#PrideMonth2020 special; Lesser known or “different”GL manga recommendations based on their 1st chapters

The title is pretty self explanatory! Spoilers for all of these unique chapter 1's, except Tadokoro-san and Video rental shop as these stories are too scarce to really dive into just chapter 1. Dark forest, white road At first glance Katsuragi is an empty protagonist, with nothing but studying to her name. She's unsure what … Continue reading #PrideMonth2020 special; Lesser known or “different”GL manga recommendations based on their 1st chapters

Double mints; Love taken to the messed up extreme and how it works for Mitsuo Ichikawa

{Content warning for an extremely messy relationship and dark themes; such as murder and mutual abuse} Double mints is like the jack of all trades compared to other manga of the same genre. It has it all: romance (albeit questionable), angst, some philosophy, murder in the very 1st chapter, and even the yakuza playing an … Continue reading Double mints; Love taken to the messed up extreme and how it works for Mitsuo Ichikawa

#PrideMonth2020 special; Why the Doukyuusei series will always be special for me, but also my view on problematic media

{This is a lengthy introductory part to my thoughts about problematic bl/yaoi stuff and a part of my mini review for Doukyuusei. Spoilers for said manga, and light ones for Sora to Hara; mentions of problematic content and themes} This mini rant about the author was caused by a tweet I saw, stating that the … Continue reading #PrideMonth2020 special; Why the Doukyuusei series will always be special for me, but also my view on problematic media

#PrideMonth2020 special; How Watashi no Kanojo wa Otoko no Ko explores the connection between love and gender.

With my exams finally concluding and me finally getting some quality sleep, I should announce that I am finally ready to tackle my mountain of drafts. That, however, would be a big fat lie. The transition from studying to now writing posts again has been a bit of a rough one. My initial plan has … Continue reading #PrideMonth2020 special; How Watashi no Kanojo wa Otoko no Ko explores the connection between love and gender.

How a dark/realistic view on reality presents itself in anime and manga; Uramichi oniisan

{light spoilers for Uramichi oniisan volume 1} Uramichi Omota is two-faced, or so firstly implies his name, as he smiles brightly at the children of the television show he works in, before letting the existential dread set in. In the new wave of manga and anime that are feel-good slice of life set in a … Continue reading How a dark/realistic view on reality presents itself in anime and manga; Uramichi oniisan

BL manga review: Labradorescence; opposites that help each other live better

A labradorite is a mineral that is known for its ability to reflect only certain colors, due to its internal structure. It's no coincidence that Labradorescence is the name of ymz's 2014 manga. This is a second in my planned series of reviews surrounding ymz's manga, for no real reason, other than the aesthetic and … Continue reading BL manga review: Labradorescence; opposites that help each other live better

BL manga review: Key Ring Lock’s portrayal of loneliness and change; how it conveys the themes and feel to the reader with its unusual set up

{Mentions of/thoughts of suicide} Keyring lock, also stylized as Key Ring Long, is a manga by ymz (also known for Hi-Fi rendevouz and Happy birthday), first published back in 2016. Spanning a mere 1 volume, it grabs the reader's attention with a unique premise. The story follows Yui, who is sick of living as a … Continue reading BL manga review: Key Ring Lock’s portrayal of loneliness and change; how it conveys the themes and feel to the reader with its unusual set up

Fumetsu no anata e (To your eternity); first impressions and humanity of something inhuman

{I've done a lot of manga reviews in the last few posts due to me being in a sort of anime slump lately, hope you enjoy this one too; spoilers for chapter 1} To your eternity, also known as To you, the immortal, is a manga that has been lurking in the back of my … Continue reading Fumetsu no anata e (To your eternity); first impressions and humanity of something inhuman

Blue period; what lies beneath the canvas

{Spoilers for all of chapter 1} The problem of identity and self image is not a new one, especially not in anime or manga. Plenty of protagonists have searched for means to express themselves and to realize that expression. From Comic girls' Kaoruko to Hidamari sketch's Yuno. In that case, what makes Blue period so … Continue reading Blue period; what lies beneath the canvas