru Miha Paradise, by TADA Kaoru Title:Miha Paradise Author:TADA Kaoru ISBN: 4-08-849653-1 Margaret Comics, 1990 Narumi EZAKI is your typical genki, idol-loving schoolgirl until one day when she sees a classmate from school talking on the street to some strangely dressed, scary-looking guy. Thinking her friend is in trouble, she rushes in to help. It is then she discovers her quiet classmate’s secret life as a visual j-rock groupie :) The guy Narumi’s friend (her name is Mari) was talking to is actually a member of a rock ...
  • Minimum Queen, by KAMURA Youko Minimum Queen, by KAMURA Youko Title: Minimum Queen Author: KAMURA Youko ISBN# 978-4-08-856479-0 Ribon Mascot Comics, 2003 Here is a cute and sweet set of one-shot stories from an author who has produced a great collection of one-shot volumes. These stories were originally published in Ribon or Ribon Original magazines, so the target age is a bit younger than some of the other stuff I have summarized lately, but it is nice to read a variety of stuff! Because of the younger target, the stories can be simple, and ...
  • Momoiro Renka, by MITSUHA Yuu Momoiro Renka, by MITSUHA Yuu Title: Momoiro Renka Author: MITSUHA Yuu ISBN# 978-4-09-132398-9 Flower Comics 2009 Back to something short and new again, after recently talking about two very long series. This one is a collected volume of one-shot stories, however the main story does take up most of the book. As you can see, this cover is also afflicted with the ever-present translucent color-haze I am oh SO fond of, lol. But aside from that little issue, I really liked the cover art. I wasn’t quite sure if ...
  • Mondou Muyo!, by UKYOU Ayane Mondou Muyo!, by UKYOU Ayane Title:Mondou Muyo! (No Need to Argue) Author:UKYOU Ayane ISBN: 4-08-847114-8 Margaret Comics, 1999 I purchased this one simply based on the manga author! This volume is by the same author who did another series I summarized recently, ‘Countdown’. So I already knew going in that the art would probably be very nice, and the story would be pretty fun. And it is! Once again Ayane UKYOU brings us a a story that is so very… shoujo-manga-ish it’s great :) The art style is clean, ...
  • Mosaic no Sakana, by AIZAWA Haruka Mosaic no Sakana, by AIZAWA HarukaTitle:Mosaic no Sakana (Mosaic Fish) Author: AIZAWA Haruka ISBN# 4-08-856210-0 Ribon Mascot Cookie, 2000 Actually, I have no idea why I purchased this volume ^_^; I think I thought the cover was cute, but I am not sure. I don’t own any other manga by her, so this was my first exposure to her work. I bought this at random from an online bookstore! I am glad I did, because I really enjoyed the story in this one-volume manga! That’s right, this tankoubon is ...
  • Mou Speed de Karera wa, by YAMAMOTO Nobuyo Mou Speed de Karera wa, by YAMAMOTO Nobuyo Title: Mou Speed de Karera wa Author: YAMAMOTO Nobuyo ISBN# 978-4-592-18260-3 Hana to Yume Comics, 2008 My local Japanese bookstore doesn’t get a whole lot of Hana to Yume comics for some reason. I mean, they have all of the major popular series, like Hana-Kimi, Otomen, Vampire Knight, and such, but for some reason a lot of the random one-shot volumes or shorter series are never in stock. Either that, or they go quickly. So whenever I am at the store, I always scope ...
  • Mujyaki na Kuchibiru, by FUJIOMI Miyako Mujyaki na Kuchibiru by FUJIOMI Miyako Title:Mujyaki na Kuchibiru (Innocent Lips) Author:FUJIOMI Miyako ISBN# 4-09-136789-5 Flower Comics, 2001 I bought this because of the expressions on their faces! The guy looks awfully smug (as he should, I guess, what with this cute girl all up close to him. And the girl… well, I can’t decide if her expression is one of “Help, what the heck amd I doing on this manga cover with this obnoxious guy!” or, more likely, “Excuse you, you’re interrupting a private moment here. Go away before ...
  • Naisho x Boy, by SAKAI Miwa Naisho x Boy, by SAKAI Miwa Title:Naisho x Boy Author:SAKAI Miwa ISBN# 4-592-15232-8 4-592-15232-8 Ahh, I love Miwa Sakai manga! I am working hard to try to collect everything she does, but with a mangaka career that spans so many years, I am having a difficult time keeping up! There are so many different printings of her works with different covers that I get a little confused sometimes. However I knew when I bought this one that I didn’t already have it. It’s yet another fun student-teacher story. Miwa ...
  • Ningyou Ouji, by YOSHIHARA Yuki Ningyou Ouji, by YOSHIHARA Yuki Title:Ningyou Ouji Author:YOSHIHARA Yuki ISBN# 4-09-136797-6 Flower Comics, 2003 Hurrah! I have not just one, but TWO new Yuki YOSHIHARA books to summarize! This one is Ningyou Ouji, or Mermaid Prince. This is a very unusual story of Yoshihara sensei. It has supernatural stuff going on! So we get smutty comedy and magic, yay! Her stories are usually more reality-based, with characters that work in office settings. This book has three separate short stories, and all three of them are magical. Yes, ...
