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    One last installment for this round, as nothing else is appealing to me based on descriptions:


    Colorful Palette - Josei romance (college-age protagonists) with more charm than most but otherwise not outstanding. I do like how make-up as mask is problematized.

    Dark Seed - I'm used to seeing Kita Konna as the author of shoujo ai series with gentle atmospheres (The Secret Stairs, Cotton), so I was quite startled to see her name on a fantasy with such a grim premise and complex politics. Her art remains as light and airy as always and the tone largely gentle, which makes her balancing act here all the more astonishing. Highly recommended.


    Unless someone else has recs among the newest series, this topic is going dark till the next Condition Red.
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    1. Kami no Mizo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)
      Katsuragi Keima is known on the net as the god of getting the girls while in real life hes known as otamegane and he hates all real girls. However he is approached by Elsie, a devil from hell, to help her in catching runaway spirits that hide in people. Apparently the spirits only hide in the hearts of girls and the only way to get the souls out is by making the girl fall in love so the spirit gets forced out. And hes not allowed to fail or he will lose his head.
    2. Keroro Gunsou (Sergeant Frog)
      Sergeant Keroro is the Captain of the Space Invasion Forces Special Advance Team of the 58th Planet of the Gamma Storm Cloud System, sent to the planet Pokopen (aka Earth) to collect intelligence for his planet's invasion force. He is also a frog. After his ship crash-lands in the planet earth, he takes shelter in the Hinata household, but the two kids, Fuyuki and Natsume, find him and take away his alien weapons. When his people discover that the Pokopenians are aware of him, Keroro is abandoned - left to fend for himself in this hostile world. But he's not alone - four other pre-invasion agents were are also lurking on Earth.
    3. Sora no Otoshimono (Lost Property of the Sky)
      Sakurai Tomoki is a normal student whose motto is "normal is the best". If there is one thing abnormal, it is that he often dreams of a girl whose face he cannot even remember, and when he wakes up from that dream, he would always be crying. He tried leaving it as just a dream... but one day, from the sky, an angel descended.

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    Er, those are good recommendations -- but those are not series recently added to this site.
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    lol. sorry, wrong thread.

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    WE HAVE CODE RED. REPEAT: WE HAVE EXTREME CODE RED.

    As in, what is that, a couple hundred newly added series? As in, oh good lord it's gonna take forever to triage these puppies.

    REPEAT: CODE RED ENGAGED. ALL HANDS ON DECK!
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    Right -- gonna have to do this is passes. Series I can say something about as being in some sense worthwhile, starting from the bottom:

    Sailor Fuku Ni Onegai - Shoujo romance by Meka Tanaka, who's on my autoread list. Not her best, but I'm fond of girl-becomes-temporary-god trope, and this one is well-executed, with less stupidity than some.

    Samurai High School - One of those I can't believe I'm still reading this thing series. Er, macho girl + girly boy fraternal twins swap identities to attend a training school for samurai in a world not unlike that of Gin Tama. Dumb as a box of limestone chips, and yet I keep reading it.

    Sangokushi - A straight-up retelling of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It's 60 volumes long (not all scanned) and the art is very old-school, what with it being done in the 1970s, but an excellent introduction to that Chinese classic.

    Sasameki Koto - Not my favorite yuri series, because the humiluation humor sometimes gets a little out of hand, but it's otherwise got a doofy sensibility that I like a lot. And it takes the emotional plight of the main characters seriously.

    The Secret Stairs - Two-volume collection of linked short stories, all with some sort of gentle supernatural element, set in an all-girls' boarding school. Very sweet, and I ADORE the artwork.

    Sengoku Strays - Kendo-obsessed girl gets transported back to the warring states period, and ends up in the entourage of Odo Nobunaga in 1556, just as he's starting his rise to almost reuniniting Japan. Doofy side characters and several strong women make this one a strongly recommended series.

    Shibariya Komachi - Licensed as "Bound Beauty," a literal translation, by Go! Comi, who put out a couple volumes before they folded. I remember liking the licensed volumes, but not much about the story. Make of that what you will.

    Shion No Ou - Seinen psychological thriller with a teenage female protagonist who is a cute mute and a professional shogi player. No ecchi at all. Recommended.

    Sing Yesterday For Me - Slow-paced, tangled romantic drama by Kei Toume. I like it, but she's not to everyone's taste. Give it a whirl if you like seinen dramas.

