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Manga Giveaway: Sweetness & Lightning Giveaway

It’s the last Wednesday in October, so it’s yet again time for another monthly giveaway at Experiments in Manga! This time you’ll all have the chance to win both the first and second volumes of Gido Amagakure’s food and family manga Sweetness & Lightning as released in English by Kodansha Comics. Why two volumes? Mostly […]

Cells at Work!, Vol. 1

By Akane Shimizu. Released in Japan as “Hataraku Saibou” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Sirius. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Translated by Yamato Tanaka. We have seen a lot of anthropomorphism in manga and anime recently, with Hetalia probably being the most famous example of it. It can be fun […]

Pick of the Week: A Lotta Lise

No pun is safe from the Manga Bookshelf crew this week, as they choose from horror at Kodansha Comics, shoujo at Yen Press, and Sean’s continued obsession with Argo the Rat.

My Week in Manga: October 17-October 23, 2016

My News and Reviews Last week was yet another week during which I wasn’t online much, though this time it was because I was on a short family vacation in Ohio to visit my folks. I did however still manage to post my review of the absolutely wonderful children’s book Are You an Echo?: The […]

Bookshelf Briefs 10/24/16

Fate/Zero, Vol. 3 | By Gen Urobuchi, Type-Moon, and Shinjiro | Dark Horse – I did say last time that the series was going to get darker, and boy howdy I was not wrong. No amount of cute shots of Rin as a child or amusing scenes of Irisviel driving like a maniac can really […]

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 2

By Mizuho Kusanagi. Released in Japan as “Akatsuki no Yona” by Hakusensha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Hana to Yume. Released in North America by Viz. Translated by JN Productions, Adapted by Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane. I said I had wanted more plot development, and I get a lot of it here, very well told. We […]

Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon

By Shigeru Mizuki. Released in Japan as “Gegege no Kitaro” by (among others) Kodansha, serialized in various magazines. Released in North America by Drawn & Quarterly. Translated by Zack Davisson. It is interesting reading these old late 1960s Kitaro manga, showing off the wonders and terrors of yokai to a Japanese audience, now that we […]

Manga the Week of 10/26

SEAN: End of October. 35 titles. Scary! MICHELLE: I am having Count Floyd feels. SEAN: Kodansha brings us the 9th volume of Genshiken 2nd Season, which may have a new cast but has ended up being about Madarame’s love life. ASH: I’ll admit, I really wasn’t expecting it to basically become a harem manga. SEAN: […]

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Author: Misuzu Kaneko, David Jacobson Illustrator: Toshikado Hajiri Translator: Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi Publisher: Chin Music Press ISBN: 9781634059626 Released: September 2016 Misuzu Kaneko, who in the 1920s was a well-known author of poetry for children, almost faded into obscurity after her early death at the age of twenty-six only to have her work […]

Platinum End, Vol. 1

By Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Jump Aquare. Released in North America by Viz. Translated by Stephen Paul. The creator team of Ohba and Obata has brought Japan and North America some of the most iconic manga out there in Death Note and Bakuman. In […]