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D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Syrup: A Yuri Anthology Vol 1
This volume is all about the coming together because of work be it directly or indirectly, these include working at the same place like OLs, teachers, and even porn actresses! Customer/server relationships including combini, florist and cake shop, and a few where work wasn't involved much (or at all in 1 case not at all) like an OL home late and a hostess before going to work meeting at a launderette late at night.
There were also variations in the type of relationship from plutonic endings to marriage with some being a bit more one sided and a few were a bit more raunchy than others.
They also ranged in seriousness including one pretty comedic one to a couple of fairly dramatic ones. My favourite was probably First Grown-up Love by Ito Hachi. The art and the story were both cute:
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My reasoning for getting a few anthologies was to find some authors, but most don't have anything else available on Bookwalker. That was the case for Ito Hachi, but according to their MAL page they have a chapter in the Bloom into You Anthology which is out next Tuesday on Bookwalker (I guess not every artist is listed yet):
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D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Syrup: A Yuri Anthology Vol 2
A much darker theme for this volume. That of forbidden love, most were about affairs of one kind or another. Other darker ones dealt with jealousy, obsession and, the darkest, slavery! That last one was by the same artist who drew my favourite from the first volume, but despite the art being easily the best again that s**t was way too dark!
My favourite this time was also by a returning artist, At What Point? By Morinaga Milk in which a married woman who works in a restaurant confides in a much younger colleague that her husband might be cheating on her. Together they play amateur detectives and in spending more time together fall in love themselves. It was probably the one with the best outcome and the art is quite nice.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Syrup: A Yuri Anthology Vol 3
This volume was all about the first time! Given the subject matter it's definitely the raunchiest of the 3, although it did mean there wasn't as much variation. The circumstances of how it happened were slightly different though: first night after marriage, a drunken fumble between two women who got together because of their terrible husbands, a friend helping to distract from a break-up and master and servant. Some were more comedic than others, but they all ended up with the couples doing it.
My favourite was Spare Key by Iwami Kiyoko where a last night as housemates turns into a night of passion. The girls were both cute and so was the story with plenty of banter between them before it gets serious.
That's this series done for now, but there's another volume out next January.
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
Syrup: A Yuri Anthology Vol 1
This volume is all about the coming together because of work be it directly or indirectly, these include working at the same place like OLs, teachers, and even porn actresses! Customer/server relationships including combini, florist and cake shop, and a few where work wasn't involved much (or at all in 1 case not at all) like an OL home late and a hostess before going to work meeting at a launderette late at night.
There were also variations in the type of relationship from plutonic endings to marriage with some being a bit more one sided and a few were a bit more raunchy than others.
They also ranged in seriousness including one pretty comedic one to a couple of fairly dramatic ones. My favourite was probably First Grown-up Love by Ito Hachi. The art and the story were both cute:
My reasoning for getting a few anthologies was to find some authors, but most don't have anything else available on Bookwalker. That was the case for Oto Hachi, but according to their MAL page they have a chapter in the Bloom into You Anthology which is out next Tuesday on Bookwalker (I guess not every artist is listed yet):
*Affiliate link
Thanks for sharing! I may have mentioned that I'm not a huge fan of anthologies, since I prefer a longer developing story, but from what you described I really like the sound of this volume. Maybe less so the others... but... that's okay! I'll give it a try perhaps if I get chance.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
longer developing story
I know I said this:
most don't have anything else available on Bookwalker.
But I realised that the artists names are written the Japanese way around, but if you search for them in the Western manner some stuff does show up, such as:
And
*Affiliate links
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
I know I said this:

But I realised that the artists names are written the Japanese way around, but if you search for them in the Western manner some stuff does show up, such as:
And
*Affiliate links
Wonderful, thank you!
 
Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest ch 191

Karakai Jouzu no (Moto) Takagi-san ch 198 - 200

Seitokai Yakuindomo ch 615 - 632

The Princess Knight is a Classmate! ch 42

Youkai Shoujo - Monsuga ch 144
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Éclair Vol 1
Another yuri anthology! There wasn't any particular theme, although most seemed to involve first feelings with some not leading to a relationship and others stopping at the first moments of one and others not really being about romantic feelings at all.
None of them really stood out, mostly because they were all fairly short, but also because of the above they never got to the meat of a relationship. If I had pick a favourite I would probably say the first chapter, Happiness in the Shape of a Scar by Nio Nakatani (mangaka of Bloom into You), which, although it had slightly dark undertones, was quite sweet overall. Hachi Ito was at it again with some lovely art and the final chapter was by Auri Hirao whose artwork I recognised from If My Favourite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die (I looked through the first chapter available on the Japanese Bookwalker site), and also involved idols!
 

Demelza

Adventuring Alchemist
AUKN Staff
Classroom of the Elite Volume 4.5 (LN) - Short story collection which is a pretty good read, but I'm eager to get back to the main plot.

I Won't Fall in Love with My Sex Friend (Complete)

I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die Volume 1 (Dropped) - Not a huge fan of the artwork in this one, nor how the characters handled the situation so not fussed for continuing further.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Volume 14 (LN)

100 Million Man (Complete)

Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top-Tier Party Volume 7 (LN) - This series continues to have good and bad volumes, but the good ones are definitely worth sticking around for.

We're On Our Own From Here (Complete) - a real delight to read and I like how it handled the fact only one of the two main characters is sure of their sexuality and open about it, leading to some frank and honest discussions with the other; as well as exploring the usual realistic fears that come with a relationship. I do wish we'd seen a little bit more of the female rival since she only really exists for one scene and then we never see again and rarely saw before that.

Ningyo Ouji (Complete, JP read) - A short story collection from the author of The Gods Lie and The Golden Sheep. A delightful read filled with the creators' usual sensitive storytelling and captivating artwork. Hopefully the fact its only a single book will make it appealing to Kodansha and it'll get licensed so more people can enjoy it. :)
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Éclair (vol 2) Blanche
Even more yuri. I would say I enjoyed this one more than volume 1. 2 chapters were actually continuations of chapters from volume one, but those weren't my favourites from that volume. My favourite this time was Though Summer Won't Come Again by Kabocha about a girl with an inferiority complex about her older sister, the girl who she met and fell in love with had a crush on a senpai which turns out to be the older sister. Her complex leads to misunderstanding, but the girl chooses the younger sister in a moment that I found really sweet. Honourable mentions go to the chapters by Fly, Musshu, Nio Nakatani, Tamamushi Oku, and Kagekichi Tadano.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Young Ladies Don't Play Fighting Games Vol 1
Fight!
Aya hopes to become an 'elegant young lady' by enrolling in prestigious academy for girls, there she meets Shirayuri who exudes an aura of elegance and all the other girls idolise her and use the honorific -sama when addressing her. But she has a secret, bet you can't work it out from the title 😜 Turns out Aya used to play fighting games and Shirayuri challenges her to a game and just so happens to have a second fighting pad which is all a bit too coincidental. But it has its amusing moments and Aya's frustration at trying to work out Shirayuri is interesting to see. The romance hasn't gone beyond the bait stage yet, with only a couple of near kisses so far.
The art is quite nice. Never thought to actually check out the mangaka (Eri Ejima) before purchasing, but turns they had a chapter in the volume of Éclair I read yesterday!
There are quite a few double page spreads, so being a digital reader I had to rotate the screen a few times:
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I think I'll continue with it.
 
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Demelza

Adventuring Alchemist
AUKN Staff
Ascendance of a Bookworm volume 15 (LN)

Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway volume 1

The Greatest Magicmaster's Retirement Plan volume 11 (LN)

That's My Atypical Girl volume 2

Mr. Bride volume 2

Days on Fes volume 3
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Éclair (vol 3) Bleue
Probably somewhere in between the first 2. The 2 stories from the first volume that continued into the second continue here, probably the best chapter in both. But my favourite was Unfinished Prologue by Aya Fumio in which a high schooler runs away and meets an older woman who has also run away. My second favourite was Blue Line by U35, with the rest being an OK bunch of varied stories.
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
Currently reading through Honey Hunt and absolutely loving it. I picked the full set (6 volumes) up used for around £21. (1-5 for £18 together and then 6 for £3)
The plot, characters and artwork are all captivating me. I'm really cheering on the main girl and her goal, I feel for her. If you like shoujo romance with love triangles, I highly recommend this and you can pick it up for cheap too. I see some volumes on eBay for £3-4 each.
 

