Hey Blerdy Tribe! Trying something new this month. Since I buy a lot of manga, I’m going to start incorporating more manga related content here on Blerdy Otome. So, I’ll start with a monthly manga haul recap and share some of the manga titles I’ve added to my ever growing collection! This month I picked up over 41 new manga volumes, 20 of which were sent as part of an influencer pack from the awesome folks at Viz Media! So, lets dive in and see which series I picked up in April 2022!
His House by Hajin Yoo | Vol. 1-3
“Don’t be nice to me. I’m not the person you think I am.”
Life isn’t easy for an orphan, especially when you’re as good-looking as Gangyoo. To survive on the streets, Gangyoo hires himself out to homely women in desperate need of a pretend boyfriend. Now in college, Gangyoo only needs one more gig to earn enough money to graduate and live a normal life. There’s only one catch. His new client is a man named Soohyun. And there’s only one problem. They hate each other. Being a pretend boyfriend has never been so hard. Little does Gangyoo know that his own seedy past will catch up to bite him…and Soohyun harbors a dark secret of his own.
I bought this one on a whim because I absolutely loved the author’s other series, Totally Captivated. Not gonna lie, I wondered why these volumes were so much ($21.99 is a lot), and then I saw that the entire series is in full color–that’ll do it. Looking forward to reading this on.
We Never Learn by Taishi Tsutsui | Vol. 19 & 20
Nariyuki Yuiga comes from an impoverished family, so he’s eager to secure a full scholarship to college before he graduates high school. His principal agrees, with one stipulation—he must tutor three of the most talented girls at school and make sure they get into their target colleges!
On the day of their entrance exam, Fumino manages to save Nariyuki from a disastrous fall, only to hurt herself in the process! Feeling guilty about Fumino’s injury, Nariyuki takes it upon himself to look after her. Will this bring the two of them closer?
I got this one in the VIZ Media box and I’ll be honest I’ve never heard of this one. It seems like its a harem-y series, which isn’t my usual jam, but I’m up for trying anything once.
Yarichin Bitch Club by Ogeretsu Tanaka | Vol. 4
In an extracurricular experience gone hilariously wrong, innocent Takashi Tono accidentally joins a club of young men who put the “dick” in “valedictorian.”
At an all-boys’ boarding school deep in the mountains, hapless transfer student Takashi Tono joins the Photography Club, only to learn too late that the club’s main extracurricular activity is offering its sexual services to the student body! Now that Takashi’s surrounded by bedroom aces, can this virgin survive a day, much less the whole school year, as part of the school’s most lascivious club?
I got this one in the VIZ Media box and I already own the Limited Edition version (comes with an artbook). I ADORE Yarichin Bitch Club! This volume focused more on the 3rd years. But there was some nice progress with Kashima and Tono–finally.
Scattering His Virgin Blooms by Aya Sakyo | Vol. 1
A virgin omega living in secret is outed when his first heat hits at work! Just when he thinks things can’t get much worse, he bumps right into his secret crush who just so happens to be a smokin’ hot alpha!
Hana—an omega frequently mistaken for an alpha—works at a local cafe, and at 26 years old, he’s somehow never gone into heat and still retains his virginity. When his first heat finally hits, it’s in front of arrogant alpha Renjaku, a regular at the cafe whom he’s been secretly crushing on. Will a sought-after alpha such as Renjaku take his coffee and go, or will he take something much sweeter instead?
Finally an omegaverse series that isn’t afraid to be an omegaverse! Steamy sex, heat cycles, brooding alpha; sign me up. My only issue is there’s a bit of bro-con, thankfully it’s not canon and it’s clear there’s something wrong with the brother in question.
Bad Boys, Happy Home by Shoowa & Hiromasa Okujima | Vol. 3
Akamatsu has problems at home, while Seven doesn’t even have a home. When these two strangers meet, fighting soothes their troubled souls, opening up room for something more.
Seven has disappeared, and when Akamatsu goes looking for him, he learns of his shocking past. The two have grown up in vastly different worlds, but the time they’ve spent together still burns brightly. Will Akamatsu fight to get those days back or is the chasm between their two worlds too great to span?
I got this one in the VIZ Media the box, but I already own the entire series and it is perfection! A wholesome domestic romance between two delinquents, what’s not to love! If you have not already read this series, you need to get on it ASAP!
Dick Fight Island by Reibun Ike | Vol. 1 & 2
Eight islands represented by their best warriors must battle it out in a tournament to decide their king. To win this battle of endurance, it’s not the last one standing but the last one coming that matters!
The tournament to choose the next king of the islands is about to begin. The rules are simple—whoever comes first loses! Participating warriors protect their mighty swords with armor that grows larger and more elaborate with each tournament. But one warrior has returned from studying abroad with a technique certain to force a pleasurable eruption! Is there a competitor alive able to withstand it? Or is this deft warrior destined to become king?!
