Lenni Reviews: “My Love Mix-Up!” Vol. 1, by¬†Wataru Hinekure &¬†Aruko

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

Aki has a crush on his classmate, Hashimoto but when he borrows an eraser from her, he sees she has Ida’s name written on it; he promises to keep it a secret for her. But when Ida sees the eraser, he thinks it belongs to Aki and that he as a crush on him.

First things first, I gotta talk about the art. While the regular scenes are lovely; soft and expressive like most in this genre, there are scenes of super-deformed faces that are unintentionally TERRIFYING. Not all of them but there were a few that had me cringe rather than laugh.

Aside for that, this is a hilarious mix up. It doesn’t take itself too seriously at all and is a light-hearted teenage drama (at least light-hearted for now, you never know). It is looking like we won’t get so much as a love triangle but a love dodecahedron.

Yes, I’m a geek. I love that world…

4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yakuza Lover” Vol. 2, by Nozomi Mino

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

While Oya is spoiling Yuri on a trip, a rival gangster Semilio kidnaps Yuri in order to get Oya’s attention.

Ok, well… In a way, I got what I was hoping for – Yuri contemplating the type of life she will have dating a yakuza. Yet, while the kidnaping is the main conflict here, Yuri doesn’t get far passed “I love him even though nearly getting raped and killed is scary.” Ma’am, can you express some further thought to the danger you’re in? I don’t know if I’d just dump the guy but I’d spare more than a passing thought to my safety. Yuri just hops into bed with him and wants to fuck until she feels better. But I guess that’s not the type of story this series is; this is a whirlwind romance with a dangerous guy who’s shamelessly devoted to you. It’s pure fantasy and doesn’t want to take itself seriously. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yakuza Lover” Vol. 1, by Nozomi Mino

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

Yuri wants a boyfriend but hasn’t met the right guy. While at a party, she meets the exact wrong type of guy and is rescued by Toshiomi Oya; an underboss for the yakuza. While the pair have an instant attraction, Yuri is scared of Oya’s dangerous life.

This isn’t my usual genre but I wanted to check it out because of the huge difference in our main leads. It is a typical fiery girl and tough guy with a heart with some semi explicit sex scenes. If you like insta-love and insta-lust in your manga, this will probably suffice but it was just a meh for me. There’s a power imbalance in the relationship that raises red flags for me but again, this isn’t my usual fare. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “How Do We Relationship?” Vol. 1 by Tamifull

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Miwa is an introverted college student that has trouble making friends or finding a girlfriend. When she meets an outgoing and out of the closet Saeko they become fast friends but Saeko suggests they date each other. They join the music club together but Miwa is scared to come out to any of them.

They are both so cute together as they figure things out. Miwa had never been in a relationship before so Saeko has to be patient with her. And this isn’t very graphic; focusing more on our main characters’ emotions. The art is soft and expressive, perfect for these two as they grow closer. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Blue Flag” Vol. 1 KAITO

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In this manga we have a love quadrangle between outsider Taichi Ichinose, clumsy and shy girl Futaba Kuze, popular jock Toma Mita, and Kiza’s friend Masumi.

It’s interesting so far and I really enjoy how Ichinose and Kuza interact. You can see how feelings formed there on either side. If they end up together, it would be adorable but I have a feeling that things are going to get super complicated and messy. But I’m here for it; I want to know what happens next. 4 out of 5.

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