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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Ooku volume 2

With the release of volume 2 of Ooku in December, I can declare that no other comic I read in the past year meant as much to me as as a fan of both manga and Fumi Yoshinaga.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Itazura Na Kiss vol 1

Kaoru Tada writes the contemporary romantic comedy shojo playbook in Itazura Na Kiss (1991-1999) but unlike many of her imitators, her characters always seem genuine even when they find themselves in fairly contrived “only in a shojo manga” situations.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Pandora Hearts vol 1

Jun Mochizuki takes fairy tale symbols and logic and puts them through some kind of psychedelic wash in Pandora Hearts.  The results are fairly confusing, if surprisingly compelling.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Viz Sig Releases

Today I take a look at the latest releases of two Viz Signature titles — Dogs: Bullets & Carnage and Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Exotic and Delicious Fate

Although there’s nothing particularly remarkable about Ryoku Tsunoda’s yaoi offerings, I always find her titles a pleasurable, even comforting, read.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Two November Releases

Today I look at 2 very different manga titles released in November — Crimson Shell (one-shot by Jun Mochizuki) and Jormungand vol 1 (by Keitaro Takahashi).

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Moyasimon vol 1

Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture, by Masayuki Ishikawa, is one of the rare examples in manga of an outlandishly original concept — boy can see germs with the naked eye — which is actually executed quite smartly.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Brilliant Blue 2

Today I look at the concluding volume of Saemi Yorita’s Brilliant Blue, which cements this title’s status as a charming, thoughtful yaoi series.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Hero Tales vol 1

Hero Tales may be of special interest to North American manga readers — it is drawn by Hiromu Arakawa (of Full Metal Alchemist fame) and written by Huang Jin Zhou (who is perhaps not an actual person but a “unit comprised of Hiromu Arakawa, Genco and Studio Flag” according to bakaupdates.com…whatever that means).   However, the use of a Chinese name for the “author” makes sense since the story takes place in a fictionalized historical (Chinese) Empire.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Beast Master vol 1

Beast Master, by Kyousuke Motomi, is one of the few contemporary shojo manga titles I know of that was created by a male artist.  How does it stack up as a shojo work?

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Boys Love

Kaim Tachibana returns to the basics of the yaoi genre in the appropriately entitled Boys Love.  While she doesn’t subvert a number of traditional yaoi tropes, she does depict a relationship not bound by some of the usual “rules” of yaoi.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Halloween Extravangza!

I discuss three manga volumes with appropriately spooky themes — you’ve got your ultimate undead!fighter!, your fanservice-y vampires, and your bishonen zombies (a very *special* kind of undead).  So there’s a little something for everyone!

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — What a Wonderful World vol 1 and 2

Today I examine Inio Asano’s (also the creator of solanin, which was reviewed for this site by the very talented Melinda Beasi here) short story collections, What a Wonderful World. Just released last week by Viz, these works are required reading for those of us who are avidly following the maturing manga market in the U.S.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Nightschool vol 2

I continue covering Halloween-y books in my own little unofficial countdown to the best holiday of all.  Today I take a quick look at the second volume Svetlana Chmakova’s Nightschool.

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Danielle Leigh’s Reading Diary — Vampire Knight vol 8

The eighth volume of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight offers one of those rare moments in shojo / shonen manga, where the original playbook is thrown out entirely, and the title as a whole is entirely the better for it.

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