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Mama Got Back: “Ookumo-chan Flashback” Chapter 1 Review

I love the manga Mysterious Girlfriend X, but I’m never entirely sure what to expect from its author Riichi Ueshiba. His works are cute yet perverse, comforting yet disturbing. They can either warm the heart or make you want to scrub your body down with soap, or both. So, when the magazine Monthly Afternoon recently announced that a new series by Ueshiba was on the way, I felt both dread and anticipation. How would this one turn out? Ookumo-chan Flashback is definitely not for everyone. Heck, I’m not even sure it’s for me. I feel both attracted and repelled by its contents. That’s why I’m writing about this work—I want to prepare potential readers so that those who are potentially...

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Stepping Out of the Shadow: Reasons Why You Should Watch Boruto

Naruto likely needs little to no introduction. A manga and an anime series about an orange-clad ninja, Naruto is one of most popular series in history. Now, 20 years after its debut, Naruto has received a sequel anime starring Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki. Being the successor to such a worldwide phenomenon, can Boruto: Naruto Next Generations live up to the original? After watching the first six episodes, I believe it can. Synopsis Boruto takes place many years after the Great War that ended the original Naruto series. Boruto, son of Naruto and Hinata, is starting school with the intention to become a great ninja. However, he also resents his dad for not spending enough time with the family. Naruto, as...

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The End of Sabagebu!: A Shoujo Manga of Girls, Guns, and Greed

This December marked the conclusion of the airsoft-themed comedy shoujo manga Sabagebu!: Survival Game Club by Hidekichi Matsumoto. With its final chapter appearing in the January 2017 issue of Nakayoshi (published in December), Sabagebu! finishes its five-year run with an anime under its belt, and as one of the most unlikely and irreverent shoujo manga ever made.

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Rokudou no Onna-tachi Harem Manga Review: Every Girl is a Delinquent

Harem anime and manga are formulas for success. Take a guy (or a girl), surround them with attractive and appealing potential partners, and let the imagination run wild. Within the realm of this seemingly limited genre, however, is actually a surprising amount of variety once you get past the initial premise. Monster Musume takes a close look at what it might actually be like to romance real monsters from legend. School Days is a lesson in what would happen if someone tried to aim for the harem ending route (spoilers: it means a despicable human being and a lot of violence). Rokudou no Onna-tachi, or “Rokudou’s Wicked Women” throws its hat into the ring with a story where all girls...

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Japanese Manga App Review: Detective Conan

For this review, I’m going to be looking at the Japan-only Detective Conan manga app for iOS, which allows users to sample and buy Detective Conan digitally. While many Japanese manga apps cover multiple titles, there are also quite a few that focus on a specific work such as this one. The app is meant for fans of Detective Conan, but just about anyone can enjoy it, as long as you can either read Japanese, want to practice your Japanese using manga, or don't mind otherwise. Getting the App The app can be found by searching for コナン公式アプリ on the Japanese iTunes App Store. Getting to the store can be kind of tricky, but luckily Apartment 507 is home to a convenient guide to...

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