Lonely to Organdy

It’s a story about Haruto, who left his parental home because he didn’t want to continue family business but try to be a singer and songwriter. After a failed attempt of singing on the street, he stopped playing music and just passed his days working, eating, sleeping and watching dramas on TV.

One day, he got involved in an accident, when his life flashed in front of his eyes and when he thought of the fact that he will die and wont do the things he planned on doing, when he came there. Yet, he survived and from that moment on he was able to see Akira, the ghost that was haunting him.

That was a start of a really nice friendship. They would pass days and nights together, enjoying each others company. Haruto will learn things about Akira, where is he from, how and because he died, what he felt then and while being a ghost. Akira brought light in Haruto’s lonely life, but Haruto helped him feel less lonely too. He will support him to start over with his music and go towards the goal he had. 

This short manga, written by Ogeretsu Tanaka, was unexpectedly warm, sad and easy to read. It shows that we don’t need much to be happy, if we are lucky enough to encounter with special people in the time of our greatest need (many times especial for us only). 

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.

 

 

 

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)

I am sure that many of you watched this anime in winter of 2016, since there were high expectations for it. For me, it was the best anime of that season and one of the most interesting in these few years. I watched it while airing, which I do rarely. There were quiet a few people that didn’t like it, many of them compared it with Steins;Gate. As for me, I didn’t compare…They were different and unique, in their own way. Since I liked it, I decided to read the manga too. It was written by Sanbe Kei. Now, you have to be prepared to one thing…The anime is following pretty much the manga, if you don’t count the end, which was different but then again it had many touching points. Still, I didn’t find it boring at all. Some things were better depicted in the anime and some better in the manga.

As you might already know, the story is about Fujinuma Satoru, a 29 years old man, who works as a delivery man to support himself, while what he really wants to do and is giving his best is to be a mangaka and write good stories. At work, he has a really loud but energetic coworker Katagiri Airi, of who he thinks that she’s a bit bothersome and that she doesn’t know to tell a joke.But she will support him in a time and way he couldn’t have imagined.

His mother is Fujinuma Sachiko, one of my favorite characters (here and of all the “mother” characters that I’ve encountered until now). She is a very perceptive person, so much that sometimes she is scary and it looks like she’s reading your mind (reason enough for Satoru to call her youkai or a demon 🙂 ) She and Satoru had a really good relationship when he was younger, but after certain killings in his area and people not believing in him that the killer isn’t the one that they think it is, Satoru kinda “closed” himself.

Satoru possesses a unexplainable ability of “revival”, which takes him back in time right before some incident occurs. He does try to ignore it, since getting involved in other people’s business never ended up well for him. Still, he helps every time. Airi will be the one who will notice that he is somehow always at the right place, at the right time, although it may not seem like that. But one incident will make him go way back, 18 years into past, at the time when he was an elementary school student. He is back in Hokkaido, in February of 1988. Many things that he has forgotten will come back to him, one of them being the disappearance and death of his classmate, Hinazuki Kayo and some other kids.

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It will be interesting to see how he will try to approach Kayo, a girl on who he didn’t pay much attention, even though they were going to the same class. It’s interesting how Kayo saw through him and called him an imposter, just like she is, because she noticed that he played a role of the person he wants to be so he can get along with his mom and friends and that way to mingle into that community. Only after going back again, he will realize how many great friends he has, especially Kobayashi Kenya, such a smart and great boy, who will support Satoru in all of his “weird” actions he will take and couldn’t explain. In a very subtle way, he will let Satoru know and notice some things he didn’t see before.

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This manga really keeps your interest and you eagerly follow Satoru on his way to save the kids, and you really are cheering for him all the time. One more thing that I liked is also a part where we get to know the killer better… How was killer’s childhood and what made that person do what it’s been doing and why. Also, you will have the end, the real one where you see how the lives of people who survived continue.

The art certainly isn’t the best I’ve seen so far, but there are moments when it gets really nice and pretty 🙂 But, the story itself will make you want to read it.

 

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

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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