manga bookshelf

I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland, Vol. 1

By Visualworks and Ayumi Kanou. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialized in the magazine Comic Gene. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I have noted in the past how this seems to be the age of the Alice in Wonderland manga, much as we have also had the age of vampire manga and […]

Durarara!! Yellow Scarves Arc, Vol. 1

By Ryohgo Narita, Suzuhito Yasuda, and Akiyo Satorigi. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the magazine GFantasy. Released in North America by Yen Press. You’ll note in my header that I said ‘serialization ongoing’, even though this particular arc has ended in Japan. Square Enix and the author have decided to sell […]

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall

Author: Ryo Suzukaze Illustrator: Thores Shibamoto Translator: Ko Ransom U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130860 Released: September 2014 Original release: 2011 Hajime Isayama’s manga series Attack on Titan has become extraordinarily successful not only in Japan but worldwide as well. The series has inspired numerous manga spinoffs, anime, games, and more. Attack on Titan: Before the […]

Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, Vol. 4

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. Sometimes, when I’m reading a series with as much ambiguity as this one, I find it difficult to discern which parts I […]

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Vol. 6

By Nagaru Tanigawa and Puyo. Released in Japan as “Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu” by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Yen Press. In my last review of this title, I seemed somewhat grumpy. The manga had gotten to a place that seemed ideal to wrap up, but […]

The Tale of the Cavern

Author: Minamoto no Shitagō Translator: Ziro Uraki Publisher: Shinozaki Shorin ISBN: 9784784104376 Released: 1984 Original release: 10th Century While reading The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan, I encountered quite a few references to a work of fiction called Utsuho Monogatari. Written in the late tenth century, most likely by the […]

Dororo, Vol. 3

Creator: Osamu Tezuka U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781934287187 Released: August 2008 Original run: 1968-1969 Awards: Eisner Award Osamu Tezuka was an extraordinarily prolific and influential creator of manga and anime. So far, only a small fraction of his total output has been released in English. Out of those, one of my personal favorites is his […]

My Love Story! Vol 2

My Love Story! Volume 2 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko I thought the first volume of this series managed to be both hilarious and refreshing with its unconventional for shoujo manga premise of focusing on the foibles of a unconventional male hero. The second volume took first place on my to-read pile as soon as […]

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Vol. 6

By Satoko Kiyuduki. Released in Japan by Houbunsha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat. Released in North America by Yen Press. As ever, one reason that GA is probably my favorite “4-koma about girls in a school setting and their daily lives’ manga is the art school setting. Art pervades the entire […]

Time Killers

By Kazue Kato. Released in Japan by Shueisha, stories collected from various Jump one-shots. Released in North America by Viz Media. Rabbits. There’s no helping it, that’s the one thing I take away most from this collection of short stories by the author of Blue Exorcist. There are romances, action adventures, tragic minimalist studies, and […]

Genshiken: Second Season, Vol. 5

By Shimoku Kio. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. I’ve reviewed the last couple of volumes of this sequel to Genshiken in Bookshelf Briefs, and have remarked several times that it almost feels like they’re trying to aim for a new demographic with […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 4

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130792 Released: September 2014 Original release: 2010 With each new volume of Fumi Yoshinaga’s series What Did You Eat Yesterday? that is released in English, I seem to fall in love with the manga just a little more. What Did You Eat Yesterday? probably isn’t my favorite series by […]

Attack on Titan Guidebook

By Hajime Isayama and the editors at Kodansha. Released in Japan by Kodansha in two separate volumes, “Inside” and “Outside”. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Shonen manga in Japan get quite popular, and as you’d expect, fans want to know absolutely everything about their favorite characters, things that wouldn’t necessarily come up in […]

Wandering Son, Vol. 7

Creator: Takako Shimura U.S. publisher: Fantagraphics Books ISBN: 9781606997505 Released: August 2014 Original release: 2007 The wait between the release of each new volume of the English-language edition of Takako Shimura’s manga series Wandering Son can seem torturous, but without fail I’m exceptionally glad when the next installment is finally available. Wandering Son is a […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 7 & 8

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. I’ve joked several times in the last few weeks about warning people that this volume features the debut of Happosai, but there’s a kernel of truth to that warning: Happosai is repugnant, and a polarizing […]