[Manga] Penguin Kakumei (ペンギン革命)

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Peacock, a famous showbiz company, has a ranking system. Boys with star capacity are ranked according to their selling points and are numbered. Ryo Katsuragi belongs to the class of penguins, the lowest class. Yukari can see wings on the back of a person with star potential. She recognized that their Student Council Vice President has wings but only a pair of small wings.

Much to her surprise, she discovered the Vice President’s disguise! She is none other than Ryo. Another Peacock’s rule is to disguise themselves so no one could discover their real identity. Knowing his secret, Ryo asked Yukari to be his manager. Now, the two of them will do anything to make Ryo Peacock’s No.1!

[Manga] Venus Capriccio (ヴィーナス綺想曲)

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Mere curiosity got me into reading this manga. The good thing is, it did not fail me. I immediately love the series.

Takami dresses, acts and speaks like a boy. Her mother was afraid that she will be a tomboy so she enrolled Takami to a piano lesson. There she met a beautiful boy named Akira. He is three years younger than Takami but already a good pianist. all this time, she thinks of him as her cute little sister. Then suddenly, he kissed her and tells Takami that he likes her.

[Manga] Midnight Secretary (ミッドナイト・セクレタリ)

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There are lots of vampire stories in the manga world. One example would be Midnight Secretary. Compared to other popular vampire stories, it is more inclined to reality as it deals with the conflicts and relationship between humans and vampires. No magical stuff. No showing off of powers. No fight scenes. Just the struggle of a couple to defy the norm.

[Manga] Love Celeb (ラブセレブ)

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Warning: This is a smutty story.

If I’m not mistaken, this is the very first smut manga that I’ve read. I, at that time, still do not know what smut is nor have been introduced to the other works of Shinjo Mayu like Kaikan Phrase. I thought that this is so vulgar and that I would be wasting a lot of time reading this. What surprised me more is that it definitely has a story.

[Manga] Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori (天は赤い河のほとり)

Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori

It is already the 20th century. Yuuri is enjoying her date with her boyfriend. As she steps on wet soil, something grabs her and take her to the time of the Hittite Empire. Later, she learns that she is transported there to be a living sacrifice by the Queen. Fortunately for her, Prince Kail saves her and take her as his concubine. Caught between political intrigues and wars, how could Yuuri go back to modern Japan? Also, what will happen to her relationship with Prince Kail when the two of them are slowly developing strong feelings for each other?

From the present Anatolia (Turkey), let us go back to the ancient time as the story’s heroine, Yuri is transported from 20th century Japan to Anatolia. We are introduced to the era where the rulers in the Middle East are the Hittites. There is also Egypt ruled (at the start of the story) by Tutankhamen. Chie Shinohara did a good job in making a connection of history and fiction.

[Manga] Special A (スペシャル・エー)

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Surely, Minami Maki came up with a quite unique title. It really caught my attention. Just a random fact about S.A: ZA Hana to Yume is a sister magazine to Hana to Yume. The ZA is just the Japanese transcription of “THE” (since the “th” sound doesn’t exist in Japanese and one of closest sounds that can be used to substitute it is “z”).

ZA Hana to Yume has a less frequent publishing schedule – issues appear something like four times a year, I think. S.A was first serialized in ZA Hana to Yume (before moving to the regular Hana to Yume), which is why the first four chapters kept reintroducing Hikari, Kei, and everyone else and why the art between chapter 1 and 2 looks rather different. This is all thanks to Kaeyko from S.A LJ page.

[Manga] Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット)

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I hate this series. It made me feel sad and ended up crying. The story is indeed dramatic and heartwarming. ^_^

I hate this for making me cry but I love the fact that this is such a good story. I know, you’ve been always hearing that this manga is just so good. Allow me to make a review of this one.

[Manga] Ouji Romantica & Akuma na Kare to Ikenie Tenshi

Ouji Romantica 

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When she was in middle school, Rika’s first love only left her with an emotional scar. Now, she learned about her first love’s weakness. It’s payback time…

It’s a good cliched one-shot. The story is predictable, so as the characters.

[Manga] First Love (恋ストーリー)

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Haruka was shocked to see that Konno is her classmate. That guy used to bully her when they were children. What surprised her more is when Konno confessed to her. She agreed to date him on the plan of dumping him later for her revenge. What will she do when she realized the Konno is a nice guy after all? Will she cruelly dump him as planned or she’ll fall head over heels on him?