Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior)

This is a story about Kazunari Usa, calm and nice boy who will start living alone because his parents are working in a different area. He was excited about starting to live in a Kawai complex boarding house, since he thought he will finally lead a calm and “boring” life, completely different from the life while he was having with his parents. Yet, what he didn’t expect was to find a house full of eccentric tenants 🙂

The people that live in Kawai complex are really different from Usa. Shirosaki (Usa’s roommate), is a blond guy with pony tail, a huge masochist and a bit of a pervert. Nikishino Mayumi is an office lady with huge boobs, almost an alcoholic and the oldest of them all. She seems to dislike seeing other people happy and tries to mess with other people’s happiness.

Watanabe Sayaka is a college student who’s cute and looks innocent yet she’s not like that at all (this is how she looks like when she doesn’t like what’s going on 🙂 )

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And last, Kawai Ritsu is a really cute and shy bookworm, Usa’s senpai and the main reason he stayed there. She reads all the time, even when she’s walking towards school or home.

There’s also Kawai Sumiko, a manager of Kawai complex, a nice and cheerful old lady that can be really scary when she thinks that someone isn’t behaving well and according to the rules.

I really enjoyed watching this anime. I enjoyed watching Usa, who’s desperately trying to get closer to Ritsu, who’s such a nice person, who cares and helps everyone and has an amazing ability to get along with all types of people. He’s funny and his reactions are funny, especially when he get teased by Mayumi and Sayaka. He is easily pleased and gets happy with the smallest nice things that happen to him.

Ritsu is such a cute girl, a bit misunderstood, especially when people think that she’s boring and likes to be alone. She really enjoys reading and it’s amazing to see how she gets into what interests her and everything else doesn’t seem to exist. Usa will try hard to get close to her and, even though sometimes it seems to him that the distance between them is getting bigger instead of smaller, in the end I think he really got to know her and understand her well.

Shirosaki is considered a pervert and a masochist, yet he shows such a nice and a bit unexpected side of him when she tries to please a kid called Chinatsu that came to visit their complex when she felt alone because she was in a fight with her friends. He can build such great things and has good skills in dealing with children.

The quarrels between Mayumi and Sayaka never get old. It’s so funny to see how they insult/tease each other and the rest of the tenants. Sayaka also seduces men like it’s some kind of sport for her and Mayumi loves to “ruin” other people’s happiness although I don’t think she’s a mean or a bad person. Her sarcasm and the way of teasing are hilarious.

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I think it’s an interesting and funny anime to watch. It reminded me, in a way, of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, although it wasn’t as funny. Still, it’s a nice watch.

 

Omoi no Kakera (Fragments of Love)

This manga was very sweet and cute and nice for reading. It’s the first yuri I’ve read but I really liked it. It’s a story about love, one sided one, lust, insecurities, friendship, support… It’s really easy to recognize a lot of the events from manga in real life. The only different thing is that here are mostly girls falling in love with girls.

In a way, the main character is Takaoka Mika. I really liked her, as a character, she’s really down to earth, she has a nice way of thinking, she’s sharp and good at noticing things around her and people close to her.

She many times has a good advice for someone and she’s good at pointing what’s really the problem. Her only “fault” is that she was really hurt by her first love and, since then, she closed off her heart because of the fear that she might get hurt again. To overcome that, an encounter with Harada Mayu will be crucial, for both of them.

There’s a story about Matsumodo Takako and Harada Yui too. You’ll get to see how and why they’ve met in school, how will their relationship change over time and to what lengths they are willing to go so the can support each other.

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The art was pretty nice too and I’m sure I’ll check some other manga written by Takemiya Jin.

Boku to Kanojo no XXX (My barbaric girlfriend)

This manga is a story about Akira Uehara, cute and extremely shy boy, who is in love with Nanako Momoi. They are a complete opposite. He is very gentle and nice, has good grades and cares about people.

And she is very cute but the moment she opens her mouth, the illusion ends. She is violent, rude and quiet obnoxious. But, after the accident in Nanako’s house, which involved him and Nanako, her crazy mad scientist of a grandfather switched their bodies.

That’s when the nightmare for Uehara starts. Seeing how the girl he loves treats his own body and family, and how she threatens him that she will do this and that if he does something with her body (although she does the same with his) is kinda annoying.

Her grandfather is a weirdo, who will exploit the fact that Uehara is nice and tidy and likes to cook. He will watch how Nanako falls in love with her best friend and starts dating her, despite the fact that she’s a girl in a boy’s body.

