romance

Thermae Romae, vol. 3

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Lucius Modestus Quintus, the time-traveling Roman architect, continues to research Japanese bathing culture with Satsuki’s help. Ito’s traditional bath houses are beginning to struggle to keep up with the times and Lucius is indignant that, thousands of years in the…

Kanokon Omnibus, vols. 1-9

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Kanokon is a nine-volume (or four-omnibus) manga based on a popular Japanese light novel series published between 2005 and 2010. The story follows fourteen-year-old Kouta Oyamada, a shy first-year student who has just transferred to Kunpo High School. On his…

Manga Classics: Emma

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  One of the perks of being a Jane Austen fan (or Austenite) is the abundant para-literature on all of dear old Jane’s books. Current variations include zombies, vampires, and gender bending of characters with other formats in the mix. Manga…

My Love Story!!, vols. 1-3

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    Takeo Goda is the best thing to happen to shojo manga. He is a towering, muscular super-athlete, and characters like him are usually nowhere to be found in sparkly romances. His main love interest, the bubbly dessert cook…

The Betrayal Knows My Name, vols. 1-6

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The Betrayal Knows My Name pairs emotional drama with an escalating battle against evil forces, featuring a number of characters with angst-ridden backgrounds. There are 52 chapters of this serialized manga available in six volumes, the last of which includes only four chapters.…

Honey Blood, vols. 1-2

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High schooler Hinata Sorazomo learns that her eccentric new neighbor is Junya Tokinaga, a wildly popular novelist famous for his dramatic vampire romance series. His arrival happens to coincide with a string of escalating vampiric attacks on young women in…

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki

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Based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, the manga adaptation of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki is every bit as stunning and complex as the movie. Taking place over thirteen years, this is the bittersweet tale of a mother who gives up everything…

The Heart of Thomas

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  Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic…

Inu X Boku SS, vols. 1-2

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Ririchiyo Shirakiin has just moved into the exclusive apartment building Maison de Ayakashi, a.k.a. Ayakashi Hall. Ayakashi Hall caters to those from old, rich families who are genetic throwbacks to the ayakashi—mythical creatures with whom their ancestors intermarried. The building provides Secret Service bodyguards…