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Sweat & Honey

Creator: Mari Okazaki U.S. publisher: Tokyopop ISBN: 9781591827979 Released: February 2005 Original release: 2002 Back in 2005 Tokyopop launched a short-lived line of josei manga called Passion Fruit, describing it as a collection of innovative and edgy works. Only two volumes were ever released before Passion Fruit faded out of existence: Mari Okazaki’s Sweat & […]

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Vol. 1

By Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, and Daisuki Furuya. Released in Japan as “Owari no Seraph” by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Jump Square. Released in North America by Viz. I’m always a little bit wary when I see more than two names on a book’s cover, particularly when it’s a manga and yet one […]

The Summit of the Gods, Vol. 3

Author: Baku Yumemakura Illustrator: Jiro Taniguchi U.S. publisher: Fanfare/Ponent Mon ISBN:9788492444335 Released: June 2012 Original release: 2002 Awards: Angoulême Prize, Japan Media Arts Award Based on an award-winning novel by Baku Yumemakura, The Summit of the Gods is a five-volume manga series written by Yumemakura and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi. The manga itself has also […]

One Piece, Vol. 71

By Eiichiro Oda. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. One Piece may go beyond the typical shonen manga most of the time, but that doesn’t mean it’s above many of the standard cliches. Being a Jump Manga, it is firmly in the […]

Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 29: Beyond Good and Evil

Creator: Hiroaki Samura U.S. publisher: Dark Horse ISBN: 9781616553371 Released: May 2014 Original release: 2011 Awards: Eisner Award, Japan Media Arts Award Beyond Good and Evil is the twenty-ninth volume in the English-language release of Hiroaki Samura’s award-winning manga Blade of the Immortal. Published by Dark Horse in 2014, Beyond Good and Evil is equivalent […]

Millennium Snow, Vols. 1-3

By Bisco Hatori. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine LaLa DX. Released in North America by Viz Media. This release of the third volume of Millennium Snow, along with an omnibus re-release of the first two volumes, gives us a unique glimpse into the world of manga publishing. Here we have a […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 2

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130396 Released: May 2014 Original release: 2008 Fumi Yoshinaga’s series What Did You Eat Yesterday? is a manga which I have been hoping would be released in English for years. Happily, Vertical stepped up and recently began publishing the series. In addition to featuring a fairly realistic portrayal […]

Girls Und Panzer, Vol. 1

By Girls Und Panzer Project and Ryohichi Saitaniya. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Flapper. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I wasn’t sure what to think of this title when I first saw it. It’s based off of an anime, though the fact that the story is […]

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 1

By Hikaru Suruga and Gun Snark (Nitroplus). Released in Japan as “Shingeki no Kyojin Gaiden – Kuinaki Sentaku” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Aria. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Given what the fandom is like, both in the West and in Japan, a spinoff of Attack on Titan featuring Levi is […]

High School DxD, Vol. 1

By Ichihei Ishibumi, Zero Miyama, and Hiroji Mishima. Released in Japan by Fujimi Shobo, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dragon Age. Released in North America by Yen Press. Given that the front cover of this new series features a cute young woman with bat wings, and the back cover features that woman plus another one […]

The Darkest Night Vol 1

The Darkest Night Vol 1 by Earithen and Gena Showalter available at: Usually when I read Harlequin manga, I haven’t read the books they’ve been adapted from, but in this case I have read a few volumes of Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series before trying out the manga adaptation. As you might […]

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 5: Char & Sayla

Creator: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Original story: Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130198 Released: March 2014 Original release: 2009 My knowledge of and exposure to the massive Gundam franchise has admittedly been limited, but so far Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin has easily been my favorite work to come […]

Shojo Beat Quick Takes – Midnight Secretary Vol 6 and Dengeki Daisy Vol 14

Midnight Secretary Vol 6 by Tomu Ohmi This volume of Midnight Secretary shows the relationship between Kaya and her vampire boss Kyohei on firmer footing, but the manipulations of the vampire clan start to interfere with the couple. Kyohei takes Kaya to a party as his date, and there’s a bit of unexpected fallout from […]

Soul Eater, Vol. 20

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. So much of what has gotten me addicted to Soul Eater comes to a climax in this volume. The discussion of madness and knowledge, and how the two sometimes interact. The artstyle, which […]

Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 2

By Arina Tanemura. Released in Japan as “Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Ribon. Released in North America by Viz. When I reviewed the first volume of this Tanemura magical girl title, I noted that her parents splitting up and suddenly moving out of the country looked ‘suspicious’. Well, it turned out […]