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Mushroom Manga – Yasuko to Kenji & Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (となりの怪物くん) /The Monster Nearby | My Neighbor is a Strange Classmate

Manga-ka: Robiko

Genre: Comedy,  Romance,  School Life,  Shoujo

Mizutani Shizuku is the type of person who only cares for her own grades. But when she accidentally delivers the lesson notes to Yoshida Haru, Haru becomes convinced they are friends.
Haru turns out to have a very innocent personality, but who would’ve thought that Haru would actually confess to Shizuku?
A cold-hearted girl x super troublemaker romance with a fresh new perspective.


The two stories I’ve selected in this mushroom post are in the shoujo genre but they are both similar in which they both have a rather shounen manga ‘feel’ to them.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is one of the less sparkly shoujo manga out there; if it were a kind of photo finish, it would be matte instead of glossy. The story is told in the perspective of a cold young lady who cares about nothing but her grades with an ambition gross about 10 million Yen a year in her future. Continue reading

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Mushroom Manga~ Otoyomegatari & Tora to Ookami

Hi everyone! Manga Weekend has been rather quiet these two weeks, I’ve just finished all my assignments and I’m so ready for spring-break! I’ve recovered from my fatigued state so I’m hoping to post a little more though I don’t know what I’ll be blabbering on about.

This mushroom post, I present to you two stories by two very well-established manga-kas, Otoyomegatari/A Bride’s Story by Mori Kaoru(Manga-ka of Emma: A Victorian Romance) & Tora to Ookami by Kamio Youko(Manga-ka of Hana Yori Dango). It comes no surprise that when they start a new story, it will be under the care of highly capable hands.

Otoyomegatar/A Bride’s Story

Manga-ka: Mori Kaoru

Genre: Drama, Historical, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life

A Bride’s Story tells the tale of a beautiful young bride in nineteenth-century Asia. At the age of twenty, Amir is sent to a neighboring town to be wed. But her surprise at learning her new husband, Karluk, is eight years younger than her is quickly replaced by a deep affection for the boy and his family. Though she hails from just beyond the mountains, Amir’s clan had very different customs, foods, and clothes from what Karluk is used to. As the two of them learn more about each other through their day-to-day lives, the bond of respect and love grows stronger.

-Yen Press


When I read Emma, my first comment was that it was a story that I wanted to read ever so much but it was also the story which was all to rare to find.

Emma brought real Victorian life into the spotlight with genuine accuracy, it wasn’t part of the bunch of try-hearts who tried to re-create the posh-ness of England’s Golden Age(Everyone would hate me for this but I’m thinking of Black Butler). Otoyomegatari has that same factual accuracy to it, but this time round, Mori Kaoru-sensei brings about the life and history of a place on earth that is often famous for the turbulent events on the global stage, Central Asia. Continue reading


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Mushroom Manga/Manhwa~

Kinkyori Renai

Author: Mikimoto Rin

Artist: Mikimoto Rin

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

Uni is a prodigy with a cool reserve who is accomplished in everything except for English. One day, she insults her temporary English teacher and he overhears her. He asks her to come to his office after school and somehow, she starts receiving private tutoring from him?!


One of my best discoveries last month – and it got onto the cover of Betsufure 03/2011! How exciting!

If you’re an avid supporter of the teacher x student relationship, this may be something to check out. My range in this genre isn’t that wide since I usually stray away from them, but this is the first one I have come to love! 

The main appeal of Kinkyori Renai is easily the leading lady – she’s a tsundere and she just goes against all the common aspects of the normal shoujo heroine. She isn’t part of that generation of strong, determined heroines that we’ve all grown to support and love – she’s in her own league all together! Her love interest reflects as her opposite in personality and he’s quite the frivolous(my more professional way of saying asshole) man but he gets likable points after a while. Continue reading


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Mushroom Manga! Barakamon & Oresama Sensei

I would just like to say that this post had been punctually written some 3 weeks back when Chungky said  ‘I want a Mushroom post by tomorrow!’ and then had a change of mind the next day and went ‘Nope! Let’s go all Chinese New Year! Gong xi gong xi!!‘ and so my Mushroom never saw the light of day.

Until now.

So yes. I just had to complain a little.

I’m done.

Moving on =D


Barakamon (ばらかもん)

Manga-ka: Yoshino Satsuki

Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life

As punishment for punching a famous calligrapher, handsome, arrogant, self-centred Handa Seishu is exiled to a small island. A city-slicker to the core, Handa is surprised (and annoyed) by his wacky new neighbours and their odd habits – people travelling around on tractors as if they were cars, unwanted visitors who never use the front door, annoying kids using his home as a playground…the list of grievances grows by the minute. Can a city guy really adapt to an easy-going island life?


First of, Barakamon is not a Digimon.

This manga has a really laid back feel. It’s not the usual shounen comedy that would crack you up coz something  amazingly stupid just happened (i.e. someone got shot out of a cannon or something) – it’s a really light-hearted humour that just makes you feel…  well, light-hearted.

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Mushroom Manga~ *CNY Edition 2*

Today is the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, it is celebrated with a Lantern Festival. It’s almost like Japan’s Bon Festival where people light up lanterns to guide the spirits & ancestors back home. You can also call today Chap Goh Mei, which is what I usually call it. Oh, that’s right, just when you thought Valentine’s Day is over – BAM. Today is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day.

I’ve only included one story in this special Mushroom Manga post, I did have another but while I was writing about it I realised it wasn’t quite appropriate to ask everyone to read a tragedy on a rather joyous occasion so I scrapped it out at the last minute. Continue reading


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Mushroom Manga~ *CNY Edition 1*

Hello to all of you, arawr & I had a busy weekend! May I say that you’re all looking very fine on the 5th day of Chinese New Year.

