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Discovering Manga: Organization Anti-Social Geniuses

In 2010, around the same time that I started writing at Experiments in Manga, another blog also came into existence, Organization Anti-Social Genuises (OASG). Originally co-founded by Justin Stroman (the current Editor-in-Chief of OASG and an occasional guest writer at Manga Bookshelf) and the now retired LCMoran, the site is currently a team effort with […]

Manga the Week of 4/16

SEAN: Mid-April brings us a wide variety of titles, with something for absolutely everyone. I often feel guilty for forgetting about Gen Manga’s releases, so will take the time to point out a new collection called Alive, which is apparently “a collection of melancholy love stories”, which will likely appeal to, well, indie comics fans. […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 1

By Fumi Yoshinaga. Released in Japan as “Kinou Nani Tabeta?” by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Morning. Released in North America by Vertical. This series has been demanded by the manga cognoscenti almost since it began serialization, and particularly since Yoshinaga’s other titles made it big over here (well, semi-big – no one’s comparing sales […]


Author: Chōhei Kambayashi Translator: Neil Nadelman U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421532554 Released: January 2010 Original release: 1984 Awards: Seiun Award Chōhei Kambayashi is an award-winning, well-respected, and popular author of science fiction in Japan. His novel Yukikaze is one of his best known works and has even been adapted into a short anime series. […]

Insufficient Direction by Moyoco Anno

Vertical is such a great publisher. I’m turning into even more of a fangirl because Gundam: The Origin, What Did You Eat Yesterday?, and Insufficient Direction all make me very happy. Some of the online reviews I’ve skimmed about this manga tend to focus more on the opportunity to find out what Hideaki Anno is […]

Google Cultural Collection features Osamu Tezuka!

The Google Cultural Collection has put up an exhibit on Osamu Tezuka—the first one to feature manga or anime. Ken H files his con report on Anime Boston. News from Japan: Mike Masick of TechDirt writes about concerns among doujinshi creators that the Trans Pacific Partnership will lead copyright holders to shut them down; he […]

Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1

By Takako Shimura. Released in Japan as “Aoi Hana” by Ohta Shuppan, serialized in the magazine Manga Erotics F. Released in North America digitally by Digital Manga Publishing. DMP’s digital only line of books has been cruising along for some time, with a broad selection of BL, hentai, and obscure shoujo titles to choose from. […]

Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

From the back cover: Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until […]

Pick of the Week: Dawn of the Arcana & more!

There’s a lot of variety on the shelves this week, and though one volume in particular makes a strong showing, the Battle Robot has plenty of love to go around. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: March 31-April 6, 2014

My News and Reviews Last week was one of Experiments in Manga’s slower weeks, but there was still some good stuff to be had, if I do say so myself. First up was the announcement of the Battle Angel Alita Giveaway Winner, which also includes a list of some of the cyborg manga available in […]