Manga of the Week: Princess Ai, from Courtney Love

Hello, there! Happy Wednesday 😀 We managed to reach the middle of the week, yay!

Today’s Manga of the Week chosen one ugh, I’ll always remember Simon and Baz with chosen ones mentioned now is slightly different from the other manga titles that I have been presenting you. Princess Ai is a manga created by no one less than Courtney Love! =O

Yes, that one. Crazy rocker girl.

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Goodreads’ blurb:

Ai is the only royal princess of Ai-Land, a magical kingdom caught in the midst of a horrific revolution. When Princess Ai makes a hasty escape from her war-torn land, she finds herself in modern-day Tokyo. Confused and in shock, Ai wanders the streets in this strange new land to unravel the secrets that could tear her and her kingdom apart … The first volume of Princess Ai is a journey to the heights of fame and fortune found in this world and beyond!

Why I think it’s a worth-reading manga: Princess Ai has a very unique story, mixing romance with aliens, music and fashion. I had my reservations when I started the series, but soon enough Courtney Love proved that she could write a manga worth of attention just like the original Japanese ones. Besides, Ai herself is a very loveable character and one of the strongest main female characters that I know. Just read it, lol.

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤

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Manga of the Week: Sailor Moon, from Naoko Takeuchi

Hello, good Wednesday for you! Over here, Wednesdays mean Manga of the Week days and the chosen one this week rocks hard: Sailor Moon, from Naoko Takeuchi! 😀

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from my Instagram 😀

Goodreads’ blurb:

One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi that she is actually Sailor Moon, a magical princess from the future and protector of the Solar System. With the help of her new friends, the Sailor Scouts, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon embarks on a quest to save us all from the evil powers of the Negaverse.

So helpful, right? LOL

Why I think it’s a worth-reading manga: it’s Sailor Moon. There are some manga titles that every human being should read at least once on their lives and Sailor Moon is one of those. I mean, come on! The series is twenty fucking years and everyday new people find out about it and start to love it. It is a big hit ❤ So, if you haven’t already read it, please do so! It will worth your while 😀

Thank you for reading! In some moments, big news shall break over the blog. Stay tuned o/

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Calling, from Miu Otsuki

Hi, there! Hope your Saturday ended 🙂 Following my goal of one manga review per day until I catch up with myself, today I present you a review for a title with a peculiar background with me: Calling, from Miu Otsuki. Yes, we are back to yaoi mangas.

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from my Instagram 😀

Before introducing you formally to this title, I’d like to share our story. Last week, I was at a street bookshop and saw this title. I hated the art on the spot, it’s not my style at all. I didn’t want to buy it, but there are only three manga publishers on Brazil. Two very large and a medium one; the last was responsible for The Calling publishing and the other two publishers pretend that gay, pornographic and horror titles don’t exist. So, when I saw the smaller publisher bringing to us a gay title, I knew I had to get it to support them and show them that people would buy different titles, despite all the prejudice that they suffer on my country.

So, with a heavy heart, I went home and decided that, as I had already purchased the volume, it wouldn’t hurt to read it. Boy, I’m so glad I did. You shall find out why on the following lines of the review, but I really felt rewarded for helping out this particular publisher, haha!

The Story

Kazuaki is a regular salary man without a drop of excitement on his existence. That is, until one day when he literally stumbles on a porn recording session in the park that he always passed on his way home from work.

Kira is a porn star and leads a very carefree life. That is, until Kazuaki literally stumbles on him and his co-worker after a shooting at a park. On that moment, something shifted inside Kira; he had fallen for the clumsy and scared boy of the park and would do everything to see him again.

At first, Kazuaki is very eerie of Kira, as Kira was pushy and obviously too skilled, if you get my drift, but as they see each other and spend time together, Kazuaki starts to believe that maybe this is what he has been missing on his life: true love.

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

As I said, I had a lovely surprise with this title. Despite the ugly art, the story blew my mind! It was so different and original! Not even the insta-love on Kira’s part bothered me. It was all too natural, too cute and, behold, innocent. Yes, there are some mature scenes, but without any hint of vulgarity to them ❤ I wish the art wasn’t so bothersome, as it made the title lose two stars 😦

Anyway, the narrative pace is steady and we follow the story mostly from Kazuaki’s point of view. There are some pieces from Kira in the end, but not knowing what he is really thinking is part of the fun on The Calling, haha!

