シンデレ少女と孤独な死神

Shindere Shoujo to Kodoku na Shinigami, or 20 ways to kill a girl Girl who Adores Death and the Lonely Reaper. The fine touch given to the clever title is hard to come across in translation, just know that it is very catchy.

シンデレ少女と孤独な死神

A folklore middle-school detective drama set on a small out of the way island shrouded in mysteries. The heroine Akira (彰) whose goal in life is to leave the island into the big wide world meets new transfer student (is there any other kind?)  Nishigami (西神). Nishi-gami, shini-gami, notice the play on word.

Then.. without spoiling.. let’s just say the author took quite the intriguing and evoking take on life and dying.

I love this manga. For one, it’s free from SquareEnix’s GanGan Online manga site (current month’s issue only), and secondly, no fan service – the skirt of Akira’s uniform has to be the longest I’ve seen in possibly the past few years, yet Akira is so unbelievably adorable~ gosh, just fantastic artstyle and characterisation.

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