  • Nousatsu Beat de Utawasete, by KIKUCHI Kamaro Nousatsu Beat de Utawasete, by KIKUCHI Kamaro Title: Nousatsu Beat de Utawasete Author: KIKUCHI Kamaro ISBN# 978-4-09-132160-2 Flower Comics, 2008 I bought this one because of the author and title. I really like this author’s previous work, in particular, her “Nosatsu Rock Shounen” series about a girl and her geeky boyfriend who is actually a hot rock star. I figured that with the title, “Nosatsu Beat de Utawasete” this may be a sequel or something. Well, it is related to “Nosatsu Rock Shounen” but it is not a direct sequel. I ...
  • Odeko no Mahou, by OTANI Noriko Odeko no Mahou, by OTANI Noriko Title: Odeko no Mahou (Forehead Magic) Author: OTANI Noriko ISBN# 4-08-846115-0 Margaret Comics, 2006 When I was looking through my manga for something to talk about today, I initially passed this one up because I thought I had already talked about it here. But I kept coming back to it, and after finally checking, I realized I haven’t. Ack, what an oversight! This is a cute volume of 4 one-shot stories that is a very enjoyable, light read. The art style is simple yet ...
  • Ohisama no Hana, by TAKANASHI Mitsuba Ohisama no Hana, by TAKANASHI Mitsuba Title:Ohisama no Hana Author:TAKANASHI Mitsuba ISBN: 4-08-848827-X Margaret Comics, 1998 I purchased this manga because it was by the same manga artist who did another series I have already summarized on this page, ‘Akuma de Sourou’. I liked that story so much I figured her other stuff might be cool too, and it is! The art in this isn’t quite as nice as the Akuma de Sourou art, but it is right up there. Once again everyone in this manga has very ...
  • Ojousama no Inu, by JINNA Mai Ojousama no Inu, by JINNA Mai Title:Ojousama no Inu Author:JINNA Mai ISBN# 4-09-137679-7 Ciao Comics, 2004 Ahhh, another manga with an irresistable cover! What can I say, I like the idea of sitting there with two pet boys feeding me candy ^_- Yes, I bought this for the cover, but I also bought it for the author, Mai JINNA. Her artwork is always so darn cute! Her lines are clean and style simple, but it’s just so appealing! This book, like most of her stuff, is a collection of ...
  • Onegai Sensei, by Taamo Onegai Sensei, by Taamo Title: Onegai Sensei (Please, Teacher) Author:Taamo ISBN# 978-4-09-131897-8 Flower Comics, 2008 Here is another title by Taamo, a mangaka I am starting to like a lot. Once again we have a cover with a distinct delicate style. The colors are light, and the white background makes the cover stand out on the shelf. And hey, with a title like “Onegai Sensei”, how can this not be a teacher-student manga? ^_^ This is a collection of short stories, and the first one is, ...
  • Oniisamakata, Goranshin!, by YAMAOKA Mariko Oniisamakata, Goranshin!, by YAMAOKA Mariko Title: Oniisamakata, Goranshin! Author: YAMAOKA Mariko ISBN# 978-4-09-132653-9 Flower Comics 2009 It was the combination of the cover art and title that drew me to this series. I like the irritated look on the girl’s face, and the mischievous look on the guy’s face. I also thought it was cute that he holds a bouquet of flowers. The title of the book indicated that this may have something to do with some older brothers, and, I admit, that this type of story is another ...
  • Only By Chance, by HARA Chieko and Betty Neels Only By Chance, by HARA Chieko and Betty Neels Title: Only By Chance Author: HARA Chieko and Betty Neels ISBN# 4-7767-2326-3 Harlequin 1998, 2007, Digital Manga I thought I would try something new this week, and talk about a title that CAN be read online in English. This book, Only By Chance is part of the Harlequin line of Josei manga licensed and released in the US by Digital Manga Publishing. It can be read online at their site. Each book features a story that is based on an original Harlequin romance ...
  • Ookami Shounen, by MIZUKAMI Wataru Ookami Shounen, by MIZUKAMI Wataru Title: Ookami Shounen Author: MIZUKAMI Wataru ISBN# 978-4-06-364257-5 Kodansha Comics, 2010 The colorful cover drew me to this book, that and the fact that it has a boy with cute wolf ears! The title, Ookami Shounen (Wolf Boy), also drew me in. Ahh, but the big question I had was – Are those ears real? Or are they just symbolic for a boy who has a wolfish personality? Some books have lured me in with animal ears, only for me to discover there were ...
