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Make Over

Kaiju Girl Caramelise, volume 3

By Spica Aoki  

12 Jul, 2023


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Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Volume 3 is the third tankōbon of Spica Aoki’s comedic kaiju romance manga. Titled Otome Kaijū Kyaramerize in the original Japanese, Kaiju Girl Caramelise has been serialized in Monthly Comic Alive since early 2018.

Despite the crippling social anxiety caused by her unique medical condition, occasional kaiju Kuroe Akaishi has won the heart of handsome Arata Minami. The relationship having survived the couple’s first date, Kuroe now focuses on her next worry.

What will happen when students learn Arata is dating one such as Kuroe? Will the mob turn on him? Will they turn on Kuroe?

[beware spoilers]

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They Say These Are The Golden Years

Kaiju Girl Caramelise, volume 2

By Spica Aoki  

14 Mar, 2022



2019’s Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Vol. 2 is the second of six volumes in Spica Aoki’s Kaiju Girl Caramelise (Otome Kaijū Kyaramerize) manga series. Kaiju Girl Caramelise has been serialized in Monthly Comic Alive since early 2018.

Social outcast Kuroe Akaishi has, to her own astonishment (and that of the other students at her high school), caught the eye of high-school model Arata Minami. In many stories, the handsome student’s apparent romantic interest in Kuroe would be a cruel joke. But in fact Arata is quite sincere. 

As flattering as this is, Kuroe dreads what will happen when Arata learns the truth about Kuroe’s unfortunate medical condition. Whenever Kuroe is stressed, she becomes an office-building-sized kaiju. 

A first date with dreamboat Arata is just the sort of experience that could well stress Kuroe.

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When They Look at Me

Kaiju Girl Caramelise, volume 1

By Spica Aoki  

27 Jun, 2019



Kaiju Girl Caramelise, Vol. 1 is the first collection of Spica Aoki’s eponymous Shoujo manga. 

Kuroe Akaishi suffers from a rare (probably unique) medical condition so embarrassing that she hides it from her schoolmates. The condition is exacerbated by strong emotion, so she tries to avoid drama. She’s aloof and detached … or at least as detached as she can be given that her schoolmates mock and torment her. 

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