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Manga Fridays: Top 10 Manga I Want To Reread

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Alright, so I know that this was supposed to go up early on Friday but my original plan fell through. I wanted to write a review on the entire series of Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu but I’m only on chapter 30 of 67. I will probably have it done soon so I’ll write the review and it’ll go up on Friday March 10th.

I decided to do something quick and easy for this so you guys will at least get a post. I searched and searched for what would be a good and semi-interesting topic and came to this conclusion. Top 10 manga I want to reread. I have several I want to read again so I have to go through and decide which I would like to. I’m not going to count Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu because I’m almost done rereading it. I also won’t count anime that I’ve seen but haven’t read the manga. I’ll make that a different post.

I just got my new camera today but I won’t be able to use my own pictures because I don’t own any of these manga. I would like to buy them but I haven’t been able to find a place to purchase them for cheaper than full price. So, all of these pictures that I have are coming from their GoodReads pages. And, as always, I’ll link the GoodReads page of the first volume of each under the name, the author’s GoodReads page under the author’s name, and if you can buy the first volume in English on Book Depository, I’ll link that under the picture. My social media will be linked at the end and I always appreciate discussions on my posts so comment with a manga you would like to reread and/or your absolute favorite manga.

So, I’ve got my glass of iced latte (coffee is my wine) and some headphones on with Kpop blasting. The son and husband are both sleeping so let’s get as many posts done tonight as I can before I pass out on my keyboard. I hope you all enjoy!

