Lenni Reviews: “The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn” Vol. 1 by Waki Yamato

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

This is a manga adaptation of the original tale, giving us the story of the shining prince, Genji as he tries to escape the shadow of his forbidden love.

The original book is still on my To Be Read list so I can’t compare the story but I can say this book is pretty to look at but confusing. The art is pretty but I had difficulty telling people apart because of the style. It’s delightfully detailed in some aspects; like the flowers and the clothes. But I had trouble with the faces because they were all designed so similarly. And the dialogue didn’t help; leaving me baffled as to who was who in the hierarchy and why it was important. One day I’ll read the original book but as a taste of it, this manga isn’t so bad. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Shiver” By Junji Ito

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is suggested for mature readers.

In yet another collection, Junji Ito continues to simultaneously impress me all while wondering why I keep chomping at the bit to read his work. Some of these stories feel a tad clipped but when you’re trying to keep things short, it can’t be helped. Ito really is a master of what he does even if I have to read happy things for awhile whenever I pick up a book of his. 4.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “That Blue Sky Feeling” Vol. 2 by Okura, Coma Hashii

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

Now that Noshiro and Sanada are closer friends, new wrinkles arise in the form of long time crushes and a new face who is jealous of Noshiro and Sanada’s friendship.

I simply cannot get over how sweet this book is. It’s just so damn genuine and innocent I find myself re-reading these volumes over and over. I hope it doesn’t devolve into something tawdry and dark because it’s the lighthearted nature of this series that keeps me coming back! I look forward to seeing where this book goes. 4.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Saint Young Men” by Hikaru Nakamura

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

In this answer to the question “What if Jesus and Buddha went on vacation” we have a thoroughly enjoyable and hilarious set of stories about these two powerhouses of the heavens living a normal(ish) life in Japan. If you’re not into ‘slice of life’ stories, this will bore you but I found it endearing and fun! Both religions are treated with respect and the translation notes are exceedingly helpful for some of the side humor. It wanders a little but that comes with slice of life stories. I had a lot of fun reading this volume but it’s hard to see where this would keep going for multiple volumes without getting repetitive. 4.8 out of 5.

 

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Lenni Reviews: “Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition” by Tsutomu Nihei

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

*This review has been cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

In a dystopian landscape, creatures known as White Gauna have awakened, threatening to devour the city’s populace and destroy everything. The Observation Bureau enlists the help of Denji Kudou, a Black Gauna. But as more and more White Guana appear, Kudo may not be enough to save the city from destruction.

While the story is interesting and the art amazing – brutally awesome and detailed – you are tossed into this story without much guidance. How are these creatures bonded to people? What’s the technology level of a world full of all these cybernetics and how did they learn to use them on these beings? What’s the deal with the talking skeleton bird? You will not get much in the way of clear answers here.

That being said, Nihei tells a great story here. It reminds me of Battle Angel Alita with the impressive creature design and ultra-violence. This edition also includes some full-color art, pull out pages with larger art, and a side story “Digimortal.” This would make a great gift or a worthy addition for a collector. 3.9 out of 5.

This book will be released December 18th, 2018.

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Lenni Reviews: “Coyote” Vol. 1 by Ranmaru Zaria.

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

Marleen is a piano player fixated on a man he calls “Lili” who frequents the bar where he plays. But Lili has a secret; he’s a werewolf. Lili and his people are desperately trying to stay under the radar but the Galland family is hunting them to sell their blood. When Lili’s instincts spin out of control, Marleen is more than willing to assist but Marleen has secrets of his own that could put Lili in danger.

This is everything I love in a paranormal romance; high stakes, forbidden love, and that sweet, sweet naughtiness. Lili and Marleen make a great couple and I love the modern day setting. It makes it that much more imperative for the wolves to be careful how they handle their conflict with the mob. I can’t wait to see where this series goes. A steamy and intriguing read, 4 out of 5.

The release date for this manga is currently 10/09/18.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Brother’s Husband” Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame

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In the final volume of this series, Yaichi slowly comes to terms with his late brother’s sexuality and as the last few days of Mike’s visit draw to a close, Yaichi and his daughter, Kana, realize the man has truly become family.

It’s bittersweet to see Yaichi only embrace who his brother was so long after his death. As far as slice of life manga goes, this left a smile on my face. All the character development is believable and touching, leaving a hopeful feeling for a more positive future. I only wish there was more! 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “To Your Eternity” Vol. 5 by Yoshitoki Oima

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Trapped on Jarada Island with outcasts and criminals, Fushi befriends Tonari as he fights in the island’s deadly tournaments. When an old enemy resurfaces, Fushi may have to compromise his vow to refrain from killing.

Watching Fushi use his various forms in battle is a thing of beauty. It’s bittersweet to see him use and gain new forms when you know he gains them when someone dies but it’s still amazing to watch. It’s also awesome to see how Fushi’s character is growing and changing. as the series progresses. I look forward to seeing how he will change from here.

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Lenni Reviews: “That Blue Sky Feeling” Vol. 1 by Okura and Coma Hashii

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

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

High school student, Noshiro, is the outgoing type determined to get along with everyone. When he notices his classmate, Sanada, all by himself, Noshiro immediately tries to fix that; much to the stoic Sanada’s dismay. But rumors of Sanada being gay have Noshiro’s classmates telling him to stay away from Sanada. Undaunted, Noshiro makes it his mission to befriend Sanada, get their classmates to come around, understand his sexual preference, and possibly learn a little more about himself.

This manga is too damn cute. Despite the fact if you’ve read any manga ever you can see what’s coming in the plot a mile away, Noshiro is so lovable and Sanada is so relatable, it’s not so bad traveling down this road again and I can’t wait for more. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “To Your Eternity” vol 4 by Yoshitoki Oima

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Fushi has found a quiet life with his makeshift family, going four years without transforming and living in peace. But at Rean’s 16th birthday party, a monster attacks and Fushi is forced to face facts: he is not human and he will not be able to live a simple life as long as the Nokkers are pursuing him.

Whelp, I got out the tissues because this volume is a downer. I’m intrigued by Fushi and his “creator” and everyone in around Fushi is so damn likable, I almost want some stories about his four years with them. This series has had some great characters so far. I love experiencing everything with them and I hope this keeps up in future volumes. 4 out of 5.

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