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

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

The fluff and heart of Shinmai shimai no futari gohan

Shinmai shimai no futari gohan is a simple manga following a simple yet heartfelt story. After her dad remarries, Sachi finds herself face to face with the at first glance cold and scary new little sister Ayari. Right away the problem is introduced, Sachi wants to get to know Ayari, but finds the whole situation … Continue reading The fluff and heart of Shinmai shimai no futari gohan