Film girl

It’s a story about Nakamura Mei, a girl that was a model as a child. She had a trauma where she heard that she doesn’t have any talent so she quit and from then on she tried to be as plain and invisible as she can (I don’t know why she would go to that extreme but ok).

One day Shirou sees her. He’s been her fan ever since he was 12 years old and saw her in a magazine. From that time on, he tried his best to become a model and meet her someday. He shows a lot of funny faces in this manga, I found him pretty entertaining 🙂

 

There are a lot of cliches in this manga, one of them being that Mei wants to do her best and shines for Shirou, and not for herself. I do understand that lack of confidence and a trauma are a big problem, and that his help was something that she really needed, but then doing everything to make someone else happy and proud, is a bit too much.

Still, I like how the relationship between them will grow and be more mutual than in the beginning. I like how they look like on photo shoot together.

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Also, I didn’t think it will end how it ended, but for me it was a good ending, where it showed that they grew and they know better what the want to do with their life and career. There are some really funny situations to, so it’s a fast and quiet enjoyable read. It was written by Takagi Shigeyoshi.

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.

Bitou Lollipop

This was really an unexpectedly interesting manga, full of feelings and drama, yet not too exaggerated. What you can read in a description about it, doesn’t tell much. Only that it’s a story about Gotou Madoka, whose parents like to gamble and who finished only a high school and belonged to a gang, won a lottery ticket. She will be very unhappy about it, since it will change her life from the core.

Suddenly, her parents will decide to pursue their dream of becoming a doctor and she will be left alone, to live with an unknown family, where they didn’t care much about her, especially the lady of the house, who looked down on her because she had poor upbringing and lack of education. She will even go to that extent to never invite her in her house and to forbid her to socialize with her son Asagi Tomoyo.

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Meeting Tomoyo, even though it didn’t go so smoothly in the beginning, was something that saved her. She didn’t get used to be alone and she liked his company. He, on the other hand, really disliked girls because of his over possessive and over protective mother. Yet Madoka was like a fresh air to him, someone who showed him that girls can be different, that you can smile with them and relax near them and have a great time. But, also they can make you cry.

 

Once you accept that Madoka is loud, speaks her mind freely, shows her emotions and is like a hurricane that came into your life, it’s very easy to start loving her, like a very dear friend or as a lover. She deals with her problems head on, but sometimes she can realize some things pretty slow (although she realizes other things pretty fast). You can confide in her and rely on her at any time.

Her relationship with Ono (a classmate) will have an usual start, she will attract him to speak to her because she wasn’t really interested in him, but when she got, she noticed many things about him that others just didn’t. Like Tomoyo, he will realize that he can relax and be himself around her. That’s a treat that isn’t easily found in someone.

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Many things will happen, many nice moments, sad ones too. You will see a lot of tears, missed opportunities or just bad timings, yet you will enjoy reading it and for sure you will choose someone to cheer for.

The creator of this manga is Iketani Rikako.

Megami no Libra

Before I started reading this manga, written by Sakou Watari, I was pretty excited. The art really looked good, and after reading the synopsis, I got interested in it. What you can read in it is that this is a story about Yuuki Tsumire and her life after her mother passed because of an illness. Her mother taught her to fight all the troubles, that life brings, with a smile on her face. She will do exactly that, after moving into the house of her relatives, who are rich and cold and who disowned her kindhearted mother when she became pregnant.

Now, I was never a fan of naive, weak and maybe a bit stupid heroine that you can find in so many manga. This one is no exception. Tsumire is just that but, when you think a bit more profound about her situation, you cannot not feel a bit bad for her. No one should ever stay without any parents/siblings and be alone. Her small world, that was consistent of her and her mother, and a few friends, suddenly crumbled by her mother’s death.

But that wasn’t the only thing that happens. She will get to know her mother’s family and the reason why she never knew about them. Suddenly, she will be a part of a rich family, where they accepted her but yet none of them like her. She’s alone in a huge house, she has to change a school and, without even knowing, she will become a means for various people to achieve they goals and their dreams, where Tsumire’s life and wish make no part.