The plot is pretty simple, full filed with human complexes. Kazuaki is an insecure guy, socially awkward, never knows what to do or to say around people. He doesn’t care about his job and highly admires that Kira is so in love with his profession. You saw what I did, didn’t you?

All the while, Kira intends to conquer Kazuaki’s heart, but Kazuaki himself understands that he needs to trust Kira in order to be his true friend, never mind the amorous relationship that comes tagging along. Serious, it is beautiful.

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The characters were a blast in personality and I laughed a lot with Kira. He is that goofy type of male, but without being clumsy. That was Kazuaki, haha! They really matched as a couple and I caught myself awing for them more than I should, oops!

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As it is typical of yaoi titles, we aren’t introduced to many other characters in the story and, as always, I’m fine with that. Kira’s work colleague, this very beautiful girl whose name I can’t remember to save my life, was the perfect side kick for their situation: light and funny, spilling a secret or two about Kira to Kazuaki ❤ Kazuaki’s work colleagues also were cool.

Now, the art. Omg, the art. I’ve read several reviews highlighting the beauty of Otsuki-sensei’s work, but I can’t bring myself to agree. It was totally not my type, sorry.

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from left to right: Kira and Kazuaki 🙂

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Just no. I simply can’t bring myself to like this*.

Overall, I still think that it was a worth buy and a pleasant surprise. Otsuki-sensei knows her way very well in plot and character construction 🙂 If you like daily life stories, a touch of drama, romance and laughs, this title may be what you’re looking for!

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Thank you for reading! Sorry for the lateness of this review, I had a full day packing up for my trip tomorrow morning, haha!

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Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, from Reki Kawahara and Tsubasa Haduki

Hi, there! You will never believe this: today’s manga review is NOT a yaoi one! I repeat, this is not a gay manga review!

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I know, it is so exciting, right?!

Eh, no, not really, as I really didn’t like today’s title. I’m talking about Sword Art Online – Fairy Dance, from Reki Kawahara and Tsubasa Haduki.

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from my Instagram 🙂

Goodreads’ Blurb

Kazuto Kirigaya (aka Kirito) has survived the death game of Aincrad masterminded by Akihiko Kayaba, programmer of Sword Art Online, and made it back to the real world. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asuna Yuuki (aka Asuna the Flash), the girl Kirito fell in love with in the game world and who has yet to awaken from her seemingly endless slumber. As his sister, Suguha, sadly looks on, Kazuto continues to visit Asuna in the hospital in the hope of finding answers… But one day, the answers suddenly find him in the form of a man who claims to be Asuna’s fiancé?! With him, the man brings an in-game screenshot of someone who looks a lot like Asuna being held captive! Now Kirito must dive into an all-new VRMMORPG, ALfheim Online, to bring Asuna home!

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I felt like I was the only person in the world that didn’t know what Sword Art Online (SAO) was, as I blindly bought this volume and read to only later find out how famous this series is. And honestly? I don’t understand why. I had my fair share of manga titles in my life (just take a look at my goodreads list) and I don’t see anything new, exciting or even worth reading on this series. Don’t get me wrong, the art is pleasant and the story will keep you busy until the end of the volume, but that’s it. Nothing memorable, so much fan service (when the characters show a lot their bodies, specially the female ones, and the title is packed with clichés), and a kind of stupid plot. Sorry, but this title wasn’t for me, I’ve seen too much to be impressed. However, it did kept me interested until the end of volume one, so two stars. And I won’t be finishing this series.

I don’t believe on bad mouthing a book or manga (or anything at all) just because I don’t like it, as all of us have a distinct opinion, so I’ll keep my review short and sweet 🙂

The narrative pace is fast, as this series is like a season two for the original SAO series. This doesn’t impact on the reader’s understanding of happenings, which is good. This was my first attempt at reading SAO and worked out almost just fine. We have shared points of view during the volume, shared by Kirito, Asuna and Suguha.

