Books & Magazines

Books & Magazines

  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 1st Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese first grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 2nd Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese second grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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  • Mahopuri no Onnanoko ni Ashi de Fundemourau Hon
    For fans a very specific genre of Mahou Shoujo Princesses stepping on you. This is a very special booklet for you. 8 pages with nice first person perspective views mahou shoujo's in their outfit stepping on you, doing as you asked them to. Featuring the girls from PreCure such as Mofurun, Ha-chan, Riko and Mirai.
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  • BREAK TIME! 3
    For fans of DMM mobile games, this is the fanbook for the Flower Knight Girl game. Drawn by doujin circle City Forest, this is a simple and short 8 page A4 sized booklet with a bonus short story included.
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  • Sushi
    Now, with this practical and attractive guide, you can learn to make sushi at home. Sushi, like other culinary endeavors, is an art form in Japan. Now, with this practical guide, you can make your own sushi at home, using Sushi's step-by-step instructions and photographs to show you how to make a variety of dishes. The recipes are easy to follow and are suitable for both beginners and experienced cooks. Filled with elegant photographs, this beautifully designed volume is a must-have for your cookbook collection.
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  • E2 (Etsu) Plus Feb 2018 vol. 14
    Fans of moe moe artwork will love E2, a quarterly magazine that brings you only the most kawaii anime girls. Each perfect-bound, A4-size issue features galleries of beautiful artwork from famous moe illustrators like Kantoku, Tenmu, and Nishimata Aoi, plus interviews and guides to drawing your own super-cute girls. You also get new issues of fun moe manga and previews of upcoming games! Each issue also comes with exclusive omake (free gifts) like large pin-up posters of cute and original anime girls. Immerse yourself in a world of bishoujo and moe beyond your wildest dreams with this excellent magazine. IN THIS ISSUE: Lots of awesome artwork and original content by Japan's top artist, with information on each artist and the characters in works they been creating. This magazine gives you tons of contents about your favorite artists, including large-scale visuals, interviews and Japanese, information on how to create art with analog or digital processes, and more. This issue comes with a free illustration book by Kina Kazuharu.
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  • Hiragana Times Feb 2018 NO. 376
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #376 is a great one, with bilingual articles on introducing a unique method to memorize vocabulary, the natural beauty of the Dozen Islands, and an insider look of Japan from the perspective of a foreigner, plus actual Japanese lessons for beginner learners. It's great!
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  • Hiragana Times Mar 2018 NO. 377
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #377 is a great one, with bilingual articles on introducing methods to memorize numerals and money, how do the Japanese say I love you, and articles on recent Japanese trends, plus actual Japanese lessons for beginner learners. It's great!
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  • Coro Coro Comic Jan 2018
    Coro Coro comic gets its name from the Japanese word "koro koro" (something that is thick, fat and small, a term endeared by children and lovers of cuteness alike). Jam packed with explosive artwork, Coro Coro is a treat for serious manga fans and those who want to see what it's all about. With a massive 21 stories filling this volume, featuring Inazuma Eleven Go, Yokai Watch, Pokemon, Doraemon, Nintendo's Mario and many other popular pop culture characters, Coro Coro is sure to satisfy your manga cravings. 740 pages. Comic Coro Coro always comes with cool furoku free stuff, and this issue comes with lots of cool stuff, including a Duel Masters Master Metal Case, Booklet and special foil cards and a Splatoon 2 Emperor Gear DL code included.
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  • Coro Coro Comic Mar 2018
    Coro Coro comic gets its name from the Japanese word "koro koro" (something that is thick, fat and small, a term endeared by children and lovers of cuteness alike). Jam packed with explosive artwork, Coro Coro is a treat for serious manga fans and those who want to see what it's all about. With a massive 21 stories filling this volume, featuring Inazuma Eleven Go, Yokai Watch, Pokemon, Doraemon, Nintendo's Mario and many other popular pop culture characters, Coro Coro is sure to satisfy your manga cravings. 740 pages. Comic Coro Coro always comes with cool furoku free stuff, and this issue comes with lots of cool stuff, including a special Puzzle and Dragon Comics book.
