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Pick of the Week: Meh?

We’ll be honest. Most of this week’s shipping list fills us with “meh” this week. But the Battle Robot exists for you, and for you we do our best! Check out our half-hearted picks? What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: February 9-February 15, 2015

My News and Reviews Last week was a two-review week here at Experiments in Manga. I read and loved Ellery Prime’s Gauntlet, the first novel to have both started and finished in Sparkler Monthly. I’m not sure the review really does the book justice–the story is difficult to write about without spoiling it–but Gauntlet is […]

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 25

By Hiroshi Shiibashi. Released in Japan as “Nurarihyon No Mago” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. We’ve come to the final volume of this Shonen Jump series, and as it turns out I had not done a full review of it since the very first. That […]

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game, Vol. 7

By Quin Rose and Mamenosuke Fujimaru, based on the game by Quin Rose. Released in Japan as “Joker no Kuni no Alice – Circus to Usotsuki Game” by Ichijinsha, serialized in the magazine Comic Zero-Sum. Released in North America by Seven Seas. This review contains spoilers for the “Bad End” of the visual novels. Of […]

Manga Over Flowers

Twelve years after completing Boys Over Flowers, manga-ka Yoko Kamio is hard at work on a sequel, Sunshine After Flowers: Flower Boys Next Season. The new series will be released simultaneously in English and Japanese via the web; Heart of Manga has more details. Look for the first chapter on February 15th. The latest installments […]

After School Nightmare, Vol. 2

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617176 Released: December 2006 Original release: 2005 The second volume of Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare, a disconcerting shoujo manga series with dark psychological elements, was originally released in Japan in 2005. The English-language translation was published by Go! Comi in 2007. The entire ten-volume series is […]

Manga the Week of 2/18

SEAN: A fairly subdued third week, with a lot of recurring series and one decidedly odd debut. On the Kodansha side, Cage of Eden has another fanservice-tastic cover for its 17th volume, but hopefully will work in some more giant extinct animals and brushes with death as well. And we get the final volume of […]


Author: Ellery Prime Illustrator: T2A Publisher: Chromatic Press ISBN: 9780993861123 Released: December 2014 Although Ellery Prime has been writing for years, Gauntlet, illustrated by the talented T2A, is her first original novel to have been published. Gauntlet is also the first novel to have both started and finished in Chromatic Press’ multi-media online magazine Sparkler […]

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, Vol. 10

By Yomi Hirasaka and Itachi. Released in Japan as “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Seas. There is always a certain level of frustration in a harem comedy, which its audience tends to want resolved immediately and its parent company […]

Pick of the Week: Magi & more

It’s a bit of an oddball week as far as new manga goes, but most of the Battle Robot has clear favorites to choose from. The rest… improvise and imitate. What looks good to you this week?