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To make the things even worse, his best friend (Senbongi Shinnosuke) will fall in love with him, even though he realized that it’s Akira in Nanako’s body. I felt bad for Uehara, he is so exploited and used just because he is such a gentle soul.

There is no rule that guys should be “manly”, where being manly is considered being rude, violent, dirty and you should pick your nose all the time. Nanako is pretty obnoxious, both in her girl and boy form. It’s just that somehow that type of behavior is acceptable if you’re a boy, and it isn’t if you’re a girl.

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Anyway, it was entertaining to read it, although not all the time. I didn’t like the end, it didn’t make sense and I personally don’t agree with the development it took.

My Top manga

I really like reading manga. Since reading Fruit Basket and after it Hana Yori Dango (my first two manga I’ve read) I got completely hooked up! Today, two and a half years later, give or take, I’ve completed 796 manga, I’m reading 49, 70 are “on hold” and I’ve dropped 22 of them. On my list for reading next are 544.

I wanted to share the ones that I really liked to read. They are of different genres, some are manga and some are manhwa. There are a few one-shots here but I normally enjoy longer manga (the longer it is, I enjoy it more, if it’s a good manga). I’m just sharing the ones that I gave 8, 9 or 10 points (out of 10). Even between the ones with the same points, there are some that I liked more than others. Anyway, I hope you’ll find something here that you’d like to read. I put the names both in Japanese and English, for you to find them more easily. Also, you have a link for mangaka, to really nice site called MAL (myanimelist).

Hope you’ll like it!

10:

Watashi-tachi no Shiawase na Jikan (Our Happy Hours) by Yumeka, Sumomo

9:

Fruits Basket (Furuba) by Takaya, Natsuki

Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) by Kamio, Yoko

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom) by Nakajo, Hisaya

Kodomo no Omocha (Kodocha: Sana’s Stage) by Obana, Miho

Love So Life by Kouchi, Kaede

Ore no Hanashi wo Shiyouka (Shall we speak about me?) by Kamio, Yoko

The Friendly Winter by Lee, Jun

8:

Kare First Love by Miyasaka, Kaho

360º material by Minami, Touko

Akuma de Sourou (The Devil Does Exist) by Takanashi, Mitsuba

All You Need Is Kill by Obata, Takeshi (Art), Sakurazaka, Hiroshi (Story), Takeuchi, Ryousuke (Story)

Another by Kiyohara, Hiro (Art), Ayatsuji, Yukito (Story)

Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) by Sakisaka, Io

Arisa by Ando, Natsumi

B-Eyes by Shiomi, Chika

Banken Hero (The Watchdog Hero) by Mitsui, Haruka

Bitou Lollipop by Iketani, Rikako

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased; The Town Where Only I am Missing) by Sanbe, Kei

Boku Kara Kimi ga Kienai (You Can’t Disappear From Me) by Aikawa, Saki

Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai (I Shall Never Return) by Uchida, Kazuna

Boku wa Ookami. (I am the only wolf.) by Yuki, Nachi

Bokura ni Matsuwaru etc. (You and Me, Etc.) by Kyuugou

Bonnouji by Aki★Eda

Boyfriend by  Yamada, Daisy

Boys Love by Tachibana, Kaimu

Brother Auto Spot by Noici, Micuro

Cat street by Kamio, Yoko

Cherry Boy, That Girl by South Ant

Coda by Ichimura, Hitoshi

Crayon Days: Daikirai na Aitsu by Chiba, Kozue

Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha by Okamura, Tensai

End Game by Yamanaka, Hiko

Endou-kun no Kansatsu Nikki (Tsuda Note) by Hayakawa, Nojiko

Futari no Renai Shoka by Yamazaki, Kore

Doushitemo Furetakunai (No Touching at All) by Yoneda, Kou

Gohou Drug (Legal Drug) by CLAMP

Hajimari no Niina (Beginning Niina) by Minamori, Koyomi

Hana no Kishi (Knight of Flower) by Nishikata, Mai

Hana to Rakurai (Flower and Thunderbolt) by Watanabe, Kana

Hana wa Saku ka (Does the Flower Blossom?) by Hidaka, Shoko

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: After School (Hana-Kimi – Kayashima Arc) by Nakajo, Hisaya

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Special-hen (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Special Ending) by Nakajo, Hisaya

