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!

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Tohyo Game’s second volume brings a new dimension to the series

tohyogame_v2_tp-714x1024My newest review at Girls in Capes focuses on the next volume of Tohyo Game.

It’s really this volume that introduces my favorite aspect of death match stories: the revealing actions of the players as they try to survive.

Volume Two of Tohyo Game features quite a lot of this. Several characters scheme various methods to stay alive, with one character openly suggesting a sacrifice of a student in the next round. And, true to the death match genre, the schemes don’t exactly go as planned as desperation takes hold of the remaining players.

You can check out my review of the first volume as well.

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.

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New review at Girls in Capes: Akuma no Riddle, Vol. 1

New review up at Girls in Capes:

The best way to describe this manga is a schoolgirl assassination action manga with undertones of yuri romance. Tokaku is a star student at her original school of assassins, presented in the prologue as totally cold. Yet the warmth of a girl like Haru, who wasn’t raised to kill people, starts to melt her, and even after their first meeting, Tokaku is already a little attached.

While Tokaku’s assassin exploits may seem like the biggest draw to this series, the real star of Akuma no Riddle is Haru, the eternally optimistic assassination target, who tells Tokaku quite firmly that she wasn’t born to die — she was born to live.

More interested in the anime? Check out my Marathon or Drop evaluation over here.

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New review at Girls in Capes: Love at Fourteen, Vol. 5

I have a new manga review up at Girls in Capes!

As with previous volumes, Kanata and Kazuki’s relationship is still precious and the absolute best thing about the manga. At one point, Kazuki faces attempted humiliation at the hands of a girl who has a crush on Kanata, but he faces that potentially mortifying experience with grace, and he never tells Kanata what happened — because he wants Kanata to remain friends with the girl. It’s a touching plotline and shows not only Kazuki’s kindness but also his faith in Kanata’s affection for him.

However, I’m starting to worry that this series is moving in the direction of “problematic favorites.”

Read the full review here.