A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{April 8, 2012}   Comics & manga of the week (34)

Cosplay Cops, volume 1 (French) by Nao Doumoto

  • Rikka, a young tom-boyish cop, finds a girl in a public bathroom, raped. She is determined to find the rapist, even if she must make herself a target. I picked this up because the cover made it look amusing and sexy but I nearly threw it against the wall, unfinished. Rikka’s collegues spew so much disgusting victim blaming (well she didn’t fight back, she was wearing a mini skirt…) that it made me sick to my stomach. It is redeemed somewhat by the fact that Rikka emphatically disagrees and the two sexy love interests work hard to help (if only out of love for Rikka). Still, it’s quite triggery and it left me with a sick feeling.

Dawn of the Arcana, volume 3 by Rei Toma

  • Princess Nakaba is torn between her loyalty to her servant Loki, who plans an uprising to save his enslaved people, and her growing feelings for her royal husband. But her marriage into Belquat may not have been a true offer of peace, only a delay tactic. A beautiful, subtle fantasy manga.

Family Compo, volume 9 (French) by Tsukasa Hojo

  • In this volume we learn about Shion’s rather unusual birth to two transgendered parents and Shion prepares to enter Masahiko’s university, as a boy. However, the jokes about Masahiko being forced or tricked into dressing as a girl are getting a little old.

Gate 7, volume 2 (French) by Clamp

  • I must sadly admit that I’m not a huge Clamp fan but I love xxxHolic and the visuals and the magic of Gate 7 remind me of it. I’ll tell you what the series is about once I figure it out. Something about the Sengoku area and magical creatures.

Hikaru no Go, volume 18 & 19 (French) by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata

  • Volume 18 is a collection of short stories about various secondary characters. Volume 19 begins Hikaru’s rise in the world of Go and his preparation for the junior tournament pitting Japan against China and Korea. The best part of the volume are the childish squabbles between Hikaru and Akira. ^_^

Hotaru, volume 9 (French) by Satoru Hiura

  • Hikaru, who was only getting used to love, must now deal with terrible heartbreak. Hiura perfectly captures the despair and the slow struggle towards recovery.

Kamisama Kiss, volume 8 by Julietta Suzuki

  • Nanami, a human kami or shrine god, must escape the realm of the dead in order to return to a gathering of gods. Meanwhile Tomoe, her fox-spirit guardian, is unnerved by his growing feelings for his mistress.

Planetes, volume 3 (French) by Makoto Yukimura

  • Yukimura’s science fiction masterpiece about garbage men in space comes to an end in this volume. It’s a rather open ending but it took my breath away.

Sawako, volume 12 (French) by Karuho Shiina

  • Sawako learns what it means to be in a couple and introduces her new boyfriend to her parents. It is all very awkward and sweet. We also see the quirky, touching story of how Chizu and Yano became friends. (This series is known as Kimi ni Todoke in English)

Slam Dunk, volume 21 by Takehiko Inoue

  • Hanamichi finally shows his skills in the match against Ryonan. Can they win a spot at Nationals despite Mitsui’s collapse? I was actually cheering on Shohoku outloud. Yeah, I’m a dork but it’s also exciting.

Skip Beat, volume 27 by Yoshiki Nakamura

  • Kyoko continues to pretend to be “Cain’s” sister but Ren, playing Cain, finds it hard to act as a brother to the woman he loves. Worse terrible memories of his past resurface. This genre defying shojo remains one of my favorites.

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