Prince Freya Volume 1 by Keiko Ishihara: A Spectacular Historical Manga with Superb Political Tension & Versatile Artistry

Prince Freya Volume 1 (偽りのフレイヤ) by Keiko Ishihara is a shōjo, historical, drama manga series about a small town girl named Freya residing in the country of Tyr. When the neighbouring nation of Sigurd threatens the country with a ferocious scheme of overthrowing the current king, Freya gets swept up in a dangerous political plot…

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 by Io Sakisaka: A Fresh & Fascinating Exploration of Love & Friendship

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 (思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ) is the first instalment in a shōjo, coming-of-age manga series written by Io Sakisaka (Blue Spring Ride, Strobe Edge). It follows two main characters, Yuna and Akari, who bump into one another at a local train station. Through a moment of selflessness, one helps the other and…

Midnight Occult Civil Servants & the Spirited Message of Coexistence – Anime Review

Midnight Occult Civil Servants (真夜中のオカルト公務員) is a shōjo, urban fantasy anime adaptation of the manga that was originally authored by Yōko Tamotsu. It simulcasted during the Spring 2019 season and was produced by Liden Films with direction from Tetsuya Watanabe. There were twelve total episodes, with the thirteenth episode scheduled to release at a later…

My Roommate is a Cat & Finding Family Values via Cute, Kitty Companionship – Anime Review

My Roommate is a Cat (同居人はひざ、時々、頭のうえ。) is a shōjo, slice-of-life, comedy series that was originally a manga written by Minatsuki and illustrated by As Futatsuya. Zero-G picked it up and adapted it into an anime for the Winter 2019 simulcast season with direction from Kaoru Suzuki. The story follows a man named Subaru Mikazuki who…

Diabolik Lovers & the Poisonous Provocation of Rape Culture – Anime Review

Diabolik Lovers (ディアボリックラヴァーズ) season one is the 2013 anime adaptation of the Japanese visual novel of the same name. It’s a shōjo, reverse harem, supernatural, horror series. The video game was developed by Rejet and published by Idea Factory. The anime was produced by Zexcs with direction from Shinobu Tagashira. There are twelve total episodes,…

Orange by Ichigo Takano – A Manga Review

This manga series has been on my To-Be-Read list for a very long time (about two years or so). I bought them in omnibus editions, which are pretty hefty, and because of their vast size, they were a bit intimidating to me. But one of my book goals for the 2017 year is to read…