CW: Flowers & Bees is a mature manga with a ton of sex and some rather uncomfortable scenes. Reader discretion is advised.
For a while now I’ve been searching for ways to get into Moyoco Anno’s work. Throughout the years, I’ve seen many people praise her manga as daring and feminist, and I couldn’t help but be intrigued by her marriage to the idiosyncratic Hideaki Anno. So after being prodded by a recommendation on my Twitter timeline, I decided to take the plunge and read one of her longer running series. This resulted in a brief and confusing encounter with Happy Mania, one of the first mature rated josei series published by Tokyopop in the early 2000’s, and also Moyoco Anno’s longest running manga. I say confusing, because in many ways I found Happy Mania to be a difficult read. Continue reading
If any of you have looked at my MAL page, you’ve probably noticed that I’m not the biggest fan of shonen manga/anime. One Punch Man wasn’t one of my favorite shows that aired last year, and while I do have favorites in the genre, I can’t say my affection for them is all that strong. However, that isn’t to say I dislike shonen either! My Hero Academia won me over instantly with its lovable protagonist, I think Hunter x Hunter is genuinely complex and multilayered, and I’m a moderate fan of Haikyuu!! It isn’t that I don’t like shonen material, it’s just that in order for it to really grab me it’s got to stand out in terms of character or tone.
Which brings us to the topic of today’s Shelf Review, aka Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 1, which I bought in order to expand on my small manga library. The story starts off with all the typical plot points you’d expect from this kind of venture: a young protagonist who doesn’t know what he wants to do, a cute girl with a secret passion, and a lot of intense practicing. However what makes Welcome to the Ballroom work is its unique subject matter. Dancing is an often disregarded sport, and to see it portrayed in a competitive environment is refreshing. Continue reading