This is another series from the VIZ Media box that I already own, but damn if it isn’t one of my favorite reads! Awesome worldbuilding, dick fights, and lots of smut; what more do you need?
Links by Natsuki Kizu | Vol. 1
A collection of intertwining stories covering four not-quite lovers as they find what links them together.
Akiha plays the piano and ponders his relationship with Yahiko, a friend with benefits he can’t quite bring himself to call his lover regardless of how freely Yahiko cares for him.
Despite their constant bickering, Sado and Nakajo appear close enough to be lovers. But Nakajo has convinced himself he can never have Sado, which leads him to seek out reasons to hate him even as he stays by his side.
Shibata is an overly friendly older man who rather insistently hits on Sekiya, a socially awkward radio DJ. Even with his DJ persona, Sekiya has a hard time expressing the roiling emotions within him.
A stray cat brings Kameda and Ogikawa together. The two spend lazy days eating, drinking, and playing with their cat, all without calling it love.
This is another series from the VIZ Media box that I actually bought a week before the box arrived (talk about timing). From the same author as Given, Natsuki Kizu, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have high expectations for this one. I like a good compilation as much as the next reader and I am definitely looking forward to giving this a read!
Love Me, Love Me Not by Io Sakisaka | Vol. 10 – 12
Fast friends Yuna and Akari are complete opposites—Yuna is an idealist, while Akari is a realist. When lady-killer Rio and the oblivious Kazuomi join their ranks, love and friendship become quite complicated!
This is one of the series from the VIZ Media box that I have yet to read. I have been slacking on my shojo reading in recent years so I am excited to give this series a try. It kind of gives me Skip and Loafer and My Love Mix-Up vibes.
Yakuza Lover by Nozomi Mino | Vol. 2 – 4
When feisty college student Yuri is attacked at a party, she’s saved by Toshiomi Oya, the underboss of a yakuza syndicate. Despite her obvious attraction to him, she convinces herself that she’s not in the market for a bad boy type. But when they meet again, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him—kicking off a steamy and dangerous love affair that threatens to consume her, body and soul.
This is one of the series from the VIZ Media box, that I already own. BUT, a steamy romance with a megane yakuza is absolutely right up my alley!
Spy Family by Tatsuya Endo | Vol. 1 – 6
Master spy Twilight is unparalleled when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions for the betterment of the world. But when he receives the ultimate assignment—to get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!
Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath!
I watched the anime and after 2 episodes I went out and immediately bought the first 6 volumes. I regret nothing! So far I am loving SPY x FAMILY. It’s totally worth all the hype!
Blue Period by Tsubasa Yamaguchi | Vol. 6
A surprising setback before the second exam shakes Yatora up, but after everything he’s been through, he must persevere. This time, the subject turns out to be something both new and familiar… But does an average guy like Yatora stand a chance against the geniuses and prodigies vying for a spot in the nation’s most competitive art school?
I’ve been buying Blue Period for a while now, but it’s been slow going on the reading front. Not because I don’t like it, but rather I like to take my time and savor each volume.
Sasaki and Miyano by Shou Harusono | Vol. 5
Sasaki is…Sasaki is what to me? A heated exchange between the two leads to absolutely nothing. Well, Miyano isn’t living in a BL story, so that’s fine, right? Except Miyano feels like he’s going to explode, because he can’t stop thinking about hugging his upperclassman…and taking care of him…What does it mean to like someone anyway?
Sasaki and Miyano is one of the few series that I read as soon as I get them. I couldn’t get the packaging off fast enough when the mail carrier dropped this bad boy off and it was so worth the wait! Sasaki and Miyano are so stinkin cute I can’t stand it! A nice, short, wholesome read.
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate | Vol. 12 & 44
Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?
After losing his first and last volleyball match against Tobio Kageyama, “the King of the Court,” Shoyo Hinata swears to become his rival after graduating middle school. But what happens when the guy he wants to defeat ends up being his teammate?!
It’s Haikyu. I love Haikyu. I’ve been buying this series slowly, one from the beginning, one from the end. Soon enough I’ll meet in the middle.
Black or White by Sachimo | Vol. 3
Shin is an actor whose awkward personality has gotten him typecast as the villain, whereas his secret lover Shige garners all the prime princely roles. As their careers advance, can these two endure all eyes being on them not just in public but in private too?
Up-and-coming actor Shin has become friendly with Tatara, a veteran actor he admires, which makes Shin’s boyfriend Shige visibly jealous. And when Shin and Shige finally get their chance to work together, the situation only worsens. Being forced to hide their relationship while on set is more than Shige can handle, so he confronts Shin and tells him that this was precisely why he didn’t want them to become intimate. Unfortunately for the secret lovers, the eavesdropping Tatara overhears it all!