  1. This first manga I’d like to mention is Hiyokoi by Moe Yukimaru. This manga is about a girl named Hiyori. She is smaller than most people and a very shy girl. Due to an accident, she starts school later than everyone else. What does this mean? Everyone has their groups of friends already and she’s left to try to figure out how to make friends and a shy girl who started school too late. And, just like all of the other books on here, there’s a cute little romance. I read this manga so long ago that I barely remember what happened. I just remember liking it a lot. This manga has not been officially translated to English but you can find translations on manga reader sites like MangaFox or MangaReader.
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  2. The next one that I’m excited for is one that I remember as not having a really unique storyline, just like Hiyokoi didn’t, but I definitely remember enjoying it as a quick little pleasure read. This one is Stardust Wink by Nana Haruta. This story follows Anna who lives in the same apartment complex as twin boys of the same age. They were childhood friends until one of the twins does something to Anna that changes everything. If I remember correctly, it’s another cliché, predictable romance but sometimes that just what you need on a Sunday evening. This manga has not been officially translated to English but you can find translations on manga reader sites like MangaFox or MangaReader.
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  3. Hana to Akuma by Hisamu Oto is the next one. I’m kind of mixed about this one. This follows Vivi and Hana. Vivi is a demon who left the demon realm and ended up finding a human baby. He decided to raise the baby but as she gets older, he realizes he has some feelings for her. Now, I am definitely kind of put off by this because it’s strange that someone who raised a baby up into a 14 year old girl as a kind of father to her, would suddenly fall in love with her and vice versa. But it’s still a cute little romance if you look past that little detail. I wouldn’t say it’s the best I’ve read, but it surely isn’t the worst. I’d like to reread it to give a full review on it. This manga has not been officially translated to English but you can find translations on manga reader sites like MangaFox or MangaReader.
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  4. Another manga that I would love to reread is Love so Life by Kaede Kouchi. Shiharu loves children. She grew up in an orphanage and even works at a daycare. But suddenly she is offered a job as a babysitter for the uncle of a pair of twins. And, as you can assume, they fall in love. This is definitely a nice little slice-of-life kind of story. This manga has not been officially translated to English but you can find translations on manga reader sites like MangaFox or MangaReader.
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  5. This next one is a funny little romance manga that could be triggering or offensive for some people. Beauty Pop by Kiyoko Arai is about Kiri, a hairstylists daughter, and a group of men in her school that with “transform” girls into beautiful by doing their hair and makeup. But, they only choose certain people that they feel at “worthy” of these transformations. Kiri takes it upon herself to help certain girls who are denied by the group and she’ll cut and style their hair to help make them more confident. I personally read this the first time around without thinking that I wasn’t pretty because I didn’t wear makeup and my hair wasn’t always styled nice (even right now, my hair is in a bun and I have no makeup on) but some people may have an issue reading this manga because of their portrayal of a “beautiful girl.” So be warned even though I feel that a lot of shoujo manga are like this. This manga has been translated to English so click the image to purchase the first volume from Book Depository.
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  6. Another story of misunderstood handsome guys. L-Dk by Ayu Watanabe is about a girl who hates a popular boy because he wouldn’t date her best friend. Then he moves in next door and she begins to get to know him better. The rest is history. This manga has not been officially translated to English but you can find translations on manga reader sites like MangaFox or MangaReader.
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  7. These next few are fairly popular among the shoujo manga world and all but one also have an anime. This one was the most recent to be made into anime. I’ve talked about all of these before so I’ll just write little overviews of what they are for each. This one is Say I Love You (Suki-tte Ii na yo)by Kanae Hazuki. Mei is the type of girl who would rather keep to herself rather than making a ton of friends. But when she ends up injuring the most popular boy in the school, he becomes set to change that about Mei. This manga has been translated to English so click the image to purchase the first volume from Book Depository.
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  8. The next is Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi. This manga follows Teru’s struggles after her brother dies and she becomes an orphan. The way she is getting through everything is with the help of “Daisy,” an old friend of her brother’s who Teru can confide in. One of these problems in her life is having to work for her school’s “delinquent” janitor after she broke a window. This manga has been translated to English so click the image to purchase the first volume from Book Depository.
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  9. I’m super excited to reread this next manga. I loved this one so much that every Halloween, I had wanted to cosplay as the main character in it! And this manga is Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. This manga is about a girl named Yuki who was attacked by a vampire when she was younger. She ended up being taken in by a friend of the vampire that saved her. This friend was the chairman of a school and ended up taking in another boy who lost his family to a vampire attack, Zero. Yuki and Zero protect the Night Class from the Day Class and vice versa. In other words, the vampire class from the human class. But, the vampire that saved Yuki is a part of the night class. This manga ended up taking a turn I didn’t see coming and I’m excited to reread it and see is there was anything hinting at this throughout. I also can’t wait to review it. This manga has been translated to English so click the image to purchase the first volume from Book Depository.
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  10. Last but certainly not least is the manga I’m most excited to reread. I loved this manga and anime since I first got into manga way back when I was in 6th grade, so about 10 years ago. And that manga is Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. If you read my Top 5 Wednesday post about my favorite “non-written” books (you can view it here), you would know that I still count this as my favorite manga. I can’t wait to reread this but I am waiting until I purchase the collectors editions of it.
    This story follows Tohru, a high schooler who just lost her mother a few months ago to a car accident. After a series of events following her mother’s death, she ends up living in a tent in the woods. What she doesn’t realize is that she is living on the property of the Sohma family. But, this isn’t just any family. Yuki Sohma is the most popular boy in school! She ends up stumbling upon the house that Yuki shares with his uncle. After another series of events, she ends up living with these two men and the short-tempered Kyo, Yuki’s cousin. This manga has been translated to English so click the image to purchase the first volume from Book Depository. I have linked to the collector’s edition but you can buy the original volume 1 on Amazon from their marketplace. They stopped making the originals so it may be hard to find. The cover I used here is the original cover, you can see the collector’s edition cover just by clicking on the picture below.
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Thank you so much for reading my post. Let me know if you’ve read any of these below!

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Manga/Anime Fridays: Manga Update

I couldn’t think of anything to post other than an update! Maybe I’ll start doing some book tags strictly with manga. But that’s another thing.

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I’ve been rereading Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu. I’m on chapter 16 which is in volume 4. So I have gotten a good chunk read. I usually try to read it while I’m trying to go put my son down for a nap or when I’m in the car. I still love this manga. The characters are currently 12 years old but it’s a more mature subject matter.

The main male, Takuma, has a heart issue which means that the doctors don’t think he’ll make it to his 20th birthday. The main girl, Mayu, is the daughter of Takuma’s doctor. They’ve been friends since they were both children and Takuma was in the hospital still. He was able to leave so he could go to school but even then, he can’t do anything to deal with gym or activity like that.

