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Otherworld Barbara, Vol. 1

By Moto Hagio. Released in Japan as “Barbara Ikai” by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine flowers. Released in North America by Fantagraphics. Translated by Matt Thorn. For many readers, no review is necessary – just seeing the words “Moto Hagio” on the cover will make this a must-buy. But for those of you who have […]

Bookshelf Briefs 8/22/16

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 11 | By Yusei Matsui | Viz Media – This is a volume I’d been expecting for some time, and it’s a story that needed to be told. When you take a group of bullied, persecuted students, given them amazing skills and actual teaching and care, and then watch them succeed beyond […]

Pick of the Week: Old Friends and Repeat Offenders

Manga Bookshelf is still not inspired by what’s listed this week, and is even starting to go off list a bit, but there’s still manga (and novels) to recommend.

My Week in Manga: August 15-August 21, 2106

My News and Reviews After a somewhat tumultuous year, last week marked the sixth anniversary of Experiments in Manga! Though at one point I was very stressed out about the fate and state of the blog, I’m now honestly looking forward to year seven, even if I’m not able to write as much anymore. Thank you […]

Dorohedoro, Vol. 19

By Q Hayashida. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Hibana. Released in North America by Viz. Translated by AltJapan Co., Ltd. (Hiroko Yoda + Matt Alt). I’ve missed Caiman. Yes, there’s a question as to who the real Caiman actually is, but I don’t care, I’ve missed THIS Caiman, the big […]

Complex Age, Vol. 1

Complex Age Volume 1 by Yui Sakuma I enjoy being able to break free from my typical shoujo reading fare now and then, so I was curious to check out Complex Age, a seinen manga about an office lady who is starting to age out of her cosplay habit. Nagisa Katura is a temp worker […]

Manga the Week of 8/24

SEAN: The dog days of August are really dragging in my opinion, and there isn’t much coming out this week I’m picking up. But I’ll tell you about it anyway, as it’s what I do. Dark Horse has the first omnibus re-release of the old CLAMP series RG Veda, which I seem to recall I […]

Random Musings: Six Years of Experiments in Manga

I did it! Experiments in Manga is officially six years old! While a respectable achievement in its own right, this anniversary is even more meaningful to me because I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the year. As many regular readers of Experiments in Manga know, I have needed to significantly […]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, Vol. 4

By Hirohiko Araki. Released in Japan as “Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz Media. Translated by Evan Galloway. By now I think the seasoned JoJo reader is used to the ‘Bizarre’ part of the title, to the point that when the […]

Attack on Titan, Vol. 19

By Hajime Isayama. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Translated by Ko Ransom. It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve seen a volume of Attack on Titan that is almost entirely devoted to fighting titans. The stakes are higher this […]