manga bookshelf

Maria the Virgin Witch, Vol. 1

Creator: Masayuki Ishikawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632360809 Released: February 2015 Original release: 2010 I’ll admit, when I first heard about the manga series Maria the Virgin Witch, I was more than a little skeptical. I’m not particularly interested in witches, which seem to be nearly as common as vampires in translated manga these days, […]

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 1

By Miki Yoshikawa. Released in Japan as “Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. The debut volume of this series has a war between a plotline I love and a plotline I always find discomforting and embarrassing, and ends up […]

A Caring Man

Author: Akira Arai Translator: Marc Adler U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781935654179 Released: 2011 Awards: Golden Elephant Award A Caring Man is Akira Arai’s debut novel and his first book to be translated into English. The novel was brought to my attention primarily because it, along with Fumi Nakamura’s Enma the Immortal (which I absolutely loved), […]

Yukarism Vol. 2

Yukarism Volume 2 by Chika Shiomi I enjoyed the first volume of this series very much, and was interested to see how the dynamic of gender-swapped past lives would play out in the present for the young novelist Yukari. I was impressed with the sheer amount of plot and world building Shiomi was able to […]

Karneval, Vol. 1

By Touya Mikanagi. Released in Japan in two separate volumes by Ichijinsha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Zero-Sum. Released in North America by Yen Press. Karneval is, I believe, one of those titles that is expected to coast by on style alone for the first few volumes, while it lovingly sets up its plot. […]

Soul Eater, Vol. 25

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. And so here we are at the end of another long-running shonen series. And it’s a good, solid ending, wrapping most plotlines up neatly, giving readers a big battle scene with lots of […]

Requiem of the Rose King, Vol. 1

Creator: Aya Kanno U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421567785 Released: March 2015 Original release: 2014 The English-language release of Aya Kanno’s Requiem of the Rose King was one of the manga that I was most looking forward to in 2015. Several of Kanno’s series have previously been translated into English—Soul Rescue, Blank Slate, and Otomen—all […]

Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 1

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. I’ve already discussed some of the ideas behind this concept in my review of the first manga, so I’ll try to skim over that and discuss what I enjoyed about SAO:P as a novel. Again, I don’t […]

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

Creator: Hirohiko Araki U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421578798 Released: February 2015 Original release: 1987-1988 Hirohiko Araki’s multi-generational epic JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the longest-running manga series in Japan. Araki began the series in 1986 and the manga is still ongoing at well over a hundred volumes. Between 2005 and 2010, Viz Media […]

Captain Ken, Vols. 1-2

By Osamu Tezuka. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Digital Manga Publishing. Say what you will about Osamu Tezuka, he certainly knows how to write for his specified audience. This doesn’t dumb anything down, but it is absolutely 100% for boys around 7-12 years old, […]

Oh My Goddess!, Vol. 47

By Kosuke Fujishima. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Dark Horse. The final volume is not going to have much time for this, so it’s very fitting that this penultimate one is devoted to the greatest love affair in the entire series. No, not K1 and […]

Requiem of the Rose King, Vol. 1

Requiem of the Rose King, Vol. 1 by Aya Kanno I really admire the way Kanno moves from genre to genre, coming up with unique stories each time, at least with her series that have been translated into English. Blank Slate and Otomen are utterly unlike each other, and now with Requiem of the Rose […]

Master Keaton, Vol. 2

By Naoki Urasawa, Hokusei Katsushika, and Takashi Nagasaki. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Big Comic Original. Released in North America by Viz Media. This is another solid volume of Master Keaton, with a bit more attention paid to the mysteries and a bit less to the leading man this time around. […]

Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark from and about Japan

Editor: Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington Publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421571744 Released: September 2014 Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark from and about Japan, edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington, is the second anthology of short fiction curated specifically for Haikasoru, the speculative fiction imprint of Viz Media. Phantasm Japan, published in 2014, is […]

Review: Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 By Sui Ishida Rated T+, for Older Teens VIZ Media, $8.99 (digital edition) Tokyo Ghoul opens with mild-mannered college student Ken Kaneki impulsively deciding to go on a date with a beautiful stranger. As Kaneki soon discovers, Rize isn’t even a person–she’s a ghoul, a violent predator who feeds on human […]