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Ikkitousen – Gekirin Kousatsu, by SHIOZAKI Yuji

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Ikkitousen – Gekirin Kousatsu by SHIOZAKI Yuji and OOYAMA Akira

Ikkitousen – Gekirin Kousatsu, by SHIOZAKI Yuji

Artist: OOYAMA Akira

Manga Comics – I

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This is a doujinshi for a related series, “Ikkitousen”.
The main story of the original series is described as:
Sealed in ancient jewels are the spirits of the heroes who tried and failed to unite China in the Three Kingdoms era. These jewels have been scattered throughout Japan, and have the power to draw out the full potential of those who inherit them. However, those owners, known as Toushi, are possessed with an insatiable appetite for battle. Hakufu Sonsaku is one such Toushi. Living in the country, Hakufu’s desire to beat something to a pulp goes unfulfilled until her mother tells her to go to Tokyo, where she starts training with other Toushi and sets foot on the path to her destiny.

It Started with an Evening on the Sand, by ICHINOSE Kaoru

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It Started with an Evening on the Sand (Hajimari wa Suna no Ichiya), by ICHINOSE Kaoru

It Started with an Evening on the Sand, by ICHINOSE Kaoru

Name in Japanese (Hajimari wa Suna no Ichiya)

Passing-Fancy Manga – I

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American party planner Kate meets a beautiful young man at an oasis in the desert country of Zad.
Stuff happens… and it’s interesting and a little but intriguing even… but it really just feels like a very normal moment snatched out of someone’s memory and made bombastic by adding a splash of an outlandish coincidence. Nice art, and just MAYbe this is supposed to be a prequel to a series… but as a standalone its a very… original read! Characters are also pretty unique and bold here. Art is per usual Ichinose sama standards, flawlessly breathtaking.

Originally serialized in the magazine, “Harmony Romance DX (Ohzora)”.  1 Volume Oneshot (Complete)

 

Carousel (Kaiten Mokuba), by OOYA Chiki

Carousel (Kaiten Mokuba), by OOYA Chiki

Carousel (Kaiten Mokuba), by OOYA Chiki

Carousel (Kaiten Mokuba), by OOYA Chiki

Passing-Fancy.com – Manga C

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A rare classic from 1975 (with several small modern reprints), complete with some of the most amazing artwork we’ve ever seen. The story is centered around an angsty, melodramatic, way, way, over-the-top love triangle.

The main character is a boy named Guy. His mother is dead and he has no father to speak of, so he’s been taken in by the family of another little boy, Simon. The two of them are just like brothers and do everything together, until a third character is thrown into the mix! Her name is Muriel, and both boys fall in love with her instantly. She is intended to be Simon’s future fiancee, but both boys are completely infatuated with her. As Guy falls more and more in love with Muriel, Simon becomes more jealous of him and more protective of Muriel. Guy agonizes over the fact that he is in love with a girl he knows he can never have. At the same time, it’s not completely clear which of the two boys Muriel actually favors.

There’s a bunch of delightfully mixed-up family secrets that come to light as the story progresses. It’s hard to give a review without giving away much of the story. Be prepared for a punch in the gut during the last few pages (But DON’T peek too early!)

Genre(s): Classic (1975), Drama, Historical, Shoujo, Slice of Life

 

 

Aqua, by AMANO Kozue

Aqua, by AMANO Kozue

Aqua, by AMANO Kozue

Aqua, by AMANO Kozue

Passing-Fancy.com – Manga A

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After 150 years of terra-forming, Aqua, the planet formerly known as Mars, now has over 90% of its surface covered by water. A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives at the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua. Follow Akari’s adventures as she discovers the wonders of Aria in this prequel to the popular Aria anime and manga series.

Related Series: Aria (Sequel)

Genre(s) : Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen, Slice of Life

 

 

Onmyouji Tamatebako, by Okano Reiko

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(This is the new Sequel to the original Onmyouji series)

AKA: (Story of Abe no Seimei / The Yin-Yang Master)

Passing-Fancy.com – Manga O

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This series is based on the Onmyouji novels by well known Japanese writer Yumemakura Baku.

It concerns the adventures of Abe no Seimei, an Onmyouji (magician) serving the imperial court during the Heian period and his friend nobleman Minamoto no Hiromasa. Both men are historical figures who appear in various sets of tales from the period. Many of the early chapters of the manga closely follow stories in the Konjaku Monogatari or Uji Shui Monogatari.

Genres: Historical, Seinen, Shoujo, Supernatural