• Ecchi Manga Review,  Gender Bend Manga Review

    Final Girl

    My Review: Classic slasher flicks have become a cultural touchstone in horror cinema that has spawned a number of tropes that define the genre: final girls, deadly shower scenes, and the slut characters dying first. Though slasher stories can at times be ludicrous they continue to engage audiences after decades of films. The genre has become the perfect vehicle for comedy and satire, and Final Girl is a silly little one-shot that tackles these tropes. The story follows a young man that finds himself transported into the plot of a slasher flick that is reminiscent Friday the 13th. He wakes up in the body of Summer, the “slut” character, doomed…

  • Gender Bend Manga Review

    Waltz

    Also by this author: Inside Mari, Sweet Poolside, Welcome Back Alice Warnings: Violence, Bullying, Homophobia My Thoughts This little one-shot had so much to say in just one chapter, the story felt like a hard slap. I didn’t expect to have my heart crushed in such a short number of pages. Things start in the same way that many transgender stories in fiction do, a girl meets a cute boy and helps him find himself. The two become close over their shared secret, she comes to his defense when he is bullied. It’s a step away from the fetishized M/M fiction written by cis women. “I’ll just have to make…

  • Manga Review

    Palace of Water

    Warnings: Violence, Abuse, Mild Sexual Content, Death My Thoughts One of my favorite story arcs in Kodocha was the on-location shoot for Sana’s first film, Palace of Water. It is during an arc where Sana grapples with her personal relationships and realizes feelings she didn’t know existed. Brief snippets of the film are included in the story for different parts of the shoot, and for years I had always wondered what the movie would have been like! The premise sounded really interesting, and the bits of story that are shown showed the usually cheerful Sana taking on a more somber, chilling role. This is an ever-present desire whenever I read…

  • Manga Review

    Prologue – Gymnopédies –

    My Thoughts Prologue – Gymnopédies – is a surprising little manga collection that I found on a whim while looking for more work by Natsujikei Miyazaki. It is part of a project that seeks to collaborate between manga and music, a novel concept. The music that inspired this collection is Gymnopédies by Erik Satie. Six lesser-known mangakas were asked to create a short one-shot manga that is inspired by the titular track. Gymnopédies is a soft piano track that to me elicited a dreamy yet somber feeling. I felt that most of the manga fit the theme of the music well, and I enjoyed reading it while listening to the…

  • Manga Review

    Peach Girl

    Also in this series: Peach Girl: Sae’s Story, Peach Girl NEXT Also by this author: Pre Mari, Loco Moco, Papillon: Flower & Butterfly Warnings: Violence, Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Bullying, Statutory Rape, Abuse My Thoughts Peach Girl is a nostalgic series for me, it is one of the first shojo series that I really got hooked onto. I loved the bold art style and the characters, the romance, the drama. I really related a lot to Momo, an outgoing but insecure girl that worries about her tanned skin and struggles with a manipulative and jealous friend, Sae. This manga struck a chord with me particularly because of the duality between Momo…

  • Shojo Manga Review

    Loco Moco

    Also by this author: Pre Mari, Peach Girl, Papillon: Flower & Butterfly My Thoughts Love confessions are one of those things from my youth that I honestly miss. Confessing to the person that you have a crush on is nerve-wracking, and when looking back there are often so many missed opportunities. I remember the crushing feeling the first time I found out that a high school crush that I had been nursing for months ended up becoming a friend’s boyfriend. This happened a few times, I never felt sour about it but shrugged it off that I was just too slow to act on those feelings. This feeling of being…