manga bookshelf

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki This was by far one of my most anticipated new manga titles of the year. I generally don’t get into 4-koma manga all that much, but Oresama Teacher is one of my favorite shoujo comedy titles, so I was looking forward to reading this. Poor Chiyo has […]

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Vol. 8

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. It is not particularly surprising that, having resolved its main relationship in this volume, Nagato Yuki-chan continues. After all, the main Haruhi novels are still […]

Rising of the Shield Hero Vol 1

Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 1 by Aneko Yusagi It has been some time since I’ve read a light novel, and so when One Peace sent me Rising of the Shield Hero, I decided to give it a try. The plot centers around Naofumi Iwatani, a disaffected otaku who abruptly finds himself transported into […]

Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound

Author: Ryo Suzukaze Illustrator: Thores Shibamoto Translator: Ko Ransom U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130877 Released: May 2015 Original release: 2012 Between 2011 and 2012, three light novels written by Ryo Suzukaze and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto were released in Japan, forming a prequel trilogy to Hajime Isayama’s massively popular manga series Attack on Titan. All […]

The Manga Revue: Deadman Wonderland and Livingstone

The November release of Jinsei Kataoka and Tomohiro Maekawa’s Livingstone provided me a nifty excuse to try Deadman Wonderland, an earlier series written and illustrated by Katoaka. Fans of Deadman Wonderland may know its complex licensing history here in the US: Tokyopop was its first publisher, releasing five volumes before going bankrupt in 2011. VIZ acquired the series in 2013, and is […]

Manga the Week of 12/2

SEAN: The last month of the year is upon us next week, and manga companies are here to make sure it’s filled with STUFF. What have we got this time around? Dark Horse gives us a 7th volume of not-so-new-anymore New Lone Wolf & Cub. Kodansha figures we like Noragami so much that we’ll pick […]

Log Horizon: Game’s End, Part 1

By Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara. Released in Japan by Enterbrain. Released in North America by Yen On. After two reasonably stand-alone novels, Log Horizon now has the first of the ever popular ‘2-volume arc’ books, as seen in SAO, Accel World, and Index has a few soon as well. This does allow for a […]

Manga Giveaway: Kodansha Shoujo Smorgasbord

The end of November is almost here, and you know what that means! It’s time for another manga giveaway at Experiments in Manga. As is tradition for November’s giveaway, in celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States (my favorite holiday) I’m offering up a manga feast. You all will have a chance to win not […]

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 5

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. After four novels that were basically one plotline, this fifth book gathers up three interlocking stories, one a novella and two short stories, all taking place on the last day […]

Pick of the Week: Giving Thanks for Manga

It’s the holiday season this week, and our group has a few titles to keep their imaginations stuffed.