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My Week in Manga: September 19-September 25, 2016

My News and Reviews Last week at Experiments in Manga I posted an in-depth review of Human Acts, an incredibly beautiful, tremendously powerful, and absolutely devastating novel by South Korean author Han Kang. (Some may recognize Kang as the author of The Vegetarian which has earned her a fair amount of international attention and acclaim.) […]

Bookshelf Briefs 9/26/16

Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Vol. 8 | By Ark Performance | Seven Seas – Last time I asked if Yamato would get involved, and sure enough that’s what happens here, as we get several new revelations that answer many questions we’ve had since the first volume. Some are less surprising than others (Amana Kotono’s identity […]

My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, Vol. 1

By Wataru Watari and Ponkan 8. Released in Japan by Shogakukan. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Jennifer Ward. This is a highly anticipated light novel title, for many reasons. First, the anime proved quite popular in the West, and people wanted to see how the original was, particularly as the anime […]

Hayate the Combat Butler, Vol. 28

By Kenjiro Hata. Released in Japan as “Hayate no Gotoku!” by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. Translated by John Werry. It is not uncommon for long-running harem comedy series to introduce a new girl who quickly captures the hearts and minds of fans who have grown […]

Manga the Week of 9/28

SEAN: Duck and cover, folks. Kodansha gives us a 3rd Colossal Edition of Attack on Titan, which no doubt still remains a potent blunt instrument as well as a good way of catching up. ASH: These volumes truly are colossal. SEAN: And a 56th volume of Fairy Tail, which had one of my pairings become […]

Human Acts

Author: Han Kang Translator: Deborah Smith U.S. Publisher: Hogarth Press ISBN: 9781101906729 Released: January 2017 Original release: 2014 Awards: Manhae Literary Prize Over the last few years South Korean novelist Han Kang has gained a fair amount of international attention. Of particular recent note, her second novel to be translated into English, The Vegetarian (which […]

Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Vol. 1

By Tsukasa Kawaguchi and Nobuhiko Yanai. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Flapper. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Elina Ishikawa. Adapted by Rebecca Schneider. I’ve mentioned before that Media Factory publishes both my nemesis and my weakness. They put out two magazines for young men, […]

Yona of the Dawn, Vols. 1-2

By Mizuho Kusanagi | Published by VIZ Media In the kingdom of Kohka, kindly King Il adores his only child, Princess Yona, and throws a celebration for her sixteenth birthday. Red-haired Yona is primarily preoccupied with getting her cousin, Su-Won, to see her as a woman. After the festivities, she decides to go tell her […]

Emma, Vol. 5

By Kaoru Mori. Released in Japan in two separate volumes by Enterbrain, serialized in the magazine Comic Beam. Released in North America by Yen Press. Translated by Sheldon Drzka. The final omnibus of Emma picks up where the last one left off, and is mostly a collection of side-stories, some of which are only vaguely […]

Bookshelf Briefs 9/19/16

Blue Morning, Vol. 6 | By Shoko Hidaka | SuBLime – Volume six is somewhat of a fresh start for this complicated BL series. Akihito Kuze is the reluctant viscount who has been scheming to retire from his position in favor of his lover, Tomoyuki Katsuragi, who also has a claim to the title. Meanwhile, […]