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The Stellar Six of Gingacho – Please bring the good old days back!

ssog1Title: The Stellar Six of Gingacho

Author: Yuki Fujimoto

Summary: A girl tries to reunite her childhood friends

Gut reaction: I love this!

Why: As a nostalgia addict, I can deeply connect with Mike’s struggle to get her friends back together and into a close group once more. The desire for things as they were is both impossible and human nature. The characters are mostly solid, although a few are flimsy, and the setting is very heart-felt. I immediately empathized with the characters and cheered them on in their struggles. I hope it ends well, because I’m too focused on the past to predict where it’ll end up in the future. Please bring the good old days back!

Who would like this book: shoujo fans, slice-of-life fans, shounen fans, other nostalgia addicts. I, of course, will doggedly follow it until the end.

–Lexie, 16, West Seattle

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Darker Than Black – 10 years ago, hell-gate appeared!

Darker Than BlackTitle:  Darker than Black

Author:  Tensai Okamura

I started watching it because…our Japanese teacher played it in class.

I kept watching it because… it just kept getting better and better with each episode and all the characters were developed well for the most part.

Main characters in a yearbook, would be voted “Most Likely To”:  

  • Hei – to sacrifice anything for his sister,
  • Yin – to protect Hei at any cost.

Six Word Recap: Ten years ago, hell-gate appeared in Tokyo.

This anime reminded me of Death Note because… both are about people who have powers and use them strategically to outdo their opponent.

–Endrias, Lake City, Teen Volunteer

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Three in Love – high school threesomes?!

Three in loveTitle: Three In Love

Author: Shioko Mizuki

Summary: High school threesome

Gut reaction: We’re allowed to have polygamy in media now? Why wasn’t I told before?

Why: The story is actually pretty tame and simple, but I do like it. The main girl, Machiru, and her love rival decide to date their love interest together and Machiru is really fond of the other girl as well. Unexpectedly, the characters are deep and complex, insofar as shoujo goes, and the story isn’t predictable or boring. A grounded shoujo is so rare these days that upon discovery I become inconsolably happy.

Who would like this book: Shoujo fans, manga fans in general, people in threesomes? I’m happy and will follow it until it ends.

Lexie, West Seattle

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Sugar Sugar Rune: Two witches get mixed up in ancient racial politics.

sugarsugarrunecoverTitle:  Sugar Sugar Rune

Author:  Moyoco Anno

Summary: Two witches compete for the title of queen by seducing boys but get mixed up in ancient racial politics.

Gut reaction: Cutesy, magical girl, handled really well, pretty original.

Why: The characters are deep, the back-stories cliché and the story only semi-predicable.  There are definitely some unexpected turns and I do think I know how it’ll end, but I won’t spoil it for you guys since it went to the effort of being so well-developed.  The character development is superb, the setting in half-unexplored in the best of ways, and the system of magic is really detailed and thought out.  What at first glance seems to be a cutesy styled shoujo turns into a darker coming-of-age story about emotion and acceptance.

Who would like this book: Shoujo fans, maybe Chocomimi fans because the art is also stylized, maybe more mature fans as well.  It’s hard for me to read because of the immense styling, but once I pick it up I can breeze through it, so I’ll read it through.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle, Teen Blogger

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Bloody Monday – hacker boy & friends fight terrorists

bloody mondayTitle: Bloody Monday

Authors: Ryou Ryumon & Kouji Megumi

Summary: High school hacker boy and friends fight terrorists after police dad is framed.

Gut reaction: Ugh characters, hackers are cool, overpowered high schoolers, biological terrorism, Russia, conspiracy

Why: The characters are all two-note, ability and character center. For example, one of the high schoolers, a kid called Kujou, pretty much has only two things going for him: his ability to take down armed terrorists with a freaking bow and arrow, and his obsessive hatred of terrorists which no normal high school student should have. So the characters aren’t developed.

I do like that the main character has potential to develop into a kid who is reckless and doesn’t understand that it isn’t a game which will lead to character development, but the manga is too focused on showing off the awesomeness, so I don’t think that’ll happen. The students are all overpowered. I’m sorry, I don’t know what world you live in, but in mine teenagers can’t hack into the government’s most secure database in, like, five minutes. The story is gearing up for a conspiracy and the high school students are going to end up taking it down in a suitably dramatic way, I can tell.

Who would like this book: Shounen fans, conspiracy fans, hacker fans, shock factor fans. I’ll keep reading ‘cause hackers are freaking awesome to read.  What does this say about me…

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle

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Venus Capriccio – Annoying guy lead, likable female lead, music genius

317px-Venus_Capriccio_3Title: Venus Capriccio

Author: Mai Nishikata

Summary: A tomboy has a series of bad boyfriends and her perfect childhood friend confesses to her.

Gut reaction: Annoying guy lead, likable female lead, I like childhood friends, music genius

Why: The hero is one of those perfect people who is half-foreign, a piano prodigy, insanely smart, beautiful, chivalrous, and has a tragic back-story and cruel family.  What’s surprising is that he’s the younger one and she’s not useless.  She may be a tomboy, but she’s not innocent and doesn’t need to be saved all the time.  So far she has no interest in him, and it is also nice to see a girl who can reject without having another love.  The story is going to be slow going for a bit and then intensify with a story about his tragic past and unknown rich family and she’s going to have to end up with him, but the beginning is good.

Who would like this book: Shoujo fans, Maid-sama fans. I’ll keep reading unless they over-do it with the tragic back-story arc.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle Teen Blogger

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Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist: weird, cool monsters

Taimashinv1Title: Taimashin – The Red Spider Exorcist

Authors: Hideyuki Kikuchi & Shin Yong-Gwan

Summary: In an interesting fusion between (mostly) manga and (a bit of) manhwa, an office lady is plagued with supernatural problems and her savior that comes with them, a mysterious spider-exorcist

Gut reaction: weird, onmyouji, eh office lady, cool monsters

Why: The heroine, Megumi, isn’t annoying but isn’t interesting either. I like her lover, an insignificant side character sure to die/be abandoned soon because he seems thoughtful in an unusual way. The onmyouji (traditional Japanese exorcist) is awesome and spider powers are also cool. The monsters are pretty awesome in their powers and appearances. The story is reasonably paced and is pretty good. I’m looking forward to how this continues.

Who would like this book: manhwa fans, shounen fans, horror fans, youkai fans, romance fans. I’ll keep reading and probably stick with it.

Lexie – Teen Blogger  – West Seattle

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