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Manga of the Month: Honey So Sweet

February 4, 2016

Honey So Sweet (ハニー) by Amu Meguro

narutaki_icon_4040 Every now and then I just need a very simple, very sweet romance between two adorable kids. This time around kind-hearted Nao and delinquent-with-a-heart-of-gold Taiga fill that niche perfectly.

Nao sees a beat-up boy in the rain, she can’t bring herself to speak to him but she leaves him her umbrella and box of bandages. Unbeknownst to her, that boy turns out to be scary-faced Taiga who asks Nao out soon after they start high school. Nao ends up accepting out of fear, but soon realizes that Taiga is a good-hearted person and confesses that she just wants to be friends.

Nao’s honesty at the beginning of the series is really endearing and it creates a bond of trust between her and Taiga. Plus, the cards are on the proverbial table about their feelings. What starts off as kind of an oddball friendship becomes the cornerstone to their school life as they navigate fitting in and other high school experiences. They rely on each other when faced with the not-overly-dramatic obstacles in their paths.

Taiga’s nervousness around Nao is more than a little adorable. You’ll be hard-pressed not to be warmed by the way he sends her texts or how he reacts when she calls him for the first time. For Nao’s part, she is a very open and kind person but willing to stand-up for her friends. And of course we get the chance to watch her fall in love with Taiga.

An irresistibly super cute romance at its finest.

~ kate


The January 2016 Line-Up

January 31, 2016

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, novel, and artbook licenses for the U.S. It also lists new streaming/broadcasting announcements and posted crowdfunding projects available to U.S. residents. And finally, it includes anime/manga projects and live-action anime/manga adaptation announcements from Japan.

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The Speakeasy #073: One Piece, Star Wars, When Marnie Was There, The Oscars

January 25, 2016

Ongoing Investigations: Star Wars the Force Awakens from Disney, Aquarion Logos from Satelight, One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, The Magicians from SyFy.

Food for Thought: Who is your favorite One Piece Villain?

Topics: When Marnie Was There and the Oscars, Lots of Anime on the Big Screen, Otakon Teams Up with Omakase, Sailor Moon Pop-up Cafe in NYC, Netflix Adds Detective Conan.


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

The Han Solo

  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz Irish Cream
  • 2.25 oz vodka

Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.



Manga of the Month: Ad Astra Per Aspera

January 8, 2016

Ad Astra Per Aspera (アド アストラ ペル アスペラ)
by Kenjiro Hata

hisui_icon_4040 Look. Lets just get this out-of-the-way. Kenjiro Hata is writing a new manga. It involves giant robots in a space opera. It was going to wind up here in Manga of the Month. It was pretty much its destiny. It would take something like a manga about table top RPGs written by Kinoko Nasu and drawn by Rumiko Takahasi to knock this series out of this spot. I mostly was just waiting for a few chapters to come out before I wrote it up. So if you want a totally objective recommendation free of prejudice that simply beaks down why this series deserves to be counted as a Manga of the Month that is not going to happen.

  1. Because your never really going to get that anywhere. You’re just going to get someone who tries to divorce themselves from their feelings despite the fact that columns like this always exist as a subjective opinion.
  2. This blog has never been that coldly analytical.
  3. This is a Kenjiro Hata manga, and I am me, so that probably never happen even if it were the tone of the blog.

So if you want to hear me gush about a comedy manga here you go. Otherwise just chalk it up to me just actually liking Japanese comedy manga.

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