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My Week in Manga: April 6-April 12, 2015

My News and Reviews I posted two reviews last week at Experiments in Manga that featured some of Kodansha Comics’ newest series: Masayuki Ishikawa’s Maria the Virgin Witch, Volume 1, released back in February, and Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April, Volume 1, which will be released later this month. The main reason I picked […]

Accel World: The Twilight Marauder

By Reki Kawahara and Hima. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. This was a good volume of Accel World, though I think I enjoyed it a bit less than the other two. It can be exhausting to read for extended periods. Kirito may rub people the wrong way, […]

Vinland Saga Is Back; Licensing News Galore

If you’ve been anxiously waiting to learn the fate of Vinland Saga, we have good news for you: Kodansha confirmed that the critically lauded series would be returning from hiatus in September. Kodansha also unveiled an interesting line-up of new titles that includes Devil Survivor and Ninja Slayer Kills. TCJ regular Joe McCulloch explains why […]

Your Lie in April, Vol. 1

Creator: Naoshi Arakawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361714 Released: April 2015 Original release: 2011 Awards: Kodansha Manga Award Your Lie in April is the first and so far only manga series by Naoshi Arakawa to have been released in English. Arakawa is still fairly early on in his career—Your Lie in April was only his […]

Manga the Week of 4/15

SEAN: Welcome to a wonderful week of manga here on Manga the Week of. For those of you who don’t like variety, there’s variety! Dark Horse has the first volume of Oreimo spinoff Kuroneko, for those remaining fans who weren’t completely put off by the ending of the main series. Does anyone remember Aquarion? Anyone? […]

Let’s Dance a Waltz, Vol. 1

By Natsumi Ando. Released in Japan as “Waltz no Ojikan” by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Natsumi Ando’s back again, this time with a shorter series – this is only three volumes long, I believe. Which is good, as I felt the pacing was very rapid for […]

Maria the Virgin Witch, Vol. 1

Creator: Masayuki Ishikawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632360809 Released: February 2015 Original release: 2010 I’ll admit, when I first heard about the manga series Maria the Virgin Witch, I was more than a little skeptical. I’m not particularly interested in witches, which seem to be nearly as common as vampires in translated manga these days, […]

Cocoa Fujiwara RIP

Cocoa Fujiwara, the creator of Inu x Boku SS, has died. Although she was only 31 years old, she had a number of manga credits: The short story “Calling,” which was published when she was just 15, Stray Doll, Watashi no Ookami-san, dear, Ojousama to Youkai Shitsuji, Inu x Boku SS, and her current series, […]

Pick of the Week: Shoujorama

There’s a lot to choose from this week, especially Viz-licensed shoujo, which captures the bulk of the Battle Robot’s picks this time around. What looks good to you this week?

Bookshelf Briefs 4/7/15

This week, Sean, Michelle, & Anna look at recent releases from Viz Media & Kodansha Comics. Arata: The Legend, Vol. 21 | By Yuu Watase | Viz Media – Arata and company have entered the territory of Ikisu, a gender-indeterminate member of the Six Sho who wields scent-based powers. Ikisu uses these to amplify the […]