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Indian Summer

Author: Mieko Kanai Translator: Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley U.S. publisher: Cornell University East Asia Program ISBN: 9781933947556 Released: August 2012 Original release: 1988 My introduction to Mieko Kanai was through her short novel Oh, Tama!, the second volume in her Mejiro series. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read more of […]

One Piece, Vol. 70

By Eiichiro Oda. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. Sometimes you’re reading a manga and you get to one page, or even just one particular panel, that makes you grin so hard and flail around because it perfectly encapsulates everything about that […]

Real, Vol. 2

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519906 Released: October 2008 Original release: 2002 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award Although I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself to be a sports fan, I have come to the realization that I really enjoy sports manga. Out of all of the sports manga that I’ve so far read, […]

Insufficient Direction

By Moyoco Anno. Released in Japan as “Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki” by Shodensha, serialized in the magazine Feel Young. Released in North America by Vertical. The North American market has been enjoying Moyoco Anno’s manga for years now, be it Happy Mania, Sugar Sugar Rune, or Sakuran. Hideaki Anno has also been a favorite over here, […]

Toradora, Vol. 6

By Yuyuko Takemiya and Zekkyo. Released in Japan by ASCII Media Works, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Given how impossible it is for most mass media to avoid cliches and tropes, the question often becomes “how well does this work manage the cliche”? This volume of […]

Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28: Raining Chaos

Creator: Hiroaki Samura U.S. publisher: Dark Horse ISBN: 9781616553210 Released: January 2014 Original release: 2011 Awards: Eisner Award, Japan Media Arts Award Raining Chaos is the twenty-eighth volume in the English-language edition of Hiroaki Samura’s manga series Blade of the Immortal. Because of slight differences between the Japanese and English publications of the series, Raining […]

Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol 1

Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura Phantom Thief Jeanne is by far my favorite Arina Tanemura series. It is also one of her earlier ones, since it came out in 1998. It might be less polished than her more recent series, but I have always found it amusing because it has a certain […]

Blood Lad, Vol. 4

By Yuuki Kodama. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Yen Press. In the new Blood Lad omnibus, a lot of big things happen. We finally see what’s going on with Braz and what he’s planning; Wolf meets up with his human mother (an […]

Real, Vol. 1

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519890 Released: July 2008 Original release: 2001 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award When I first began reading Takehiko Inoue’s manga series Real it was simply because it was the only work of his that my local library had at the time. I was already familiar with and […]

Gangsta, Vol. 1

By Kohske. Released in Japan by Shinchosha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic @ Bunch. Released in North America by Viz Media. One of the things that most manga fans who follow publishing closely have found is that manga readers tend to be loyal to genres rather than authors. Sure, Natsuki Takaya may have written […]

No. 6, Vol. 5

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612623597 Released: February 2014 Original release: 2012 As much as I would like to read them, it is highly unlikely that Atsuko Asano’s series of science fiction novels No. 6 will ever be licensed in English. Happily, two adaptations are available: the 2011 anime […]

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1

By Ryo Suzukaze and Satoshi Shiki. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Sirius. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. (This review is based off an advance copy provided by the publisher.) If Attack on Titan: Junior High as the inevitable lighter, fluffier gag manga spinoff of the main Titan […]

My Little Monster, Vol. 1

By Robico. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Dessert. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. (This review is based on an advance copy provided by the publisher.) After an extended period where it seemed that only Nakayoshi titles could get licensed in North America, Kodansha Comics is slowly edging its way […]

Attack on Titan: Junior High, Vol. 1

By Saki Nakagawa. Released in Japan in two separate volumes by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. (This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher.) Attack on Titan has been such a breakout success both here and in Japan that spinoffs were […]

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Vol. 5

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. So when does one choose to end a cash cow? Particularly if the cash cow is a spinoff of an even bigger cash cow whose […]