Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review · Young Adult

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 by Karuho Shiima | Manga Review

I can’t remember where I heard about Kimi ni Todoke, by Karuho Shiima, but the concept of a shy girl who has been dubbed “Sadako,” the name of a horror movie character, by her classmates because of their eerie similarities sounded light but intriguing. I like that this is a light….

Book Tags · Graphic Novel

4 Reasons Misa Amane Would Run into a Fire

Death Note mostly examines a young man’s obsession with becoming the god of a new world by executing those he considers evil by writing peoples’ names in the Death Note. The media dubs him Kira, which is essentially “killer” written in romanized katakana. Misa Amane is a famous model who is an open supporter of Kira.… Continue reading 4 Reasons Misa Amane Would Run into a Fire

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida

Ghouls look like and live like humans, except they eat human flesh. Ken Kaneki is a human-Ghoul hybrid due to an accident that gave him the organs of a Ghoul. He is learning about life as a Ghoul by learning to act human, seeing the humanity in Ghouls, and avoiding contact with the “Doves,” investigators who kill and torture all Ghouls without consideration of which is good and which is bad. Volume 2 of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, is the volume that humanizes Ghouls.

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1, by Sui Ishida | Accept It. Humans Are Delicious.

Society contains humans and Ghouls, who look and behave like humans most of the time. One problem: the Ghouls must eat humans to survive. Ken Kaneki, a human in this society, is thrilled to go on a date with the woman he likes, but it turns out she only wants to eat him. After an accident and a dubious rescue, he transforms into human-Ghoul hybrid. Now Ken has to survive Ghoul wars, learn the ways of Ghoul society, and come to terms with his existence as a half-Ghoul. The first volume of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, explores a transformation into that of a monster and the way one man copes with this horrific change.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako

At the threshold of puberty, two fifth graders, Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki, live with loving families and are well-liked by their classmates, but they share a secret. Nitori is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. As they try to figure out their gender identities and places in the world, they have to deal with their peers’ reactions. Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako is a coming-of-age manga about two transgender kids and the exploration of gender.

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy

I Wish… Vol. 1 by Hyun-Joo Seo

K is a sorcerer who grants wishes in exchange for the most important thing to the wisher. Jin Ryu, whose family just died, wishes for K to bring them back to life, but he refuses. He makes her work for him until she can come up with another wish. They meet a father who does not want his son to date an older woman, a girl who does not want her lover to forget her, and a boy who wants his friend to get well.

Graphic Novel · Historical Fiction · Review

A Bride’s Story, Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori

Series: A Bride’s Story, Vol. 1 Translator: William Flannagan Publisher: Yen Press Pub. Date: 2009 (2011 for this edition) Genres: Historical Fiction, Manga Pages: 191 Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars Along the 19th-century Silk Road, Amir Halgal, a twenty-year-old woman from a nomadic tribe, goes to live with the twelve-year-old boy she is betrothed to.… Continue reading A Bride’s Story, Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori

Series: Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 Translator: Kenichiro Yagi Publisher: Viz Media Pub. Date: 2005 (2014 for this edition) Genres: Shoujo Manga, Comedy, Romance Pages: 178 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars Haruhi Fujioka, a student at the exclusive and prestigious Ouran High School, stumbles into Music Room 3, seeking a quiet place to study.… Continue reading Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori