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    Two more to make note of:

    The MangaUpdate description of Pa, which should be spelled "P.A." and stands for "Private Actress," make it sound pretty cheesy: high school girl moonlights as a "private actress," taking on roles in people's lives (usually as a daughter, but sometimes a lover) rather than on (sound)stage. I tried it anyway and was pleasantly surprised. As a seinen premise, I'd run away from the skeeviness faster than a bandicoot, but it turns out to be an early-90s josei series by the mangaka of Super Girl (aka. Hime 100%) and Alpine Rose. It's not brilliant, but the stories and art are good (if old-school) and the plots emotionally complex. Unfortunately, the scanlators dropped it after three volumes. Give it a whirl.

    Platinum Garden is an odd duck: it starts out as Yet Another(tm) teenage-girl-sold-into-arranged-marriage-to-pay-off-debt story, but with hints of something more, which seems to show up when it develops into a scrappy-middle-class-kid-in-snobbish-high-school story. But no, that's a red herring, as by the end of the third volume it morphs into what I can only describe as a sideways Fruits Basket rip-off. Yes, really. If this bizarre combination of elements intrigues you, you may like it. If you're looking for the shoujo smut the initial premise seems to promise, you're out of luck here.
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    If you're going to read a dumb, entertaining, slightly-ecchi, aliens-in-skimpy-costumes-invade-Earth story, you can do far worse than Outlanders. There's reasons why Dark Horse picked it up. There's also reasons why it disappeared, though.

    Contrariwise, if you're going to read a dumb, entertaining, slightly-ecchi, barbarian-swordswoman-in-skimpy-outfit fantasy story, you can do far worse than Ozanari Dungeon. In several ways dumber than Outlanders, but more entertaining.
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    I'm generally a romantic comedy person -- but sometimes a solid relationship drama, in which emotional confusion is competantly handled without plot stupids, hits the spot. This weeked, I snorked down Parfait Tic. The day before energetic and cheerful Fuuko starts high school, two cousins her age move into the apartment upstairs: cool and intelligent Ichi, who becomes class rep, and mischeivious playboy Daiya -- and the love triangle starts tangling up almost immediately. I haven't enjoyed a drama like this since Kimi wa Pet/Tramps Like Us.

    And that's the last of the September updates I'm working through, unless someone else recommends something that's been overlooked.

    ETA: Oh, and an update to my previous post: Ozanari Dungeon ultimately ends up being a lot better than Outlanders. Far less ecchi (the barbarian swordswoman's stripperific battle outfit of leather straps comes off exactly once) but much better art (after the first four volumes anyway) and turns into a highly entertaining romp through its tropes.
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    this Ozanari Dungeon stuff, I read it like, OMG!, 10 or 15 years ago?

    it was published here under the tittle Dragon Ozanari Moka, shame it never really finished

    good stuff, If you guys like Violin Of Hamel ( which another old manga, too ) I recommend you guys to read it too

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    I wish Ozanari Dungeon was licensed -- the art's old school, but it out to sell pretty well, if the right fanboys find it.
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    Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

    recommendable for fate stay night fans


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    Whole lotta new red series.

    The first thing that strikes me is the number of lesser-knwon shoujo series that I'm already following and can recommend:

    Akuma to Dolce - Socially maladroit girl is an apprentice witch who makes deals with demons using the pastries she bakes, and catches the attention of an upper-level demon who's just as maladroit as she. Fun but not brilliant.

    Angel Manual - Girl's guardian angel is incarnated as a dinosaur plushy that can fly, who gets really cranky if it doesn't get enough onigiri, and want to get its wings and be a REAL angel, which it can only do if it makes her happy with the boy she's crushing on and is DETERMINED to get them together despite her crushing shyness. Quite fun.

    Boyfriend - I haven't checked the scan yet, but if this it's the one by Fuyumi Souyo (ETA: it is), it's a classic award-winning drama and so far very good, if old-school in the art.

    Crystal Dragon - Another classic, with art even more old-school, an adventure set in Roman-era Ireland and Britain.

    Eensy Weensy Monster - A short romance by the author of His and Her Circumstances. Quite charming, actually.

    Ghost Only - High school girl who can see ghosts (to her dismay) becomes a waitress in a restaurant catering to the recently dead. Episodic post-humous fantasies, and okay enough for that.

    Girl Fight - Okay, so this one's actually seinen. Sports manga, girls volleyball flavor, that focuses even more than Crimson Hero on the psychology of confidence. Art is startlingly western in style (I thought, the first chapters, that I was looking at a French cartoonist's work), only one volume scanned so far, but worth checking out.

    Hachimitsu no Hana - Historical romance set in the late Meiji era (roughly the start of the 20th century) between a servant girl and the half-western adopted heir to the household.

    Hakobune Hakusho - Human girl accidentally is admitted to a boarding school for animal spirits because her name is Neko (cat). Okay, technically shounen, but the art's almost shoujo-sketchy in style. Her roommate, who really is a cat, acts SO like a cat. One of my favorites for some time now.

    Will keep digging through the pile for more nuggets of gold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudorandom View Post
    Eensy Weensy Monster - A short romance by the author of His and Her Circumstances. Quite charming, actually.
    I loved this one. Very, very sweet and actually somewhat realistic - in the sense that there's none of the usual formulaic shoujo romance in it. Not that long, either.

    Hmm... let's see what I've read....

    Alto - Not too many chapters of this, but it's a fairly cute series about a boy dressing up as a girl in a steampunk setting, and wanting to fly an airplane (or something like that - I can't remember, but you have M-U for that!). I'd recommend reading it; maybe it'll encourage scanlators to pick it up.

