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Maybe a Great Magnet Pulls

How Do We Relationship?, book 1

By Tamifull  

25 Mar, 2020

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Tamifull’s How Do We Relationship? (Tsukiatte Agete mo Ii ka na) is a yuri manga.

Saeko, who has been pressured into attending a university mixer, drunkenly admits to Miwa that the boys at the mixer are out of luck. Saeko has eyes only for other women. Miwa admits she is in the exact same situation.

Why not date? After all, they know absolutely nothing about each other except both are women, gay, cute, and kinda drunk. What could possibly go wrong with being compromise girlfriends?


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One Sunny Mornin’

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san, book 1

By Honda  

20 Mar, 2020

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Honda’s Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san) is a Japanese slice-of-life comedic manga, based on the author’s experiences selling books. It was serialized online on the pixiv comic website between August 2015 and March 2019. Volume 1 collects the first seven issues.

Imagine a world where people were free, even encouraged, to venture into stores seeking goods and services! Honda works in one such store, a busy manga outlet providing a wide variety of manga to an equally diverse clientele. Honda is certain that patrons expect a certain sort of bookseller and that they do not fit that image at all.

They do their best.

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Keeping Me Dreaming

Natsume’s Book of Friends, book 1

By Yuki Midorikawa  

7 Mar, 2020

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Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-chō) is a Japanese fantasy manga series. First serialized in LaLa DXin 2005, it switched to LaLa in 2008. Volume 1 collects the first four issues.

Takashi Natsume is an orphan, passed from relative to relative as so often happens in manga. His current guardians are Touko and Shigeru Fujiwara, who are determined to give the boy a stable home. Takashi values his foster parents and for this reason keeps his greatest secret from them: he has occult powers.


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Perfect Life

Yona of the Dawn, book 1

By Mizuho Kusanagi  

27 Feb, 2020

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Mizuho Kusanagi’s Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) is a Japanese fantasy manga; it has been serialized in Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume since August 2009. Volume 1 contains the first five issues.

Fortune has smiled on Princess Yona. Her father is King Il of the kingdom of Kouka. Yona is pretty, pampered, and carefully isolated from anything that could upset her. Nonetheless, being human, she has vexations: her bodyguard Hak is disrespectful and snarky, and her dreamy cousin Su-Won sees her only as a girl and not as a woman.


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A New World

7 Seeds

By Yumi Tamura  

12 Feb, 2020

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Yumi Tamura’s post-apocalyptic manga 7 Seeds was serialized in Shogakukan’s Bessatsu Shōjo Comic magazine from 2001 to 2002, then in Flowers magazine. Its run concluded in May 2017. The full run fills thirty-five bound volumes.

Natsu Iwashimizu goes to sleep in her familiar bedroom. She wakes on a sinking ship, which she narrowly escapes. When she and the other three survivors reach the coast, they find a world transformed.


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It Don’t Touch You None

Rising of the Shield Hero

By Aiya Kyu & Aneko Yusagi  

6 Feb, 2020

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Aiya Kyu and Aneko Yusagi’s Rising of the Shield Hero is a manga adaption of Yusagi’s light novel series of the same name. It is an isekai portal fantasy. 

Finding himself short on cash, twenty-year-old student Naofumi Iwatani takes refuge in a convenient library. A fantasy novel catches the otaku’s interest when it falls off a shelf onto his head. He scans it briefly and decides that its scenario — four chosen ones saving their world — seems too contrived. No sooner does this thought cross his mind when he is transported to the world within the tome. He’s one of the four chosen ones.


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And If You Should Fall

Pandora Hearts

By Jun Mochizuki  

29 Jan, 2020

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Jun Mochizuki’s manga series Pandora Hearts(Japanese: パンドラハーツ, Hepburn: Pandora Hātsu) was serialized in Monthly GFantasy between May 2006 and March 2015. There are twenty-four volumes. It’s a bit of a read.

Oz Vessalius has it all: social position, a distant, estranged father, one friend (whose salary Oz pays), a doting sister, a loving uncle, and an impeding coming of age ceremony in which he will be elevated to adulthood. 

