Lenni Reviews: "That Blue Sky Feeling" Vol. 1 by Okura and Coma Hashii

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

High school student, Noshiro, is the outgoing type determined to get along with everyone. When he notices his classmate, Sanada, all by himself, Noshiro immediately tries to fix that; much to the stoic Sanada's dismay. But rumors of Sanada being gay have Noshiro's classmates telling him to stay away from Sanada. Undaunted, Noshiro makes it his mission to befriend Sanada, get their classmates to come around, understand his sexual preference, and possibly learn a little more about himself.

This manga is too damn cute. Despite the fact if you've read any manga ever you can see what's coming in the plot a mile away, Noshiro is so lovable and Sanada is so relatable, it's not so bad traveling down this road again and I can't wait for more. 4 out of 5.

What I'm Reading - Ojisan to Neko

What I'm Reading - Ojisan to Neko

Social media may be a disgusting wasteland of  abhorrent opinions and women with obtuse sexual features, but sometimes something wholesome slips through the muck and arrives on my timeline. In this case, it was a manga screenshot that was so cute it warranted immediate and swift action (and by action I mean doing a reverse google image search) finding out the title was Ojisan to Neko.
 

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Fire Punch Review

Fire Punch Review

"In FIRE PUNCH, orphaned siblings Agni and Luna, like the Ice Witch who cursed their world, are two of the “blessed,” humans who hold special abilities. However, not all who are blessed are friendly, and after another of their kind attacks Agni and decimates the orphans' village, Agni fights to survive, vowing revenge." 

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Shiver (Manga Review)

Shiver (Manga Review)

An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing the faces of their destined victims appear in the sky… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… SHIVER offers nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans.

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Lenni Reviews: "A Strange and Mystifying Story" by Tsuta Suzuki

*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

After the unfortunate death of his grandfather, Akio Yamane has no family left and believes he will soon join them. The Yamane family is cursed and Akio is indeed terminally ill. Delirious with fever, Akio desperately prays to a talisman his grandfather said would protect him and summons a demon he names Setsu. Akio begs Setsu to cure his illness and never dreamed how intimate Setsu's "treatments" would be.

Setsu is a straightforward character and he's written in a way that his brusque nature doesn't come off assholeish like Eiri Yuki from Gravitation. You can tell he cares for Akio yet since he isn't human he doesn't bother with the niceties or waste time yet remains likable. Setsu and Akio play off each other well and the story doesn't waste too much time on the typical slapstick. The sex scenes are mildly censored; naughty bits kept in shadow or vague outline and strategically placed word bubbles abound. But it's still hot and the story is cute. 3.5 out of 5.

Note: There are also two side stories: Nylon Vinyl and The God's Don't Exist. The first is a contemporary teacher/student relationship and the second is a historical romance. They are pretty short so there isn't much time for development but they were amusing sides to the main story. It would have been interesting to have them tie into Setsu somehow; as he has been bound to Akio's family for many years. But they're still cool.

 

Children of the Whales #1 (Manga Review)

Children of the Whales #1 (Manga Review)

In an endless sea of sand drifts the Mud Whale, a floating island city of clay and magic. In its chambers a small community clings to survival, cut off from its own history by the shadows of the past. Chakuro is the archivist for the Mud Whale, diligently chronicling the lives and deaths of his people. As one of the short-lived thymia wielders, he knows his time is limited and is determined to leave a better record than his predecessors. But the steady pace of their isolated existence on the Mud Whale is abruptly shattered when a scouting party discovers a mysterious young girl who seems to know more about their home than they do…

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VIZ Media Releases Junji Ito's Frightening Horror Manga Anthology SHIVER

VIZ Media Releases Junji Ito's Frightening Horror Manga Anthology SHIVER

The new anthology from the critically acclaimed master of Japanese horror manga will debut as a hardcover edition under the VIZ Signature imprint. SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES contains nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself, presented with accompanying notes and commentary. SHIVER is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and carries a print MSRP of $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN.

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The Promised Neverland Vol 1 (Manga Review)

By Justin D Williams

Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

Anime NYC Coverage: VIZ Media Industry Panel

Anime NYC Coverage: VIZ Media Industry Panel

VIZ Media had a presence at Anime NYC and hosted their annual industry panel. This year VIZ Media made two new announcements in addition to discussing Sailor Moon, and new manga titles such as Children of the Whales, Splatoon, The Promised Neverland and discussing the release of Pokemon Season 1 on Blu Ray. VIZ Media had the audience roaring when they announced the next story in My Hero Academia entitled My Hero Academia: Vigilantes.

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Otakus & Geeks Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Otakus & Geeks Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The holiday season is coming closer and it's time to go shopping. However, the big question on everyone's mind is what should I buy this year. What items are must get for my family and me? As every year the staff at Otakus & Geeks are here to help you out. This year we have video reviews, pricing and separate the holiday gift guide by categories such as toys, anime, manga, video games, tech and much more. Check out this year's Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 from Otakus & Geeks. 

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Lenni Reviews: "Jackass" vol 1 by Scarlet Beriko

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Keisuke lives with his sister boisterous sister, Akiko, and walks to school with his best friend Katsumi. Katsumi is openly gay and scandalously dating the school nurse and Keisuke finds this out when he accidentally stumbles upon them kissing in the nurses' office. Akiko's pantyhose had gotten tangled up in Keisuke's school uniform so Shinoda, Keisuke's best friend, offers to cover for him by taking him to the nurses' office but when Shinoda sees Keisuke's runner's legs in the pantyhose, he can't help but touch them. But what starts off as simple touching turns to more for Keisuke.

This is a very sexy friends to lovers story with asides to some other relationships; including a boy who bullies Katsumi for being gay who of course is doing so because he has a crush. All the conflicts are handled logically and nothing ever blows up into horrid dramatics; like the whole school turning on Katsumi because he's in a relationship with a staff member. And for an uke, Katsumi is a strong, assertive character. He may be young and sweet but when backed into a corner, Katsumi doesn't wait for a savior. Things play out in ways where you can see real people making these decisions.

The art is well done and all the sex scenes are so detailed you will blush while reading. And all the encounters are CONSENSUAL! So, you actually can connect with these pairings and want to see them happy. Great manga, despite being a little confusing when it starts out. 3.7 out of 5 and keep em coming!

This title is scheduled for release on October 10th, 2017 from SuBLime.