Two completely different titles, but what they have in common is that, unfortunately, I didn't enjoy them as much as I thought I would. (Coinicentally, both are published in the US by Seven Seas, but since there are plenty of Seven Seas titles I do like, I don't hold that against them.)The High School Life of a Fudanshi
: About a straight high school boy who loves BL manga (in other words, a "fudanshi"), who wishes he could find other male pals who share his hobby. It sounded like fun, and it started off cute enough, with the main character hovering around the BL section of the bookstore, but being too embarrassed to get the books he wants while a couple of girls are hanging out there. But the humor mostly revolves around, "I find BL manga hot, but I am not gay! Yup, I am completely straight even if I love BL manga!" Which, let me tell you, gets old pretty fast, and wasn't that funny the first time around. Also the dude is kinda creepy--not because he likes BL, but because when his male friend tells him about how he got groped by a stranger, it becomes fodder for his BL fantasies. Eww. Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat
: This one I didn't hate, just have somewhat mixed feelings about. It's a G-rated title about an adorable cat named Plum, who lives happily with her owner, a teenage boy named Taku, who is more responsible and practical than his kind but ditzy mom. Life is good until Mom adopts a stray kitten named Snowball, who gets into a lot of mischief and is always picking on poor Plum. On one hand, kitties being adorable--yay! On the other, I end up feeling bad for Plum for getting beat up on by Snowball so often. Still, fans of other cute kitty manga like Chi's Sweet Home might like this one.
I'll do another post later with more positive reviews.