Manga Review: Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe


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I had never heard of this manga until I saw it mentioned in a weekly roundup on Manga Bookshelf. I did a little Googling and decided that it was something I would like to check out, especially as I am almost finished with Slam Dunk. I checked the library without much hope, but ta-da!! They have the first 7 volumes, so I requested away!

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Manga Review: A Bride’s Story V 5 by Kaoru Mori


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Most of this volume centers around the twins’ wedding. They are, of course, their usual impulsive, self-indulgent selves, and I felt bad for Sarm and Sami. I don’t think the boys are going to know what hit them as they are ordered through life by their new demanding brides. To give the girls some depth, they finally realize that by marrying, they are effectively leaving their family and joining a new one instead. Oh, how the bitter tears of two young women who finally, FINALLY, realize that their lives have been changed more than they stopped and thought about. Lucky for them, their parents only live a short walk away.

The volume ended with Amir and Karluk. Amir finds an injured hawk, brings it home, and attempts to nurse it back to health. I thought this was a really depressing chapter especially after the jovial celebration in the beginning of the volume. As Amir tries desperately to heal the bird, Karluk starts feeling a bit neglected. He even seeks advice for dealing with his wayward wife. Amir has been hunting for the hawk nearly every day, and patiently hand feeding it morsels from her kills. When Amir realizes that she’s made Karluk feel bad, she is dismayed that she caused her husband distress. Ugh. Then I started thinking what is he going to do when they have kids?

The wedding celebration was an extravagant, jubilant affair, for everyone but the brides. Forced to sit in their ceremonial finery, for what the Laila and Leily must have left like absolute days,  they finally coerce Sami and Sarm into stealing food for them, and helping them to escape from their confinement in the house. It did seem rather unfair that the girls didn’t get to partake in their own wedding feast, but I despaired at them ever curbing their energetic behavior. Until, of course, they realized that they no longer had a place in their childhood home. Let the waterworks begin. Both Sami and Sarm were at their wits end trying to soothe their distraught wives. Poor guys.

Once again, the illustrations are simply stunning, and this series should be read for no other reason than to pour over Kaoru Mori’s highly detailed and exquisite artwork.

This is the last print edition of the series that I’ll review. The library only has one more volume, but I would rather read the digital edition when it is released in October.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori’s tale of life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road takes on an air of celebration as, at long last, Laila and Leily’s wedding day arrives! But the marriage ceremony may be even more taxing for the girls than their search for a pair of grooms. Sitting still and silent as their guests celebrate and eat is a trial that will push the girls’ patience to its limit, not to mention that of Sami and Sarm! As the twins finally make their vows and commit themselves to their husbands, the gravity of the moment finally sets in. Though they have dreamed of marriage for years, only now do they realize that everything in their lives is about to change…
Crafted in painstaking detail, Ms. Mori’s pen breathes life into the scenery and architecture of the period in this heart-warming, slice-of-life tale that is at once wholly exotic, yet familiar and accessible through the everyday lives of the characters she has created.

Manga Review: A Bride’s Story V 3 & 4 by Kaoru Mori

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In Volumes 3 and 4, the focus of A Bride’s Story shifts to Mr. Smith and the villagers he comes in to contact with on his journey to Ankara. Amir and Karluk make cameo appearances, so we don’t completely lose sight of them. Amir’s family has fallen on hard times because of their failure to steal her back and marry her off to another tribe, and I can’t say I felt too bad for them, even if Amir did.

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Manga Review: A Bride’s Story V 2 by Kaoru Mori @yenpress


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Wow. This series is stunning so far. The hardcover presentation is top-notch, and the art is gorgeous. The age difference between Karluk and Amir didn’t even bother me as much this time around. The entire volume was engaging, and I couldn’t put it down.

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Manga Review: Graineliers V 2 by Rihito Takarai @yenpress


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Well, I had at least one question answered with this volume. There is a two-page spread advertising Graineliers V 3, so I guess there will be more, though I can’t find any information about when the 3rd volume will be published by Yen Press. If anyone has any info about this series beyond V 2, please drop a comment in the comment section.

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Manga Review: Graineliers V 1 by Rihito Takarai @yenpress


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This was different! In a world were seeds are a vital part of life, they are carefully regulated by the Grainelier Institute Security. Common, cheap seeds can do things like ignite with a touch, while rare seed are cultivated and studied by the National Grainelier Institute. Growing these seeds is against the law, and ingesting them could get someone banished, and the person who provided them charged with murder. Pretty cool!

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Manga Review: Silver Spoon V 2 by Hiromu Arakawa @yenpress


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This is a really fun series. Who would have thought that life at an agricultural high school could be so exciting? Certainly not Hachiken, who is only attending Ezo Ag to get as far away from his parents as possible. The series follows his daily activities, which by all accounts should be pretty darn boring, because scooping manure from horse stalls and fattening up piglets really isn’t all that exciting. But somehow Hiromu Arakawa makes these farming chores page-turners.

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Manga Review: Liselotte & Witch’s Forest V 1 & 2 by Natsuki Takaya



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Here’s a quick combo review of the first two volumes of Liselotte & Witch’s Forest. To be honest, the first volume didn’t do much for me, but I like Takaya’s art, so I borrowed V2 from the library. This series features a saccharine sweet heroine, who is modest and self-effacing to a fault. I find this kind of character in shojo manga to be very boring, so after V1, I wasn’t expecting much. Liselotte is a lot like Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket, but without the conflicts of the Sohma’s, it fell flat for me. Then came the end of V2, and I’m a little more invested in the series.

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