Manga Update! *July 2017 Edition*

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I have a pretty short list this month due to the lack of new manga discoveries. However, I did create a list of interesting titles I found while I was hanging out at Barnes & Noble.

About 95% of them are not found in any libraries near me (boo). Looks like I’ll be ordering serious inter-library loans in a next couple of months!

Here’s the latest on the manga I’ve been reading so far:

Updated Manga

  1. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  2. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  3. Haikyu!! By Haruichi Furudate
  4. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  5. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki
  6. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

You’ll find the fully updated manga list here.

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Got any recommendations for next month’s manga update? Feel free to comment below!

Manga Monday #22: “Maid-Sama!” by Hiro Fujiwara

 

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Maid-Sama! by Hiro Fujiwara is a shojo manga about a high school girl who secretly works at a maid café and falls for the most popular boy in her school. This story appears to be like any other ol’ typical shojo story but this one has a tiny twist: the female protagonist doesn’t care about the boy (until later).

Seika High class president Misaki Ayuzawa only cares about maintaining stability in her wild, mostly-male dominated school. It only has become co-ed until recently. Misaki’s distaste in men originates from her father abandoning the family while she was very young. To take care of her sick mom, Misaki serves customers in cute maid outfits after school to keep up with the bills.

Soon-to-be love interest Takumi Usui is the first person from Seika High to discover Misaki at her job.

The shojo manga I’ve read in the past always tend to be about a girl who falls in love with a guy, goes through a serious of obstacles, and finally lands a happy ending after an enduring test of love. Maid-Sama! takes on these familiar scenarios and flips it around a bit.

Throughout the series, Misaki and Takumi slowly form a deep relationship despite the craziness happening all around them. From time to time, Takumi saves Misaki’s maid identity from being uncovered while Misaki tries to figure out her true feelings for Takumi and keep their relationship alive. Takumi may be popular and rich, but he has some dark secrets of his own.

If you’re a big fan of shojo manga, I’d recommend this series. It’s a good one I haven’t read for a while.  I’m not finished with this story yet and I pray it has a fulfilling ending.

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The last kind of shojo manga I want to read is the love interest dying and the main character moves on with a sad smile on their face. Seriously, I read a series like that and I cried out of anger and sadness for the rest of the day.

(Source pics: Tumblr: Maid, Fireworks)

Comment below if you’ve read this manga or you have some shojo  series you’d like to share! 😉

Manga Update! *June 2017 Edition*

 

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I love spring time (and it’s almost over)! Spring’s the season when most of my favorite manga series carry out their latest volumes from the cliffhangers left over from the winter. The most anticipated manga series for me was My Hero Academia. It felt like 2,000 years since I read the last volume.

Special note: I’ve added “reading the omnibus volumes” to certain titles in the manga list. For instance, I’m reading the omnibus collections of Maid-Sama and Princess Jellyfish instead of the individual volumes.

Here’s my latest manga update:

New Manga

  1. The Manga Classics
    • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (adapted by Crystal S. Chan)
    • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (adapted by Crystal S. Chan)

 

Updated Volumes

  1. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  2. Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  3. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  4. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara
  5. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
  6. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara

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Read any of the manga above? Feel free to comment below!

Recommendations are welcome too! ^_^

Manga Updates! *May 2017 Edition*

Good news! I’ve made another manga list titled “The Manga List II: Beyond the Journey” so you can still catch up the latest manga I’ve been reading. Eventually, the list will be posted up on the Manga Corner.

Here’s what I’ve read the past month:

New Volumes

  1. Boruto: The Next Generation by Ukyo Kodachi
  2. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara

Updated Volumes

  1. Ajin: Demi-Human by Gamon Sakurai
  2. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  3. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  4. Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  5. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

Have you read any of these volumes?  Any recommendations?  Better yet, which manga series have YOU been reading lately?

Feel free to comment below!

The Manga List II: “Beyond The Journey”

Welcome to the Manga List II: “Beyond The Journey”! For those who are not familiar with my past manga journey, this list is the continuing log of the manga I’ve been reading.

The titles highlighted in bold are the most recently updated and/or added to the list.

The Manga List II

*LIST UPDATED: JULY 2017*

A

  1. Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase (6 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Ajin: Demi – Human by Gamon Sakurai (9 volumes)
  3. Amazing Agent Jennifer by  Nunzio DeFilippis (1 volume)
  4. Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door by Jun Maeda (1 volume)
  5. Animal Land by Makoto Raiku (6 volumes)
  6. Apollo’s Song by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui (9 volumes)
  8. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (21 volumes)
  9. Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma by (3 volumes)

B

  1. Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakoji (1 volume)
  2. Bakuman by Tsugumi Oba (1 volume)
  3. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino (13 volumes)
  4. Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa (10 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Black Butler by  Yana Toboso (10 volumes)
  6. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata (7 volumes)
  7. Bleach by Tite Kubo (68 volumes)
  8. Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato (10 volumes)
  9. Boruto: The Next Generation by Ukyo Kodachi (1 volume)
  10. Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (8 volumes) *completed series*

