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Cutie and the Beast

Good evening, everyone! As many of you know from Sunday’s update, my mum has been admitted to a hospice center, and her health is continuing to decline. The staff at the center is currently doing everything they can to keep her comfortable, but she is no longer able to communicate with the nursing staff (or with us), and she has stopped eating and drinking.

As I said on Sunday, we currently do not know how much time we have left with my mum, but we may only have a couple of days.

I know that I have said this many times since Mum’s initial cancer diagnosis back in 2019, but I want to thank all of you who are continuing to keep my family in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate it more than I can possibly express.

In Saturday’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update, I mentioned that I would be posting my final review from February’s Mini Manga Readathon during this week. Since that review was already written, I thought I would go ahead and share it with you this evening…

Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in the Mini Manga Readathon portion of the Japanese Readathon, which was a tremendous amount of fun. Over the past several weeks, I have been reviewing the series that I read, including: Yu Yu Hakusho, Magic Knight Rayearth (1 and 2), Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku, and Takane and Hana. The final series that I read during the Mini Manga Readathon was Cutie and the Beast, by Yuhi Azumi.

Cutie and the Beast begins by introducing the reader to Momoka, a high school student who loves professional wrestling. Her favorite wrestler is a man named Kuga, whose wrestling persona is that of a villain. In reality, Kuga is a very sweet man, who really appreciates the support that Momoka sends him through social media.

When the two meet each other for the first time just after a match, Kuga takes the opportunity to kiss Momoka on the cheek, assuming that he will probably never have the chance to see her again. But that’s just the beginning of their love story…one which is complicated by an eleven-year age difference, and Momoka’s very protective father.

I absolutely loved reading Cutie and the Beast! The story itself is very sweet, and has great characters. I really enjoyed reading about the beginning of Momoka and Kuga’s relationship, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops over the rest of the series (as it is released).

I also really like the art in this series. Yuhi Azumi does a great job with character design, and I really like how expressive the characters are. Momoka and Kuga both have some great facial expressions, especially when they are surprised or embarrassed. I was also very impressed with the way in which the artist chose to depict Kuga’s fights. This is a relationship-driven manga, so there really aren’t many action-focused scenes, but the ones that are included in the manga are very well drawn.

Whether you are a fan of shōjo manga, or just enjoy a good love story, I highly recommend checking out Cutie and the Beast. It’s probably the most adorable love story that I have ever read, and I can’t wait to continue the series. At this point, only the first two volumes are available in English, but volume three is scheduled to be released on July 20th.

If you have the opportunity to read Cutie and the Beast for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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