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Franken Fran, Vols. 1-2

By Katsuhisa Kigitsu. Released in Japan by Akita Shoten, serialized in the magazine Champion Red. Released in North America by Seven Seas. This has been one of the long-awaited licenses, and it’s easy to see why with this first omnibus. Franken Fran is terrific. That said, one or two caveats. I feel, once again, Seven […]

Behind the Scenes!!, Vol. 1

Behind the Scenes!!, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori I read several volumes of Ouran High School Host Club and the first couple volumes of Millenium Snow way back in the day, so I was looking forward to this new series. Behind the Scenes!! takes place in a film props and set department at an arts […]

Requiem of the Rose King, Vol. 3

Creator: Aya Kanno U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421582597 Released: January 2016 Original release: 2015 Aya Kanno’s manga series Requiem of the Rose King has quickly become one of the releases that I most look forward to from one volume to the next. I’m not particularly surprised by this, though—I’ve enjoyed many of Kanno’s past […]

Manga the Week of 2/17

SEAN: There’s one title I’m really excited about next week, but there are several other books of interest. Let’s go through them, starting, as ever, with Dark Horse. (If a manga company started beginning with A-C, they’d clean up.) Fate/Zero is a prequel to the insanely popular visual novel franchise Fate/Stay Night, taking place 20 […]

School Judgment, Vol. 1

By Nobuaki Enoko and Takeshi Obata. Released in Japan as “Gakkyu Hotei” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz Media. It can sometimes be difficult, particularly for a Western audience, to remember that Weekly Shonen Jump’s demographic remains young boys in Japan, with the ideal age between […]

Pick of the Week: Some Shonen Sunday

It may get lost in the shuffle next to Jump sometimes, but this week has manga bookshelf looking forward to some of their favorite Sunday titles.

Bookshelf Briefs 2/8/16

Sean and Michelle review a sizable pile of new releases from a sizable percentage of manga publishers. Assassination Classroom, Vol. 8 | By Yusei Matsui | Viz Media – Viz may never have licensed Supernatural Detective Neuro, Matsui’s prior series, but at least we can get an in-joke about it here. As for this volume […]

The Manga Revue: Behind the Scenes!!

It’s a snowy day here in Boston, giving me the perfect excuse to tunnel under a blanket and read a goofy, light-hearted story. My escapism of choice: Bisco Hatori’s latest series, Ouran University Host Club Behind the Scenes!! Behind the Scenes!!, Vol. 1 By Bisco Hatori Rated T, for teens VIZ Media, $9.99 Behind the […]

My Week in Manga: February 1-February 7, 2016

My News and Reviews I posted a few different things at Experiments in Manga last week. For starters, the Love at Fourteen Giveaway Winner was announced. The post also includes a list of some of the manga available in English which feature a bit of romance. Last week I also reviewed Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories […]

Bookshelf Overload: January 2016

Another month has passed and my manga collection continues to grow and evolve. The nice thing about December and January is that I usually end up with at least a few gift cards (and gifts), so I can splurge a bit even though I’m actively reducing the number of manga and books I’m buying at […]