For whatever reason, mysteries and school life go hand-in-hand. All of the natural drama that occurs in school just offers itself to the subterfuge that needs to occur to have a good mystery. There is a natural tension that can be exploited. That being said, it could be simple or an overall rollercoaster, which is what we saw with Arisa by Natsumi Ando.
I think it was until the very end that I did not know what was going on in this story as we follow Tsubasa, who is trying to figure out why her sister, Arisa, tried to commit suicide. The only information she has is that it has something to do with her school, so Tsubasa goes undercover as Arisa. Going in, I thought this was going to be very shoujo-y, given the author, but I would say that anyone who loves manga and mystery will enjoy this. Yes, there are shoujo elements, but they are overwhelmed by the want to get the full story.
This manga talks about self-harm as these are thoughts several characters have had or actually carried out. Take care if you decided to read this.
After finishing the first series, as soon as I found out there was a sequel, I had to read it. Unfortunately, Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop by Michiyo Kikuta, the sequel to Mamotte! Lollipop, fell into the trap that many sequels do. It would have been an exciting continuation of the story. All the characters being older had it not been the same story. And I mean exact—all of the plot points were the same. The only difference was that the characters weren’t gradually introduced. Since there are not any new characters, they all start at the same time.
Overall, it is a simple read and quick to go through. There’s just the added romance element that doesn’t really add to anything since the love-triangle has been resolved. It wasn’t bad; it just didn’t add anything to the story.
It’s been a while since I read a cutesy manga. It’s been too long if I’m honest, but I think this was the best one to get me started again. Mamotte! Lollipop by Michiyo Kikuta was way cuter than it had any right to be. It’s a mixture of shoujo, magic, romance, and friendship that was just really cohesive and came together nicely. A high schooler named Nina accidentally gets involved with a magic contest from another world, and hijinks ensue. One thing I did love was that there was a well-written love triangle. In lots of media, it can become super obvious who the protagonist will get with because one of their options is trash. In this story, although I did prefer one of the boys over the other, I would have been happy no matter who she would have ended up with. They both were fully fleshed out and intriguing. If you like the cutesy stuff as well, I would definitely suggest reading this. There’s also a squeal that I need to get into as well. I just hope it’s a fair sequel worth reading.
As I am writing this, I finished reading Vampire Knight not even ten minutes ago. I’m still trying to figure out the world’s structures because it was strange. I enjoyed the story, don’t get me wrong, even though somethings were spoiled for me ahead of time (I promise not to spoil anything here, guys.) It’s just a weird story, and I completely understand why I was told to read and not to read it at the same time. I had mixed reviews while reading it. Half-way through, I put it down, because it made my head hurt. It took me a couple of months to pick back up. At the very end, when the action started to really kick in, I couldn’t put it down. In my personal opinion, there was way too much filler in the middle trying to transition from one arc to another. It was just really awkwardly executed. Maybe the anime executed this differently and better. I’d heard better views from the anime, even though the story is weird.
In the weird world that is anime logic, there is Ai Mai! Moe Can Change! It is apparently based on a video game, and you can honestly tell. It is a single episode of what-is-going-on. It is simple and straight to the point, but it is still almost unintelligible amongst the nonsense. Some people are people; some people are robots. Everything starts when two girls find a phone that can change people’s outfits at will. It’s an interesting thirty minutes of comedy that is definitely for the shoujo loving crowd. It is fast-paced animation, bright colors, and a single magic girl transformation sequence that made my heart squeal. And honestly, it is a thirty-minute show. What do you have to lose?
Over the weekend I binged watched )if you can really call how short that was binge watching) Space Patrol Luluco. It was an anime the anime club at my school had watched two episodes of (they’re about 7 to 8 minutes of each), and I really enjoyed it. Why? I have absolutely no clue why. It was an acid trip from beginning to end. And there was a 31-second sequel. (So moving. I was so touched. … JK).
Anyways, it was a cute little show, that somehow tied everything from the very first episode to the 5th season. Seriously. There were 5 seasons, also known as 13 episodes. You know, same difference. It was actually one of the first animes I have seen in more than a month (I don’t know what I was thinking) so it was a short little something to dip my toes into. I think anyone who enjoys thinking to themselves “what the heck was I thinking” will really enjoy this…brilliant…display of color.
I have watched the entirely of Itazura Na Kiss for what has to be the fifth time. And I am still loving it. It is the stereotypical love story between an intellectually-challenged girl and an emotionally stunted boy. You know, the usual. Except in this one, you actually see them through their life, separate and together as this anime takes them through high school, college and their adult working life. It’s girly, but I very much enjoyed it, and maybe you will too.
By reading the title of this post, you should be able to know what anime I’m about to talk about if you have ever heard about it. Yes, I didn’t read it first, but don’t worry, it is on my list to do so. If you have never heard of Ouran High School Host Club, you should because is is hilarious and somewhat heartwarming. And for those who don’t know what a host club is, the best way I can describe it is as a maid café for girls. If that is not correct, that is the best way that I can describe it based on what I say, but definitely, check this out. This anime does the best at making fun of some shoujo themes in a way that is not harsh, especially since all of the boys in this show personalities that run rampant in the same type of anime and manga. Having a protagonist that cares more for who people are explicitly on the inside is also refreshing.