    Slow Step - One of Mitsuru Adachi's minor efforts. It's a shoujo sports drama (softball flavor) that spends far too much time with the heroine's romantic complications and proliferating identities.

    Strobe Edge - A shoujo school romance played as straight-up drama, but one of the better ones. The relationships unfold with a minimum of stupidity, and for once the heroine's earnestness is earned, and is played for the consequences. Recommended if you read shoujo romances.

    Sweet Blue Flowers aka Aoi Hana - Yuri school drama, written with emotional subtlety. Recommended as simply damn good storytelling

    Tenbin Wa Hana To Asobu - Yuri supernatural drama, written for the dooftastic fun, with few redeeming qualities aside from the fun. Check your brain at the table of contents.

    Tenma No Ketsuzoku - Historical/alt-hist fantasy by one of shoujo's founding mothers (Keiko Takemiya, of the Year 24 Group), and this shows why: solid fantasy adventure set among not-quite-Mongols, during the rise to power of that world's equivalent of Ghengis Khan. Excellent art, and a strong female protagonist only makes it all the better. Recommended.

    Usagi Drop - Take Yotsuba&!, flip to to a female audience, and make it not about the good-parts comedy but the practicalities of raising a girl as a single father. Not daughter, tho', as Rin is Daikichi's grandfather's illegitimate daughter -- so a heartwarming tale about a man raising his aunt. Both an anime and a live-action movie are due out this summer, and I'm looking forward to both. Strongly recommended.

    Yukarism - A reincarnation romance-fantasy with high school contemporaries and Edo-period red-light district past lives, with some gender-flipping. Gorgeous art, intriguing premise, but the series has only just started.


    I am, btw, pleased to see a large number of yaoi series in this update. Go Kane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudorandom View Post
    WE HAVE CODE RED. REPEAT: WE HAVE EXTREME CODE RED.

    As in, what is that, a couple hundred newly added series? As in, oh good lord it's gonna take forever to triage these puppies.

    REPEAT: CODE RED ENGAGED. ALL HANDS ON DECK!
    lol... pseudo is panicking.... i haven't been around lately and the wall of red shock me too

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    If a Code Red isn't worth panicking over, I don't know what is.

    Continuing my report on series I know something about -- still working my way up from the bottom of the list:


    Oboreru Knife - Seinen psychological drama involving a sixth grade girl who moves to the countriside just as her modeling career gets going. To be honest, I can't tell where the story is going, but it's effectively creepy.

    Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki - Historical fantasy from the creator of Kanata Kara/From Far Away, set in the late Heian/early warring states period. Decent story (not her best) but even better artwork than ever. The fantasy aspects are based on Japanese folklore, so if you like those sorts of things, give it a whirl.

    Peony Pavilion - A very short collection of full-color short stories based on classical Chinese poetry. This one's a rarity in that it's a mahua published on the mainland, rather than HK or Taiwan. Gorgeous art. However, when you don't know the poem in question, the stories seem slightly pointless -- the two I did recognize, there was a little frisson of awe, so make of that what you will.

    Private Actress - Shoujo mystery/adventure series by a mistress of the genre, starring the illegitimate daughter of two famous actors -- so while she's very good at acting, she looks like her mother so can't do it on the public stage or *gasp* the scandal would get out. Her solution: she works as a "private actress," taking on jobs through an agency pretending to be various people in daily life (such as that girl grandfather once knew when he was young). Less skeevy than it could have been, and the author plays with the ethical dubity well. Recommended.

    Ran to Haiiro no Sekai - Dunno how to describe this one. Er. Girl growing up in a family of magicians, episodic hijinx ensue. Maybe? Only that totally fails at conveying the funky atmosphere of the thing. Well, here's one more thing: in style and tone, it reminds me more of Franco-Belgian comics than it does mainstream manga. Tentatively recommended.

    Real Clothes - I just finished reading the creator's excellent cooking drama A Delicious Relationship, and this one's newer, so it was an auto-read for me. Scans have only just started, though, so I can't tell you if it's any good, tho' the beginning is promising. Where the other series was about French cuisine, this one's about women's fashions.