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  • Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo 2   Sigh of Sakura Colored Lips
    A gorgeous yuri manga made popular in the pages of Yuri Hime, this is the popular Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakura-iro ("Sakura-colored Sighing Lips"), a collection of intense stories about girls who love other girls. Combining beautiful art and kawaii female characters who shyly explore the world of lesbian love, this is a great series for all fans of the yuri genre. This is vol. 2 with seven stories included, 160 pages.
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  • Nakayoshi Dec 2017
    Nakayoshi is one of Japan's oldest and best manga magazines, first published by Kodansha since 1954. For over 50 years, Nakayoshi has carried only the best shoujo manga, including timeless series like Princess Knight, Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Cardcaptor Sakura. Each issue brings you over 400 pages of today's cutest manga for girls, with full furigana (kanji pronunciation guides) that make it easy to read for Japanese learners. You also get news, previews, and exclusive omake gifts that you won't find anywhere else. Experience the beauty of Japan's shoujo manga culture with the latest issue of Nakayoshi. IN THIS ISSUE: Enjoy new chapters of 17 excellent manga, plus a wonderful gift: an actual Happy School Life pen case with combination lock that you can set. Keep all your cute stuff inside!
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  • Japan's Cultural Code Words
    From a Western perspective, the Japanese have an incomprehensible Jekyll-and-Hyde persona-cure, quaint and seductive one moment and outright savage the next. The fastest way to understand the traditional Japanese mind-set is through their cultural code words - key terms pregnant with cultural meaning which reveal, define and even control, to some extent, the attitudes and behavior of the Japanese. These key terms encapsulate a system of behavior which often escapes a literal reading of the words or phrases, leaving non-Japanese none the wiser. In this book, experienced Japan had Boye Lafayette De Mente explains the current and historical nuances of 233 of the most important Japanese code words - arranged alphabetically from ageashi ("tripping on your own tongue") to zenrei ("breaking the molds of the past"). Together, these offer indispensable insights into the national character of one of the world's most intriguing societies.
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  • Shonen Ace Mar 2018
    Grab a new issue of Shonen Ace, Kadokawa Publishing's flagship magazine packed with all the famous manga you love! Both the young and the young at heart flock to this magazine each month to get their fix of awesome, cutting-edge manga. All stories are written with full furigana kanji readings to help those learning Japanese. Over 1000 pages of pure manga awesomeness in this telephone book-sized magazine, plus news on industry trends and of course omake (free gifts). In this issue: See great manga including Hajimete no Gal, Little Witch Academia, Nyankees, Hyouka, Gamers!, Next Life, Upotte!!, Keroro Gunsou, and plenty more. This issue comes with an amazing free item, a Toji no Miko Clear File!
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  • Yurei Attack!   The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide
    Yurei is the Japanese word for "ghost." It's as simple as that. They are the souls of dead people, unableor unwillingto shuffle off this mortal coil. Yurei are many things, but "friendly" isn't the first word that comes to mind. Not every yurei is dangerous, but they are all driven by emotions so uncontrollably powerful that they have taken on a life of their own: rage, sadness, devotion, a desire for revenge, or even the firm belief that they are still alive.This book, the third in the authors' bestselling Attack! series, after Yokai Attack! and Ninja Attack! gives detailed information on 39 of the creepiest yurei stalking Japan, along with detailed histories and defensive tactics should you have the misfortune to encounter one.
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  • JAPAN Bilingual Map
    Features a wall map of showing all of Japan, plus 8 insets and detailed maps of major districts, island groups, cities, and surrounding countries. A great quick reference to keep on the wall or carry on trips. There has been a drastic change in recent years, following a government policy to have many cities, towns and villages merge. This atlas includes all the changes.
