Tag: Missions of Love

Missions of Love Manga Is Ending in Japan in June 2015

The June 2015 issue of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine has announced that Ema Toyama will end her Watashi ni xx Shinasai! (Missions of Love) romantic comedy manga in the magazine’s next issue, which Kodansha will publish on June 3, 2015. The announcement also notes that there will be more news about the manga in the magazine’s next issue.

Toyama launched the manga in Nakayoshi in 2009. Kodansha published the manga’s 17th compiled book volume in Japan on February 13, 2015. Kodansha’s North American branch, Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga under the title Missions of Love. Kodansha Comics published the manga’s 10th volume on January 20, 2015.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Missions of Love” Volume One

Missions of Love Volume One is a manga by Ema Toyama, and it was published in North America by Kodansha Comics in 2012. The series is rated “OT” for ages 16 and up; after reading this volume of the series, I would agree with this rating.

The main character of Missions of Love is Yukina Himuro, a high school girl with an icy reputation. She’s gained this reputation because of how she looks at people and by the fact that she’s cold to the touch due to her poor circulation. Yukina writes cell phone novels under the pen name of Yupina. Her cell phone novels are successful, because she is able to observe her classmates from a distance and come up with ideas for her stories.

One day, she overhears some of her classmates wishing that there was romance involved in the stories. Unfortunately, Yukina has no personal experience in this department, so she has avoided including this element in her stories. One day, she sees a classmate confess her feelings to Shigure Kitami, the most popular boy in her class. After Shigure turns down the classmate, he runs into Yukina and they talk briefly. When Shigure leaves, Yukina discovers he accidentally dropped a notebook on the floor. She discovers this is a journal where Shigure keeps tracks of the girls who confessed their feelings to him, when they did, and where they did.

Yukina uses the notebook as a way to blackmail Shigure to start doing things like holding her hand, kissing her, etc. That way, she can experience these things firsthand in order to incorporate these elements into her stories.

I will admit that the high school student secretly being a popular cell phone novelist is kind of an interesting idea. However, this whole blackmailing business just isn’t doing it for me. OK, Shigure does find a way to get back at her by blackmailing her back; however, I find what her secret is to be a little on the lame side. By the time I finished this manga volume, I thought there was potential for the concept, but I really wasn’t interested in it due to the execution. Ultimately, I found myself not “feeling” the story like I thought I should.

When it comes to the art, I can say that I’m impressed by the details that Toyama utilizes in panels with closeups of characters’ faces. While the rest of the art looks good, I think Toyama’s strongest work comes through in the closeups.

While I may not personally be in a hurry to read more of Missions of Love, I think this series will appeal to manga readers that enjoy shojo stories that include romance and blackmail.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Missions of Love Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: July 21-27, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of July 21-27, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Sailor Moon Volume 12 by Naoko Takeuchi
2. Black Butler Volume 14 by Yana Toboso
3. Soul Eater Volume 15 by Atsushi Ohkubo
4. Is This a Zombie? Volume 5 by Shinichi Kimura and Sacchi
5. Doubt Volume 2 by Yoshiki Tonogai
6. Missions of Love Volume 4 by Ema Toyama
7. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
8. Until Death Do Us Part Volume 4 by Hiroshi Takashige and Double-S
9. Blue Exorcist Volume 10 by Kazue Kato
10. Bleach Volume 57 by Tite Kubo

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 20-26, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 20-26, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Black Butler Volume 12 by Yana Toboso
2. Soul Eater Volume 12 by Atsushi Ohkubo
3. A Bride’s Story Volume 4 by Kaoru Mori
4. Maximum Ride Volume 6 by James Patterson and Narae Lee
5. Missions of Love Volume 2 by Ema Toyama
6. Naruto Volume 59 by Masashi Kishimoto
7. Naruto Volume 58 by Masashi Kishimoto
8. Bleach Volume 54 by Tite Kubo
9. Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit Volume 1 by QuinRose, Owl Shinotsuki, and Delico Psyche
10. Loveless 2-in-1 Volume 2 by Yun Kouga

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 13-19, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 13-19, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Missions of Love Volume 2 by Ema Toyama
2. Maximum Ride Volume 6 by James Patterson and Narae Lee
3. Blue Exorcist Volume 1 by Kazue Kato
4. Naruto Volume 58 by Masashi Kishimoto
5. Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso
6. Bleach Volume 54 by Tite Kubo
7. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volume 3 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage
8. Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit Volume 1 by QuinRose, Owl Shinotsuki, and Delico Psyche
9. Naruto Volume 59 by Masashi Kishimoto
10. Loveless Volume 10 by Yun Kouga