Did Spring actually happen? I had every intention of keeping up with these monthly wrap-ups… but with Summer looming I am busier than ever. Now that I apparently have a moment to myself, let’s see what I read 2 months ago, shall we!??
★★★★★ 5 Star Reads:
NOTHING!!! That’s disappointing!
★★★★ 4 Star Reads:
Alice 19th / by Yuu Watase (Translated by JN Productions, Adaptation Lance Caselman). This is a cute (and somewhat dark) shoujo manga series about the power of words. I’m not a fan on how rushed the ending is of this title, but overall this is one I love to return to over-and-over. I wrote a more complete review, here. Continue reading
I thought I had posted this already! I’m a bit late in putting this together. But, this is the next batch of titles that I’ve read for my #ReadManga18 yearly reading challenge that I am hosting. I think there are still a few of you who are participating with me as well. If you’ve been posting about this challenge, please leave a link down below so I can go and follow your progress.
Challenge #5 : A Romance Manga.
Absolute Boyfriend, volumes 1-6 by Yuu Watase.
This is a challenge to read any manga with romance in it. Since MOST manga have some romantic elements in them, I could have picked just about anything. I am also reading this as part of my monthly “shelf challenge”.
I’ve read this title before, but it’s not one that I pick up often. I think I’ve only read it 2 or 3 times. This is a shōjo manga from Viz’s Shojo Beat Manga imprint. It basically features a girl who is very unlucky in love. When she is feeling her lowest, she is given access to a secret website where she can buy “love” in the form of a human-like sex doll. In her haste to order, she ends up adding in every conceivable trait you’d wish for in a boyfriend… and ends up ordering a “super boyfriend”.
Alice 19th, Volumes 1-7 (complete) / by Yuu Watase
Translated from the Japanese by Lance Caselman
Originally published as “Alice 19th”
by Shogakukan, Inc., 2001
9781591162155 (volume 1)
Verso (volume 1):
Alice Seno is a seemingly shy and meek girl who always seems to be outshined by her older sister Mayura. One day, Alice has an encounter with a mysterious and magical rabbit girl, and her life is turned upside down. Alice discovers that certain words have power, and that she has the potential to be master of a set of sublimely powerful words called the Lotis Words. But power always comes with a price, and the price may turn out to be Alice’s sister Mayura.
*also, I copied this image off of GoodReads. My copy has the correct spelling of “story” (not “sroty”) on the cover. If you’ve got a first edition of this manga, I’d love to know if it was sent out with this spelling error… because that’d be hilarious! Continue reading
Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 01
by Yuu Watase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s the same story, and you already know how it ends if you’ve read the sequel… but, it still blew-me-away! Takiko is a strong, sad, but worthy protagonist. Watase leaves off the twists and turns that just add pointless length to an otherwise good story (unlike the original).
Yes. This series is better than the original. I can’t wait to see what Watase does with the byakko protagonist in the final story… if she ever gets around to writing it! Oh, please, someone convince her to write it!
Read it with a box of tissues.
Alice 19th, Vol. 1
by Yuu Watase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alice 19th, is Yuu Watase’s answer to 9/11. It’s about using your words carefully for the result of peace. It’s the perfect-little fantasy series; a combination of the best bits from “Magic Knight Rayearth”, “Fushigi Yuugi”, “Sailor Moon Super S” plus, a few elements of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.