Bloody Cross Vol. 1 by Shiwo Komeyama

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Synopsis: (I decided to write this myself, and have only included things that happen in the chapter long prequel for fellow spoiler haters)

In this world filled with demons, angels, vampires, and other supernatural beings, having romantic entanglements between races is considered a sin. One God punishes with a death bringing curse for their offspring. Main character Tsukimiya, being a half angel half vampire, is one of these forsaken beings searching for the only out God gave half breads. Drinking the blood of a pure demon before turning 18. Unfortunately for Tsukimiya, time is running out, and hunting pure blooded demons is no easy task. 

While on the tail of a man eating demon, she meets an angel named Hinata who is more than willing to team up with her to take the demon down. After finding him and engaging in a life risking battle they both manage to take down the demon. But before Tsukimiya can take his blood she is betrayed, and is helpless to do more than watch as Hinata, who turns out to be a fellow half demon, drinks the blood that is her only lifeline. Out of desperation Tsukimiya makes an unlikely attempt to rob Hinata of the blood he’s just taken, though the result is unexpected. The curse gets split between the two, and now, short on time, they both have to find a way to survive.

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Rating: 7/10 Unicorn Horns!

I read the first few volumes awhile back when I first bought it (about 4 years ago), but have been rereading some of the first series I picked up when I began collecting manga. Back then I was so excited I pretty much picked up anything with either a semi-interesting story-line, beautiful cover, or was on sale and with full colour front pictures (and, tbh, first encounter with manga eye candy)  this was no exception Disappointed Face on WhatsApp 2.19.62

The prequel has a number of cringe worthy cliched scenes and dialogue, but that dies down by the first chapter. I never finished the series, but to be fare I do remember it picking up a lot with better writing, drawing, and plot in later volumes.

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Anywho, the first volume was entertaining and despite the many cliches the story does throw in a a couple unexpected twists. It might not be the best thing to pick up if you’re looking for something unique, but does the trick if you’re looking for something fun to read that isn’t completely predictable. It was filled with both humour (especially the banter between characters) and action. The artwork is fine, with some not so well drawn scenes/characters from time to time, but it does improve over time (…or I just got use to it lol). 

Aside from Hinata and Tsukimiya, the two leading main characters, there is also Tsuzuki (a pureblood angel- dressed in white in above pic) and Hanamura (reading the paper). The last two especially made the humour in the story, moreso in scenes involving all four of them. They are all characters that have been seen in some form in other manga and anime, but complement each other and with the humour, plotting, and array of supernatural abilities were still enjoyable overall. And the villains aren’t much at first, but do get more interesting and complex (not so much there personalities, but with their scheming) later on.

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So on a whole I’d recommend this one to teens and adults alike that are into common supernatural shonen/seinen manga or anime stories, and book lovers who are looking for something to pass the time and enjoy reading about angels, demons, and supernatural beings. As you could probably tell from the picture from the manga I included here, it does have a couple ecchi-like scenes, but don’t worry (or get too excited) they don’t get anymore explicit then that. So, aside from what I call “what-was-the-point-of-wearing-a-shirt” cleavage there isn’t much fanservice (ex. panty shots, supernaturally overlarge breasts that giggle every time the wind blows, “accidental” oops-I-just-tripped groping, etc.). The story may not be the best out there, but I thought it was worth reading and don’t regret buying it. 


Gotta say…for a manga without an adaptation it’s got a lot of artbook worthy pictures 😍


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Peter Darling by Austin Chant

*This review is spoiler-free*


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“Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.”


Admittedly, I never read the original by J. M. Barrie as a child, but I’m fairly certain I would not have loved it nearly as much as I did this more mature and dark retelling of the beloved children’s classic. I am familiar with the story as I have watched more than one film adaptation of the original novel. Although Peter Darling feels like a much more grown-up version of the original the novel captures the fantastical elements, sense of adventure, and magic of the original story.

“That’s the trick of growing up. Nothing stays the same.” Hook sounded oddly sympathetic. “You see the faults in everything. Including yourself.”

Upon Peter’s return to Neverland he finds that the world he loved and longed for while he was away has shifted and drastically changed. It comes across very clearly in the story that Peter’s return and eventual disappointment in the tone of peacefulness and contentment within Neverland was unexpected and jarring; having returned to the only place he felt he could live authentically and where he made the most sense to himself. The disorienting effects of seeing that the Lost Boys had moved on without him, gotten a new leader, and that the battles against Hook and his crew ended spur Peter into actions that have very real and devastating results. 

As a cisgendered unicorn I cannot attest to the authenticity of the representation in this novel; however, it is important to note that the trans and queer rep in this story are own voices. This leads into one of my absolute favorite aspects of the novel…and that is…the portrayal of Peter’s body. I have not read many novels with a transgender main protagonist, and even less with a male trans main character, but I so greatly appreciated the author’s decision (whether conscious or not) to not emphasize and include incredibly detailed descriptions of Peter’s body. While consuming media that has trans representation I often get a sense of trans bodies being fetishized and exploited. Oftentimes including a completely unnecessary obsession with what body parts, organs, and genitalia are present on a transgender individual’s body, as if the presence or lack thereof, has any bearing on the legitimacy of their gender identity.

He bit his lip, struggling to make words out of the war waging itself in his chest.
“I don’t know what this makes me,” he managed at last.
Hook laughed, not unkindly. “It makes you whatever you want it to make you.”

