Let’s face it, we all have a few fond memories of the “class clown” making everyone collapse in stitches during a particularly boring high school class. Now, you can re-live those types of hilarious moments in Takuma Morishige’s manga My Neighbor Seki, which revolves around a “goody two-shoes” student named Rumi Yukoi who can’t help but watch “the class clown” Toshinari Seki, who takes goofing off to new heights. While some of the gags can get a bit old after a while, this light-hearted manga is the perfect read if you’re in need of a bit of fluff.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, February 17th, 2015||No Comments »|
JiEun Ha’s horror manga Void’s Enigmatic Mansion is the perfect Halloween read. In the story, a mysterious man named Mr. Void owns a spectacularly creepy house on 6 Roland Street and resides on the seventh floor. While most of the tenants think he’s just an eccentric landlord, what they don’t realize is that he has the power to grant all of their wishes. However, their stories start to become interconnected when all of their secret desires begin to come true.
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In Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka’s manga The Heroic Legend of Arslan, a reluctant young prince named Arslan is destined to rule the city of Pars, but he fears he’ll never be the king his father was. However, at the age of 14, his entire life comes crashing down when his kingdom is destroyed in a bloody war and Aslan is forced to become the leader he was born to be in order to restore Pars to its former glory.
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The manga Millennium Snow is written and illustrated by Bisco Hatori and explores the idea of whether or not it’s better to prolong a life if the person’s suffering. The story follows a 17-year-old girl named Chiyuki Matsuoka who was born with a heart condition and knows she’s living on borrowed time. By a twist of fate, she meets an 18-year-old vampire named Toya who refuses to drink human blood.
Unlike the usual YA vampire romance novels, Chiyuki and Toya’s relationship is tinged with sorrow because they both know Chiyuki will be dead by next winter. Hatori also makes no secret that their romantic relationship is dysfunctional and points out that the main reason why Chiyuki falls for Toya is because he has “the gift of life.”
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Kazune Kawahara’s hilarious manga High School Debut will have its readers laughing and crying all at the same time as they relive their own tumultuous high school years and the struggles of being a teenager. The manga follows a young girl named Haruna who is so unlucky in love that she enlists the help of a cute older classmate named Yoh to help her become more attractive and “date worthy.” He agrees but warns Haruna that she can’t fall for him or the deal is off. As fate would have it, Yoh and Haruna do wind up falling in love, although life throws many shenanigans their way in the form of a manipulative sister and Yoh’s jealous ex-girlfriend.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, June 26th, 2014||No Comments »|
Author Makoto Yukimura’s stunning series Vinland Saga combines elements of history with gorgeous artwork to create a thoroughly enjoyable manga series. The Vineland Saga follows King Canute the Great’s rise to power as well as a revenge plot centered on Thorfinn, who is seeking justice for his murdered father. Set in England during the eleventh century when the Danes controlled the country, there’s just enough fantasy and juicy historical tidbits mixed in to keep readers going until the very last page.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, June 11th, 2014||No Comments »|
In a small village that struggles to survive a draught that is causing all of the inhabitants to live in poverty, a beautiful young girl named Soah is chosen to be sacrificed by drowning in the hopes that her death will satisfy the Gods and bring the community much-needed rain. Imagine Soah’s surprise when the Water God himself saves her from being killed and smuggles her back to his magical kingdom. Not only is she a welcome guest in Habaek’s kingdom but now she’s free to live her life on her terms, not anyone else’s.
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