Furuba Ultimate Ed. Review!!

The Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition Review is now up! Please excuse the different fonts throughout the review because it doesn’t work out in WordPress when I cut and paste from Word. Nevertheless, I hope it doesn’t detract from your reading experience.

Also, I edited the Paradise Kiss Volume 1 Review to (hopefully) make it more readable. It’s still very much the same, just with smaller paragraphs.

Let Shoujo fill the world!


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Merry Christmas with Manga!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you got loads of Manga! To celebrate, here’s a new review of Paradise Kiss Volume 1.

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Discovering the Comic Shop

Before I get some reviews rolling, I will talk about buying your manga at comic shops, rather than major book stores.

For some of us, comic shops seem like dark and mysterious places to go buy our manga, especially Shoujo manga. Because they are mostly male-run, they might not stock a lot of Shoujo, and the store’s inhabitants might not be so friendly. But there are some really great places with friendly staff and an excellent manga collection if you can find them.

Shopping at comic shops can be cheaper than the bookstore because comic shops frequently have sales on their manga, usually by publisher. This is a great way to save money when buying volumes in bulk. For Canadians, comic shops always sell by the U.S. price, so you never have to pay the high Canadian price like in the book stores.

If a comic shop seems like a scary place, try to go there with friends or parents so you can feel more comfortable.

Comparing quality, manga at major book stores are usually read and handled in a careless way, so you may find some books in a less-than-favourable condition. The lights in book stores are always brighter and so they will yellow the top of the books, making them look less attractive. In Comparison, the lights in comic shops are usually dimmer and therefore less harsh on the books.

I hope I’ve provided you with good reasons to dabble in comic shops. If you’re still weary about it, it’s okay to keep shopping at your book stores. Thanks for paying a visit to Shoujo Garden!

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Welcome to Shoujo Garden!

Welcome to a new blog devoted to the wonderful orchard of Shoujo manga!

Shoujo (show-joe) manga means “Girls comics” in Japanese. This refers to an entire genre of comics aimed at female readers (but not exclusively) that feature stories about human relationships, romance, coming-of-age, and more. A more adult Shoujo is called Josei (joe-say) which means ‘Ladies comics’, and a sub genre of Shoujo is Yaoi (yow-ee), or BL (Boys’ love).

Shoujo manga are translated from their original Japanese to English, and many other languages. They come in the form of 200 page novel-sized books. You can usually find Shoujo manga (and manga, in general) at your major book retailers in the “Manga” or “Graphic Novel” sections, as well as comic shops. It is useful to research which manga you prefer before heading into the store. Reading manga reviews are especially helpful to your decision, and that’s where I hope to help.

You will find reviews, musings, and more at Shoujo Garden, so take a look in the ‘Categories’ section to find specific topics of interest. Whether you’re curious (Sho-curious?) about Shoujo, or if you’re a veteran fan, I hope you can find find something here that might interest you. Let Shoujo fill the world!

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