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First Chapter Reviews: New Fantasy Series in Hana to Yume

Toward the end of last year, Hana to Yume debuted two new fantasy series “Azfareo no Sobayounin” (The Chamberlain of Azfareo) by Shiki Chitose and “Niehime to Kemono no Ou” (The Sacrificial Princess and the King of the Beasts) by Yu Tomofuji. (Yes, I localized the titles. The ones given by the Hana to Yume editors aren’t proper English.) Both

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Manga Review: “Yuureina Kanojo to Shinreina Boku” Volume 1

Title: Yuureina Kanojo to Shinreina Boku (Ghost Woman and Psychic Me) Mangaka: 南国ばなな (Banana Nangoku) Publisher / Publication: Kodansha / Itan Demographic: Josei Genre: Supernatural, Gag Comedy, Romance ISBN: 9784063806649 Purchase: Amazon JP / Amazon US / Yes Asia / Kinokuniya US Synopsis: Genji, who’s always wanted to sense and photograph ghosts, deliberately moves into an apartment where a tragedy

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Manga Review: “Kanna to Detchi” Volume 1

Title: カンナとでっち (Kanna to Decchi, Kanna to Detchi (this is the mangaka’s preferred romanization), Kanna and the Apprentice) Mangaka: 餡蜜 (Ammitsu) Publisher / Publication: Kodansha / Bessatsu Friend (Betsufure) Demographic: Shoujo Genre: Slice-of-life, romance, comedy ISBN: 9784063419597 Purchase: Amazon JP / Yes Asia / Kinokuniya US Synopsis: Kanna’s father, who is a carpenter, brings home a live-in apprentice, Katsuhiko. As

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Manga Review: “Koisuru Harinezumi” (“A Hedgehog in Love”) Volume 1 by Nao Hinachi

Title: 恋するハリネズミ / Koisuru Harizumi / A Hedgehog in Love Mangaka: ヒナチなお / Nao Hinachi Publisher / Publication: Shogakugan / Betsucomi ISBN: 9784091362995 Purchase: Amazon JP (third party only) / Amazon US (third party only) / Kinokuniya US / Yes Asia Synopsis: High school girl Kii falls in love with tough-boy Hazuki after witnessing his remorse after he nearly punches

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Manga Review: “Hatsu * Haru” by Shizuki Fujisawa

  Title: ハツ*ハル (Hatsu * Haru) (“Adolescent Hearts”) Mangaka: 藤沢志月/ Shizuki Fujisawa Publisher/Publication: Shogakukan / Betsucomi Series Start / Status: July 2014 / 2 Volume ongoing Genre: Shoujo, romance, school life, drama ISBN: Volume 1: 9784091360908 Volume 2: 9784091363992 Purchase: Volume 1: Amazon JP / Amazon US / Yes Asia / Kinokuniya US Volume 1: Amazon JP / Amazon US

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