The novel very honestly delves into, and examines with great transparency, the dangers of misgendering of trans and genderqueer individuals.  While Peter is in the “real world” he is constantly misgendered.  He is frequently told what he can/cannot do, how he can/cannot present himself, what he can/cannot wear, and is constantly cornered into disgusting gender roles that are not conducive to his gender identity.  It is very easy to make the leap into an understanding that the trauma he experienced bleeds into his life while in Neverland, especially after his return. It’s apparent through the desperation in which he tries to entice violence and revels in brutality. Peter’s character plays into stereotypically masculine gender roles and perpetuates toxic/hyper masculinity while in Neverland. 

Peter Darling is incredibly well written. Also, it is very easy to lose yourself in the atmosphere of Neverland. Granted, these things are very true about the novel, I did have some issues with the pacing, the progression of the story, and the development of the romance. I fairly easily forgave this…as the novel is barely over 200 pages and also includes an amazingly well done character arc for Peter. I would recommend this novel to fans of the original story, readers who love fairytale and classics retellings, readers who are looking for well-done transgender representaion, and those looking to read more own voice fiction. I give Peter Darling a rating of *7 Unicorn Horns*…Happy Reading!



The Grim Reaper and an Argent Cavalier by Irono

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*Sorry, this post is a little late, courtesy of my wondrous procrastination skills. I’ll get to everyone’s comments soon.

The Grim Reaper and an Argent Cavalier (or Shinigami to Gin no Kishi) is another random pick from Crunchyroll’s online collection that caught the attention of my superficial eye. Well that and the fact I just finished re-watching Kabeneri, wanted more thrilling action and (un?)death, saw the words “Grim Reaper” and went for it.  


In a world where humans live at the mercy of the Grim Reaper and the Larvae, his soul-devouring monsters, one young man sets foot on a thorny path to protect everything he holds dear—even if it means falling into darkness himself…


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Rating: 7/10 Unicorn Horns!

Overall the story isn’t bad, and i did enjoy reading it, but I just couldn’t help but feel it could have been MUCH better. While it definitely has some pretty good elements, it occasionally dips into too common tropes (primarily when it comes to the main character: Cyan). This is something I found pretty disappointing, since it really takes away from a lot of the more thrilling moments. Overall the few twists and group of side characters made this a pretty good read. For only about 6 volumes a good amount happens, but I think it would have benefited from being a little longer.

The characters are likeable with a few that genuinely had me wanting to learn more about them. That being said, I actually found most of the other main cast and side characters much more appealing than the two main pair. In fact it is because of them and a few pretty unique elements that made me give this a 7 instead of a 6 rating. The world building didn’t stand out too much for me (I really don’t remember much about it), but those few characters certainly did. 

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I wanted to review this, but while writing realized I really can’t say much about it without spoiling something 😅 lol, so that’s all I can say about it. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining, light, short read to pass the time with. Despite it’s length it’s got a good amount of action, magic, twists, drama, and touch of romance to go with it.

Sun-Ken Rock by Boichi

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Hey guys! Long time no post 😋

Sorry for the long, long absence, but I’m finally back now and am excited to check out everyone’s sites 🤗 I will be taking my time over the next while to reconnect with you guys. 

As for today’s review I decided to finally, after a couple years of subscribing, check out the manga Chrunchroll has available on their site. I picked out three random ones I never heard about before based purely on the covers and started reading. That’s how I came across the unique experience that is Sun-Ken Rock.


This story, initially taking place in Japan but primarily set in Korea, starts out pretty mild and hilariously quirky. Main character, high school delinquent Ken, falls for a girl named Yumin and confesses his feelings only to be rejected.

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Turns out Yumin decided to move to Korea to work on becoming a distinguished cop, so couldn’t return his feelings. Surprisingly, this doesn’t deter our protagonist Ken. He drops out of school and follows the love of his life to Korea. Which seems romantic…or in my opinion kinda really creepy, but reality hits and Ken finds himself hopelessly unemployed and dirt poor in a foreign country with no one to rely on. Except a mysteriously ambitious man who, after seeing him in action, becomes determined to persuade Ken to become a gang boss. 

Rating: 8/10 Unicorn Horns!

I actually really struggled to figure out a rating for this one. It starts off like a gag manga, pure humour with no serious or thought provoking scenes. But this story’s tone amazingly progresses and changes right along with the main character. From a character that’s kind, incredibly naive, simple, unmotivated, and quirky to one possessing kindness with a much more serious, intelligent, determined and thought provoking actions/beliefs both Ken and the story change in bounds. 

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This is something that blew me away. I don’t think I’ve ever come across another action packed story that’s written quite like this one. With the lighthearted way things start off, even the way it was drawn, I wasn’t expecting much. But then with each story arc things became more serious, complex, and shockingly dark, every bit of which is reflected in the growingly detailed and improving artwork. The flow comes off awkwardly here and there especially during the transitions from darker scenes to comedic relief, though this could just be due to translation. Overall Boichi does a noteworthy job at balancing the many contrasting themes in this story.  

This story filled with action, crime, scheming, comedy, mafia bosses, and a bit of romance has quite a bit going for it. And aside from the uniqueness of the changing tone, there is also quite a bit of cross-national story telling (mainly taking place in Korea, but also involving Japan and another country), immigrants from diverse backgrounds, and even the mentioning of a few historical events from different countries. This really comes through in most of the side characters as well. They all have dynamic and/or complex personalities that stand out and left me with a clear impression of their character.

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I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a unique reading experience, as well as fellow lovers of action/crime. Though I would warn away anyone with sexual abuse triggers, as some of the darker scenes are…well…really dark. Oh and despite there not being even a hint of it in the beginning, a few ecchi scenes come up later on, so naturally if that bothers you skipping this may be best. Otherwise I’ve been really enjoying this so far, and look forward to finishing it!

Thanks for reading 😁