Lenni Reviews: “A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow” Vol. 1, by Makoto Hagino

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

Konatsu Amano has just relocated from Tokyo to a small town with her aunt because her father’s job has taken him overseas. Concerned about making friends in high school, Amano meets a girl named Koyuki, the sole member of the Aquarium Club. Koyuki is excited to have another member and they become friends as they work in the aquarium connected to the school.

This manga is really sweet. I like that Konatsu slowly becomes more confident and has an adorable relationship with Koyuki. If you want some light and fluffy reading, this will fit the bill. It is, however, very ‘slice of life’ so if that bores you, there are parts you will want to bail in this volume. But I liked it. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Revolutionary Girl Utena: After the Revolution” by Chiho Saito

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

This manga celebrates the 20th anniversary of the original series release in Japan.

Damn, I’m old…

This takes place years after the original story and is a series of shorts featuring the cast coming in contact with Utena and the magic of the revolution. It’s a cute but trippy dive back in to the world and characters of Utena. The stories are very quick and beautifully drawn; hitting all the nostalgic feels. In the end, it doesn’t make much sense because I don’t get why any of this is happening other than ‘it’s the 20th anniversary of Utena.’ I give it a 3.7 out of 5.

Lenni Reviews: “Yona of the Dawn” vol 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi

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Hak and Yona seek shelter in Hak’s homeland with the Wind Tribe. Pretending to be a lady-in-waiting, Yona lives in hiding and receives news that Su-won may take her father’s place on the throne. Hak’s adoptive father; leader of the Wind Tribe, is the only one who doe not support Su-won and thus their entire tribe becomes a target.

Yona, again, proves herself to be a determined and brave person. She’s not a warrior but not a damsel either. Yona is coming to terms with her fugitive status and taking as active a role as she can in her own protection. And of course there’s a forming romance between Hak and Yona. This is shoujo¬†. You can see that coming a mile away.

What annoys me is Su-won. Not to be too spoilery but if he had the option to marry Yona and become king that way, why take the revenge track only to sit later and regret having to lose Yona and Hak as friends? Or risk their lives at all? The trope of hollow revenge and ‘I didn’t mean for it to go this far’ thing irks me. You murdered a monarch and took over the kingdom. What did you expect? Unicorns? Sigh…

Other than that, still a good manga. I have the third one on deck so expect a review of that soon. This volume comes out October 4th, 2016.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yona of the Dawn” volume 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi

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*I received this book as a fun little bonus but I’m reviewing it anyway. YAY!

As princess, Yona has lived a charmed life. After the tragic passing of her mother, her father – King Il – spoiled her. After a lavish party for her 16th birthday, her father is murdered in an act of betrayal, Yona is forced to leave the palace – the only home she has ever known. On the run from enemy forces, Yona must find a way to survive and for the first time face terrible adversity and uncertainty.

Yona is your typical fiery redhead princess. She’s a little quirky, a little spoiled, but at the same time, she’s not one of those princesses that kicks and screams like a brat about what’s happened. She’s grieving for her loss but not being unreasonable about it. Yona is crying, dazed, but moving forward; a real reaction that makes me empathize with her more. A lot of characters will flip out unreasonably hysterically so they are almost annoying. Yona isn’t like that so far.

As a first volume, it ends in the perfect place to want the next one but not give you that cut short cliffhanger. As for the art, it’s typical shoujo style; idealized, pretty, and flowing. I think I could get into this series. 3.5 out of 5.

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