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Brigid Talks to Takeshi Obata

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview Death Note manga-ka Takeshi Obata at New York Comic-Con. On our agenda: Bakuman, Hikaru no Go and, of course, Death Note. Kodansha will be reissuing an oldie but goodie: Hitoshi Iwaaki’s body-snatching classic Parasyte. In other licensing news, DMP will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of six Tezuka titles including Rainbow Parakeet, […]

Bookshelf Briefs 10/20/14

It’s all Viz all the time this week, as Sean and Michelle check out some recent releases. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Vol. 2 | Story by Yuto Tsukuda, Art by Shun Saeki | Viz Media – Unwillingly sent to the prestigious Totsuki Culinary Institute by his father, cocky protagonist and aspiring chef Soma Yukihira […]

Pick of the Week: Partly Sunny

Though Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny is on most people’s mind this week, the Battle Robot manages to find plenty of ways to spread the love around. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: October 13-October 19, 2014

My News and Reviews Only somewhat unintentionally, last week ended up being a yuri-filled week here at Experiments in Manga. My friend Jocilyn was inspired to write a guest review of Takako Shimura’s Sweet Blue Flowers, Volume 1 by Takako Shimura, which is currently only available digitally. (I’m hoping that one day the series will […]

Spell of Desire, Vol. 2

Spell of Desire Volume 2 by Tomu Ohmi This series is rapidly becoming my favorite josei masked as shoujo series released on the Shojo Beat imprint. When I picked up the second volume, I was expecting a bit of filler with a few more episodes of Kaoruko’s runaway witch powers manifesting, with the obligatory makeout […]

Whispered Words, Vol. 2

By Takashi Ikeda. Released in Japan in three separate volumes as “Sasameki Koto” by Media Factory, serialized in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by One Peace Books. Emotional turmoil is the order of the day with this second omnibus, as our two heroines go through an amazing amount of distress as they […]

Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Vol. 4

Editors: Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen Publisher: A Public Space ISSN: 2159-7138 ISBN: 9780615962757 Released: March 2014 The original Monkey Business was a Japanese literary journal was published between 2008 and 2011. 2011 also saw the launch of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, the English-language, international edition of the journal. Edited by Motoyuki Shibata, […]

Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1

Earlier this year my good friend Jocilyn Wagner contributed a review of Hiroki Ugawa’s Shrine of the Morning Mist, Volume 1 to Experiments in Manga. She was recently inspired to do so more manga blogging and to write another review, and so I’m happy to welcome Jocilyn back to Experiments in Manga! This time she’ll […]

The Garden of Words

By Makoto Shinkai and Midori Motohashi. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Vertical Comics. I don’t really watch a lot of anime, but I know enough by osmosis that I am aware that the words ‘Makoto Shinkai’ and ‘bittersweet’ go together extremely well. I also recall […]

Manga the Week of 10/22

SEAN: Another week, another pile. Here we go. I may not really enjoy Gantz, but it certainly sells in comic shops, and is popular enough that the author’s new title was just announced at NYCC. We’re still a few volumes from the end over here. Animal Land, an underrated Kodansha title, has reached Vol. 10. […]