  • Ookamitachi no Gohoubi, by HANAYA En Ookamitachi no Gohoubi, by HANAYA En Title: Ookamitachi no Gohoubi Author: HANAYA En ISBN# 978-4-09-132156-5 Flower Comics, 2008 This has a pretty aqua color and two very pretty boys on the cover, so really, my resistance to purchasing this was low :) Plus, we have an author here that I have not covered on this site before, so this seemed like a fun chance to take. Personally, I like the guy with the glasses more than the one without. But really, they are both very… nice :) Looking closer at ...
  • Orange Kiss, by USAMI Maki Title: Orange Kiss Author: USAMI Maki ISBN# 4-09-138224-X Flower Comics, 2003 I know, USAMI Maki yet AGAIN. Don’t worry, I will summarize stuff by other authors again soon! Really! I have a pile of stuff right here that I need to go through! Anyway, my USAMI Maki obsession continues with this one-shot volume, I think this one may actually be my favorite one-shot from her. As usual, the art is cute. I especially like when her characters are really surprised or SD in ...
  • Oretachi ni Ai wa Nai, by HINACHI Nao Oretachi ni Ai wa Nai, by HINACHI Nao Title: Oretachi ni Ai wa Nai Author: HINACHI Nao ISBN# 978-4-06341556-8 Kodansha Betsufure Comics, 2007 Here is yet another book I bought purely for the cover. There is something about it that stood out. The vivid blue caught my attention on the shelf. I also really like this guy on the cover. His expression seems slightly surly, or maybe a bit arrogant? I love the trundere, surly type of guy :) This amused me. I haven’t read anything else by this author, 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 ...
  • Otokonoko Zukan, by YOKOYAMA Mayumi Otokonoko Zukan, by YOKOYAMA Mayumi Title:Otokonoko Zukan Author:YOKOYAMA Mayumi ISBN# 4-09-138213-4 Flower Comics, 2003 I am quite sure that the reason I bought this manga is very obvious ^_^ *cough cough* What can I say…. cute boy… animal print button fly boxers… can you think I would actually not get this? Hehehe. This book is a series of losely connected short stories about high school relationships. It gets a bit smutty at times, but not super graphic. (Does that make any sense? hmm…) I guess the boy on ...
  • Otome no Heart mo Kaneshidai!, by USAMI Tae Otome no Heart mo Kaneshidai!, by USAMI Tae Title: Otome no Heart mo Kaneshidai! Author: USAMI Tae ISBN# 4-09-130789-2 ChuChu Comics, 2007 I picked this up because of the cute cover and the fact that it was the only new thing I could find at the store that week ^_^;; I know, what a wonderful reason to buy something! Still, I don’t regret it. This is a nice little one-shot volume that is a pleasant, if not entirely awe-inspiring or original read. I think a few other series on this site have ...
  • 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 ...
  • Petite Lover, by HOSHINO Masami Petite Lover, by HOSHINO Masami Title:Petite Lover Author:HOSHINO Masami ISBN# 4-09-136513-2 Flower Comics, 1998 The cuteness of the cover for this manga is what lured me into buy this one. That couple looks so cute! The artist’s name sounded familiar too, though it turned out I didn’t have anything else by her. However after reading this one, I will definitely look for her other works :) This tankoubon contains three complete stories. the first story is the one actually called ‘Petite Lover’. On the back of this ...
  • Pikka Pika Venus!, by IKEDA Taeko Pikka Pika Venus!, by IKEDA Taeko Title: Pikka Pika Venus! Author: IKEDA Taeko ISBN# 7-09-135101-8 Flower Comics, 1993 Ahh, I am taking a little step back into the past with this entry. Here we have Pikka Pika Venus! From 1993. Wow, this is from back in the days before “Flower Comics” became synonymous with “Smuty Shoujo” ^_^ I don’t know how long I have had this volume, but it has been ages since I read it. I was happy when I picked it up again. As you can ...
  • Private Lesson by YAMADA Komomo Private Lesson, by YAMADA Komomo Title:Private Lesson Author:YAMADA Komomo ISBN: 4-09-130095-2 Flower Comics, 2005 Like several other series I summarize on this page, Private Lesson is a teacher-student relationship story. When I deciphered the Japanese plot synopsis for this, I knew I had to buy it. I swear, Yamada Komo must have deliberately tried to throw in every shoujo manga plot device she could into this one volume. It is so awesomely cheezy and SHOUJOish! ^___^ The art style is very pretty, and the hero is very ...
  • Pump Up!, by UEDA Rinko Pump Up!, by UEDA Rinko Title: Pump Up! Author: UEDA Rinko ISBN# 978-4-08847419-9 Margaret Comics, 2001 Someone in my guestbook was looking for a shoujo series that had an uke-type of leading man. So I dug around a bit in my collection, and found this one :) I know I have a few others too; I just need to find them. And as I was about to start writing this, I realized that this book is even being translated into English (I usually have no idea about these things) ...
