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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 […]

How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend, Vol. 1

By Fumiaki Maruto and Takeshi Moriki. Released in Japan as “Saenai Kanojo no Sodatekata” by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dragon Age. Released in North America by Yen Press. I think you have to be very careful when part of your work has “boring” in the title. I’m not sure if the original […]

Tokyo Decadence: 15 Stories

Author: Ryu Murakami Translator: Ralph McCarthy U.S. publisher: Kurodahan Press ISBN: 9784902075786 Released: March 2016 Original release: 1986-2003 Ryu Murakami is a fairly prolific and multi-talented creator. In addition to being an author, he is also a filmmaker and has been involved in the music industry as well. Several of Murakami’s novels have been translated […]

Manga the Week of 2/10

SEAN: Next week and the week after are blissfully small, allowing most of us to recover from the hideous amount of manga that we still have to read. This does not mean there are not some interesting things coming out, however. Fans of Berserk might be interested in the new science fiction manga by its […]

The Isolator, Vol. 2

By Reki Kawahara and Shimeji. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. The first volume of this series introduced us to Minoru, a broken young man who wishes to live his live with minimal emotional contact with anyone – and has secret suicidal thoughts. In this second book, he […]

Manga Giveaway: Love at Fourteen Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Love at Fourteen Giveaway is… wandering-dreamer! As the winner, wandering-dreamer (whose writing I happen to follow at both Narrative Investigations and TheOASG) will be receiving a copy of Fuka Mizutani’s Love at Fourteen, Volume 1 as published in English by Yen Press. Love at Fourteen features a sweet story of […]

Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade, Vol. 1

By Mamare Touno and Koyuki. Released in Japan by Fujimi Shobo, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dragon Age. Released in North America by Yen Press. Given that Log Horizon contains a huge cast with at least a dozen named guilds, set over a wide area, it is not particularly surprising that we’re seeing spinoffs about […]

Bookshelf Briefs 2/1/16

Behold: briefs! Akuma no Riddle, Vol. 2 | By Yun Kouga and Sunao Minakata | Seven Seas – Now that we’ve set up the And Then There Were None-style premise, it’s time to start firing off the assassins one by one to see how they will fail at taking out Haru. This volume comes in […]

School Judgement, Vol. 1

School Judgement Volume 1 by by Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata This was a series that I expected to be wildly enthusiastic about, just for the Takeshi Obata art factor alone, so I was surprised to have a more measured reaction once I read the first volume. There were aspects of the setting and execution […]

Pick of the Week: Selling the Drama

It’s back to school this week, as the Manga Bookshelf team divides up into drama nerds, law school nerds, and those who turned out not to be a nerd but Dio all along.