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Title: 3 Gatsu no Dai 2 Button
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
Number of Volumes: 1
My Rating: 5/5

This has four stories including the title story. 1 Gatsu no Merry-Go-Round is about a high school girl who has a crush on a boy two years younger, but has always insisted she could never date a younger guy. 3 Gatsu no Dai 2 Button is about a girl realising she likes her childhood friend whom she's always joked around with but never thought she thought of that way. Onna no Ko wa Genki!! (three chapters) is about three fifth-grade girls who are best friends. And Basket Girl!! is about a girl who practices hard so she can be a starter for her basketball team's last match of the year.

All of the stories are typical Mizusawa cuteness. Really, it's the sort of thing where if you like her stuff, you'll like this. And I do love her stuff, so. :D

Doesn't look like there's any scanlations for this and of course there's no official English release, because despite being hugely prolific nothing of hers is ever released in English. :( Sadness.
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Title: Kamisama no Orgel
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
Number of Volumes: 3
My Rating: 4.5/5

I read the first vol. of this years ago, but then never could find the later volumes for cheap and sort of just forgot about it. I recently found them, though, as well as vol. 1, so I could refresh my memory, and I'm glad I finally got a chance to read the whole series.

It's a cute story as is everything by Mizusawa Megumi. This is from Cookie, so the characters are college students, rather than middle- or high-schoolers as you usually get from Ribbon. Yumi is a second-year college student and has recently broken up with her boyfriend when she finds out she's pregnant. At first she is going to have an abortion, but eventually she decides to keep the baby and she and her ex, Kouta, get back together to raise the baby. However, there was a good reason they broke up: Kouta is immature and kind of obnoxious, and it's not easy for them to make a go of it.

I liked that it wasn't a fairytale romance and that I really wasn't 100% sure that they were going to be together in the end. I also liked that it didn't glamorise having a baby. Despite being married, Yumi essentially has to raise Tsubasa on her own, while still going to school, and it's not easy (even though Tsubasa is a very easy-going baby).

There's a second story in vol. 3 called Pocket Cafe, which is also very cute (not a one-shot, but complete in two chapters).

The first vol. has been scanlated and is up on Manga Fox, though it looks like the series was abandoned after that. (I'm adding it to my list of possible things to scanlate, though, you know, who knows when that might be.)
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Title: Daisuki!
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
My Rating: 4/5

Best friends China and Saya write to each other every day in a shared notebook and the main rule is they must always tell the truth. But when Saya writes one day that she likes Shun, China is unable to tell her that she likes him, too. But as time goes on, it gets harder and harder to keep lying to Saya every time they talk about Shun. China wants to tell Saya the truth, but doesn't want to risk their friendship.

I don't think I'll ever not like Mizusawa Megumi. Her, Yazawa Ai, Yoshizumi Wataru, and Kawahara Kazune are my go-to shoujo authors. They never disappoint! This is a simple one-shot and there's really never any question where it's going, but it's cute.

Title: Ohana Moyou no One Piece
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
My Rating: 5/5

Tomboyish Ayuka has a crush on her friend Sakamoto, but thinks she doesn't stand a chance because he likes girly girls. To make matters worse, she's started to hear bad rumors about Sari, a girl she recently became friends with. She doesn't want to believe that Sari just made friends with her in order to get close to Sakamoto, but there are too many coincidences. And Sari is just the sort of girly girl that she thinks Sakamoto would like...

As with so many Mizusawa Megumi stories female friendship is really the core of this one. It seems like I hear a lot of complaints about how shoujo tends to have a lot of catty rivals and mean girls, but there is also a lot of shoujo like this, and I just think it doesn't get translated as often for some reason. (I mean, for fuck's sake, Mizusawa Megumi is a staple of shoujo, a hugely prolific and popular writer, and yet NONE of her stuff has been published in English, and I just don't understand why; do publishers think it's not "edgy" enough for US audiences? Yeah, she writes sweet, innocent shoujo. But it's good stuff!)

Title: Naisho no Princess
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
My Rating: 3.5/5

When they were in kindergarten, Kana and Kouki promised to get married when they grew up. Even though he moved away when they were little, she still can't stop thinking about him. Then when they're in 8th grade, Kouki moves back to town. His feelings for Kana haven't changed, either, but their parents hate each other so much that Kana's mom threatens to force her to change schools if she has anything to do with Kouki, so they have to keep their relationship a secret.

This is one of her older stories and not one of the best. It's cute, but nowhere near as good as Hime-chan no Ribbon or Toe Shoes, which were my favorites of her older series.


Surprisingly none of these have been scanlated. I definitely want to do Ohana Moyou no One Piece, and I've put Naisho no Princess in my "possible" folder as well. Daisuki! I don't have scans for, though.
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I've been going through all my one-shots and reading those before deciding what series I want to tackle next. Here is one by Mizusawa Megumi and two by Yoshizumi Wataru, two of my favorite shoujo writers.

Title: Orange Kakumei
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
My Rating: 3.5/5

I've always liked Mizusawa Megumi's stuff. This wasn't one of the best I've ever read, but it was cute. The first three stories are about a girl named Natsu who's classmate always teases her and jokes around and says he likes her. She doesn't take him seriously at first, but eventually grows to like him, too. The fourth story is about her sister, Aoi, whose best friend is really pretty and outgoing and Aoi is always jealous of her. I liked that the pretty best friend was a genuinely nice person, and that when a bunch of other girls accused her of using Aoi to make herself look better, that wasn't the case. (There was a romance in this one, too, but the friendship was equally important.)

Title: Cherish
Author: Yoshizumi Wataru
My Rating: 5/5

I love Yoshizumi's shoujo stuff, but I've never read any of her ladies manga before (in fact, I didn't know she wrote ladies at all until I saw this). I don't know if she's written any more, but if she has, I hope I can get my hands on it, because this was awesome.

There are two stories. The first is about a girl whose mom dies when she's three and she's then raised by her mom's best friend and his partner. Flashforward to when she's in college, where she's reunited with a boy she broke up with in jr. high because he couldn't accept her gay dads. If I had known that's what the story was about, I would have read it a lot sooner! Gay supporting characters aren't too rare in shoujo, but I've never seen one where the parents were gay (outside of BL). It's great to see casual positive portrayals like this in manga.

The second story was about a guy who falls for a woman who has an eight-year-old son and tries to convince her that he's not put off by her being a single mom. This was a cute story, too.

Title: Quartet Game
Author: Yoshizumi Wataru
My Rating: 4/5

This is a collection of some really early manga of hers. It's not the best of her stuff I've ever read, but all the stories were enjoyable.

The first story was a mystery. Four kids at a music school are assigned to play as a quartet. One day as they're practicing, they stumble onto a clue that may have something to do with a missing teacher. I was totally not expecting the mystery in this, so that was a nice surprise.

The second story was a fairly ordinary school romance. A boy has a crush on his classmate, but thinks she's going out with their teacher.

The third story was the best. It was about a girl who gains the ability to "time slip" after being hit by a truck. She can't control it, but she usually only slips back a few hours or at most a day or two. Then one day she slips back five years and meets two boys who try to help her get back to her own time.

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