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The Twelve Kingdoms, Vol. 4: Skies of Dawn

Author: Fuyumi Ono Illustrator: Akihiro Yamada Translator: Alexander O. Smith U.S. Publisher: Tokyopop ISBN: 9781427802606 Released: November 2010 Original release: 1994 Skies of Dawn is the fourth and sadly final volume of Fuyumi Ono’s eight-volume fantasy novel series The Twelve Kingdoms, illustrated by Akihiro Yamada, to have been released in English. Published in Japan in […]

D-Frag!, Vol. 1

By Tomoya Haruno. Released in Japan by Media Factory, serialization ongoing in the magazine Comic Alive. Released in North America by Seven Seas. An action manga can get away with a chapter or two with no fighting. A romance manga relies on there being little to no resolution for volumes at a time. But a […]

Food Wars, Vol 1

Food Wars Volume 1 by Yuto Tsukudo and Shun Saeki This is a potentially engaging battle style foodie manga that I found myself having a difficult time getting into due to the copious amounts of fan service. I do realize that in shonen manga, one has to expect some boobs and miniskirts, just as one […]

Blood Lad, Vol. 5

By Yuuki Kodama. Released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Ace. Released in North America by Yen Press. I said last time that it was the small character moments that were the best in Blood Lad, and that’s still true. But it can’t be denied, the main plot has become […]

Inu x Boku SS, Vol. 4

By Cocoa Fujiwara. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialization ongoing in the magazine Gangan Joker. Released in North America by Yen Press. This is one of those volumes where I recommend that if you enjoy the series and haven’t read it, you avoid reading my review so that you aren’t totally spoiled. Just an […]

In Clothes Called Fat

Creator: Moyoco Anno U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130433 Released: July 2014 Original release: 2002 There is a select group of mangaka whose work I will buy without question or hesitation no matter what it is. Out of those creators, Moyoco Anno is one of my favorites. She works in multiple genres for multiple demographics and […]

Missions of Love, Vol. 8

By Ema Toyama. Released in Japan as “Watashi ni xx Shinasai!” by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Nakayoshi. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. I do enjoy mocking Missions of Love when I discuss it in my Manga the week of and Pick of the Week posts, saying that it’s gleefully trsahy and […]

Accel World: Kuroyukihime’s Return

By Reki Kawahara and Hima. Released in Japan by ASCII Mediaworks. Released in North America by Yen Press. This is the other major series that Kawahara has written, after Sword Art Online, and it’s interesting to see how the two series compare and contrast. SAO was written 6 years earlier and published online as a […]

Umineko: When They Cry, Vol. 7

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. Umineko is in many ways a dark mirror of Higurashi: When They Cry, and so […]

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 6: To War

Creator: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Original story: Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130204 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2010 While I don’t necessarily consider myself to be a fan of the massive Gundam franchise as a whole, I do think that it’s safe at this point to call myself a fan of Yoshikazu […]

Soul Eater, Vol. 21

By Atsushi Ohkubo. Released in Japan by Square Enix, serialized in the magazine Shonen Gangan. Released in North America by Yen Press. After the horror of the final chapter in Volume 20, I think readers needed a break, so it was nice to see the Spartoi out on a normal silly mission to help some […]

What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Vol. 3

Creator: Fumi Yoshinaga U.S. publisher: Vertical ISBN: 9781939130402 Released: July 2014 Original release: 2009 As a fan of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga, food, and stories with a queer bent to them, I was extraordinarily happy when her series What Did You Eat Yesterday? was licensed for release in English. The third volume of What Did You […]

Two Harlequin Manga

I do enjoy a Harlequin manga now and then! Here are a couple random titles I bought for my kindle recently. The Venetian’s Midnight Mistress by Carole Mortimer and Yuko Ichiju This was an enjoyable Harlequin manga, but I expected something a tiny bit more dramatic and angst-ridden from a story called “The Venetian’s Midnight […]

Terra Formars, Vol. 1

By Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Young Jump. Released in North America by Viz Media. I should note up front that I actually noted this as a license request a long while back, as part of a post where I looked at Japanese bestsellers […]

Tokyo Demons, Vol. 2: Add a Little Chaos

Author: Lianne Sentar Illustrator: Rem Publisher: Chromatic Press ISBN: 9780993861109 Released: October 2014 For some very silly reasons, most of which are now unclear to me, initially I was hesitant to read Tokyo Demons, a trilogy of novels written by Lianne Sentar and illustrated by Rem. But after finishing the first volume, You’re Never Alone, […]