manga bookshelf


Ranma 1/2, Vols. 19-20

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. I’ve talked before about how frustrating Ranma can be if you take its characters too seriously. It’s an issue that has carried over to many anime fandoms: if you try to empathize with these characters, […]

Mushishi, Vol. 5

Creator: Yuki Urushibara U.S. publisher: Del Rey ISBN: 9780345501387 Released: August 2008 Original release: 2004 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award The manga series Mushishi was Yuki Urushibara’s professional debut as a mangaka. The manga began serialization in Japan in 1999, lasted for ten volumes, and was the basis for multiple anime adaptations […]

Dorohedoro, Vol. 16

By Q Hayashida. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in a Shogakukan magazine to be named later. Released in North America by Viz. One thing that Dorohedoro is lacking in is traditional romantic love. Very few of the characters do anything in this title because they’re in love with someone else. As a result, […]

Maid-sama! Vols 1 and 2

Maid-sama! Volumes 1 and 2 by Hiro Fujiwara It has been some time since I’ve read this series. I think I read around 4 or 5 volumes or so of the Tokyopop release, so the new omnibus from Viz provided a good excuse to give the series a second try. I totally understand why Maid-sama! […]

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Vols. 7-8

By Satoshi Mizukami. Released in Japan by Shonen Gahosha, serialized in the magazine Young King Ours. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Akane is the one Beast Knight we’ve never really focused on, so it makes sense that he gets a lot to do in this new omnibus. As we expected, he’s introverted, sullen, […]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 1: Phantom Blood, Volume 2

Creator: Hirohiko Araki U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421578804 Released: May 2015 Original release: 1988 For years the only part of Hirohiko Araki’s epic and fashionably strange shōnen manga series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure that was available in English was the third story arc, Stardust Crusaders. A standalone side story, Rohan at the Louvre was released […]

Hayate the Combat Butler, Vol. 26

By Kenjiro Hata. Released in Japan as “Hayate no Gotoku!” by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. I’ve talked about Hayate’s parents before, and the sheer loathsome level of evil they produce. What’s worth mentioning is that they aren’t really alone, though they do stand at the […]

The Decagon House Murders

Author: Yukito Ayatsuji Translator: Ho-Ling Wong U.S. publisher: Locked Room International ISBN: 9781508503736 Released: June 2015 Original release: 1987 Originally published in 1987, Yukito Ayatsuji’s debut novel The Decagon House Murders is credited with sparking a renaissance in Japanese honkaku mystery fiction, a subgenre of classic detective fiction emphasizing logic and fair play. The novel […]

Emma, Vol. 2

By Kaoru Mori. Released in Japan in two separate volumes by Enterbrain, serialized in the magazine Comic Beam. Released in North America by Yen Press. After the first omnibus set up the romance between our two reserved leads, the second volume keeps them apart until the very end. It’s better for both of them, really. […]

Komomo Confiserie Vol 1

Komomo Confiserie, Volume 1 by Maki Minami So far, Maki Minami’s shoujo series haven’t totally connected with me as a reader. I didn’t care for Special A very much, and while I liked the first couple volumes of Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, I haven’t gone on to read the entire series. Maybe Komomo Confiserie will […]

Attack on Titan, Vol. 16

By Hajime Isayama. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. There is a term that has become popular, particularly with the rise of TV tropes, called ‘The Woobie’. It is a character who you are meant to feel sad and sorry for, […]

The Manga Revue: Inuyashiki, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Tokyo Ghoul

I’m fresh out of snappy intros, so I’ll cut to the chase: this week’s column looks at Inuyashiki, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus Edition, and Tokyo Ghoul. Inuyashiki, Vol. 1 By Hiroya Oku Rated OT, for older teens (16+) Kodansha Comics, $12.99 Bette Davis famously declared that “Old age is no place for sissies,” a […]

Dr. Makumakuran and Other Stories

Creator: Takeshi Matsu Publisher: Bruno Gmünder ISBN: 9783867878432 Released: August 2015 Dr. Makumakuran and Other Stories is the second collection of erotic gay manga by Takeshi Matsu to be released in English. Matsu was one of the nine mangaka to be featured in the landmark anthology Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make […]

The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Vol. 2

By Satoshi Wagahara and 029. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. The second volume of this series does what is expected of it. It expands on the themes and characters of the first book, adds a new villain and a new sort-of heroine, and relies on its comedy […]

Sword Art Online, Vol. 5: Phantom Bullet

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. I had wondered at the end of Fairy Dance how the series would justify there being more MMORPGs and not just having the entire virtual genre banned due to massive deaths. Well, Phantom Bullet answers that – […]