Tag Archive for Del Rey

Uglies, vol. 2: Cutters

64-cover

Like everyone else, Shay has been an Ugly—a teenager full of imperfections, but not old enough for the surgery that everyone gets at sixteen to turn them into perfect Pretties. Shay didn’t want that surgery, so she ran away to…

Arisa, vol. 1-3

Twin sisters Arisa and Tsubasa look alike, but couldn’t be more different. Tsubasa is known as the Demon Princess to her classmates. She’s as tough as nails and, even if she does have good intentions, often acts without thinking. Arisa…

The Last Airbender

So I’ll admit that I was apprehensive about reviewing this. One the one hand, it’s a graphic novel adaptation of the movie adaptation of the television program, Avatar: The Last Airbender. And that movie was possibly the worst adaptation of…

Wild @ Heart

Chino wants to fall in love. Of course she’d also like a normal family with a father who wasn’t always running off to explore the wild corners of the world, but she’d be more than happy with a boyfriend. So…

Four-Eyed Prince, vol. 1

After getting abruptly turned down by the boy she has a crush on, Sachiko thinks that nothing else bad can happen to her that day. Imagine her surprise when she finds out that her crush, Akihiko, is now going to…

Kitchen Princess, vol. 1-3

Najika is excited to be attending prestigious Seika Academy, where she hopes to find the mysterious boy who saved her life just after she was orphaned.  However, if all she can do is cook, will she be able to fit…

School Rumble, vol. 1-3

Harima Kenji, loner, biker, and all-around juvenile delinquent, has a big crush on Tsukamoto Tenma. High school junior Tenma, cute, friendly, and dim, has an even bigger crush on Karasuma Oji. Oji is — well, he’s just odd. Plus, he’s…

Pastel, vol. 1

On the surface Pastel seems little more than close-up panty and breast shots to amuse hormone-driven teenagers. The cover shows a scantily clad girl wearing either a swimsuit or undergarments. But, as the old adage “don’t judge a book by…

My Heavenly Hockey Club, vol. 1

Hana Suzuki is a manga heroine I can relate to: she chose her high school purely because it was close enough that she could sleep later in the mornings. She thinks nothing of consuming a fridge full of cheesecakes in…

Love Roma, vol. 1

Every once in a while, you want a story that’s ordinary, no flying princesses, no dashing knights (or demons), and no chirping sidekick. Happily, Japanese manga has always had its share of tales of school, dating, and teen life, something…

Nodame Cantabile, vol. 1

Nodame Cantabile is about music and the joy that comes when you play from your heart. Shinichi and Nodame are music students with two very different approaches to life and music, but who always seem to play their best when…

xxxHolic

Introduction Simultaneously released with Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, xxxHolic is nonetheless a very different series. While the folks in Tsubasa are jetting from dimension to dimension searching a princesses’ lost memories, xxxHolic focuses in on a few characters staying very much…

xxxHolic, vol. 1

Watanuki, pursued by an elephant-sized spirit when trying to take a walk, tries to get away and ends up near a strange house. When he touches the gate, the spirit seems to disappear and against his will his legs decide…

Othello, vol. 1

If you enjoyed Mars, or like the traditional girl-hero, boy in the wings, fun high school drama, go read Othello. Go go go, because this is heaps of fun! Othello (no relation to anything by Shakespeare so far) centers around…

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Introduction Anyone here a closet fan of Quantum Leap? Raise your hands. I admit, I loved that show beyond all reason, and would frequently catch reruns whenever possible. Who didn’t wonder what it would be like to travel to another…

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, vol. 1

Friends across the class lines, exuberant Princess of the Clow Sakura, bursting with love for her more reserved friend Syaoran, travels to his dig site to admit her feelings. When she arrives, however, she sets off a chain reaction in…