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New Licenses from Kodansha

Kodansha just announced a large slate of new manga for 2015, including more Attack on Titan products–no, really!–as well as an interesting assortment of seinen, shojo, and shonen series. Here is a brief round-up of the eight titles that will be coming to a bookstore near you this year: Appleseed α (Masamune Shirow and Kuroda Iou): A prequel […]

Bookmarked! The Best Manga of 2014

File this week’s Bookmarked! column under the heading Better Late Than Never. Brigid and I sat down this week to review our favorite manga of 2014, from swashbuckling Viking sagas to goofy shojo comedies. We also chatted about the series we thought we’d love but didn’t, and looked ahead to potential candidates for the Best […]


Author: Hiromi Kawakami Translator: Michael Emmerich U.S. publisher: Counterpoint ISBN: 9781582436005 Released: August 2010 Original release: 2006 Awards: Art Encouragement Prize, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize My introduction to the work of Hiromi Kawakami was through the annual literary journal Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan which regularly features her short fiction. In fact, her quirky […]

One Piece, Vol. 73

By Eiichiro Oda. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. I’ve talked about the disparate chaos going on in this One Piece storyline for a couple of volumes now, and while it doesn’t decrease in this new volume there seems to be a […]

Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol 2

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 2 by Aya Shouoto I enjoyed the first volume of this series, but it was a bit on the light and fluffy side. When I finished reading this volume, I felt much more invested in this series because this volume BROUGHT THE ANGST! And while a funny paranormal manga […]

Bookshelf Briefs 1/12/15

This week, Sean, Michelle, & Anna look at recent releases from Kodansha Comics and Viz Media. My Little Monster, Vol. 6 | By Robico | Kodansha Comics – Two things stood out the most for me in this volume of My Little Monster. The first was Sasayan, who has been filling the ‘Haru’s male friend’ […]

Pick of the Week: My Neighbor Seki

Though it’s true that this week’s shipment of new manga is on the small side, there is no lack of enthusiasm for the Battle Robot’s rally around a rare unanimous pick! What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: January 5-January 11, 2015

My News and Reviews Well, last week unintentionally became a week filled with gay-themed manga here at Experiments in Manga, not that that’s something I’m going to complain about. But, first things first, the WataMote manga giveaway winner was announced. The post also includes a list of otaku manga available in English for anyone looking […]

VIZ Rescues More CLAMP Titles

Pull up a chair and pour yourself a strong cup of coffee–today’s super-sized post rounds up the best news stories, manga reviews, and personal essays from around the web! VIZ is reissuing two CLAMP titles from the Tokyopop catalog: Duklyon: CLAMP School Defenders and Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess. As with VIZ’s other Tokyopop license rescues, Duklyon and Shirahime-Syo […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 5

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130808 Released: November 2014 Original release: 2011 I have thoroughly been enjoying the English-language release of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga series What Did You Eat Yesterday?. This probably shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since the series brings together so many of my loves and interests: manga, Fumi […]