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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 […]

The True Meaning of ‘Attack on Titan’

What is Attack on Titan really about? Vernieda Vergara puts it in context and discusses the social and political issues that Japanese readers might pick up on. The folks at Sparkler Monthly are launching a Kickstarter to fund their third year. They have a lot of great premiums, and if you don’t want to be […]

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Vol. 14

By Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki. Released in Japan as “Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin” by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Dark Horse. It’s been a long time since the last volume – two and a half years, in fact – even though the manga is still clipping […]

Gene Mapper

Author: Taiyo Fujii Translator: Jim Hubbert U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421580272 Released: June 2015 Original release: 2013 Gene Mapper is Taiyo Fujii’s debut work as an author. Originally, he was employed in design and software development, a background that to some extent informs Gene Mapper. In 2012, he self-published the novel as an ebook […]