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Reverse Harem titles were very limited when I first started the blog eleven years ago. I was flexible with many titles where it's only ...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Happy Ice Cream

"Happy Ice Cream" by Mika Kawamura 3 volumes-complete

Misaki started seeing strange little kids and boys when she moved in to her sister. It's a magical, vintage manga for shota fans.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Genius House

"Genius House" by Akane Ogura oneshot-complete

Kamiya steps in for her sick grandmother in managing a house full of geniuses. The art style is neat and the plot would have been a good material for a longer story so I felt like it's a waste that it's just a oneshot.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hana Yori Dango Final

"Hana Yori Dango Fainaru" 131 mins. release date: June 28, 2008

Makino and Tsukasa are now engaged and as a family tradition Makino receives the tiara heirloom. But the tiara was stolen and thus the two will travel halfway around the world to recover it.

The movie drew down the curtain for the TV version of 'Hana Yori Dango' that ran for two seasons. As I was watching I was confident on who was the enemy and the accomplices, but I was only halfway right. The mastermind and the truth behind the fuss isn't who I was expecting. But what I really love is everything that took place after all the hoopla. The F4 surprise to them- the place, the guests...I was a bit teary eyed for a few seconds...The perfect ending! I was just puzzled with Hanazawa Rui...in gold...erm just watch the movie...hehe! And I also love how the picture frame morphed.

Some minor, minor details that I need to blurt out: First, her little brother is so not little anymore haha; second, Makino always loses something - always the necklace and then the tiara (and don't make me start with kdrama BBF) and third, Why does Asian dramas always have the piggyback cliche? Does that even happen in real life??? There I can breathe now.

Also the 'Mr. Kaburagi' actor actually played Hanazawa Rui in the first HYD movie in 1995. And I only realized during the promotion of the movie that Jun Matsumoto is a member of Arashi who are part of all the Japanese HYD soundtrack.

The problem with reverse harems is that the heroine either chooses one or no one at all. I hate it when she doesn't choose anyone at all but I also pity the next best contender left at the sidelines. Like Hanazawa Rui, Nakatsu of Hana Kimi, Hotohori of FY , Shinogu of Hot Gimmick. I'm so torn! lol!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saiunkoku Monogatari Second Series

"Saiunkoku Monogatari Second Series" - 39 episodes complete

Shurei will face many trials as an official while the Emperor will face more responsibilities and loyalty issues. The second season is basically divided into two major arcs. There will be new allies, enemies and characters who doesn't fit on either categories. Some of the bishies will also realize their feelings for Shurei. Welcome to the club! I'm really disappointed with the second season. The story is trying to be too cryptic and Shurei and Rui were apart for most of the time. I felt like it was too stretched. Plus the certain villain I was looking forward to only had a cameo. :( The third season be better be good if there will be one. The opening and closing themes songs are still the same.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Hanatsukihime by Wataru Hibiki 2 volumes-ongoing

Lys has a flower mark in her chest as proof that the devil owns her heart. In exchange for the beating heart he will take her life when she turns 16. The twist completely caught me off guard. Ohh can't wait! Too early to tell if it's reverse harem but she has a knack of attracting the attention of one local in each town they visit. The art is beautifully detailed but the characters looks distorted at certain angles.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Freshest Rumors: BBF Remakes

At the height of 'Boy Before Flowers' success, rumors of remakes have sprout like Chinese and Philippine versions. But Group 8, the Korean producers, have released the news that manga publisher, Shueisha Inc will not be releasing the rights for remake for the next two years. More info from allkpop.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Paradise Cafe

Gokujou no Yoru wo Ageru ("Paradise Cafe") by Fuji Morita 1 volume-complete

Emi is the only female worker in the cafe. It's short, sweet and simple and the first oneshot in the series. The bishies are hawt but the girl is just so-so (but love her hair).

Thanks to Janinemomo for the tip!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


'Crown' story by Shinji Wada art by Yuu Higuri 6 volumes-complete

Mahiro is reunited with her long-lost brother right at the same time the evil queen found out about her whereabouts. The story is written by a male mangaka so expect some bloody action. Don't worry it still has its' shojo-ness. I've only read until chapter 2 but based on some reviews and the character profiles from Go! Comi site as well it might turn out to be reverse harem. Thanks to Hannah for recommending this.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Yoru Cafe

"Yoru Cafe" ("Night Cafe") by Maki Enjouji 3 volumes-complete

A widow becomes the owner of cafe as part of her late husband's will.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Freshest News: Hanasakeru Seishounen

From BU:

A very powerful industrialist directs his daughter to pick a husband from three candidates he has chosen for her. They are to come into her life, and their uniqueness would cause her to recognize them immediately. All three of the candidates are outstanding. Well, it’s actually four...
The story evolves along the lines of a power political mystery involving a small middle eastern country.
Hanasakeru Seishounen will air this April 4. For official website click here.

Monday, February 2, 2009

First Girl

"First Girl" by Chiho Saito 4 volumes- complete

Miu was sold off by her mom to a man she barely knew. She will be caught in a whirlwind of romance and bloodshed spanning three countries. The art and mature themes remind me of "Red River". They both have the same set-up wherein she'll meet one bishie after another at different times. I was very excited at first but I got turned off with the story when my fave bishie became hopeless. She ends up with guys that I don't like. Ugh! I find the story very fast paced especially the very first part and then she abruptly cuts off the guy I was rooting for. The mangaka also incorporated the tango dance all throughout the story to the point that it became incredulous. I've pretty much guessed on how the ending will turn out and it was no surprise at all. I'm wondering why it was entitled, 'First Girl'.

Thanks to Tartza and Julie for recommending this.