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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 […]

Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics

Author: Frederik L. Schodt Publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781568364766 Released: January 2013 Original release: 1983 Awards: Japan Cartoonists Association Award Initially released in 1983 and then again in 1986 in a slightly updated and revised edition, Frederik L. Schodt’s groundbreaking Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics was one of the first, and remains one of […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 5

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612624242 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2010-2011 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Makoto Yukimura’s award-winning manga Vinland Saga, an epic and thoroughly researched work of historical fiction, has quickly become one of my favorite series currently being released in English. I was very happy when […]

No. 6, Vol. 9

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612627946 Released: October 2014 Original release: 2014 Released both in Japan and in English in 2014, No. 6, Volume 9 is the final volume of Hinoki Kino’s manga series No. 6, an adaptation of a series of science fiction novels written by Atsuko Asano. […]

No. 6, Vol. 8

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612625782 Released: August 2014 Original release: 2013 Hinoki Kino’s manga series No. 6 is an adaptation of Atsuko Asano’s No. 6 science fiction novels. I’ve wanted to read the original series ever since I watched the No. 6 anime adaptation, but I am quite […]

The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan

Author: Ivan Morris Publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781568360294 Released: June 1994 Original release: 1964 Several years ago I read the entirety of The Tale of Genji, a novel written by Murasaki Shikibu in the eleventh century. It was a pretty big undertaking, but absolutely worth it. I love the novel. Ever since finishing The Tale of […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 4

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612624235 Released: July 2014 Original release: 2009 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Makoto Yukimura’s award-winning Vinland Saga has quickly become one of the manga releases that I most look forward to each time a new volume is published every few months. The series is thoroughly […]

Say I Love You, Vols 1 and 2

Say I Love You Volume 1 by Kanae Hazuki Say I Love You has a premise that is shared among plenty of shoujo series, as it details an improbable romance between a misfit girl and the most popular boy in school, but it has interesting combination of humor and some grittier than usual plot points, […]