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Manga Review | A Kiss on Tearful Cheeks

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Romances with a significant age-gap, especially when one character is just entering adulthood, are tricky business. There’s a million ways they can go wrong. A Kiss on Tearful Cheeks serves as one of many examples of what not to do when writing a May-December romance. Our 17-year old heroine is dating a 24-year old and it takes very little time for her boyfriend to begin to seem creepy and possessive. Neither character in the story has the emotional maturity to handle the relationship and things that are precursors to abuse are treated as romantic. Our heroine is submissive in every…

Dark Island Part 3 (Finally!)

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With Ninjago: Hands of Time finally right around the corner (although I think I’m in the minority, not having watched any subtitled leaks, as the season aired in non-English speaking countries starting in January) I finally managed to get my hands on the third and final final part of the Dark Island graphic novel trilogy at the local library.

For reasons unknown, the volume has been stupidly hard to find, not even officially being stocked by Amazon. (In fact, another Ninjago graphic novel released around the same time is also only available via third party sellers? What the heck happened? Maybe taking the Ninjago comics license away from Papercutz to public in-house wasn’t the best idea.)

Thoughts, reactions, and predictions for the next two seasons after the break. Also, spoilers for everything up through Day of the Departed. 

Manga Review | “Suki” to Ienai

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Shiina has a crush on her brother.

Well, okay, not really. Not her actual blood-related brother, anyway. Kiri, the guy Shiina is angsting over, is adopted and doesn’t know it. However, thanks to a mishap, Shiina stumbled upon the truth about her brother some time ago, and has been in love with him ever sense.