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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SHINSHI DOUMEI CROSS



GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
AUTHOR:  Tanemura Arina
PUBLISHER: Shueisha 
STATUS: Complete
VOLUMES: 11
CHAPTERS: 50


Is a very cute story of camaraderie and love. A certainly heart-breaking story not just between normal couples but also with mismatched ones. Well, it certainly took my breath away. Unforgettable.


Otomiya Haine has been a cheerful girl since she was a child. But then her former family, the prestigious Kamiya family, sold her to the Otomiya family for 50 million yen as a business loan. She became a delinquent until she met Shizumasa Tougu, the guy who changed her life. She had known Shizumasa since her childhood days when she read about the book he had created. Up until now, she had been a fan of Shizumasa Tougu.


She is now studying at a private academy for elite people. She had been appointed as a student council member at their school, the Imperial Academy and was given the task of protecting the only student of the gold class, Shizumasa-sama.


The story is about how Haine struggles to find her place in the elite school and the confusing love affair of the student council member, their siblings and a professor. Whew, that's too many. Well, you never can tell which of them would end up together. Too many affairs with everyone! Too many secrets with everyone's true personalities!


Shinshi Doumei Cross is a masterpiece (Way to go, Tanemura-sama! =}). The reason why Haine was sold to the Otomiya family is just one of the secrets yet to be revealed. There's too many of them, especially between the two main couples, Tougu and Haine. Will their love for each other reveal the mask one had been hiding for so long? Will their love surpass the strength of time or will it break during the most complicated part in the series? Will the school's special rule bond them together or will it be the cause of their break-up? The rule is up to you to find out. All I can say is that I love the ending soO much! "All's well that ends well."










Tuesday, June 1, 2010

SKIP BEAT!




GENRE: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Shoujo
AUTHOR: Nakamura Yoshiki
PUBLISHER: Hakusensha
STATUS: Ongoing
VOLUMES: 29 - ongoing
CHAPTERS: 175 - ongoing




Skip-Beat! (スキップ・ビート!, Sukippu Bīto!) is a story of love & comedy between three people, with a touch of drama thrown in the mix. One of my favorite manga ever. It's the first one I've read and it is so beautiful that I took a liking in reading even more mangas'.


Skip Beat! is a story about the rise of a wistful sixteen-year-old girl, Kyoko Mogami, in the field of show business. Kyoko is the childhood friend of Sho Fuwa (Shotaro), who is now a very well-known singer. After graduating in high school, Sho asks her to accompany him in Tokyo. Since Kyoko is bored of living in Kyoto, she decided to follow him in the city only to find out that she is being treated as a housemaid. After realizing that Sho only took her to Tokyo to do things for him, she decided to seek revenge by entering the world of show business and be a bigger star than him. And thus began the world recking fight between the two and a start of a new love?


Kyoko meets Tsuruga Ren, a very famous actor and the rival of Sho Fuwa. She applied at Sho's rival company, Akatoki Agency, where Ren also work. They started as enemies but at the middle of the series, a spark between the two begins to ignite. Will they be together? Or will Sho learn his mistake and decide to go after Kyoko himself?


This series is certainly refreshing, nerve-wrecking and one of the most hilarious story ever made. It makes you want to cry and laugh at the same time. Certainly one of the best series ever created. It also has a TV version but I'll tell you that it's better to read than to watch so that you can learn the real story. The TV version is cut so it's disappointing to watch. It only has 25 episodes and doesn't include half the series.


Here's a link if you want to read it [The series has been recently updated!]:







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