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Manga the Week of 11/5

SEAN: November does not have quite as many books as October, but that’s only due to Thanksgiving week providing a minor break. The other three weeks try harder to drown us in books. Dark Horse finishes off its Trigun re-release with the 5th Trigun Maximum omnibus, depriving me of additional attempts to mock Nightow’s art […]

3 Things Thursday: Pretty Pictures

Wow, this has been a weird week. I mean, really, seriously weird. Weird on levels I can’t quite talk about here. But whatever the weirdness, it is in times like these that I really just want to look at something pretty. No, seriously. That’s the only thing to be done. So today, that’s what we’re […]

Vampire Knight, Vol. 19

By Matsuri Hino. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine LaLa. Released in North America by Viz. And so after 19 volumes, we come to the end of this particular journey. Yes, there’s a novel due out next month, but for the main manga, this is it. There’s even a limited edition, which […]

Bookmarked! 10/29/14

Welcome to another edition of Bookmarked, our weekly feature in which Kate and I, and an invited guest, discuss what we’re reading this week. These are not formal reviews—they are more like works-in-progress, and we totally claim the right to have opinions about manga we haven’t finished yet. Our guest this week is Justin S, […]

Manga Giveaway: Sherlock Bones Giveaway

The end of October is fast approaching, which means it’s time for another manga giveaway at Experiments in Manga! I’m not entirely sure why, but my review of the first volume of Yuma Ando and Yuki Sato’s manga series Sherlock Bones is by far one of the most frequently visited posts at Experiments in Manga. […]

Morning Manga Spotlight: Paradise Kiss

I pondered for a blatantly ridiculous amount of time over this week’s manga recommendation for my teen students. I considered another classic epic (Please Save My Earth), a couple of overlooked romances (Rasetsu, Crown of Love), or perhaps something for my pre-teens (Shugo Chara!). My most serious consideration, however, went to Ai Yazawa’s yet-unfinished (but […]

Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on My Heart

By Sana Shirakawa, Quin Rose, and Nana Fumitsuki, based on the game by Quin Rose. Released in Japan by Ichijinsha. Released in North America by Seven Seas. The Alice spinoffs, which is to say everything but the 6 main books that Tokyopop/Yen Press put out, have always had an issue to deal with which is […]

Off the Shelf: The Return

MELINDA: *tap* *tap* Is this thing on? MICHELLE: What’s this strange noise? MELINDA: It seems to be the sound of… AWESOMENESS. Or, y’know, typing. One of the two. MICHELLE: Oh, it’s starting to come back to me now. You’re Belinda, right? MELINDA: Yes, and you’re… Michael? MICHELLE: More or less! And I’m feeling the strongest […]

Bookshelf Briefs 10/27/14

This week, Sean and Michelle look at recent releases from Viz Media, Seven Seas, and Kodansha Comics. Food Wars!, Vol. 2 | By Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki | Viz Media – As I expected the fanservice that completely appalls me and causes my jaw to drop seems to be limited to one or two […]

Pick of the Week: Old & New

In an exceptionally strong week for new manga, the Battle Robot is visibly torn between a number of old favorites and a selection of potential new ones. What looks good to you this week?