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Mistress Fortune

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a spy…or one of the X-Men. So it is pretty much inevitable that if the book uses the words “secret government agency” in the description that I am going to want to…

Tesoro

Themes of food and family link these collected early works of Natsume Ono. The first thing anyone notices when reading Ono (Ristorante Paradiso, Gente, not simple, House of Five Leaves) is her unique, big-headed, hollow-eyed, scrawny-legged figure art and her…

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, vol. 1

Cinnamoroll is a cute, good-natured puppy with a very unusual background. His mother is the sky, his father is the sun, and all of his brothers and sisters are clouds – chatty, mischievous clouds who can’t understand why Cinnamoroll doesn’t…

Ultimo, vol. 1-6

So what happens when Stan Lee, perhaps the United States’ most famous comic book author and co-creator of many popular Marvel Comics characters, decides to create a Japanese manga? With the aid of veteran manga-ka Hiroyuki Takei, himself the author…

Dawn of the Arcana, vol. 2

Princess Nakaba is confused. (This is a major plotline of this volume.) Prince Caesar, her husband by a marriage of politics, has gone from cruel to seemingly kind. Her attendant Loki doesn’t care – he wants Caesar dead for what…

Dawn of the Arcana, vol. 1

I find this volume intriguing, both in the sense of, “I would like to know more about these characters and this fantasy world!” and in the sense of, “Ooh, palace intrigue!” The kingdoms of Senan and Belquat, crowded together on…

Kurozakuro, vol. 1-7

Despite being the target of every bully in his high school Sakurai Mikito refuses to stand up for himself. Not because he’s a wimp, but because he’s a pacifist through-and-through and holds a passionate, almost extreme aversion to hurting anyone…

The Story of Saiunkoku, vols. 1-4

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Frustrated by laws barring women from taking part in government, civic-minded Shurei Hong resigns herself to teaching the local youngsters and picking up whatever odd jobs she can to support herself, her archivist father, and their faithful retainer. So when…

Ai Ore! Love Me, vol. 1

Boyish, confident Mizuki is the female “prince” of her all-girls school. She’s also the lead guitarist in her school’s popular all girl rock band, Blaue Rosen. When Kaoru, Blaue Rosen’s lead singer and Mizuki’s best friend, suddenly announces that she’s…

March Story

March Story takes place in 18th century Europe, where demons named Ill inhabit jewelry and other trinkets that will attract the notice of greedy humans. Once a human touches the evil trinket, the demon possesses the human and together, they…

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

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If you’ve never played the Professor Layton video games, there are two things you should know. First, you’re missing out on a wonderful series that mixes brain-tickling puzzles with brilliant visuals, dazzling music, and engaging, mysterious plotlines. The games hold…

Dengeki Daisy, vols. 2-6

As high-schooler Teru wrestles with whether or not to acknowledge what she does and doesn’t know about her mysterious friend and protector Daisy, whom she’s never “officially” met in person, and the cranky young school janitor Kurosaki who has drafted…

Pokémon: Black and White, vol. 1-2

Young Pokémon trainer Black has always had one dream: to win the Pokémon League Championship. To even compete, though, a trainer must collect badges by defeating the leaders of Pokémon gyms scattered all over the region. Black is just a…