Oh? Why, thank you.

That was me, assuming that I got the compliment back.



Anyway, here’s our first Mushroom Manga *CNY edition* post, hope you enjoy the selection:

Ookami-Heika no Hanayome/The Wolf King’s Bride

Author/Artist: Kauta Mato

Genre: Comedy, Historical, Romance, Shoujo

Yuurin, the daughter of a low ranking government officer, came to the royal palace after hearing of a job with higher wages. However, that job is to act as the bride of Haku Reishou, who is feared as being the ruthless and heartless “His Majesty, the Wolf”. In the royal palace where conspiracies swirl, after learning His Majesty’s secret, Yuurin ends up stuck being his temporary bride…?! Continue reading


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Mushroom Manga~

Kaitai Shinsho 0/Kaitai Shinsho Zero/Kaitaishinsho 0/Kaitaishinsho Zero/Kaitai Shinsho Ø

Author/Artist: Kenmotsu Chiyo

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Shounen, Super-Natural, Adventure 

A Byouma is a medical weapon created by ancient sorcerers to kill the infected or those around the infected and make it look like an illness. Even centuries after the sorcerers have died, these weapons still wander the world, infecting and killing people. Narutaki Soutaro and Izumo Momo are Shadow Doctors, trained to combat these Byouma through unorthodox means. Using magically created anti-Byouma medical equipment, they perform “operations” on the medical weapons to separate them from their hosts and destroy them. Will their special weapons and brilliant teamwork be enough to get rid of all the Byouma in the world?


I’ve just picked up Kaitai Shinsho Zero and I’m rather liking the story so far. The story is set in a historical Japanese period; it adds a new flavour on an adventure involving a young doctor & nurse(No perverted thoughts please, they’re more like exorcists really) who destroy these nasty bio-weapons that infest humans. I love the young protagonists, always makes me feel like I can achieve amazing things, it’s probably why they’re so popular. Continue reading


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Mushroom Manga/Manhwa~

This is Chungky and here’s my first Mushroom Manga post!

Yumemiru Taiyou/Dreamin’ Sun

Author/Artist: Takano Ichigo

Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance, School-life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

While loitering in the park, Shimana Kameko, who intended to run away from home and skipped school, meets a suspicious man in a kimono. This man, who had been locked out of his house, offers Shimana a place to stay. However, he requests she fulfill three conditions in exchange for her tenancy!?


Remember how I shared some artwork of Bambi no Tegami by Takano Ichigo? Well, here I present to you a work that I love!

This is currently one of my favourites, it has romance and laughter in store and  the artwork is 110% my cup of tea, just look at the illustration above.  Takano Ichigo makes her art-work unique by making the teeth of her characters quite sharp. The male characters also have a more shonen quality to it, rendering them more like studs than what’s commonly seen as ‘bishounen studs.’ The art of the female characters are pretty too, they’re more cute & pretty than beautiful and they have this child-like quality which I find unique. Continue reading

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Mushroom Manga! Sengoku Strays & Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu

We can’t possibly review everything we read, yet there are some manga that we just feel we should share with the rest of you. So! We came up with ‘Mushroom Manga’ – manga that we’ve come across and decided to recommend, but are much too lazy to give a proper review.

Moving on, for our first Mushroom post, I present…!

Sengoku Strays

Manga-ka: Nanami Shingo

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen

Kasane is your average kendo-obsessed girl, when a brush with a mysterious sword sends her back in time to the Sengoku Era. Stuck in an unfamiliar time and place, Kasane also has the poor luck of winding up right in the middle of the turmoil that surrounded Oda Nobunaga’s rise to power!

This is really just a personal favourite of mine that I found a couple of days back; I’d understand if a bunch of people didn’t share my sentiments. What makes me really enjoy it is probably the characters; I really like the protagonist, Kasane (quite similar to Himoto Sora from Shitsurakuen, when I think about it); she’s cute, she’s cool and best of all, she’s not completely useless from the start – which really is just one out of the several appealing factors.

What I’m really looking forward to though is how the relationships are going to develop. After all, since it’s a historical manga you could find spoilers if you read up Oda Nobunaga’s history (something I’ve seriously been tempted to do) so the only thing left is pretty much character development.

By the way, if you find yourself completely overwhelmed by the coolness of Nobunaga’s character, don’t look up for his real face. It really kills the mood.

Well, it did for me, anyway.

I wouldn’t say Sengoku Strays would fit the bill of mainstream shounen manga like Bleach or Naruto – but I think it could potentially fit somewhere along the popularity rankings of Kekkaishi and Soul Eater.


Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu

Manga-ka: Maki Youko

Genre: Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Supernatural

Hotate is a 10 year old girl who was living at her grandmother’s house since her mother died. One day her grandmother tells Hotate that she can’t care for her anymore because of her age and that she’s going to have to live at her uncle’s house. After moving to her uncle’s house, she attends a new school, but things aren’t easy because of her special ability to see the dead. Can she make friends with students in her new class? And what’s the secret behind the bond between her and her uncle…?!

If the art looks familiar, if the story sounds similar, if it pulls your heartstrings the same way, that’s probably because Maki Youko is the same manga-ka for Aishiteruze Baby. It was completely unintentional that I stumbled across Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu, yet once again I found myself completely drawn to it.

I remember how I wouldn’t shut up when I first read Aishiteruze Baby, and this time was no different. The story is cute, innocent, has just the right touch of drama and mystery, and the dash of romance nicely fills up the background.

This shoujo isn’t just for a shoujo audience – I think even  shounen fans can appreciate this; that is, if they look for more than just swords and fists and buildings being blown up. It’s probably because Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu has more of a seinen feel in terms of plot – it’s just the execution that makes it shoujo.

– arawr >=3


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