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    5
    12.12.15
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    Reviewed by Yousuke

    While his parents are away having fun, Soohoo Lee has to face the stark reality he has nothing at all while he's existing in his run-down apartment. He dreams of making the big time, but knows that even if he tries to sell off his coin collection, he might not get much for it. And to cap it all off, while his friends are out having fun, he can't join them as he has to make future plans so that he can keep warm in winter. His friend, Kyungmin sounds like he has heard most of his get rich quick schemes, but none of them will make him any cash, only despair. Not that Kyungmin will help him out - he's too busy with other things!

    From the author of the Boy Princess Boy's Love series, Kim is back with a ravishing vampire story with an alternative, modern twist. Soohoo misses his parents, mainly his dad's cooking, but hates most of all that he was abandoned by them. His friend won't help him out with his many money woes, but after one night of thinking about his situation and wishing for better things, someone hears him and comes round to see him - a huge man with bat wings. The next day, he thinks everything's fine, goes to school as normal and his friend notices how pale and tired he looks.

    Loved this yaoi for its cute and sexy artwork and the intriguing plot that unravels.

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    5
    12.12.15
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    Reviewed by Sandra Scholes/Yousuke


    From the one who brought us the fantastic 10, 20 and 30, Morim Kang is back at her best with Cat Prince, the tale of Skyla who has the uncanny ability to speak Cat. She is constantly bullied by a boy, Logan, but needs her help when he is unfortunate enough to be cursed and turned into a cat. His problem is, he might stay a cat as there isn't a way to change him back to normal. Logan's only option is to get to Skyla as soon as he can, but when she finds out who he really is - will she help him?


    Cat Prince is a different route for Morim as her work has been so grounded in romance and the difficulties associated with it. Cat Prince has all the hallmarks of a fun manga, a young man who hates cats and leads a fun lifestyle in his big house, he doesn't realise what sort of time he is in for when he is cursed to become a cat himself. What is worse is he doesn't understand what is going on until it is too late for him. Then he turns into the one thing he hates most - a cat.

    I like how he mulls over the special powers he could have if he was a superhero, Spiderman, a vampire, werewolf etc crop up in his mind where he might get awesome powers others would be jealous of, so why was he reduced to becoming a cat? Readers will obviously see it as a way of him seeing the world from someone else's perspective, and how he will be treated by others by being a cat, the object of his hatred when he was human. From Logan's perspective he is still human, then he feels as though he is shrinking and his assistant doesn't recognise him, only a cat invading her master's garden. This is the worst case scenario for Logan as he has to befriend his enemy who is the only one around who can communicate with him.

    The artwork is simpler than other art I am used to seeing in manga, but sequentially it reads well with the text, has a good enough pacing and features some very interesting characters that are easy to get into. The story shows that, just like in So I Married an Anti-Fan by Wann, here Skyla and Logan are from quite different backgrounds and have to get along if he wants to get back to what he would consider normal.



    Cat Prince Vol: 1 is a funny, exciting new manga from one of the best Korean manga artists out there at the moment.

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    5
    03.13.12
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    CORE SCRAMBLE
    REVIEWED BY SANDRA SCHOLES OF ACTIVE ANIME


    The future isn't so bright - there are dangers all around and monsters coming from other dimensions, plus there is the threat of more coming along soon. Luckily the Clarus Orbis, a band of elite soldiers have to drive them away for good, but it's harder than they think in an uncertain world of war and social disturbance.

    Life on the battlefield becomes riskier than ever when their leader Gayoon takes phone calls from his girlfriend while they are under fire! How stupid can you get? Well, for him it's not so much stupidity that makes him a pain in the ass, it's his total disregard for his men who are getting killed around him - the men who fight for him every day.

    Chaeun is at a great disadvantage having him as a commander, he always shoots his mouth off at his superior officer - but it doesn't get him anywhere though, only a swift telling off, and a lurch into battle once again where he has the idea he might never come back. If only Gayoon wasn't such a pain. He doesn't seem to care about the men under him, or the fact none of them may live to see the month out if the bugs aren't taken care of.

    He doesn't have to worry long though, when Chaeun comes out of a particularly harsh assault, he thinks he might die on the battlefield, but a strange man comes to help him and saves his life. Chaeun thinks he is a pervert at first, but believes he might be a good guy - soon when he gets back to the company, he gets an offer he can't refuse, to transfer to another squad and be under a better commander, one who actually likes him a little more than he should.