    Ryuuroden - A fantasy retelling of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, including two Japanese middle-school students warped back in time to the start of the campaign leading up to the Battle of Red Cliff. I was liking it in an over-the-top shounen sort of way (especially Kong Ming's (!) Indian (!!) wife (!!!)) until we get to Red Cliff itself, after which the storyline diverges wildly from our actual history (and the RTK story).

    Ryuushika Ryuushika - One of the few (only?) answers to Yotsub&! that's actually funny. Young girl with an active imagination interacts with the world in slightly sideways ways, hilarity ensues. I'm liking, if not loving, it.
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    Another round of comments, continuing in chunks down the alphabet:


    Fukuyadou Honpo - Josei series about three daughters of a centuries-old Kyoto wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) shop. The art is stylistically deformed, but the story is very good. Recommended.

    Hana No Kishi - If you're going to read a series about a girl cross-dressing as a male bodyguard, pick this one over Love in the Mask. Not that that's bad, but this is better. And has better art.

    Happy Picture Diary - Yuri 4-koma series about a slightly daffy couple in their 20s. Fluffy and fun.

    Honey Crush - Yuri supernatural romance about a ghost who stays in this world to be near her classmate. This starts well, but loses track of the plot, alas.

    Iris Zero - There's a discussion topic for this one.

    Kare wa Tomodachi - Shoujo high school romance, drama flavor. Not quite as good as Strobe Edge, and the final climax is driven by an unfortunate case of Plot Stupids, but aside from that, it's an excellent example of the genre.

    Kimi ga Uso o Tsuita - Oh, man, I wanted to like this one. Orphaned high-school girl who can see when people lie (they turn black) is taken in by a young man who claims he's her half-brother. The first volume is nicely twisty in the best psychological drama ways, but then it ... falls apart, and we're left with the tediously predictable romance. Bah.

    Konohanatei Kitan - Slice-of-life series about cute fox-spirits who work in a bath-house for other spirits. Yuri, yes, and moe-moe, you-betcha -- but neither in excess. Kinda sweet, actually, despite being danged cute.

    Lost Seven - Reboot of Snow White, in which the princess recruits 7 outcasts from their tribe to help retake the throne from her stepmother -- in which they are successful, but 2 of the not!dwarfs are casualties. Years later, the 5 survivors meet up with the stepmother's daughter, now living by her wits. Hmmm.

    Love Cubic - High-school yuri love-triangle that resolves as a threesome. Aside from that detail, utterly forgettable.

    Love in the Mask - Actually, the other reason I recommend Hana no Kishi over this is that I find Korean gender politics (at least as shown in manhwa) even more skeevy than Japanese, and this plays those politics to the max. It plays them very well, and the story is excellent, but I had to stop reading after a couple volumes.

    Miyori's Forest - One-volume supernatural drama about a elementary-school girl who comes from Tokyo to live in the countryside with her grandmother, the local medicine woman (for lack of a better term in English), and after some initial reluctance, takes up her role as guardian of the local forest spirits. Freaky in a Japanese folkloric sort of way, and so recommended despite my reservations about the story.
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    Okay, finished triaging the list for things I want to follow up on, and here's the remainder of those I can speak to:


    Glask Mask - There are reasons why this is the longest-running shoujo series currently running (35 years and still going strong), namely, that it's a classic. That said, it started in the 1970s, and the first several volumes are ... very old-school. And until very recently, it stayed old-school in feel even while updating the art. As for what it is, it's about an acting student. If you can't figure out the relevance of the title from that, you need to read more.

    Gallop - A one-shot about two salarymen, one human, the other a centaur. Yes, really.

    Cosertell aka Cosertell no Ryuujutsushi aka Corseltel no Ryujitsushi - Yes, ST is hosting this under no less than three different names. There's almost a good excuse for that: after one scanlation group finished it under one romanization (the last), another decided to do it over under another (the second, which we then munged into also calling by the first). Under any name, I like it a lot: it's about adventures in babysitting young dragons.

    Well, okay, I can do better than that. It's about a human mage who is able to work in conjunction with the powers of all seven types of elemental dragons (earth/fire/water/wind/wood/light/dark), and as a result is burdened with raising a young dragon of each type, by way of training them. Gentle, often wacky, adventures ensue. The unsmiling dragon of darkness is my favorite.

    In short, a fantasy adventure about child-care. If there's anything more manly than that, I haven't found it.
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