A Rogue Librarian's Reading List











{July 17, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (49)

Awkward Silence, volume 1 by Hinako Takanaga

  • This is an absolutely adorable BL about a boy with an expressionless face and his lover, who can glimpse the deep emotions hidden beneath.

Billy Bat, volume 3 (French) by Naoki Urasawa

  • This series has taken us to post-war Japan and the time of the crusifiction. Now we join a ninja in the warring states period of Japan who also becomes caught up in the mystery of the strange, godly bat. 3 volumes in and I still have no idea where Urasawa is going with this but I’m already hooked.

Cosplay Cops, volume 3 (French) by Nao Doumoto

  • The young cop Rikka is determined to save her high school friend from a man who is manipulating her into prostitution. There are also love declarations a plenty and sexy hot spring scenes. I’m really growing to love Rikka’s beau, sure he’s secretly quite wild but he really respects her.

Crash, volume 3 (French) by Yuka Fujiwara

  • When Hana turns down a love confession, the boy joins a band to rival the one she is managing. But once more the five boys that she chose prove that they have the seeds of greatness within them. If you like show biz manga, this is a fun one.

D.Gray-man, volume 22 by Katsura Hoshino

  • I like D.Gray-man but the more I read, they less I understand what’s going on. In this volume the order fears that Allen may be turning into a Noah and the other exorcists don’t know if they can trust him. I think.

Fables, volume 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

  • While the more human-looking fables are able to live in the city among mudanes, those that can’t pass (including animals, giants and dragons) are kept on a farm upstate. These fables are growing tired of what they see as imprisonment and rise up in rebellion. A great fairy-tale reinturpretation.

Flutter by Momoko Tenzen

  • Asada has been watching a handsome coworker for a long time. When they are assigned to the same project, they begin to grow closer. A quiet, beautiful BL love story.

GTO, volume 11 & 12 (French) by Toru Fujisawa

  • Through his usual dumb luck, Onizuka is able to pay for the school trip to Okinawa and keep his job. Of course a southern isle cannot change the great teacher, he assigns mixed rooms and volunteers his class to dig up hidden treasure. Wackiness ensues. Both volumes end with a few chapters about Toroko’s new life in show business.

Karneval, volume 1 (French) by Touya Mikanagi

  • Nai, a naive young boy seeking his older brother, stumbles into all kinds of danger and crime. He is saved by a young thrief named Gareki and together they seek out the mysterious crime fighters known as “circus” in order to find clues about Nai’s past. An interesting sci-fi manga. I love the black sheep!

Kings of Shogi, volume 6 (French) by Masaru Katori and Jiro Ando

  • Shion and Ayame both face turning points in their professional shogi careers. Secrets about the murder of Shion’s parents might soon be revealed. I need to note that though I love long-haired boys, Ayame is really hot with his short hair. Just one more pleasure in a well constructed manga

Ma Copine est Fan de Yaoi, volume 3 (French) by Pentabu and Rize Shinba

  • Christmas is coming and that can mean only one thing: Winter Comiket! …wait what? Taiga continues to bumble through life with his otaku girlfriend. When he finds out that his best friends sister might be involved in this world, he doesn’t know how to tell him. Cute but I don’t apreciate the stereotyping. Yaoi fans make great girlfriends. 😉

Secretary’s Job? by Miki Araya

  • I usually like salaryman BL but this one was so bland and generic (with my ever hated trope: rape passed off as sex scenes). Pass.

Shinjuku Fever, volume 3 (French) by Mitsurou Kubo

  • Fuku continues to support troubled people in Shinjuku. But when one of his former friends betrays him, his new friends are suddenly in danger of incarcerations. If you’re a GTO fan, you might enjoy the well-intentioned insanity of this series.

Shinobi Life, volume 1 (French) by Shoko Conami

  • Beni gets kidnapped often and she was ready to let this one kill her, if only to get back at her father, when a ninja falls on her head. Kagetora is from the past and believing that she is his “princess Beni”, is determined to protect her. A fun, unique love story.

Silver Diamond, volume 1 (French) by Shiho Sugiura

  • Rakan has always be good with plants, but when two warriors from another world stumble into his garden, he learns that his gift is far more than a green thumb. An interesting fantasy series with some hints of boys love.

Vinland Saga, volume 7 (French) by Makoto Yukimura

  • In this volume of Yukimura’s viking epic, Prince Knut faces off with his father and Thorfinn is reunited with someone from his past. Yukimura really is a master of manga. Read this.
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