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Millennium Snow, Vols. 1-3

By Bisco Hatori. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine LaLa DX. Released in North America by Viz Media. This release of the third volume of Millennium Snow, along with an omnibus re-release of the first two volumes, gives us a unique glimpse into the world of manga publishing. Here we have a […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 2

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130396 Released: May 2014 Original release: 2008 Fumi Yoshinaga’s series What Did You Eat Yesterday? is a manga which I have been hoping would be released in English for years. Happily, Vertical stepped up and recently began publishing the series. In addition to featuring a fairly realistic portrayal […]

Girls Und Panzer, Vol. 1

By Girls Und Panzer Project and Ryohichi Saitaniya. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Flapper. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I wasn’t sure what to think of this title when I first saw it. It’s based off of an anime, though the fact that the story is […]

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 1

By Hikaru Suruga and Gun Snark (Nitroplus). Released in Japan as “Shingeki no Kyojin Gaiden – Kuinaki Sentaku” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Aria. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. Given what the fandom is like, both in the West and in Japan, a spinoff of Attack on Titan featuring Levi is […]

High School DxD, Vol. 1

By Ichihei Ishibumi, Zero Miyama, and Hiroji Mishima. Released in Japan by Fujimi Shobo, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dragon Age. Released in North America by Yen Press. Given that the front cover of this new series features a cute young woman with bat wings, and the back cover features that woman plus another one […]

The Darkest Night Vol 1

The Darkest Night Vol 1 by Earithen and Gena Showalter available at: Usually when I read Harlequin manga, I haven’t read the books they’ve been adapted from, but in this case I have read a few volumes of Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series before trying out the manga adaptation. As you might […]

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 5: Char & Sayla

Creator: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Original story: Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130198 Released: March 2014 Original release: 2009 My knowledge of and exposure to the massive Gundam franchise has admittedly been limited, but so far Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin has easily been my favorite work to come […]

Shojo Beat Quick Takes – Midnight Secretary Vol 6 and Dengeki Daisy Vol 14

Midnight Secretary Vol 6 by Tomu Ohmi This volume of Midnight Secretary shows the relationship between Kaya and her vampire boss Kyohei on firmer footing, but the manipulations of the vampire clan start to interfere with the couple. Kyohei takes Kaya to a party as his date, and there’s a bit of unexpected fallout from […]

Soul Eater, Vol. 20

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. So much of what has gotten me addicted to Soul Eater comes to a climax in this volume. The discussion of madness and knowledge, and how the two sometimes interact. The artstyle, which […]

Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 2

By Arina Tanemura. Released in Japan as “Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne” by Shueisha, serialized in the magazine Ribon. Released in North America by Viz. When I reviewed the first volume of this Tanemura magical girl title, I noted that her parents splitting up and suddenly moving out of the country looked ‘suspicious’. Well, it turned out […]

Takasugi-san’s Obento, Vol. 2

By Nozomi Yanahara. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Flapper. Released in North America by Digital Manga Publishing. In general, one of the more disliked traits in manga among Western fandom is the oblivious harem hero who cannot see the obvious crushes that all the girls have on him, […]

Whispered Words, Vol. 1

Creator: Takashi Ikeda U.S. publisher: One Peace Books ISBN: 9781935548454 Released: May 2014 Original release: 2007-2008 Whispered Words is a nine-volume yuri manga series by Takashi Ikeda published in Japan between 2007 and 2011. It’s probably his most popular work, or a least his best-known work, and the early part of the manga was even […]

Strong in the Rain

Author: Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137278944 Released: April 2014 Original release: 2012 Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill’s Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster was initially released as a hardcover volume by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012, a little more than a year and a half […]

Hetalia Axis Powers, Vol. 6

By Hidekaz Himaruya. Released in Japan by Gentosha, originally serialized as an online webcomic, then in Comic Birz. Released in North America by Tokyopop in association with Right Stuf, Inc. I’ve generally enjoyed each volume of Hetalia I’ve read, and this new one is no exception. This is the first time, however, that I finished […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 3 & 4

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. (Warning: This is Ranma 1/2 For Experts, basically – I do refer to future volumes a bit here, mostly the next one.) As we get deeper into the Ranma 1/2 story, it’s starting to separate […]