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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Vol. 1

Author: Satoshi Wagahara Illustrator: 029 Translator: Kevin Gifford U.S. publisher: Yen Press ISBN: 9780316383127 Released: April 2015 Original release: 2011 Awards: Dengeki Novel Prize The Devil Is a Part-Timer! began in 2011 as a light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara with illustrations by 029, but it has since expanded to include an anime adaptation […]

The Manga Revue: Dream Fossil

The last two years have been kind to Satoshi Kon fans: Dark Horse and Vertical Comics have each released two volumes of Kon’s manga, from Tropic of the Sea, a supernatural mystery, to Seraphim 266613336 Wings, an unfinished collaboration with Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii. This week, I investigate Dream Fossil, which collects all of […]

Manga the Week of 6/24

SEAN: The end of the month always brings a deluge from Yen, and if you add on the other publishers doing stuff it can get rather expensive. Let’s see what might be worth your hard-earned cash. Ze, from 801 Media, has finally hit Volume 10, despite a particularly irregular release schedule. ASH: I just recently […]

Wandering Son, Vol. 8

By Shimura Takako. Released in Japan by Enterbrain, serialized in the magazine Comic Beam. Released in North America by Fantagraphics. It’s always interesting to see which expectations this series plays into and which ones it subverts. Nitori and Anna are still dating throughout this volume, and it’s really, really cute. I adore them as a […]

Pick of the Week: Later than ever

Despite the extreme tardiness of this week’s post (you can thank Melinda’s scattered brain for that one), there’s quite a bit to like on this week’s short list, and the Battle Robot has its work cut out for it. What looks good to you this week?

After School Nightmare, Vol. 4

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617336 Released: July 2007 Original release: 2006 Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare is a ten-volume manga series, an intense psychological drama that explores issues of gender identity and sexuality in a fantastical sort of way. The manga incorporates elements of horror and is an effectively disconcerting work. […]

One Piece Breaks a Record

One Piece makes the Guinness Book of World Records, setting the record for the most copies printed of a single title by a single author—the number of copies of the different volumes of One Piece stands at over 320 million. In a written statement, manga-ka Eiichiro Oda said, “Manga is an amusing way to pass […]

My Week in Manga: June 8-June 14, 2015

My News and Reviews Two reviews were posted last week at Experiments in Manga. First up was my review of the short comic The Ring of Saturn by Kaiju, a creative team made up of Kate Rhodes and Jennifer Xu. I had previously read the comic online at Sparkler Monthly and loved it, but now […]

The Manga Revue: One-Punch Man

Here in the US, VIZ has been in the vanguard of digital manga initiatives. VIZ was among the first publishers to make its catalog available across a variety of platforms, allowing readers to enjoy Dragon Ball and Vampire Knight on their device of choice. VIZ has also been using its app and website to re-release […]

Wandering Son, Vol. 8

Creator: Takako Shimura U.S. publisher: Fantagraphics Books ISBN: 9781606998311 Released: May 2015 Original release: 2008 Wandering Son by Takako Shimura is a manga series that is incredibly important to me on a very personal level. The series’ exploration of personal identity, especially in regards to gender and sexual identity, is beautifully done with great sensitivity. […]