The plot is simple and with a mysterious air, as we don’t know exactly how Asuna’s fiancé plans on conquer the world. Just as many titles before it, SAO is a partial dystopian title, as the world that we know has reached such a level of technology that the online games immerse their players on the virtual world with the help of a helmet and their brains believe that all of they are living inside the game is real. It is nice, but not new. The majority of the series goes on the game SAO’s world (the game names the manga series) and the scenarios are cool, just like the designs of the characters.

I was bored to my bones to see that every character, without exceptions, was a typically archetype of shoujo (a.k.a. sugaed romance) mangas. There is the hero, the heroin, a girl to form the amorous triangle, the guy that always helps the hero, cheesy dialogues, and a soul deep love that no one understands why it is there. Add all that to sword fights and over power characters, plus a damsel in distress. Yeah. Nice.

As I said, the art was pleasant, but also didn’t hold my attention. One thing that did bothered me was the size of Suguha’s boobs, as she is twelve – from what I have gathered. Honestly, teen girls on this age have not those boobs. I wonder if this becomes a hentai (a.k.a. pornographic) title, as the traces are on that style. Or maybe I’m too much of a bore, haha!

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Overall, if you like semi-dystopian and adventure mangas, or shoujos, I think you should give SAO a try. Maybe it is your type 😀

2star

Thank you for reading! Tomorrow’s review shall come back to my default style of reading, if you get my drift. Yaoi.

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*ps: I do not own the illustration, it was found on Google, belong to Tsubasa Haduki-sensei and were used with illustrative purposes only 🙂

Manga of the Week: Chrno Crusade, from Daisuke Moriyama

Hello, good morning! You made to the middle of the week successfully, congrats! Now grab a mug of fresh coffee, a nice snack and dive with me on this Wednesday’s Manga of the Week ❤

The chosen one was a rare case of binge watching the anime before realizing that there was a manga series as well, to my utter shame: Chrno Crusade, from Daisuke Moriyama-sensei 😀

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from my Instagram 😀

Goodreads’ blurb:

America in the Roaring 20s. On the surface, it’s a positive, peaceful time after the violence of the Great War. But lurking in the shadows is a dark element ready to snatch that peace away. Sister Rosette Christopher, an exorcist working as a part of the Magdala Order, has a duty to fight the demons which appear and cause destruction. But along with her companion Chrono, she usually ends up causing more destruction than the demons themselves! On one particular mission, they meet a young girl with a beautiful voice named Azmaria, who is being targeted by her own stepfather. As Rosette and Chrno work to save her, more is revealed about the relationship between them. There is more to these two than meets the eye.

Why I think it’s a worth-reading manga: this is a title that lives in my heart. I bounded so deeply with the characters and their world that I never wanted it to end. Besides, it was my first manga hangover and massive heart breaking. I cried like a baby on the end and to this day, I’m gathering my courage to read and watch it again, as it was oh-so good. If you like drama, historical settings, demons, magic and platonic loves, just give this series a go – with a tissue box next to you when you reach the end, okay?

That’s it, haha! Thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day! It will be a busy day here on the blog, so stay tuned ;D

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Rainbow Readathon Results!

Hello, there! Today is the day to count war spoils and dead bodies from the Rainbow Readathon that I decided to participate on Instagram 😀

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I have to say that definitely I’m growing up on readathons. Comparing to my last one, the #bookishathon was a huge success 😀

Those were the books that I had challenged myself to read:

Emma, Jane Austen (Red and Orange)

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, Rick Riordan (Green and Orange)

Escape to Gettis… and Love, Gerri Bowden (New author to me, Green and Blue)

Cinderella, a children’s book edition (shortest book and Purple)

Wonder Woman (Yellow and graphic novel)

Gifted Thief, Helen Harper (purple and new author to me)

Those were the books that I actually read this week:

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, from Rick Riordan (Green and Orange)
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from my Instagram 😀

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  • Cinderella, a children’s book edition (shortest book and Purple)

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  • Gifted Thief, from Helen Harper (purple and new author to me)

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  • Calling, from Mio Otsuki (new author to me and pink)

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  • Miwaku Shikake Amai Wana, from Yonezou Nekota (new author to me and pink)

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  • Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance vol. 1, from Reki Kawahara and Hazuki Tsubasa (new author to me, green and yellow)

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I didn’t get to my Wonder Woman comic book or to finish Emma again, but I managed to read a rainbow 😀 ❤ To see the available reviews, click on the title’s links.

