To kick off the Shojo Beat Manga Moveable Feast on Manga Report, I decided to see exactly how many volumes I have in this Wall of Shojo Beat post. I am still in the process of trying to get all those books back on the shelves!
Starting the feast week on a Sunday means it might be a little light on posts, but I over at Matt Talks About Manga, Matt is trying out the melodrama Sand Chronicles. He ends up concluding that the third shojo manga that he’s read is “a conventional and forgettable romance that didn’t do much for me beyond providing a few laughs.”
Lissa over at Kuriosity has better luck with Otomen Volume 13, a series that she thought was starting to get lackluster, but was reinvigorated by the volume’s sudden focus on Ryo: “When I read the synopsis for volume thirteen however, I felt excited. Ryo and Asuka facing off against each other in judo? Cool! What I got was both what I expected and not at the same time. This volume has the longest focus on Ryo I recall since the series began. It provides a better look at her as a character and springs forward her relationship with Asuka more than I ever honestly thought would be possible.”
Monday morning brings a bunch of posts for the feast! Lori at Manga Xanadu looks at the first five volumes of St. Dragon Girl, concluding “St. Dragon Girl is a fairly light and fun romance. Matsumoto’s artwork is beautiful to look at (especially the dragons), and she uses a lot of great Chinese costuming, making the series another plus in my book. There is next to no drama, and the comedy is well-timed with the more serious moments.”
Ash at Experiments in Manga offers quick takes on Shojo Beat manga and anime, covering Dengeki Daisy, Library Wars, Otomen, and Honey and Clover
I start out the week by looking at my most anticipated Shojo Beat volume, Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden volume 10.