• Cuvie • CMX (2008–ongoing) • Kadokawa Shoten (Dragon Age, 2006–ongoing) • 3+ volumes (ongoing) • Shônen, Historical Adventure • 16+
In the fifteenth-century German town of Nauders, albino children are considered holy and are raised in privileged seclusion. But the albino Dorothea wants to see the world, so she trains herself as a warrior and manages to join the military and leave Nauders for the first time. But beyond the sheltered environment of her hometown, the girl with white skin and red eyes faces prejudice and suspicions of witchcraft. Drawn by Cuvie, better known for his adult manga.
• Kaneyoshi Izumi • Viz (2005–2006) • Shogakukan (Betsucomi, 2000–2002) • 6 volumes • Shôjo, Romantic Comedy • 16+ (language, brief nudity, se-xual situations)
Popular girl Ai Maekawa has a dark secret: she’s a former nerd who painfully transformed herself (mostly offscreen) into a hot girl who can hang out with the cool promiscuous kids. If you think she’ll discover that beauty is only skin deep, you’re totally wrong about Doubt!!, an unusually cynical, unpretentious shôjo comedy full of petty power struggles and self-serving human behavior. Doubt!!’s strength is its refreshingly sharp sense of humor and aggressive heroine, but some readers may be turned off by the unsympathetic characters and constant catfighting. In addition, the plot is episodic and directionless.