Meant to post this last week but it was either that or be late for my plane so…hur, a week later, here we go :J
St. Dragon Girl
Momoko is a girl who specializes in martial arts. Her childhood friend Ryuga specializes in sorcery. Together they protect Ryuga’s cousin from spirits.
(you don’t know how many times this bit was repeated in almost every chapter of this 8 volume series -__-)
From reading the side bars, St. Dragon Girl originally appeared episodically in various magazine issues before it became regularly serialized – thus why the continuous reminder of who Momoko and Ryuga were.
Nothing much to say. It was an ok read. Sometimes Momoko or Ryuga would get hellah annoying (Momoko with her insecurity, Ryuga with his blunt/playboy attitude) but it was never enough I had to put the manga down and burn it haha
I liked that other characters got some screen time instead of focusing solo on the leads. Was a nice change of pace :J
Overall, wasn’t a bad read. Something to read if you’re bored. Momoka kicking butt was pretty cool (you don’t see too many female leads training in martial arts too much) but she did at times fall pray to the “oh no I suddenly find myself unable to fight back oh what ever shall I do?” cliche where Ryuga would fly in, throw a talisman, and look cool doing it.
Sucks we’ll never get the sequel that follows Momoko’s child.
Bonus novella: A Heart in Love
Whoops! Almost forgot to post this baby too. Included in the first tank of “There is No Future for This Love” is a novella concerning how two characters as different as Masaki and Yuuji ever crossed paths into the broship/unrequited love that exists in the current manga.
Chapter 5: Equivalent Exchange
Last full chapter in tank 1, folks!
The chapter continues where chapter 4 left off: Yuuji pinned against the door, Tora asking him if he likes dicks. When Yuuji doesn’t respond, Tora provokes him by inching closer and flicking Yuuji’s lips with his fingers. Yuuji eventually wakes up and pushes the other guy off him: THE ONLY THING THAT CAN TOUCH THESE LIPS ARE MY LIPSTICK, GOOD FOOD, AND MASAKI’S BODY PARTS!
Either Yuuji is strong or Tora is a little bitch, because Tora goes flying. He looks up at a trembling Yuuji and decides they’ve gone far enough – he’s seen Yuuji’s reaction and the truth is now out. So how about some coffee?
Chapter 4: The Butterfly and the Tiger
Remember when Yuuji said he wanted some makeup in chapter 3? Welp, Boy is a man who follows through on his plans. We start the chapter at a department store where Yuuji is looking around the cosmetics section, overwhelmed by all the colors and items for purchase. Before he can grab the nearest lip gloss and run for it, one of the sales ladies comes up and asks if he needs him. With three chapters worth of continuous lying under his belt, Yuuji shoves his fear into his gull bladder and smoothly says he’s here to buy a present for his little sister but has no idea what he’s looking at because he’s a man and men don’t know these things and nothing suspicious here. He throws in a smile and some shojo sparkles to dazzle the sales lady into thinking this is not suspect and not to question when asked about his sister’s description, she’s told the sister looks exactly like Yuuji, complexion, facial structure, and all.
Lady: the sparkles have blinded me to your lies. This way sir. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
(I’m greatly amused how Yuuji thinks: pssft, please. Sister? Bitch I’m totally lying. I just need some help telling the difference between blush and eye shadow ( ‾ʖ̫‾). Like Yuuji, it’s ok. We get it.)
Chapter 3: The Blazing Forest
Chapter 3 starts with the club members reading Yuuji’s novella: The Liar Butterfly. As he waits for them to finish and give feedback, he’s nervously squeezing his hands to the point where his fingers are almost about to go clear through his palms.
Yuuji: maybe I shouldn’t have based my story on a boy butterfly wanting to be a girl…or named the butterfly Yuuji…or his love interested Masaki…shit
Upon getting to the last page, club member “girl I still don’t know what her name is” smiles and tells Yuuji this is his best piece yet.
Yuuji: FUCK YOU THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION I HAVE A DISCLAIMER ANY FACTS MATCHING UP WITH REAL LIFE ARE PURELY COINCIDENTAL IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH oh I mean thank you.
Chapter 2: The Liar Butterfly
Chapter 2 starts with Yuuji in his room, staring at a piece of paper. He pauses, lets out a sigh, then chucks the paper in the garbage. Or at least he tries. The crumpled paper bounces off the trashcan and rolls on the floor, like fuck you buddy, you get your sweet cheeks over here and send me off gently. Yuuji must be a man that can’t stand a mess because he actually does get up and put the offending paper in the trash receptacle as intended. Returning to his desk, the jar holding Masaki’s cigarette catches his eye.
