Shojo Manga Reviews

Snow White with the Red Hair Vol 1 Review

Despite its title, it would be a stretch to call this manga an adaptation of Snow White. There’s no evil queen, dwarves or magic and the only plot element the two stories seem to share is a poisoned apple. Rather, this is a fairytale-esque story that borrows a few elements here and there, but imbues… Continue Reading →

Phantom Dream Series Review

Phantom Dream is the debut manga series of Natsuki Takaya, the creator of the award-winning, shojo manga classic Fruits Basket. With Fruits Basket receiving a new anime adaptation, I recently went back and re-read the whole series and enjoyed it so much that I decided to re-read some of her other works. I started with… Continue Reading →


Songs to Make You Smile Review

Songs to Make You Smile is a single volume anthology of short stories by Natsuki Takaya, the creator of Fruits Basket. The five stories collected in this book are all from early in Takaya’s career and thus have a much older and, is some cases, less polished look then her more recent work. The majority… Continue Reading →

Fruits Basket Another Series Review

The Fruits Basket manga, by Natsuki Takaya, is one of my favourite manga series of all time! I love the characters and the emotional, heartbreaking and, ultimately, uplifting story. So, when I heard that there was going to be a sequel I was over the moon with excitement. But could this new series live up… Continue Reading →


Codename: Sailor V Series Review

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A beautiful junior high school student comes across a mysterious talking cat that tells her that she has an important destiny. To her shock and amazement, she discovers that she is no ordinary teenager, but actually a chosen warrior and the reincarnation of a princess! She is…… Continue Reading →

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Series Review

The Sailor Moon anime started airing in Canada when I was around 10 years old, and I instantly fell in love with it. I adored the art style, the epic fights and all of the drama! My friends and I would talk about the show together all the time and this series, along with Dragon… Continue Reading →


Become You Vol 1 Review

It can be frustrating, and even crushing, when ones abilities don’t line up with ones dreams. These feelings of angst are beautifully articulated in Become You, the latest shojo manga from Ichigo Takano.

Kamen Tantei Series Review

A mysterious figure in a mask and cape, who bears a striking resemblance to Tuxedo Mask, appears right when he’s needed in order to help solve any case. He is the Masked Detective, Taro Suzuki, and he is a fictional character within the world of this manga. Written by Matsuki Akino, who is probably best… Continue Reading →


Zodiac P.I. Series Review

Zodiac P.I. is a series that I have a huge soft spot for, as it’s one of the earliest manga series that I ever read and, if memory serves, the second one that I ever bought! Written and illustrated by Natsumi Ando (who is perhaps better known for her other shojo works such as Kitchen… Continue Reading →

The Rose of Versailles Vol 1 Review

Penned by Riyoko Ikeda and beginning publication in 1972, the manga series The Rose of Versailles was a sensationally successful period-drama that’s had a huge and lasting impact on the landscape of shojo manga since its release. The story has been adapted into a hit anime, as well as several movies and musicals, and now… Continue Reading →


Living-Room Matsunaga-San Vol 1 Review

I can’t tell you how many shojo manga stories I’ve read where the writer has concocted some convoluted scenario that forces the romantic leads to live together. It’s a classic set-up that throws the potential couple together in an intimate setting and then lets the sparks fly. Keiko Iwashita, the writer/artist of Living-Room Matsunaga-San, has… Continue Reading →

A Man & His Cat Vol 1 Review

A Man & His Cat is the debut release of the new, North American manga publisher: Square Enix Manga & Books. Square Enix has been licensing out its manga titles for years, but they just recently established their own publishing company in North America and they’re kicking this new venture off with a bang, as… Continue Reading →


Love Me, Love Me Not Vol 1 Review

Love Me, Love Me Not is a new shojo romance manga by Io Sakisaka, who has several other works available in English, such as Strobe Edge and Ao Haru Ride. The hook that makes Love Me, Love Me Not unique is that it features two heroines, both of whose love lives are given equal weight… Continue Reading →

The Fox and the Little Tanuki Vol 1 Review

If you’ve been feeling a bit stressed out lately and you’re on the lookout for a feel-good read, then boy do I have the manga for you! The Fox and the Little Tanuki, by Mi Tagawa, is a sweet and light-hearted story that’s sure to help take your mind off of your worries. Synopsis: Senzou… Continue Reading →


Prince Freya Vol 1 Review

Sword fights, treacherous plots and an ordinary peasant girl who turns out to be one hell of an actress are just some of the elements that comprise this thrilling new fantasy manga by Keiko Ishihara. Some readers might be familiar with Ishihara’s other works, such as of The Bride & the Exorcist Knight and The… Continue Reading →

Yuzu the Pet Vet Vol 1 Review

Has anyone out there heard of Wannyan Dobutsu Byouin: Suteki na Juui-San ni Narou! before? Apparently, it’s a video game for the 3DS that was released in 2015 where the player cares for a series of adorable animals at a veterinary hospital. It doesn’t look like the game was ever localized to North America but,… Continue Reading →


Primitive Boyfriend Vol 1 Review

You may be looking at the cover image and title of this manga and thinking to yourself, “Is this a comic about a girl dating an early hominid?” Yes. Yes it is. Synopsis: Farm girl Kamigome Mito is a peerless beauty admired by everyone at her school, but she just can’t seem to catch a… Continue Reading →

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