manga bookshelf

Spell of Desire, Vol. 1

Spell of Desire Volume 1 by Tomu Ohmi I am unapologetically enthusiastic about Shojo Beat’s new habit of releasing slightly smutty josei manga under the Shojo Beat imprint. More josei is a good thing! I was happy to see that after a few volumes of Tohmu Ohmi’s Midnight Secretary, another series of hers was licensed […]

Gakuen Polizi, Vol. 1

Creator: Milk Morinaga U.S. publisher: Seven Seas ISBN: 9781626920309 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2013 I greatly enjoyed the first two manga series by Milk Morinaga to be released in English–Girl Friends and Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink–and so was happy to see Seven Seas license one of her most recent series: Gakuen Polizi. […]

UQ Holder!, Vol. 2

By Ken Akamatsu. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. I still get the impression as I read this second volume that Ken Akamatsu is doing a victory lap, showing off the fact that he can do what he wants now and […]

My Love Story! Vol. 1

My Love Story! Vol 1 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko It is fairly rare for a shoujo manga to manage being both hilarious and heartwarming, but My Love Story! delivers. I was looking forward to this title because I absolutely adore Kazune Kawahara’s previously translated series High School Debut, and this new manga more than […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 5 & 6

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. One of the benefits of re-reading this series after so many years is seeing which characters I’ve changed my opinion on in the interim, and after more experience with anime and manga in other forms. […]

Say I Love You, Vols 1 and 2

Say I Love You Volume 1 by Kanae Hazuki Say I Love You has a premise that is shared among plenty of shoujo series, as it details an improbable romance between a misfit girl and the most popular boy in school, but it has interesting combination of humor and some grittier than usual plot points, […]

Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present

Author: Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner Publisher: Thames & Hudson ISBN: 9780500290965 Released: June 2014 Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present was published by Thames & Hudson in 2014. Written by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner, both of whom are involved in comics as creators, educators, and scholars, the volume is one of […]

My Love Story!!, Vol. 1

By Kazune Kawahara and Aruko. Released in Japan as “Ore Monogatari!!” by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Margaret (Betsuma). Released in North America by Viz. There are precious few manga series where one can finish the first volume, set it down, and say “Wow, that was just adorable.” Luckily, we now have a […]

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Author: Yasutaka Tsutsui Translator: David Karashima U.K. Publisher: Alma Books ISBN: 9781846881343 Released: May 2011 Original release: 1967 One of my favorite animated films is Mamoru Hosoda’s 2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which was inspired by Yasutaka Tsutsui’s short novel The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, originally released in Japan in 1967. Tsutsui is an […]

Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Vol. 1

By Ark Performance. Released in Japan as “Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio” by Shonen Gahosha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young King Ours. Released in North America by Seven Seas. This is not really what I was expecting when I first saw this manga licensed. That should not be a surprise, as of all the major […]

Battle Royale: Angels’ Border

Author: Koushun Takami and N-Cake Illustrator: Mioko Ohnishi and Youhei Oguma U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421571683 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2012 In 1999 Koushun Takami’s controversial cult classic Battle Royale was released upon the world, the novel soon after spawning a fifteen-volume manga adaptation illustrated by Masayuki Taguchi and inspiring two live-action films. […]

Black Rose Alice, Vol 1

Black Rose Alice Volume 1 by Setona Mizushiro I am always happy to read silly paranormal shoujo series, as evidenced by my affection for series like Midnight Secretary and Demon Love Spell. But it is also nice to read some supernatural shoujo that is genuinely creepy, so I’m excited to see the addition of Black […]

Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 3

By Arina Tanemura. Released in Japan as “Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Ribon. Released in North America by Viz. There are spoilers here, FYI for those who want to avoid them. I’d mentioned in previous reviews of this title that it’s a standard magical girl series with a core of darkness. […]

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, Vol. 7

By Yomi Hirasaka and Itachi. Released in Japan as “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Much as I try to tell my readers whether or not they will enjoy a particular volume or series, in the end this is […]

Cage on the Sea

Author: Kaoru Ohno Translator: Giles Murray U.S. publisher: Bento Books ISBN: 9780983951384 Released: March 2014 Original release: 1998 Cage on the Sea is the first book by Kaoru Ohno to be translated and released in English. The novel, originally published in Japan in 1998, was released in English by Bento Books in 2014 with a […]