    Amatsuki - Semi-interesting concept about a boy accidentally getting taken back in time by about 150 years at a reconstruction of a village, and there's magic and stuff, but I found the plot very confusing and couldn't get past the first few volumes.

    Bioplanet WoO - Cute stuff, but bad, bad plot.

    Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon - You all should know what this is. The manga is quite a bit more mature and fast-paced than the well-known anime; it's definitely worth reading.

    Boku no Watashi no Yuusha Gaku - Gag series about an eccentric teacher. It's okay.

    Book Club - I can't remember much about this either, but it seemed to be a decently interesting mystery/horror story.

    Chohatsu Baby - Do not read this unless you like very bad shoujo romances.

    Code Name wa Sailor V - Related to Sailor Moon... again, surprisingly entertaining, particularly for fans of Sailor V. It's been a while since I read it, but there's probably action and mystery-solving here.

    Compiler - I might be biased 'cause I'm part of the team that scanlates it - an older series; two alien women come to Earth with the intention of destroying it, get convinced not to, and then have to deal with the other aliens that pop up trying to destroy the world. IIRC, a fair amount of nudity for both genders. Not bad, though.

    Dogashi Kaden - It got cancelled after thirteen chapters. This is your only warning. (It's about a wussy boy who's secretly very fast and wants to play basketball.)

    Double Arts - I don't know how to summarize this series... Essentially, there's a virus going around the world that will infect anyone who comes into contact with it, and Sisters (who have temporary immunity) are required to heal the infected. However, the life of one becomes tied to that of a young boy with mysterious powers who may have the secret to the ultimate cure. This got cancelled way too quickly; it's a great mix of humour and action, and very enjoyable to read.

    Fate/Stay-Night - I hate this series, I hate this- oh, fuck it. It's not that bad. (For those of you who have no idea what this is, it's an action shounen.)

    Hatsukoi Limited - A very sweet and decently short series of love stories, following the love lives of a number of students in a junior high school and high school; they're often connected in some way. Many people didn't like this, however... but definitely give it a try. I think it was perfectly set up to be the semi-superficial but touching story that it is.

    Jyuki Ningen Jumbor - About robots and construction work/digging in a fantasy setting, and by the mangaka of Shaman King. It's not long or amazingly great, but worth reading for a chuckle or two.

    Kamen Teacher - Gokusen ripoff... or technically, GTO ripoff, but I haven't read GTO. If you've read either of those series, this will be nothing new to you - and either is probably better than this, too.
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    I don't love Eensy Weensy Monster, but I do like it a lot. And you're right about not being formulaic, or at least using formula only by way of then exploding expectations.

    After poking about, I've recognized a few more:

    Meka Tanaka is on my automatic buy (let alone just read) anything by list, and we's gots scans of two of hers: 7 Jikan-me Rhapsody (complete at one volume) and Faster Than a Kiss (ongoing) both are high-school girl/older man romances, but Tanaka has a knack for creating likeable characters and a breezy style that wafts you though the doofy comedy with a smile on your face. These two are not as good as Pearl Pink, but both are recommended.

    And then there's Yuki Midorikawa, mangaka of the excellent Natsume Yuujinchou, who also has two stories here: Akagami no Shirayukihime ("red-haired snow white") and Atsui Hibi. The first is a fantasy romance, sort of, where the main character is a pharmacist to the royal house -- and most decidedly NOT a drip of a heroine. Ahem. The second is a collection of one-shots, some of them better than others. Both worth snagging. I really dig her art style, which reminds me as sort of a cross between Meka Tanaka and Mizu Sahara.

    Speaking of Sahara (the mangaka of Voices of a Distant Star and My Girl), Bus Hashiru is a collection of one-shots themed around meeting at a bus stop. As a gimmick, it works well.

    If anyone who likes Chii's Sweet Home and wondered what a josei version with an adult cat would look like, Fuku-fuku Funyan is the title for you. Bonus: it's almost as good as Chii.

    And one more for this post: Genei Hakurankai is a series of Taisho-era supernatural mystery stories. Or rather, it's trying to be a series but is too episodic to quite pull it off. It's not quite as quietly creepy as it's trying to be, but I like it anyway. If it sounds like your thing, check it out.

    ETA: ARGH, how could I not recognize that Houkago Hokenshitsu is After School Nightmare?? M-U has the Go-Comi blurb, which is all you need.
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    Getting into things only read now:

    Corseltel no Ryujitsushi ("Dragon Mage of Corseltel") - In a world where dragons are tied to one of the seven elements (earth, air, fire, water, wood, light, dark), most mages of the spring kingdom of Corseltel specialize in working with one type of dragon. The greatest dragon mage, Maciel, can, however, work with all seven. As a result, he faces a constant stream of would-be challengers and students, seeking to prove themselves to him. This sounds like the premise for a blood-pounding adventure yarn, but it's not -- it's a series of gentle stories about being a child-care provider.

    Yes, really. You see, because Maciel is the greatest human mage, the greatest dragons sent their babies to him for tutoring. So he spends his days trying to herd a bunch of cute mute chibis -- and along the way, help them develop their magic.

    I hestitate to use the word "cute," because it's so overused when it comes to manga, but this is indeed cute -- and not only because his dragons are all chibis with elf-ears. Recommended only to those who are intrigued by the concept (or by the idea of an army of fairy-winged amazons). We have the complete series (minus a few missing chapters) but not the ongoing sequel series, which is really the same series after changing publishers.

    Aoi Destruction - A member of the Department of COMPLETELY SILLY Martial Arts Stories, from the guy who did Ai Kora/Love Collage and Midori no Hibi. A collection of stories complete at one volume.

    Cesare - Fuyumi Souryo does Cesare Borgia. Nothing like Cantarella -- but then again, there's some similarities. Be interesting to see where this is going ...
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