manga bookshelf

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 […]

Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 1

Creator: Akiko Higashimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632362285 Released: March 2016 Original release: 2009 Awards: Kodansha Manga Award Akiko Higashimura’s Kodansha Manga Award-winning Princess Jellyfish wasn’t a manga series that I expected would be licensed for an English-language release. Anecdotally, josei manga hasn’t historically done particularly well in the North American market. And on top […]

Die Wergelder, Omnibus 1

Creator: Hiroaki Samura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361950 Released: December 2015 Original release: 2013-2015 I was very excited when Kodansha Comics announced that it would be releasing Die Wergelder in English. At the time, I actually didn’t know much about the manga series beyond the fact that it was created by Hiroaki Samura, but that […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 7

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612628035 Released: September 2015 Original release: 2012 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award I honestly believe Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga to be one of the best manga series currently being released in English. An epic tale of revenge, idealism, and the tremendous cost of violence, Vinland […]

Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

Creator: Junji Ito U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361974 Released: October 2015 Original release: 2009 Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu was one of the manga releases I was most looking forward to in 2015. Junji Ito is primarily known for horror manga–his Uzumaki is one of my personal favorites in the genre–but in 2008 […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 6

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612628035 Released: September 2015 Original release: 2012 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award After some delay, the sixth omnibus of Makoto Yukimura’s magnificent historical manga series Vinland Saga was finally released in 2015, nearly a year after the previous installment. It was a year in which […]

Maria the Virgin Witch: Exhibition

Creator: Masayuki Ishikawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361905 Released: August 2015 Original release: 2015 I rather enjoyed Masayuki Ishikawa’s short, three-volume manga series Maria the Virgin Witch. Although it was a bit uneven in places, possibly because the series ended sooner than was initially planned (granted, that is my own speculation rather than something that […]

The Science of Attack on Titan

Author: Rikao Yanagita Illustrator: Maru Fujishima Translator: Ko Ransom U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361851 Released: June 2015 Original release: 2014 Hajime Isayama’s ongoing manga series Attack on Titan has become a worldwide phenomenon, spawning multiple spinoff manga series, anime, live-action films, games, and other media and merchandise. The franchise has been such a resounding success […]

Maria the Virgin Witch, Vol. 3

Creator: Masayuki Ishikawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632360823 Released: June 2015 Original release: 2013 Maria the Virgin Witch is a three-volume manga series (four volumes if counting the sequel Exhibition) created by Masayuki Ishikawa. It was actually because the series was by Ishikawa, who is also the creator of Moyasimon (which I enjoy), that it […]

Your Lie in April, Vol. 2

Creator: Naoshi Arakawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361721 Released: June 2015 Original release: 2012 Awards: Kodansha Manga Award Your Lie in April is an eleven-volume manga series created by Naoshi Arakawa that began serialization in Japan in 2011. The manga is one of Arakawa’s earliest professional works. Even so, Your Lie in April would go […]

Maria the Virgin Witch, Vol. 2

Creator: Masayuki Ishikawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632360816 Released: April 2015 Original release: 2011 I was somewhat wary when I picked up Masayuki Ishikawa’s manga series Maria the Virgin Witch to read. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it, especially considering part of the story is explicitly focused on the heroine’s virginity and […]

Your Lie in April, Vol. 1

Creator: Naoshi Arakawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632361714 Released: April 2015 Original release: 2011 Awards: Kodansha Manga Award Your Lie in April is the first and so far only manga series by Naoshi Arakawa to have been released in English. Arakawa is still fairly early on in his career—Your Lie in April was only his […]

Maria the Virgin Witch, Vol. 1

Creator: Masayuki Ishikawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781632360809 Released: February 2015 Original release: 2010 I’ll admit, when I first heard about the manga series Maria the Virgin Witch, I was more than a little skeptical. I’m not particularly interested in witches, which seem to be nearly as common as vampires in translated manga these days, […]

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 […]

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 2

Creator: Hikaru Suruga Original story: Gun Snark U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629438 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2014 Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Volume 2 is the final volume of Hikaru Suruga’s manga adaptation of the A Choice with No Regrets visual novel written by Gun Snark. No Regrets is one of the many spinoffs […]