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Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 1

Creator: Akiko Higashimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632362285 Released: March 2016 Original release: 2009 Awards: Kodansha Manga Award Akiko Higashimura’s Kodansha Manga Award-winning Princess Jellyfish wasn’t a manga series that I expected would be licensed for an English-language release. Anecdotally, josei manga hasn’t historically done particularly well in the North American market. And on top […]

Not Lives, Vol. 1

By Wataru Karasuma. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Once you see something make it big, be it here or in Japan, you’re going to see variations on the same basic theme in the hopes that a company can get some […]

Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, Vol. 5

By Satoko Kiyuduki. Released in Japan as “Hitsugi Katsugi no Kuro – Kaichu Tabi no Wa” by Houbunsha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Manga Time Kirara. Released in North America by Yen Press. It can at times be rather hard to believe that this mostly dark and surreal fantasy series can come from the same […]

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol 15

Library Wars: Love & War Volume 15 by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa When I started reading this series, I admit I was drawn to it more due to the premise than the execution, because it is a rare thing for there to be a manga about librarians organized as a fighting force to combat […]

Nichijou, Vol. 1

By Keiichi Arawi. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialized in the magazine Shonen Ace. Released in North America by Vertical Comics. I have a weakness for gag manga, as some of you may have noticed, and also a weakness for high school slice-of-life starring a bunch of quirky high school girls. It should be […]

The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa

Author: Yukichi Fukuzawa Translator: Eiichi Kiyooka U.S. publisher: Columbia University Press ISBN: 9780231139878 Released: January 2007 Original release: 1897 Yukichi Fukuzawa—scholar, translator, author, and educator, among many other things—is one of Japan’s most influential historical figures of the modern era, helping to shape the country as it is known today. As the founder of Keio […]

Log Horizon: Game’s End, Part 2

By Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara. Released in Japan by Enterbrain. Released in North America by Yen On. As I’ve said many times before, Log Horizon has a bit of a fandom war with a similar series, Sword Art Online. It’s something of a one-sided war, given that SAO has about 10 times the number […]

Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 1

By Akiko Higashimura. Released in Japan in two separate volumes as “Kuragehime” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Kiss. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. This is another one of those titles where I haven’t seen the anime that was based on it, but sheer word of mouth has made me incredibly excited […]

Accel World: Shrine Maiden of the Sacred Fire

By Reki Kawahara and Hima. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. One of Accel World’s strongest points is its ability to built on plot and themes from prior books without overwhelming the reader too much. The last book showed us that the Disaster Armor had not entirely left […]

Durarara!!, Vol. 3

By Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. Anyone who reads any of Narita’s two main series, Baccano! and Durarara!!, knows how much he likes his gangs and gangsters. Be it yakuza, mafia, camorra, or just kids wearing colors and yelling about territory, it’s […]

Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 1

Creator: Nanao Original story: HaccaWorks* U.S. publisher: Yen Press ISBN: 9780316351966 Released: December 2015 Original release: 2012 Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi was originally a visual novel developed and created by the doujin group HaccaWorks* that was released in 2011. The manga adaptation by another doujin creator, Nanao, began serialization in Japan […]

Danganronpa: The Animation, Vol. 1

By Spike Chunsoft and Takashi Tsukimi. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialized in the magazine Shonen Ace. Released in North America by Dark Horse. I have made my opinions on the glut of ‘survival game’ manga well known by now, I hope. In general, if you’re writing a survival game manga, you need a […]

Shuriken and Pleats Vol. 1

Shuriken and Pleats Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino Matsuri Hino is one of those shoujo authors who I like, but I haven’t been pulled into the time of deep admiration that I feel towards an Arina Tanemura or a Chika Shiomi. One of the main reasons for this is that I never really connected with […]

Paradise Residence, Vol. 1

By Kosuke Fujishima. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. For all that Fujishima’s Oh My Goddess! was a series with angels, devils, and everything in between (that is when it wasn’t just about vehicles and those who love them), there was an awful lot […]

Mushishi, Vol. 8, 9, and 10

Creator: Yuki Urushibara U.S. publisher: Del Rey ISBN: 9780345505606 Released: July 2010 Original release: 2007-2008 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Every once in a while I come across a work that stays with me long after I first finish reading it and that I find myself revisiting time and again. Yuki Urushibara’s […]