manga bookshelf


Horimiya, Vol. 1

By HERO and Daisuke Hagiwara. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the magazine GFantasy. Released in North America by Yen Press. There’s been a strong market recently for repurposed web novels and webcomics licensed by major publishers and redone more professionally. Sword Art Online was originally published (fittingly) online. One-Punch Man was […]

Idol Dreams, Vol 1

Idol Dreams Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura I was curious to check out this manga, mostly due to the fact that it is a slightly older skewing shoujo title. Also, the premise, about a 31 year-old office lady going back in time to relive her youth seemed interesting. The hapless office lady in question is […]

Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 3

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. The cover of this volume of Sword Art Online features Asuna and Kirito shot from above, both relaxing happily as they float down a river in their gondola. It’s a fitting image, as this volume is also […]

A Certain Scientific Accelerator, Vol. 1

By Kazuma Kamachi and Arata Yamaji. Released in Japan as “Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator” by ASCII Media Works, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. The danger of spinoffs, as always, is that those unfamiliar with the series may be spoiled for later events when they read it. […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 6

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612628035 Released: September 2015 Original release: 2012 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award After some delay, the sixth omnibus of Makoto Yukimura’s magnificent historical manga series Vinland Saga was finally released in 2015, nearly a year after the previous installment. It was a year in which […]

No Game No Life, Vol. 3

By Yuu Kamiya. Released in Japan by Media Factory. Released in North America by Yen On. The usual caveats apply: there’s lots of skeevy art of underage girls, Sora spends much time discussing how to secretly film naked girls, and the not-quite-incest plot I was desperately hoping would be avoided from now on gets another […]

Akuma no Riddle, Vol. 1

By Yun Kouga and Sunao Minakata. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Newtype. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I admit I wasn’t paying too much attention to this when it was licensed. I hadn’t seen the anime, and “yuri in a girls’ private school’ has come to mostly […]

Kill La Kill, Vol. 1

By Ryo Akizuki, based on the anime by TRIGGER and Kazuki Nakashima. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialized in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Udon. There’s an episode of Monty Python that features John Cleese as a man who’s quite interested in shouting, so much so that he screams every […]

My Love Story!! Vol 6

My Love Story Volume 6 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko It is nice to have a go-to manga series to read when one feels stressed out, and My Love Story!! never fails to make me happy. This volume focuses more on the arrival of Takeo’s new sibling, and the reader gets the treat of seeing […]

L♥DK, Vol. 1

By Ayu Watanabe. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Friend. Released in North America by Kodansha. God knows that I am not the type of person to fault a manga for being too predictable. The industry runs on predictability, and anyone looking for a good adventure, comedy or romance title […]


Author: Yukito Ayatsuji Translator: Karen McGillicuddy U.S. publisher: Yen Press ISBN: 9780316339100 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2009 Another is a horror mystery novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji which was originally serialized in Japan between 2006 and 2009 before being collected into a single volume later that year. The novel was then released again in […]

Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1

By Junko. Released in Japan as “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Friend. Released in North America by Kodansha. It’s always tricky trying to do an over the top comedy that plays with tropes. You run the risk of people not getting the joke, or latching on to the […]

Tokyo ESP, Vol. 1

By Hajime Segawa. Released in Japan in two separate volumes by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Ace. Released in North America by Vertical Comics. Sometimes it’s quite pleasant being totally ignorant of a title before digging into it. It’s very much unlike me, as I’m the sort who always spoils himself and […]

The Manga Revue: The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home and Tokyo ESP

The theme of this week’s column: New(ish) Titles from Vertical Comics. Up for review: The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home, an omnibus treatment of Konami Kanata’s beloved cat comic, and Tokyo ESP, a new series about mutant teens with superpowers who want to save the world. The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home, Part One By Konami Kanata No […]

After School Nightmare, Vol. 6

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617480 Released: January 2008 Original release: 2006 The sixth volume of the manga series After School Nightmare, an intense and dark psychological drama by Setona Mizushiro, was originally published in Japan in 2006. The English-language edition of After School Nightmare, Volume 6 was released by Go! Comi […]