- A young Shakespeare finds a Chinese girl washed up on the shore after a storm. He takes her in and is amazed by the speed at which she picks up the English language. And, as a budding writer, he is impressed with her poetry. The author of Beck explores the 7 lost years of Shakespeare’s life.
From 5 to 9, volume 2 (French) by Miki Aihara
- Junko is a English teacher who dreams of living abroad. Marrying a monk is the last thing she wants to do. But when she tells him that she doesn’t want a relationship, he locks her up. Now she needs to pretend to be his fiance until she can afford to move out of the temple. I’m still having some trouble with the manga; all the men in it are horrible. Junko and her friends deserve so much better than them.
Koibana, volume 4 (French) by Nagamu Nanaji
- Hanabi has never liked men but she’s fallen hard for Chikai. Now that Chikai has broken up with his girlfriend, Hanabi might have a chance with him but his girlfriend seems to be up to something. I’m still not as invested in this series as I was in Parfait Tic but the characters are growing on me.
Le Pacte des Yokai, volume 13 (French) by Yuki Midorikawa
- An exorcist has been possessed by a Yokai and Natsume must attend an exorcist’s meeting in disguise in order to track it down. This volume ends with two stories from the PoV of Natsume’s friends, recounting their metting with him. The main story was as good as ever but the bonus chapters were a special treat. (This series is available in English as Natsume’s Book of Friends.)
Une Tempete aux Couleurs Cerisiers (French) by Ai Yazawa
- A one shot manga by the author of Nana and Paradise Kiss. Two brothers dream of becoming professional baseball players as their dead father hoped they would. A sweet story of love and lost dreams. The volume also includes a brief sequel to one of her older works, Marine Blue.