I’m still learning, but overall, I think I did a way better job than last time, haha!

That’s it, thanks for reading! Do you like readathons?

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January Book Haul + Wrap Up!

Hello, there! Welcome to a giant post, oops! I went crazy with book buying this month, jeez. The February TBR list is already done in other post, here 🙂

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those are my new babies ❤

 

Book Haul

My money went to 13 books and 7 mangas in January, haha!

  • Carry On, from Rainbow Rowell
  • Happily Ever After, from Kiera Cass (English mass-market paperback and Brazilian Portuguese hardcover editions)
  • Angel Time, from Anne Rice
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tarner, from Stephenie Meyer (hardcover edition)
  • Sex and the Psyche, from Brett Kahr
  • The Awakening, from Kelley Armstrong (hardcover edition)
  • Carnival of Souls, from Melissa Marr (signed copy!)
  • Rockin’ Heaven, volumes 5-7
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure, vol. 2
  • Marked (House of Night #1), from P. C. and Kristin Cast (I had to re-buy this because I lost my copy, ugh!)
  • The Vampire Diaries, edition with books 3 and 4
  • Chobits, vol. 4
  • Calling, from Miu Otsuki
  • Sword Art Online Fairy Dance vol. 1
  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated edition (I DID IT! British edition and all <3)
  • The Mediator series, from Meg Cabot: Reunion and Twilight (I bought different editions ❤ )

 

Ebook Haul

 

Books that I won as presents

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Received books in exchange of honest reviews

 

Freebies

  • Mind Game, from TJ Moore
  • Dreamthief, from Tamara Grantham
  • The Ruens of Fairstone, from Aron Sethlen
  • Different (Tainted Elements #1), from Alycia Linwood
  • LEGENDS: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery (English Edition, several writers)
  • Fire Starter (Fluorescence #1), from P. Anastasia
  • Soulmate, from Kellie McAllen
  • The Clock Winked (The Sagittan Chronicles #2), from Ariele Sieling

 

Wrap Up

This month, I have read 7 books and 10 volumes of manga, haha!

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To read the reviews available, just click on the links 😀

 

Honestly, I think my parents shall never allow me to walk inside a bookstore ever again. You know, until March, haha!

That’s it, thanks for reading! Sorry for the lack of pics on this post, but it is already huge like this, haha!

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Manga of the Week: Zettai Kareshi, from Yuu Watase

Hi, there! Good afternoon 😀 I’m slowly adjusting myself to the daily routine at my place. Kinda. I’ll get there, haha!

The chosen title for this Wednesday’s MOTW is a dearly one: Zettai Kareshi, from Yuu Watase-sensei. You may have seen it here 🙂

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from my Instagram 🙂

Goodreads’ blurb:

Shy high school student Riko Izawa aches for a boyfriend but guys just won’t look her way. Then one day she signs up for a three-day trial of a mysterious “lover figurine,” and the next thing she knows, a cute naked guy is delivered to her doorstep–and he wants to be her boyfriend!

Has Riko died and gone to heaven? The cute naked guy turns out to be smart, super nice, stylish and a gourmet chef. Plus, he looks like a million bucks…. Trouble is, that’s about what he’s going to cost Riko because she didn’t return him in time!

Why I think it’s a worth-reading manga: this manga, besides being awesomely funny, also makes us wonder if it is possible to achieve happiness with a “perfect” mate. Riko builds her own boyfriend to be the perfect guy in every way possible, but is it enough? Really, it is a kick-ass shoujo one! Just read, haha!

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 Hope you’re having a nice day!

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Manga author: Yuu Watase

Hi, good morning! First of all I have to say that I’m very pleased with life, as I’m going home on Sunday ❤ I miss my dog and my books, despite all the fun I’m having at my uncle’s. Nothing like home, right? 🙂

Anyway, today’s post is from my Authors of my Heart ❤ section and it’s another manga author, as I got confused with my own posting schedule and did two book authors in a roll. Next week, its book author again and everything will fall back into place, haha!

The chosen one? Yuu Watase-sensei!

