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Author: Yukito Ayatsuji Translator: Karen McGillicuddy U.S. publisher: Yen Press ISBN: 9780316339100 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2009 Another is a horror mystery novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji which was originally serialized in Japan between 2006 and 2009 before being collected into a single volume later that year. The novel was then released again in […]

Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1

By Junko. Released in Japan as “Watashi ga Motete Dousunda” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Friend. Released in North America by Kodansha. It’s always tricky trying to do an over the top comedy that plays with tropes. You run the risk of people not getting the joke, or latching on to the […]

Tokyo ESP, Vol. 1

By Hajime Segawa. Released in Japan in two separate volumes by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Ace. Released in North America by Vertical Comics. Sometimes it’s quite pleasant being totally ignorant of a title before digging into it. It’s very much unlike me, as I’m the sort who always spoils himself and […]

The Manga Revue: The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home and Tokyo ESP

The theme of this week’s column: New(ish) Titles from Vertical Comics. Up for review: The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home, an omnibus treatment of Konami Kanata’s beloved cat comic, and Tokyo ESP, a new series about mutant teens with superpowers who want to save the world. The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home, Part One By Konami Kanata No […]

After School Nightmare, Vol. 6

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617480 Released: January 2008 Original release: 2006 The sixth volume of the manga series After School Nightmare, an intense and dark psychological drama by Setona Mizushiro, was originally published in Japan in 2006. The English-language edition of After School Nightmare, Volume 6 was released by Go! Comi […]

Oh My Goddess!, Vol. 48

By Kosuke Fujishima. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Afternoon. Released in North America by Dark Horse. It’s going to feel very strange living in a world where no new Oh My Goddess is coming out. As I’ve said before, this was only my second manga series ever after Ranma, and I’ve […]

Hide and Seek, Vol. 3

Creator: Yaya Sakuragi U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421579689 Released: March 2015 Original release: 2014 Yaya Sakuragi has had quite a few of her boys’ love manga translated and released in English: Tea for Two; Hey, Sensei?; Stay Close to Me; Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love; and, most recently, Hide and Seek. Hey, Sensei? […]

QQ Sweeper Vol. 1

QQ Sweeper Volume 1 by Kyousuke Motomi I’m generally excited for any debut series in the Shojo Beat line, but I was particularly interested in reading the first volume of QQ Sweeper because I enjoyed Dengeki Daisy so much. Motomi’s slightly offbeat and cynical sense of humor makes her series stand out, and I was […]

Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan

By Shigeru Mizuki. Released in Japan as “Comic Shouwashi” by Kodansha. Released in North America by Drawn & Quarterly. This was always going to be the trickiest volume of Showa. First of all, the span it’s covering is a good three times that of the other books. And secondly, the buildup and fallout from World […]

Genocidal Organ

Author: Project Itoh Translator: Edwin Hawkes U.S. Publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421542720 Released: August 2012 Original release: 2007 Although Genocidal Organ was the third novel by Project Itoh to be translated and released in English, in Japan the book was actually his debut work as an author. My introduction to Itoh’s fiction was through the […]

So Cute it Hurts! Vol 3

So Cute it Hurts! Volume 3 by Go Ikeyamada This is an excessively silly series, but I’ve been enjoying it, mostly because of the amount of plot twists that get resolved in each volume, so more goofy subplots can promptly develop. Also, I feel like Shojo Beat should always be publishing at least one title […]

QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1

By Kyousuke Motomi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Comic (“Betsucomi”). Released in North America by Viz. I was a big fan of Dengeki Daisy, Motomi’s previous series, which ended up being a technological thriller as much as it was a shoujo romance. Thus I was quite excited to learn […]

The Manga Revue: Say I Love You

This week, I’m catching up with Say I Love You, a shojo romance that’s been garnering strong reviews here and elsewhere since Kodansha began publishing it last August. Say I Love You, Vols. 1-3 By Kanae Hazuki Rated OT, for older teens Kodansha Comics, $10.99 Back in the 1980s, filmmaker John Hughes peddled an intoxicating […]

Wayward, Vol. 2: Ties That Bind

Creator: Jim Zub and Steve Cummings Publisher: Image Comics ISBN: 9781632154033 Released: August 2015 Original run: 2015 Ties That Bind is the second volume of the American comic series Wayward, created by Jim Zub and Steve Cummings and released by Image Comics. Anything having to do with yokai immediately catches my attention, and I had […]

Umineko: When They Cry, Vol. 11

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. Umineko has a problem that Higurashi never really had, which is the fact that it […]