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  • Kata: The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese
    In this first book ever to explain why the Japanese think and behave the way they do, veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente, author of more than 30 books on Japan, unlocks the mystery of kata - the cultural molds that have traditionally shaped and defined the attitudes, behavior, and character of the Japanese and are primarily responsible for the traits and talents that make them different from other people - to explain what makes the Japanese Japanese, and how it effects all their personal, professional, and political affairs! In some 70 brief essays, ranging from the "Art of Bowing" and "Importance of the Apology" to "The Compulsion for Quality" and "Exchanging Name-Cards," the author looks at the origin, nature, use, and influence of kata (literally the form and order of doing things) in Japanese life and how this cultural conditioning causes the Japanese to think and react in the way they do. Because all relations with the Japanese are influenced by kata, the key to dealing with the Japanese in personal or business matters requires knowing how and when to induce or compel them to break the kata and behave in a non-Japanese way. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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  • Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai
    Based on William Scott Wilson's definitive translation, adapted by scriptwriter and comic book/manga author Sean Wilson, and with lively drawings by well-known illustrator Chie Kutsuwada, this first-ever graphic treatment of what's considered the most influential of all samurai treatises is sure to delight manga fans, martial arts enthusiasts, and students of Japanese culture.Reminiscent of The Arabian Nights in structure, Hagakure is a collection of tales and anecdotes that offer instruction and insight into the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido - the Way of the Warrior. A young, upcoming samurai seeks the advice of an older, seasoned warrior who has become a Zen monk. The ambitious young samurai humbly begs to learn from the old master, who consents. So begins a series of eventful meetings.At each sitting. the master tells his young student tales of samurai past. Tales of famous warriors are recited, as well as ignoble gaffs. With brutal, unrelenting samurai justice, wrongs are righted and judgment is enacted. With each incident, the young novice learns what it means to be a samurai. Learns what courage and right thought are. Learns the harsh realities and subtle wisdom of his age.
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  • Fragtime 2
    Misuzu Moritani is a second year high school student with no friends but has a unique ability to stop time for 3 minutes. She uses her time-stopping powers to observe people frozen in action. One day a girl named Haruka Murakami catches Misuzu's attention during her time-stop. Haruka is Misuzu's classmate who is very popular with boys and girls, and is very beautiful. Attracted to her beauty, Misuzu takes a closer look at Haruka while she's frozen and even lifts her skirt up. Haruka suddenly moves and asks why is Misuzu taking a peak at her panties. Misuzu is shocked when Haruka could actually move and Haruka figures out Misuzu's powers instantly, she then tells Misuzu that she will be coming up with a favor by the next day. Before leaving, Haruka lifts up her own skirt to reveal her underwear to Misuzu and tells her it's payment for her help. What will happen to Misuzu now that someone knows her little secret? Why is Haruka unaffected by Misuzu's powers? Find out in this exciting new yuri manga by sato. 194-pages. 9 chapters. Presented by Shonen Champion Comics. This is volume 2. cat1a
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  • The Princess Knight And The Kind ORC vol. 1
    This is a fun manga about a beautiful princess warrior and the dumpy but kind orc she lives with, and the adventures they have. Set in a "fantasy" world that's very much like our own modern world, the story involves how the Princess Jeanne took pity on an orc she had defeated and offered to let him live with her...and of course she was such a slob the orc just had to clean her room for her. Is it possible for a human princess and an orc to fall in love? cat1a
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  • Your Lie in April vol. 3   Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 3
    You may know Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso in Japanese) from the amazingly touching anime (and now live action movie as well). It's a beautifully illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa, about Kousei Arima, a piano prodigy who, because of personal trauma, can't hear his own piano playing anymore. He becomes a bit despondent and has stopped playing the piano, when suddenly he meets Kaori Miyazono, an extremely free spirited and often pushy violinist who shows him how to love music again. Kousei starts to fall in love with her, but can't confess after she tells him that she likes his best friend. An amazing story that will pull at your heartstrings. Perfect for pianists, violinists and music lovers of all sorts. This is for volume 3. cat1a
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  • Fairy Tail S vol. 2
    If you're a fan of the popular Fairy Tail anime and manga series, here's a great two-volume manga comic that you will love, filled with cute and lighthearted takes on the characters and situations from the show. There are 4-koma manga, cute stories that explore the characters relationships, and lots of slightly sexy shenanigans. 160 pages, this is volume 2. cat1a
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  • Nakayoshi Sep 2017
    Nakayoshi is one of Japan's oldest and best manga magazines, first published by Kodansha since 1954. For over 50 years, Nakayoshi has carried only the best shoujo manga, including timeless series like Princess Knight, Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Cardcaptor Sakura. Each issue brings you over 400 pages of today's cutest manga for girls, with full furigana (kanji pronunciation guides) that make it easy to read for Japanese learners. You also get news, previews, and exclusive omake gifts that you won't find anywhere else. Experience the beauty of Japan's shoujo manga culture with the latest issue of Nakayoshi. IN THIS ISSUE: Enjoy new chapters of 17 excellent manga, plus a wonderful gift: a pair of crystal earrings that doesn't require pierced ears and nail sticker set that glow in the dark.
