Yaoi Review: Eat or be Eaten

Eat or be Eaten
Story by Jinko Fuyuno
Art by Yaminaru Enjin
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN10: 1569706174
ISBN13: 9781569706176

Review by Linda Yau

As a management consultant, Masaki Ashizawa has been sent by his job to find the perfect candidate for a new innovative French restaurant, where the owner is already a renowned chef, but wants to nurture new talent. Ashizawa finds the chosen chef in Shuichiro Tsukbaki owner of Individu, a small French restaurant. Tsubaki is a man who cooks dishes that Ashizawa grown to savor and enjoy greatly. However, when Ashizawa approaches Tsubaki with the offer, the chef refuses. Now Ashizawa is left to try and convince Tsubaki, of the potential, but what would happen if there is a hidden reason for Tsubaki‚Äôs refusal? Continue reading “Yaoi Review: Eat or be Eaten”

Yaoi Review: Time Lag

Time Lag
Story: Shinobu Gothoh
Art: Hotaru Odagiri
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN13: 9781569709214
ISBN10: 1569709211

Review by I-hsiu Lin

Two confessions and two rejections…but he doesn’t want to give up.

Satoru is in love with the star athlete of the school, Shirou. For the last two years, he would confess his feelings and be rejected. Though they were childhood friends, they don’t seem to be friends any longer. Seiichi has always comforted Satoru and encourage him to move on…but he couldn’t. As a photographer and a boy in love, his eyes are only on Shirou.

Supportive, calm Seiichi is editor in chief of the school newspaper where Satoru is photographer. Who Seiichi loves is obvious to everyone, except to Satoru. There are misunderstandings that take three years to unravel…but when Shirou and Satoru finally understand the past, will it be that easy to talk to each other?
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Manga Review: The Magic Touch vol. 1

The Magic Touch
Story and Art by Izumi Tsubaki
Published by Shoujo Beat, imprint of Viz Media.
ISBN10: 1421516713
ISBN13: 9781421516714

Review by Linda Yau

The purpose of a massage is to often relax and de-stress a person. So what would it be like to have a massage society in your high school? The purpose of this club is to unite students who are interested in practicing to massage others, and what would happen if there is sparks there? The Magic Touch with a tag line of “Romance is at your fingertips!” is such a shoujo series.
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Manga Review: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei v1

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei vol. 1
Story and Art: Koji Kumeta
Published by the Del Rey Manga Imprint of Random House, Inc.
ISBN-10: 0-345-50893-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-345-50893-5

Review by Kris

I’m the type of reader that whenever I hear (or in this case read) a lot of hype surrounding a particular title, I tend to shy away. Actually, I’m like that with more than just books but that’s beyond the point. Really the only reason why I decided to volunteer to review this manga was because I was trying to round out my shipment of review materials from the editor here at J LHLS. I have to say I can see why the buzz surrounding this title is so positive. It’s a really wacky title. Many say that this title is mostly geared to the otaku (major manga and/or anime freak) but I think that the layman, like me, can enjoy it.
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Convention Report: Sakura-Con 2009

by Tom Good
Photography by Gregor Torrence and Tom Good

“I like getting to hug people.” That’s how one young woman answered the question, “what do you like best about Sakura-Con?”

“What is it about an anime convention that allows you to hug people?” I asked.

“It feels like we’re all one big family,” she said.

The convention keeps growing, with this year’s member count at 16,586 — up from 13,600 last year — and a “turnstile” count of 45,560 for the weekend. Can 16,000 people really feel like a family? Yes, at Sakura-Con they can. The convention takes its name from the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, which fits well with the blossoming anime subculture.
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