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A True Novel

Author: Minae Mizumura Photographer: Toyota Horiguchi Translator: Juliet Winters Carpenter U.S. publisher: Other Press ISBN: 9781590512036 Released: November 2013 Original release: 2001 Awards: Yomiuri Prize for Literature So far, only two works by Minae Mizumura have been translated into English. The first was the Yomiuri Prize-winning A True Novel. Originally published in Japan in 2002, […]

Summer Manga Review Index

In a sure sign that the dog days of August are upon us, Manga Bookshelf’s most productive reviewer announced that he is taking a few days off for a well-earned vacation. We’re also in favor of poolside margaritas, so we decided to follow Sean’s lead this week. Never fear: we’ll be back in the saddle […]

Manga the Week of 9/2

SEAN: School’s back in session. Do you have all your manga supplies? The old favorites? The new series? The zipatone? Let’s see what you might want to pick up. Dark Horse still knows we like our samurai manga with the 6th New Lone Wolf & Cub. ASH: I’m still catching up with the old school […]

Manga Giveaway: Yumi Tamura Giveaway

It’s almost the end of the month which means it’s yet again time for another giveaway at Experiments in Manga. This month I’m offering up an entire series: Yumi Tamura’s two-volume shoujo action thriller Chicago! The series was released in English by Viz Media a decade or so ago, but is now out of print. […]

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?, Vol. 3

By Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan as “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by Softbank Creative. Released in North America by Yen On. The thing that struck me most about the third volume of this light novel series was how tightly paced the whole thing is. The […]

Why Sekai Project Is Entering The Manga Industry

A lot of announcements happened at Anime Expo, San Diego Comic Con, and Otakon. Arguably the biggest announcement (not to actually shortchange what WAS announced) was the revelation of a new player in the manga industry. If you’ve heard of Sekai Project, you may be a bit more familiar with them bringing over visual novels, […]

Pick of the Week: Mostly Kodansha

As summer winds down, the Manga Bookshelf team finds itself with a lot of Kodansha titles this week,. What are they choosing for their pick?

My Week in Manga: August 17-August 23, 2015

My News and Reviews Last week Experiments in Manga reached its fifth anniversary, so I wrote a somewhat lengthy post about what I’ve been up to online and offline over the last year. Thank you again to everyone who has shown support and encouragement for Experiments in Manga over the years. Apparently, people actually want […]

Cosplay Basics

Cosplay Basics by by Yuki Takasou, Rumine, and Kashiko Kurobuchi This is an English translation of a Japanese book that provides an introduction to cosplay with chapters on tips, shopping, and costume construction, interspersed with short manga chapters showing a seasoned cosplayer showing a newbie the ropes. A magical girl character is used as the […]

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 4

By Kazumi Kamachi and Kiyotaka Haimura. Released in Japan as “To Aru Majutsu no Index” by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. The early Index novels tend to follow an unfortunate pattern, which luckily goes away as the series goes on. The odd-numbered books, for some reason, are significantly better and more […]