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  • Granblue Fantasy 03
    If you love the mobile game Granblue Fantasy then you should pick up the official manga comic by Cygames with art by choco. The story is adapted from the game and expands on the adventures of Gran and his party plus backstories of each party member. This is a great supplement material while playing the game. This is volume 3. 5 chapters and 140+ pages.
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  • Innocent Diary Life of the Super Sonico
    It's a good day to be a fan of Nitroplus's mascot character Super Sonico as we have a brand new manga with 8 chapters over 130 pages. Full of fun stories where Sonico goes about her daily routine doing cute idol things in cute costumes for us to enjoy reading. In this story an incident happens and she turns into a giantess! Follow the story to see what happens.
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  • Neru Joshi vol. 2
    Rune Saijou is almost like your typical perfect student; beautiful, smart, prim and proper but she has an interesting secret hobby. She's always looking for a good night's sleep because she believes a good night's sleep will help make her flat chest bigger. Enjoy watching Rune try different ways to have a good night's sleep that surprisingly works. You might want to even try some of them if you have insomnia or have a hard time sleeping. Presented by Torikawa Sora and Houbunsha Comics. This is volume 2.
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  • Neru Joshi vol. 1
    Rune Saijou is almost like your typical perfect student; beautiful, smart, prim and proper but she has an interesting secret hobby. She's always looking for a good night's sleep because she believes a good night's sleep will help make her flat chest bigger. Enjoy watching Rune try different ways to have a good night's sleep that surprisingly works. You might want to even try some of them if you have insomnia or have a hard time sleeping. Presented by Torikawa Sora and Houbunsha Comics. This is volume 1.
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  • E2 Plus vol. 13 - Etsu Plus vol. 13
    Fans of moe moe artwork will love E2, a quarterly magazine that brings you only the most kawaii anime girls. Each perfect-bound, A4-size issue features galleries of beautiful artwork from famous moe illustrators like Kantoku, Tenmu, and Nishimata Aoi, plus interviews and guides to drawing your own super-cute girls. You also get new issues of fun moe manga and previews of upcoming games! Each issue also comes with exclusive omake (free gifts) like large pin-up posters of cute and original anime girls. Immerse yourself in a world of bishoujo and moe beyond your wildest dreams with this excellent magazine. IN THIS ISSUE: Lots of awesome artwork and original content by Japan's top artist, with information on each artist and the characters in works they been creating. This magazine gives you tons of contents about your favorite artists, including large-scale visuals, interviews and Japanese, information on how to create art with analog or digital processes, and more. This issue comes with a free Coffee Kizoku Clear File.
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  • Kansai Cool
    The western region of Japan is known as Kansai, centering around the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, and the sprawling, modern port cities of Osaka and Kobe. Kansai is Japan's "second region" after Tokyoand is at once home to Japan's most traditional cultural centers and its most modern culture. From the ancient beliefs of Kyoto to the contemporary otaku or "geek" culture of manga, anime, costume play, robots and video games, readers will see how cultures collide in:The needs of the spirit: Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The arts: dance, painting, anime and martial combat. The relationship between hi-tech and old-tech: bikes and robots. Fashion trends: from exquisite kimonos to hip haute couture. The meaning of landscape: man-made islands and the mystical power of water. In this unique collection of 25 essays, Whelan dives beneath the surface of Japan to let readers experience how art, science, faith and history mesh in the Kansai region to produce a singular wellspring of traditional and modern Japanese culture.
