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Our Top 3 Manga Picks (May 9th, 2023)
Boy's Abyss, The Ultimate Martial Spirit, and Positively Yours
Boy’s Abyss (VIZ Media/Shueisha)
Description: Reiji’s mother is checked out, he’s stuck caring for his grandmother with dementia, and his childhood friend treats him like a lackey. Then beautiful, big-city pop star Nagi miraculously shows up working the counter at the local convenience store. Reiji is starstruck. When she offers him the ultimate way out of his claustrophobic existence, will he succumb to temptation?
Why We Like It: "Boy's Abyss" is a thought-provoking manga that explores the complexities of small-town life and the lure of the big city. Reiji's struggles with caring for his grandmother and feeling trapped in his hometown are relatable to many readers. The addition of Nagi, a glamorous pop star, adds an element of escapism and temptation to the story. However, "Boy's Abyss" ultimately emphasizes the importance of facing one's problems and finding fulfillment in unexpected places. This manga is a must-read for anyone looking for a poignant and introspective coming-of-age story.
The Ultimate Martial Spirit (iReader)
Description: The death of Chen Feng's respected teacher taught him a hard lesson. He swears that one day, he will get his revenge for the humiliation inflicted upon him. In his teacher's tomb, he found the blood of a dragon and a mysterious ancient tripod. So begins his journey to the top martial art warrior.
Why We Like It: "The Ultimate Martial Spirit" takes readers on a thrilling journey of revenge, self-discovery, and the pursuit of greatness. Chen Feng's determination and resilience in the face of adversity are inspiring, as he navigates the treacherous world of martial arts and seeks to avenge his teacher's death. The inclusion of ancient artifacts and mythical creatures adds a fantastical element to the story, making it an exciting read for anyone who loves action-packed adventure tales. Overall, this novel is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the unbreakable bonds of loyalty and honor
Positively Yours (Tapas Entertainment)
Description: To Hee-won’s dismay, the BFF she crushed on and her other BFF is now dating! Seriously bummed, Hee-won decides to go wild just one time and find solace with a handsome stranger. A very satisfying one-night affair has now turned into more — she’s pregnant! Fate brings them together again, and now the regimented Doo-Joon is determined to do the right thing and marry her. But they’re basically strangers! Except... their bodies have been very intimately acquainted. What’s this mother-to-be to do?
Why We Like It: “Positively Yours" is a romantic and humorous story that explores the challenges and surprises that come with unexpected love and pregnancy. Hee-won and Doo-Joon's journey is one that will make you laugh, cry, and root for them all the way. While their circumstances are unconventional, their feelings are real and relatable. This heartwarming tale reminds us that love can come in the most unexpected ways and that sometimes, taking a leap of faith can lead to the greatest rewards.