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Bookshelf Briefs 7/29/14

This week, Sean, Anna, & Michelle look at recent releases from Seven Seas, Harlequin, Viz Media, Kodansha Comics, & Vertical, Inc. Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge, Vol. 1 | By QuinRose and Sai Asai | Seven Seas – This is an Alice book, and you all know the drill by now. Reasons […]

Pick of the Week: Kodansha-fest

Though this week’s shipping list is on the smallish side, Kodansha, in particular, makes a strong showing, and the Battle Robot expresses its appreciation. What looks good to you this week?

Accel World: Kuroyukihime’s Return

By Reki Kawahara and Hima. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. This is the other major series that Kawahara has written, after Sword Art Online, and it’s interesting to see how the two series compare and contrast. SAO was written 6 years earlier and published online as a […]

My Week in Manga: July 21-July 27, 2014

My News and Reviews It wasn’t entirely intentional, but last week Experiments in Manga ended up being full of Vertical reviews. (And by full, I mean that two reviews were posted.) The first was of Fumi Yoshinaga’s gay slice-of-life and food manga What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 3. With each volume that is released, […]

SDCC License Roundup

I was surprised at a couple of announcements at this year’s SDCC, enough that it deserves a new License Roundup post! I’ll start with Viz, who had no new titles (this is typical; they usually offload new licenses at AX), but who did note that the final Evangelion manga will be simultaneously published with Japan, […]

Umineko: When They Cry, Vol. 7

Story by Ryukishi07; Art by Soichiro. Released in Japan in two separate volumes as “Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Alliance of the Golden Witch” by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Gangan Online. Released in North America by Yen Press. Umineko is in many ways a dark mirror of Higurashi: When They Cry, and so […]

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 6: To War

Creator: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Original story: Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130204 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2010 While I don’t necessarily consider myself to be a fan of the massive Gundam franchise as a whole, I do think that it’s safe at this point to call myself a fan of Yoshikazu […]

Manga the Week of 7/30

SEAN: A 5th week of the month is usually sparse, but we do have a few interesting things due out at the tail end of July. Gen Manga offers you a choice of Indie Manga. Either you will think that One Is Enough, or perhaps you’d rather be with an Anomal. Choose wisely. (They do […]

Soul Eater, Vol. 21

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. After the horror of the final chapter in Volume 20, I think readers needed a break, so it was nice to see the Spartoi out on a normal silly mission to help some […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 3

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130402 Released: July 2014 Original release: 2009 As a fan of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga, food, and stories with a queer bent to them, I was extraordinarily happy when her series What Did You Eat Yesterday? was licensed for release in English. The third volume of What Did You […]