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After School Nightmare, Vol. 4

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617336 Released: July 2007 Original release: 2006 Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare is a ten-volume manga series, an intense psychological drama that explores issues of gender identity and sexuality in a fantastical sort of way. The manga incorporates elements of horror and is an effectively disconcerting work. […]

The Manga Revue: One-Punch Man

Here in the US, VIZ has been in the vanguard of digital manga initiatives. VIZ was among the first publishers to make its catalog available across a variety of platforms, allowing readers to enjoy Dragon Ball and Vampire Knight on their device of choice. VIZ has also been using its app and website to re-release […]

Wandering Son, Vol. 8

Creator: Takako Shimura U.S. publisher: Fantagraphics Books ISBN: 9781606998311 Released: May 2015 Original release: 2008 Wandering Son by Takako Shimura is a manga series that is incredibly important to me on a very personal level. The series’ exploration of personal identity, especially in regards to gender and sexual identity, is beautifully done with great sensitivity. […]

The Ring of Saturn

Creator: KaiJu Publisher: Chromatic Press Released: May 2015 Original run: 2014 The Ring of Saturn was the first work that I read by KaiJu, a creative team made up of animator Jennifer Xu and cartoonist Kate Rhodes. A short three-part comic, The Ring of Saturn was first serialized online in Chromatic Press’ multimedia magazine Sparkler […]

So Cute It Hurts!!, Vol. 1

By Go Ikeyamada. Released in Japan as “Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!!” by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shoujo Comic (“Sho-Comi”). Released in North America by Viz. In general, I’m a sucker for over-the-top comedic shenanigans in a shoujo manga, but it can be very difficult to actually achieve this. The author has to […]

Kimi ni Todoke, Vol. 21

By Karuho Shiina. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Margaret (“Betsuma”). Released in North America by Viz. I’ve been reviewing this title in the ‘Bookshelf Briefs’ section for a long time. There’s been a lot going on since my last review, but one thing that amused me is that I […]

The Manga Revue: The Ancient Magus’ Bride and Evergreen

Are there publishers whose work you avoid? I’ll cop to feeling that way about Seven Seas, a company whose manga generally tilt too far towards the ecchi end of the spectrum for an old broad like me. In the last few months, however, the company has made some unexpected licensing announcements–The Ancient Magus’ Bride and […]

Maria the Virgin Witch, Vol. 2

Creator: Masayuki Ishikawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632360816 Released: April 2015 Original release: 2011 I was somewhat wary when I picked up Masayuki Ishikawa’s manga series Maria the Virgin Witch to read. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it, especially considering part of the story is explicitly focused on the heroine’s virginity and […]

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Vols. 5-6

By Satoshi Mizukami. Released in Japan by Shonen Gahosha, serialized in the magazine Young King Ours. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Well, I can’t say I didn’t warn myself in my last review, where I described everything coming to a halt so that the author could do plot setup. And now that it’s […]

So Cute it Hurts! Vol. 1

So Cute it Hurts! Volume 1 by Go Ikeyamada There has been a gap in cross-dressing shoujo series in the current shoujo beat line up recently, so I was intrigued by this series, which features both cross-dressing twins and juvenile delinquents. The twins in this series are a pair of fraternal twins named Megumu and […]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, Vol. 2

By Hirohiko Araki. Released in Japan as “Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz Media. It is possible, I suppose, that someone out there read the first volume of this series, featuring grandiose over the top histrionics galore, and felt “well that […]

Umineko: When They Cry, Vol. 10

Story by Ryukishi07; Art by Akitaka. Released in Japan in two separate volumes as “Umineko no Naku Koro ni: End of the Golden Witch” by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Gangan Joker. Released in North America by Yen Press. While Higurashi was divided into four Question Arcs and four Answer Arcs, Umineko plays it […]

Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas

Author: Kazuki Sakuraba Translator: Jocelyne Allen U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421578576 Released: April 2015 Original release: 2006 Awards: Mystery Writers of Japan Award Kazuki Sakuraba is probably most well-known as the creator of Gosick, a series of light novels which would later be adapted as a manga series, an audio drama, and an anime […]

The Manga Revue: Love at Fourteen

Thanks to everyone who responded positively to last week’s inaugural Manga Revue! This week’s column focuses on Love at Fourteen, a romance manga that’s garnered good reviews around the web. I’ve also rounded up the week’s most notable manga criticism below. If you’d like to see your reviews here, leave a note in the comments. Love […]

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 8: Operation Odessa

Creator: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Original story: Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130686 Released: December 2014 Original release: 2011 Although I was vaguely familiar with Gundam before reading Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, the manga series was my first real introduction to the ever-expanding franchise. I was actually more interested in […]