WMD

Cardcaptor
Triage X vol16-21
More sexy violence.

Nisemonogatari part 2 LN
Better than part 1 and introduces Yotsugi so plus points for that. Its remarkable how often the writer has to have Araragi go "I'm not attracted to my sisters/Hajikuji" in the Nise books. They know its unacceptably written.

Nekomonogatari (Black) LN
Prequel filling in gaps in the Hanekawa story. That's season 1 of Monogatari down. I'll have a bit of a break before starting s2. But s2of the anime was way better so looking forward to it.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Éclair (vol 4) Rouge
Not the best of the 4 so far. Seems some of the chapters have been cut from the Japanese version. At the back of the volume there are comments from the authors and there was one extra, so I tried to find a scanlation to see what I was missing and all I found was uploads of the English version, but I did find an article reviewing the volume and they had also read the Japanese version and said the author of the missing chapter was Ito Hachi, now they seem to like doing something called Onee-Loli, so maybe this one wasn't as platonic as the one from volume 1! As they weren't the one whose comment is the extra one in this volume I then checked the back of previous volumes and the exact same comment from the "extra" author was in the second volume, so just a printing error after all that.
My favourite was Nice to See You, It’s Been A While by Kabocha (again!) in which two friends who vowed to be friends forever in elementary school get separated when going to different middle schools, now in high school they bump into one another and slowly rekindle their friendship.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Éclair (vol 5) Orange
The final, for now, volume in this series of Yuri anthologies. I would say the one I enjoyed the most as after most of the chapters I said to myself "that was sweet" or "that was enjoyable". I would say my favourite was Song of a Heat Haze by Kumiko Takeba, which wasn't either of those actually, but a different emotion. A girl is haunted by her dead best friend whose last question was "do you like me?", but can't tell her the answer because it would mean she would pass on 😭
Others I liked were by Nio Nakatani, Miyako Miyahara, Ira Arata, Aya Fumio and Haruka Kiriyama.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Whisper Me a Love Song vol 1
On Himari's first day at high school she sees a band performing and is stunned by the performance of the lead singer, Yori. She just has to tell her what she thinks and her friend just-so-happens to be the younger sister of the bassist for the group, what will happen when they meet...
Loved it. All the characters so far are great, maybe Himari's a little bit hyper, but she's a fun character in other ways.
 

Demelza

Adventuring Alchemist
AUKN Staff
Combatants Will Be Dispatched volume 6 (LN) - All caught up to Japan now, so no more of these for awhile :(
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (complete)
Gokumane! (one-shot, JP)
Tokyo GhostBros (one-shot, JP)

Kanojo to Boku no End Roll (one-shot, JP) - this and the two above are one-shots from the Domestic Girlfriend author and there is a popularity vote to decide which becomes her next serialised series. Personally, I like all of them, but Gokumane! and Kanojo to Boku probably have the most longevity of the lot.

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess volume 3
After Waiting for a Kiss volume 1 (complete)
Altina The Sword Princess volume 11 (LN)
Crossing Time (Complete)
Nosatsu Junkie volume 7 (JP)
The Devil is a Part Timer! volume 14 (LN)
Can Someone Please Explain What's Going On? volume 7 (LN)
Boys Run the Riot volume 2
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess volume 9
 

awadama fever

Za Warudo
I just finished My Wife is Wagatsuma-san.

The overall vibe is similar to Genshiken, just a bit more silly and with a slight sci-fi element (the MC experiences short jumps to the future). It had lots of funny moments, a likeable MC and an interesting supporting cast (some of his friends are pretty gross, but still amusing). Nice art too.

Possibly the only downside is that there are a lot of references to Japanese celebrities (comedians/newsreaders/pro wrestlers/politicians/etc), so some of the humour is probably lost on most of us. On the other hand, there's always a small caption explaining who the person in question is, so you'll probably end up learning a few random bits of Japanese pop culture!
 
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