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No Game No Life Vol. 2

By Yuu Kamiya. Released in Japan by Media Factory. Released in North America by Yen On. I am starting to come to terms with No Game No Life. All the problems I had with the first volume are still there, with underage nudity, pointless ecchi fetishes, and another token loli added towards the end. But […]

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends, Vol. 2

Creator: Yak Haibara U.S. publisher: Udon Entertainment ISBN: 9781926778594 Released: February 2013 Original release: 2008-2009 Yak Haibara’s four-volume manga series Sengoku Basara 2 is an adaptation of the video game known by the same name. The manga was released in English by Udon Entertainment in two omnibus volumes under the title Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends. […]

Durarara!!, Vol. 1

By Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. As you may have noticed from the ugly 2 at the end of the URL, I’ve reviewed a DRRR!! Vol. 1 before, when the manga first came out in 2012. And now we have the novels, […]

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 1: Phantom Blood, Vol 2

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1, Phantom Blood, Volume 2 by Hirohiko Araki I enjoyed the first volume of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and I was looking forward to see if the second volume continued with the unrelenting manliness and general crazy action. I wasn’t disappointed. The second volume continues with the battle between Jonathan Joestar and […]

Ranma 1/2, Vols. 17-18

By Rumiko Takahashi. Released in Japan by Shogakukan, serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. A word of warning here: I love Nabiki Tendo. Love love love her. I don’t deny that if I were ever to meet her in real life I’d run away, but she’s fictional, so I […]

The Manga Revue: Fragments of Horror

I’m too squeamish for horror movies–the blood alone is enough to send me screaming for the exits. But horror manga? That’s in my wheelhouse, as manga allows me to engage with the material as much–or as little–as I wish. Junji Ito’s work is largely responsible for showing me the possibilities of comic book horror; I don’t think I’ll […]

A Sky Longing for Memories: The Art of Makoto Shinkai

Creator: Makoto Shinkai Translator: Maya Rosewood U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781941220436 Released: June 2015 Original release: 2008 I was introduced to the work of Makoto Shinkai through his animated film 5 Centimeters per Second, which left a huge impression on me. The beautifully melancholic story about lost and unrequited love was simple enough, but the […]

First Love Monster, Vol. 1

By Akira Hiyoshimaru. Released in Japan as “Hatsukoi Monster” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Aria. Released in North America by Yen Press. First off, this is another one of those titles where, no matter how good the execution is, recommending it to friends is just going to be problematic. “See, the twist is […]

Mushishi, Vol. 4

Creator: Yuki Urushibara U.S. publisher: Del Rey ISBN: 9780345499233 Released: May 2008 Original release: 2003 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Although the ten-volumes series Mushishi was Yuki Urushibara’s professional debut as a mangaka, it has been very well-received by both critics and fans. The manga began its serialization in 1999 and would […]

Double Dose of Seven Seas: Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn vs. Magika: Swordsman and Summoner

Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn by Shirow Masamune and Rikudou Koushi. Released in Japan as “Koukaku no Pandora – Ghost Urn” by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Newtype A. Magika: Swordsman and Summoner by Mitsuki Mihara and MonRin. Released in Japan as “Magika no Kenshi to Shoukan Maou” by Media Factory, […]

The Legend of Kamui, Vol. 1

Creator: Sanpei Shirato U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781569313183 Released: August 1998 Original release: 1990 Sanpei Shirato’s The Legend of Kamui had its beginnings in 1964 as one of the first series to be published in the influential alternative manga magazine Garo. In the 1980s, Sanpei would continue the manga with a second series, Kamui […]

Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps

Creator: Junji Ito U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421579153 Released: April 2015 Original run: 2002 Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps is a short, two-volume horror manga series created by Junji Ito. Originally published in Japan in 2002, Gyo has had several English-language releases by Viz Media. It was first translated between 2003 and 2004, a slightly […]

Alice in Murderland, Vol. 1

By Kaori Yuki. Released in Japan as “Kakei no Alice” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Aria. Released in North America by Yen Press. I’ll admit that I’ve always found Kaori Yuki titles hard to get into, and even harder to review. There is a certain amount of ‘aesthetics preferred over plot and character’ […]

Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 2

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen On. One of the problems with a series that’s narrated in first person, which Sword Art Online is (yes, sorry, Asuna fans, this is again all Kirito), is that it can be harder to see the flaws inherent […]

The Manga Revue: A Silent Voice and Your Lie in April

It’s been a while since I checked in with Kodansha, so this week I reviewed two recent additions to the KC catalog: A Silent Voice, which explores the complex relationship between a bully and his victim, and Your Lie in April, which focuses on a piano prodigy who flamed out at an early age. A Silent […]