Sweet Rein – Sakura Tsukuba: Series Review

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Sweet Rein, renamed here in North America from Yoroshiku Master, is the third series by Sakura Tsukuba that we’ve received. It originally ran in LaLa DX in 2005, and has been licensed by Viz media under their Shojo Beat imprint. It is a short 3 volume series. Volume 1 was released November 2013, volume 2 in March 2014, and volume 3 in July 2014.

The Gist: Kurumi thought she’d be spending Christmas alone, as usual–that is, until she met Kaito. The moment they touch, the two of them are linked together by the invisible reins of a Santa-Reindeer relationship. Kurumi is ‘Santa,’ and because Kaito is the ‘reindeer,’ Kaito must do everything she tells him to and his body reacts accordingly. However, as time progresses, there seems to be something more than just a master-servant relationship…

Betsucomi – Current Serializations

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Betsucomi, short for Bessatsu Comic, is a shoujo manga magazine published by Shogakukan on a monthly basis. The titles in Betsucomi that have been licensed here in North America were mostly licensed by Viz. One of the earlier series came from Tokyopop but now are from Viz media under Shojo Beat.

Which popular series have been in Betsucomi?  Dengeki Daisy, Black Bird, Beast Master, We Were There and Sand Chronicles to name a few.  What might we have to look forward to? Here’s what’s currently running in Betsucomi:

Midnight Secretary – Tomu Ohmi: Series Review

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Midnight Secretary originally ran in Petit Comic josei manga magazine from 2007-2009. It was published by Shogakukan in 7 volumes which we’ve gotten here in English from Viz media. The final volume was released in North America on September 2, 2014.

The Gist: Kaya Satozuka is a brilliant secretary who excels at her job, which is why she doesn’t bat an eye when she’s assigned to be personal secretary to Kyohei Touma, the very difficult managing director of Touma Foods. It doesn’t faze her when her new boss seems determined to make her fail, and she even manages to take it in stride when she discovers the secret behind his prickly behavior…he’s a vampire! But while Kaya easily adapts to late nights and keeping a schedule of his “dinner dates,” will her ultra-competence help when Kyohei’s smoldering gaze starts turning her way?!

Kodansha announces “Fairy Tail – Blue Mistral” and “L❤︎DK” Licenses at NYCC

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At NYCC this week Kodansha announced that they will be releasing “Fairy Tail – Blue Mistral” a spinoff manga about Wendy from Fairy Tail currently running in Nakayoshi, and “L❤︎DK” a high school shoujo running in Betsufure.

Yen Press announces “First Love Monster” License at NYCC

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At NYCC this past week, Kodansha announced another new shoujo series that will begin publication called First Love Monster, translated from Hatsukoi Monster. Hatsukoi Monster by Akira Hiyoshimaru is currently running in Kodansha’s Aria shoujo manga publication. It has 3 volumes published in Japan.