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  • The Moe Manifesto
    Devoted fans of Japanese anime, manga, and video games use the term moe to refer to the sense of emotional attachment that they develop for their favorite characters. Characters like Suzumiya Haruhi have cult followings, and fans of Hatsune Miku, a "virtual idol," have made her one of the biggest stars in Japan today. Moe is one of the driving forces behind the success of Japanese anime and manga throughout the world. Author Patrick W. Galbraith is the world's leading expert on moe and for this book has interviewed leading figures in the world of Japanese manga and anime to provide the first in-depth survey of the subject. In this book you will learn about the very first moe characters -such as Ayame by Tezuka Osamu- and how they influenced an entire generation of manga artists; what constitutes the ideal moe relationship; and why some fans even marry their fictional sweethearts. With more than 100 illustrations of moe characters old and new, this is a book that is sure to delight fans of manga and anime.
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  • Koukaku no Pandora 05   Pandora of the Crimson Shell
    From the mind of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune, Koukaku no Pandora is a cyberpunk action manga with plenty of moe. Nene is a cute girl who also happens to be a full-body cyborg. On her way to meet her family at an island resort, she winds up fighting terrorists with the help of a mad scientist and her gothic lolita cyborg servant Clarion, whose special abilities are activated when Nene presses a secret button hidden beneath her lacy panties. Features exciting action scenes and cute moe characters. By Excel Saga artist Rikudo Koushi.This is volume 5, with over 170 pages.
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  • Koukaku no Pandora 04   Pandora of the Crimson Shell
    From the mind of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune, Koukaku no Pandora is a cyberpunk action manga with plenty of moe. Nene is a cute girl who also happens to be a full-body cyborg. On her way to meet her family at an island resort, she winds up fighting terrorists with the help of a mad scientist and her gothic lolita cyborg servant Clarion, whose special abilities are activated when Nene presses a secret button hidden beneath her lacy panties. Features exciting action scenes and cute moe characters. By Excel Saga artist Rikudo Koushi.This is volume 4, with over 190 pages.
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  • Kantai Collection Comic A la carte vol. 9
    This is a great all ages manga for Kantai Collection fans featuring various stories of your favorite shipgirls. There are 16 chapters in this work, which are all light-hearted and focus on all the girls, and how they interact with the Admiral. Includes some 4koma too. cat1a
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  • Boku Dake ga Inai Machi vol. 3
    Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (A Town With Me Not In It), aka ERASED, is a touching and dramatic story of murder and time travel. 29 year old Satoru is a youth with a unique power: he can sense sad events before they happen and "timeslip" into the past in time to keep them from happening. When a sad event causes him to be framed for murder, he timeslips back 18 years into the past, to try to save three classmates who are destined to be kidnapped and murdered. This is vol. 3.
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  • Koukaku no Pandora 08
    From the mind of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune, Koukaku no Pandora is a cyberpunk action manga with plenty of moe. Nene is a cute girl who also happens to be a full-body cyborg. On her way to meet her family at an island resort, she winds up fighting terrorists with the help of a mad scientist and her gothic lolita cyborg servant Clarion, whose special abilities are activated when Nene presses a secret button hidden beneath her lacy panties. Features exciting action scenes and cute moe characters. By Excel Saga artist Rikudo Koushi. This is volume 8, with over 150 pages.
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  • Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou 11
    In this fun romantic comedy manga, humans live alongside cute monster and animal girls like centaurs and harpies. It's the world of My Daily Life with Monster Girls (or going by the official title from the cover, Everyday There are Monster Girls). The hero is a lucky guy who lives with a sexy half-snake lamia girl who loves to wind her body around his for warmth. He also winds up taking care of a ditzy harpie, a spirited centaur, and a curious slime. What kind of weird and ecchi situations will he get himself into? Find out in this great manga by Okayado. This is volume 11, with 160 pages of moe monster girls to enjoy.
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