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A Certain Scientific Railgun, Vol. 10

By Kazuma Kamachi and Motoi Fuyukawa. Released in Japan as “Toaru Kagaku no Railgun” by ASCII Media Works, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I have to be careful not to repeat myself too much here, as the third Index novel is out in a couple of […]

Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka Vols 1-3

I know that Magi is a favorite shonen manga among the MangaBookshelf crew, so I’ve been meaning to read it for a long time. I finally set aside some time to read the first three volumes, and I’m glad I did! The first volume introduces Aladdin, a young boy with mysterious powers. Aladdin seems to […]

Log Horizon: The Beginning of Another World

By Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara. Released in Japan by Enterbrain. Released in North America by Yen Press. As I’ve said in a few Manga the Week of posts before this, the first I ever heard of Log Horizon was when I was researching Sword Art Online after reading that series, and TVTropes saying that […]

The Angel of Elhamburg

Creator: Aki U.S. publisher: Yen Press ISBN: 9780316340465 Released: March 2015 Original release: 2013 So far, three of Aki’s manga have been released in English. First was her debut, Utahime, published by Digital Manga. Second was her short series Olympos, released by Yen Press as a single omnibus volume. Most recently published in English is […]

The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Vol. 1

By Satoshi Wagahara and 029. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. Of the five titles I’m reading in April from Yen On, this is the odd one out, as it’s the only one that does not involve gaming in some way, shape or form. Instead this is a […]

Master Keaton, Vol 2

Master Keaton Volume 2 by Naoki Urasawa I enjoyed the first volume of this series a lot, but I was hoping that the second volume would be a bit more consistent, without some of the pacing issues that I noted in the first volume. My expectations were met, as the stories in the second volume […]

Sword Art Online, Vol. 4: Fairy Dance

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. So yeah, I know a lot of people were taking bets to see when I would stop being a raving fanboy about this series. This is not to say that there weren’t parts of this novel I […]

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?, Vol. 2

By Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan as “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by Softbank Creative. Released in North America by Yen On. My initial review of this title was a bit lukewarm, mostly expressing surprise that I didn’t immediately hate it given the premise and ‘light […]

Shades of London, Books 1-3 by Maureen Johnson

The actual title of this post should be “Books 1-3 plus that novella that came out in 2014,” but that was rather inelegant. The Name of the Star When Louisiana native Rory Deveaux’s professorial parents take a sabbatical in the UK, Rory jumps at the chance to attend boarding school in London. The early chapters […]

No Game No Life, Vol. 1

By Yuu Kamiya. Released in Japan by Media Factory. Released in North America by Yen On. I can only imagine that being someone who wants to read No Game No Life for the plotting, characterization, worldbuilding and excellent sense of dialogue is sort of like being someone who genuinely does read Playboy only for the […]

God’s Boat

Author: Kaori Ekuni Translator: Chikako Kobayashi U.K. publisher: Thames River Press ISBN: 9780857282491 Released: December 2012 Original release: 1999 One of my favorite books that I’ve read in the past few years is Kaori Ekuni’s debut and award-winning novel Twinkle Twinkle. Because I enjoyed it to such a great extent, I made a point to […]

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

book description: When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, […]

12 Beast, Vol. 1

By Okayado. Released in Japan by Fujimi Shobo, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dragon Age. Released in North America by Seven Seas. When something sells, it makes perfect business sense to get 5 other things that are similar to that thing. This tends to irritate a certain type of reader, but it’s true. This is […]

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends, Vol. 1

Creator: Yak Haibara U.S. publisher: Udon Entertainment ISBN: 9781926778334 Released: April 2012 Original release: 2007-2008 Sengoku Basara, an outrageous reimagining of the people and events of Japan’s Warring States period, is a franchise that started out as a series of video games but expanded to include manga, anime, and radio shows among other media. Although […]

Gangsta Vols 4 and 5

As I embarked on getting caught up on Gangsta, I found myself very grateful for the character bios and plot summaries in front of the volumes. The first couple volumes focused on the slightly more intimate lives of Alex as she meets and is taken in by the Handymen Worick and Nic inter cut with […]