manga bookshelf

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?, Vol. 1

By Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan as “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by Softbank Creative. Released in North America by Yen On. For those who see that title and roll their eyes, the commonly agreed on abbreviation, from the Japanese title, is ‘DanMachi’. We’ve seen a […]

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogorō

Author: Edogawa Ranpo Translator: William Varteresian U.S. publisher: Kurodahan Press ISBN: 9784902075625 Released: November 2014 Original release: 1925-1926 Edogawa Ranpo, the pen name of Hirai Tarō, was an extraordinarily influential author in Japan, especially when it came to the genre of detective and crime fiction. His influence can still be seen to this day and […]

Love at Fourteen, Vol. 1

By Fuka Mizutani. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Rakuen Le Paradis. Released in North America by Yen Press. Sliec-of-life can be very difficult sometimes in the West, particularly if it also has romance in it. The genre tends to involve a laid-back quality, with lots of chapters devoted to normal […]

After School Nightmare, Vol. 1

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617169 Released: September 2006 Original release: 2004 After School Nightmare is a ten-volume manga series by Setona Mizushiro. I first came across the series while working my way through one of my local library’s manga collection which, at the time, was largely shelved alphabetically by title. So, […]

Soul Eater Not!, Vol. 4

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. I had thought that this was the final volume of the series, but apparently not, as there’s an unscheduled Vol. 5 that is likely waiting for a sufficient distance from the Japanese release. […]

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2

Creator: Hikaru Suruga Original story: Gun Snark U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629438 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2014 Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Volume 2 is the final volume of Hikaru Suruga’s manga adaptation of the A Choice with No Regrets visual novel written by Gun Snark. No Regrets is one of the many spinoffs […]

Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics

Author: Frederik L. Schodt Publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781568364766 Released: January 2013 Original release: 1983 Awards: Japan Cartoonists Association Award Initially released in 1983 and then again in 1986 in a slightly updated and revised edition, Frederik L. Schodt’s groundbreaking Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics was one of the first, and remains one of […]

Yukarism, Vol. 1

By Chika Shiomi. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine Bessatsu Hana to Yume. Released in North America by Viz. I wasn’t really sure what to expect of this new shoujo series going in. I was pleased to see it ran in Betsuhana, as Hakusensha licenses have been very slim ever since Tokyopop […]

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Vol 3

Seraph of the End Volume 3 by Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, and Daisuke Furuya One of the reasons why I like this shonen vampire dystopian series so much is that each volume propels the hero forward to a different stage of development and a different setting. In the third volume, brash yet unexpectedly capable hero […]

Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan

By Shigeru Mizuki. Released in Japan as “Comic Shouwashi” by Kodansha. Released in North America by Drawn & Quarterly. I was somewhat deceived by the cliffhanger in the last volume, where I felt that I’d gotten to the incident that caused Mizuki to lose his arm. In fact, it’s yet another breathtaking escape from the […]

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 7: Battle of Loum

Creator: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Original story: Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130679 Released: September 2014 Original release: 2011 Battle of Loum is the seventh volume in Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, a reimagining of the original 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam which launched the massive Gundam franchise. […]

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

By Yusei Matsui. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. A few years back, when Weekly Shonen Jump was just getting started in North America, there was a rumor that one of the series brought over would be the quirky, somewhat popular Majin […]

Accel World: The Red Storm Princess

By Reki Kawahara and Hima. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. Much as I’m enjoying Sword Art Online, it was very much complete in one novel, and the subsequent second volume ended up being a series of world-building short stories that filled time while the author regrouped (or […]

All You Need Is Kill

Author: Ryosuke Takeuchi Illustrator: Takeshi Obata Original story: Hiroshi Sakurazaka U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421576015 Released: November 2014 Original release: 2014 It’s been a few years since I’ve read Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill but I distinctly remember enjoying it, perhaps even more than I initially thought that I would. And […]

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 14

By Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and GAINAX. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialized in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Viz Media. (This review contains spoilers.) A journey that began in Japan back in 1995, and in North America approximately 2004 I think (it’s been so long), has finally come to an end […]