This one came in the VIZ Media box, buuuut, I’d already snagged it a few months back from RightStuf. Black or White kind of reminds me a bit of Dakaichi (which I love). Two actors, navigating their careers with their relationship with plenty of drama and sweet moments to keep things interesting.
Jealousy by Scarlet Beriko | Vol. 4
A yakuza head finds himself ensnared in the unwavering attentions of a sometimes impetuous but always cunning schemer. If being yakuza doesn’t get him killed, his new lover just might!
Having lost the place he called home, Uichi seeks help from his beloved Akitora’s rival, Matsumi. But instead of being helped, Uichi is captured and tortured by the evil man. To make matters worse, the second head suddenly commits suicide, and his final words light a dark fire in Matsumi’s heart!
This one came in the VIZ Media box, buuuut, I’d already snagged it a few months back from RightStuf. I have mixed feelings about Jealousy. On one hand I love Scarlet Beriko, but on the other, I can’t stand the cheating storyline. At this point I don’t want any of these guys to be happy.
The World’s Greatest First Love by Shungiku Nakamura | Vol. 15
When Ritsu Onodera changes jobs, looking for a fresh start, he’s not exactly thrilled when his new boss turns out to be his old flame. Ritsu’s determined to leave all that in the past—but how can he when his boss is just as determined that they have a future?
Manga editor Ritsu Onodera still has his nose to the grindstone at Marukawa Publishing’s Emerald shojo magazine under his demanding boss—and first love!—Masamune Takano. But ever since Takano said they should simply have a friends-with-benefits relationship, there’s been a stark line drawn between them. Now reduced to a mere subordinate, Ritsu is left to stew in his own juices. But realizing how he feels has him considering finally telling Takano he loves him. Of course, before he can, he makes himself sick—collapsing right into the arms of Takano himself!
This one came in the VIZ Media box. I was hesitant to start this series, because I am not a fan of Junjou Romantica. But, I’ve heard that World’s Greatest First Love is SO much better. So, I’m willing to give it the old college try.
Takane & Hana by Yuki Shiwasu | Vol. 18 Limited Edition
A strong-willed high school girl and a hot young scion of a business empire can’t help trying to outwit each other every chance they get… But could these opposites be conning themselves out of the perfect match?!
After her older sister refuses to go to an arranged marriage meeting with Takane Saibara, the heir to a vast business fortune, high schooler Hana Nonomura agrees to be her stand-in to save face for the family. But when these two utter opposites pair up, get ready for some sparks to fly!
Takane & Hana has been recommended to me to death, so I was happy to see it included in the VIZ Media box. I like romance series with strong leads and this seems to be similar to Livingroom Matsunaga-san, so I’m eager to dive in. Also, this LE final volume comes with a nice epilogue companion book–so I may have spoiled myself a bit.
Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi | Vol. 33
Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!
Forbidden from contacting Hak and the Four Dragons, Yona sneaks out of her room at Hiryuu Palace! But when she comes face-to-face with Su-won, what words will she have for her father’s murderer? Later, Yona uncovers some past mysteries about Su-won’s parents!
Yona of the Dawn is another series that has been recommended to me a lot. But, with 30+ volumes already in circulation I feel like I missed my window to start collecting. But, I was happy to see it included in the VIZ Media box.
My Love Mix-Up by Aruko & Wataru Himekure | Vol. 3
Aoki has a crush on Hashimoto, the girl in the seat next to him in class. But he despairs when he borrows her eraser and sees she’s written the name of another boy—Ida—on it. To make matters more confusing, Ida sees Aoki holding that very eraser and thinks Aoki has a crush on him!
Aoki has a crush on Ida, a boy in his class. Ida has learned from Akkun the story behind Hashimoto’s eraser—that Aoki told Ida he liked him to protect Hashimoto’s secret crush. The only trouble is that Aoki really does like Ida, so now Aoki has to confess his love to Ida all over again!
I LOVE THE HELL OUT OF MY LOVE MIX-UP! GO READ THIS RIGHT NOW! LIKE RIGHT, NOW! This volume gave me everything I wanted from the Aoki/Ida romance and more! I love all these precious babies and I hope they have all the happiness in the world.
The King’s Beast by Rei Toma | Vol. 5
Ajin boys who show signs of special abilities are conscripted to serve in the imperial palace as beast-servants—status symbols and shields for their royal masters, to be kept or discarded on a whim. When they were children, Rangetsu’s twin brother Sogetsu was ripped from her arms and sent to the palace to attend Prince Tenyou as a beast-servant, where he quickly fell victim to bloody dynastic intrigues. Now in a world that promises only bitterness, Rangetsu’s one hope at avenging her brother is to disguise herself as a man and find a way into the palace!