Mid-ceremony, ominous figures descend on Oz, condemn him for the sin of existing, and consign him to the Abyss, the closest thing to hell that exists in this setting. Oz is somewhat taken aback by this development.


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Not Just a Pretty Face

Marginal

By Moto Hagio  

22 Jan, 2020

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Moto Hagio’s Marginal (Japanese: マージナル, Hepburn: Maajinaru) is a science fiction manga. It was serialized between 1985 and 1987

On all Earth, there is only one person who can birth children: the semi-divine Mother. All across the planet, desperate villages populated entirely by men must wait for Mother to send them children. Mother’s ability to produce children is declining and villages are dying. 

A desperate situation becomes a crisis when extremist Grinja infiltrates the city of Monodor and assassinates Mother during one of her rare public audiences.


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Bon Appetit

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, book 1

By Waco Ioka & Midori Yuma  

16 Jan, 2020

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2016’s Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi) collects the first five issues of Waco1 Ioka’s manga adaptation of Midori Yūma’s light fantasy series of novels. 

Aoi Tsubaki’s grandfather Shiro had a bad reputation. But to Aoi he was the man who rescued her from childhood misery after her mother abandoned her. Still, she must admit to herself that the reason his funeral was well attended may have been that many people wanted to assure themselves that their exploiter was actually dead. 

Though she is not yet aware of this, Aoi was one of Shiro’s victims.


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Comfortably Numb

Shimeji Simulation

By Tsukumizu  

24 Dec, 2019

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Tsukumizu’s 2019 Shimeji Simulation is an on-going surrealist slice-of-life manga.

Orphan Shimeji Tsukishima was unhappy at middle school and to avoid it, locked herself away in a small closet for two years. As high school approached, she reluctantly left her refuge. To her surprise, she discovers two small mushrooms — shimeji — sprouting from her head.

Shimeji has come to believe that effort is futile and hope is doomed to disappointment, She intends to pass through high school like a ghost, eschewing social contact and accepting whatever dismal fate life has in store for her. But her visualization of the all proves… inadequate.


Majime Yamashita may have been born with a fried egg on her head, but she’s not going to let that stop her from being the happiest, most outgoing person she can be. Thus far her ambitions have not yielded the social acceptance she craves, but she remains determined to make friends and have fun.

Intrigued by sullen, quiet Shimeji, Majime declares herself Shimeji’s friend. When Shimeji remains aloof, Majime decides the only proper solution is to declare to Shimeji that she is Shimeji’s girlfriend. Shimeji doesn’t have the energy to protest. It might be that she even likes madcap Majime a little. Not that she would say so. 

The schoolgirl with no will to strive is swept along in the wake of the schoolgirl with too much drive. Shimeji grudgingly joins the hole-digging club and slowly, reluctantly, starts to come out of her shell. 

Complications ensue. Shimeji’s older sister is something of a mad scientist. She recruits Majime and Shimeji as minions; they’ll help her construct an arcane device with which to reclaim the world from God. Whatever that means….

~oOo~


You are doubtless wondering why did the sister let Shimeji hide in the closet for two years? The sister is devoted to her work and seems content to let Shimeji find her own way. Indeed, most of the adults in this manga are far too focused on their own issues to offer help or guidance to the teenagers. 

People looking for a hormone-driven yuri manga should look elsewhere. Majime and Shimeji may be girlfriends but what that means is that sometimes Shimeji will permit Majime to hold her hand … briefly. While avoiding direct eye contact. Given that Shimeji spent enough time alone in the dark to sprout mushrooms, even that’s a big step.

Girls Last Tour protagonists Chito and Yuuri play minor supporting roles in this manga. How that’s possible is not clear. It’s just one of many odd bits about which one should not think too deeply. This is not a manga in which things make a lot of sense. Stuff happens. Causality is unclear. Detached acceptance is a valid coping skill. So is making friends. None of it means anything but at least if one has friends one isn’t alone, growing mushrooms on one’s head. 

I don’t know if this manga is going anywhere but it doesn’t really matter. It’s pleasant in its odd way. 

If Shimeji Simulation is available in North America, this is a well-kept secret.

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