I thought it be best to do one big blog post filled with my thoughts on all the manga I’m currently reading. I’m doing this for multiple reasons but mostly because I read multiple series at once and I check them all out from my local library so the chances I’ll finish a series quickly is dependent on how many people are reading the same series as me. I also wouldn’t label these as reviews there mostly just rants and raves about the charaters and plot or the lack of one.
Queen’s Quality vol. 1-3
Synopsis: Fumi Nishioka lives with Kyutaro Horikita and his family of Sweepers, people who specialize in cleaning the minds of those overcome by negative energy and harmful spirits. Fumi has always displayed mysterious abilities, but will those powers be used for evil when she begins to truly awake as a Queen?
This is a sequel series to QQ Sweeper (which I’ve already shared my thoughts on in another post). Volume one picks up where QQ Sweeper left off and I’m not mad about that. Kyousuke Motomi is very good at making the emotions spill from the pages into your soul.
Queen’s Quality is mostly about Fumi and Kyutaro develping a friendship/work relationship in order to keep her from becoming the Black Queen. There are so many misunderstandings, and secrets between Kyutaro and Fumi that it seems like the tentative friendship can crumble at any given time.
At a glance it seems like this series is about a fight between good and evil but really it’s about fighting with yourself to become your true self. Fumi has a long way to go to discover who she’s meant to be and it doesn’t help that she doesn’t even know who she really is due to memory loss.
The Ancient Magus Bride Vol. 1 & 2
Synopsis: Her name is Chise Hatori, a penniless orphan troubled by visions. Sold as a slave to an inhuman mage, she is about to begin a strange new life, filled with magic, fairies, and other beings of a fantastical nature.
I only checked out volumes 1 and 2 because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this series or not. I know it fairly famous and has a cult like following but well you know everything that simmers isn’t gold. Although in this case it might actually be gold. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first two volumes and the little bouts of humor in the right places really helped from making it a super serious read.
I have a feeling this whole series is going to be happy sad. Like it’s going to make me smile and laugh but always carry a sad undertone. I get Somali and The Forest Spirit vibes ( I don’t know which came out first so maybe it’s the other way around).
I love Chise. She’s damaged like most of us admittly. She’s been hurt by people who should have loved her. She was ready to end it all when someone gave her a different way out. Now why I don’t agree with the process rhe end results and kind of nice so far.
Elias doesn’t know up from down when it comes to communicating with people. Most a reclusive old mage he avoids crowds. Chise starts to bring something out of him though and I can’t wait to see what kind of mage he becomes when he realizes he has something to fight for.
Bloody Cross Vol 4-6
Synopsis: Individuals cursed because of their impure lineage. Tsukimiya is a Vampire Half Angel, and with her companion-of-convenience Hinata, with whom she shares a strained relationship at best, and an antagonistic one at worst, are on a search for the “God’s Book of Prophecy”. The book harbors immense power, and is supposedly the only thing capable of removing the half-blood curse that Tsukimiya and Hinata share. The problem is that nobody knows if the book’s power is enough to save two people, and neither is willing to share with the other.
I’ve discussed volumes 1 – 3in a separate post but in case you haven’t read it I’ll tell you again the synopsis really only applies to volume 1. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. I’m not even sure if it even really matters because no matter how many synopsizes you’re given you’ll never be prepared for the actual volume. I can say now 6 volumes in this manga isn’t for everyone. It definitely not your typical vampire romance. In fact I don’t even think it could be considered a romance.
the story seems to center around Tsukimiya but you could say other characters get equal amount of page time as she does. Tsukimiya is cold, harsh, money orientated and has an unusual connection with Hinata. She’s always in the brink of drama and lets emotions cloud her judgement. I love her. I have a very love hate relationship with Hinata. I can’t tell where his loyalties lay and obviously if they don’t reside with Tsukimiya then we have a problem.
I can’t really say much more than I have in my other post. Although new players have come onto the scene things remain the same. Anyone can become god though in my opinion every option is a bad one. I stilll don’t know who’s on who’s side because their are so many spies and alliences being made in secret. If you enjoy fast paced drama, backstabbing, anti heros, and toxic relationships this is the manga for you.
Strike The Blood Vol. 1
Synopsis: Kojo Akatsuki used to be an ordinary high school boy–but that was before he became the Fourth Progenitor, the most powerful vampire of all time. Worse–he doesn’t even remember how it happened. Middle schooler Yukina Himeragi, meanwhile, is the attack mage sent to observe him–and to stop him if he gets out of control. But was it really a good idea to send a cute girl to observe a massively powerful vampire boy whose abilities activate whenever he gets aroused? And on an artificial island populated with all manner of demonic individuals, each with their own designs on the Fourth Primogenitor.
I DNF (did not finish) this manga I honestly couldn’t get into it and there’s just something about Kojo having to be aroused to activate his abilities that completely turned me off.
In total I read 9 1/2 manga this week. If I updated my Goodreads as regularly as I should I would rate Queens Quality Vol. 1-3 ★★★★ , The Ancient Magus Bride Vol. 1 & 2 ★★★★★ , Bloody Cross ★★★ , and Strike The Blood ★.