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Sword Art Online, Vol. 6: Phantom Bullet

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. In general, I am not a fan of the theory that the writer does not control their characters and that they do things that are unexpected. Yes, the plot and characters can go in a different direction […]

Sunshine Sketch, Vol. 8

By Ume Aoki. Released in Japan as “Hidamari Sketch” by Houbunsha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat. Released in North America by Yen Press. It becomes clear a little ways into this eighth volume of Sunshine Sketch that we really aren’t going to be able to drag out Sae and Hiro’s graduation […]

Kizumonogatari: Wound Tale

By NISIOISIN. Released in Japan by Kodansha. Released in North America by Vertical. I have somewhat optimistically tagged this as ‘Monogatari Series’, but at the moment this is the only volume licensed, with potential other titles depending on how this one sells. It’s also not the first book in the series in Japanese publishing order […]

Dead Endings

Author: Jessica Chavez Illustrator: Irene Flores Publisher: Chromatic Press ISBN: 9780993861154 Released: November 2015 Original run: 2013-2014 Jessica Chavez, a former localizer and editor for XSEED Games, has more recently turned to writing novels. Dead Endings, illustrated by Irene Flores, became her first published work. The novel was also among the first to be serialized […]

Attack on Titan, Vol. 17

By Hajime Isayama. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. It’s no secret that the development of Historia’s character has been one of my favorite parts of Attack on Titan, and this volume continues to feature that, as she refuses to be […]

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?, Vol. 4

By Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan as “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by Softbank Creative. Released in North America by Yen On. This volume of Bell Cranel and his ongoing adventures has the main story only take up 2/3 of the book, the rest being filled […]

After School Nightmare, Vol. 7

Creator: Setona Mizushiro U.S. publisher: Go! Comi ISBN: 9781933617626 Released: April 2008 Original release: 2007 After School Nightmare, and more specifically the first few volumes of the series, was my introduction to the manga of Setona Mizushiro. The beginning of the series left a strong impression on me, so I sought out more of her […]

Black Bullet: Against A Perfect Sniper

By Shiden Kanzaki and Saki Ukai. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. Tempting as it may be, I can’t simply point to my review of the first volume of Black Bullet and say “Exactly what I said before, only with an added loli.” And it is tempting. Black […]

Boys Over Flowers: Season 2

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 by Yoko Kamio Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is available for free on a chapter by chapter basis on the Viz Manga app, Comixology, and on the Kindle. I was a little hesitant about starting this series, which is a bit odd, because I absolutely adore Boys Over Flowers. I’ve […]

Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler

By Shigeru Mizuki. Released in Japan as “Gekiga Hitler”by Jitsugyou no Nihonsha, serialized in the magazine Manga Sunday. Released in North America by Drawn and Quarterly. It saddens me to be writing this review now that Mizuki has passed on, but I am pleased that his work is still coming out to entertain and fascinate […]

Black Rose Alice, Vol 6

Black Rose Alice Volume 6 by Setona Mizushiro I was disappointed when I realized a couple volumes in to this series that it was on hiatus in Japan. But by that time I was thoroughly won over by Mizushiro’s surreal and unique take on vampires and the tragic tone of the manga in general. It […]

Planetes, Vol. 1

By Makoto Yukimura. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Weekly Morning. Released in North America by Dark Horse Comics. This title has been a fan favorite ever since Tokyopop first released it back in 2003. Now it’s rescued, with a new translation, color artwork throughout, and a larger trim size as two […]

The Manga Revue: Junji Ito’s Cat Diary

2015 has been a banner year for Junji Ito. In April, VIZ re-issued Gyo, Ito’s ick-tastic classic. Two months later, VIZ introduced readers to Fragments of Horror, the first new Ito title to arrive in the US in a decade. That was soon followed by the stateside debut of Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & […]

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Author: Soji Shimada Translator: Ross and Shika Mackenzie U.K. publisher: Pushkin Press ISBN: 9781782271383 Released: September 2015 Original release: 1981 The British-based publisher Pushkin Press launched Vertigo, a new imprint devoted to classic crime and mystery fiction from around the world, in 2015. One of the six works selected for Vertigo’s debut was Soji Shimada’s […]

A Bride’s Story, Vol. 7

By Kaoru Mori. Released in Japan as “Otoyomegatari” by Enterbrain, serialization ongoing in the magazine fellows!. Released in North America by Yen Press. I have reached the point in this series where I genuinely do enjoy the adventures of Amir, Karluk, and their family, and I’m pleased to see we’ll be headed back there for […]