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What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 4

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130792 Released: September 2014 Original release: 2010 With each new volume of Fumi Yoshinaga’s series What Did You Eat Yesterday? that is released in English, I seem to fall in love with the manga just a little more. What Did You Eat Yesterday? probably isn’t my favorite series by […]

Manga the Week of 9/24

SEAN: I’ve been joking about the large amount of manga coming out last month and this month, but a look at what’s coming in October tells me I should have held back. October is vicious. That said, next week has a far greater amount of manga than usual on 4th weeks of the month, so […]

Attack on Titan Guidebook

By Hajime Isayama and the editors at Kodansha. Released in Japan by Kodansha in two separate volumes, “Inside” and “Outside”. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Shonen manga in Japan get quite popular, and as you’d expect, fans want to know absolutely everything about their favorite characters, things that wouldn’t necessarily come up in […]

Wandering Son, Vol. 7

Creator: Takako Shimura U.S. publisher: Fantagraphics Books ISBN: 9781606997505 Released: August 2014 Original release: 2007 The wait between the release of each new volume of the English-language edition of Takako Shimura’s manga series Wandering Son can seem torturous, but without fail I’m exceptionally glad when the next installment is finally available. Wandering Son is a […]

Why It’s Worth It To Buy Manga

Why is it worth it to buy manga? Living in New York City, where there’s Barnes & Nobles everywhere and a Kinokuniya on 41st and 6th, most manga available range from $10-13 dollars (Think Shonen Jump, Seven Seas, Shojo Beat, Kodansha, DMP for the most part), $14-20 dollars (think some Vertical titles, Viz Signature stuff), […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 7 & 8

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. I’ve joked several times in the last few weeks about warning people that this volume features the debut of Happosai, but there’s a kernel of truth to that warning: Happosai is repugnant, and a polarizing […]

Bookshelf Briefs 9/15/14

This week, Sean and Michelle look at recent releases from Seven Seas and Viz Media. A Centaur’s Life, Vol. 4 | By Kei Murayama | Seven Seas – A Centaur’s Life is starting to find its footing, and this volume is a definite step up from the previous ones. There’s less emphasis on odd lolicon-esque […]

My Week in Manga: September 8-September 14, 2014

My News and Reviews Two reviews were posted at Experiments in Manga last week. Coincidentally, they both happened to be for works that are a bit disconcerting. First up was my review of Boogiepop and Others, the light novel by Kouhei Kadono which launched the entire Boogiepop franchise. The book is a fantastic mix of […]

Pick of the Week: Titans & Sparklers

It’s a quiet week on the manga shipping front, but as always, the Battle Robot has little trouble finding ways to spend its money. What looks good to you this week?

Hayate the Combat Butler, Vol. 24

By Kenjiro Hata. Released in Japan as “Hayate no Gotoku!” by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. This is probably my favorite volume of Hayate the Combat Butler to date. It manages to resolve the Athena storyline with a lot of fighting spirit, emotional turmoil, and one […]