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The Summit of the Gods, Vol. 4

Author: Baku Yumemakura Illustrator: Jiro Taniguchi U.S. publisher: Fanfare/Ponent Mon ISBN: 9788492444632 Released: October 2013 Original release: 2003 Awards: Angoulême Prize, Japan Media Arts Award One of my favorite manga series is The Summit of the Gods. The manga, a five-volume series written by Baku Yumemakura and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi, is an adaptation of […]

Morning Manga Spotlight: Antique Bakery

For those who missed this column’s introduction, this is a new, weekly spotlight featuring books from my own personal manga collection that I’ve offered up as a library to my teen students. And since talking on and on about manga series I love is my usual role here, it only made sense to adapt the […]

Magical Girl Apocalypse, Vol. 1

By Kentaro Sato. Released in Japan as “Mahou Shoujo Of The End” by Akita Shoten, serialized in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Champion. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Those who know my usual reviewing patterns and preferences may be surprised to see that I’m reviewing this title at all, and you’re mostly right. I […]

Brigid Talks to Takeshi Obata

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview Death Note manga-ka Takeshi Obata at New York Comic-Con. On our agenda: Bakuman, Hikaru no Go and, of course, Death Note. Kodansha will be reissuing an oldie but goodie: Hitoshi Iwaaki’s body-snatching classic Parasyte. In other licensing news, DMP will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of six Tezuka titles including Rainbow Parakeet, […]

Bookshelf Briefs 10/20/14

It’s all Viz all the time this week, as Sean and Michelle check out some recent releases. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Vol. 2 | Story by Yuto Tsukuda, Art by Shun Saeki | Viz Media – Unwillingly sent to the prestigious Totsuki Culinary Institute by his father, cocky protagonist and aspiring chef Soma Yukihira […]

Pick of the Week: Partly Sunny

Though Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny is on most people’s mind this week, the Battle Robot manages to find plenty of ways to spread the love around. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: October 13-October 19, 2014

My News and Reviews Only somewhat unintentionally, last week ended up being a yuri-filled week here at Experiments in Manga. My friend Jocilyn was inspired to write a guest review of Takako Shimura’s Sweet Blue Flowers, Volume 1 by Takako Shimura, which is currently only available digitally. (I’m hoping that one day the series will […]

Spell of Desire, Vol. 2

Spell of Desire Volume 2 by Tomu Ohmi This series is rapidly becoming my favorite josei masked as shoujo series released on the Shojo Beat imprint. When I picked up the second volume, I was expecting a bit of filler with a few more episodes of Kaoruko’s runaway witch powers manifesting, with the obligatory makeout […]

Whispered Words, Vol. 2

By Takashi Ikeda. Released in Japan in three separate volumes as “Sasameki Koto” by Media Factory, serialized in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by One Peace Books. Emotional turmoil is the order of the day with this second omnibus, as our two heroines go through an amazing amount of distress as they […]

Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Vol. 4

Editors: Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen Publisher: A Public Space ISSN: 2159-7138 ISBN: 9780615962757 Released: March 2014 The original Monkey Business was a Japanese literary journal was published between 2008 and 2011. 2011 also saw the launch of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, the English-language, international edition of the journal. Edited by Motoyuki Shibata, […]