    Core Scramble turns out to be a madcap science fiction story where anything can happen, and almost anyone can die in the harsh situations. Chaeun feels as though his time might be up if he doesn't transfer to be under the command of Geumpyo who knows only too well what kind of man Gayoon is. He can only hope to get him to see reason. None of the other men like him, and want to serve under him, so it is up to Chaeun to decide the better course of action. I liked the subtle humor in this story, how well drawn the manga was, and how sensual the characters were constructed - this is a memorable offering from Euho Jun and I can't wait to see more from her.


    IN SUMMARY: Brazen characters, hot men, and lots of intriguing dialog - this is a manga to truly enjoy.

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    5
    02.09.11
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    LOVE CIRCLES
    REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES OF ACTIVE ANIME

    Two people who normally wouldn't get together if their lives depended on it merge in this naughty but nice helping from Yaoi Press. Valerio is known as the campus stud and never has any shortage of offers from anyone he takes a fancy to, but for all his kinky liasions he is lacking in the studies department and runs the risk of not making the grade. Davide however is the perfect A student, never misses class and is well aware of wanting a good education due to his high intelligence, however as far as girls are concerned, he has no clue as to pick up like his other campus guys and the two get together and trade abilities so he can talk and go out with the girl of his dreams, Catia and Valerio can finally pass his exams.

    Valerio is the envy of most of the guys on campus as his pulling power with the girls is legendary, and even Davide has too be green eyed about how good he can win them over.

    Though they are both associating with each other for one common goal, there is one problem, the two of them spend so much time together that they start to become interested in each other and that spells an interesting romance for the two of them.

    Laura Carboni's art is beautifully rendered, especially on the greyscale picture at the beginning of the novel, the colours are very greatly contrasted giving a three-dimensional feel to the whole thing.

    It is highly detailed and the contrast on the coloring is nicely done to give full effect to the characters and backgrounds.

    IN SUMMARY: Funny and amazing - what more do you want to read?

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    5
    02.09.11
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    ENSLAVED BY THE DRAGON
    REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES OF ACTIVE ANIME

    Unlucky kid, Noah Grant picks on the wrong guy when he picks the pocket of a rather important and dangerous crime lord, Tokihiko, and once he is found out, and blamed for him losing out on a major deal costing him five million dollars he gives the kid an ultimatum - either die or become his slave, starting with him kissing his feet. And as he is rather handsome, if a fool he could be in for quite a ride.
    Noah's first day does not go as he had planned after serving drinks and doing normal things, he gets ordered to do something he never thought he would do to another man in his life, but as he realizes he must get used to it for if he refuses he is a dead man!
    Only nineteen and just started living on his own, he does what he can to survive in the cut throat world outside, and is soon asked by the crime lord he stole from why it is he pickpockets for a living.

    An interesting new concept for Studio Kosaru and Laila Reimoz to go for, the mafia line, not only that but the usual artwork of dark lines and simplistic tones on the graphic novel brings it to life nicely. The story is saucy and enticing in its naughtiness. The general thought that the poor boy Noah will be punished in the story is sometimes unbearable, but fans of Yaoi Press's titles will want to endure the pleasurable pain of reading it until the bitter end.

    IN SUMMARY: Sintilating story of a guy being in the wrong place at the wrong time, yet what happens to him feels so right! The temptation not to put this book down is so hard.

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    4
    02.09.11
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    CAIN VOL:1
    REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES OF ACTIVE ANIME

    "I swear on my very name that thou shalt live no more at peace. That my face shall become a recurrent nightmare in thy dreams. That on thy neck thou shalt feel the icy breath of death."

    Set in medieval Italy, by order of the then pope a man is about to be executed, burned at the steak while their enemy Daniel is helping his lord Cain the Black with getting his armour on ready for a great battle, though his lord has cause for some celebration when he meets with him - the enemy are deciding to surrender and it comes with relief as the secret is they would not have been able to hold them off for long, and there is a problem, the Pope and the Bishop are not happy with Cain's actions toward their men as some view him as the devil himself.

    A thief runs through the city streets with stolen bread only to be found by guards who take him to the baker who in turn has him beaten and thrown away. IN his instinct to run from everything he finally bumps into Cain the Black even sneaking into his castle to see him again - thus starts their friendship that builds up to a daring and sensual love afffair.


    This novel, first in a series of three opens with a seriously colourful first page of the two main characters, and is one of Le Peruggine's early titles done well before their best seller Winter Demon hit the book shelves. It shows Cain the Dark's prowess as a famed leader, his weapon thrust into the ground while his lover hugs him protectively. The rest of the interior art is in grey scale and matches the others, images of the two of them together in love with each other.

    The art style by Le Peruggine will remind readers of Berserk with its rather gritty and realistic lines and dark tones. There are places where the art is sketchy and even left as though it has been partly drawn in pencil, and that gives it a really rich range of tones as well.

