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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Thirteen by Yana Toboso

Volume thirteen of Kuroshitsuji opens with Elizabeth, who has a sincere fondness for girly things that is complicated by having a genius for something that is not traditionally “girly.” Add to this her mother’s sincere desire that Elizabeth not end up dead, Ciel being a twit when he was little, and the Victorian era’s attitude toward women, and Elizabeth is in a very interesting bind. And by interesting, I actually mean she goes into hysterics because she is afraid that now that Ciel knows she can kick tail, he won’t want to marry her. Fortunately, Ciel is much less of a twit now than he was when he was even tinier! In fact, he seems to be rather flustered about Elizabeth and her unexpected talent for mayhem! He quickly reassures her, and Sebastian finds this completely amusing!  Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Twelve, Julietta Suzuki

In volume twelve of Kamisama Kiss, it quickly becomes clear that there is a major problem with the relationship between Kotaro and Himemiko. The catfish princess is attempting to protect Kotaro by keeping him ignorant of her real identity, which is never actually a very good idea. Meanwhile, Kotaro is a shy boy who has been bullied in the past and therefore has some severe trust issues. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Twelve, by Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji volume twelve opens up with a confrontation with the Aurora Society and the rather horrifying zombies they’ve created. Rian, the doctor involved in this project of “Absolute Salvation,” takes off running, leaving Sebastian and Ciel to deal with the zombie. Then Ronald Knox turns up and offers some quick advice on destroying the zombie (headshots, naturally). Knox then takes a look at the zombie’s Cinematic Record and is somewhat appalled to see that the corpse has already been reaped. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Chrono Crusade Volume Six, by Daisuke Moriyama

In volume six of Chrono Crusade, we get a lot of backstory as Rosette voyages through the dangerous environment that is Chrono’s mind. This is an especially dangerous procedure because of their contract. There is a very real danger that Chrono might accidentally eat her soul. (Rosette of course does not care. She just wants Chrono to wake up. If Rosette had any sense of self-preservation, this would be a much shorter manga.) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Eleven, Julietta Suzuki

Buy on Amazon.Volume eleven of Kamisama Kiss opens with a slight misunderstanding concerning weddings! Nanami agrees to perform a wedding at the shrine contingent on Tomoe’s approval. Somehow, this becomes “Nanami is going to ask Tomoe to marry her!” This results in the usual fight between Mizuki and Tomoe. Things get straightened out though everyone is a little perturbed when Nanami declares that she is never going to get married anyway. It turns out that the marriage she’s agreed to perform is the future marriage of Himemiko and her human boyfriend. This is not a match that Tomoe anticipates ever working out, but Nanami does not see a problem with it. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Eleven, by Yana Toboso

buy on AmazonAt the end of volume ten, the young doctor rushes back to the manor because of a hunch. His hunch proves to be correct, and Ciel and Sebastian are willing to reveal the real secrets of the case. (Or at least a good deal more of it than you would expect.) Sebastian also reveals his real form to the Doctor, which causes him such a fright that he is inspired to continue writing. (Sebastian is the scariest muse ever.) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Ten, Julietta Suzuki

Buy on AmazonIn Kamisama Kiss volume ten, Nanami helps Kurama solve the succession crisis brewing at Mount Kurama. Since Nanami cannot enter the male-only environment of Mount Kurama, she disguises herself as a boy tengu, while Kurama poses as a tochigami, thanks to Nanami’s “substitute tochigami” ofuda. (It is effective enough that Kurama is able to order Tomoe to act like a cat.) The plan is for Kurama and Tomoe to distract Jiro, while Nanami and Botanmaru go looking for Sojobo, Kurama’s father. Continue reading

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