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Manga the Week of 7/16

SEAN: Mid-month always tends to bring the oddest stuff. Anything unusual here? First off, Seven Seas apparently delayed the release of Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge 1 at the last minute, after we went to press. It’s actually out next week. ANNA: I hope it features Ace murdering people and getting lost […]

My Love Story!!, Vol. 1

By Kazune Kawahara and Aruko. Released in Japan as “Ore Monogatari!!” by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Margaret (Betsuma). Released in North America by Viz. There are precious few manga series where one can finish the first volume, set it down, and say “Wow, that was just adorable.” Luckily, we now have a […]

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Author: Yasutaka Tsutsui Translator: David Karashima U.K. Publisher: Alma Books ISBN: 9781846881343 Released: May 2011 Original release: 1967 One of my favorite animated films is Mamoru Hosoda’s 2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which was inspired by Yasutaka Tsutsui’s short novel The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, originally released in Japan in 1967. Tsutsui is an […]

Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Vol. 1

By Ark Performance. Released in Japan as “Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio” by Shonen Gahosha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young King Ours. Released in North America by Seven Seas. This is not really what I was expecting when I first saw this manga licensed. That should not be a surprise, as of all the major […]

Bookshelf Briefs 7/7/14

This week, Sean and Michelle look at recent releases from Viz Media, Seven Seas, and Kodansha Comics. Demon Love Spell, Vol. 6 | By Mayu Shinjo | Viz Media – As the author notes in her final comments, this title was always meant to be a series of short stories with a pre-determined ending. That […]

Pick of the Week: Shounen Favorites

It’s a relatively low-key shipping week, giving the Battle Robot an opportunity to recommend some long-time shounen favorites (along with at least one newer series). What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: June 30-July 6, 2014

My News and Reviews The first week of the month tends to be a little slow at Experiments in Manga (at least it feels slow to me). Granted, there were still three posts last week. The Juné Manga Giveaway Winner was announced, which also includes a list of some favorite Juné manga. June’s Bookshelf Overload […]

Battle Royale: Angels’ Border

Author: Koushun Takami and N-Cake Illustrator: Mioko Ohnishi and Youhei Oguma U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421571683 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2012 In 1999 Koushun Takami’s controversial cult classic Battle Royale was released upon the world, the novel soon after spawning a fifteen-volume manga adaptation illustrated by Masayuki Taguchi and inspiring two live-action films. […]

Weekly Shonen Jump Recap: June 23, 2014

Something that I never considered when I started reviewing manga as a hobby was how much it would change how I enjoy manga. When reading manga I suddenly realized that I was not just allowed to have an opinion, but in order to have a proper review I was expected to have an opinion. Just […]

AX License Roundup

There was a lot of stuff going on at Anime Expo 2014, and who better to bring it to you than someone who wasn’t there at all? Probably for the best, as I hear many manga bloggers were trapped in endless lines, unable to get into panels. As is the nature of large cons; I’m […]