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What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 1

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130389 Released: March 2014 Original release: 2007 I have been a fan of Fumi Yoshinaga and her work for quite some time now. English-language readers have been fortunate in that so many of her manga have been translated. I and many others were very excited when Vertical announced […]

Vinland Saga, Vol 2

Vinland Saga Volume 2 by Makoto Yukimura It says a lot about the quality of writing in Vinland Saga that the most memorable moments in the manga for me aren’t the Viking battle scenes but instead quiet moments that reveal more about the characters in the story. The clash of wills between determined young warrior […]

Editors talk shop, plus a manga starter kit

Justin Stroman talks to Yen Press freelancer Abigail Blackman about manga editing and the ins and outs of licensing manga. And here’s an interview with translator Adrienne Beck about translating Food Wars. Helen McCarthy dishes a bit about her new book, A Brief History of Manga. Zainab Akhtar lists five books that helped her get […]

A Certain Scientific Railgun, Vol. 9

By Kazuma Kamachi and Motoi Fuyukawa. Released in Japan as “Toaru Kagaku no Railgun” by ASCII Media Works, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Last time I noted that Academy City was fostering an entire world of superheroes, and this new volume shows us how dark that […]

Sakuracon roundup, plus what editors really think of scanlations

More license announcements from Sakuracon: We covered the Yen Press news over the weekend, and Dark Horse announced some new licenses as well: CLAMP’s Legal Drug (previously published by Tokyopop) and the sequel, Drug & Drop; two by Satoshi Kon, OPUS and Seraphim: 266613336 Wings; and an Oreimo spinoff, Oreimo: Kuroneko. Also, Dark Horse will […]

My Week in Manga: April 14-April 20, 2014

My News and Reviews There were two in-depth reviews posted at Experiments in Manga Last week. The first review was of Torajiro Kishi’s manga Maka-Maka: Sex, Life, and Communication, Volume 1 as a part of my Year of Yuri review project. Maka-Maka is definitely a mature title and there’s quite a bit of sex and […]

Weekly Shonen Jump Recap: April 7, 2014

If you like western themed fantasy then you really need to pick up The Seven Deadly Sins. The storytelling is very much in the style of other manga, but the aesthetic of the design is one hundred percent medieval european. Even the swords are styled properly, which for a manga artist must take an insane […]

Pick of the Week: Endings & Beginnings

It’s not an especially full week for new manga, but the Battle Robot is still able to make some fairly enthusiastic choices, thanks to the diverse catalogue of Yen Press. What looks good to you this week?

Bookshelf Briefs 4/21/14

This week, Melinda, Sean, and Michelle look at recent releases from Yen Press, Seven Seas, Viz Media, and Vertical, Inc. Bunny Drop, Vol. 10 | By Yumi Unita | Yen Press – For many fans, Bunny Drop was a tricky series (for reasons documented by nearly everyone), and though I found the final volumes more […]

Sakuracon License Roundup

Well, we’ve had another con, and this time three big publishers were there to say things about manga: Viz, Yen, and Dark Horse. What did they say? Not much from Viz, which usually saves its big announcements for the summer. They did indicate that one of their recent Weekly Jump digital series, World Trigger, would […]