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About Melinda Beasi

Melinda Beasi (Editor) has written about manga, manhwa, and other East Asian-influenced comics at Manga Bookshelf, PopCultureShock's Manga Recon, and CBR's Comics Should Be Good, where you can find her periodic review column, Tokidoki Daylight as well as The NANA Project, a collaborative project with Danielle Leigh and Michelle Smith. She's also been spotted as a guest writer at MangaBlog, The Hooded Utilitarian, Comics Worth Reading, The Beat, and other websites, and as a guest on the podcasts Manga Out Loud and Fandomspotting. Offline, Melinda planned and edited the book Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices for the Comic Book Legal Defense fund, due out from Dark Horse Comics in December 2013. Melinda lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where she can most often be found rambling through town in the company of her dog, Lucy. Click here for an index of Melinda's offsite writing.

Manga the Week of 5/20

SEAN: Did you enjoy this week’s small week? Good. That isn’t next week. Dance in the Vampire Bund’s Scarlet Order may have ended (somewhat surprisingly) in Japan, but Seven Seas still has more of it to bring you here, with Vol. 2 arriving next week. Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer’s third omnibus takes us over […]

Pick of the Week: Ancient Love

It’s a pretty low-volume week for new manga, without a lot to choose from, but the Battle Robot has its eye on a couple of highly-anticipated titles. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 5/13

SEAN: I haven’t seen a week this small since Christmas. It’s sort of creepy. First of all, right after I posted Manga the Week of last week, Dark Horse did a classic date slip, so Drug & Drop 2 is here again. Dark Horse is famous for release date slips, though they’re better than they […]

Pick of the Week: Late again?

It’s a fairly booming week for new manga, and the Battle Robot has quite a number of its particular favorites to choose from. What looks good to you this week?

Pick of the Week: So much Kodansha!

Kodansha Comics dominates the weekly shipping output, though these aren’t the only titles to make the Battle Robot’s list of faves. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/29

SEAN: The last week of April is pretty much KODANSHA WEEK, with only two exceptions. There’s a 3rd Attack on Titan Junior High omnibus, which is highly recommended for those who enjoy seeing how far an adaptation can go, those who enjoy seeing their favorite characters being very silly indeed, and those who like to […]

Pick of the Week: Too much manga

With so much new manga (and light novels, too!) due out this week, the Battle Robot has its hands full trying to limit its picks. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/22

SEAN: I feel that the “Yen Press” week of every month is just going to be like this now, and we will simply have to accept it. Before Yen, though, there’s also enough from other publishers to make it a big week anyway. Gantz is still not over, as the 35th volume from Dark Horse […]

Pick of the Week: Seki & more!

It’s a smallish, but interesting week for new manga, and the Battle Robot has its hands full trying to choose. Seki? Magi? Something else? What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/15

SEAN: Welcome to a wonderful week of manga here on Manga the Week of. For those of you who don’t like variety, there’s variety! Dark Horse has the first volume of Oreimo spinoff Kuroneko, for those remaining fans who weren’t completely put off by the ending of the main series. Does anyone remember Aquarion? Anyone? […]

Pick of the Week: Shoujorama

There’s a lot to choose from this week, especially Viz-licensed shoujo, which captures the bulk of the Battle Robot’s picks this time around. What looks good to you this week?

Bookshelf Briefs 4/7/15

This week, Sean, Michelle, & Anna look at recent releases from Viz Media & Kodansha Comics. Arata: The Legend, Vol. 21 | By Yuu Watase | Viz Media – Arata and company have entered the territory of Ikisu, a gender-indeterminate member of the Six Sho who wields scent-based powers. Ikisu uses these to amplify the […]

Manga the Week of 4/8

SEAN: ‘Tis Spring, and a young man or woman’s thoughts naturally turn to manga. What pleasures await us next week? Unlike Strike Witches (look, panties!), Arpeggio of Blue Steel is an honest to goodness spy thriller that just happens to feature girls who are battleships. This is likely why I’m looking forward to the fourth […]

Pick of the Week: Yoshinaga & More

It’s a relatively robust shipping week for the beginning of the month, but the Battle Robot is pretty well-consumed by only three titles. What looks good to you this week?

Manga the Week of 4/1

SEAN: No, this isn’t an April Fool, there’s actually quite a lot of manga out this week (not technically a ‘first week of the month’ as it’s the 1st – if that makes sense). Another era passes, as Dark Horse puts out the final volume of Blade of the Immortal, about which I’m sure Ash […]