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Our Top 3 Manga Picks (May 23rd, 2023)
K-ON! Shuffle, My Happy Marriage, and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Deluxe Edition)
K-ON! Shuffle (Kakifly)
Description: Sakuma Yukari decided to start a band on her own after seeing a certain band during the Sakura High School festival, then with her best friend Shimizu Kaede; they wanted to join the Light Music Club only to discover that in their school, there isn't a club like that. With help from Sawabe Maho, they discover there is a Light Music Appreciation Society with only one member, Satou Riko.
Why We Like It: “K-On! Shuffle” takes viewers on another delightful adventure with a new group of high school girls discovering the joys of forming a band. The series showcases the importance of friendship, teamwork, and pursuing one's passions, all while featuring a catchy and upbeat soundtrack. While the show may not bring anything particularly groundbreaking to the table, it is sure to leave viewers feeling entertained and uplifted. Fans of the original series will surely appreciate the continuation of the K-On! Universe and the introduction of new characters to root for.
My Happy Marriage (Yen On)
Description: Born talentless to a noble family famous for their supernatural abilities, Miyo Saimori is forced into an existence of servitude by her abusive stepmother. When Miyo finally comes of marriageable age, though, her hopes of being whisked away to a better life crumble after she discovers her fiancé’s identity: Kiyoka Kudou, a commander apparently so cold and cruel that his previous would-be brides all fled within three days of their engagements. With no home to return to, Miyo resigns herself to her fate—and soon finds that her pale and beautiful husband-to-be is anything but the monster she expected. As they slowly open their hearts to each other, both realize the other may be their chance at finding true love and happiness.
Why We Like It: "My Happy Marriage" is a heartwarming story that shows how love can triumph over even the most difficult circumstances. Miyo and Kiyoka's relationship may have started off on a rocky note, but their willingness to understand and support each other allowed them to build a strong and fulfilling marriage. Through their journey, readers are reminded that true love is not about finding someone perfect but accepting each other's flaws and growing together. This manga is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of love and its ability to conquer all.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Deluxe Edition)
Description: In a future Japan, long after an environmental catastrophe, Alpha the android runs a small café in a seaside town. As she wonders if her absent owner will ever return, she stands witness to the twilight of humanity with coffee, a slice of watermelon, and the sound of her moon guitar. Alpha and her fellow residents enjoy the melancholy beauty of life, even as the end approaches.
Why We Like It: “Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou” is a unique and thought-provoking manga exploring life's beauty and humanity's relationship with nature. Through the eyes of the android Alpha, we witness a world ravaged by environmental catastrophe yet still find moments of joy and serenity. The manga's focus on life's small, everyday moments reminds us of the importance of appreciating what we have and cherishing the time we have left. Whether you are a fan of science fiction or just looking for a contemplative and visually stunning read, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is worth checking out.