Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading! I’m joining Joe to give you this weeks manga recommendations. We’re bringing you two very different manga: Ai Kora and Yamada Kun to 7 Nin No Majo.
Yamada Kun to 7 Nin No Majo
Yamada Kun to 7 Nin no Majo, or Yamada and the Seven Witches, is the story of 2nd year student Ryu Yamada from the author Yoshikawa Miki. You may recognize the author from the manga Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, to which Yamada bears somewhat of a resemblance, in that the main characters are both “delinquents”. However that’s the only similarity. The stories are much different.
One day while walking back to class Yamada bumps into fellow class mate Shiraishi Urara on the stairs, and ends up tripping, taking both of them crashing to the bottom of the stairs, and getting knocked out. When he wakes up he finds himself in the school’s infirmary, however he soon discovers that he has switched bodies with Shiraishi. However, if you think this is a body swapping manga then you would be mistaken. At this school, there exists 7 witches, each one having a different and unique power. However, they all share one thing in common; their power is only activated through kissing.
If you enjoy romance comedy with a slight touch of ecchi here and there then Yamada and the 7 Witches is a manga worth checking out. The various situations that Yamada finds himself in, due to the powers of the witches he comes across, is the main source of the comedy. Though his particular power only helps multiply that once you find out what it is.
The manga is on-going and is currently on chapter 36, so now is a perfect time to check it out. If you prefer something longer then for sure check out the author other series Yankee-kun to Megane-chan which has finish serialization in Japan, though the scans are a bit behind they are almost done.
Ai Kora, also known as Love & Collage, is based on a teenager, Hachibe Maeda, who like any typical guy who lusts after gorgeous girls. But, he doesn’t lust after the girl as a whole, but idolizes individual parts of women. When he moves to Tokyo to attend high school, he finds himself living in a shed near a girls’ dormitory, which has ladies who each possess one of the ideal features he desires: gorgeous blue eyes, bullet-train breasts, a deep dulcet voice, straight “anime-esque” legs, or a waistline shaped like fine Japanese pottery.
If you think at first glance that this manga would dive straight into ecchi territory, it doesn’t. He idolizes women that have his “ideal parts”. Once he meets a woman who has one of his ideal parts, he becomes very protective of her. There are different points in the manga where he is even willing to die to protect the girls with his ideal parts. But on the other hand, he goes though great lengths to satisfy his fetishes as well as maintain the friendship with the women themselves.
This is a light-hearted, fun to read, slap stick romantic comedy. As the manga goes on, you begin to see the relationships between Hachibe and the girls he idolizes develop into something more than just weird fetishes. He helps these girls achieve their dreams, for as much their sake as his.
This manga is complete, with 12 volumes in total. While that may seem like a long read, it’s worth it if you’re into romantic comedies.