For a donghua that barely made a blip on my radar, I was pleasantly surprised by Thousand Autumns. Also known as Qian Qiu, this Chinese anime is weirdly good.
Dai Dark is 6 volumes and counting of absurd humour, death, immortality, and childhood all covered in gross, grimy, slimy, organic shapes floating through space. Follow along as we take you through what makes this manga so great!
Kase-san and Morning Glories is one of those OVAs you just breeze through―no thoughts needed. It’s just a soft romance with an even softer aesthetic.
The live-action adaptation of Our Dinning Table makes more of an effort to establish the conditions of the salaryman and the sense of loneliness than the manga does. The adaptation sets up why Yutaka does not join in with his coworkers, how he eats alone, and how he ends up agreeing to teach Minoru how to make his grenade-sized onigiri.
If you’re not willing or able to go in the trenches looking for a BL manga that’s dark in themes, but still a great read (for adults) we’ve got you!
The art in Oneira is slick, curved, and yet retains enough angles to mirror my understanding of Arane—beautiful and deadly.
Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu or The Summer Hikaru Died is a soft horror. Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu is about Yoshiki and his best friend Hikaru. Or not. Because Hikaru is dead and that’s not a spoiler—it’s in the title.
Country Diaries is a BL manga by Isino Aya where Kurumizawa, a professor, abandons his city life for farming and it’s all very pure. He loves nature and finds peace and joy in working his little farm and finding a community among the other farmers there.
Doughnuts under a Crescent Moon starts with Hinako’s breakdown in a lonely street and her wish to love herself and to find love. Asahi, her serious and capable co-worker, finds her crouched like that, and from there, they develop a friendship and maybe more.
Our Dining Table by Mita Ori is the perfect blend of cute and sad, so prepare your kleenex. I want this yaoi EVERYDAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. GIVE IT TO ME.