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Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, Vol. 4

By Satoko Kiyuduki. Released in Japan as “Hitsugi Katsugi no Kuro – Kaichu Tabi no Wa” by Houbunsha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Manga Time Kirara. Released in North America by Yen Press. Sometimes, when I’m reading a series with as much ambiguity as this one, I find it difficult to discern which parts I […]

Viz brings Takeshi Obata to NYCC

If there is one thing that readers of this website can be sure of (okay, there are a number of things, but that’s not the point), it is that I am a Takeshi Obata fangirl. Not only have I repeatedly made noise about the fact that Hikaru no Go was the series that first got […]

Bookshelf Briefs 9/29/14

This week, Sean, Michelle, & Anna look at recent releases from Seven Seas, Kodansha Comics, & Viz Media. Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge, Vol. 2 | By QuinRose and Sai Asai | Seven Seas – I will say this for the creators they rarely take the easy way out and have Alice […]

Pick of the Week: Priapus & more

It’s a bit of a slow week for new manga hitting the shelves, but the Battle Robot is enthusiastic about a number of imminent releases. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: September 22-September 28, 2014

My News and Reviews Last week unintentionally turned into an Osamu Tezuka Week at Experiments in Manga…sort of. First of all, this month’s manga giveaway features Tezuka’s Triton of the Sea. Tell me a little about the merfolk you’ve encountered in manga for a chance to win the first omnibus of the series. (The winner […]

Yen Grabs ‘Big Hero 6′ Manga

Yen Press has the license for the manga based on the Disney film Big Hero 6. The manga has just launched in Kodansha’s Magazine Special, and not only is it the first manga to precede a Disney film, it’s also the only comic adaptation of the film currently in the works. I talked to Kurt […]

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Vol. 6

By Nagaru Tanigawa and Puyo. Released in Japan as “Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu” by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Yen Press. In my last review of this title, I seemed somewhat grumpy. The manga had gotten to a place that seemed ideal to wrap up, but […]

The Tale of the Cavern

Author: Minamoto no Shitagō Translator: Ziro Uraki Publisher: Shinozaki Shorin ISBN: 9784784104376 Released: 1984 Original release: 10th Century While reading The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan, I encountered quite a few references to a work of fiction called Utsuho Monogatari. Written in the late tenth century, most likely by the […]

Dororo, Vol. 3

Creator: Osamu Tezuka U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781934287187 Released: August 2008 Original run: 1968-1969 Awards: Eisner Award Osamu Tezuka was an extraordinarily prolific and influential creator of manga and anime. So far, only a small fraction of his total output has been released in English. Out of those, one of my personal favorites is his […]

My Love Story! Vol 2

My Love Story! Volume 2 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko I thought the first volume of this series managed to be both hilarious and refreshing with its unconventional for shoujo manga premise of focusing on the foibles of a unconventional male hero. The second volume took first place on my to-read pile as soon as […]