Calling All Red-Haired Princesses!

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So I’ve had this fantasy conspiracy theory for a while now. It goes something like this:

At some manga awards banquet or event, a group of editors got drunk together and had an argument about which of their manga-ka had the most successful series. After not being able to come to an agreement a challenge was issued. Who can write the best manga given a set of criteria?

Say I Love You vol. 1&2 – Kanae Hazuki

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Say I Love You, or Sukitte Ii na yo, is an ongoing manga series by Kanae Hazuki being published in Monthly Dessert magazine by Kodansha since 2008. We’re getting the English translation here in North America from Kodansha USA. Volume 1 of the series debuted in April and volume 2 in June 2014.

The Gist: Mei Tachibana was bullied from a young age and closed herself off to others. Now in high school she has no friends and others pick on her because she’s isolated. Until one day when she decides to fight back. After a boy tries to grab her skirt on the stairs she retaliates with a roundhouse kick to his head. Only he ducks and she hits his friend Yamato instead. Thus begins the relationship between our two protagonists Mei and Yamato. Yamato, a popular guy, decides he likes Mei and she struggles with her own insecurity and acclimation to a social life.

Shoujo Wallpapers for July 2014

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New wallpapers of your favorite shoujo series! Here are the latest images from japanese mangaka for your desktop or mobile device. Some manga magazines post multiple per month. I claim no right to these images and only provide links to make them easy to find. All images are copyright the artist and publisher. Enjoy!

“Black Rose Alice” and “Spell of Desire” debut in August 2014

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Two new series for a more mature female audience debut next month from Viz. Black Rose Alice, translated from Kuro Bara Alice, is from mangaka Setona Mizushiro. Her series Afterschool Nightmare was previously published by Go Comi in North America. Spell of Desire, translated from Majo no Biyaku, is another work by josei author Tomu Ohmi. Her series Midnight Secretary is currently being published by Shojo Beat.

New on Shoujo Shelves – July 2014

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It’s here! It’s finally the peak of summer. Time to enjoy the sun and swimming and fireworks. Check out all the swimsuits…Or maybe you want to stay in the air conditioning and catch up a little on reading. While I drool over anime on my iPad, how about checking out the love stories on paper. Here’s what’s come out on shoujo shelves for the month of July: