Monthly Mongoose Manga August 2018! – Monstrous,Mundane,and Magical

Holy crap, this month was just a barrage of quality manga, and half of this list will probably get their own posts in the future, I just love them so much. This will be a spoiler-free impression of these series, so feel free to read without fear of any major spoilers!

Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa (My Monster Secret)

 

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Status: Finished (220 chapters including Omake)

One day after school, Asahi Kuromine stumbles upon the truth that Youko Shiragami, the girl he has a crush on, is actually a vampire. According to her father’s rules, Youko must now quit school in order to keep her family safe. However, Asahi does not want her to go and promises that he will keep her true nature secret. Unfortunately, this turns out to be easier said than done, as Asahi is a man who is easy to read and is unable to keep any secrets to himself.

And this is the only the beginning of his troubles—more supernatural beings enter his life, and he is forced to protect all of their identities or face the consequences. Jitsu wa Watashi wa follows Asahi as he deals with his new friends and the unique challenges they bring, struggles to keep his mouth shut, and desperately tries to win Youko’s heart in the process

– Taken from MAL

Hands down, this is the BEST harem comedy manga I’ve ever read. Despite all the usual cliches and hangups that every harem manga inevitably faces, My Monster Secret manages to be a genuinely funny, charming, and surprisingly heartwarming story about these strange students, human and not, finding common ground in the bonds they form with one another. These bonds, forged from friendship, love, platonic, unrequited, and lost, all of them lead to one of the most satisfying harem ensembles I’ve read. While I still dislike the cliches, I think the story had enough heart in it that I cared too much about the characters to focus on them for too long.

By actually developing the characters instead of just making them fuel for the MC harem, and dedicating huge chunks of volumes to specific characters, almost everybody in the cast gets their time to shine. I left the manga caring for almost everybody, and I was feeling kinda teary-eyed leaving these guys. For sure, this is gonna go down as a classic in my book, and will now be my gold standard for what a harem manga should be able to do.

Also, the reaction faces from this manga will keep my meme folders full for the foreseeable future.

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Onani Master Kurosawa

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Status: Finished (32 chapters, including Omake)

Fourteen-year-old Kakeru Kurosawa is an antisocial junior high school student who looks down on his classmates—but beneath his superiority complex is a hopeless young teenager who uses masturbation as a pastime. Using erotic thoughts of his female classmates as stimulus, he locks himself daily in a seldom-used girl’s bathroom at school to do his dirty deed.

One day during class, Kurosawa witnesses the popular girls bullying the timid Aya Kitahara. Although not one to be riled over such matters, he decides to deliver retribution with his own hands. In a daring move, he steals the uniforms of the bullies and dispenses his “white justice” over them.

Although satisfied with his exploits, Kurosawa’s troubles are only just beginning. While going about his daily routine, he is suddenly confronted by Kitahara, who identifies him as the culprit behind the uniform incident, and blackmails him into terrorizing the other girls in the class the same way he dealt with her bullies. Left with little choice, Kurosawa agrees, and thus begins a coming-of-age story that deals with consequences, bullying, and people’s ability to change.

This has got to be the strangest and most juvenile synopsis of a manga I’ve seen, and my curiosity was peaked enough that I decided to give it a read. Believe me when I say, this turned out to be a really honest and brutal coming-of-age story, and I don’t wanna spoil too much about it past the basic premise. The characters all feel very real, and I relate very uncomfortably to the MC’s bleak outlook on life, because I used to be the same way for most of my teen years, up to the people that he interacted with. If I hadn’t found friends? Read on to find out the kind of person I might have ended up being.

I will say, it’s been a while since I despised and felt genuine disgust at a character for something they did, but this manga pulls it off in a  really uncomfortable way. It’s not anything illegal, but it’s DEFINITELY immoral. It’s a no-holds barred portrayal of the shitty parts of puberty, and if you can get past the ridiculous premise, you’ll find one of the most touching and motivational stories about how even the lowest of the low can change to become better people, if given the chance to take responsibility for it. It may be short, but it tells the story it needs to concisely and tactfully, and I highly recommend you read this as soon as possible. This is probably my favorite manga out of all the manga I talk about in this post.

Skeleton Soldier Couldn’t Protect The Dungeon And Peerless Dad

Status: Ongoing (20+ Chapters)

Since both of these are currently ongoing manhwa (Korean manga), I don’t have much to say about the overall plot yet, as it hasn’t fully developed. What sold me on following these two were the really fun action scenes, an interesting premise carried by a just-as-interesting MC.

For Skeleton Soldier:

His only purpose was to protect his master. And yet he was powerless to protect her. But fate has more in store for him as he gets another chance to protect his master once more and change his destiny, as he resurrects to the very first time he was raised as a skeleton……..while keeping all the levels he had earned as high level dungeon mob.

For Peerless Dad:

After an incredibly strong and simple mercenary falls in love with a noble lady and gets 3 kids, he decides to make it his goal to make his kids live cushy lives and get to good schools. The manhwa focuses on our dad’s attempts at finding a safe and stable job whilst constantly being promoted due to his martial skill, a skill which he severely underestimates and plays down. This is due to his own inferiority complex after losing to his mysterious father, who was also his trainer and only opponent for most of his childhood and adolescent years.

They are my first foray into the world of manhwa (besides Killing Stalking, but I really don’t wanna talk about Killing Stalking), and it’s a pretty fun way to kill time weekly with some fun action and adventure.

Magi

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Status: Finished (369 Chapters)

I forgot to post the review of Magi S2 this week, so I’ll just say here that after the post-anime depression, I immediately went to the manga to follow up the story, and the story did NOT disappoint! Mostly.

There were some stellar arcs in this manga, and I loved the worldbuilding, but some characters were so annoyingly stupid and selfish for no particular reason other than to progress the plot that I honestly ended up disliking his character quite a bit. I’m not gonna spoil who in case any of you haven’t read it yet, but I really ended up not liking the direction they took the character and how quickly he changes back to the character I liked in the first place anyway, making his whole sudden face-heel turn kinda pointless in my eyes. The ending WAS insanely fun and over-the-top though, and I really enjoyed my time reading Magi. Although I have to admit, I liked this story’s world more than the characters that actually inhabit it, most of them were kind of under-developed. If the world wasn’t so interesting, I don’t think the characters could have carried the manga by themselves.

That’s all I read this month, and I am currently starting on Spirit Circle and Seven Deadly Sins, so expect them in next month’s edition of Monthly Mongoose Manga!

– TLM

4 thoughts on “Monthly Mongoose Manga August 2018! – Monstrous,Mundane,and Magical

      1. It was a fantastic ending, I just didn’t want it to end!

        Reading through the second time, when I had less of a sense of dread, watching teenage (?) Tsumugi giving her dad crap was actually funny.

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