Manga Review: Honey So Sweet V 8 by Amu Meguro @shojobeat


May Contain Spoilers

Honey So Sweet ended much like it began; gently, with understated standalone chapters, a little bit of angst, and a whole lot of heart. Much like Onise and Nao, the entire series was quiet and reflective, focusing on feelings and the importance of friendship. I’m glad I picked this up.

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Manga Review: Beauty Bunny V 1 by Mari Yoshino

Probably Contains Spoilers

I recently subscribed to Comixology Unlimited because there are several Harlequin manga titles that I haven’t read yet. At 7 bucks a month, I figure if I read 2 graphic novels a month, it’s worth the expense. While browsing through the manga titles, I noticed Beauty Bunny. I have never heard of this one before, so I clicked the Borrow button. I think I made a mistake.

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Review: Lock ‘N’ Load by Tee O’Fallon @entangledpub


May Contain Spoilers

If you haven’t guessed, I added this to my TBR because of the K9 on the cover. I am a sucker for dog books, and I love K9 stories. I have mixed success with suspense in general, but I still want to read every book with police or military dogs. This was a successful read, despite some problems with the heroine.

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Guest Post: Danica Davidson & Rena Saiya, Authors of Manga Art for Beginners

Danica Davidson and Rena Saiya have released Manga Art for Intermediates: A Step by Step Guide to Creating Your Own Manga Drawings,  and they dropped by the offices to share some information about their backgrounds and their new book. Please welcome them.

Danica Davidson:

The first book I sold to a publisher was Manga Art for Beginners. It was because of my background in manga – covering it as a journalist, adapting it into English, and working in the editing process. I’ve reviewed a lot of manga, too, just like Julie here at Manga Maniac Café!

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Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding


May Contain Spoilers

I am forever in search of new Urban Fantasy to read, so when I saw Stray Magic, I decided to give it a shot. Kelly Meding is a new to me author, and I am always game for the start of a new series. This looked interesting, and I thought that Shiloh being a Federal Marshall in the Paranormal Investigations Unit could be fun. I’m always up for a good case to crack, especially if it involves missing vampires and werewolves.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 11 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @vizmedia

May Contain Spoilers

Forget everything I said about Yamahisa! He has taken poor Ryu and made him a hostess club deviant.  Some of the female manga artists don’t help matters much, pointing out how weird he is. Right in front of him. With his new woman rage burning bright, he vows to make True Human even better, while showcasing the two-faced women in his life. Since he doesn’t get out much, he really doesn’t have much interaction with women to fall back on, so it is so unfortunate that Hiramaru’s tea party didn’t go as planned. For either artist. Yoshida and Yamahisa will do anything to keep their artists working, and they are having mixed results.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 6 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

Luffy has decided that Sanji will be joining his crew as the ship’s cook. Sanji declines. Luffy declines Sanji’s declination, and I had to laugh. Luffy can be so simpleminded, but he is stubborn as a mule. How long will it take for him to change Sanji’s mind? I give Sanji another volume to be persuaded, or run off the Baratie by Chef Zeff.

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Manga Review: Blade of the Immortal Omnibus 1 by Hiroaki Samura @DarkHorseComics


May Contain Spoilers

I was first introduced to this series when Dark Horse was releasing the floppies over 20 years ago (!). That was before licensed manga was released right to left, but instead was flipped to read left to right. Blade of the Immortal was cut up and the panels arranged in an order more palatable to Western readers at the time. Boy how things have changed! Instead of taking the opportunity to release these omnibuses in their original layout, the publisher choose to keep everything the same, and just bound three volumes together for each omnibus. Since I read a digital review copy, I unfortunately can’t weigh in on production quality, other than to say that the digital review copy was so clean and crisp, and a joy to read, that I wish that they releasing this in digital format as well as paper.

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