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One Piece Fever

The One Piece Podcast interviewed Japanese fans about their relationship with Eiichiro Oda’s long-running series. The result: a lively documentary about one of the world’s most popular comic book franchises. Over at Manga Therapy, Tony Yao reflects on the important role that editors play in shaping your favorite manga series. Melinda Beasi sings the praises […]

Witchcraft Works, Vol. 1

By Ryu Mizunagi. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Good! Afternoon. Released in North America by Vertical Comics. Sometimes when a company has a reputation for left-field, odd or intellectual manga titles, it can be a bit of a shock to see a license that goes against the grain. Such is […]

Morning Manga Spotlight: Basara

I’ve recently offered up my personal manga/manhwa library (completely with photos & titles on Facebook) as a resource for my teen students who might wish to begin reading manga, or to dig into older/rarer series that they may never have heard of. This is my second attempt at such a thing, but now that I […]

Tezuka Takes Center Stage

If you like Osamu Tezuka and Ludwig van Beethoven — and really, who doesn’t like both? — you’ll be thrilled to hear that Tezuka’s Ludwig B. is being adapted for the stage. Now if only someone would license the manga… The seventh volume of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin tops this week’s New York Times […]

Kodansha, CLAMP and NYCC Links

On Sunday, Kodansha revealed that it would be publishing CLAMP’s Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE and Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail: Blue Mistral. Also in the queue for 2015 are Inuyashiki by Hiroya Oya (Gantz) and L♥DK by Ayu Watanabe (Kimi ga Suki). Publisher’s Weekly is reporting that Vertical, Inc. has created a separate imprint for its growing […]

Bookshelf Briefs 9/13/14

This week, Anna & Michelle look at recent releases from Viz Media & Kodansha Comics. Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 13 | By Rei Toma | Viz Media – Dawn of the Arcana comes to an end with this thirteenth volume, and though I could still argue that some plot elements are a bit rushed, […]

Pick of the Week: Light & Rich

This week’s shipping list may be the lightest of the month, but there’s no lack of compelling titles for the Battle Robot to choose from. What looks good to you this week?

My Week in Manga: October 6-October 12, 2014

My News and Reviews Last week Experiments in Manga saw the introduction of a new feature–Adaptation Adventures. Basically, the feature is intended to explore and compare different versions of the same story, which I think should be an interesting approach. I specifically had things in mind like the Parasyte anime adaptation that recently began airing  […]

NYCC 2014 – Day 4

The final day of New York Comic Con had the fewest amount of panels I was going to, as usual, but was not without interest, particularly after I did some more room camping and ended up seeing panels I would not otherwise have seen. The first ended up being a Doctor Who panel – I […]

NYCC 2014 – Day 3

Saturday was a day fairly light on manga, but that doesn’t mean there was not a great deal of things to experience at this third day of the con – and the busiest in terms of sheer bodies. I began with Tom Cook, an animator who worked with Filmation in the 1980s, who was discussing […]