Yachiyo Hitotose has always strived to be helpful, sacrificing her time and energy to follow in her mother’s footsteps. While traveling overseas to become a relief volunteer, Yachiyo’s plane crashes–and she suddenly awakens in a world of magic and mysticism. In a realm where reincarnations and fate dictate the lives of those within it, Yachiyo is hailed as a goddess against the forces of evil… and a mysterious keepsake from her mother may be the key to saving everyone. Summary from My Anime List.
Hakka is a normal girl whose life gets turned around when an invader comes from another planet and large stuffed animals have come to protect the world from invasion. She, among others, are chosen to be the guardians and team up with these stuffed animals to save the world! One strange thing other than them being stuffed animals is that when the guardian and stuffed animal kiss, the stuffed animal turns into a handsome man! Summary My Anime List.
Individuals who can materialize weapons from their soul are called “Blazers,” and they attend Kouryou Academy High School in order to harness their abilities. Each student is required to partner with another, in the hopes that one day, the pair can attain the power of Absolute Duo.
Tooru Kokonoe hopes to attend this academy in order to gain power after his sister and friends were slain by a mysterious man. However, at the opening ceremony, he is forced to duel against the person sitting next to him, with the loser being expelled. As Tooru prepares to give the match his all, it is not a weapon that manifests from his soul, but a shield, an irregularity which catches the attention of a foreign student named Julie Sigtuna. Summary from My Anime List.
This 4-koma style manga features Yoshiko, a genuinely stupid girl (she can even manage to get all 0’s on multiple choice tests). She hangs out at school with her childhood friend, who she claims to like, and he has to put up with all her ridiculous behavior! Summary from My Anime List.
After going to sleep like normal, Tsukishiro Haruto wakes up to discover something unbelievable—he’s stuck in dream world! Here, witches plague the dreamscape and are more than dreamy figments—they’re the trapped souls of young women who’ve rejected reality and are afflicted by the “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome.”
As he searches for a way out, Haruto will face the witches and their terrifying powers. Summary from My Anime List.
Clione no Akari
The story centers around an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan girl named Minori. After one rainy day, she doesn’t turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town. Two months pass, and the girl’s two school friends, Takashi and Kyouko, receive a mysterious email with no sender listed. The email reveals a summer festival taking place at a nearby town… Summary from My Anime List.
“The dazzling neon lights were reflected in her eyes. A night like no other was beginning.”
Asahina Emi arrives at a club to meet a friend, only to find herself lost and uncomfortable in the crowd. There, she is rescued by the cool and dazzling Eri. She sweeps her away from all the noise and clamor, and into the twilight. A night like no other was beginning… Summary from My Anime List.
Surviving a vampire attack, meeting several girls plagued by supernatural entities, and just trying to get through life are some of the things high school student Koyomi Araragi has had to deal with lately. On top of all this, he wakes up one morning to find himself kidnapped and tied up by his girlfriend Hitagi Senjougahara. Having run afoul of Deishuu Kaiki, a swindler who conned Senjougahara’s family, she has taken it upon herself to imprison Araragi to keep him safe from the con man. But when Araragi gets a frantic message from his sister Karen, he learns that the fraud has set his sights on her.
Along with Karen’s troubles, his other sister, Tsukihi, is having issues of her own. And when two mysterious women who seem to know more than they should about Araragi and his special group of friends step into their lives, not even he could anticipate their true goals, nor the catastrophic truths soon to be revealed. Summary from My Anime List.
This is a story that revolves around certain students and one hobby. Amano Keita is our lonely protagonist who has a passion for gaming and is friends with Uehara Tasuku, who is secretly a fellow gamer and is someone who believes his life is perfect. We also have Karen Tendou, the club president of the video games club and Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly bickers with Keita. This is a story filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. Our chaotic romantic comedy now begins! Summary from My Anime List.
Sukami Kyouichi was born into an exorcist family, and his older sister is an expert exorcist. She’s been putting together a notebook where she has written how to handle all of the different monsters she’s met in her work. One day, Kyouichi and his friends in the Occult Club at school go to investigate a supposedly cursed shrine, and he ends up needing to be rescued by his sister. Shortly afterward, she goes missing, presumed by many to be dead, and leaves her little brother with only the notebook.
Kyouichi stays in the Occult club, and as he grows up, he remains dedicated to the search for his beloved older sister. One day, his search starts to finally make some progress, when a shinigami who claims she was his sister’s friend appears… Summary from My Anime List.
Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
Accepting the post of Royal Tutor at the court of the king of Grannzreich, Heine Wittgenstein is a little professor with a big job ahead! Each of the kingdom’s four princes has a rather distinct personality. Does their diminutive new instructor have what it takes to lay down some learning? It’s a comedy of educational proportions! Summary from My Anime List.
GE: Good Ending is a one shot that follows main character Utsumi’s interactions with Kurokawa Yuki, a member of the school tennis team, in order for Utsumi to confess his feelings to the captain of the tennis team. It is implied that the title of the manga is derived from the “good endings” that are achieved in visual novels.
Due to a heavy response to this one shot, a follow-up full version was made five months after the original, which includes identical characters and settings. Summary from My Anime List.
My thoughts so far…
I personally loved this manga it was really good. This isn’t the only one it’s one of many in a series. It follows the somewhat cliché I guess you could say main character in a love triangle plot. Caught between the girl who’s been helping him with his crush and the girl he has a crush on. Sounds like the typical story right? But don’t let that fool you because Good Ending tends to focus more on the darker side of their characters. Everyone has problems they have to deal with in this manga. But more so the heroine, Yuki Kurokawa, her problems are very traumatizing in a way that’s really uncomfortable to deal with. Even when I was reading it as a reader I had to put it down and step away a few times.
To me this manga really shows that relationships can be a lot more complicated than ” I like you, you like me let’s date”. Because I think we all know that, that’s not always how it works. But they did a really good job with this idea in the manga because they deal with this type of personal drama, without going into soap opera land. So because of this their characters are more complex and have more depth. Also side note before I finish this post Good Ending sometimes goes into ecchi territory occasionally but it’s not an ecchi manga. Those times it goes there usually signifies a serious point. You’ll understand what I mean if you decide to read the manga series. I think it’s good but it’s definitely not for everyone. I think I’m going to continue the manga series though because I would like to see what they do next.
Goodreads is having a giveaway once again this time for the US, CA, GB, BR, CN and FR. So if you are interested the books they are giving away are…
Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Vol. 1 ( Rokka no Yuusha #1)
by Ishio Yamagata, Kei Toru (Visual Art)
When the world is threatened with destruction, six chosen heroes will rise to save it. One of them is Adlet Meyer–who calls himself “the strongest man in the world.” But when he answers the call to assemble with the other heroes and face the darkness, there are not six heroes, but seven. Who is the traitor in their midst? Summary from Goodreads.
The giveaway dates for Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers are Jan 12 – Jan 24, 2017.
The Isolator, Vol. 1 (manga)
by Reki Kawahara, Naoki Koshimizu (Visual Art)
Mysterious objects from space have landed, embedding themselves within human beings around the world and granting them impossible powers according to their deepest wishes. Seventeen-year-old Utsugi Minoru’s only wish is to be able to live apart from the world and events around him. But will he remain the same after experiencing his new powers–and new dangers? Summary from Goodreads.
The giveaway dates for The Isolator are Jan 12 – Jan 31, 2017.
Hajime no Ippo, Vol. 1 (Hajime no Ippo #1)
by Joji Morikawa
Magunochi Ippo is an ordinary high school student in Japan. Since he spends most of his time away from school helping his mother run the family business, he doesn’t get to enjoy his younger years like most teenagers. Always a target for bullying at school (the family fishing business grants him a distinct odor), Ippo’s life is one of hardship. One of these after-school bullying sessions turns Ippo’s life around for the better, as he is saved by a boxer named Takamura. He decides to follow in Takamura’s footsteps and train to become a boxer, giving his life direction and purpose. Ippo’s path to perfecting his pugilistic prowess is just beginning. Summary from Goodreads.
Strawberry 100% 1 (Ichigo 100% #1)
by Mizuki Kawashita, Mizuki Kawashita
Against all odds, Junpei starts dating the most gorgeous girl in school, Tsukasa, believing that she is the mysterious beauty. But could his strawberry muse actually be a bookworm named Aya? Soon a tense love triangle forms between the beauty, the boy and the geek! Summary from Goodreads.
My-HiME, Volume 1 (My-HiME #1)
by Noboru Kimura, Kenetsu Sato
When Fuuka Academy is attacked by strange creatures called Orphans, the school sets up a special task force of its female members–called HiMEs–who must team up with a unique “Key” to battle these invaders! Yuuichi Tate is the new boy in town, thrilled to be at a new school. But he soon discovers that he’s the Key for not just one but two HiMEs! Two highly competitive, rival schoolgirls. One overzealous boy. And that’s just the start of the trouble!
Here is the hot new manga series based on the mega-popular anime by Yatate Hajime, the creative team behind the anime classic Cowboy Bebop. Summary from Goodreads.