He Loves You by Yanai, Wakana

Heart by Takada, Rie

Hirunaka no Ryusei (Daytime Shooting Star) by Yamamori, Mika

Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light) by Midorikawa, Yuki

Houkago Hokenshitsu (After School Nightmare) by Mizushiro, Setona

Hybrid Child by Nakamura, Shungiku

Ichigo Channel (Strawberry Channel) by Tajima, Mimi

Ikumen☆After by Kodaka, Kazuma

Ingènuo by Ryan

Joou to Shitateya (Queen and the tailor) by Beriko, Scarlet

Junai Labyrinth (Pure Love Labyrinth) by Nakaji, Yuki

Junai Tokkou Taichou! (Pure-Love Kamikaze Captain) by Seino, Shizuru

Junjou Drop (Junjou Cider) by Nakahara, Aya

Junketsu Drop by Kisaragi, Manami (Art), Watarumi, Naho (Story)

Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku. (The Gods Lie) by Ozaki, Kaori

Kamisama no Iutoori (As the God of Death Dictates; Like God Says) by Kaneshiro, Muneyuki (Story), Fujimura, Akeji (Art)

Kare no Ondo (His Temperature) by Miyagawa, Masayo

Kare wa Tomodachi (He is a Friend) by Yoshioka, Ririko

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances) by Tsuda, Masami

Kiken Mania (Dangerous Mania) by Nanajima, Kana

Kimi wa Kirakira (You’re Sparkling) by Yoshino, Aki

Kimi wa Pet (Tramps Like Us) by Ogawa, Yayoi

Kimi-iro Eden (Eden in Your Color) by Aomoto, Sari

Kingyosou (Goldfish Sonata; Silent Love Song) by Fujitsuka, Yuki

Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) by Ooima, Yoshitoki

Koe no Katachi by Ooima, Yoshitoki

Koi, Hirari (Love, Lightly) by Mitsuki, Miko

Koibitogokoro (Heart of Lover) by Kanda, Neko

Koizora: Setsunai Koimonogatari (Love Sky – Sad Love Story) by Haneda, Ibuki (Art), Mika (Story)

Konya mo Nemurenai (No Sleep Tonight) by Yamamoto, Kotetsuko

Kore ga Koi to Iu naraba by Aikawa, Saki

Koukou Debut (High School Debut) by Kawahara, Kazune

Last Game by Amano, Shinobu

Last Note by Sakurakouji, Kanoko

Life by Suenobu, Keiko

Love Calendar by Minase, Mayu (Art), DECO*27 (Story)

Love in the Mask by Han, Yu-Rang

Love Lesson by Chidori, Peko

Lover Boy by Han, Yu-Rang

Marmalade Boy by Yoshizumi, Wataru

Mars by Souryo, Fuyumi

Mashikaku Rock (Tonari no Hanako-san; Sayonara Sankaku) by Watanabe, Kana

Matsuri Special by Kamio, Yoko

Mixed Vegetable by Komura, Ayumi

My Boyfriend Is a Vampire by Han, Yu-Rang

My Girl by Yumeka, Sumomo

My Heart is Beating by Ha, Il-Kwon

My Hero by Kumaoka, Fuyu

Nakanmon! (Crybaby, Don’t Cry!) by Tsukishima, Haru

Nekota no Koto ga Kininatte Shikatanai by Oouta, Rie

Neon Sign Amber by Ogeretsu, Tanaka

Nineteen, Twenty-One (19-21) by Kim, Hye-Jin

Omoi no Kakera (Fragments of love) by Takemiya, Jin

Only You: Tobenai Tsubasa by Suetsugu, Yuki

Orange by Takano, Ichigo

Orange Marmalade by SeokWoo

Parfait Tic! (Are you Happy?) by Nanaji, Nagamu

Sad Love Song by Shin, Ji-Sang (Story & Art), Geo (Story & Art)

Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) by Kodama, Yuki

Sakamichi no Apollon: Bonus track by Kodama, Yuki

Seishun Survival (Youth Survival) by Motomi, Kyousuke

Sekine-kun no Koi (Sekine’s love) by Kawachi, Haruka

Seven Days by Takarai, Rihito (Art), Tachibana, Venio (Story)

Shiawase Kissa 3-choume (Happy Cafe) by Matsuzuki, Kou

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (You Lie in April) by Arakawa, Naoshi