Gensui Koutei ni Sasagerareta Hanayome (The Military Emperor’s Sacrificial Bride) by Adumi Yuu, Serina Rise
Keeping the truth of her past unseen, Aleysha will play the part of a princess and be offered in sacrifice to the frigid Emperor Valluram…
“Don’t conceal yourself. Remove your hand, Princess Aleysha.” Naked and exposed, Aleysha stands before the emperor and his icy stare…
Aleysha has lived in the countryside with her late mother all her life. One day, she is captured by the royal guards and learns her mother had stolen a jewel from the queen many years ago. To pay for her mother’s crime, Aleysha is forced to wed Lynizen’s Emperor Valluram – in hopes of gaining peace with the neighboring country. For the sake of unification, Aleysha will have to convince the emperor she’s really a princess. However, she’s at a loss when upon meeting Emperor Valluram, he rejects their arranged marriage – “I don’t need a sacrificial bride.”
Cold and distant, Aleysha is wary of the emperor at first, but as she spends time with him, Aleysha sees he’s more than he appears…and she finds herself drawn to his hidden gentle side…
Another smutty title. I got it because the guy on the cover had long hair – can’t help that my first anime crush had long hair like that too :p Honestly….not the best title I’ve read. Starts off with the usual, I’m going to shove my fingers up your cooch because I think you have weapons up there…
Her: ah no <3
Him: WAS THAT A GUN I JUST TOUCHED!? IS THAT WHY YOU’RE MAKING ME STOP???
Her: what no you’re shoving your digits into my lady parts. This is literally page 4. I only know your name. Could you at least buy me dinner first?
Him: OHHHHHH NO, I THINK I FELT A KNIFE POINT IN THERE. GOTTA KEEP DIGGING TO MAKE SURE!
And then after that settles down, he’s like, HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT ME TO SIGN THIS TREATY???
Her: *throws the welcome mat in front of her spread legs*
Him: HMMM, I ADMIRE THAT. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I WON’T SKIP THIS OPPORTUNITY TO JIGGLE YOUR BREASTS AND SHOVE MY LONG SLONG INTO YOU AND MAKE YOU SCREAM LIKE A WEEDWACKER
Her: *thumbs up
After the hip jumps…
Him: NOT SURE HOW I MANAGED THAT, WHAT WITH MY CLOTHES AND SHOES STILL ON – LITERALLY GLUED TO MY ASS THESE SKINNY JEANS – BUT HELL YEAH. ALSO I WILL NOT SIGN THE TREATY BECAUSE IF YOU ACTUALLY TOOK THE TIME TO READ IT BEFORE SECRETING ALL OVER THE PLACE, YOU’LL SEE THE CONTRACT HAS 2 SENTENCES: “I promise not to take the rich ppl’s money. Fuck teh poor ppl.”
Her: damn! Wish I had checked this out before I let you finger me! Well, nothing left to do but clean the mansion, because you’re too mean looking to have anyone do that for you.
Him: YESH DO THAT OMG YOU’RE NOT A REAL PRINCESS! NO PRINCESS KNOWS HOW TO CLEAN THE TOILET WHO ARE YOU?
Her: shit…uh, a princess that does chores?
Him: MY PENIS WILL BE THE JUDGE OF THAT
Her: ok ok! I’m not a real princess
Him: KNEW IT *inserts penis
Her: WTF!? I just told you I’m not the real princess!
Him: I KNOW, BUT THE BEAST MUST BE COMPENSATED FOR GETTING YOU TO TELL THE TRUTH
Him: ALSO I LOVE YOU
Her: aww :)
And yeah, all of a sudden, they love each other. Then you have this stuff where she’s like, the king’s other daughter…and the robbery was a lie…and the real queen is a ho…and yeah. I’m not sure what happened. I feel like a lot of transitional details were missing because we were literally jumping all over the place o__O; It ends happy so…?
At least the art is pretty?
Bara Kangoku (Abigaile) no Kemono-tachi (The Beasts of Abigaile) by Naki Ringo
Due to past circumstances, Nina Tsukishiro moves to Ruberia, a small island off the coast of Europe, to live with her uncle and aunt. Legend has it that long ago, beasts roamed the island, terrorizing the inhabitants. To protect themselves, the people planted special roses that were said to smell like human blood but were poisonous when consumed. Thanks to the roses, the beasts were driven away and the people were able to live in peace. The name of that rose became the name of their little island – Ruberia.
No one has seen these beasts spoken of in the legends, so they’ve been cast off as nothing more than a fairy tale. However, Nina ends up meeting one…and gets bitten by him!! His bite transforms Nina into a beast as well. Now a Ruuger, Nina has been taken to the inescapable island facility, Abigaile. Trapped, what awaits Nina on Abigaile and what does the future have in store for her?