  • Pyua Pyua, by YABUUCHI Yuu Pyua Pyua, by YABUUCHI Yuu Title:Pyua Pyua (Pure Pure) Author:YABUUCHI Yuu ISBN: 4-09-136583-3 Flower Comics, 2000 Silly me. I bought this at the same time I purchased ‘Shoujo Shounen’ which is also by Yu Yabuuchi, but I totally didn’t notice that this was also by her! I bought this because the angels on this cover looked so happy and sweet! The art style in this looks to me to be the tiniest bit different from the art style in ‘Shoujo Shounen’, but it is still extremely cute! The style ...
  • Ramen Ikaga!?, by HIGURI You Ramen Ikaga!?, by HIGURI You Title: Ramen Ikaga!? Author: HIGURI You ISBN# 4-04-924708-9 Asuka Comics, 1997 I decided to step back a few years with this older one-shot release by popular mangaka, HIGURI You. This has always been one of my favorite series by her. It is cute and silly, and compared to the rest of her more serious, historical or dramatic works, this one sticks out like a sore thumb :) I was fortunate enough to get my copy of this book signed by her back in 2001, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Renai Misui, by FUUJI Akemi Renai Misui, by FUUJI AkemiTitle:Renai Misui Author:FUUJI Akemi ISBN# 4-08-847184-9 Margaret Comics, 2000 I had this volume for a long time before I actually sat down and tried to read it. I had glanced through it, noticed the nice artwork (if a tiny bit sketchy at times) and then got distracted by other things. but then I finally decided to look though this one and I was happy with what I found. Yeah Yeah, I know, this is yet another yomikiri volume. It has 4 short ...
  • Rifle Shoujo, by Taamo Rifle Shoujo, by Taamo Title: Rifle Shoujo (Rifle Girl) Author: Taamo ISBN# 978-4-09-132151-0 Flower Comics, 2008 Yaay, it’s another volume by Taamo! I really like this author. Once again we have a very simple, yet eye-catching cover. Usually she uses a plain white background, but this time the pink really makes it seem exciting. The guns help too, lol :) I am not exactly sure why this is called “Rifle Shoujo” considering there are no actual rifles in any of the stories, but it certainly makes for an ...
  • Royal Green, by SUGIYAMA Miwako Royal Green, by SUGIYAMA Miwako Title: Royal Green Author: SUGIYAMA Miwako ISBN# 4-09-130769-8 ChuChu Comics, 2006 Er, I actually have absolutely no idea when I bought this, where, or why o.o I was rather surprised to find this while poking through my collection, trying to organize things. How did I get this? I didn’t remember anything about the story at all! So I sat down and re-read it and thought- hey, this is cute! Really, I don’t know how I overlooked this book. I really should be better organized! ...
  • Sakura Rhythm, by USAMI MAki Title: Sakura Rhythm Author: USAMI Maki ISBN# 4-09-138223-1 Flower Comics, 2003 See, I warned you that there would be a bunch of USAMI Maki manga summaries! She is my new obsession, please bear with me :) Most of her works are one-shot books, and this volume is no different. This book contains 2 stories. The first one takes up about 3/4 of the book, with a quick unrelated short story at the end. As always, I really like this author’s simple, uncluttered artwork. ...
  • Sayonara Demo Aishiteru, by YAGAMI Rina Sayonara demo Aishiteru, by YAGAMI Rina Title: Sayonara demo Aishiteru Author: YAGAMI Rina ISBN# 978-4-08-846453-4 Flower Comics, 2009 I picked up this book because the title sounded interesting (Good Bye, But I love You) and I have enjoyed other series from the author. The cover is really pretty, too. I like the light background and the bright colors; I get a nice feel for the time of day the scene takes place in. I thought that the series might be sad — I generally stick with happy cute fluffy series, ...
  • Sayonara Shitsuren Banchou, by OZAKI Akira Sayonara Shitsuren Banchou, by OZAKI Akira Title: Sayonara Shitsuren Banchou (Bye, Bye, Mr. Heart Breaker) Author: OZAKI Akira ISBN# 978-4-08-846361-2 Margaret Comics, 2008 I decided to talk about this series today because the cover of this book makes me laugh. I am always amused by random Engrish, especially when it appears on manga covers or in manga dialog. In this case, we have a cute, sort of wild, guy on the cover, and above him it says “So Cool! So Funky!” How great is that? Then down below there is that ...
  • Secret Kiss, by AIKAWA Saki Title: Secret Kiss Author: AIKAWA Saki ISBN# 978-4-09-131358-4 Flower Comics, 2007 Ooh pretty cover here! I like the detail in the coloring of the hair ^_^ I bought this one for the title, ‘Secret Kiss’. Why yes, I thought, this looks like it might be a student teacher one! And hey, it IS! Hurrah! :D What is up with Flower Comics these days. I have noticed a bunch of their recent releases have cover designs like this where they are sort of airbrushed ...
