November was a wonderful month for me in terms of reading manga; novels, not so much. Even though I didn’t read nearly as much as I had anticipated, I’m still pleased with what I did accomplish.
Check ’em all out down below. I’ll have the title and author, along with a brief synopsis, a couple of things I liked or disliked, my rating, and any related reviews.
Hiyokoi Volumes 8-10 by Moe Yukimaru
🐣 Manga, Shōjo, Romance, Slice-of-Life
🐣 In these three volumes, Hiyori faces some conflicts upon being confessed to by a fellow classmate, one that her best friend has a crush on.
🐣 She retains her profound compassion and selfless demeanour, while battling some social anxiety.
🐣 Positive representation of jealousy within a relationship, both romantic and platonic.🐣 Very cute and fluffy, as always.
🐣 4.25/5 for all three volumes.
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya
🐂 Manga, Shōjo, RomCom, Slice-of-Life
🐂 In the second volume, we are introduced to more members of the Sohma family, as well as learn more about the dynamics of their inner family dysfunction.
🐂 Check out my full review for this volume here.
🐂 Regardless of having a huge cast of characters, they all retain their individuality both in personality and physical traits, making it easier to keep track of them.
🐂 The potential romantic affiliations have a wonderful gradual build-up as it focuses on friendships first, making it very genuine; slow burn.
Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 1 & 2 by Hiroaki Samura
🍙 Manga, Seinen, Chanbara, Jidai-Geki, Supernatural
🍙 Manji is a warrior who’s on a quest to seek redemption for the 100 murders that he has committed. Along the way he encounters a young girl who is hell-bent on obtaining vengeance against those who slaughtered her entire family.
🍙 You can read my full review for volume one here.
🍙 A brilliant homage to the classic period samurai genre while retaining it’s originality.
🍙 Masterful pencil illustrations are some of the best that I’ve ever seen.
🍙 Multi-faceted characters provide subtle yet complex commentary of what life for samurai class was like during the Edo era as the country transitioned from traditional to contemporary.
Dreamin’ Sun Volume 4 by Ichigo Takano
👘 Manga, Shōjo, RomCom, Slice-of-Life
👘 Shimana learns more information about the guy she’s crushing on, and she also helps a couple of her friends from giving up on their dreams and aspirations.
👘 Shimana still has some annoying behavioural traits, but you can really start to see her mature as a character from volumes one through four, which I suspect will continue as the series progresses.
👘 Zen learns to have more gumption in regards to his romantic feelings, making me love him so much more than I already do.
Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volumes 1-5 (Complete Series) by Naoki Serizawa & Capcom
💀 Manga, Seinen, Science-Fiction, Horror
💀 The series is a prequel to the video game Resident Evil 6. Deep within the Asian sub continent lies a prestigious private school known as The Marhawa Academy. When an outbreak occurs, the headmistress contacts an old friend to help her resolve the issue before news of the incident leaks out into the public sector. Series familiar, Chris Redfield, makes an appearance.
💀 It had an intriguing premise, but ultimately fell very short with its execution.
💀 Slow-paced and at times boring, as well as predictable.
💀 A full review for this series will be posted within the next week or so.
💀 3.75/5 for the entire series.
Resident Evil 2: Caliban Cove by S.D. Perry
🐙 Science-Fiction, Horror
🐙 An original novel in the franchise that bridges the gap between the video games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. After learning about a secret laboratory in an isolated cove, Rebecca Chambers joins new S.T.A.R.S. crew to investigate so they can gather evidence against Umbrella Corporation.
🐙 Atmospheric with spooky setting involving an abandoned island, underground caves, and an eerie lighthouse.
🐙 Offers a 1st person perspective of the progression of a T-Virus strain once a person has been infected, including the physical symptoms and the loss of functioning cognitive abilities.
🐙 Finale was slightly anticlimactic.
Resident Evil 3: City of the Dead by S.D. Perry
🐊 Science-Fiction, Horror
🐊 The novelization of the video game Resident Evil 2; introduces series familiars Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong, and Claire Redfield. Claire goes into Raccoon City in search of her missing brother, Chris Redfield. She encounters rookie cop, Leon Kennedy, and they both attempt to flee the over-run city.
🐊 The story is more fast-paced with its progression compared to other novels in the franchise.
🐊 Sensationally atmospheric with new and unique creepy creatures and graphically disgusting descriptions of settings/situations.
🐊 Includes a scene that is a wonderful homage to the 1979 sci-fi film, Alien.