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Master Keaton Vol 1

Master Keaton Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa, Takashi Nagasaki, and Hokusei Katsushika I don’t have the best track record of finishing Naoki Urasawa series. I own all of 20th Century Boys and mean to read it all the way through again. I’ve checked out a couple volumes of Pluto and the first few volumes of […]

Pick of the Week: Mostly Manhwa

After some relative calm, this week is chock full of new manga, but despite this abundance, the Battle Robot is heavily drawn to only a small number of titles, mostly Korean manhwa and all from Yen Press. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: January 12-January 18, 2015

My News and Reviews I posted two reviews at Experiments in Manga last week. The first review was of Manazuru, Hiromi Kawakami’s first novel to be translated into English. It’s a slightly surreal but moving work about memory, loss, letting go, and moving on. I had previously read and enjoyed some of Kawakami’s short stories, […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 11 & 12

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. My resolve to do full reviews of the whole Ranma series as it comes out can sometimes give me pause, as this is not only a series that fights against a deeper analysis but which […]

Manga Star Wars Coming to a Galaxy Near You

If the phrase “manga Star Wars” is music to your ears, you’ll be happy to learn that ComiXology has just reissued manga adaptations of the original trilogy and The Phantom Menace. (Hey, the manga’s gotta be better than Episode One, right?) According to the Yano Research Institute, manga accounted for almost 80% of the overall digital book market […]

Mushishi, Vol. 1

Creator: Yuki Urushibara U.S. publisher: Del Rey ISBN: 9780345496218 Released: January 2007 Original release: 2000 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award I no longer remember what first led me to pick up Yuki Urushibara’s debut manga Mushishi. It was probably mostly coincidence: the series started being released in English around the same time […]

Manga the Week of 1/21

SEAN: Remember how I said that January was quiet? That does not apply to next week, which is simply a ton of stuff. It’s even bigger as I missed some titles last week. Basically, I get street dates from Amazon, mostly. The exceptions are Dark Horse and DMP (and sometimes One Peace or Gen), which […]

The 10 Boldest Manga Predictions For 2015

So 2015 has arrived, and the only thing I can think of this: …What’s gonna happen to manga and the manga industry in 2015? Like I’m sure somebody has said the past couple of years, this is a crucial year for the manga industry, in Japan and in the US of course. Pretty sure all […]

Why, Why, Oh Waai!?

Today, we come not to praise a magazine, but to eulogize it. Western manga fans know the feeling of frustration when a publisher ceases to carry a title they like. Japanese manga fans know this feeling as well. Here we are, reading a delightful series, when suddenly on the last page of the magazine there’s a […]

Adventures in the Key of Shoujo: Skip Beat! 3-in-1, Vol. 2

Skip Beat | By Yoshiki Nakamura | Published by VIZ Media | Rated: Teen “Oh, it’s like riding a bike!” That’s what I told myself when resuming the responsibility of the column. The worst thing I could have done was tackle an ongoing storyline with complex characters, new characters being introduced, and a rapid fire […]