manga bookshelf

Barakamon, Vol. 1

By Satsuki Yoshino. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the magazine Gangan Online. Released in North America by Yen Press. The genre of ‘Fish out of water city boy moves to the country and is slowly won over by the laid-back, charming ways of the locals’ is so well known in Japan […]

Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror

Creator: Junji Ito U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421561325 Released: October 2013 Original run: 1998-1999 Junji Ito’s Uzumaki, originally released in Japan between 1998 and 1999, is one of the most well-known horror manga series to have been translated into English. Viz Media has actually published three different English-language editions of Uzumaki, not counting its […]

Vampire Knight, Vol. 19

By Matsuri Hino. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine LaLa. Released in North America by Viz. And so after 19 volumes, we come to the end of this particular journey. Yes, there’s a novel due out next month, but for the main manga, this is it. There’s even a limited edition, which […]

Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on My Heart

By Sana Shirakawa, Quin Rose, and Nana Fumitsuki, based on the game by Quin Rose. Released in Japan by Ichijinsha. Released in North America by Seven Seas. The Alice spinoffs, which is to say everything but the 6 main books that Tokyopop/Yen Press put out, have always had an issue to deal with which is […]

No Game No Life, Vol. 1

By Yuu Kamiya and Mashiro Hiiragi. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialized in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Sedas. Ah, Comic Alive, my old nemesis. We meet again. I see this time you’ve brought a title that I would probably find quite interesting were it not for the grotesque […]

The Clockwork Sky, Vols 1 and 2

The Clockwork Sky Volumes 1 and 2 by Madeline Rosca I haven’t read Rosca’s series for Seven Seas, The Hollow Fields, but I remember being aware of it as one of the more positively reviewed English language manga series. So I was curious to check out Rosca’s recent series The Clockwork Sky. The first volume […]

Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator, Vol. 1

Author: Kouhei Kadono Illustrator: Kouji Ogata Translator: Andrew Cunningham U.S. publisher: Seven Seas ISBN: 9781933164205 Released: June 2006 Original release: 1998 After reading Boogiepop and Others, I knew that I needed to read the rest of Kouhei Kadono’s Boogiepop light novel series, or at least all of the volumes that had been released in English. […]

Manga Dogs, Vol. 1

By Ema Toyama. Released in Japan as “GDGD-DOGS” by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Aria. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Ema Toyama’s career over here in North America has been a bit slow to build. Pixie Pop came out back in the Tokyopop days, and if I recall had a heroine who was […]

The Summit of the Gods, Vol. 4

Author: Baku Yumemakura Illustrator: Jiro Taniguchi U.S. publisher: Fanfare/Ponent Mon ISBN: 9788492444632 Released: October 2013 Original release: 2003 Awards: Angoulême Prize, Japan Media Arts Award One of my favorite manga series is The Summit of the Gods. The manga, a five-volume series written by Baku Yumemakura and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi, is an adaptation of […]

Magical Girl Apocalypse, Vol. 1

By Kentaro Sato. Released in Japan as “Mahou Shoujo Of The End” by Akita Shoten, serialized in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Champion. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Those who know my usual reviewing patterns and preferences may be surprised to see that I’m reviewing this title at all, and you’re mostly right. I […]

Spell of Desire, Vol. 2

Spell of Desire Volume 2 by Tomu Ohmi This series is rapidly becoming my favorite josei masked as shoujo series released on the Shojo Beat imprint. When I picked up the second volume, I was expecting a bit of filler with a few more episodes of Kaoruko’s runaway witch powers manifesting, with the obligatory makeout […]

Whispered Words, Vol. 2

By Takashi Ikeda. Released in Japan in three separate volumes as “Sasameki Koto” by Media Factory, serialized in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by One Peace Books. Emotional turmoil is the order of the day with this second omnibus, as our two heroines go through an amazing amount of distress as they […]

Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Vol. 4

Editors: Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen Publisher: A Public Space ISSN: 2159-7138 ISBN: 9780615962757 Released: March 2014 The original Monkey Business was a Japanese literary journal was published between 2008 and 2011. 2011 also saw the launch of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, the English-language, international edition of the journal. Edited by Motoyuki Shibata, […]

The Garden of Words

By Makoto Shinkai and Midori Motohashi. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Vertical Comics. I don’t really watch a lot of anime, but I know enough by osmosis that I am aware that the words ‘Makoto Shinkai’ and ‘bittersweet’ go together extremely well. I also recall […]

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Creator: Chiho Saito U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781591165002 Released: November 2004 Original release: 1999 Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of my absolute favorite anime series. Despite that fact, I’ve never read any of the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga until now. I have no idea why that is. I love manga, and I love Revolutionary […]