[HiddenGem] Dad, the Beard Gorilla, and I by Koike Sadaji

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After losing her mother to a tragic accident, 6-year old tomboy, Michiru, finds a suspicious person moving into her precious home: her dad’s giant younger brother Kouji, the “Beard Gorilla”. While awkward at first, it doesn’t take long for the two to develop a familiar bond that looks more like that of two siblings, than that of niece & uncle.

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[Newcomer] Smile at the Runway by Inoya Kotoba

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A hot new rookie on Weekly Shounen Magazine, Smile at the Runway, starts with the story of Fujito Chiyuki, an aspiring fashion model and daughter of a fledgling Modeling Agency, Mille neige. Ever since she was little, Chiyuki’s dream was to be the star model of her dad’s agency and perform at Paris Fashion Week. With great looks and a gifted environment, it seemed like she was on the right track to fulfill her dream, but she soon found herself faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall when her height stopped growing at 158cm (5’2″), hopelessly too short to be a professional model.

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[HiddenGem] Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii by Kuzushiro

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Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii (Chihaya is Fine the way She is) follows the life of an average high school girl, Chihaya, who thinks she is overweight and wants to lose weight. Unfortunately, its impossible for her to keep her appetite in check, especially with his childhood friend, Shima constantly bombarding her with food. Can Chihaya resist her urge to eat and succeed in her diet?

This adorable little series starts off looking like a cute slice-of-life food manga, but slowly morphs into something more special.

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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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[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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[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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