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
In an attempt to find some balance between YouTube and Blogging, I’ve decided to move my monthly wrap-ups here.
I have or will be talking about most of these books on either this blog or on my YouTube channel, so I’m not actually going to describe any of them in these “wrap-ups”. This is really just an attempt to keep track at least in part the titles that I’m reading throughout the month.
I’m arranging the books by my star rating. It’s not necessarily a useful way to share books since ratings really only mean something to the person making them. But, if you’re curious about how I decide ratings (it actually only applies to manga) I do have a video talking about that on my channel.
★★★★★ 5 Star Reads:
Werewolves of Montpellier / by Jason (translated by Kim Thompson)
★★★★ 4 Star Reads:
Wild Act, Volume 1
by Rie Takada
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Yuniko the daughter of a famous movie star (who currently suffers from amnesia) is a thief. However, she only steals items that used to belong to the late movie star, Akira Nanae. On her most recent heist she must defeat an up-and-coming movie star Ryu Eba. Yuniko finds herself falling for the charming actor; even though she’s devoted her heart to the deceased Nanae.
Wild act is a menagerie of love triangles, scandal, action, adventure, intrigue and mistaken identities. The plot does get a bit convoluted or repetitive (like a Soap-Opera); but because of the cute and upbeat main character, it doesn’t get tiresome. Takada draws delightful characters and is never without ‘cool’ boys and ‘cute’ girls.
This is a relatively long series of 10 volumes, so if you’re still not sure if you should try it, I recommend starting with Takada’s 3 volume manga “Punch!”. It contains a completely different storyline, but contains Takada’s trademark comedy, and a plethora of ‘cool’ boys and ‘cute’ girls.