C

  1. Cantarella by You Higuri (6 volumes)
  2. A Centaur’s Life by Kei Murayama (3  volumes)
  3. A Certain Magical Index by Kazuma Kamachi ( 8 volumes)
  4. A Certain Scientific Accelerator by Kazuma Kamachi (4 volumes)
  5. A Certain Scientific Railgun by Kazuma Kamachi (11 volumes)
  6. Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami (12 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Comic by Ha SiHyun (2 volumes)

D

  1. Dance in the Vampire Bund by Nozomu Tamaki (14 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Dark Water by Koji Suzuki (1 volume) *completed series*
  3. Death Note by Tsugumi Oba (12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto (8 volumes)

E

  1. Emma by Kaoru Mori (10 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Excel Saga by  Rikdo Koshi (12 volumes)

F

  1. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mishima (60 volumes)
  2. Fairy Tail Blue Mistral by Hiro Mashima (2 volumes)
  3. Flower of Life by Fumi Yoshinaga (3 volumes)
  4. From Far Away by Kyoko Hikawa (14 volumes) *completed series*
  5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takara (23 volumes) *completed series*
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (27 volumes) *completed series*
  7. Fushigi Yugi by Yuu Watase (18 volumes) *completed series*
  8. Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase (10 volumes)

H

  1. Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate (12 volumes)
  2. Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino (4 volumes)
  3. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakomoto by Sano Nami (4 volumes) *completed series*
  4. The Heiress and the Chauffer by Keiko Ishihara (1 volume)
  5. Hellsing by Kohta Hinaro (2 volumes)
  6. Honey Blood by Miko Mitsuki (3 volumes)
  7. Horimiya by Hero (1 volume)

I

  1. Inu-Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi (45 volumes)
  2. I”s  by Masakazu Katsura (13 volumes)
  3. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? by Fujino Omori (2 volumes)

K

  1. Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki (23 volumes)
  2. Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina (1 volume)

L

  1. Library Wars by Hiro Arikawa (14 volumes)
  2. The Limit by Keiko Suenobu (1 volume)
  3. Log Horizon by Mamare Touno (1 volume)

M

  1. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka (24 volumes)
  2. Maid-Sama by Hiro Fujiwara (5 volumes) *reading the omnibus collections*
  3. Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Crystal S. Chan (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  6. Manga Classics: The Jungle Book by Crystal S. Chan (1 volume) *completed series*
  7. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  8. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  9. Manga Classics: Sense & Sensibility by Stacy King (1 volume) *completed series*
  10. Mermaid Saga by Rumiko Takahashi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  11. Merman In My Tub by Itokichi (5 volumes)
  12. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki (7 volumes)
  13. Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture by Mayasuki Ishikawa (2 volumes)
  14. Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation by Yoshiyuki Nishi (18 volumes) *completed series*
  15. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (8 volumes)
  16. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara (12 volumes)

N

  1. Nana by Ai Yazawa (21 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (72 volumes) *completed series*
  3. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto (1 volume) *completed series*
  4. Natsume’s Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikawa (1 volume)
  5. Negima by Ken Akamatsu (21 volumes)
  6. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan by Hiroshi Shiibashi (14 volumes)
  7. Nobari No Ou by Yuhki Kamatani (1 volume)

O

  1. Oh My Goddess! by Kosuke Fujishima (2 volumes)
  2. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda (82 volumes)
  3. One Punch Man by ONE (11 volumes)
  4. Orochi Blood by Kazuo Umezu ( 1 volume) *completed series*
  5. Ouran Host Club by Bisco Hatori (18 volumes) *completed series*

P

  1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda (3 volumes)
  2. Presents by Kanako Inuki (1 volume)
  3. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Tekeuchi ( 12 volumes) *completed series*
  4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories by Naoko Tekeuchi (1 volume)
  5. Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi (2 volumes)
  6. Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura (4 volumes) *reading the omnibus collections*
  7. Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka (2 volumes) *completed series*

R

  1. R.O.D. by Hideyuki Kurata (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. The Royal Palace Goong by So Hee Park (1 volume)
  3. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki (3 volumes)

S

  1. Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi (2 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Scary Book by Kazuo Umezu (3 Volumes) *completed series*
  3. School Rumble by Jin Kobayashi (16 volumes)
  4. The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko by Ririko Tsujita (1 volume)
  5. A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima (7 volumes) *completed series*
  6. The Spanish Duke’s Virgin Bride by Keiko Kishimoto and Chantelle Shaw (1 volume)
  7. Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura (3 volumes)

T

  1. The All-New Tenchi Muyo by Hitoshi Okudo (2 volumes)
  2. Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow (1 volume)
  3. Twin Star Exorcists by Yoshiaki Sukeno (5 volumes)

V

  1. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino (17 volumes)

W

  1. The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa (8 volumes)
  2. Witchcraft Works by Ryuu Mizunagi (1 volume)
  3. With the Light by Keiko Tobe (3 volumes)

Y

  1. Yukarism by Chika Shiomi (4 volumes) *completed series*
  2. Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi (10 volumes)

Z

  1. Zatch Bell by Makoto Raiku (1 volume)
  2. Zelda: Ocarina of Time  by Akira Himekawa (2 volumes)

 

 

Manga Monday #21: “Boruto” by Ukyo Kodachi

WARNING: This post may contain spoilers!