  • Sensei to, Watashi to, Hajimete, by WATANABE Shiho Sensei to, Watashi to, Hajimete, by WATANABE Shiho Title: Sensei to, Watashi to, Hajimete Author: WATANABE Shiho ISBN# 978-4-09-132126-8 Flower Comics, 2008 Here we go again. More teacher-student fun! Because really, you just can’t have too many teacher-student shoujo manga series~! (But don’t worry, my next entry will be a bit different) As for this, it is by WATANABE Shiho, and was originally published in Cheese! magazine. This author has done smutty series in the past, but this one is fairly smut-free. Once again Cheese magazine surprises me! I remember reading recently ...
  • Sentimental, by SHIMOKITAZAWA Mitsuo Sentimental, by SHIMOKITAZAWA Mitsuo Title: Sentimental Author: SHIMOKITAZAWA Mitsuo ISBN# 978-4-08-846261-5 Margaret Comics, 2008 My, what large eyes you have! That was my first thought upon seeing this cover. I mean, seriously, I know that eyes can get huge in shoujo manga, especially for things aimed at younger audiences such as Ribon or Nakayoshi titles. But come on now, the eyes on this cover are rather ridiculous. There is barely room for both eyes on her face! They are so large and so close together, it is almost ...
  • Shangri Love, bu KUDO Ikumi Shangri Love, bu KUDOU Ikumi Title: Shangri Love Author: KUDOU Ikumi ISBN# 978-4-08-846240-0 Margaret Comics 2007 I talk about one other series by KUDO Ikumi on this site (Kin no Angel) and I enjoyed it a lot (still waiting for volume 2…) so I figured I would check out some of her other works. This one was made before Kin no Angel and is a one-shot collection of short stories. The art on the cover here really reminds me of NAKAHARA Aya. In particular, that guy looks like he ...
  • Shinai Virus, by NAGI Michiko Shinai Virus, by NAGI Michiko Title: Shinai Virus (Deep Love Virus) Author: NAGI Michiko ISBN# 4-08-846121-5 Margaret Comics, 2006 This volume has a rather eye-catching cover, what with the horizontal layout and the bright red background. The three cute characters there also made it somewhat obvious that there just might be a love triangle in the story (which is just so shocking considering this is a shoujo manga, and shoujo manga… NEVER! have love triangles! Hahah!) so this seemed like an easy buy :) I enjoyed this story very much, ...
  • Shinobi no Onna, by KAYONO Shinobi no Onna, by KAYONO Title:Shinobi no Onna Author:KAYONO ISBN# 4-09-138142-1 Flower Comics, 2003 I purchased a stack of 3 volumes of Kayono manga after glimpsing a preview of some of her art on a japanese website. I have found a new artist to obsess over! I had no idea what the stories were in these books, but the artwork is just so pretty, I almost didn’t care! Fortunately I find the stories to be entertaining too, so I look forward to collecting more of Kayono’s ...
  • Shiroi Jersey ~ Sensei to Watashi ~, by AIKAWA Hiro and reY Shiroi Jersey ~ Sensei to Watashi ~, by AIKAWA Hiro and reY Title: Shiroi Jersey ~ Sensei to Watashi ~ Author: AIKAWA Hiro and reY ISBN# 978-4-09-138581-8 KC Betsufure DX Comics, 2008 Aw yeah, as usual, I return to the same cliched plot type that is my guilty pleasure — teacher-student series ^_^; I KNOW they are generally awful and all pretty much the same, but I just can’t keep away! As far as I can tell, this manga is based on a cellphone novel. This seems to be pretty popular these days! I don’t know ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sono ki ni Sasanaide, by FUJIWARA Akira Title: Sono ki ni Sasanaide Author: FUJIWARA Akira ISBN# 4-09-135632-x Flower Comics, 2003 Why look! It’s a teacher-student manga! I swear, I have an amazing ability to find these without trying. I wonder if it is just some subconscious thing with me that makes me buy teacher-student manga, or if there are just so many of them that the chances of randomly buying them are very high ^_^ Anyway, This is a fun, cute, and smutty teacher-student story. Well, actually, it’s more of ...
  • Soushun Cinderella, by MIZUKI Mio Soushun Cinderella, by MIZUKI Mio Title:Soushun Cinderella Author:MIZUKI Mio ISBN# 4-06-341003-X KC Dessert Comics, 1997 I LIKE this manga! It was bought very much at random, mainly because it had ‘Cinderella’ in the title ^^ The artwork inside is clean and uncluttered, and the story is cute. (I use the word cute a LOT, I know ^_^;)I seem to like that type of story for some reason ^^ The girl on the cover also seemed kinda cute I guess, so this volume ended up in my pile. The ...
  • Spicy Life, by HAYANO Akari Spicy Life by HAYANO Akari Title:Spicy Life Author:HAYANO Akari ISBN# 4-08-847463-5 Margaret Comics, 2002 Because I don’t live near a Japanese bookstore anymore, I have had to search around online to find my random shoujo manga. I spotted this one on s-book.com, and I really liked the title. The cover art also implied some sort of story about a secret life of some sort. The art in this volume is fairly standard shoujo style, with large sparkly eyes, fine lines, and detailed clothing. It actually looks a ...
