Manga Short-takes: Devils’ Line, Hotaru’s Way, & Kigurumi Guardians

Here are some manga reviews for the short holiday break. Recent series and some longer running ones that I just had time to check out.

Devils’ Line by Ryo Hanada

My most recent read that I can’t seem to put down is this tension-filled human and devil love story. It’s violent and bloody. It has no qualms about sexuality. It’s thriller and romance and the pacing just keeps on going. The art style is different than what I’m used to but I really like it for the tone of the story. I’m hooked on this one. If you like supernatural romance and aren’t turned off by gore, then you should give this series a look-see. I hesitated for so long, and now I can’t stop reading. Devils’ Line is up to 9 volumes. It is getting an anime sometime soon, we don’t have a release date yet.

Heart of Manga Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Hotaru’s Way by Satoru Hiura

This is one of Kodansha’s digital-only licenses.  It’s a josei romance that ran in Kiss magazine years ago and has since had two sequels. It’s along the same vein as Tokyo Tarareba Girls – in that the main character considers herself a washed up spinster late to the love game. She lives with her boss due to circumstances and also has a boyfriend. It’s a romantic comedy with a somewhat predictable outcome at this point. At least, to me it seems pretty obvious which guy Hotaru will end up with. I also like that it’s not really short, it’s a good 15 volumes, so there’s plenty of story to read. I will keep buying this one, and recommend it for those who like Akiko Higashimura’s works. Hotaru’s Way is at 4 volumes currently.

Heart of Manga Rating: ♥♥♥

Kigurumi Guardians – Lily Hoshino

This supernatural comedy romance has a bizarre premise that could only come out of Japan. The planet is being overtaken by beings stealing people’s hearts. Three high school students are enlisted to help fight against this evil plot by being paired with transforming Kigurumi guardians. Kigurumi are the big, floofy mascot characters you see at sporting events and amusement parks in case you didn’t know. The kigurumi transform into fighting bishie boys with a kiss from their partner.  This series has me constantly laughing due to the situational comedy.  The romance is kind of on the weak side this early in the story, unless you get a kick from just the kissing aspects.  But there is a lot of foreshadowing of things to come. So far it is a very entertaining read and I highly recommend it for those who like Kiss of the Rose Princess, or Shugo Chara. Kigurumi Gaurdians is at 2 volumes with the 3rd coming out in December.

Heart of Manga Rating: ♥♥♥

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