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Attack on Titan, Vol. 14

By Hajime Isayama. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. The cover to this volume features Levi (surly), Hange (insane grin) and Erwin (pensive) at a bar, looking for all the world like they’re about to tear the reader of the book […]

Bookshelf Briefs 11/10/14

This week, Sean and Michelle look at recent releases from Seven Seas, Yen Press, Kodansha Comics, and Vertical, Inc. Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge, Vol. 3 | By QuinRose and Sai Asai | Seven Seas – I’m always more fascinated by the mechanics of Wonderland than who Alice ends up with (it’s […]

Pick of the Week: FMA, Showa, & More

There’s quite a bit to recommend this week, despite a relatively small shipping list, and the Battle Robot does its part to spread the love around. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: November 3-November 9, 2014

My News and Reviews Last week at Experiments in Manga the winner of the Sherlock Bones manga giveaway was announced. As usual, I took the opportunity to compile a list of manga as well, in this case a list of manga available in English that feature detectives or other crime solvers. I also posted two […]

Miyazaki Talks Manga; Ninja Overload

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki discusses his current project: a manga about samurai warriors. Don’t hold your breath, however; Miyazaki told Variety that he doubts he’ll finish it. “I wanted to put a lot of  effort into it, ignoring costs, like a hobby,” he tells the magazine. “I thought I’d […]

New License Time

Yes, there are no major cons, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been activity. Let’s go in alphabetical order, starting with Seven Seas. These have been up on Amazon for a while, but I think it’s safe to say (control your shock) that Seven Seas will have more Alice in the Country of ______ licenses […]

The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon

Author: Sei Shōnagon Translator: Ivan Morris U.S. publisher: Columbia University Press ISBN: 9780231073370 Released: December 1991 Original release: 11th century I’ve recently developed a particular interest in Heian-era Japan and literature. The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon is an important eleventh-century work that provides a glimpse into Heian society, especially that of the court and […]

Attack on Titan Conquers All

I wrote a roundup of the current manga scene for SLJTeen newsletter, with notes on publishing trends (omnibuses, license rescues) and some recommended series. CBR has more details on the Attack on Titan/Marvel crossover, including where it’s going to run: In the Japanese culture magazine Brutus. Lori Henderson looks at this week’s new manga at […]

Fanservice Friday: Pandora Hearts Art Preview

This year at New York Comic Con, publisher Yen Press gave out copies of their upcoming Pandora Hearts art book, Pandora Hearts ~Odds and Ends~, as prizes during their panel presentation. I was unable to attend this year, but fortunately for me, Sean is not a fan of the series, so he generously offered me […]

No. 6, Vol. 9

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612627946 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2014 Released both in Japan and in English in 2014, No. 6, Volume 9 is the final volume of Hinoki Kino’s manga series No. 6, an adaptation of a series of science fiction novels written by Atsuko Asano. […]