Lenni Reviews: “Drip Drip” by Paru Itagaki

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Mako Hiragi is a clean freak. So much so that even the sight of something she considers “dirty” causes her to have massive nosebleeds; including other people’s bodies. This makes it nearly impossible for her to have any relationships, much less intimacy. Desperate for human contact, Mako tries even the most insane things to finally have her happy ending.

This is fucking bananas and skip this one if you’re squeamish about blood. I always give weird stuff a try and it can be hit or miss because weird can’t carry an entire story on its own. What makes this good is Mako. She’s a fun character and her story arc is not about just the gushing blood, it’s about idealizing relationships and issues with intimacy. It’s not perfect but worth giving a shot. And it’s interesting to see Itagaki draw human characters, even if sometimes they do look a bit like her animal characters. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Love Mix-Up!” Vol. 5, by Wataru Hinekure & Aruko

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Aoki and Ida are starting to think about college but Aoki’s grades are not the best and he’s sent to cram school. A college student named Okano is tutoring Aoki and gets the wrong idea about Aoki’s relationship.

This couple has a cute relationship. Aoki and Ida are nice people and have decent people in their lives and it’s good to have queer characters surrounded by support. Even though there are misunderstandings, things are overall kind. Not every story with gay characters needs a ton of drama and homophobia. This is a great comfort read and good for teens so far. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Perfect World” Vol 12, by Rie Aruga

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In this final volume, we see how Tsugumi and Itsuki are handling being the parents of a young boy names Koki; a very energetic child who doesn’t think anything is ‘wrong’ with his father. He’s just a happy child and they have mostly normal parenting stresses. Since the main couple is firmly established, we have other side characters stepping in for a few asides like how wedding planning would go for a couple in wheelchairs.

All in all, this is a great series with some important information delivered with a good story. If you like romantic drama, this is a sweet series. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Perfect World” Vol. 11, by Rie Aruga

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Now that Tsugumi and Itsuki are married, they have tried every way possible to have a child of their own. When all else fails, they decide to adopt a child. They have to take classes, prove they can be good parents, and one of them has to take parental leave so they have to decide who will be the one to leave their job.

I’m on the fence about how “easy” the adoption process was. On one hand it’s good that the agency wasn’t automatically against one parent in a wheelchair but at the same time it was such a non issue that it messes with my suspension of disbelief. Not because I want something bad to happen, this couple has been through enough but I can’t imagine so many people being so nice all the time. Just goes to show what I expect from life if I have an issue with there not being enough assholes in a story. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ima Koi: Now I’m in Love” Vol. 3, by Ayuko Hatta

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Yagyu and Satomi are still happily dating and go to a couples event at the cultural festival at school. But Tatsukawa, another student, sets his sights on Satomi, making Yagyu jealous.

It’s looking like Tatsukawa is going to be a real threat to Yagyu and Satomi’s idyllic relationship. I did wonder if any conflict would come into the story or if we would just watch the couple be perfect and cute the entire time. That’s not bad but it could end up repetitive and boring. We’ll see how this new guy factors in. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 3, by Nene Yukimori


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In this volume, Shiraishi catches a cold and has to stay home from school. As usual, nobody notices but Kubo, who comes by to take care of him.

It’s clear Shiraishi is only kinda clueless about the clear feelings developing between him and Kubo. It’s cute when they spend time together and Kubo may still tease him but she’s not cruel about it. She’s giving Shiraishi a chance to enjoy himself instead of just floating through life without anybody seeing him. I like that progression but where could this go in the next volumes. I hope it stays light hearted and sweet. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible” Vol. 2, by Nene Yukimori

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This volume puts Kubo and Shirashi in some classic manga situations like Valentine’s Day and White Day, exchanging numbers for the first time, and studying together. We get to see Kubo being sly but also sweet. It would be so easy to just have her tease Shirashi all the time but I’m glad this doesn’t go down that road. This stays good natured and light hearted. They’re slowly and naturally becoming closer and it’s sweet! I’m not particularly a fan of the drawings of Kubo that are more fanservicy than necessary since she’s young but I skip passed them to get back to the story. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yakuza Lover” Vol. 6, by Nozomi Mino

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In this volume, Choko makes one final desperate attempt to have Oya for herself and a childhood friend of Yuri’s reappears in her life and is now a police officer.

This volume gives another drop of the complications of dating a yakuza by bringing in a cop and I don’t know why I’d forgotten Yuri’s been trying to keep this relationship a secret but Jin (the cop) is probably gonna blab. He doesn’t seem like Oya’s threats would work for long. I hope this is finally something that brings in an interesting conflict that isn’t instantly solved. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Love in Focus Complete Collection” by Yoko Nogiri

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Mako loves photography so much, her childhood friend, Kei, suggests she takes a chance on attending a high school with a prestigious photography club. She ends up moving into a dorm with Kei and his classmates; kicking off a love triangle.

This is a cute manga that is worth checking out if you like young adult romance manga. Mako is a sweet character to follow; she’s just earnest and wants to enjoy photography and the other boys around her have different enough personalities that you really wonder who Mako should end up with. I won’t spoil it but, I found it to be a satisfying choice and ending. There’s some slice of life elements as well to break things up and while a tad rushed, it was fun to read and you could polish it off in a quiet afternoon. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku” Vol 1, by Fujita

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Narumi and Hirotaka are former classmates and now coworkers who decide they want to date each other. But they both have secret nerdy interests they want to hide from others.

This is a cute story. Usually when it comes to plots like this, only one partner is an otaku and the other partner navigates around their hobbies and tries to accept it but here, it’s two awkward nerds figuring out how to be in a relationship. Even the side characters are amusing to watch. It’s a good romantic comedy if you’re in the mood for one. 3.7 out of 5.

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