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Cat Street vol 8
2008.05.04. (Sun) | Edit |
I realized I haven't written a review for Cat Street vol 7, but I just got vol 8 & thought I should write about it before I forget to. Plus I'd have to locate vol 7 somewhere.

For those who don't know, Cat Street ends in vol 8.
I think YokoKamio had enough of writing a long series, plus she already started a new series in Jump Squared called "Matsuri Special."

While I still don't agree with the sudden 3-year jump in the story in vol 6, seeing how Cat Street ended, I understand why the author needed to do that. It could have transitioned better, but I don't have any suggestions as to how, so I'll shut up now.

Cat Street has an okay ending. It's too bad that the second half of the series isn't a "I can cry every time I read it" like the first 4 volumes. Hm, I should write about Kimi ni Kagayaku (君に輝く), which is a really old shoujo manga... I can read that every time & cry for hours (it's a happy ending!).

But Cat Street vol 8 ends happy.
I liked the one line about "the legendary four"... it's like F4. Oh, a bit different. But thought it was funny, although I'm sure it wasn't intended that way.

Oh, and there's a short story about Momiji at the end. It's cute, although I would stay away from a guy who wears a cape. And blue contacts.

Cat Street
Author: Yoko Kamio
Volumes: 8 (end)
Publisher: Shueisha

Anyhoo, enjoy the synopsis!


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Kisekae Yuka-chan vol 11
2007.11.04. (Sun) | Edit |
I got a bunch of special order manga in this week.
So after spending a whole week reading all of them, I realized I left this blog alone too long.

One of the last books I read in this pile is Kisekae Yuka-chan (きせかえユカちゃん) vol 11. The reason I'm writing about the last book is because.. it's the most recent read. When you get older, you tend to forget what you read a while back. Komatta ne~

This volume of Kisekae Yuka-chan featured Midori-chan a lot. Her mom is expecting a baby, plus there was a lot of fashion-y topics (which is good, since the last couple of volumes talked about making manga, making movies... a lot of Yuka-mom's hobbies).

BUT the main thing of this volume is Yumi going to study abroad in Belgium & how Shige tells her at the airport that he still likes her and will wait for her in Japan.

Oh, the one-shot manga, Glass no Ringo (硝子のリンゴ) was cute too. It's about a girl who failed her college entrance exam & was dumped by her boyfriend. But she meets a smart but unlucky boy through the 予備校 (prep school). They're not dating yet, but he helps her get back at her ex-b/f. きもちいいー、ね (feels good).

I really like Akiko Higashimura's short stories.

Kisekae Yuka-chan
Author: Akiko Higashimura
Volume: 11 (on going)
Publisher: Shueisha

Short synopsis of each chapter in the "read more" section.

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Cat Street vol 6
2007.11.04. (Sun) | Edit |
I'm six months behind writing this review.
I didn't feel like writing it, because this volume just felt like a transition volume & I needed to read the next volume to get motivation to write about it.

The four main characters more or less graduate from El Liston. Rei heads overseas to try soccer again. Koichi had already started his software company. Kate re-starts her acting career. And Momiji doesn't really have a reason to stay there anymore.

By the end of the volume, three years pass by & Kate and Koichi bump into each other.

Anyhoo, nothing too significant happens in the volume, which is why I didn't feel like writing. For those who were waiting, sorry for the late synopsis. I finally have some time this weekend (from being sick), so thus the post.

Cat Street
Author: Yoko Kamio
Volumes: 7 (on going)
Publisher: Shueisha

Synopsis in the "read more" section.

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2007.10.01. (Mon) | Edit |
I inherited Hachimitsu to Clover, aka Hachi-Kuro, aka Honey and Clover, from a friend who was leaving for Japan.

Although he only had vol 1, then vol 5-10. No worries, I'll pick up copies of vol 2-4 one of these days.

I read the tail end of the series in Chorus, when it had moved from Young You (and didn't it move from Bonita or something before that?).

But it was hard to get into, since I didn't know the characters. And I think I thought Hagu-chan was the main character, I guess. Which makes sense when color images mostly show Hagu... which I guess is from the point of view of the real main character, Takemoto-kun.

So reading the tail end of the story, I thought Hagu-chan was annoying. Cries a lot, looks weak, wishy washy. Ugaah!

You really need to read this manga from the beginning.

Of course I skipped vol 2-4, and I'm only in the middle of vol 7... so I can't say much about the overall story yet.

Not that I need to give my review/recommendation on it, since it's already available in the US. I just wanted to say, "Gambare, Takemoto-kun!"

Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey and Clover)
Author: Chika Umino
Volumes: 10
Publisher: Shueisha

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Hetare Spiral vol 1
2007.08.20. (Mon) | Edit |
My boss at Company B brought back a book called "Kono Manga ga Sugoi" (この漫画がすごい) a while back. It's an annual book where they list the top 10 manga selected by polls and by industry professionals. There are two different volumes - one for men's manga & one for women's manga.

I finally had time to read through the book last month. There were several manga that sounded interesting, so I ordered a bunch of them.

Hetare Spiral (へたれスパイラル) was one of the recommended manga.

It's about a 28 year old woman named Ranko who works for a movie publicity company. She's good looking, but hasn't had a boyfriend in 10 years & is still a virgin. In order to meet men, her friend enrolls her in an online dating service. The guy she ends up meeting is a 28 year old virgin named Tanaka.

Both Ranko and Tanaka aren't used to dating, so they react negatively (awkwardly?) to each other's actions. They're both timid that the other doesn't like them that much... and timid about how they should approach the other... what they should say.

Hetare means loser. Or a coward.
In this manga, hetare is more of a loser than a coward.

Tanaka is a hetare because he's a nice guy with a good job, but he's a fishing otaku. And a bit of a push over. And a bit awkward.

There are lots of sweet moments in the manga, and it's a really cute story.

Although it got me wondering if I like hetare's too.

I quickly ordered Hetare Spiral vol 2.
Come come quickly.

Hetare Spiral
Author: Mitsuru Fujii
Volumes: 2
Publisher: Kodansha

Will something like this come out in the US? Maybe not for a while.

The target audience for Hetare Spiral is women 25 - 30 range. Those who are already working & not married. Or with friends who aren't married. Or recently got married.

There aren't enough manga readers in that target group in the US yet. I know plenty in the target age range, but my friends are the early adopters (also called old school) of manga, so they're not the average manga readers of today. Basically we're old. But we still love shoujo manga!

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