    The overall effect of the work is one of light and dark in depth and is interesting as it is Le Peruggine's first example of their manga art and one many will grow to like.

    The story is one of love in perilous times, dark times where war is upon the people and only one man can make a difference in such a dangerous place as that one. Cain and the thief make an intriguing couple as complex as they are different.

    IN SUMMARY: Intriguing and captures a fantasy age that's complete in many ways and very stylish.

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    5
    02.09.11
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    KINGDOM OF SELFISH LOVE
    REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES OF ACTIVE ANIME

    This five chapter set is set off by Kingdom of Selfish Love, a vibrant story about Kavi and Rhane who are out one day seeing the sights, when Kavi spots a slave caravan transporting a female who looks like she is being mistreated. Rhane sees it as his duty to rescue her, but Kavi advises if he wants to do that he will have to buy her, as that will be the only logical way.
    As he won't do as he wishes Rhane orders him to get her as the future king of Sencrysia, but when Kavi states they are not in Sencrysia, there are bound to be communication problems.
    As they go to visit Uncle Arture, Rhane sees he has lost weight, and the compliments he gets back are amazing to him - as well as Kavi, but he sees that they are imposing on his kindness even though he likes to have them visit.
    After a meal, though Rhane is not prepared for what his uncle tells him about the kingdom of Sencrysia, as while he has been gone on a tour of the world, everyone in the palace thought he had left for good and a new ruler had been appointed, Duran who is not even a real heir to the bloodline, and who has made life difficult for the poorer in the city. This one is a cruel and heartless ruler, and now that Rhane is back he has missed out on the traditional ritual of the kingdom. One such ritual makes him feel ashamed as he is drugged and used by others at the palace that night. Kavi sees it as the last straw and arranges for them to leave that very night for Sencrysia.
    When they spot the slave caravan from before, Rhane decides to buy the girl they saw earlier only to find something truly unexpected - the one called Nandy is a boy!

    One of the things that will strike the reader straight away are the lovely sketches at the beginning of the story and also in between the story as it moves on. They are sketches of the main characters, and give a more personal look to the novel with their rough outlined style and humorous natured facial expressions they make it also an added extra for the readers.
    Rhane is the victim in this manga, as are the poor males who suffer at the hands of Duran the puppet leader. It will almost make the reader feel that Rhane should not have come back to his home where so much has changed, but they will also warm to the sensuality and kinky nature of this yaoi. Unlike many readers will have read, there is a lot of powerful dialogue given out by Rhane and his unlucky friends in the story, which many will find intensely gripping to read in the long term.
    The art style is bold and hard out lined, giving the impression the characters have endured a great deal yet maintained their inner strength.

    Included as a bonus manga is the sensual yet short story Genie's Pawn where a young boy is left to die in a cave by Madin, the son of the Chieftain for stealing bread when he is found by a djinn of great power who offers him an easy option out, or so he thinks until he realises he wants him to marry a man in return for his freedom.
    The story has the classic genie and human scenario written for adults with the run of the mill bits left out ��this is fun and inspired well enough by the Arabian Nights tales most readers will have grown up with and this is a sexy twist.

    IN SUMMARY: Kingdom of Selfish Love is a raunchy and stylish jaunt into yaoi fantasyland that many will truly appreciate.

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    4
    02.09.11
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    ZESTY! VOLUME 1
    REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES

    At the Annual Tastee Co Charity Gala Zesty Tastee is the man of the moment as he basks in the glory of the Tastee corporation and is a handsome playboy to boot. Everyone raises their glasses to him in his honour, while the girls around him fall for his charming manner and polite ways, he has a secret he has told no one.

    His wish is his command when unbeknownst to Zesty, his father's vault code has been cracked and an amazingly expensive eighty million dollar serum has been taken under his very nose. The only clue they have to go on is a myserious black magpie feather that is left at the scene of the crime as the villain's calling card. This super villain is called the Magpie and has always managed to foil his father's dodgy business endeavours. Zesty's father has had this happen to him many times and the criminal responsible has never been caught.

    As Zesty's dad knew the Magpie would steal the serum, he made sure he placed a tracer device on it and it tracks him now while he is on the move.

    Zesty encounters problems when his father announces at a corporation dinner that his father wants him to marry Pickle Ander's daughter and form an alliance between their two companies once and for all making good use of his son for a change, according to him. As he has been taking various amounts of money to serve his playboy lifestyle for years, his father finally feels he is calling back his investment from Zesty.

    Zesty finds this unnacceptable as he is not interested in marriage, and what is more, he is only interested in finding the right man for him. He gets the shock of his life when he realises she is in the building and he has to meet with her to seal the deal.

