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Mysterious Girlfriend X, 1 Paperback – March 15, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This first manga series installment is a fantastical foray into teenage sexuality with a dose of feminist superhero antics. Tsubaki is a typical teen boy: a sophomore in high school, he still hasn't had his first kiss. He obsesses about what his future girlfriend might be like and is immediately infatuated with Urabe, the mysterious new girl in school. Everyone notices something peculiar about Urabe: she laughs uncontrollably at inopportune times and can never stay awake in class. Tsubaki finds her asleep after class one day and wakes her so that she doesn't miss her bus home. After she leaves, he notices a puddle of drool on her desk. Overcome with curiosity, he decides to taste it. Then things really start to get weird. Urabe's drool holds a mysterious power that Tsubaki gradually becomes aware of over the course of the series. What happens next is part normal teenage romance, part mysterious surrealism. The series also touches on topics such as feminine power and consent, which makes it an excellent read for individuals of all ages but especially teens who are navigating their entry into the dating world. The artwork is beautifully executed in traditional manga style, complementing the plot. VERDICT A fun read with complex story lines, realistic character development, and surreal elements that will appeal to teen and adult manga fans alike.—Marian Mays, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
About the Author
Riichi Ueshiba (aka Reach Ueshiba; born 1969) is a veteran comic artist from the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka.
His early days as a comic artist were developed while he was going to the prestigous Waseda University in Tokyo back in 1990. After his second year in college, over summer break, Ueshiba took his first step into the realm of professional comics by writing the script for what would become his hit debut work Discommunication. He would then submit the work to Kodansha's Chiba Tetsuya Contest for New Artists、And to his surprise the short would go on to pick up the General Award for their 1991 edition granting him the option to be signed up to work on a series for the publisher.
His latest work Mysterious Girlfriend X was adapted into an animated TV series distibuted in the US by Sentai Films.
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This is a Story about young love and trials and oddness that goes along with it, it also involves the exchange of Saliva or Drool but not in the normal way.
This is a story that is better experienced than spoiled so all I'm going to say is that this is one of my favorite manga's and I hope more people get to experience it due to the release.
I want to thank Vertical Comics for taking a chance on this and I've already preordered volumes 2 and 3