Wow, this felt like a throwback to when I’d wake up in the mornings to watch girl power shows like Sailor Moon, Escaflowne, or even Powerpuff Girls. You have your spunky heroine with a strong sense of justice, the prince-like guy who she likes but we all know she won’t get with him because he’s nice and also probably gonna end up being a little turd for a bit cuz drama, the grumpy main guy who is an ass to the main heroine so she’s like, go fuck yourself, and he’s like, don’t tell me what to do, the jealous love interest who may turn out to be the main girl’s bestie, an evil organization, and a lovable cast (of transvestites) mixed together to create The Beasts of Abigaile. Honestly, I was just hit with nostalgia the whole time I was reading the manga. Even the art reminds me of old school a bit ~
Right now with the first volume, we’re just getting introduced to everything. Probably the next volume will start giving us answers, like what a Marking is or what an Omega is (Poe!!). I’m really excited to continue my adventure with the Beasts of Abigaile ~ :)
Before I leave, here’s a cute short from the manga-ka’s tumblr (click here for her tumblr), just so you can see the adorable-ness of Poe!:
Nina: “Let’s walk to class together”
Nina: “Say ahhh!”
Renji: “WHAT’D I DO???”
Mitsu-Ai ~ Gin-Hakushaku no Cinderella (~Honey Sweet Affection ~ The Silver Count’s Cinderella) by Yamada Pan
Marie is a girl of half oriental blood, raised in an orphanage after her parents abandoned her. Her life has been a good one, thanks to the aid of a mysterious noble who is only known to the orphanage as “J”. On her 18th birthday, she receives a marriage proposal from a wealthy count! Could he be “J”?? As Marie falls for the count’s deep kisses and sweet affection, she wonders if he really is the mysterious “J”…
Or is he connected to Marie in another way?
And here we are again folks, with another Backlog Attack round :) Because so long as manga is being released, my backlog will never go down…which is a good thing because that means manga is still around! :p
We start off the party with some good ol’ smut hur ~ It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good smut story but the reason I always swim the murky semeny waters of smut is to find gems like this one (lol that’s a horrible description). Save for one point in the beginning – where the main dude (Alex) got grumps because the Marie didn’t recognize him so he decides to be a gynecologist by using his fingers to assert if she’s a virgin or not* – the manga was surprisingly good. The two fall in love and the sex is consensual. None of that “I AM SO UNHAPPY RIGHT NOW SO I’M GOING TO TAKE IT OUT ON YOU BY SHOVING MY VIBRATING PENIS IN YOUR SWEET SWEET HOLE – BE READY FOR MY SAD JIZZ!”
Her: :/ why?
Him: BECAUSE I AM THE MAIN MALE LEAD IN A SMUT AND THE ONLY WAY TO SHOW MY EMOTIONS IS WITH MY DICK!
Her: makes sense. Carry on, since I’m the main female lead in a smut and that means I just take it and interpret that force as love :)
Alex and Marie were super cute together. He just wanted to be a family (with him being the sole person left of his family – smut killed off his family, the way a shojo runs over its families) and Marie wanted the same thing ;___; I love how he cuddled with her and waited until she was ready to do the deed ~ (again, I’m pretending that beginning part didn’t happen). I like the three bishis Alex had as his posse. Would have loved to see more of them tho. Maybe in the novel they have more appearances?
The overall ride was super chill. Even when the bad guy appeared, a gun to the face quickly made him give up his attempts at Marie’s boobs.
The epilogue was in novel form but surprisingly I was able to get the gist of things. It was about Alex and Marie’s wedding ~ Alex’s posse got them fancy wine to celebrate their marriage…or, they tell the couple, they could hold off until Marie was with child to celebrate *all of them wiggle their eyebrows* xD
In the end, I really like this manga. I was worried what with Marie’s ass hanging out on the cover and Alex looking like a rapist, things were going to be bad but nope, instead they were adorable x3 The art is wonderful ~ Especially the guys *thumbs up
*I’ll be honest. After seeing this in smut for the umpteenth time, I had to look it up if you could really tell if a girl was a virgin by shoving your fingers up her cooch. Cuz at the first manga, I was like, you’re an idiot, dude. But after 4-5 of this happening, it got me wondering if maybe I was the fool. But the internet has confirmed to me that you can’t really, unless it was like really recent, and you do it by looking, not prodding around with one’s meat fingers.
Look, I didn’t have the best sex education. I remember coming out of the class trying to figure out where my prostate was – because that’s how dumb my sex education was.