Reading Boruto: The Next Generation  was like a cozy reunion with a good friend. If you loved the original Naruto manga, you’ll feel the same way.  I strongly recommend reading it before Boruto. You’ll be familiar with the characters, terminology (chakras, bijuu, etc.), and know exactly what has happened.

The first volume of Boruto brings back a couple of the original characters with a new generation of ninjas including Boruto, Naruto’s son. Naruto is now hokage of Konoha village.  Boruto doesn’t give a flip about his dad’s position. All he wants is his dad to spend more time with him and the rest of his family. Unfortunately, being hokage requires constant attention to matters of the ninja world. Naruto has to watch diligently over his village especially with a new evil creeping about.

Boruto’s a bit a brat but I’m sure he will grow out of it as the story develops. I understand he’s disappointed with his father’s absence but he should be happy to even have living parents. Naruto didn’t have doting parents present in his life. They sacrificed their lives to save Konoha a long time ago.

Boruto has potential to be the ultimate shinobi but lacks clear motivation. He plans on cheating in the upcoming Chunin exam with advanced shinobi technology. Plus, he asks Sasuke Uchiha to train him to become a better fighter to defeat his own father. He will encounter many lessons in order to become a great ninja

Boruto is part of shinobi cell Team Konohamaru with Sarada Uchiha and Mitsuki. Despite his training, Boruto has no plans of walking down the hokage path. He’d rather die than become hokage.

However, Naruto’s heroic deeds inspire Sarada Uchiha to become hokage. She takes her training seriously unlike Boruto. Sarada’s parents are Sakura Haruno and Sasuke.  I have high hopes she’ll become an awesome female ninja in this series. What I like about her is her main goals doesn’t revolve around a love interest. I probably would’ve stopped reading if Sarada was in love with Boruto for the heck of adding some romance in this story.

When Sakura was her daughter’s age (11-12 years), her mission was to grab Sasuke’s attention. A quarter of her life was about Sasuke. I remember skipping some of Sakura’s chapters because it was mainly about her yearning for Sasuke. It was tiresome and repetitive! It wasn’t until 100+ chapters later Sasuke finally revealed any sign of affection towards Sakura (thank goodness).

Mitsuki is the most mysterious out of Team Konohamaru. No hints of his parents are mentioned anywhere. Why? Mitsuki’s an artificial human being. His creator may surprise you. His story only adds more spice to the main story.

The mix of old and new characters made me want to wait for the next volume. In the meantime, I’ll possibly watch the movie. Here’s the trailer if you’re interested. It’s okay if you want to start anew with this series without reading 72 volumes of Naruto. You’ll pick up the entire story line eventually.

Have you read Naruto and Boruto? Any ninja manga you recommend?

Manga Monday #20: “Haikyuu!!” by Haruichi Furudate

I don’t usually read sports manga but Haikyuu‘s notable characters made the story worthwhile. Haikyuu was one of those manga series I was  hesitant to read at first. I expected to read the first volume then abandon it. This happened before with a previous sports manga (more details later).  Thank goodness, Haikyuu is livelier than I expected!

Shoyo Hinata (the orange haired kid) is the best. I absolutely adore him! He’s a super energetic character who doesn’t let his short height stop him from becoming a star volleyball player. Shoyo dreams of playing for the national Japanese team like his favorite player “Little Giant”. He gathered a small volleyball team in middle school only to be destroyed shortly by Tobio Kageyama’s team. Since his defeat, Shoyo vowed to train harder and defeat Tobio.

Shoyo meets Tobio again in Karasano high school. This time, he has to work with him. Their relationship didn’t start off great but they had to get along in order to join the Karasano volleyball club.

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Tobio Kageyama appears to be a total jerk in the beginning of the series. People call Tobio “The King of the Court” for his outstanding volleyball skills as a setter.  However, the nickname came with a bad reputation due to his bossy attitude and short-temper. It came to a point his former teammates stopped playing with him because they couldn’t deal with his nonsense any longer.

Tobio promises to become a better team player. I appreciate his character development.  I didn’t like him until I delve more into his backstory (you have to read for more info). There’s always a reason why a character has become an irritable pain in the butt!

Before Haikyuu,  I read The Prince of Tennis. I couldn’t get into the story  after the second volume and abandoned it.  I felt there was a missing element to keep me hooked to the plot. Even though I liked the main character, it wasn’t enough for me as a reader to follow his journey throughout the series. I’m glad I didn’t encounter the same disappointment with Haikyuu. My perspective on sports manga have certainly changed.

Haikyuu has become my cornerstone sports manga! The story makes volleyball more fun than I remember. When I played volleyball in middle school (for gym class), my best volleyball technique was falling flat on my stomach.

I prefer badminton. Hopefully, Japan will come out with a badminton manga series!

Have you read Haikyuu?

Any other sports manga recommendation? Feel free to comment below!