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The Manga Revue: A Silent Voice and Your Lie in April

It’s been a while since I checked in with Kodansha, so this week’s column explores two recent additions to the KC catalog: A Silent Voice, which explores the complex relationship between a bully and his victim, and Your Lie in April, which focuses on a piano prodigy who flamed out at an early age. A […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 7

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781941220221 Released: March 2015 Original release: 2012 What Did You Eat Yesterday? incorporates so many things that I love—the work of Fumi Yoshinaga, food, queer life, and so on—that it’s really not too much of a surprise that I enjoy the manga series. Yoshinaga has had many of […]

Manga the Week of 7/8

SEAN: It’s a new fiscal year, and that brings a new pile of books, mostly from Viz. What have we got? DMP print release dates give me a migraine. Twittering Birds Never Fly 2? I guess? ASH: I can never tell when something will actually be released by DMP anymore. MICHELLE: Me, neither. I’ll perk […]

Non Non Biyori, Vol. 1

By Atto. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Seas. There is, as most fans know by now, a large market in Japan, and a smaller one in the West, for manga for grown men that involve groups of young girl students doing […]

Tales of the Shiny, Princess Magazine

We’ve had kings galore here on Magazine no Mori, with Young King Ours and Dengeki Daioh, and we’ve met the Queen of all Shoujo, Nakayoshi, so it seems fitting that we’ll spend some time with a princess or two. In Monthly Princess (プリンセス) magazine, everyone is royalty. Princess magazine is wall-to-wall stories about the rich, the […]

Pick of the Week: Light week

Though it’s a particularly light week for new manga, the miniature Battle Robot manages to make a couple of manga picks and one off the beaten path. Well, perhaps this path has been somewhat beaten by the Bookshelf before. What looks good to you this week?

Manga Giveaway: Assassination Classroom Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Assassination Classroom manga giveaway is… wandering-dreamer! As the winner, wandering-dreamer (whose review blog Narrative Investigations I happen to really enjoy) will be receiving Assassination Classroom, Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui as published by Viz Media. Since Assassination Classroom features a rather unusual teacher, I was curious to hear about some […]

Meteor Prince Vol. 2

Meteor Prince Volume 2 by Meca Tanaka I enjoyed the first volume of Meteor Prince very much, and after reading the second, I’ve found it to be a great, self-contained two volume series. Sometimes shorter series suffer a bit from having an unfinished feeling, with an abrupt final chapter, but Meteor Prince pulls off the […]

The Isolator, Vol. 1

By Reki Kawahara and Shimeji. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. You have to figure that Reki Kawahara is definitely listening to his critics. Sword Art Online features Kirito, who does have deeper issues than people give him credit for, but in the end is pretty much defined […]

My Week in Manga: June 22-June 28, 2015

My News and Reviews Last week, the most recent manga giveaway at Experiments in Manga was posted. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, so there are still a couple of days left to enter for a chance to win the first volume of Assassination Classroom. All you have to do is tell me about […]