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Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 11

By Kiiro Yumi, based on the novel by Hiro Arikawa. Released in Japan as “Toshokan Sensou: Love & War” by Hakusensha, serialization ongoing in the magazine LaLa. Released in North America by Viz. While there are an unlimited amount of things that you can do when you write a shoujo manga, it has to be […]

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 1

By Nakaba Suzuki. Released in Japan as “Nanatsu no Taizai” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. This is a title that’s been getting a lot of buzz recently, so it does not surprise me that Kodansha picked it up for release over here. It […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday, Vol. 1

What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga What Did You Eat Yesterday? is one of those holy grail manga that I thought would be tough to get here in America in translated form, so you can imagine my delight when Vertical announced that they would be publishing it. No one does slice […]

Sword Art Online: Aincrad

By Reki Kawahara, abec, and Tamako Nakamura. Released in Japan in two separate volumes by ASCII Mediaworks, serialized in the magazine Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen Press. I have to admit that this one took me entirely by surprise. I wasn’t really expecting much when Yen announced this. “Oh no, we are […]

Real, Vol. 5

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519937 Released: July 2009 Original release: 2005 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award When I first started reading Takehiko Inoue’s prize-winning manga series Real, I didn’t expect to appreciate it as much as I do. Real has actually become one of my favorite series. I wasn’t particularly interested […]

Insufficient Direction

Creator: Moyoco Anno U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130112 Released: February 2014 Original release: 2005 I picked up the first few volumes of Moyoco Anno’s manga series Happy Mania more on a whim than anything else. After reading them I immediately went out and tracked down all of the manga by Anno available in English that […]

Soul Eater, Vol. 19

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. The high point of this volume for me was the flashback to Liz and Patti’s past, and how they met Kid. This was spoiled a bit by Soul Eater Not – which […]

Food Wars!, Vol. 1

By Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki. Released in Japan as “Shokugeki no Soma” by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. The initial reaction to a series is very important, even if it turns out later that it changes. And just like some people read one volume […]

Real, Vol. 4

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519920 Released: April 2009 Original release: 2004 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award I am a huge fan of Takehiko Inoue’s illustrations and manga. Everything that I have read by him has impressed me; his artistic skills and storytelling, as well as his complex characterizations, are fantastic. When […]

One Punch Man, Vol 1

I make no secret of my affection for shoujo manga, but occasionally even I want to read shonen manga featuring kicking or punching, preferably both. One Punch Man, as one might suspect, is centered on punching. This is available on the Viz Digital site for your various devices! One Punch Man provides an amusing twist […]

UQ Holder!, Vol. 1

By Ken Akamatsu. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. It’s pretty easy to tell that this is a sequel to Negima right off the bat – Evangeline appears on Page 1, talking about the difficulties inherent in immortality. It’s the following […]

Attack on Titan: Junior High, Vol. 1

Creator: Saki Nakagawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629162 Released: March 2014 Original release: 2013 Attack on Titan: Junior High is one of several spin-off series inspired by Hajime Isayama’s hit manga Attack on Titan. Saki Nakagawa was selected to work on an Attack on Titan series after entering a manga contest. (Coincidentally, both Nakagawa and […]

Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 1

By Arina Tanemura. Released in Japan as “Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Ribon. Released in North America by Viz. Having almost run out of Tanemura titles to release, Viz has gone back to the early days with this one and license rescued it from the clutches of CMX. And I’m very […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 1 & 2

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. (pre-review note #1: I use ‘Ryouga’ and ‘Ukyou’ when I romanize, though otherwise stick to Viz romanization. It’s a 90s fanfic writer quirk that I am unlikely to break the habit of, as I am […]

Real, Vol. 3

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519913 Released: January 2009 Original release: 2003 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award Takehiko Inoue is probably best known for his basketball manga series Slam Dunk. Now, I enjoy Slam Dunk quite a bit. However, it’s another basketball manga by Inoue that is my personal favorite–Real, which specifically […]