The worst is, she will instantly fall in love with the first person who shows her a little bit of kindness (like a 16 years old orphan doesn’t deserve any), where she will, in order to “save” that person, no matter what, even accept a miai. She will throw away all of her future, and enter the arranged marriage they prepared for her, only because she wants to be next that person and because she thinks it’s the right way and the only thing she can do (and what about thinking of yourself and your whole life that comes and that will be changed by that foolish decision?) She’s just a lost lamb between the wolves, which has no experience to fight back, no means either, with a real need of a guardian who has only her interest in his/her mind.

Still, I do find her annoying, with her curiosity and wish to meddle in so many situations where she shouldn’t. She is bothersome and makes you think didn’t she learn from her mother to act properly/normal (although normal is different for different people). Not to mention, she will do something that her mother never would. I didn’t like the development of Tsumire’s character, which went from “I am naive and all I can do is blush because of my crush” through “now I have so many “wise” thinks to say” to “I can do everything, I’m a business woman at age of 20”.

The guy she likes…he’s supposed to be an adult and do his job. He saw how she felt but did nothing about it. He even played her little game. Then suddenly, he is having some second thoughts but even then, it isn’t something clear and defined but something half baked that puts her in even worse position.

I was pleasantly surprised by the attitude of her miai partner. He was an egoist and only thinking of himself, because of some personal reasons, but he really changed into a very reasonable person, who will really support Tsumire.

A part from very nice art, this manga didn’t make me enjoy it much. It’s really predictable and full of clichés.

Kanojo ni Naru Hi (Becoming a girl one day)

How would you feel if one day, your best friend and the biggest adversary that you have, suddenly changed from a boy into a girl? He still thinks/feels as a boy and isn’t really happy with the situation, but later he gets used to it. And you, on the other hand, had the worst experience ever with girls and are afraid of them…

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Well, that’s what happened to Miyoshi Kyousuke, when his friend Mamiya Nao changed into a girl one day. They live in a society where the society maintains a fixed male-female ratio. When there’s an imbalance between the male and female population, they normally go through emergence, a phenomenon where, for example, a boy changes into a girl. One enters in sort of cocoon and changes the gender. And it’s not only the appearance but the change runs very deep, all the way to DNA. The only thing that doesn’t really change is the personality. That usually happens when they are kids. In teenagers it’s rare and dangerous.

That sure was a funny situation and it was interesting seeing how Mamiya is helping Miyoshi to overcome his fear of girls. Also what I liked here was not only reading about their own insecurities and the way they deal with them, but also seeing how they fight against prejudices that people have about people who went through that transformation and how they can be misunderstood and treated bad. The characters are depicted really nice, they seem like could be someone you know, with real problems. And the love between Miyoshi and Mamiya is really heart warming.

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Yurara No Tsuki (Yurara)

Now this was an interesting manga to read. It’s written by Shiomi Chika. It’s a story about nice and quiet girl called Tsukinowa Yurara. She could see ghosts ever since she was a little girl. The only one who ever believed her was her grandfather. She didn’t have nice experience with other people, and she always tried to hide it. But it will all change when she enters high school. Her sitting place will be “possessed” by the ghost of a dead girl. She will realize after that that two classmates she encounters, Tendou Mei and Hoshino Yakou, can also see ghosts. And not only that. They have strong spiritual powers that helps them to ward off vengeful spirits. Tendou uses fire to fight them and Hoshino uses water.

After meeting these new friends, Yurara will get to know that her body is being possessed by a ghost. The ghost is actually something like a guardian spirit, that has been protecting her since she was a kid. Her grandfather, who can also see spirits, told her that someone is protecting her but she never actually felt its presence so much, like when high school started.

Tendou and Hoshino will both help her out in fighting against the ghosts, because she still doesn’t know how to use her powers, how to protect herself and how to help the ghosts that are wandering around, not being able to find peace and hurting people because they are lonely. Until Yurara learns more about her powers, her guardian spirit will remain with her.

