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Dorohedoro, Vol. 13

By Q Hayashida. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in a Shogakukan magazine to be named later. Released in North America by Viz. Most of the recent volumes of Dorohedoro have consisted of a lot of what readers are looking for with the series (gore, comedy, the odd gyoza mention) along with small dabs […]

The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan

Author: Ivan Morris Publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781568360294 Released: June 1994 Original release: 1964 Several years ago I read the entirety of The Tale of Genji, a novel written by Murasaki Shikibu in the eleventh century. It was a pretty big undertaking, but absolutely worth it. I love the novel. Ever since finishing The Tale of […]

Kaze Hikaru Vol 22 and Happy Marriage?! Vol 7

Kaze Hikaru Volume 22 by ´╗┐Taeko Watanabe So much of Kaze Hikaru deals with repressing emotions, since Sei has disguised herself as a boy in order to join the Shinsengumi and Soji has agreed to keep her secret. While Sei and Soji are clearly in love with each other, there’s a long way to go […]

The Princess of Tennis

Author: Jamie Lynn Lano Publisher: Jamie Lynn Lano ISBN: 9781499797527 Released: July 2014 The Princess of Tennis: The True Story of Working As a Mangaka’s Assistant in Japan by Jamie Lynn Lano is just that–a memoir written by someone fortunate enough to live the dream of so many aspiring artists. Very few non-Japanese creators have […]

Oh My Goddess!, Vol. 46

By Kosuke Fujishima. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Dark Horse. Since my last review of Oh My Goddess back in December, the manga has finally ended in Japan after 26 years, and will be 48 volumes total. For those who were reading this entire arc […]

Before You Go

Creator: Denise Schroeder Publisher: Chromatic Press Released: May 2014 Original release: March 2014 Before You Go is a short, thirty-three paged comic written and illustrated by Denise Schroeder. Originally published in the March 2014 issue of Chromatic Press’ online multimedia magazine Sparkler Monthly (which, by the way, is marvelous), a small print run of Before […]

Black Rose Alice, Vol. 1

By Setona Mizushiro. Released in Japan by Akita Shoten, serialized in the magazine Princess. Released in North America by Viz. I’m usually quite fond of series that try to get by on pure mood, even if the plot is not one that reaches out and grabs me. This odd shoujo series definitely falls into that […]

Kokoro Connect, Vol. 1

By Sadanatsu Anda and CUTEG. Released in Japan by Enterbrain, serialized in the magazine Famitsu Comic Clear. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Generally speaking, if you’re going to be releasing a manga series based on a light novel that stars a group of high school students in a strange club, you’d better have […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 4

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612624235 Released: July 2014 Original release: 2009 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Makoto Yukimura’s award-winning Vinland Saga has quickly become one of the manga releases that I most look forward to each time a new volume is published every few months. The series is thoroughly […]

The Twelve Kingdoms, Vol. 4: Skies of Dawn

Author: Fuyumi Ono Illustrator: Akihiro Yamada Translator: Alexander O. Smith U.S. Publisher: Tokyopop ISBN: 9781427802606 Released: November 2010 Original release: 1994 Skies of Dawn is the fourth and sadly final volume of Fuyumi Ono’s eight-volume fantasy novel series The Twelve Kingdoms, illustrated by Akihiro Yamada, to have been released in English. Published in Japan in […]

D-Frag!, Vol. 1

By Tomoya Haruno. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Seas. An action manga can get away with a chapter or two with no fighting. A romance manga relies on there being little to no resolution for volumes at a time. But a […]

Food Wars, Vol 1

Food Wars Volume 1 by Yuto Tsukudo and Shun Saeki This is a potentially engaging battle style foodie manga that I found myself having a difficult time getting into due to the copious amounts of fan service. I do realize that in shonen manga, one has to expect some boobs and miniskirts, just as one […]

Blood Lad, Vol. 5

By Yuuki Kodama. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Yen Press. I said last time that it was the small character moments that were the best in Blood Lad, and that’s still true. But it can’t be denied, the main plot has become […]

Inu x Boku SS, Vol. 4

By Cocoa Fujiwara. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the magazine Gangan Joker. Released in North America by Yen Press. This is one of those volumes where I recommend that if you enjoy the series and haven’t read it, you avoid reading my review so that you aren’t totally spoiled. Just an […]

In Clothes Called Fat

Creator: Moyoco Anno U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130433 Released: July 2014 Original release: 2002 There is a select group of mangaka whose work I will buy without question or hesitation no matter what it is. Out of those creators, Moyoco Anno is one of my favorites. She works in multiple genres for multiple demographics and […]