    When his father finds out his son is gay and not interested in Pickle, but more interested in her dad, he is at first furious, then thinks there is another option he can go for that would suit his son just fine. Melon will marry Anders son Prince, and the alliance will be formed, but in the meantime as she is only young Prince will be chaperoned by Zesty.

    It will be interesting fun for the reader to discover who Magpie is, and even more intriguing to find that Prince is part of a secret ninja sect sworn to protect the corporation from the Magpie himself.

    The art in this manga is detailled and sensual. Every line is exact, and shows depth and tone.
    Zesty is drawn with beautiful large eyes, flowing blond hair and a beaming smile - who could not love his face and be drawn to his charm.
    In a piece of artwork, Zesty's large eyes are framed by lovely long wispy hair and cherry blossom petals creating the overall beauty of the manga.

    IN SUMMARY: Zesty is an impressive first volume.

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    02.09.11
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    DO WHATEVER YOU WANT VOL: 4
    REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES OF ACTIVE ANIME

    It is clear that Hosoo misses Jinwon Hyun deeply, and with his mother nagging him about his friendship with Jinwon, he talks to him on the phone and instantly that connection is there once again.

    It has been two months since he saw him and the pangs of absense are taking their toll on him. He wonders how Jinwon feels after so long, and what he is truly thinking about him while they talk about everything and nothing. For Hosoo it is just hearing the sound of his voice that makes him feel anything but alone.
    Hyungjoon is asked if he thinks Baby Mode will become big in the future and he thinks they will as the two boys have that special something that captures the eyes of the fans and they already have a fan following anyway and thinks they will go far in the music industry. Jinwon is asked how serious he is about his career as a singer - does he want to sing or be with Hosoo? His thoughts are always on the guy, and he is doing anything to try and get out of practise every day. It seems that a serious decision has to be made at this point and it is one that will be most hard for the boy as he is deeply in love with his other half.

    This volume seems to concentrate on the two of them and their possible futures if they do the right thing in the meantime, but love can be a strange thing to come to terms with and whether these two will do that remains to be seen. Hosoo is becoming lovesick for Jinwon, as he misses their time together, and reminisces of when they first met, and he was amazed that they both shared the interest in music ��knowing they would soon be friends, very good friends as it happens.
    Two months of waiting can yield fruit, though as Jinwon and Hosoo talk for the first time over the phone, hearts beating frantically. Will they be able to rekindle the love they had?

    There are some very nice pieces of detailed interior artwork that show the characters in their more relaxed attitude. This gives the readers a good idea of what they would be like out of their usual personalities in the novel. The art style at times has a strange quality about it drawing the reader's eye into the characters a little more as there are halo type glows around the faces and bodies lending a more emotional tone to the work, which the reader will find enchanting.


    IN SUMMARY: The artwork is superb, the level of detail amazing - Yeri Na knows how to capture the heart in this teen drama full of angst, loss and undying love.
    This volume concerns family matters and fond memories.

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    5
    02.09.11
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    10, 20 AND 30 VOL: 3
    REVIEWED BY: SANDRA SCHOLES


    Continuing from the last volume, Belle and Roc are thinking there is something going on between their mother and her boss, Mr Choe - but she will not disclose anything to them at this point, keeping her private life a secret from them both.Roc has got herself a new job at a burger joint to make some fast money over the holidays to tide her over, while Belle has a startling revelation she is not going to like from her boyfriend. And from this revelation there is caused a whole load of trouble for the fellow in question.

    As Roc talks to a friend about her job, she does not expect him asking her why she works extra hours at the burger joint when her mother recently sold her house for a nice profit. Later, another of her friends asks her the same question back at home, and when she tells her friend that she has narrowly avoided bancrupcy, the girl understands. But still thinks it is strange that she wants to work at her young age, and doing a job like that.

    Belle is unhappy at her life and wishes she were better off where she is as life is not as prosperous for her as she would like it to be.
    When Crumb recieves a letter from someone she thought was special to her, she finds out all she thought she had in romance was not suposed to be in reality.

    This volume is full of disappointment and tragedy, but has a certain amount of hope which concerns Belle much later on in the story.
    The reader will enjoy what is revealled in this third installment of the manga. All three women have to handle the problems they encountered in the first couple of volumes. This as the reader will be able to tell is a hard task to master as each of them are in their own personal hell at the moment and must do something to get out of it, and in some cases that will be rather drastic.


    IN SUMMARY: Shocking, revealing and tense. Unique artwork with a punchy story that contains matters of the heart. It has lots of wit and a large dose of dry humour.

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