[Manga] Given 5 (ギヴン 5)

ギヴン(5) | Given (5)

Mangaka: Kizu Natsuki (キヅナツキ)

Status: Ongoing

Volumes: 5 (Current) [v1, v2, v3, v4]

Summary:

With the upcoming fest, the band is ever busy creating their music. Mafuyu still stumped in writing the lyrics, Uenoyama struggles with his unnamed feelings about his and Mafuyu’s relationship, Haruki tries to move on, and Akihiko coming in terms with his love. How will these tangled emotions affect their music?

Have you guys seen the anime!?!?!?!

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I haven’t yet. LOL


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


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[Manga] Given 3 (ギヴン 3)

ギヴン(3) | Given (3)

Mangaka: Kizu Natsuki (キヅナツキ)

Status: Ongoing

Volumes: 5 (Current) [v1, v2]

Summary:

The guys have been busy. Uenoyama deals with the aftermath of that kiss. Mafuyu steps forward in his music and relationships. The band continues their activities.

And a new tale of love and heartbreak is about to begin.


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


[Manga] Given 2 (ギヴン 2)

ギヴン(2) | Given (2)

Mangaka: Kizu Natsuki (キヅナツキ)

Status: Ongoing

Volumes: 5 (Current) [volume 1 here]

Summary:

With the upcoming live performance, the guys scrambled to practice. Yet Mafuyu still could not pin down the right words for the song he was supposed to write.

Uenoyama was no better. After knowing Mafuyu’s past and facing his own feelings, his music was in shambles.

Will they be able to perform or end up destroying their budding band?


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


[Manga] Given 1 (ギヴン 1)

ギヴン(1) | Given (1)

Mangaka: Kizu Natsuki (キヅナツキ)

Status: Ongoing

Volumes: 5 (Current)

Summary:

That day, during lunch, on that abandoned staircase, their lives changed.

Uenoyama fixes Mafuyu’s guitar on a whim. A whim that results in a series of events that introduces the latter to his world.

In turn, Uenoyama discovers Mafuyu’s past, pulling him towards a different kind of music buried deep within his classmate.


The anime adaptation of Given will be released next month so I’ve decided I might as well read all the volumes available and write my thoughts about them! I am so glad that this will have an anime release and I’m hoping that more people will watch it because this is such a heartrending story. Besides, I so want to hear Mafuyu sing!

Ehem. I’m getting ahead of myself.

For this post, I’ll be talking about the first volume. I’ve read this when it first came out. (Then I stopped reading tankoubons and just relied on spoilers haha.)


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


[Manga] Neon Ginza Paradise (銀座ネオンパラダイス)

銀座ネオンパラダイス | Neon Ginza Paradise

Mangaka: Unohana (ウノハナ)

Status: Completed

Volumes: 1

From Renta!

Aoi reunites with his old friend Takahiko, who was sent to war. Takahiko’s family ran a kimono business for generations, but he was a selfish womanizer and they disowned him. His charisma made it hard to hate him though, and he and Aoi spent a night together… Afterward, Aoi feels alive again, but although they’re living together, Takahiko won’t touch him…… A love story set in the late-40s unfolds!!

Available at: (Affiliate Link) Renta!

I skimmed through this a few years back and swore that I would get back to this one day to relish at Takahiko and Aoi’s feels.


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


[Novel] S 4: Afterglow (エス 4: 残光 )

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エス 4: 残光 / S 4: Afterglow by Saki Aida

Written by: Aida Saki (英田サキ)

Illustrated by: Nara Chiharu (奈良千春)

English Publisher: June

Status: Completed

Volumes: 4

Summary: (from the back of the book)

At the end of S volume 3, detective Masaki Shiiba was last seen running away from the hospital room of his injured S, Keigo Munechika. Now, Shiiba has turned in his resignation, bought a gun of his own, and is bent on only one mission — to kill Takanari Godou.

 

Shiiba’s instincts are telling him that Godou was the one who had killed his sister Yukari and is the person responsible for Munechika’s injury. He vows to get the truth from Godou, even if he has to throw away his morals and life to do it. But can he do it? Can he shoot another person and commit cold-blooded murder for revenge? When he finds out more information about Godou’s past, will his resolution waver? And when the young Kiri Yoshizawa is thrown into the chaotic mix, can Shiiba accomplish his plans without any remorse?

Previous volumes here.

Finally! The elusive volume 4 is now mine muawahaha!

Seriously, though, it’s really hard to get a copy of this book. If I haven’t already gotten the first 3 books, I would have opted for a digital copy. But I was dead set on completing my copy. After 48 years of waiting, June reprinted this. Thank goodness.

Anyways!

Here goes…


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


[Novel] S 3: Split (エス 3: 裂罅 )

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Synopsis: (From the back of the book)

Undercover detective Msaki Shiiba has one mission in life – to eradicate guns in Japan. It’s an overwhelmingly tough job, but Shiiba’s willing to give up his body, his soul, even his life to achieve his goal. He’s also willing to use anyone to get what he wants.

 

For almost a year now, Shiiba has been using Keigo Munechika as his “S,” his spy, to get information on the gun dealings of the Yakuza world. Shiiba uses his body in exchange for Munechika’s sensitive information… and only his body as far as Shiiba is concerned. Shiiba vows their relationship will not go beyond that.

 

A new case and some new information further complicate this difficult relationship. When a rowdy young man with a penchant for piercing and an enigmatic Yakuza leader cross paths with the young detective, sins of hte past are unearthed once more. Sins— sins that just might shatter the fragile bond between the detective and his “S.”

[Novel] S 2: Love Bite (エス 2: 咬痕)

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Synopsis: (From the back of the book)

Detective Masaki Shiiba’s informant or “S,” Keigo Munechika, has proven himself to be an excellent source of information. But the payment of sex for every lead given is taking its toll on Shiiba. Each moment in Munechika’s arms is both heaven and hell for the detective.

 

But with his new assignment as back-up to a fellow undercover detective, Shiiba learns that there are far worse things than having sex with your male S — falling helplessly in love with him, for example.

 

S volume 2 continues the drama and passion between a detective and his spy set in the hihgly-charged underground world of Tokyo.

So after how many years, I started reading the S series again. It’s been four years since I’ve read the first volume so I had to re-read book one first.

[Manga] Jose Rizal Manga

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About a week ago, it has been featured on the different news agency about a manga that features my country’s national hero, Jose Rizal. Here’s the summary as taken from MANGA.CLUB website:

In the land now known as the Philippines, there was a time when colonial Spain ruled for more than 300 years. During a period when native Filipinos once called Indios were oppressed, exploited, and stripped of their human rights, Jose Rizal was born on the outskirts of Manila.

“What does it mean to be a Filipino?”
“Is it possible to incite change through knowledge and not violence?”
He thought of those every day.

A doctor, novelist, and a painter who can speak 15 languages, Jose Rizal is a legendary figure who brought about national revolution through one epic novel!