Cicada Girl

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Title: Cicada Girl | 蝉女
Author: Gong Yuanqian
Genre: Contemporary, Graphic Novel
Rating: ★★★☆☆ | 3.5 out of 5.0

warnings: slightly nsfw; nothing too explicit, but r-rated at least

Why did you change your handle to “The Clay Bodhisattva?”

Clay bodhisattvas can’t cross the water.

When I told the friend I dragged down this rabbit hole with me that I didn’t know how to write this review, she wrote me this:

this manhua was very distress 2 read and made me have no hope for love and marriage but A++++ art and pretty girls

which, retrospectively, is a pretty good way to sum up the manhua, which is currently unfinished. Because it was distressing to read––and also so, so beautiful.

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SQ: Begin With Your Name

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Title: 她们的故事
Author: 坛九
Genre: 校园,青春,言情,漫画
Rating: ★★★★★ || 5.0

So here’s my dirty little secret: I can’t read webcomics, especially webcomics that aren’t aggregated all in one place but are interspersed through a personal blog. Here’s another dirty little secret: I detest reading translations for languages I already know. Justifications, justifications, but that’s why it’s taken me this long to read 坛九’s 《她们的故事》, which has been on his personal Weibo account for some time, and which has recently gained some traction through its translation on a Tumblr blog. I could have read it for free, but I can’t read comics online, so, being me, I just bought it on Amazon.cn and waited til I was in Guangzhou again to read it. Which I did. In a single sitting, because it’s that good.

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