Lenni Reviews: “Tista” Vol. 2, by Tatsuya Endo

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warning for child abuse.

FBI agent Snow is honing in on the assassin Tista and the organization backing her. As she persues her investigation, Brother Leone – who raised Tista – is realizing Tista is falling apart inside.

It’s a shame this is the last one because I would have liked to know more about how the “sight” is passed down, why it’s passed down, who was the first person to have it, etc. The story felt clipped, as if there was so much more to explore here but, ah well. There’s some great action and it’s really dark and bleak. Not a satisfying ending to such an intriguing world 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Wolf Girl and Black Prince” Vol. 2, by Ayuko Hatta

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

As Erica works through er developing feelings for Kyoya, Kyoya sits back and lets it happen without much obvious interest. Kyoya’s friend, Takeru, offers to help Erica win him over so they can be a real couple.

This series is cute but Kyoya is coming off less aloof and disinterested and more of a plain old jerk. He’s heading into red flag territory where even when he does something nice it doesn’t balance out how much of a dick he’s being. I’m starting to hope this all ends with Erica ending up with someone who’s better for her. 3 out of 5 because the side story included was nice.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 8, by Nene Yukimori

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

Everyone is studying for exams so they can enjoy their summer break. After wards, Kubo and her sister help out at their aunt’s beach shack but it turns out they need an extra pair of hands and Kubo knows just who to ask.

Getting back on track with Shiraishi’s story, it’s still great to see him settle in and get use to having friends and doing normal teenager things. If it makes any sense, I felt proud of him as a reader. The beach scene with the bathing suits was a little much for me since these characters are so young but an actual teenager probably wouldn’t be too bothered; especially if they’re familiar with this genre. It’s a common situation in manga like this. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 7, by Nene Yukimori

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

While Shiraishi has been doing well with his friends and finally being seen, he faces his biggest challenge yet; the school trip involving camping and hiking. But this time, it’s Kubo who needs his help.

Of course the trip doesn’t take up the entire volume but it was nice to see Shiraishi get a win and help out Kubo. The friend group is entertaining to watch and Shiraishi’s little brother is fucking adorable but I feel the series isn’t taking advantage of it’s original premise in this one, making it more like a regular slice of life manga. I like them, it’s nice to read, but I would like the original hook explored more. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Run on Your New Legs” Vol. 4, by Wataru Midori

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Kikuzato has to find new ways to train since the pandemic forced schools to close. But being home also means he has to deal with his indifferent and unsupportive father.

Okay yes (spoiler) I’ll give the dad a little break. He learns but he was really pissing me off.

While it was interesting to see how Covid made all these athletes try new things and adjust to losing out on events, I’d like to move on and see Kikuzato progress with his running. We do get a new character, Rin, who is in a wheelchair and is a fan of the parathletes but I need the plot to move forward. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Supper Club” by Jackie Morrow

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Nora, Lili, and Iris are seniors in high school and their busy schedules leave them little time to hang out. To make sure they make the most of the time they have left, they decide to start a supper club where they take turns making various dishes.

This is a fairly lighthearted coming of age story that while its super cute and comfortable to read, there is this feeling of wanting more in the end; just like a delicious meal that isn’t quite filling. I do recommend it as its a cute story and they did include the recipes. Books like this that center around food should always include recipes. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Wolf Girl and Black Prince” Vol. 1, by Ayuko Hatta

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

Erica Shinohara is friends with the popular girls in school and to stay in their circle, she made up a boyfriend, even going so far as to show them a random boy’s picture as proof. But those girls recognize the boy and it turns out it’s Kyoya Sata, a student in their school. Erica asks him to help her out by keeping up the lie by pretending to be her boyfriend but he’ll only do it if she becomes his dog.

Kyoya doesn’t blackmail Erica into sex or anything creepy like that. She’s basically his gopher and has to pay for snacks and stuff. It’s clear that being in the pretend relationship could blossom into a real one. There’s a little angst but this is mostly lighthearted shenanigans in a cute young adult romance. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Elusive Samurai” Vol. 6, by Yūsei Matsui

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Despite the loss against Kokushi’s forces, Tokiyuki gained valuable knowledge which will aid him as he heads for Kyo, the capital city of his enemy; Takauji.

From the synopsis, you’d think some major shit was gonna go down but this volume feels like a bunch of setup. We get a new character, Tokiyuki is still a good character, but I didn’t feel like much happened. It’s not bad but it is a bunch of filler that isn’t very satisfying. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “She Loves to Cook and She Loves to Eat” Vol. 1, by Sakaomi Yuzaki

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Nomoto lives to cook but since she lives alone and no friends live nearby, much of her food is left over. A chance meeting with her neighbor, Kasuga, gives Nomoto the opportunity to finally share her love or cooking with someone who can eat her huge portions.

This is a very relaxing read. Its sweet to see Nomoto and Kasuga grow closer. The pairing is a classic bubbly energetic vs calm and deadpan. Kasuga isn’t cold or detached, she’s just really chill. I do want to know her backstory but I’m sure we’ll get to it in future volumes. If you’re looking for a clean (so far) lesbian love story, this is a nice one. I do wish there were recipes, though. I wanna try all this food. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Choujin X” Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida

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In order to be able to live freely, Tokio must learn to control his abilities by training at the Yamato Mori; an organization that ensures chojin can be trained and registered for everyone’s safety.

This is mostly Tokio learning how his powers work and some introspection on what he wants from his life. It really drives home how dangerous chojin can be. I am enjoying learning about this world. It does feel a lot like Tokoy Ghoul but it’s not as dark as that series. It’s gonna be cool to see Tokio and Ely grow and become more competant in their powers and I’m sure they’re going to face some really dangerous villains. 4 out of 5.

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