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Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?, Vol. 1

By Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan as “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by Softbank Creative. Released in North America by Yen On. For those who see that title and roll their eyes, the commonly agreed on abbreviation, from the Japanese title, is ‘DanMachi’. We’ve seen a […]

Manga the Year of 2014

SEAN: Technically this should be Manga the Week of 12/24, but that’s merely one title: Vampire Hunter D 22. And tempted as I was to make a “Give her the D for Christmas” joke, that can’t really sustain an entire column. So I’d like to ask the team what they think the important titles of […]

The Great King of Manga, Dengeki Daioh

Way back when I started reading manga, the very first magazine I ever subscribed to was Dengeki Daioh. It had two, maybe three series running at any given time that I was following, a bunch more I could take or leave and a few that made me want to shower in acid. And so it […]

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō

Author: Edogawa Ranpo Translator: William Varteresian U.S. publisher: Kurodahan Press ISBN: 9784902075625 Released: November 2014 Original release: 1925-1926 Edogawa Ranpo, the pen name of Hirai Tarō, was an extraordinarily influential author in Japan, especially when it came to the genre of detective and crime fiction. His influence can still be seen to this day and […]

Review: Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1 By Yusei Matsui Rated T+, for Older Teens VIZ Media, $9.99 Here in the United States, we steadfastly believe that all students need to succeed are a few good teachers–think of how many movies you’ve seen about an unorthodox educator who helps a group of misfits, losers, or underachievers realize their full potential against […]

Love at Fourteen, Vol. 1

By Fuka Mizutani. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Rakuen Le Paradis. Released in North America by Yen Press. Sliec-of-life can be very difficult sometimes in the West, particularly if it also has romance in it. The genre tends to involve a laid-back quality, with lots of chapters devoted to normal […]

After School Nightmare, Vol. 1

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617169 Released: September 2006 Original release: 2004 After School Nightmare is a ten-volume manga series by Setona Mizushiro. I first came across the series while working my way through one of my local library’s manga collection which, at the time, was largely shelved alphabetically by title. So, […]

Takeshi Obata Returns to Shonen Jump

Shonen Jump adds a new series to its lineup, and the artist is Takeshi Obata! The series is Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment and the writer is Nobuaki Enoki. It’s about a school that has its own court; if that sounds familiar, it’s because the manga ran for a while as a smartphone-only series and just […]

Bookshelf Briefs 12/15/14

This week, Sean and Michelle look at recent releases from Viz Media and Kodansha Comics. Kimi Ni Todoke, Vol. 20 | By Karuho Shiina | Viz Media – This is still Sawako’s story, and her development here is great, but I do love that there’s just as much investment in having the other two heroines […]

Pick of the Week: Keaton vs. Fourteen

It’s a week chock full of new manga choices but the Battle Robot has cast its collective eye on two debut releases in particular. What looks good to you this week?