Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 11, by Kotoyama

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Uguisu is on the trail of a very old vampire named Kiku Hoshimi, who is known for turning humans and abandoning them. She enlists Ko and Nazuna for help but Ko has some strange things going on with his body.

I am beginning to see how Uguisu fits into the cast now and I’m warming up to her. It was still jarring for her to go from major threat to part of the main group so quickly but now, we have Kiku. Whatever Kiku is up to is messed up but what I’m really interested in is what’s going on with Ko. It makes the story so much more interesting than him just becoming a vampire. It makes me want more. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Insomniacs After School” Vol. 1, by Makoto Ojiro

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Since people think the old school observatory is haunted, Ganta decides it can be a place where he can finally get some rest; as he has insomnia. He wakes to find Magari also sleeping there as she suffers from insomnia as well. They decide to start an Enjoy the Night club to make better use of the time they can’t sleep but when the teachers find out, they become the new Astronomy Club.

This is a unique premise that I wonder how it will play out. Will it just be about our main characters trying to get some sleep and bonding or will all the ghost stuff come into play? Will there be a bunch of club drama or will this series explore the unique challenges of having insomnia? I guess we’ll see in the coming volumes. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Color of Always” Edited by Brent Fisher & Michele Abounader

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

This LGBTQ+ anthology features different romance stories across the LGBTQ+ perspective. I love the idea and the various art styles are gorgeous but I honestly wish there was more. A lot of emotion is packed into these shorts but some could have benefitted from more length. But it’s not a crime for a story or stories to be so good, you wish you could spend more time with it. You have self-acceptance, transitions, POC, and a whole lot of heart. In case it triggers you, there are some instances of homophobia, religious judgement, and transphobia. If collections like this are your jam, I’d absolutely check this out. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Megumi & Tsugumi” Vol. 2, by Mitsuru Si

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Tsugumi is an omega who hates all alphas due how to they treat omegas like playthings. When he beats up the wrong group, Megumi – an alpha – comes to avenge his friends only to fine Tsugumi irresistable.

I like the energy of this couple. The typical balance is the hot headed one and the cool headed one but neither of these guys qualifies as cool headed. They’re both ready to fight and have big personalities, which makes their relationship more interesting. There’s plenty of spice and smutty scenes (where my head cannon is they are in their 20’s so I don’t throw up) but I honestly enjoy them interacting overall. They made me laugh. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Choujin X” Vol. 1, by Sui Ishida

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Tokio and Azuma volunteer to assist in the search and rescue efforts at a plane crash were even though the plane was said to be on fire, all the passengers survived. Such a strange event is rumored to involve a choujin – a person with supernatural abilities – and an encounter with a bully with such powers puts the friends in the direct path of a choujin’s wrath.

Even though this is the start to a series, I feel like I’m missing some back story. The concept, action, characters, and what’s been revealed so far are fucking amazing and I absolutely want to continue reading. Maybe the next volume will fill in some gaps for me. Tokio is a great reluctant hero. This is the same creator as Tokyo Ghoul and I can see a bit of commonality in the protagonists but they’re not exactly the same. So far, my favorite is Ely. She’s adorable and has an awesome design. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend” by Mieri Hiranishi

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Meiri is an awkward college student with bad luck in love and desperately wants a girlfriend. When her search leads her to Ash, Meiri believe she’s finally found her dream girl only for it not to turn out like she hoped.

This is Meiri’s journey through love, loss, and healing. Told with honestly and plenty of self deprecating humor, this is a story I’m sure people of any sexuality will empathize with. Mieri draws every character but herself in a normal style, while she is much more cartoonish and has bombastic, super-deformed expressions. I found this to be very touching and I really related to her feelings. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Special One” Vol. 1, by Momoko Koda

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Sahoko Wakaume has sworn off pretty boys after a brutal rejection, vowing to get by on her own. But, when Kouta Kirigaya – a K-Pop star – comes into her family’s restaurant, she tries to do her best to keep up her defenses against his advances.

If you’re in the mood for a classic YA romance, this manga fits the bill. Satoki is a relatable and fun character that, while she fits into the common trope (so does Kouta), she is really well written. It’s all well balanced with humor and a bit of angst. Kouta is fun and adorable and I like Sajoko’s developing strength. I’d love to continue this series. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Rainbow Days” Vol. 2, by Minami Mizuno

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Natsuki volunteers for the Beautification Committee in order to get closer to a girl he likes while Keiichi gets a confession from a girl after recently being dumped but since he’s got some unique proclivities, is uncertain about accepting any confessions from girls who won’t understand.

What makes this manga entertaining are the personalities of the four main characters. The little side stories from the girl’s perspectives are fun as well. Other than that, even for a slice of life this is a lot of fluff. It’s ok but a couple of these boys get off-putting and creepy while the others are too pure for this world. It’s an okay series so far but there isn’t much for me to latch on to. 2.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Rooster Fighter” Vol. 3, by Shū Sakuratani

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Keiji is reluctantly famous after a video of him defeating a demon and all he wants is respite from people trying to catch him or constantly taking pictures. He finds an arcade where he meets a demon who, unlike the others, doesn’t want to fight.

This volume has a little drama and levity but it has some awesome action. Not only do we see more powers from Keiji but there’s a new angle if there’s demons who just exist and don’t hurt anyone. I bet there are others like that around and maybe Keiji’s group will get bigger. We didn’t get much closer to Keiji’s end goal about his sister but this was a great book. 4.8 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Way of the Househusband” Vol. 9, by Kousuke Oono

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In this volume, Tatsu:

  • Takes up needle felting
  • Finds creative ways to cool off in a heat wave
  • Helps a mom get her kid to eat her veggies
  • Does some weeding in a neighbors garden
  • Helps out a local small business
  • Visits a maid cafe

It’s been awhile since we’ve went along with Tatsu carrying out housework and daily activities in his own unique way. This series continues to be hilarious entertainment. I’m not sure if I want it to continue with these little vignettes or settle on one overarching plot. I can see the benefits of both unless the goal is to keep this from getting to heavy and staying a source of fun enjoyment. I do want to see more of Tatsu’s backstory, thought. 5 out of 5.

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