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Vinland Saga, Vol. 5

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612624242 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2010-2011 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Makoto Yukimura’s award-winning manga Vinland Saga, an epic and thoroughly researched work of historical fiction, has quickly become one of my favorite series currently being released in English. I was very happy when […]

Random Musings: Picking My Next Monthly Review Project

Now that I’ve wrapped up my Year of Yuri monthly review project, it’s time for me to decide which manga I’ll focus on next. Like last time, in order to help me choose another monthly manga review project, I wanted to get some input from the readers of Experiments in Manga. So, once again, I’m […]

Ani-Imo, Vol. 1

By Haruko Kurumatani. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Aria. Released in North America by Yen Press. The inside color pages of this book helpfully reveal that the title is short for “Big Brother Becomes Little Sister, Little Sister Becomes Big Brother”, which should help to explain why Yen went for […]

More from Masashi Kishimoto

Viz has picked up Zone-00, originally licensed by Tokyopop, as a digital release. Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto talks about his plans for the next few months, which include a Naruto spinoff that will launch in April, some other Naruto-related business, and spending some quality time with his wife and child. He will start working on […]

Manga the Week of 11/26

SEAN: The last week of the month is usually a nice breather after the deluge of the previous three weeks, giving us a chance to catch up on the piles of manga still out there. But there are still a few tasty bits of manga for (American) Thanksgiving. We’ll start with the tastiest, the long-awaited […]

Review: Barakamon, Vol. 1

Barakamon, Vol. 1 By Satsuki Yoshino Rated T, for Teens Yen Press, $15.00 Barakamon is a textbook fish-out-of-water story: an impatient city slicker finds himself in the country where life is slower, folks are simpler, and meaningful lessons abound. Its hero, Seishuu Handa, is a calligrapher whose fiery temper and skillful but unimaginative work have made […]

Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator, Vol. 2

Author: Kouhei Kadono Illustrator: Kouji Ogata Translator: Andrew Cunningham U.S. publisher: Seven Seas ISBN: 9781933164236 Released: October 2006 Original release: 1998 Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator, Part 2 is the third volume in the Boogiepop light novel series written by Kouhei Kadono and illustrated by Kouji Ogata. It is also the third out of four Boogiepop […]

Morning Manga Spotlight: They Were Eleven

I’ll admit that it’s been tough trying to curb my “classic” inclinations when it comes to recommending manga for my teen students, and there are days when it becomes impossible. Today is one of those days, as I find myself irresistibly drawn to the work of Moto Hagio, specifically her early short series, They Were […]

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Vols. 1-2

By Satoshi Mizukami. Released in Japan by Shonen Gahosha, serialized in the magazine Young King Ours. Released in North America by Seven Seas. (This review contains spoilers.) I reviewed the first half (i.e., Volume 1) of this series when it was digitally released by JManga a while back, but want to revisit it. It’s a […]

Naruto creator speaks

Shonen Jump’s latest “Jump Start” manga are Ryohei Yamamoto’s E-ROBOT and Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata’s Gakkyu Hotei. The magazine will run the first three chapters of each series. In an interview with the Asahi Shimbun, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto talks about how he was different as a child than the character he created: “I […]