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Manga Giveaway: Yukarism Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Yukarism manga giveaway is… Haley! As the winner, Haley will be receiving the first volume of Chika Shiomi’s manga series Yukarism as published by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat. Because Yukarism has a plot that prominently features reincarnation, I was curious to know what other reincarnation stories people have enjoyed and […]

Dark Horse Rescues Planetes

Good news for sci-fi fans: Dark Horse announced that it will be reissuing Makoto Yukimura’s award-winning series Planetes, which was originally published by Tokyopop ten years ago. Look for an omnibus in stores on December 23rd. Over at Robot 6, Brigid Alverson interviews Blade of the Immortal editor Philip Simon about the final volume of […]

Soul Eater, Vol. 25

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. And so here we are at the end of another long-running shonen series. And it’s a good, solid ending, wrapping most plotlines up neatly, giving readers a big battle scene with lots of […]

Bookshelf Briefs 3/30/15

This week, Sean and Michelle look at recent releases from Viz Media, Yen Press, and Kodansha Comics. Black Rose Alice, Vol. 3 | By Setona Mizushiro | Viz Media – Perhaps the most fitting adjective to describe this third volume of Black Rose Alice would be “immersive.” One of Alice’s four potential propagation partners doesn’t […]

Pick of the Week: Yoshinaga & More

It’s a relatively robust shipping week for the beginning of the month, but the Battle Robot is pretty well-consumed by only three titles. What looks good to you this week?

Random Musings: Kôsen’s Lêttera at Sparkler Monthly

Studio Kôsen, also known simply as Kôsen, is a creative team made up of two Spanish artists: Aurora García Tejado and Diana Fernández Dévora. In Spain, they have been working together creating comics and drawing illustrations since 1998. Beginning in 2004, they started releasing translations of their work in English in the United States, but […]

My Week in Manga: March 23-March 29, 2015

My News and Reviews Well, it wasn’t really intentional, but last week at Experiments in Manga was apparently Viz Media week. Both of the in-depth manga reviews posted as well as the most recent manga giveaway feature Viz Media titles. The winner of this month’s giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, so there is still […]

Requiem of the Rose King, Vol. 1

Creator: Aya Kanno U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421567785 Released: March 2015 Original release: 2014 The English-language release of Aya Kanno’s Requiem of the Rose King was one of the manga that I was most looking forward to in 2015. Several of Kanno’s series have previously been translated into English—Soul Rescue, Blank Slate, and Otomen—all […]

Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 1

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. I’ve already discussed some of the ideas behind this concept in my review of the first manga, so I’ll try to skim over that and discuss what I enjoyed about SAO:P as a novel. Again, I don’t […]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 1: Phantom Blood, Vol. 1

Creator: Hirohiko Araki U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421578798 Released: February 2015 Original release: 1987-1988 Hirohiko Araki’s multi-generational epic JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the longest-running manga series in Japan. Araki began the series in 1986 and the manga is still ongoing at well over a hundred volumes. Between 2005 and 2010, Viz Media […]