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I didn’t found a larger picture, I’m sorry D:

We met after Fushigi Yugi was published in Brazil. The series was published in 2002, but I believe that I only started to read it somewhere between 2003 and 2004, as I read my first manga in 2003. Regardless of the accuracy on my chronological history, it was love at first sight. Also, as you may recall from this post, Yuu Watase is the author of the manga series that originated my first anime in Japanese with subtitles: Ayashi no Ceres 😀

Without anymore gibber jabber, let’s go to the list:

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Goodreads’ Blurb:

When best friends Miaka and Yui open the pages of an ancient Chinese book, they are transported into the Universe of the Four Gods, a parallel world to ancient China. Now, to escape schoolwork and family problems, Miaka flees to the parallel world, only to find a lot more danger and romance than she bargained for.

This manga has the perfect balance between romance, mystery, adventure, dystopian, drama and comedy, besides awesome characters and handsome villains. There is no way you won’t love it too!

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from my Instagram 😀

Goodreads blurb:

Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather’s home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something’s not right. Their “birthday present” turns out to be a mummified hand–the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki’s body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Tôya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it’s her own power that’s out of control?

I already talked a lot about this series, so let’s just do a quick recap with the main message behind my compliments: if you like shoujo (a.k.a. romance) and drama, just read it!

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Shy high school student Riko Izawa aches for a boyfriend but guys just won’t look her way. Then one day she signs up for a three-day trial of a mysterious “lover figurine,” and the next thing she knows, a cute naked guy is delivered to her doorstep–and he wants to be her boyfriend!

Has Riko died and gone to heaven? The cute naked guy turns out to be smart, super nice, stylish and a gourmet chef. Plus, he looks like a million bucks…. Trouble is, that’s about what he’s going to cost Riko because she didn’t return him in time!

This series is so funny! It made me wish I was rich to have a boyfriend of my own built for me, literally, haha! Also, it awakens big reflections about society and human behavior, plus made me cry several times in the end, despite it being somewhat happy. Another good combination of shoujo, drama, comedy and a touch of sci-fi.

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In a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist, Arata has the unfortunate honor of being the successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan. This means he has to pretend to be a girl or face death if his true gender is discovered! On the day of his inauguration, an assassination plot forces him to flee—and he somehow winds up in modern-day Japan! Meanwhile, a boy named Arata Hinohara gets sucked into the first Arata’s world and finds himself dealing with people after his life!

This was my last series from her, I read it last year and only volume one – I’ve had it for quite a while sitting on my shelf, so I decided to give it a go and discover if I was going to continue the collection. For the record, I WILL! It was amazing! This one is a shonen (a.k.a. adventure/action) title, very different from what I had read from Watase-sensei so far. I loved the start, can’t wait to read more ❤

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ Now I have to figure out who shall be my next book author, haha!

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Manga of the Week: No Touching At All, from Kou Yoneda

Hi, there! Good Wednesday to you 🙂 It’s Manga of the Week day and, as I know you guys haven’t been having enough yaoi (a.k.a. gay mangas) in your lives coming from my blog *sarcasm*, I have chosen No Touching At All, from Kou Yoneda, to show off today 😉

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Goodreads’ blurb:

On his very first day at a brand-new job, shy Shima is trapped in the elevator with a hungover mess of a guy…who turns out to be his boss! Togawa’s prickly exterior definitely puts the rookie recruit on-edge, but it doesn’t take long before Shima’s every waking thought is invaded by his overbearing yet totally thoughtful superior. Will Shima put aside a history of disappointment in order to take a chance on a complicated relationship?

Why I think it’s a worth-reading manga: this story is so real. So human and so boys-next-door. I have won the paperback manga from a dear friend that is now living on Canada and she picked it up randomly to bring to me, so I had no idea what is was about besides the genre. Sometimes, it’s wonderful to walk into a book or a manga without any previous knowledge, haha! Anyway, I loved Shima and Togawa’s relationship. If you like mangas that follow the daily life of people with a touch of drama and romance, you can’t miss No Touching At All! ❤

That’s it, thanks for reading 😀 I wish I could promise that now I’ll stop with the yaoi thing, but it kind of runs into my fangirl veins, sorry lol

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