Reader’s Pumpkin Patch: Creepy Cat, Undead King’s Reign of Peace, and Until Your Bones Rot

I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss, Vol. 1 Another reincarnated-into-an-otome-game isekai story, some aspects of I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss will feel familiar if you’ve read any others of this subgenre. For example, protagonist Aileen is the daughter of a duke, and starts out engaged to a prince…just… Read More Reader’s Pumpkin Patch: Creepy Cat, Undead King’s Reign of Peace, and Until Your Bones Rot

Reader’s Corner: Return from Death, Dahlia in Bloom, and Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes, Vol. 1 This is another reincarnation-type isekai of the reborn-as-an-otome-game-rival variety. The catch is that in the original game (which was also an isekai), all the love interests are train wrecks. The narcissist and the masochist are creepy enough, but they seem positively tame compared to… Read More Reader’s Corner: Return from Death, Dahlia in Bloom, and Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

Reader’s Corner: Solo Leveling, Horimiya, and Love in Focus

My Best Friend’s Little Sister Has it in for Me, Vol. 1 Ten or fifteen years ago, I was involved in a roleplay writing community. For those that haven’t participated before, the idea is that an admin sets up a scenario (sometimes quite intricate) and players join as characters, taking turns posting paragraphs from their… Read More Reader’s Corner: Solo Leveling, Horimiya, and Love in Focus

Reader’s Corner: Star Wars Rebels (Vol. 2), Junji Ito’s Smashed, and an Animal Crossing Manga

Spy Classroom, Vol. 1 Spy Classroom is an oddity among light novels: a spy thriller, one clearly taking inspiration from sources like James Bond and Mission: Impossible. And it’s got the best kind of plot twists: the super satisfying ones that you don’t see coming but that in hindsight make you facepalm and say, “Of… Read More Reader’s Corner: Star Wars Rebels (Vol. 2), Junji Ito’s Smashed, and an Animal Crossing Manga

Reader’s Corner: The Way of the Househusband, Her Royal Highness Seems to be Angry, and a Daughter Returning as an S-Rank Adventurer

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, Vol. 5 Having watched (and loved) the Maison Ikkoku series first, I’ve been struck upon this reading of the manga that the pacing is quite different. The length of time it takes for Kyoko and Godai to grow as individuals and grow closer together is what creates both the frustration and… Read More Reader’s Corner: The Way of the Househusband, Her Royal Highness Seems to be Angry, and a Daughter Returning as an S-Rank Adventurer

Reader’s Corner: Fly Me to the Moon, Meikyuu, and Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance

Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikawa), Vol. 7 To no one’s surprise, this lovely manga continues to be sweet and hilarious. Highlights this time include Tsukasa making Nasa do his homework to watch Avengers: Endgame, and the fourth wall-breaking line, “I hope she never reads this manga…” Of note, I felt like this volume had… Read More Reader’s Corner: Fly Me to the Moon, Meikyuu, and Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance

Reader’s Corner: Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Love Me Love Me Not, and the Return of Bleach

Bleach: Special One-Shot Bleach is a polarizing show for many fans, whether bys the way the anime ended in filler episodes or because of the shounen tropes in the manga that don’t always work out. I for one am a fan of the series, so I was excited that a one-shot was released, featured on… Read More Reader’s Corner: Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Love Me Love Me Not, and the Return of Bleach

Reader’s Corner: Carole and Tuesday, SW Guardians of the Whills, and Laid-back Camp, Vol. 10

Laid-back Camp, Vol. 10 With the recent season long gone and months since volume nine was released, I’ve been suffering from Yuru Camp withdrawal. There’s nothing out there quite like this series, with the sense of peace and fulfillment that it brings (along with plenty of humor). Volume ten, which moves past the point where… Read More Reader’s Corner: Carole and Tuesday, SW Guardians of the Whills, and Laid-back Camp, Vol. 10

Reader’s Corner: Skip and Loafer, Zom 100, and Megumi Hayashibara’s Characters

A Sign of Affection, Vol. 3 A Sign of Affection continues to sweep me off my feet! Volume three begins with all the giddy expectation that volume two left me on. Yuki and Itsuomi continue their conversation of how far does it go when it comes to Itsuomi and the answer to that question leads to… Read More Reader’s Corner: Skip and Loafer, Zom 100, and Megumi Hayashibara’s Characters

Reader’s Corner: Unnamed Memory, Assassin’s Creed Dynasty, and The Faraway Paladin

Unnamed Memory, Vol. 3 SPOILER WARNING: Spoiler-free tl;dr: I greatly enjoyed this volume and recommend this series. I also recommend that you start with the first volume and encounter the foreshadowing and plot twists naturally. Now, if you don’t mind spoilers… This volume wraps up the year-long contract between Oscar, the cursed king, and Tinasha,… Read More Reader’s Corner: Unnamed Memory, Assassin’s Creed Dynasty, and The Faraway Paladin