Horimiya, Vol. 8 returns to the series’ lighthearted slice-of-life tone

I’m extremely happy with the newest volume of Horimiya:

Hori and Miyamura return to the forefront in Volume 8, and their interactions are absolutely adorable. After the past two volumes, this one is especially refreshing as it returning to a more typical slice-of-life storyline.

You can find my full review at Girls in Capes.

Advertisements

I struggled with the most recent volume of Love at Fourteen

Love at Fourteen has been one of my favorite ongoing series to review, but Volume 6 was difficult for me:

An extremely uncomfortable aspect of Volume 6 is the continued emphasis on romances and crushes between middle school students and the adults in their lives, in particular between students and their teachers. Students having crushes on teachers — especially student teachers or young teachers — isn’t uncommon or particularly unnatural, but it’s another matter entirely to depict that teacher being romantically or sexually attracted to the middle school student.

You can read my full review at Girls in Capes.

Tohyo Game’s conclusion is screwed up

I mean, seriously screwed up. In the best way I can think of.

Anyone else who was anxiously waiting to find out why Shuusuke was the votekeeper of the previous game will find at least some level of satisfaction as detectives investigating the deaths at the school learn more about what’s going on — and what’s been going on — in the opening pages of the manga. After the Volume 2 cliffhanger, I almost flipped a table when the tension was resolved so easily, but that opened the door for the rest of the story.

Find out what else I had to say about Volume 3 of Tohyo Game over at Girls in Capes.

Horimiya, Volume 6 takes the slice-of-life romance in a new direction

My latest review of the Horimiya manga series is live now at Girls in Capes:

Volume 6 opens with other characters, but largely explores the nuances of romance as a teen. Not all of the characters could possibly end up with a happily ever after — like another manga I’ve reviewed — yet the story reflects some very real experiences that teens have when pursuing and entering relationships.

Volume 6 covers some pretty interesting and different topics, but please note there are some mild spoilers in my review!

Link

Mur Lafferty’s SIX WAKES brings murder mystery to unkillable victims

My latest book review for Girls in Capes features Mur Lafferty’s new science fiction murder mystery:

When Maria Arena’s next clone body wakes up, she has a bit of difficulty getting out of the cloning vat, which is a little atypical. When she finally climbs out, she discovers that all six members of the ship’s crew had their clones generated simultaneously and that all six of their previous bodies were killed or incapacitated almost at the same time. That’s a lot more atypical. Maria and the other crew members have no memory logs from the past 26 years — meaning they have no idea which of the six of them massacred the rest, and they have no idea if the murderer will try again.

I absolutely adored this book. You can read more about why at Girls in Capes.

Check out my most recent manga review at Girls in Capes

Find my latest review up now at Girls in Capes:

With that in mind, as a Madoka*Magica franchise fan, most of the mystery of the series evaporated. While that’s true of other spinoff series as well, the direct intersection of Oriko’s path with the plot of the main series is a major detraction from my engagement with the story.

Read more now.