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    Ooooh, a new update!

    Mamacolle - Boring shoujo story about a culture in which random blob-things called "babies" are kept as pets. The heroine gets some unique "babies". The babies are awfully cute, and I like the romantic interest, but it's definitely not worth reading.

    Merupuri - Borderline shotacon. Still a fairly nice (and short) romance about a girl who gets dragged into a magical kingdom by a prince cursed to occasionally inhabit an adult body (he's a little boy). Worth reading, especially since it's complete at... 3 volumes, I think?

    Midori no Hibi - Girl becomes boy's hand. A cute and complete comedy that probably isn't worth reading more than once, but I'd recommend it if you want a funny shounen romance that isn't an extreme harem.

    Milk Crown Lovers - Well, you kinda need to read the previous two Milk Crown series first. =P Despite the name, it's a sweet shoujo romance. I personally love this series - the characters have some interesting personality quirks, and since the relationship is formed in the first Milk Crown, there's very little angst about "does he like me? does he not? =(". Oh, and there's a pet shark. A PET SHARK.

    Monster - I didn't love this, personally, but everyone has read it so why not. It isn't bad or anything. Decent seinen mystery.

    Muhyo to Rouji - Good Weekly Shounen Jump series. It's about a strange lawyer and his apprentice who send demons to Hell with their superawesome lawyer powers. It doesn't follow the usual shounen adventure series formula, and while it hasn't been scanlated very far, it's been quite interesting up to that point. Give it a try~

    My Balls - Hey, if Digi reads it and thinks it's funny... Not for children or people who get nervous at the thought of reading about sex.

    Nagasarete Airantou - I'm willing to read harem manga if they have decent plots (Love Hina, Ichigo 100%), but this did not. Unless you like loli-harems, don't pick this up.

    ...and those are all the ones I can remember.
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    Second the dis-recommendation for Nagasarete Airantou. Even more loliperv than Strawberry Marshmellow.

    One to recommend is Mokke, which turns out to be much better than the anime. Pity Mangascreener abandoned it after four chapters. Two sisters from a contemporary family of shamans, one who can see spirits and the other with a propensity to get haunted by them, live in the countryside and, well, encounter the monster of the w/e/e/k/ chapter. Only more slice-of-life-y than that makes it sound.

    (BTW, "pet shark" doesn't meet the raised-by-pigeons standard for cracktastic. Hikkastu! Strike a Blow to Vivify is my new standard for manga crackitude: if it can't at least meet the whackness of a character who was raised by pigeons -- and who knows pigeon fu -- it's not cracked enough.)
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    I'm thinking whether Nina Jalhae is worth recommending. It feels like the Korean version of Angel Densetsu, except that this guy actually IS a deliquent. Basically, a stupid-but-kind delinquent falls in love, and gets into all sorts of trouble. Hmm... maybe it's more like School Rumble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudorandom View Post
    (BTW, "pet shark" doesn't meet the raised-by-pigeons standard for cracktastic. Hikkastu! Strike a Blow to Vivify is my new standard for manga crackitude: if it can't at least meet the whackness of a character who was raised by pigeons -- and who knows pigeon fu -- it's not cracked enough.)
    Well, okay, it's still more of an amusing shoujo romance than... that. Nevertheless, it's still kinda out there compared to most manga - and it's still refreshing to see a couple that isn't insecure about their relationship for most of the manga.
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    This is quite true, DE. I think I need to start with the first Milk Crown series, though.

    I can't say I recommend Mirai no Utena, because I just noticed it and haven't read it yet, but anything by Saki Hiwatari is on my automatic read list -- because while the author of Please Save My Earth and Global Garden may not always hit a home run, so far everything else I've read has been at least a solid double off the backfield wall. So I know what I'm doing this lunch.

    (Why yes, I did come here from an Adachi topic, why do you ask?)
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    Here's a sweet one: Mizuiro Jidai aka The Aqua Age, the manga from whence the anime. The Mangaupdates comparison to The Wonder Years is not far off. A Japanese girl's version, starting in 6th grade and continuing through middle school.

    Only the first three chapters are scanned, alas. (There's a lot of really short series in this update, ne?)
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    And in the department of genderbenders, there's Never Give Up!: boyish Kiri and her childhood friend, the feminine Tooya, are the prince and princess (respectively) of their school. They fight crime! Er, no -- I wish. They become male models instead, and wacky genderbending hijinks ensue. Not the best of the genre, but still readable at the end of the first volume. Besides, it was picked up by Tokyopop, so how bad could it be?

    Er, don't answer that last one.

    Mentioned because it's not showing up on Mangaupdates: Meet in Your Dreams is hentai-with-catgirl, mercifully stopped after two chapters. Of note: cat-turned-catgirl wears an astonishing amount of cobbled-together clothing, given it always gets taken off again within a few pages.
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    Natsu no Arashi - Here's an odd duck: it's got a thirteen-year-old shounen hero, a couple shounen-style bishoujo, some fighting, a swindler, and a mystery. So it quacks like a shounen, but I'll be darned if it doesn't give off a Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou vibe. No robots, no ecotastrophe, nothing peaceful, and yet ... shounen YKK-knockoff. Maybe it's the coffee shop and scooters and perpetually grinning ojii-san. Whatever -- Joe-Bob Random says, "Check it out."
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    StopTazmo finally added Monster? Amazing! It's done by the same mangaka as 20th Century Boys and is quite an awesome suspense/thriller seinen manga.

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    Moonlight Night - Mokoto and his cousin Sho are heirs of a priestly family's powers: Mokoto has the sight, Sho the dispelling power. Together they -- well, not fight crime, though they do make a good team against demons. Actually, we don't really know what they do, as 7 chapters in (all that's scanned) the adventure's barely begun -- and ends in a cliffhanger agh. Still, not a bad read. Due notice for those freaked about getting Teh Gay all over your keyboard: there's a bit of a shounen-ai vibe, but nothing more than a vibe at this point. Even less of one than Natsu no Arashi's YKK vibe.

    My Prince-sama - Tsubomi is a spite who's fallen through a pond to the human world, where she's now a maid in a castle filled with bishie princes. To collect the seven pieces of her necklace that will let her return home, she has to successfully promote seven love affairs. Interesting premise, but otherwise generic young-shoujo fantasy: not only can't I keep half the princes straight, I can't tell any of the girls apart, they're all so generically cute. Overflowingly cute, even. Not recommended unless you really like this kind of thing.
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