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Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 2

Yona of the Dawn Volume 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi I’m enjoying the way this story seems to is moving along at a fairly fast clip, but still seems to have plenty of time for character development and world building. In the last volume Princess Yona’s world was utterly shattered and she has to go on […]

NYCC 2016, Day One

Another NYCC dawns. Another long run of panels in a row, long bathroom lines, walks along the show floor, and coming back to the hotel room exhausted only to realize you have to type up all your notes. Today was a lot of fun. What did I do? Well… For starters, we had the Kodansha […]

Manga the Week of 10/12

SEAN: Ah, second weeks. Always the most unpredictable. Will there be a hidden treasure? Or will the team all pick Magi again by default? Let’s see what we’ve got next week. ASH: Let’s! SEAN: Dark Horse has a 3rd volume of the prequel everyone seems to like better than the original, Fate/Zero. MELINDA: Maybe I […]

Manga Giveaway: Yona of the Dawn Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Yona of the Dawn manga giveaway is… Kate! As the winner, Kate will be receiving a copy of Yona of the Dawn, Volume 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi as published in English by Viz Media. As someone who tends to love epic shoujo fantasies, I was very excited for the release […]

Welcome to the Ballroom, Vol. 1

By Tomo Takeuchi. Released in Japan as “Ballroom e Youkoso” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Monthly Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Translated by Karen McGillicuddy. For years, the received wisdom of the internet was that sports manga did not sell well in North America. Like most received wisdom, that […]

Pick of the Week: We Got the Beat

In general, whenever Shojo Beat releases its titles you can usually find someone on the Manga Bookshelf team picking one of them. And this week, we really love our Shojo Beat, though Michelle and Melinda would like to remind you that Shonen Jump is great as well.

My Week in Manga: September 26-October 2, 2016

My News and Reviews Although it is now October, there is still time to participate in September’s manga giveaway. This time around everyone has a chance to win Yona of the Dawn, Volume 1, the beginning of Mizuho Kusanagi’s shoujo fantasy epic! I came across a few interesting things online last week that I’d like […]

Bookshelf Briefs 10/3/16

The Boy and the Beast, Vol. 2 | By Mamoru Hosada and Renji Asai | Yen Press – I don’t think I ever reviewed the first volume of the manga adaptation of this, but it’s a very nice adaptation. It hits the high points of the book and shows how Kyuta and Kumatetsu both irritate […]

Franken Fran, Vols. 5-6

By Katsuhisa Kigitsu. Released in Japan by Akita Shoten, serialized in the magazine Champion Red. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Jocelyne Allen, Adapted by Shanti Whitesides. One of the strengths of Franken Fran is how it can be both an anthology of one-off horror concepts and also have an increasingly diverse […]

A Bride’s Story, Vol. 8

By Kaoru Mori. Released in Japan as “Otoyomegatari” by Enterbrain, serialization ongoing in the magazine fellows!. Released in North America by Yen Press. Translated by William Flanagan. As you might have guessed from the cover, Pariya is the main focus of this volume, though we do see a brief wrapup of the ‘two wives’ arc […]