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Shuriken and Pleats Vol. 1

Shuriken and Pleats Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino Matsuri Hino is one of those shoujo authors who I like, but I haven’t been pulled into the time of deep admiration that I feel towards an Arina Tanemura or a Chika Shiomi. One of the main reasons for this is that I never really connected with […]

Paradise Residence, Vol. 1

By Kosuke Fujishima. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. For all that Fujishima’s Oh My Goddess! was a series with angels, devils, and everything in between (that is when it wasn’t just about vehicles and those who love them), there was an awful lot […]

Mushishi, Vol. 8, 9, and 10

Creator: Yuki Urushibara U.S. publisher: Del Rey ISBN: 9780345505606 Released: July 2010 Original release: 2007-2008 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Every once in a while I come across a work that stays with me long after I first finish reading it and that I find myself revisiting time and again. Yuki Urushibara’s […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 25-26

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. It’s not an ironclad rule, but in general, the longer the story arc in Ranma the better it ends up being. And this is good news for this volume, which wraps up the Herb arc […]

A Girl on the Shore

Creator: Inio Asano U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781941220856 Released: January 2016 Original release: 2011-2013 Several of Inio Asano’s manga have been released in English in the past—Solanin, What A Wonderful World!, and Nijigahara Holograph—and I’ve read every one. While they all left a significant impression on me and can be difficult works, Nijigahara Holograph in […]

Skip Beat! Vol. 36

Skip Beat Volume 36 by Yoshiki Nakamura I feel like most reviews of Skip Beat could just be summed up as, “Skip Beat, long-running shoujo series, continues to be relentlessly excellent,” but as I was reading the latest volume there were several specific things that struck me about it. I absolutely loved the Heel siblings […]

No Game No Life, Vol. 4

By Yuu Kamiya. Released in Japan by Media Factory. Released in North America by Yen On. It’s always dangerous when a title that you enjoy despite its many glaring flaws has a subpar volume. Suddenly there isn’t enough to enjoy to justify wading through everything. It doesn’t help that this volume was delayed two months […]

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Dawn

By Yoshiki Tanaka. Released in Japan as “Ginga Eiyū Densetsu” by Tokuma Shoten. Released in North America by Haikasoru. It’s rare to see a book that was first published in 1982 get so much excitement, but that’s exactly what happened when Viz’s SF imprint Haikasoru announced they had the first three volumes of this legendary […]

Mechademia, Vol. 10: World Renewal

Editor: Frenchy Lunning Publisher: University of Minnesota Press ISBN: 9780816699155 Released: November 2015 Mechademia, one of the few academic journal’s in English specifically devoted to the study of manga and anime, began publication in 2006. Since then, under the editorial guidance of Frenchy Lunning, a new thematic volume has been released every year and the […]

Umineko: When They Cry, Vol. 12

Story by Ryukishi07; Art by Akitaka. Released in Japan in two separate volumes as “Umineko no Naku Koro ni: End of the Golden Witch” by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Gangan Joker. Released in North America by Yen Press. This review is quite late, mostly as I didn’t really want to read this volume, […]

Demonizer Zilch, Vol. 1

By Milan Matra. Released in Japan as “Kamigoroshihime Zilch” by Fujimi Shobo, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dragon Age. Released in North America by Yen Press. Before we begin, I do want to note that, even if in Japan it’s meant to be pleasant onomatopoeia or something, having the word ‘Zilch’ in your title is […]

Idol Dreams, Vol. 2

Idol Dreams Volume 2 by Arina Tanemura I liked the first volume of Idol Dreams, with a few reservations so I was eager to check out the second volume to see how the story would develop. I was pretty convinced after seeing how the story was set up that the body-switching heroine Chikage is going […]

The Manga Revue: Brave Dan and FukuFuku: Kitten Tales

Do you own a cat tea cosy? Is there an enormous feline jungle gym in your living room? Have you lost entire afternoons to watching YouTube videos of cats opening doors, playing pianos, and riding Roombas? If you answered “yes” to at least one of the following questions, this week’s column is for you, as I’ll […]

Blood Lad, Vol. 7

By Yuuki Kodama. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Yen Press. I reviewed the last volume of Blood Lad in the Bookshelf Briefs, and I will admit that it’s hard to find new things to say about it at times. This is a […]

Persona 4, Vol. 1

Creator: Shuji Sogabe U.S. publisher: Udon Entertainment ISBN: 9781927925577 Released: February 2016 Original release: 2009 Shin Megami Tensei is a sprawling multi-media franchise that began as a series of video games in 1987 and has grown to include manga, anime, novels, merchandise, and more. One of the most popular series within Shin Megami Tensei is […]