Review: Chained Soldier, Vol 1

With a bold, unique premise, excellent artwork, and a great mixture of action and ecchi humor, Chained Soldier is off to a roaring start with its debut volume. Nuanced gender dynamics mesh with a controversial plot mechanic that requires some critical thinking to appreciate. Join me today as I review Chained Soldier Vol 1 by Takahiro and Yohei Takemura!

Review: Chasing After Aoi Koshiba, Vol 1

Bittersweet yuri are pretty common these days, but Kodansha’s new series, Chasing After Aoi Koshiba, offers an interesting and unexpected twist in the yuri genre. Join me today as I review the first volume of this new shoujo ai series!

Review: My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex

Confession time — I love step-sibling romances. The budding feelings, the hidden relationship, the taboo emotions fighting with lust and love — it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. And yet I’ve never read a step-sibling romance where the characters have already broken up.

Mini-Review: The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Vol 3

It seems impossible for me to talk about this series without gushing praise. Three novels down, this series is a MUST-READ for anyone looking for a change of pace in isekai formulas. A reverse-isekai of sorts, this series follows Menou – an executioner tasked with eliminating Otherworlders from Japan, who enter this world with terrifyingly…

Mini-Review: Love & Lies Vol 1

What if the government arranged your marriage the moment you turned 16? What if you had already fallen in love and wanted to rebel against your fate? In a premise like a YA dystopian novel, Love & Lies is an ecchi romantic drama about a young boy who wants to pursue his own high-school crush,…

Is It Wrong to Try To Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?, Vol 1

They say pride cometh before the fall, and clearly high expectations cometh before great disappointment. I’d heard great things about this series, but after the first volume, I’m left feeling short-changed like an adventurer after a bad day of monster-hunting.

Mini-Review: Higehiro, Vol 2

A shorter volume than the first, Higehiro Vol 2 steps up to the plate with bolder storytelling and a heavier focus on Sayu’s trauma. While she struggles to understand how people can be nice to her without expecting anything in return, she is gradually changing. Much like an abused animal warming to a caring owner,…