• Manga Review

    Sweet Poolside

    Also by this author: A Trail of Blood, Happiness, The Flowers of Evil My Thoughts The premise for this manga was ridiculous enough to pique my interest and I honestly don’t know what I expected. A teenage boy who hasn’t grown any body hair meets a girl with a lot of body hair, and the two band together to shave. There is some good commentary about the way that society judges both men and women about body hair underneath the obvious ecchi scenario of a boy shaving a girl. This little manga would definitely appeal to folks with trichophilia, particularly the ones that find shaving arousing. Ayako actually has a…

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    News of Transformations

    Also by this author: There’s Nothing Wrong With Me, Prologue-Gymnopedies- My Thoughts Henshin no News is a collection of one-shot stories that explore human relationships and loneliness. It is an extremely experimental slice of life manga that comes to life due to Miyazaki’s unusual art style and expert storytelling in a relatively small package. “It’s only when it’s time for goodbyes that I finally come to like everyone.” Like most manga in the slice of life genre, many of the situations that the characters deal with are relatively mundane, but what sets this manga apart is that there is this element of the fantastical that removes the stories and the…

  • Manga Review

    The Way of the Househusband

    My Thoughts I didn’t know I needed this manga until I chanced upon it. The Way of the Househusband is a laugh out loud funny manga about a former Yakuza legend adjusting to his new life as a dedicated house husband. The manga follows Tatsu as he tackles every day tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping. He faces judgment from other gang members that run into him but doesn’t let things phase him. The relationship between Tatsu and his wife Miku is also adorable. He is completely devoted to her and they make such a silly and sweet pair. There is no swoon worthy romance, just the every day…

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    Solanin

    Also by this author: A Girl on the Shore, Goodnight Punpun, What a Wonderful World! My Thoughts Meiko is a college graduate that has been feeling unsatisfied with her life. She has an office job that she doesn’t care for and a live-in boyfriend that works part-time and regrets never being successful with his music career. Meiko struggles with the feeling that she has stagnated, at that point between college and adulthood, having nothing that she feels passionate about. Solanin is the story of discontented youth that is painfully relatable for many young people in the modern age. “The way I look at it, adults are just a bunch of…

  • Manga Review

    A Girl on the Shore

    Also by this author: Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, Nijigahara Holograph, Solanin My Thoughts A Girl on the Shore is a manga that I didn’t know that I needed. It’s a story about two youths, struggling with an oppressive ennui that leads them to become friends with benefits. This isn’t a love story by any means, as many that have ever entered in a true “no strings” friendship can probably attest to. It is about loneliness, selfishness, and the complexity of relationships. “We just do it and do it, but I keep feeling like it’s not enough. Why do you think?” I was surprised with how much I related to…