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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Author: Yasutaka Tsutsui Translator: David Karashima U.K. Publisher: Alma Books ISBN: 9781846881343 Released: May 2011 Original release: 1967 One of my favorite animated films is Mamoru Hosoda’s 2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which was inspired by Yasutaka Tsutsui’s short novel The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, originally released in Japan in 1967. Tsutsui is an […]

Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Vol. 1

By Ark Performance. Released in Japan as “Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio” by Shonen Gahosha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young King Ours. Released in North America by Seven Seas. This is not really what I was expecting when I first saw this manga licensed. That should not be a surprise, as of all the major […]

Battle Royale: Angels’ Border

Author: Koushun Takami and N-Cake Illustrator: Mioko Ohnishi and Youhei Oguma U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421571683 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2012 In 1999 Koushun Takami’s controversial cult classic Battle Royale was released upon the world, the novel soon after spawning a fifteen-volume manga adaptation illustrated by Masayuki Taguchi and inspiring two live-action films. […]

Black Rose Alice, Vol 1

Black Rose Alice Volume 1 by Setona Mizushiro I am always happy to read silly paranormal shoujo series, as evidenced by my affection for series like Midnight Secretary and Demon Love Spell. But it is also nice to read some supernatural shoujo that is genuinely creepy, so I’m excited to see the addition of Black […]

Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 3

By Arina Tanemura. Released in Japan as “Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Ribon. Released in North America by Viz. There are spoilers here, FYI for those who want to avoid them. I’d mentioned in previous reviews of this title that it’s a standard magical girl series with a core of darkness. […]

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, Vol. 7

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. Much as I try to tell my readers whether or not they will enjoy a particular volume or series, in the end this is […]

Cage on the Sea

Author: Kaoru Ohno Translator: Giles Murray U.S. publisher: Bento Books ISBN: 9780983951384 Released: March 2014 Original release: 1998 Cage on the Sea is the first book by Kaoru Ohno to be translated and released in English. The novel, originally published in Japan in 1998, was released in English by Bento Books in 2014 with a […]

Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, Vol. 1

By Reki Kawahara, abec, and Tsubasa Haduki. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks, serialized in the magazine Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen Press. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, after my highly positive reviews of the first Sword Art Online manga, several people told me that the series took a […]

The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, Vol. 2

By Sou Sagara and Okomeken. Released in Japan as “Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko” by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Digital Manga Publishing. I was a bit ‘meh’ about the first volume of Stony Cat, which I felt showed promise but also had several flaws. The […]

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Vol 1

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 1 by Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, and Daisuke Furuya I highly enjoy vampire manga, so I was looking forward to checking out Seraph of the End. I think this series is a manga spin-off of a light novel series set in the same world. I was expecting more […]

No. 6, Vol. 7

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612625539 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2013 I have been following Hinoki Kino’s manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano’s science fiction novel series No. 6 since its beginning. The manga got off to a bit of an unsteady start, but it quickly improved its pacing […]

Gakuen Polizi, Vol. 1

By Milk Morinaga. Released in Japan by Futabasha, serialized in the magazine Comic High!. Released in North America by Seven Seas. First off, this is clearly a series meant to be marketed to the same group that loved reading Girl Friends, and is touted as a top new yuri series. All I can say is, […]

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 1

Creator: Hikaru Suruga Original story: Gun Snark U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629414 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2014 I think it’s probably safe at this point to call Hajime Isayama’s manga series Attack on Titan a worldwide phenomenon. It has spawned successful anime adaptations as well as multiple manga spinoffs, a series of novels, and […]

Sweat & Honey

Creator: Mari Okazaki U.S. publisher: Tokyopop ISBN: 9781591827979 Released: February 2005 Original release: 2002 Back in 2005 Tokyopop launched a short-lived line of josei manga called Passion Fruit, describing it as a collection of innovative and edgy works. Only two volumes were ever released before Passion Fruit faded out of existence: Mari Okazaki’s Sweat & […]

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Vol. 1

By Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, and Daisuki Furuya. Released in Japan as “Owari no Seraph” by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Jump Square. Released in North America by Viz. I’m always a little bit wary when I see more than two names on a book’s cover, particularly when it’s a manga and yet one […]