Female Ajin are prohibited from serving in the palace, and so Rangetsu’s revenge depends on her ability to maintain her ruse. But when the attendant Taihaku discovers the truth and Third Prince Kougai’s suspicious are roused, will Rangetsu lose her place by Prince Tenyou’s side as well as her chance at vengeance?
The folks at VIZ Media must have read my mind, because I literally was looking at this series a few months ago on RightStuf. Now I have no excuse NOT to get the rest of the series. The art is gorgeous.
Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami | Vol. 15
In a world where cursed spirits feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryomen Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukuna’s body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it. Fortunately, there exists a mysterious school of jujutsu sorcerers who exist to protect the precarious existence of the living from the supernatural!
Sukuna is on a murderous rampage. Meanwhile, invaluabe Jujutsu Sorcerers have been taken down, and even Kugisaki falls into Mahito’s trap! Feeling the burden of his sins, Itadori finds it hard to keep going, but he rushes off to help Kugisaki anyway. Can he reach her in time?!
Obligatory, JJK buy. LOL I should probably get around to reading these one of these days… ah, there’s plenty of time.
How Do We Relationship by Tamifull | Vol. 5
Shy Miwa has always dreamed of finding love, but living in small-town Japan made finding the right match difficult—especially since she likes girls! Even going away to college didn’t seem to help, until one day her outgoing classmate Saeko suggests they might as well start dating each other since it’s not like either of them has other options.
I’ll be honest, I don’t consume a lot of yuri media. So, I’m not really the best judge on what’s good. But, the art looks nice and the character on the cover kind of reminds me of Chowon Lee from Love is an Illusion.
Boys Love by Kaim Tachibana | Vol. 1
Magazine editor Mamiya meets popular high school model Noeru Kisaragi for a story Mamiya’s working on. When Noeru suddenly tries to go down on Mamiya and makes sexual advances at him, Mamiya turns him down flat. But Mamiya’s loneliness starts to get to him and he decides to try starting over with Noeru on equal footing.
I read this series YEARS ago! It was one of my first BL series and it’s full of all the cringy early BL angst and suffering–and I love it! An IRL friend of mine had the manga and gifted it to me, bless her.
Ossan Idol by Ichika Kino & Mochiko Mochida | Vol. 1
Much younger rivals have appeared before the ossan idols!
MiYoShi have signed a commercial deal, and their popularity is on the rise! One day, an offer comes for the group to appear on a music TV show that’s a big hit nationwide! There, they meet the idol group TENKA, a super popular idol group of guys in their teens. For some reason, Kira, the most popular idol in the group, views Miroku as his enemy! Things are getting fired up in this fifth volume, which includes an original light novel chapter from the series creator, Mochiko Mochida!
Handsome middle aged guys start a boy band–where has this series been my whole life?! I love Ossan Idol to bits, it’s hilarious, heartwarming, and an all around fun read.
Sick by Tomo Kurahashi | Vol. 1
Sudou’s living the good life. He’s good-looking, smart and has never had trouble with women, either. Coming from a good family and now enjoying his blossoming college life, things look almost ideal for him, and yet, he’s been picking on an older classmate, Kishi…
I see BL I buy it, that’s how things work here. I bought this on a whim and I’m not gonna lie the titles that Kuma publishes are always interesting. I’m looking forward to cracking this open soon…
Cherry Magic by Yuu Toyota | Vol. 4
Gifted (cursed?) at the age of 30 with the ability to read the mind of whomever he touches (even the coworker with the hots for him!), virginal businessman-turned-wizard Adachi is taking his first tentative steps into love! After being wooed within an inch of his life by the tenacious Kurosawa, Adachi is at last on board with his feelings for his handsome, kind colleague and has come around to the idea of Kurosawa as his very first significant other. But now that the pair are officially an item, Kurosawa is chomping at the bit to do all the couple stuff he’s been dreaming about, including dating! There’s just one little problem: Adachi, the 30-year-old virgin, has never even been on a date!
I cracked this sucker open as soon as it arrived and I was not disappointed! Sadly, Cherry Magic volumes are super short–I need more Adachi/Kurosawa goodness. There was some really great progress between the main pair in this volume and I can’t wait for more… I need more. Maybe I’ll rewatch the drama series…
That’s it for my April manga haul!
Alright, so that’s it for last month’s manga buys and pickups! Big thank you to VIZ Media for sending me the box of manga. I had a lot of fun going through everything and I can’t wait to read the new series.
I’d love to hear from you all, what are some manga series you picked up in April? What are some series you’re looking to pick up in the coming months?!