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Yukarism, Vol 4

Yukarism Volume 4 by Chika Shiomi I’ve always liked manga by Chika Shiomi, and even though my favorite of her works is the older title Night of the Beasts, her art and storytelling skills have progressed greatly over the years. Yukarism’s final volume is a great way to wrap up the series, coming to a […]

Idol Dreams, Vol. 1

By Arina Tanemura. Released in Japan as “31 Ai Dream” by Hakusensha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Melody. Released in North America by Viz. There are bits of humor sprinkled throughout the first volume, but in my opinion the funniest part of Idol Dreams comes in the author’s notes afterwards, where Tanemura talks about how […]

Pick of the Week: Slim Pickings

This is the smallest week in November, and the Manga Bookshelf team is having trouble finding something. What have they come up with?

My Week in Manga: November 2-November 8, 2015

My News and Reviews Keeping this short and sweet because boy do I have a lot of stuff going on right now! Last week at Experiments in manga the Barakamon manga giveaway winner was announced. The post also includes a list of manga with prominent countryside settings for anyone interested in exploring some of what […]

Bookshelf Briefs 11/9/15

Sean and Michelle weigh in on some new manga from Kodansha Comics and VIZ Media! Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu | By Junji Ito | Kodansha Comics – I laughed, I cried, it was better than cats. Seriously, though, I enjoyed this tremendously. Manga artist J-kun is less than enthusiastic about his fiancée’s […]

One Piece, Vol. 76

By Eiichiro Oda. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. Let’s get the bad out of the way right off the bat: Rebecca has not remotely lived up to the hopes I had for her as a character. The reunion with her father, […]

Golden Time, Vol. 1

By Yuyuko Takemiya and Umechazuke. Released in Japan by ASCII Media Works, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I’ve talked before about how difficult it can be to introduce an unlikable character early in a series and have their character growth be a part of it, mostly […]

Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

Creator: Junji Ito U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361974 Released: October 2015 Original release: 2009 Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu was one of the manga releases I was most looking forward to in 2015. Junji Ito is primarily known for horror manga–his Uzumaki is one of my personal favorites in the genre–but in 2008 […]

Manga the Week of 11/11

SEAN: Good news! Every week in November has an absurd amount of manga coming out – except next week! Bad news – the Manga Bookshelf team is going to be finding pick of the week very hard, I suspect. Kodansha has a spinoff of Fairy Tail called Fairy Girls, which, as you may have guessed, […]

Oresama Teacher, Vol. 19

By Izumi Tsubaki. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Hana to Yume. Released in North America by Viz. In my review of the last volume, I said that Hayasaka’s past was looking more serious than this manga usually gets, but I didn’t think it was going to get that dark. Boy […]