Have I recommended Fumi Yoshinaga yet? No? That’s a crying shame because she is one of my favorite slice-of-life authors (with a deep love for food that just adds a special something to her works). My personal favorite is What Did You Eat Yesterday?, though she’s perhaps best known for Antique Bakery, which is very good as well. You can find a directory of her works here (plus Ooku, which for some reason is not listed). Oh, and she favors gay protagonists, though their sexuality is never the focus of her work.
Manga rec time! Sometimes I get nostalgic and certain series just come unbidden to my mind – in this case, it’s Miriam. Kyouko Hikawa is probably better known for From Far Away (which is quite a good series as well), but my favorite work of hers is Miriam for its charming, headstrong female lead and the excellent fluidity/pacing (Hikawa’s style is a bit old-school but I think the art is excellent regardless). Mangaupdates has a pretty good summary: “This is a cowboy shoujo manga set in the Wild West. Miriam is an orphan. Her father was a drunken gambler; she only had one dress and they moved from place to place, until one day her father died and Grace took her in. The series follows Miriam’s life, growing up, and falling in love with her life-long friend, the skillful sharpshooter Douglas.” I think the age gap is handled very well, and I really like the main couple. You can read it here!
daraganj asked: ok so i started to read this amazing manga call orange. it's really new only 9 chapters so far...but oh god its soooo good. i was wondering i you've heard about it or read it yet. if not please take a look when you get the chance. it is highly recommended!
Ah, yes, I have! The time capsule aspect of it makes it really intriguing, and the art is excellent as well. (Thank you for thinking of reccing it to me!)