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Haou Airen

Haou Airen ("Supreme King's Mistress") 9 volumes-complete

Kurumi is taken by Hakuron to the world of Mafia in Hongkong. I've already read 5-6 of Mayu Shinjo's works so I was bored with the first half considering Shinjo's characters looks the same, Kurumi falling in love with the guy way too soon (she's too easy) and the same 'Love Celeb' interruptions (BTW Hakuron had a cameo there but I didnt know him then). The turning point of the story is at the middle part then it was like "100% Perfect Girl" all over again. Same character flaws but way, way, way more smuttier and bloodier. All the guys that are after are all anti-heroes as well although one or two seems to have feelings but others were only after her body. :S For mature readers only. Thanks to Tartza for the tip!

So Bad!

By ayreesa

"So Bad!" by Miki Aihara 6 volumes-complete

Yokino's mom works as a maid and she minds that her mom cares more for the Renjyo brothers. She tries to prove her worth by aiming for the 'Student of the Year' title. But her mom had an accident and she was persuaded to fill in to her mom's shoes

This is Miki Aihara's (of 'Hot Gimmick' & 'Honey Hunt') earlier manga. It had a boring start but after a couple of volumes I was under Aihara's spell again. I like the clever devices and twists used in cliche situations and how she handles mature themes like it's just a very natural thing. She's really good in building up the characters like which guy will she end up with again? And the scans are exactly at a crucial arc. I hope she ends up with..... In "So Bad" you'll have an idea how the mangaka's art style evolved.

(In case nobody noticed, I've added a bizbar at the bottom page for episode releases. W…

100% Perfect Girl

100% Perfect Girl by Wann- 11 volumes

Jay is the 100% perfect girl for the foreign royalty, Jarte but all the forces of nature seems to pull them apart. The story is intended to end after 11 volumes and it will take you to a very long engagement tainted with vengeance, politics, betrayal and the whole nine yards of soap opera drama. I read this after I saw this being compared to 'First Girl'. I like this better than 'First Girl' and this is best manwha that I really liked so far in terms of art and story. I've read a few manwha and they all seem to look alike but the style for this one is different and gorgeous. I was in a snail pace for 3 weeks with the first 3 volumes. But then after the 4th volume I was so engrossed with it. I'm not kidding when I say that it's soap opera-ish make it a dark soap opera. All the characters are twisted. From the very cold-blooded hot villains to the obsessive anti-hero and the suicidal-depressive-Britney-is-that-you -her…

Freshest News: Studios behind RH merge, Coffee Prince star weds

Yumeta and Hal Film Maker will merge as TYO animation. Yumeta's works includes La Corda d'Oro, Angelique and Harutoki while Hal Maker's is behind Pretear among others. More info here.



Lee Se Kyon got hitched last May 23. Few 'Coffee Prince' co-stars came. More pics here.

F4 pics and commercials

F4 were featured in a Japanese magazine. More pics in allkpop.



In the drama the F4 use Anycall phones and now Anycall uses F4 for reality/commercial videos. More info here.

Contest: X-Men Misfits

Del Rey is giving out 10 copies of the manga "X-men Misfits". Kitty Pryde is the only girl in an all-boy school. She's torn between Hellfire Club and a group of mutants which consists of Cyclops, Iceman, Gambit...the future X-Men. Check the mechanics at Del Rey. Deadline is on June 5, 2009.

Freshest Updates: More F4 MV

The making and the full version of "F4 Special Edition After Story" will be shown this May 19. The special package album will be released this May 25. More info from javabeans.

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince or Coffee Prince - 17 episodes

Go Eun Chan is the head of their family. She does odd jobs and even pretended as a boy to work in a coffee shop which only employs male 'princes'. It may be considered reverse harem at the part wherein she's the only girl in the 'Coffee Prince' but the story is more than that. It was addictive and tearjerky but I lost interest during the end. I didn't find the stories of the supporting characters relevant. I was only in for Go Eun Chan and Choi Han Kyul. Her character is unforgivingly selfish and naive in love which is understable in the way she grew up. She has distorted which is right and wrong. Great acting by Yoon Eun Hye. I think I liked her style among the gender benders that I've seen. Horikita Maki is too pretty, while Ella Chen is too boyish. She balanced it with her androgynous feature and natural tomboyish charm. I was so-so with Gong Yoo but the minute he started with serious scenes he&…

Happy Mother's Day

Random Pictures

Life imitates artHana Yori Dango manga and live action





The Emperor in modern clothes (and company)Saiunkoku Monogatari, Fushigi Yugi and Harukanaru Toki Naka de Hachiyo Sho






Say Cheese!Neo Angelique Abyss and Fushigi Yugi




The PackWolf pack of New Moon vs guys from otome/manga Drastic Killer


Freshest News: LCDO secondo passo teaser

Aniplex streams the 21-second teaser of the second episode of La Corda d'Oro-secondo passo. Taken from ANN.

Happy Children's Day!

From wiki:

May is the month of the Iris Festival. The tall-stemmed Japanese iris is a symbolic flower. Its long, narrow leaves resemble the sharp blades off a sword, and for many centuries it has been the custom to place iris leaves in a boy's bath to give him a martial spirit. Originally May 5 was a festival for boys corresponding to the Doll Festival, for girls, but in 1948 it was renamed Children's Day, and made a national holiday.

As I posted in my profile, in "Saiunkoku Monogatari", Ryuuki gives Ran Shuei and Ri Koyu these flowers as a sign of his trust to them. While in "Earl and Fairy", Iris is a message of love in the language of the flowers. And yup it's my nickname too. Summing it all up I'd like to consider myself a messenger of all the beautiful boys in reverse harem. :3

Freshest News: Manga rankings

Accodring to a survey conducted in Japan, 'Ouran High School Host Club' is rank #7 among the choice of top 10 list of mangas to be adapted for live-action. More info from ANN.




The 'New York Times' broadsheet has included the manga best sellers since February 22-28. Fruits Basket and Vampire Knight are the only shojos which consistently stayed on the list for couple of months amongst shonen titles like Bleach and most especially Naruto. VK missed on last week of March while FB took the first spots at the latter weeks of March. Check the title in the cover, "The #1 selling shojo manga in America".

March 1-7 The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross #9 ranked 8th
March 8-14- Fruits Basket #22 ranked 5th, Vampire Knight #6 ranked 7th
March 15-21- FB #22 ranked 1st, VK #6 ranked 7th
March 22-28- FB #22 ranked 1st, VK #6 ranked 9th
March 29- April 4- FB #22 ranked 8th
April 5-11- FB #22 ranked 7th, VK #6 ranked 4th
April12-18- FB #22 ranked 8th, VK #6 ranked 10th
April 19-25 FB #…