  • Suashi ni Kiss shite!, by IISAKA Yukako Suashi ni Kiss shite!, by IISAKA Yukako Title:Suashi ni Kiss shite! (Kiss My Bare Foot) Author:IISAKA Yukako ISBN# 4-09-134494-1 Ciao Comics, 2004 Iisaka Yukako is one of my favorite mangaka ^_^ I have summarized several of her books here, and I am always happy to add another one ^_^ I really like her sense of humor, and the expressions on the faces of her characters when they are shocked or can’t believe something just happened. It’s just so silly! Her art style is cute with clean lines, and a decent amount ...
  • Summer Nude, by YUU Nagisa Summer Nude, by YUU Nagisa Title:Summer Nude Author:YUU Nagisa ISBN# 4-06-341010-2 KC Dessert Comics, 1997 Well HELLO cute almost-half-naked guy! I don’t need much more than this to entice me to buy manga, I tell ya. Ahh I am such a scary fangirl. What can I say, he’s CUTE! And it is always a nice bonus if the manga title has a word like ‘nude’ in it. Better yet, ‘Summer Nude’ which makes me think hot weather, sweat, skin, nude, hmmm there is potential here…..alas, this is not ...
  • Tokyo Kareshi, by MAKITA Nao Tokyo Kareshi, by MAKITA Nao Title: Tokyo Kareshi Author: MAKITA Naoi ISBN# 978-4-09-132234-0 Flower Comics, 2009 Ahh, I really like the artwork in this book! The cover doesn’t do it justice, really. I have talked about one other book by this author, and the same thing happened there — blah cover, nice interior. The artwork isn’t the most amazing ever drawn, but it is pretty. The body proportions, while being the usual manga-anorexic, are still nicely done, there aren’t any randomly freakish profiles or limbs, and the lines are ...
  • Tokyo Rock Shounen, by KIKUCHI Kamaro Tokyo Rock Shounen, by KIKUCHI Kamaro Title: Tokyo Rock Shounen Author: KIKUCHI Kamaro ISBN# 978-4-09-132719-2 Flower Comics, 2009 There is something I really enjoy about Kikuchi Kamaro’s works. Her art is clean and distinctive, and her stories are fun. She seems to really like rock and roll stories. This book is a spinoff of another series which started as a one-shot ane eventually expanded into a 2-volume series called Nousatsu Rock Shounen. That series already had one spinoff, Nousatsu Beat de Utawasete. (Which I talk about it on this site ...
  • Tomodachi no Housoku, by TSUKISHIMA Sango Tomodachi no Housoku, by TSUKISHIMA Sango Title: Tomodachi no Housoku (Law of Friends) Author: TSUKISHIMA Sango ISBN# 978-4-08-847800-2 Margaret Comics, 2004 How is this for a Random Shoujo Manga? I picked it at random from stuff I bought at random :) I realized while reading this, that I do have another seies by this author, one that I also had always intended to eventually add to this site, but never got around to it yet. It’s kind of funny (well, to me) that I am covering this one first. Anyway, this ...
  • Totteoki no B.G.M., by MIYAZAKI Yuki Totteoki no B.G.M., by MIYAZAKI Yuki Title: Totteoki no B.G.M. Author: MIYAZAKI Yuki ISBN# 978-4-08-848711-7 Margaret Comics, 1997 I love the cover of this manga. That is what drew me to this volume. Really, it’s very cute. I like the sideways layout, and the little kitty on her shoulder is adorable! It’s like, little kitty can defy gravity! It’s SuperKitty! I also like the muted colors, a nice effect that is achieved without the obnoxious random color haze that Shogakukan has been spraying all over the covers of Flower Comics ...
  • Tsuki ni Hoero!, by TATENO Makoto Tsuki ni Hoero!, by TATENO Makoto Title:Tsuki ni Hoero! (Howl at the Moon) Author:TATENO Makoto ISBN: 4-592-17716-9 Hana to Yume Comics, 1999 Put two bishounens on the cover of a manga like this, and you just KNOW I will end up buying it when I see it :) I’m a sucker for cute manga boys :) I was even happier when I saw that the artwork INSIDE the volume was as excellent, if not more so, as the art on the cover. So~~ lovely to look at! 2/3 of ...
  • Tsumi Koi, by YOSHINAGA Yuu Tsumi Koi, by YOSHINAGA Yuu Title: Tsumi Koi (Sinful Love) Author: YOSHINAGA Yuu ISBN# 978-4-09-132225-8 Flower Comics, 2009 I picked this book up even though the heroine on the cover doesn’t look very happy. She looks all tragic, and he looks vaguely comforting. Hmm. I generally prefer cheerful series, and I was really worried about this one, considering the title, but it turned out to be not depressing at all. I actually like how the heroine in the first story is not your usual straightforward happy-go-lucky girl :) This ...
