A Rogue Librarian's Reading List











{March 18, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (30 & 31)

This was a tiny couple of weeks for comics because Mass Effect 3 came out on March 6th and I’ve been busy saving the universe. If you have not tried this series yet, you should now. It is an epic space adventure and one of my favorite video games of all times (along with Chrono Trigger). But first, on to the comics.

Ambiguous Relationships by Masara Minase

  • A high school boy runs away from home after coming out, he stays in Satoru’s apartment and they fall in love. Contains several other stories with similar themes. I usually like Minase and the story was generally good but more than half of the romances in the book start with rape. Message to BL authors: enough with the rape already!

Beast & Feast by Norikazu Akira

  • Love (lust?) between a detective and an important yakuza. Nice art.

La Corda d’Oro, Volume 15 by Yuki Kure

  • By now all the boys in the music academy has come to realize their feelings for Kahoku, though none has actually done anything about it yet. But partings are soon to come.

Depression of the Anti-Romantics by Yasuna Saginuma and Riyu Yamakami

  • Minoru works in a drag bar to support his younger brother and sister where he meets Kan. Kan becomes close to the family and they begin to fall in love but Kan’s past comes back to haunt them. Great manga but the story doesn’t end and there’s no sign of a sequel. I love Kan’s gaudy shirts. ^_^

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

  • Maggie has been homeschooled all her life but she is about to start high school. She faces bullies, new friends and… ghosts? An interesting, well written comic though the ending left me feeling a little confused.

Koibana, volume 1 (French) by Nagamu Nanaji

  • Hanabi hates boys but ends up in a High School where they are in the majority. When Chikai Uno, the school idol, finds out about her disgust, he decides to inflict his presence on her as much as possible. A new manga by the author of Parfait Tic! It’s promising though Uno is detestable and I miss the crazy hairdoes for Nanaji’s previous series.

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver

  • Amal is disowned after coming out to his family. He leaves on a road trip to attend his sister’s graduation with the mysterious TJ, whom he met the night before. A web comic so good, I imediately bought the comic. Read it here: http://tjandamal.com/

Oresama Teacher, Volume 7 by Izumi Tsubaki

  • Mafuyu tries to raise her grades to help Takaomi save the school but is her brain capable of absorbing that much information?! Followed by some insane summer adventures with our favorite delinquents.

Princess Jellyfish, Volume 3 (French) by Akiko Higashimura

  • The otaku women struggle to raise funds to buy their home while Kuranosuke, the cross-dressing son of a politician, struggles with his unexpected for Tsukimi. More people need to read this wonderful series.

Strobe Edge, Volume 1 to 5 (French) by Io Sakisaka

  • I originally dismissed this series as a generic shoujo romance with a bumbling heroine. I take it back: it’s very funny, takes some very unexpected turns and while Ninako is naive, she is genuinely kind and optimistic, always seeing the best in people. She is absolutely adorable.
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