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Oishinbo, A la Carte: Vegetables

Author: Tetsu Kariya Illustrator: Akira Hanasaki U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421521435 Released: September 2009 Original release: 2006 Awards: Shogakukan Manga Award When it comes to food manga, the long-running and sometimes controversial Oishinbo is one of the most successful series in Japan. Written by Tetsu Kariya and illustrated by Akira Hanasaki, the popular Oishinbo […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 13 & 14

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. Having spent most of the last few Ranma reviews talking about how Ranma is essentially filled with shallow unlikeable characters who do funny things, and that the fan might get upset at a perceived lack […]

Meteor Prince, Vol 1

Meteor Prince Volume 1 by Meca Tanaka Meteor Prince is a super cute shoujo series that is ideal to read if you need a break from the winter blahs. It is in some ways like a kinder, less manic version of Urusei Yatsura, because the heroine of the story Hako is cursed with an incredible […]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, Vol. 1

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. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is inherently ridiculous. If you don’t accept that from the start, this likely is not going to be the manga for you. Luckily, Phantom […]

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 2

By Kazumi Kamachi and Kiyotaka Haimura. Released in Japan as “To Aru Majutsu no Index” by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. Kamachi wrote the 2nd volume of the Index series in 17 days at editorial request. I imagine it was a combination of “wow, this series got very popular very fast” […]

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment

Author: Richard Reeves Publisher: Henry Holt and Company ISBN: 9780805094084 Released: April 2015 I was never taught as a part of my school curriculum about the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans on United States soil during World War II. I found out about it quite by accident while visiting an American […]

Hide and Seek, Vol. 1

Creator: Yaya Sakuragi U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421555720 Released: July 2013 Original release: 2012 Ever since reading and enjoying Hey, Sensei?, my introduction to boys’ love manga, I have made a point to follow the work of Yaya Sakuragi in English. And so I was particularly pleased when Hide and Seek—one of her most recent […]

Requiem of the Rose King, Vol. 1

By Aya Kanno. Released in Japan as “Baraou no Souretsu” by Akita Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Princess. Released in North America by Viz Media. There should probably be “And William Shakespeare” somewhere in the credits above, but I don’t begrudge anyone for leaving it out – this is a very loose interpretation of […]

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Vols. 3-4

By Satoshi Mizukami. Released in Japan by Shonen Gahosha, serialized in the magazine Young King Ours. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I’ve discussed before how series can sometimes be plotted in “short/medium/long” ways in Japan. The short is if the series is a failure – 2-3 volumes and it’s done. Long is when […]

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Description: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but […]

Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 2

Creator: Gamon Sakurai U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130853 Released: December 2014 Original release: 2013 I tend to enjoy darker-toned stories about immortals, so I wasn’t particularly surprised that I enjoyed the first volume of Ajin: Demi-Human. The manga series was conceived of by writer Tsuina Miura and artist Gamon Sakurai, but by the second volume […]

Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary, Vol. 1

By Shake-O. Released in Japan as “Hitomi-sensei no Hokenshitsu” by Tokuma Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Ryu. Released in North America by Seven Seas. As longtime readers will know, I pay far more attention to which company is releasing a manga and what magazine it runs in, for good and ill. Sometimes this […]


Creator: J. M. Ken Niimura U.S. publisher: Image Comics ISBN: 9781632152428 Released: January 2015 Original release: 2014 J. M. Ken Niimura is probably best known for his collaboration as an illustrator with writer Joe Kelly on I Kill Giants, an award-winning American comic that was completed in 2008. Among many other honors, the work earned […]

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 25

By Hiroshi Shiibashi. Released in Japan as “Nurarihyon No Mago” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. We’ve come to the final volume of this Shonen Jump series, and as it turns out I had not done a full review of it since the very first. That […]

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game, Vol. 7

By Quin Rose and Mamenosuke Fujimaru, based on the game by Quin Rose. Released in Japan as “Joker no Kuni no Alice – Circus to Usotsuki Game” by Ichijinsha, serialized in the magazine Comic Zero-Sum. Released in North America by Seven Seas. This review contains spoilers for the “Bad End” of the visual novels. Of […]