  • TsunDere!, by ANISAKI Yuna TsunDere, by ANISAKI Yuna Title: TsunDere! Author: ANISAKI Yuna ISBN# 978-4-09-131029-3 Flower Comics, 2007 Yay, it’s another Yuna Anisaki title! Considering the amount of manga by her that I own, it’s amazing how few summaries of her stuff I have on this page. I don’t know why this happens o.o Anyway, I am happy to talk about this recent volume by her. As always, her art is pretty and her characters are cute. The girls fall into bed a little bit too easily (yes, this one has ...
  • Tsuugaku Densha, by TSUKUSHIMA Sango and Miyu Tsuugaku Densha, by TSUKUSHIMA Sango and Miyu Title: Tsuugaku Densha Author: TSUKUSHIMA Sango ISBN# 978-4-08-846549-4 Margaret Comics, 2010 I generally don’t buy manga volumes or manga magazines that have pictures of models/actors/real-people on the cover. I’m not sure why, but they usually annoy me. There are lots of random manga out there with photos of whoever the current popular idol singers are. I always pass them over. The only reason I actually ended up getting this book is because of a preview chapter posted on Shueisha’s s-manga.net website. Once again, hooray ...
  • Ume ni Uguisu, by HIGURASHI Kinoko Ume ni Uguisu, by HIGURASHI Kinoko Title: Ume ni Uguisu Author: HIGURASHI Kinoko ISBN# 978-4-06341652-7 Kodansha Comics, 2009 I picked up this volume for the most random reason that no one will care about but me :) The cover art is cute and colorful, and the girl’s expression is kind of funny. But it was actually that funny-looking shirt she has on that caught my eye. It reminds me of this hideous swimsuit I had to wear when I was on the swim team in high school. See the wavy ...
  • Uwasa no Risky Boy, by IISAKA Yukako Uwasa no Risky Boy, by IISAKA Yukako Title: Uwasa no Risky Boy (Gossip’s Risky Boy) Author:IISAKA Yukako ISBN# 4-09-136634-1 Flower Comics, 1996 This one did have the ‘aww how cute!’ factor going for it when I saw the cover, but what made me purchase it was the cute little comic strip on the back cover of the volume. The cute little comic has the girl looking anxiously at the boy on the cover, and he looks really ill. Apparently he just ate her cooking and has to rush to the bathroom ...
  • Vampire Crisis, by IBUKI Kaede Vampire Crisis, by IBUKI Kaede Title: Vampire Crisis Author: IBUKI Kaede ISBN# 978-4-09-132416-0 Mobile Flower Comics 2009 Three things prompted me to buy this volume. First, it’s about a vampire. Yay vampires! They are trendy right now, and a silly teen vampire romance seemed like a timely choice. Second, this cover has some very “serious business” English on it, saying such menacing things as “…called back from the world of darkness… he can fulfill one of your wishes, you must give your blood for it…” oooooooh, lol :) Combine ...
  • Vampire Kiss, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Vampire Kiss, by MATSUMOTO Natsumi Title:Vampire Kiss Author:MATSUMOTO Natsumi ISBN# 4-08-856087-6 Ribon Comics, 1998 What can I say, I like vampire stories :) And the cover of this one was just too cute to be denied! Takara isn’t your normal Jr. High school girl. She is actually a vampire! Yeah, a cute, middle-school-aged vampire girl who has no problems getting around in broad daylight, and is in fact, pretty popular at school. She has an older sister who is in high school. The sisters are pretty good at ...
  • Wagamama na Junai, by IKEDA Yukio Wagamama na Junai, by IKEDA Yukio Title: Wagamama na Junai (Selfish Passion) Author: IKEDA Yukio ISBN# 978-4-06-341334-9 Kodansha Comics Betsufure, 2003 Hooray for total randomness! Yet another title purchased because of the cute cover! I also liked the title. This is the first series by this author that I have bought (at least af far as I know. Hmm.) and I enjoyed it very much. I need to check and see what else she has done. While the art style here is not my favorite (It can get a little ...
  • Waruiko no Mikata, by HATTA Ayuko Waruiko no Mikata, by HATTA Ayuko Title: Waruiko no Mikata Author: HATTA Ayuko ISBN# 978-4-08-846470-1 Margaret Comics, 2009 I must say, yet again, that I absolutely love this author’s artwork. There is something unique about it that I can always recognize it when I see it on the shelf. It’s clean and simple, and all the characters look so cute. This cover has such bright colors, and the linework feels a little soft somehow. Very appealing. I like how she draws noses for some reason, too. And the exaggerated expressions ...
