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After School Nightmare, Vol. 2

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617176 Released: December 2006 Original release: 2005 The second volume of Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare, a disconcerting shoujo manga series with dark psychological elements, was originally released in Japan in 2005. The English-language translation was published by Go! Comi in 2007. The entire ten-volume series is […]

Gauntlet

Author: Ellery Prime Illustrator: T2A Publisher: Chromatic Press ISBN: 9780993861123 Released: December 2014 Although Ellery Prime has been writing for years, Gauntlet, illustrated by the talented T2A, is her first original novel to have been published. Gauntlet is also the first novel to have both started and finished in Chromatic Press’ multi-media online magazine Sparkler […]

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, Vol. 10

By Yomi Hirasaka and Itachi. Released in Japan as “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Seas. There is always a certain level of frustration in a harem comedy, which its audience tends to want resolved immediately and its parent company […]

Attack on Titan: Junior High, Vol. 2

Creator: Saki Nakagawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629186 Released: November 2014 Original release: 2013-2014 I was actually a little surprised by how much I ended up liking the first omnibus of Attack on Titan: Junior High. Created by Saki Nakagawa with input from Hajime Isayama (both of whom actually attended the same design school, though […]

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 2

By Yusei Matsui. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. In this second volume, there’s a bit less focus on the actual assassination attempts as Matsui starts to try to expand the cast and show us more of the horrible world they live […]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 1

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 Phantom Blood, Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki I read this volume without much background in this series other than knowing that it was a huge and long-running series in Japan, has a bit of a cult following in Japan, and the books that Viz had been releasing under the shonen […]

Umineko: When They Cry, Vol. 9

Story by Ryukishi07; Art by Soichiro. Released in Japan in two separate volumes as “Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Alliance of the Golden Witch” by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Gangan Online. Released in North America by Yen Press. With this volume we are halfway through Umineko proper, at least in terms of arcs. […]

Black Rose Alice Vol 3

Black Rose Alice Volume 3 by Setona Mizushiro I’m glad that Viz is bringing out this series now, because I never collected beyond the first couple volumes of After School Nightmare, which I really regret now. So I’m happy to be able to read another Setona Mizushiro series, and so far my expectations for a […]

Spell of Desire Vol 3

Spell of Desire Volume 3 by Tomu Ohmi Well, there have been plenty of suggestive scenes in the first couple volumes of Spell of Desire, but finally in the third volume accidental witch Kaoruko and her mother’s favored protector Kaname get it on, due to witchy aphrodisiacs, necessary spell casting, and their growing yet not […]

The Ring of Saturn

The Ring of Saturn | by Kaiju | Chromatic Press – “Sometimes it is not about forcing something to work… it is about simply learning to absorb what is beautiful.” These words come from the mouth of English composer Gustav Holst—not the actual historical man, perhaps, but a compelling portrait indeed as envisioned by cartoonist […]

The Sound of the Mountain

Author: Yasunari Kawabata Translator: Edward G. Seidensticker U.S. publisher: Alfred A. Knopf ISBN: 9780679762645 Released: May 1996 Original release: 1954 Awards: National Book Award Prior to reading The Sound of the Mountain I had only read one other novel by the distinguished Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata–Thousand Cranes, one of the three works to have been […]

Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist

Creator: Asumiko Nakamura U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781935654766 Released: June 2013 Original release: 2010-2012 Although several of Asumiko Nakamura’s manga have been licensed for digital release, Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist is currently her only work that has been translated into English and made available in print. I truly hope it isn’t the last […]

Hayate the Combat Butler, Vol. 25

By Kenjiro Hata. Released in Japan as “Hayate no Gotoku!” by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Shonen Sunday. Released in North America by Viz. I had said last time that after the emotional catharsis and darkness of the Athena arc that we’d fall back towards comedy here, and that’s somewhat true, but the fallout […]

Akame Ga Kill!, Vol. 1

By Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the magazine Gangan Joker. Released in North America by Yen Press. I frequently say to people that I don’t read depressing manga, or horror manga, or anything where the basic plot is “let’s try to find a dim light of hope […]

Sword Art Online: Progressive Manga, Vol. 1

By Reki Kawahara, abec, and Kiseki Himura. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks, serialized in the magazine Dengeki G’s. Released in North America by Yen Press. These days fandom is used to seeing multiple tie-ins and spinoffs of popular franchises, and SAO is no exception. That said, usually they’re more along the lines of a […]