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Spell of Desire, Vol. 2

Spell of Desire Volume 2 by Tomu Ohmi This series is rapidly becoming my favorite josei masked as shoujo series released on the Shojo Beat imprint. When I picked up the second volume, I was expecting a bit of filler with a few more episodes of Kaoruko’s runaway witch powers manifesting, with the obligatory makeout […]

Whispered Words, Vol. 2

By Takashi Ikeda. Released in Japan in three separate volumes as “Sasameki Koto” by Media Factory, serialized in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by One Peace Books. Emotional turmoil is the order of the day with this second omnibus, as our two heroines go through an amazing amount of distress as they […]

Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Vol. 4

Editors: Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen Publisher: A Public Space ISSN: 2159-7138 ISBN: 9780615962757 Released: March 2014 The original Monkey Business was a Japanese literary journal was published between 2008 and 2011. 2011 also saw the launch of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, the English-language, international edition of the journal. Edited by Motoyuki Shibata, […]

Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1

Earlier this year my good friend Jocilyn Wagner contributed a review of Hiroki Ugawa’s Shrine of the Morning Mist, Volume 1 to Experiments in Manga. She was recently inspired to do so more manga blogging and to write another review, and so I’m happy to welcome Jocilyn back to Experiments in Manga! This time she’ll […]

The Garden of Words

By Makoto Shinkai and Midori Motohashi. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Vertical Comics. I don’t really watch a lot of anime, but I know enough by osmosis that I am aware that the words ‘Makoto Shinkai’ and ‘bittersweet’ go together extremely well. I also recall […]

Manga the Week of 10/22

SEAN: Another week, another pile. Here we go. I may not really enjoy Gantz, but it certainly sells in comic shops, and is popular enough that the author’s new title was just announced at NYCC. We’re still a few volumes from the end over here. Animal Land, an underrated Kodansha title, has reached Vol. 10. […]

3 Things Thursday: NETCOMICS

It’s been over three years since Michelle and I published an Off the Shelf column entitled, “NETCOMICS Lives!” A year later, it seemed that our excitement was perhaps premature, as new chapter releases dwindled and the company’s social media accounts went dark. But this year, once again, we’ve seen signs of life! I’m a bit […]

Attack on Titan Boosts US Manga Market

Over at Publisher’s Weekly, Deb Aoki files a lengthy report on the state of manga publishing. The good news: Attack on Titan has attracted thousands of new readers to manga, just as Naruto did ten years ago. As a result, manga publishers across the industry are reporting stronger sales for 2014 and licensing more titles […]

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Creator: Chiho Saito U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781591165002 Released: November 2004 Original release: 1999 Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of my absolute favorite anime series. Despite that fact, I’ve never read any of the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga until now. I have no idea why that is. I love manga, and I love Revolutionary […]

One Piece Fever

The One Piece Podcast interviewed Japanese fans about their relationship with Eiichiro Oda’s long-running series. The result: a lively documentary about one of the world’s most popular comic book franchises. Over at Manga Therapy, Tony Yao reflects on the important role that editors play in shaping your favorite manga series. Melinda Beasi sings the praises […]