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A Certain Scientific Railgun, Vol. 11

By Kazuma Kamachi and Motoi Fuyukawa. Released in Japan as “Toaru Kagaku no Railgun” by ASCII Media Works, serialization ongoing in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I usually decide which series get full reviews and which ones get a review of the first volume and then shuffled off to […]

Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vols. 1 & 2

By Natsuki Takaya. Released in Japan by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine Hana to Yume. Released in North America by Yen Press. If ever there was a series that cried out for a license rescue and re-release, it was Fruits Basket, one of the biggest gateway manga of the 21st century. First released in North […]

Everyone’s Getting Married, Vol. 1

By Izumi Miyazono | Published by VIZ Media I’ve grown a bit wary of josei romances. I’d prefer them not to be smutty, or to derive much of their drama from misunderstandings, or to feature a controlling male lead. Happily, Everyone’s Getting Married avoids all of those things! Twenty-four-year-old Asuka Takanashi enjoys a successful career […]

Psycome: Murderer in the Flower of Death

By Mizuki Mizushiro and Namanie. Released in Japan by Enterbrain. Released in North America by Yen On. Achieving the balance between supposedly new and exciting things and using the popular cliches that everyone knows will sell well can be quite difficult. Once you get the basic premise out of the way, you can feel free […]

Two New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries from Anthony Horowitz

Officially sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate! The House of Silk I have read two other books featuring Holmes and/or Watson that were written by someone other than Arthur Conan Doyle, but I must say that The House of Silk surpasses them both. Elderly Watson’s health is failing, and he is in a facility where […]

Masamune-kun’s Revenge, Vol. 1

By Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv. Released in Japan by Ichijinsha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Rex. Released in North America by Seven Seas. The arrogant, haughty girl who owns the campus and can destroy your entire life with just a well-placed word. It’s a common sight in fiction for young adults, both here and […]

Everyone’s Getting Married, Vol. 1

By Izumi Miyazono. Released in Japan as “Totsuzen Desu Ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu” by Shogakukan, serialization ongoing in the magazine Petit Comic. Released in North America by Viz. The ruke of thumb, be it in a shoujo comic set in school or a josei comic set in the workplace or really in any other piece […]

Black Clover, Vol. 1

By Yuki Tabata. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Released in North America by Viz. If you’ve been reading manga for a long time, you not only start to read series that are clearly influenced by another, but also series that are influenced by their successors. When Fairy […]

Anne Happy, Vol. 1

By Cotoji. Released in Japan by Houbunsha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Manga Time Kirara Forward. Released in North America by Yen Press. There is a sort of subgenre of school life manga that flits across all genres, be it shonen, seinen or shoujo. This is the ‘separate class filled with special students’ genre. They […]

Complex Age, Vol. 1

Creator: Yui Sakuma U.S. publisher: Kodansha Comics ISBN: 9781632362483 Released: June 2016 Original release: 2014 Awards: Tetsuya Chiba Award I almost passed over the English-language debut of Yui Sakuma’s Complex Age, but I’m very glad that I took the opportunity I had to read it. Complex Age, Volume 1 was first released in Japan in 2014 […]

orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2

By Ichigo Takano. Released in Japan by Shueisha and then Futabasha, serialized in the magazines Bessatsu Margaret and Manga Action. Released in North America by Seven Seas. I’d mentioned while reviewing the first omnibus of orange that it wasn’t a slam dunk that Kakeru was going to be saved. Fortunately, the author agreed with me, […]

Everyone’s Getting Married, Vol. 1

Everyone’s Getting Married Volume 1 by Izumi Miyazono As far as I’m concerned, Shojo Beat’s recent practice of releasing the occasional josei title is one of the best things ever. Manga featuring non-highschoolers is still not so easy to find, so I was looking forward to Everyone’s Getting Married. At the same time, just based […]

Franken Fran, Vols. 3-4

By Katsuhisa Kigitsu. Released in Japan by Akita Shoten, serialized in the magazine Champion Red. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Franken Fran has many grotesque, nasty images throughout. There’s blood, gore, other bodily fluids, and truly disgusting things being done to the human body. And yet the most terrifying thing in the entire […]

Umineko: When They Cry, Vol. 13

Story by Ryukishi07; Art by Hinase Momoyama. Released in Japan in two separate volumes as “Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Dawn of the Golden Witch” by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine GFantasy. Released in North America by Yen Press. “Beatrice was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register […]

The Manga Revue: I Am a Hero

Can the market support another zombie comic? That’s the question at the heart of this week’s column, as I examine Kengo Hanazawa’s I Am a Hero, a manga about a geeky artist living through a zombie apocalypse. Bone appetit! I Am a Hero, Vol. 1 By Kengo Hanazawa Rated Older Teen, for ages 16+ Dark Horse, $19.99 At […]