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My Boy Volume Two Review

Satako continues to question how involved she is getting with Mashuu and whether the lines that are being crossed are ones that ought to be for Mashuu's sake or she is simply meeting some sort of messiah complex or fill some sort of emotional void. While Mashuu continues to be pure and guileless for most of the volume his interactions with Satako come off less as Takano-Sensei setting up the scaffolding for a potentially inappropriate relationship and still that of an emotionally neglected boy craving some kind of adult affection or approval. While some boundaries seem crossed by Satako out of legitimate concern that Satako questions whether she is really as selfless as she thinks is subtle and if anything further points to a subtle understanding and self-awareness of potentially hidden desires Satako has while the ending of the volume is legitimately a twist that is unseen. Neither feeling cheap or as if it is a lame attempt to have controversy for its own sake in the series. W…

Grand Blue Dreaming Volume One Review

Iori Kitahara having just graduated High School and entering his freshman year in college has decided to move in with his Uncle and cousins who he has not seen in ten years. Iori instead gets roped into the alcohol soaked antics of college diving club that has taken up residence in Iori's Uncle's shop. With his new not quite friends slowly making Iori into a whispered spectacle at the college and essentially destroying his relationship with his younger cousin Chisa and humiliation after humiliation from having his room remodeled by having it covered in AV Idols and pornography to Yaoi and Loli and Magical Girls in attempt by club members to help Iori have a "respectable" room to many misunderstandings with Chisa and extreme drinking. written by Kenji Inoue the author of the Baka to Test Light Novel series Grand Blue Dreaming had me doubled over in pain I laughed so hard. but this being Inoue and if his earlier work is any implication the nature of the humor is ver…

Anime Expo 2018 Licence Round Up My Thoughts On The Titles I am excited about

With Anime Expo now officially over Yen Press and Seven seas had license announcements Viz also had a bunch of JoJo's Bizare Adventure announcements but I can't make myself care in the slightest about that franchise. So here we are now with Yen Press and Seven Seas having announced several titles. Admittedly the only thing Seven Seas put forward was the Classroom of the Elite Light Novel by Kinugasa, Shougo, and Tomose, Shunsaku. About the experimental school for the future leaders of the nation and the amazingly average protagonist Ayanokouji Kiyotaka and his school days encounters with classmates. As to why the basic concept is interesting and while the Anime had a polarizing effect on fans of the original novel with some threating to boycott the Blu-Ray release. While Yen Press had significantly more titles that piqued my interest from the psychological horror Manga Happy Sugar life about a seemingly perfect High School girl and her dark desires and the world permeated wi…

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Volume Two Review

Volume two continues the episodic nature of the series with three chapters dedicated to Yaya, Nonko, and Sagari a one-shot fan service story in which Kogarashi gets turned into a bottle of body soap. As well as the first major antagonist of the series in that of a dim-witted dragon god that seeks to marry Yuuna and another addition to the harem and Chisaki becoming friends with Yuuna. In a sense, a lot happens characters have developed the ethos of the series is refined and overall continues to be an admirable continuation of the original series as well as having jokes that are legitimately funny like Yaya planning on leaving Kogarashi a dead bird as a gift of thanks. Or Chisaki's overactive imagination even the climactic battle and twist at the end of the volume feel natural and unforced. While thankfully the introduction of a fight sequence though quickly resolved does not feel like it was soldered on to the story. In an attempt to appeal to fans of other kinds of series or ou…

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Vol. 1 Review

Fuyuzora Kogarashi a high school student haunted and possessed by various ghosts and spirits finds housing at a hot spring lodge potentially for free if he can exorcise the hot spring's resident ghost. Only to find that the ghost in question is a sweet-natured high school girl named Yuuna Yunohana and since Kograshi who can only exorcise ghosts and spirits by punching them cant bring himself to hit a girl. So Kograshi tries to find a new way to help Yuuna pass on or let go of her past regrets. Kogarashi also comes to find out the other residents of the inn are somehow connected to the supernatural Nonko the heavy drinking Oni YaYa a girl who is possessed by a cat deity or Sagari the sharp-tongued Yokai slaying Ninja. While Kogarashi also has to deal with juggling school and the ostracism of his classmates either due to unfortunate misunderstandings with the most popular girl in class Miyazaki Chisaki or classmates questioning his sanity he says he is a freelance psychic as part of…

Harukana Receive Volume One Review

Haruka moves to sunny Okinawa seeing the beach and being reunited with her now diminutive cousin Kanata quickly the statuesque Haruka and introverted and self-conscious Kanata form a beach volleyball duo and pick up an exhibition match against Kanata's former partner Narumi and her partner Tachibana. With Kanata finding her inner-resolve to overcome her self-consciousness and move on while Haruka slowly learns the fundamentals of the game and continues to try and help Kanata learn to be more expressive and outgoing. Harukana Receive had the potential to be little more than an exercise in pruient leering at teenaged girls instead it is very much a straight-ahead sports manga even the fact that the girl's swimsuits are sheer is explained simply to keep excess amounts of sand or resistance. Combined with a focus on the self-conscious moments Haruka has over been tall while Kanata is primarily concerned with being a burden due to her short stature. Instead, both are able to play…

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba Volume One Review

Set in the old romance of the Taisho-era Demon Slayer forges a path of determined stoical endurance in a sad almost mournful world of poverty, man-eating demons, and shadowy organizations bent on protecting humans from said man-eating demons. Protagonist Tanjiro is defined by two characteristics his kind heart which at times becomes a liability and stoical determination to protect those he cares about in particular his younger sister Nezuko who while also being his only surviving family member is also cursed with now being a demon as well. Tanjiro sets out to help return his sister to normal and defeat the demon responsible for slaughtering his family. Tanjiro undergoes training under the mysterious Sakonji Urkodaki to defeat demons and become a recognized demon slayer while his sister remains in a comatose state. The words that most come to mind when reading this are grim, stone-faced, determinative, and heart filled. Tanjiro is an interesting lead defined as much by his kind heart…