  • Watashi no Dorei, by FUJIYA Nao Watashi no Dorei by FUJIYA Nao Title:Watashi no Dorei (My Slave) Author:FUJIYA Nao ISBN# 4-06-341255-5 Kodansha Comics, 2001 Hmm, do I even need to explain why I bought this volume? I think the picture on the cover makes it very clear ^_^ Yes, I have a fondness for chained up bishounen. Hey, where can I get one of those? Especially a bare-chested one like this cutie. I should mention the back cover has another picture of this couple. She’s sitting on a couch, and he is behind it, facing ...
  • Watashi no Oujisama, by NAGAE Tomomi Watashi no Oujisama, by NAGAE Tomomi Title:Watashi no Oujisama (My Prince) Author:NAGAE Tomomi ISBN# 4-09-137503-0 Flower Comics, 1998 Yep, this was most definitely a purchase based on cover art :) I really liked the look of both the guy and the girl here. Fortunately the story inside was just as cool as the cover! Unfortunately, this volume has very little furigana (the little hiragana characters next to the kanji), so I had a really difficult time figuring out what was going on. My kanji knowledge is *very* limited :( Anyway, ...
  • Watashi no Shounen, by HOSHINO Masami Watashi no Shounen, by HOSHINO Masami Title:Watashi no Shounen Author:HOSHINO Masami ISBN# 4-09-136515-9 Flower Comics, 2000 I had to get this volume when I saw it. How could I resist this?! The moment I noticed this, I immediatley thought ‘Hey… bishounen on a leash… this girl has the right idea!” Heheh shame on me! I’d kind of like to have a bishounen on a leash though! Er, anyway, I realized after I bought this that I have something else by this same author, ‘Petite Lover’ which I summarize ...
  • Wild Beat, by ENOMOTO Atsuki Wild Beat, by ENOMOTO Atsuki Title: Wild Beat Author: ENOMOTO Atsuki ISBN# 978-4-08-847541-7 Margaret Comics, 2002 I originally picked this up at random because the cover artwork reminded me of another series with a “wild” title, Wild Act, by TAKADA Rie. I had hoped that this one would be also be about music or some other celebrity-type setting (maybe I am thinking of a cross between Wild Act and Skip Beat?), but that is not the case here. However, we do get a silly but amusing story of opposites ...
  • Yacchimaina!!, by SHIIBA Nana Yacchimaina!!, by SHIIBA Nana Title: Yacchimaina!! Author: SHIIBA Nana ISBN# 978-4-09-132150-3 Flower Comics, 2008 Here is another series I bought even though the cover has fallen victim to the increasingly popular “translucent color tint” that seems to be plaguing Flower Comics titles for the last year or two. Argh. Look at that pink tint! I am getting tired of them doing this, it makes it more difficult for me to recognize covers and tell them apart =_=; I like to see the pretty color artwork! Ahh well. At ...
  • Yoake Mae, by NAKAMA Atsuki Yoake Mae, by NAKAMA Atsuki Title: Yoake Mae (Before Dawn) Author: NAKAMA Atsuki ISBN# 978-4-08-856856-0 Ribon Mascot Comics Cookie, 2008 I decided to talk about this manga today because, of the books I have read recently, this one really stood out in my mind. It also stood out on the shelf when I first saw it in the bookstore. The dark colors, the contrast between the black and white… it looks almost like a goth story — quite a difference from all the cutesy pastel stuff shelved all around ...
  • Yokubou Strawberry, by TAKADA Tami Yokubou Strawberry, by TAKADA Tami Title: Yokubou Strawberry (Desire Strawberry) Author: TAKADA Tami ISBN# 4-06-341309-8 Kodansha Comics Betsufure, 2002 Ahh, simple, silly, and cute is the theme this time! This is a completely random volume that I picked up at a used manga store because it was (ahem) cheap, lol :) And the cover was very cute. I seem to like covers with a lot of pink, and the “strawberry” in the title usually indicates some fun. This is a collection of 4 one-shot stories. I guess I wouldn’t classify ...
  • Yume made Kiss, by OOTSUKI Megumi Yume made Kiss, by OOTSUKI Megumi Title:Yume made Kiss Author:OOTSUKI Megumi ISBN# 4-253-07923-7 Princess Comics, 1995 Yeah, it was a cover art purchase for this series ^_^ I thought the guy was cute :) And what can I say, I have a knack for picking out series with similar plot elements. The artwork in this series is very nice. Perhaps I just don’t have very high art standards or something, because I tend to like most of the artwork I see. At any rate, everything is well detailed ...
  • Yumenara Samenaide, by Yasuko Yumenara Samenaide, by Yasuko Title: Yumenara Samenaide (If this a dream, please don’t let me awake) Author: Yasuko ISBN# 978-4-09-130566-0 Flower Comics, 2006 Here is one of two summaries of manga by Yasuko that I am adding today. I really like her style for some reason. I am not exactly sure why. This volume contains three one-shot stories. The first one is my favorite, but the others are really good, too. The first story begins with a horrible accident. Well,lets take a step back, actually. High school girl Sachika ...