Yuri is a branch of manga that deals with girl romance. The genre was originally targeted toward girls, but there is a male-targeted branch as well.
Yuri (which literally translates to “lily”) encompasses everything from hardcore sex to school girl crushes where hand-holding is as far as it goes. The genre traces its roots to the early 1900s with the works of Yoshiya Nobuko. Nobuko wrote the first Japanese lesbian literature just as interest in same-sex attraction began being studied in Japan. At the same time, the first all-girls school was founded. One event brought same-sex female relationships to Japanese attention: in 1911 two Niigata Prefecture school girls killed themselves because their love for each other was forbidden. It was the first recorded case of lesbian love suicide in Japan. Five years later, Nobuko wrote her best selling girls fiction, Flower Tales, that focused on girl romance.
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Kimi no Iru Machi is a shonen slice of life manga wrote by Seo Kouji. To be honest, I thought it was a shojo from the way it read. The series follows Haruto Kirishima, Yuzuki Eba, Akari Kaga, and other friends as they grow up.
The story centers around Haruto and Yuzuki’s turbulent romance. Yuzuki ends up staying with Haruto during their high school years upon request by her family. Yuzuki and Haruto’s parents were friends. Haruto doesn’t really care for Yuzuki at first; he only has eyes for Nanami Kanazaki. The story focuses on Haruto’s changing love interests as he grows older and how it creates an on-off relationship with Yuzuki. Thankfully, Yuzuki isn’t another tsundere character.
Being shonen, it is no surprise the manga has plenty of eye candy and hot spring scenes. As the character age, more nudity and related scenes creep into the story. Their concerns also change. ...
I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro about a month ago. The Windows App store has several manga readers I’ve played around with. The best two manga readers so far are Manga Tree and Manga Flow.
They share many things in common. They work best when holding the tablet in portrait; they let you swipe the screen to “turn” the pages; they track all the manga you read and provide links to the last page you left off. They both offer the ability to bookmark or favorite a manga. There are some differences that separate them and inch one ahead of the other.
Both apps have a free, ad-supported version and a paid version that removes ads and offers faster downloads.
Manga Tree has nice large images that it pulls from 3 scanlation sources. You can change the database used in the upper right corner. You can browse by categories like harem, shonen, ...
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Nisekoi is a romantic comedy manga wrote by Naoshi Komi. The name literally means “Fake Love.” The manga follows the romantic misadventures of Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki. Raku is the son of the yakuza faction Shuei-Gumi. Chitoge is the daughter of a rival gang called Beehive. The two are forced to “fake date” for 3 years by their fathers to end the feuds between their gangs. The only problem: they can’t stand each other.
Raku carries a locked pendant from childhood. Ten years ago, he gave a key and a promise to his childhood sweetheart. Raku hopes his crush, Kosaki Onodera, is the one with the key. If only it was that simple!
The high school romance has about 12 love triangles that wrap around Raku. The manga features the usual caste of archetypes. Chitoge is the foreigner and tsundere. The glasses sporting support character (and Kosaki’s best friend) is Ruri ...
What would it be like to have an ability that allows you to see when someone is going to die, or see when a lie is being told, or see a person’s emotions? In this manga, children are born with a special filter called an iris that allows them to see something unique to that person. Each iris is different, in its abilities, making each child special. But, what if you were born without an iris? What if you were a child who could not see anything special at all? That person is considered an iris zero.
Iris Zero is about a young boy named Mizushima, who does not have an iris. Other children hate him because he is not special. To avoid being tormented by his classmates Mizushima tries to go unnoticed. Unfortunately for him he gets noticed by the most popular girl in school, because he is the only ...
As regular readers might know, I have my own corner of this site dedicated to Japanese Horror. Don’t get me wrong I like anime, just not as much as my brother does. Some of them are cool, and some have decent stories and memorable characters as well. Many of them though have a lot of bad habits, a list of which I helped flesh out although I didn’t write it. Anime does some things very, very badly. And, while a lot of fans might disagree, I feel Dragonball Z is a poster child for these bad habits.
I wasn’t much into anime in high school, the only show I watched consistently was Inuyasha, but even then I’d heard of Dragonball Z. It’s billed as the best fighting manga ever written, and it was pretty popular amongst my peers who were into that sort of thing. I only watched one episode in ...