Manga Review: Otomen

Otomen
Written by: Aya Kanno
Published by: Shojo Beat
Copy supplied by publisher
ISBN13: 978-1-4215-2186-2
ISBN10: 1-4215-2186-5

Reviewed by Lauren Lapinski

When we think of males and their hobbies, the first thing we usually think of is sports. From baseball to wrestling, if it’s a spectator sport, men will watch it. This is not the case, however, for Asuka Masamume of Otomen, a guy who loves all things girly, and who is forced to hide his passions to appear manly.
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Shojo Review: Gaba Kawa

Gaba Kawa
By Rie Takada
Published by: Shojo Beat Manga
ISBN13: 978-1-4215-2259-3
ISBN10: 1-4215-2259-4

Reviewed by Lauren Lapinski

When someone says “shojo manga”, the image that usually comes to mind is of high schools girls, pretty boys, and huge helpings of romance. Gaba Kawa is no exception to this rule, while adding a somewhat supernatural twist, another element becoming coming in the genre. The main character, Rara, is a demon who has come to the human world to wreak havoc, drag human souls down into the pits of darkness, and other lovely things like that. The last thing she’s supposed to do is fall in love with a human, which, anyone at all familiar with the shojo genre can guess, is exactly what happens. Continue reading “Shojo Review: Gaba Kawa”

Manga Review: The Magic Touch vol. 1

The Magic Touch
Story and Art by Izumi Tsubaki
Published by Shoujo Beat, imprint of Viz Media.
ISBN10: 1421516713
ISBN13: 9781421516714

Review by Linda Yau

The purpose of a massage is to often relax and de-stress a person. So what would it be like to have a massage society in your high school? The purpose of this club is to unite students who are interested in practicing to massage others, and what would happen if there is sparks there? The Magic Touch with a tag line of “Romance is at your fingertips!” is such a shoujo series.
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Manga Review: St. Dragon Girl vol. 1

St. Dragon Girl vol. 1
Story and Art: Natsumi Matsumoto
Published by VIZ Media
ISBN-10: 1-4215-5040-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4215-2010-0

Review by Kris

Kenpo. Many know of this martial art but don’t know much about it. Kenpo, literally translates to “Fist Law”. Here in the United States we use the term Kung Fu to designate any form of Chinese martial art (just like Karate is often used to designate any form of Japanese martial art). In Japan the term Kenpo is used to describe Chinese systems. You’re probably wondering why on

earth I’m defining martial arts terms. I found that knowing the difference with terms helped in making St. Dragon Girl a much more enjoyable manga to read.
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Manga Review: Wanted

Wanted
Story and Art by Matsuri Hino
Published by the Shojo Beat imprint of Viz Media.
ISBN10: 1421519348
ISBN13: 9781421519340

Review by Linda Yau

All songstress Armeria ever wanted was to find Luce her first love, after he got kidnapped by the infamous pirate captain Skulls. Fast forward eight years later, she has disguised herself as a boy, and joined up with the crew. Unfortunately her plans of finding Luce is dashed when the crew realizes that she is a women. Now what is she to do after Skulls tether her at her feet binding her to his side?
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Manga Review: Captive Hearts vol. 1

Captive Hearts
Story and Art: Matsuri Hino
Published by VIZ Media
ISBN-10: 1-4215-1932-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-4215-1932-6

Review by Kris

The Kuroishi family has been serving the Kogami family for generations, thanks to a curse placed on the Kuroishis by the Kogami family’s guardian dragon. The current Kogami family left Japan and was living in China for a time, but they disappeared. No one knew what happened and the worst was accepted (you know, they were dead). The will was unsealed and the fortune was left to the family butler and his son, Megumi.
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Manga Review: B.O.D.Y. vol 1

B.O.D.Y: Volume 1
Story and Art by Ao Mimori
Published by Shoujo Beat, imprint of Viz Media.
ISBN10: 1421518023
ISBN13: 9781421518022

Review by Linda Yau

Ryoko Sakura is a fanciful naive 16 year old, who’s friends criticize her for having a crush on Ryunosuke Fuji, a silent guy who sits next to her in class. She imagines him to be a studious gentleman. Yet, nothing prepares her for the reality of Ryunosuke actually working in a host club, where women pay men for their entertainment. Her fantasies shatter, now Ryoko would have to face Ryunoskue’s sudden interest in her.
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