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” by Yoshitoki Oima

 

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Gugu is a young boy with terrible scars on his face who comes upon Fushi when he enters the shop where Gugu works. As the two grow closer due to the fact they are both “monsters,” Fushi finds he would like to stay instead of moving along as he normally does. Unfortunately, Fushi must face the fact that such happiness is fleeting.

The best parts of this volume for me were the scene with Gugu and Fushi. Watching them grow together is adorable but there is still the lingering shade of the hooded figure skulking after Fushi. I get the sad feeling Gugu and his friends won’t come out ok when he comes to claim whatever he wants from Fushi.

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Lenni Reviews: “A Strange and Mystifying Story” vol 2 by Tsuta Suzuki

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Even after his illness is cured, Akio still has Setsu living with him as Akio wished for the demon to stay. Now Akio struggles with his own feelings and doubts Setsu’s feelings as he knows so little about the demon’s past.

We do learn about Setsu’s past and his previous charges. I enjoy this insight into his background and how he came to be what he is. Akio’s barriers come down a bit as well so we get our characters actually talking about what they feel and what they want… Sorta… While they’re boning, of course, making this just as 18+ as the previous volume. But it is a fun story still. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Happiness” vol 6 by Shuzo Oshimi

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Yukiko Gosho has been trying to move on with her life and in the years since her injury from Makoto, she has grown up, gotten a decent job, and even a possible romance with a coworker. But the ghosts of her past resurface and she risks losing her stability to find answers.

While I enjoyed this volume, the ending makes it feel like filler. Fun filler, but filler. The abrupt ending felt less like a cliffhanger and more of a puttering out since once Gosho makes up her mind, all you can think about is what the fallout will be once it’s revealed what has been happening to the vampires in captivity all these years; if they are even still in captivity. Either way, I’m betting Makoto hasn’t been chillin at a hot spring in the years that have passed. 3.7 out of 5 for this one.

Lenni Reviews: “To Your Eternity” vol 2 by Yoshitoki Oima

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As March and Parona are carried off as prisoners with Fushi, Parona is determined to get March to safety and devises a daring escape. But their captors want to use them to find out what exactly Fushi is even if they have to rip him apart to do it.

In addition to the daring escape, this volume also touches on where Fushi may have come from. There are still plenty of questions and hints about some much grander schemes but overall this is an intriguing story so far. Oima sure doesn’t hesitate to hit you in the feels, though, so don’t get too attached. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Smokin’ Parade” vol 3 by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

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Unbeknowest to the Jackalopes, the Shikagura have been watching every move they make. So when the Jackalopes play to strike when they believe the Shikagura are undergoing maintenance, they fall into a trap.

Shiba-san is my new sempai. As I am now the ripe old age of 37, I resolve to be like him and age with style.

The art in this series continues to empress; especially when it comes to creature design. I had to flip through the volume a few times to really take in and enjoy all the details. It still takes a lot for my suspension of disbelief to take that giant boobed drama queen Amenotori seriously but I’m starting to think that much blatant fanservice is the point. You’re too busy staring at her chest to notice that she’s chopped you to bits.

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Lenni Reviews: “Devils’ Line” vol 9 by Ryo Hanada

 

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After all the fighting and revelations of the previous volume, all our characters are taking some time to heal up and regroup. Anzai is searching for more answers about his past, Hans Lee is using his time to save persecuted devils, Eleven is dealing with her family while Makimura heals from his wounds. All the while, the general climate towards devils is increasingly hostile, making it harder for Anzai and his group to do their jobs.

I have to say my favorite bits of this were Eleven, or Mayu rather, and her family. I’m not so sure about whatever romance between her and Makimura since he seems smarmy but I like how Mayu’s character is developing. She’s more than that dolled up, flat, bitchy character from the beginning and her progression is realistic and fun for me to read.

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Lenni Reviews: “A Strange and Mystifying Story” by Tsuta Suzuki

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

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

After the unfortunate death of his grandfather, Akio Yamane has no family left and believes he will soon join them. The Yamane family is cursed and Akio is indeed terminally ill. Delirious with fever, Akio desperately prays to a talisman his grandfather said would protect him and summons a demon he names Setsu. Akio begs Setsu to cure his illness and never dreamed how intimate Setsu’s “treatments” would be.

Setsu is a straightforward character and he’s written in a way that his brusque nature doesn’t come off assholeish like Eiri Yuki from Gravitation. You can tell he cares for Akio yet since he isn’t human he doesn’t bother with the niceties or waste time yet remains likable. Setsu and Akio play off each other well and the story doesn’t waste too much time on the typical slapstick. The sex scenes are mildly censored; naughty bits kept in shadow or vague outline and strategically placed word bubbles abound. But it’s still hot and the story is cute. 3.5 out of 5.

Note: There are also two side stories: Nylon Vinyl and The God’s Don’t Exist. The first is a contemporary teacher/student relationship and the second is a historical romance. They are pretty short so there isn’t much time for development but they were amusing sides to the main story. It would have been interesting to have them tie into Setsu somehow; as he has been bound to Akio’s family for many years. But they’re still cool.

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Lenni Reviews: “To Your Eternity” vol 1 Yoshitoki Oima

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In this beautiful manga, we follow a mysterious orb after it falls to Earth. The orb has the power to transform into whatever it touches. As it encounters increasingly more complicates forms, the orb happens upon a young girl named March while in the form of a teenage boy.

This is a great book! I found out after I read this first volume that Oima also authored A Silent Voice (which I did read but went through it too fast to review for the blog). While a completely different genre, To Your Eternity also has the contrast of cute character design with serirous and harsh situations. It is lovely to look at and bittersweet, aside for the last page of the story with (spoilers) the talking dog. Something about that final image fails to be cute – as one would expect a talking dog to be – but instead is nightmare fuel. Other that that, I won’t give much more of the plot away as I feel it should be experienced by the reader. 4 out of 5.

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November Loot Anime: Besties

  • Modoka Figure from Puella Madoka Magica by Banpresto
  • $10 VRV coupon
  • Seven Deadly Sins Hawk Eraser
  • One Piece Chopper String Backpack
  • Loot Anime Phone Charm
  • K-ON Manga
  • Poster

I know I usually don’t bother with the posters but I really liked the design of this one because it involves the best things in life: pets, books, and cardigans. This poster is librarian approved.

Overall, this is a cute selection of stuff. The little pig thing kinda freaked me out. It’s the biggest eraser I’ve ever owned…

Puella Madoka Magica is the only property I’m familiar with in this box. One day I’ll get around to Seven Deadly Sins but I couldn’t get into One Piece. I’ll probably pass this one on to a real fan along with the credit for the VRV anime service. I barely have time for the media I consume NOW, I refuse to add another.

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