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Manga the Week of 7/27

SEAN: You know the drill. Last week of the month, piles and piles of titles, let’s get right to it. Dark Horse gives us a 2nd volume of Dangan Ronpa: The Animation, whose awkward subtitle lets you know it’s based on that rather than the game. And they also have a 4th Oh My Goddess […]

Durarara!!, Vol. 4

By Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. Narita’s books, be it Baccano!, DRRR!!, or what have you, all enjoy being endlessly re-readable. Not only do you get the single-volume habit of various disparate and seemingly unconnected plots all crashing together at the end, […]

Bookshelf Briefs 7/18/16

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 5 | By Aya Shouoto | VIZ Media – It’s been quite interesting to see how Shouoto-sensei has improved as a mangaka. Kiss of the Rose Princess was fairly mediocre, He’s My Only Vampire is better, but in these past two volumes, The Demon Prince of Momochi House […]

Pick of the Week: Heroes, Zeroes, and Gangstas

Once again, many things are coming out this week, and we’re here to tell you what pleases us, in case you need guidance and care in choosing what to buy.

7th Garden, Vol. 1

By Mitsu Izumi. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Jump Square. Released in North America by Viz. For a nation that mostly seems to revolve around Shintoism and Buddhism, Japanese manga authors seem very taken with Christianity. Not necessarily for the actual religious thought behind it, but I think they see […]

Manga the Week of 7/20

SEAN: Sometimes I like to shake things up and do my list in reverse order, usually when a feature image would be right at the bottom of the list. This is one of those times. So let’s start with Yen On, which has four books out, one a debut, Re: ZERO ~Starting Life in Another […]

Haikyu!!, Vol. 1

By Haruichi Furudate | Published by VIZ Media It’s been a good year so far for sports manga! Competitive cycling is represented in Yen’s Yowamushi Pedal, August brings the first two-in-one omnibus edition of Kuroko’s Basketball, and volleyball-centric Haikyu!! is on shelves now. I am just about in heaven! (If someone would just license Mitsuru […]

Adaptation Adventures: Mushishi

After revisiting and reviewing each volume of Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi for my horror manga review project, by now it’s probably readily clear that I greatly enjoy the series. I love the influence of traditional Japanese folklore on the stories. I love the manga’s subtle creepinesss. I love the exploration of the relationship between humans and […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 29-30

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. There’s a lot I could discuss with this omnibus of Ranma 1/2, which is a strong one. There’s Nabiki’s 2nd and final focus story, where she meets her match in a man dedicated to making […]