The main problem will be her being wanted by both of them. You will enjoy this love triangle which is actually a quadrangle, but they wont know that. Yurara will really be confused and in a turmoil. It will be hard for her figure out her true feelings. And both of them need her and love her.

Yurara is a nice and sensitive girl and her guardian spirit is a total opposite of her… She’s bad ass, strong-willed, more beautiful, fearless…But she cares a lot about Yurara’s well-being and about her, more than her own happiness.

 

 

 

Sennen no Yuki (Millennium Snow)

Sennen no Yuki is a manga written by Hatori Bisco. It’s a story about Matsuoka Chiyuki, a high school girl hospitalized with a heart problem. Since she was born, she had a weak heart and she was told that she would probably live to be only fifteen. She missed a lot of her school and, when the story starts, she is on a verge of dying, hoping that she will get to see snow one more time. That’s when she meets Kanou Touya, a vampire who is in his right age (age of eighteen) to choose his companion among humans and make that person almost immortal (that person would get to live a thousand years). In return, that person would let him drink their blood. For now, his only companion and faithful servant is Yamimaru, a small bat that can transform into human of different age.

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The story is quiet interesting. On one hand, you have Chiyuki who is desperate to continue to live. Her heart was always a ticking bomb and she could never do what she really wants. On the other hand, you have Touya, who supposedly dislikes the taste of blood and doesn’t like humans much, since he believes that they are weak creatures who will only die before him and leave him behind. That’s why he is so against having to choose a human companion. Other reason is that he doesn’t want to condemn some other person to a long life, which he thinks wont bring much joy to anybody.

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After meeting Chiyuki, Touya will meet a lot of interesting people and he will start to see the world in different perspective. He will grumble a lot, but he will start enjoying life more and come to realize that living with others is more fun.

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One more thing is interesting. This manga went on a hiatus for many years, and you will be able to see how the art gets way prettier in the second part of the manga. I also enjoyed it more, the more I read.

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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Black bird

If you follow any person that likes to read manga, it’s impossible not to see that Black bird is pretty popular among female population. This manga, written by Sakurakouji Kanoko, is a story about a special girl called Harada Misao. Since she was a child, she could see ghosts and other children thought that she is weird. She somehow managed to survive but the situation got much worse after she started high school and how her 16th birthday was approaching. At that time, her neighbor next door will move in. At first, she wont recognize him but after she will find out that he was her childhood friend and her first love, a man called Usui Kyou.

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With his appearance, a lot of things will be explained to her. That she is “Senka”, the “Holy Fruit” that will bring prosperity to the youkai family she marries into. Also, her blood brings power to whomever drinks it, so that’s the reason why she was starting to get more and more attacked. Many of the youkai just want to eat her, but Kyou is different. He is really in love with her and wants her to be his bride. He fought his older brother Usui Sojo, in order to become the clan leader (of the Tengu clan) and so he can have the right to have her for himself. He also has eight Tengu’s with him, who work directly under his command and who make part of his daitengu. 

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Kyou will have to defeat many enemies that will appear in front of him, in order to snatch Misao from him…and one even bigger, unknown threat, which is what happens to Misao after they get married.

This manga has a really beautiful art. All of Kyou’s daitengu, including himself are really handsome and will bring water to your mouth 🙂

Now, you might not like Kyou, since he’s a pretty pushy and perverted character, he is jealous of everyone when it comes to Misao and he has quiet a problem with anger management.

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Misao, in the other hand, is a huge crybaby, with the lowest self-esteem, who looks at Kyou as if he was some God or a miracle…Really weak as a person, she gets better later on but still not really my type of the heroine I look for, when I read some manga.

I can’t resist not to put a photo of one really funny moment when Misao trips and Kyou runs to help her (you can see Kyou’s supernatural movements). Moments like these really make me enjoy my reading.

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Also, cute ones, like this one:

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