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Takeshi Obata Returns to Shonen Jump

Shonen Jump adds a new series to its lineup, and the artist is Takeshi Obata! The series is Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment and the writer is Nobuaki Enoki. It’s about a school that has its own court; if that sounds familiar, it’s because the manga ran for a while as a smartphone-only series and just […]

Bookshelf Briefs 12/15/14

This week, Sean and Michelle look at recent releases from Viz Media and Kodansha Comics. Kimi Ni Todoke, Vol. 20 | By Karuho Shiina | Viz Media – This is still Sawako’s story, and her development here is great, but I do love that there’s just as much investment in having the other two heroines […]

Pick of the Week: Keaton vs. Fourteen

It’s a week chock full of new manga choices but the Battle Robot has cast its collective eye on two debut releases in particular. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: December 8-December 14, 2014

My News and Reviews Two reviews were posted at Experiments in Manga last week. The first was of Frederik L. Schodt’s classic survey of manga originally written in 1983 but slightly revised in 1986 and with a new introduction added in 1997, Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics. It may be a few decades […]

Soul Eater Not!, Vol. 4

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. I had thought that this was the final volume of the series, but apparently not, as there’s an unscheduled Vol. 5 that is likely waiting for a sufficient distance from the Japanese release. […]

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2

Creator: Hikaru Suruga Original story: Gun Snark U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629438 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2014 Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Volume 2 is the final volume of Hikaru Suruga’s manga adaptation of the A Choice with No Regrets visual novel written by Gun Snark. No Regrets is one of the many spinoffs […]

Quick Friday Manga Links

Once again, the fifth volume of Monster Musume tops the New York Times’ Manga Bestseller list, followed by the latest installments of Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan, and xxxHolic Rei, CLAMP’s sort-of sequel to xxxHolic. Will the Kickstarter campaign for Ludwig B. reach its goal of $21,000? Johanna Draper Carlson investigates. The Manga Bookshelf gang […]

Manga the Week of 12/17

SEAN: Merry Christmas! Have some manga. Since the publishers usually go quiet around Christmas and New Year’s, almost everything is frontloaded to next week. So be prepared to be completely buried. The Shinji Ikari Raising Project has now officially passed its parent in volume count. It’s coming to an end soon, though. In the meantime, […]

Kodansha Comics Licenses ‘Your Lie in April’

Kodansha Comics announced a new license out of the blue on Wednesday: Naoshi Arakawa’s music-romance story Your Lie in April. Here’s the blurb: Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Driven by his pain to abandon piano, Kosei now lives in a monotonous, […]

Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics

Author: Frederik L. Schodt Publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781568364766 Released: January 2013 Original release: 1983 Awards: Japan Cartoonists Association Award Initially released in 1983 and then again in 1986 in a slightly updated and revised edition, Frederik L. Schodt’s groundbreaking Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics was one of the first, and remains one of […]