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Sword Art Online, Vol. 8: Early And Late

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Stephen Paul. This is the second of two short-story collections in the SAO series, though two of the three stories aren’t so short. The Safe Haven Incident was written early enough to actually be used […]

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?, Vol. 6

By Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan as “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by Softbank Creative. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Andrew Gaippe. I spent a lot of time in my last review complaining about Book 5’s use of Hestia as a character, […]

Pick of the Week: Taking the Blame

This week, the Manga Bookshelf team casts its eye on deluxe license rescues and long-awaited BL volumes.

My Week in Manga: September 5-September 11, 2016

My News and Reviews Last week was a relatively quiet week at Experiments in Manga (granted, that’s true of most weeks these days), but the winner of to Tokyo Ghoul giveaway was announced. The post also includes a list of some of the manga available in English which feature half-humans of one type or another. […]

The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Vol. 5

By Satoshi Wagahara and 029. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. Translated by Kevin Gifford. As the series has gone on, the astute reader may have realized that Enta Isla is not simply a place where fantasy devils and angels lived, but a place where an actual War […]

Manga the Week of 9/14

SEAN: In a month this big, even the smaller 2nd and 3rd weeks can be packed with manga titles, and that proves to be the case here. Dark Horse has its 24th volume of Vampire Hunter D, showing that it was way ahead of the vampire curve. Devil Survivor has come out so fast from […]

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 4

By Izumi Tsubaki. Released in Japan as “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun” by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the online magazine Gangan Online. Released in North America by Yen Press. Translated by Leighann Harvey. For those who greatly enjoyed the Nozaki-kun anime, this volume in particular contains some of the most beloved parts of that anime. Here […]

Manga Giveaway: Tokyo Ghoul Trio Winner

And the winner of the Tokyo Ghoul Trio manga giveaway is… Briell Saunders! As the winner, Briell will receive the first three volumes of Sui Ishida’s manga series Tokyo Ghoul as published in English by Viz Media. For this giveaway, I asked that participants tell me a little about their favorite half-human characters from manga. […]

Black Bullet: Vengeance Is Mine

By Shiden Kanzaki and Saki Ukai. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Nita Lieu. I’ve talked before about Black Bullet’s flaws – from its shoehorning of “lolicon’ style humor into the text to its simple unrelenting grimness – so let’s try to take this review to […]

Bookshelf Briefs 9/5/16

Anne Happy, Vol. 2 | By Cotoji | Yen Press – This would appear to be one of those titles that is fun and cute provided you do not take it remotely seriously, because serious analysis of this sort of this can be horrifying. Hanako’s bad luck is really pretty terrible, Botan’s consecutive injuries would […]