manga bookshelf

Spell of Desire, Vol. 1

Spell of Desire Volume 1 by Tomu Ohmi I am unapologetically enthusiastic about Shojo Beat’s new habit of releasing slightly smutty josei manga under the Shojo Beat imprint. More josei is a good thing! I was happy to see that after a few volumes of Tohmu Ohmi’s Midnight Secretary, another series of hers was licensed […]

Gakuen Polizi, Vol. 1

Creator: Milk Morinaga U.S. publisher: Seven Seas ISBN: 9781626920309 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2013 I greatly enjoyed the first two manga series by Milk Morinaga to be released in English–Girl Friends and Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink–and so was happy to see Seven Seas license one of her most recent series: Gakuen Polizi. […]

JoJo’s new license adventure

It’s been a busy few weeks, so let’s start with new license announcements. Sean Gaffney has a thorough writeup of the Anime Expo news, which includes the big news that Viz will be releasing (or re-releasing, in the case of the third arc) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Here’s a quick rundown of the rest: Viz Baraou […]

UQ Holder!, Vol. 2

By Ken Akamatsu. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. I still get the impression as I read this second volume that Ken Akamatsu is doing a victory lap, showing off the fact that he can do what he wants now and […]

Bookshelf Briefs 7/14/14

This week, Sean and Anna look at recent releases from Viz Media and Seven Seas. Midnight Secretary, Vol. 6 | By Tomu Ohmi | Viz Media – There’s still a little bit of “but I’m just his secretary” here, but that ends up being overshadowed by all the fallout from Kaya thinking she’s pregnant. It […]

Pick of the Week: The Anti-pick?

What has the Battle Robot learned this week? Do your research! After expressing anticipation for one of this week’s releases, reader comments sent our bloggers scrambling for new choices. (Fortunately, there were many at hand! Thanks Urasawa & Yoshinaga!) What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: July 7-July 13, 2014

My News and Reviews Two reviews were posted at Experiments in Manga last week, though neither of them were actually for manga. First up was Yasutaka Tsutsui’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which collects two of his stories: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of. The Girl […]

My Love Story! Vol. 1

My Love Story! Vol 1 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko It is fairly rare for a shoujo manga to manage being both hilarious and heartwarming, but My Love Story! delivers. I was looking forward to this title because I absolutely adore Kazune Kawahara’s previously translated series High School Debut, and this new manga more than […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 5 & 6

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. One of the benefits of re-reading this series after so many years is seeing which characters I’ve changed my opinion on in the interim, and after more experience with anime and manga in other forms. […]

Say I Love You, Vols 1 and 2

Say I Love You Volume 1 by Kanae Hazuki Say I Love You has a premise that is shared among plenty of shoujo series, as it details an improbable romance between a misfit girl and the most popular boy in school, but it has interesting combination of humor and some grittier than usual plot points, […]