Valentine’s Day Manga #MangaMonday Recommendations

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

This week’s #MangaMonday Recommendations topic is about Valentine’s day, I of course could do nothing else but recommend *shōjo manga. I’m following up from last week where I recommended short shōnen manga, by including short shōjo series in this post!

Besides being extra short, these series also feature the cutest pure-love-type boy-girl relationships. Whether you’re in love, or not, these series are sure to make your heart go doki doki!

Several of these titles are out of print, so might be a bit harder to locate. But, since they are short, shouldn’t take much to complete!


The Heiress and the Chauffeur, volume 1-2 by Keiko Ishihara

Set in Taisho era Japan, an heiress and her servant must never cross the boundaries of their station in life. They can never touch. And they certainly can never fall in love! Continue reading

Quick Review: Beast Master by Kyousuke Motomi *spoilers*

Beast Master, Vol. 1 (Beast Master, #1)Beast Master, Vol. 1

by Kyousuke Motomi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have a few shorter series that I like to read over and over — this is one of them. A short story about Yuiko who uninterested in boys – loves animals instead – but animals seem to HATE, and the new “beast-like” male transfer-student that everyone’s afraid of: Rei Aoi.

…you see where this is going…

When Rei Aoi is scared or sees blood his hair turns white, he loses control, and becomes a wild-beast beating-up his aggressors. He’s lived away from civilization on an uninhabited Island, in Africa, and other places. This was his father’s and guardians’ way to protect him from his family as when he turns 18 he will be the sole inheritor of his grandfathers’ 12 billion yen fortune.

Yuiko quickly realizes that he isn’t scary — he’s just nervous, and not used to being out in society. They form a quick and solid bond…

The series is short — but very satisfying. The romance is sweet and the premise is fun, without having to drag on and pull out every shoujo plot-device in existence.

I will say though that Kyousuke-san REALLY should have rethought the drawing of the father. For every other adult the drawing was fine — but her reveal of the father seemed like a joke. Every time I read it I cringe when I see his face. He is a very very odd drawing. And even now I can’t quite decide what it is about it that is off-putting…. the “Jesus Hair” maybe??? …or his head is smaller than his body… I can’t decide. But, it’s WRONG!

Anyways, I like this one. I read it often. I recommend it.