I’m enjoying this just like I did the first time around. I’m laughing and getting frustrated just like I did the first time around. I understand why the characters are acting the way they are even if I would like for them to act differently.

I’ll do a full review once I finish this manga completely. I do wish I could buy an English copy of this but they only have them in Japanese.

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Top 5 Wednesdays – Favorite “Non-Written” Novels 2-15-17

Top 5 Wednesdays was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and also run by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out the GoodReads group here!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is about my favorite books that aren’t “written” like a “normal” book. So, graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Mine will be all manga but that’s because I haven’t read many graphic novels or comics and I also just recently got into audiobooks. Some you may not know due to the fact that most I’ve found translated on the phone app MangaRock (no, this is not sponsored). But let’s just get into this!

5. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino

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So, I put this as #5 because I haven’t actually finished this one yet. I remember watching the anime first and falling in love so I started reading the manga.

It’s a story about a girl named Yuki who goes to a school that has two separate groups of people who take classes at different times of the day. There’s the Day Class-which Yuki is a part of-and the Night Class. Yuki and the guy, Zero-who was pretty much raised by the same man who has raised her for the past 10 years-are the guards of the Night Class.

When I read this manga back in the day, I remember it being a nice jumble of action, drama, romance, and a bit of comedy. I keep meaning to reread this manga but I think I’ll get it in physical form before I do that.

4. Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi

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Ugh. Dengeki Daisy is a manga that I actually ended up reading with my brother. I would adore seeing this being made into an anime. Actually, as I was looking at the author’s GoodReads page, I noticed that she wrote another manga that I adored, Beast Master. I just wish there was more to that one.

This manga follows Teru, a high school orphan. She has been communicating through text with “Daisy,” an unknown person who was sent to protect Teru by her brother before he died. After breaking a window, Teru ends up working under the school janitor.

This manga is so in depth in compared to many manga that I’ve read. There are so many different things going on in this manga that it’s mind blowing. It’s more than just a romance. The author took great care in creating elaborate back stories to each and every character. I definitely would read anything that she releases.

3. Say I Love You (Suki-tte Ii na yo)by Kanae Hazuki

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This is another manga that I read with my brother. I also watched the anime with him. I had read this before he did and before the anime came out. We both ended up watching the anime without realizing it. We got talking and he read the manga along with me rereading it. We would text each other as soon as a new chapter came out.

This manga follows Mei, a teenage girl who has spent her life alone. She wasn’t the type to try making friends during school and kept to herself. That is, until she accidentally injures Yamato. Then he takes it upon himself to become her friend.

This manga was both hilarious and adorable. Once again, another I want to reread. I’m so glad that manga are quick, easy reads for me. I have so many I want to reread.

2. Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu by Kotomi Aoki

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Ugh. I just can’t with this manga. This little piece of work hit me in every single feel I have. Well, had before this manga destroyed them all.

I read this manga so long ago that for a while I forgot the name of it but remembered the general story of it. I don’t want to spoil anything and I feel you should just go into this blind. If you want to cry like a little baby several times because of both happiness and depression, this. Read this. I recommend this to everyone.

1. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

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Fruits Basket has been one of my favorites for such a long time. I just started reading it again the other day. I love this manga and the anime. I wish the anime had gone farther into the story, though. It ended before you even figure out a huge part of the manga. That’s one reason I would recommend the manga over the anime.

This follows orphan, Tohru. Her mother had died in a car accident and after a few months and several circumstances, she ends up living in a tent in the woods. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s living on the land of the most popular boy in school, Yuki. After running into him and even more circumstances, she ends up living with him and his uncle and cousin. But, the Sohma family has a deep secret that Tohru just happens to find out.

This manga has so many different characters that have such different lives despite the fact they are from the same family. It’s so interesting going through each character and discovering their back stories.

 

I hope you liked this list and I hope that you check out one or more of these if you haven’t yet! If you haven’t noticed, I adore romances (or in the manga world, shoujo). If you have any recommendations, please let me know! Also, list your top 5 non-written novels in the comment section even if they aren’t romance!

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