Thursday, July 9, 2020

Continuing my Yuri Comic

I'm still on hiatus from my regular review blog posts, but I'm going to continue posting chapters of the scripts for the yuri comic I wrote: "In the Morning, I'll Say Hello." I just posted three more today!

I can't draw, but I wrote the series as a love letter to the types of yuri manga I love. I'm still trying to find an artist and/or publisher, but until that happens I want to put it out into the world. So with that in mind, I'll keep posting the scripts. You can find them here: "In the Morning, I'll Say Hello" or by clicking on the "original yuri" link in the bar above.

Hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

I published a cookbook

So although I'm taking a hiatus from reviews on yuristargirl while I rebuild parts of my life, I did finally self-publish the cookbook I've been working on for 10 years. Each recipe has been made and tweaked countless times to create a huge repertoire of easy, healthy, tasty, weeknight meals with flavors from around the world.

If you're interested, here's a link to the FREE pdf (e-book) version of it: PDF E-Book

If by some strange chance you actually want a paper copy of it, you can order it as a paperback book from Amazon (I don't make almost anything off of this, so don't feel obligated in the least to buy it): Sick of Chicken: A Family's Cookbook by Jaime Lustig

I hope you enjoy some new recipes!

cover of a cookbook with six pictures of different entres


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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Putting the blog on pause

Hi everyone. I know I haven't been posting many reviews lately, and it's time to share some sad news with everyone. There are some big changes happening in my family and financial situation and as a result, I won't have the ability to purchase manga or subscribe to streaming services anymore. This will drastically reduce my ability to review new manga releases as they aren't a priority at my local libraries either.

As you know, I will not read scanlations and will not use them for the basis of my reviews. Also, although I could switch to reviewing mostly anime, it isn't where my heart is, and just not something I see myself spending as much time with as I used to spend on manga.

I would also be lying if I said I was in a good emotional place to do reviews, but my mind is elsewhere and I think both my mind and my time will be used for other things for a while. Hopefully, I'll be able to pick up the pieces sooner rather than later and get back to doing reviews. My hope is to find a way to at least finish reading some of the series I'm most invested in. We'll see.

I am also going to work on getting the remaining chapters of my yuri story, "In the Morning, I'll Say Hello" up on the "Original Yuri" page. I've been doing one chapter a week, but I think I'll try and get them all up there relatively soon. So check that out as well. I'm proud of the story (wish I could draw or find an artist)!

It's been an amazing 2 1/2 years doing this and getting to know some of you. I'm so honored that people have read this blog. Hopefully I'll see you all again soon. Thanks for understanding my need to step away for a little while.

Much love,


Monday, June 8, 2020

Missed it Monday - Love at Fourteen vol. 8 (Manga Review)

Two teens in warm coats, stand under a barren tree
"Missed it Monday" is the regular column where I review anime/manga that I didn't get to watch/read when they first came out.

Love at Fourteen vol. 8 - 3.5/10 (*see full scoring rubric below)

I think, in many ways, this series may have finally fallen off the cliff. I've had concerns that it was framing one relationship between a student and a teacher a little too positively, but after reading this volume, it seems to me that ALL the relationships are suddenly about adults and kids. And I'm just not cool with that.

In volume 8, the only storyline having to do with our "main" couple (who appear less and less in the volumes as this series has progressed) has Kazuki pretending to be the boyfriend of another girl so that she can prove she has an older boyfriend to her friends. He only does this to help out his friend Kato. And at least Kazuki tells Kanata about it. Making this story worse, the girl Kato is interested in ends up being in elementary school, like a 5th grader or something and he's ostensibly 14. So I'm WAY NOT OKAY when they start dating. Ughhhh. Just when I thought the adult/middle-schooler stories couldn't get worse, they throw in a middle-schooler/elementary-schooler romance. Jeez.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

My original yuri romance

Looking for something hopeful to read in these dark times? Each week I'm posting a chapter of an original yuri romance I've written. You can find it at the link above or right here:

I hope you enjoy!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Shortcake Cake volume 8 finally hints at the return of Rei (Manga Review)

A high school boy with an open collared white shirt
Shortcake Cake vol. 8 - 6.25/10 (*see full scoring rubric below)

Shortcake Cake (Shojo Beat/Viz) has been an up and down series for me so far. I like the main character, Ten, and the side characters. The early volumes introduced a complex back story for Riku in the form of some hidden relationship with the rich strange kid Rei. But then Rei went missing after a couple volumes and the story focused mostly on Ten and Riku coming together as a couple. But now that they are together, Rei pops up in volume 8. And so finally, we start getting a deeper and more interesting story than the bland romance we've had so far.

In volume 8, Ten and Riku are dating and go to visit her family over the Christmas Holiday. On New Years, Ten is leaving for home again, but gets off the bus and returns to the boarding house where she finds Riku alone. The two spend a wonderful night together celebrating the new year. But finally, Rei has popped back up in the story, and his minder (butler?) Shiraoka offers to let Ten know about Rei and Riku's connection. I won't spoil any details, because THAT's the part of this volume you need to read.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Daytime Shooting Star volume 6 - they're actually dating (Manga Review)

A teen boy with his shirt open stares upwards with a hand on his face
Daytime Shooting Star vol. 6 - 5/10 (*see below for full scoring rubric)

Daytime Shooting Star vol. 6 (Shojo Beat/Viz) sees our teen heroine Suzume actually start dating her teacher (and uncle's friend), Shishio. I don't like manga that has kids and adults in relationships, and I'm even more opposed when one is a teacher. But that's the premise of Daytime Shooting Star.

However, I've been assured that the series finds a meaningful way to resolve that situation that doesn't tie it up in a neat bow like nothing is wrong at all with that form of sexual abuse (and yes, I consider an adult with a child to be sexual abuse, I don't believe a child can consent to that, even if they're 16 or 17. And more so when the adult is a teacher which adds another layer to the power imbalance). On to the review of volume 6.