[Newcomer] Akairo Crossroads by Hino Natsumi

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Akairo Crossroads (あかいろ交差点) is a lighthearted school-life romance about timid but friendly highschooler Keita, trying to become better friends with his classmate Tamaki who has always been cold to him ever since they met on the first day of school. When Tamaki confesses that she can see the “red string of fate” and that the reason she tries to avoid is because he is her partner, Keita pledges they will always be “just friends”…..

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[HiddenGem] Game yaru kara 100-en Kashite! by Zawa & Nakano

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Game yaru kara 100-en Kashite! (Lend me ¥100 so I can play a game) by Nakano (art) & Zawa (story) is a cute romance/slice-of-life with retro game themes thrown in. Sugita is a handsome, skilled, newcomer at a company who gets along with everyone…. everyone except for the petite assistant manager, Yumihara, who tend to be very strict on him.

One day during his lunch break, Sugita finds a small, secluded, coffee shop named “Dead Copy” which features special tables dedicated for playing retro games. To his surprise, he also spots Yumihara completely immersed in her game like a child; opposite of the strict attitude she shows back at the office. The story follows Sugita and Yumihara’s daily encounters at the arcade cafe, and how the two’s relationship develop through their various interactions.

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[First Impression] Ichigo 100% Sequel: East Side Story, Chapter 1

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Ichigo 100% by Mizuki Kawashita is a beloved classic in the shonen-romance genre. It was one of my first romance series, and certainly has a special place in my heart. This is why when the news of a sequel coming came along, I had mixed feelings. While I genuinely did love Ichigo 100%, I found the end to be quite satisfying and complete. Rather than giving me excitement, the news of a sequel gave me fear about ruining my beloved childhood series. Seeing Suzuka get butchered by Seo Koji by the creation of Fuuka certainly didn’t help.

Well, now that the first chapter came out (not English), here is what I thought about the series so far.

Warning: Spoilers for both Ichigo 100% and Ch.1 of the spinoff  ahead. 

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[Newcomer] Hibiki – Shousetsuka ni Naru Houhou by Yanamoto Mitsuharu

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The surprise winner of prestigious Manga Taisho 2017, Hibiki – Shousetsuka ni naru houhou, is a compelling story about a girl setting up to become a revolutionary writer. Set in the modern age where publishing industry is shrinking drastically every year, ordinary(?) high school girl, Hibiki, sends a short manuscript to a publishing company, which comes into the attension of a young editor, Hanai. Hanai is immediately convinced that Hibiki has the potential to not only be a successful writer, but one that can usher in a new era of japanese literature.

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[News] Keijo’s author shares what really went on at the end of the serialization

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The news of Weekly Shounen Sunday’s “Keijo!!!” coming to an end has been a hot topic, especially on the western web. While both the manga and anime performed quite poorly in Japan, Keijo found good success over in the West. This caused many western fans to be angry about the news of the manga ending so soon after the anime, and the fake story made up on /a/ about the manga getting axed due to anime’s poor sales spread like wildfire.

Thankfully, Daichi Sorayaomi, updated his blog today to share what really happened behind the scenes and all the horror stories of serilization.

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[HiddenGem] Misoshiru de Kanpai! by Sasano Sai

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Misoshiru de Kanpai! (味噌汁でカンパイ!) is a heartwarming slice-of-life & cooking(?) manga about an average high school boy, Zen, and his childhood friend & next-door neighbor, Yae. After learning that Zen relies on pre-made food for breakfast, Yae decides to start cooking breakfast for Zen everyday. Yae’s dream is to fill the void of Zen’s deceased mom and become the perfect “mother”. Disappointed by Yae’s lack of romantic interest but happy to see his long-time crush coming to cook him breakfast,  Zen gladly accepts their new morning routine of exploring different kinds of Miso soup.

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[HiddenGem] Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu + Current State of Shounen Sunday

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One of the rising stars of Weekly Shounen Sunday, Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu is a story about an ordinary high school boy named Tadano Hito (literally Mr. Average) and Komi-san, the most beautiful girl in school. Although Komi-san is worshiped as an idol by her classmates, she suffers from extreme shyness and terrible communication skills. Her shyness is so bad that she relies on written notes to communicate with others, but Tadano happens to be the only one who realizes Komi-san’s problem. Together, they hope to cure Komi-san’s lack of communication skill and work towards her dream of making 100 friends.

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