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My Week in Manga: November 28-December 4, 2016

My News and Reviews November may have come and gone, but there’s still time to enter November’s manga giveaway for a chance to win the first volumes of Shuzo Oshimi’s Happiness, Hiroyuki Takei’s Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Hico Yamanaka’s The Prince in His Dark Days, and Tomo Takeuchi’s Welcome to the Ballroom. The winner will […]

Bookshelf Briefs 12/5/16

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 13 | By Yusei Matsui | Viz Media -As this series goes on, it’s taken a turn for the dark. Not surprising given it’s about child assassins, but there honestly hasn’t been any actual assassination yet. At least not for the kids—a flashback to Irina’s past shows just how young she was […]

My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World: The World’s Strongest Little Brother

By Tsuyoshi Fujitaka and An2A. Released in Japan as “Neechan wa Chuunibyou” by Hobby Japan. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by Elizabeth Ellis. It has been well over ten years since the Haruhi Suzumiya books hit Japan, and almost exactly ten years since the animated adaptation, so it’s no big surprise […]

In/Spectre, Vol. 1

By Kyo Shirodaira and Chashiba Katase. Released in Japan as “Kyokou Suiri” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Magazine R. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Translated by Alethea & Athena Nibley. I admit somewhat shamefacedly that I haven’t really read any of this author’s prior works in North America, even though […]

Twinkle Stars, Vol. 1

By Natsuki Takaya. Released in Japan as two separate volumes by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine Hana to Yume. Released in North America by Yen Press. Translated by Sheldon Drzka. This was the first series to be released after the end of the amazingly popular Fruits Basket, and everyone was on tenterhooks to see what […]

Ten Count, Vols. 1 and 2

Ten Count Volumes 1 and 2 by Rihito Takarai Ten Count is a yaoi series that caused me to wonder greatly about psychiatric ethics. Shirotani is an executive assistant who functions well in his job despite having an almost debilitating case of obsessive compulsive disorder. He has to wear gloves to hide his injuries from […]

Manga the Week of 12/7

SEAN: Will December set a record for most titled released? We shall see. It’s off to a good start next week… Bruno Gmuender continues to fulfill its niche of manly gay manga with the release of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. ASH: It’s the second collection in English by Mentaiko Itto whose Priapus was highly […]

That Wolf-boy Is Mine!, Vols. 1-2

By Yoko Nogiri | Published by Kodansha Comics After making a social blunder at school that results in being shunned by her female classmates, Komugi Kusunoki is glad of the chance to start over in Hokkaido when the demands of her mother’s job mean Komugi will need to live with her father instead. At Maruyama […]

Manga Giveaway: Kodansha Comics Collection Giveaway

Both the last Wednesday and the last day of November has arrived, so it is once again time for a giveaway at Experiments in Manga! Last week was Thanksgiving in the States which happens to be my favorite holiday. (I really enjoy the delicious food and spending time with my family. The extra sleep helps, […]

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, Vol. 14

By Yomi Hirasaka and Itachi. Released in Japan as “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Ryan Peterson. Adapted by Ysabet Reinhardt McFarlane. (Note: please do not post light novel spoilers in the comments.) Most harem manga these […]