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March on Earth

Yuzu and her sister lost both of their parents passed away when they were young, so Yuzu’s sister raised her despite still being underage herself. Now Yuzu is in high school, but 6 months ago her sister died in a car accident, and left behind her toddler Shou. The father of the child is unknown, so Yuzu takes it upon herself to raise him like her sister did for her. Life is tough, and Yuzu’s future is uncertain, but she has people around her that help her out and gives her support.

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Oresama Teacher Review

I must say that the cover art from this series certainly doesn’t draw me in, although titles that involve the word teacher in it doesn’t appeal to me too much either :) Too many cheap ways to write a high school series come to mind as soon as I realize the main characters are a female student and a male teacher…but it turns out this series is nothing like I imagined from the cover. The only reason why I gave this series a try was because it kept popping up on my Amazon recommended list when looking at various shoujo series. I sampled a few volumes online before I committed to collecting/reading the series. I must admit I love scans when I’m in a situation where I’m torn on going after a series or not, they’re very helpful when I can’t flip through it in a bookstore. Plus…as unashamed of my hobby as I am…I still feel weird flipping through manga volumes next to kids 10 years younger than me. I always feel like those young eyes are looking at me with questions about figuring out how into manga I am. Plus I really don’t like picking up ones that have labels that scream “mature content” in front of the young ones too (patheticly scratching at the wrapping to see if it’s a series I actually would want to read). Although the questioning eye part might be my over active imagination :)

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March Story Review

At the time of this review only two volumes are released, I was torn on if I should wait for more volumes before making a review but what the hell, why not? It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want :)  I initially negatively judged the first volume by its cover, the art was nice but I didn’t really didn’t care for the protagonist’s appearance. He simply looked like a baby-faced boy (with horns and a tail) that runs around in a jester costume. I guess that combination just didn’t compute somewhere in my mind and I left the series alone. But a single glance at a gorgeously ornately drawn panel from the first volume immediately made me buy it without reading a word of the blog review. Bluedrakon is also enjoying this series. This is one of those situations where buying my manga purely off Amazon/online might prevent me from getting a title I might otherwise grab after flipping through it. But I suppose that point is moot, because I’d imagine all of these volumes are tightly wrapped for its mature content. I don’t know about you guys but when I’m in a bookstore I can’t bring myself to tear through the plastic to actually browse through it and see what I’m buying. But I suppose we’re not supposed to do that anyway…

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The Record of a Fallen Vampire Manga Review

When I ordered this series I happened to actually show a picture of my manga haul (which I rarely do) and I didn’t realize that I pretty much had a vampire theme going on! I also had manga from Dance in the Vampire Bund and Rosario+Vampire!? So I stopped and thought about how many vampire manga series I own…and it’s QUITE a few! I think someday I’d like to do a post that lists them all, and in my order of preference. And I’ll tell you one thing right now The Record of a Fallen Vampire will assuredly be towards the top. Based on all my vampire manga you’d think I’d be wacky for vampires, but I’m not particularly obsessed with them. When it comes to supernatural tales this is how I view things Ghosts > Yokai > Zombies > Vampires > Werewolves > Witches. BUT if we’re talking horror (and not just the supernatural) a crafty serial killer will always trump everything else for me :) 

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The Dreaming Collection (Tokyopop)

After a few negative experiences with some Original English Language (OEL) manga style inspired series I wrote them all off for years. I went out of my way to avoid anything that didn’t come from Japan, although without realizing it I was reading Manhwa (Korean) while thinking it was Manga (Japanese). So Iwasn’t quite the Japanese manga snob I thought I was 😉 I subscribed to Yen Plus and Nightschool was in it…so I read it with low expectations…and loved it. I became more open minded about OEL series after that and found a few other OEL series that I greatly enjoyed (ex: Dramacon and Yokaiden). So when I saw that Tokyopop had a well received OEL horror series that they even bothered to put into an omnibus form! Well I was on board to try it out! I love horror!

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