Sono Kuchibiru, Itadakimasu (Don’t Say “I Love You”) by Shiraishi, Yuki

Soredemo, Yasashii Koi wo Suru (Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly) by Yoneda, Kou

Sorekara, Kimi wo Kangaeru (Then, I think of you) by Komatsu

Steel Rose by Ryan

Strobe Edge (Colorless Dreamer) by Sakisaka, Io

Taiyou no Ie (House of the Sun) by Taamo

Tamayura by Yuki, Ringo

Taro-kun wa Kou Miete Igai to xxx desu. by Ichikawa, Shou

Teppen! (The Top) by Tsukimiya, An

Teppuu (Iron Wind) by Ohta, Moare

Tetsugaku Letra by Yumeka, Sumomo

The One by Lee, Nicky

Tokidoki by Komi, Naoshi

Tokimekigokoro by Kanda, Neko

Tomodachi no Hanashi (The Secret of Friendship) by Kawahara, Kazune (Story), Yamakawa, Aiji (Art)

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster) by Robico

Torikagosou no Kyou mo Nemutai Juunin-tachi (Hotel Williams Child Bird) by Kabei, Yukako (Story), Takarai, Rihito (Art)

Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop) by Unita, Yumi

Usemono Yado by Hozumi

Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu (I Am Called Yamamoto Zenjirou) by Maki, Youko

Yappari Taro-kun wa Kou Miete Igai to xxx desu. by Ichikawa, Shou

Yatteranneeze! (I Can’t Take it Anymore) by Koide, Mieko (Story & Art), Akizuki, Koh (Story)

Youth Gone Wild by Lee, Nicky

Yurara no Tsuki (Yurara) by Shiomi, Chika

Yuru Koi (All Love) by Yoshino, Aki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renren Zakari

If you’re in mood for a fast, light, kinda cute but pretty predictable read, then this is a manga for you. The mangaka is Konno Risa. It has almost all “typical” settings that you get in one shoujo manga. The festival with the fireworks, a girl being pushed against the wall by the boy (although in this case it was to actually help her and not to make her heart doki doki), the well known tripping on the stairs and being caught and of course two boys fighting over a girl.

The story is about Ichikawa Sumika, who was late on the first day of school and who, while trying to find the gymnasium where the entrance ceremony was being held, had an encounter with two boys, Hasumi Ryou and Shima Yuushou (a playboy and a monkey, how she called them).

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She will be punished for being late, and it was because of them. Later she will find out that they are in the same class and because of some circumstances she will have to tutor them for a week.

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That’s when it all starts…She will say some things to both of them that will touch them deeply and kinda see through them or at least, make them think about their actions. Of course, other girls won’t like her being so “plain” and monopolizing them… In my opinion she is a normal girl, nothing plain about her…She likes to study and is a honest person. In real life, the miracle of being normal and being liked by two great looking guys doesn’t really happen (or at least it’s rare).

Also, for the sake of the plot she will have a great dilemma on who to choose but normally you know who you like pretty fast, no matter how “experienced” you are or not…

Anyway, if you have some free time and you want to enjoy really great art, try this one out. Here comes one more photo of my favorite one 🙂 I couldn’t resist not to put it 🙂

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7 Jikan-me Rhapsody (7th Period Rhapsody)

This is a story about Toudou Rinko, who is a class representative. She has a home room teacher, Saku Makoto, with whom she always have discussions about something, being it a school festival or his special love counseling (love consultation room) that he does for his students. He listens to their love problems and helps them out. When Rinko first  listened to one of the sessions, she told sensei that she is now afraid of men.

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He didn’t like that so he tried to make her think different. That was the time she fell in love with him, saw him as a man for the first time (she wasn’t really interested in love before that) but also started helping him, even though she didn’t really want that. Later on, she will have some doubts about her feelings toward him and his towards her, but it will all clear up in the end.

The story wouldn’t be complete if there wasn’t Masao Shizuka, a boy in the same year as Rinko, who saw her on school festival dressed up as a princess and that was the time he started to pay attention to her. It was funny to see how he was trying to show her he likes her, but nothing reached her.

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This manga has a “typical” setting, it won’t be something new that you’re reading but it’s fun and enjoyable, with a nice art. It’s nice how much Saku sensei cares about his students, even though it looks like he’s playing around and not thinking seriously about the thinks he does. Also, there are a lot of situations in which she caught sensei during his sessions that are also pretty funny.

This manga was written by Tanaka Meca and it also contains an extra story called Light right rabbit.