romance

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 Classics:…

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 Rinko Yamato,…

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.…

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…

Romeo and Juliet

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We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet. Young lovers from warring families cannot be together in life, united only by untimely death. Many famous lines from the play have entered our general lexicon: “a rose by any other name,” “parting is such…

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 tale,…

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…

A Boy and a Girl

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Typically, when I see a book entitled A Boy and a Girl, I immediately think “romance novel”—and most likely a cheesy one, given its relatively simplistic title. In this case, I was right, but so wrong as well: the book’s simple title hides a complex…

Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice

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Including one of the most famous opening lines in English literature, a compelling story of love and society complete with a host of vivid characters, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is mandatory school reading and graces bookshelves worldwide. Yet, many cannot endure…

Strobe Edge, vol. 1

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Story Ninako Kinoshita had never been in love until the most popular boy in school, Ren Ichinose, accidentally breaks her cell phone charm on a train ride. Despite her thinking that was her last encounter with him, he replaces the…

Shugo Chara, vols. 1-9

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Story Amu is an unintentionally popular girl who wants to change who she is. One night, she wishes to be her true self, had she not been so popular. The next morning, she wakes up to find in her bed…

Awkward Silence, vols. 1-3

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Artistically talented but painfully shy Satoru has a crush on baseball star Keigo. Satoru spends his afternoons watching and drawing his handsome crush, even though he can’t get up the nerve to approach him. One day, Keigo surprises Satoru by…