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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, […]

No. 6, Vol. 7

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612625539 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2013 I have been following Hinoki Kino’s manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano’s science fiction novel series No. 6 since its beginning. The manga got off to a bit of an unsteady start, but it quickly improved its pacing […]

Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 1

Creator: Hikaru Suruga Original story: Gun Snark U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629414 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2014 I think it’s probably safe at this point to call Hajime Isayama’s manga series Attack on Titan a worldwide phenomenon. It has spawned successful anime adaptations as well as multiple manga spinoffs, a series of novels, and […]

No. 6, Vol. 6

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612623603 Released: April 2014 Original release: 2013 I was rather pleased when Kodansha Comics licensed Hinoki Kino’s manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano’s No. 6. The original No. 6 was a nine-volume series of science fiction novels written between by 2003 and 2011. (Sadly, they […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 3

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612624228 Released: April 2014 Original release: 2007-2008 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award Vinland Saga, an award-winning manga series by Makoto Yukimura, is a title that I’ve been wishing for a┬árelease in English for years. Thanks to Kodansha Comics, it’s finally available, and in a deluxe […]

Vinland Saga, Vol 2

Vinland Saga Volume 2 by Makoto Yukimura It says a lot about the quality of writing in Vinland Saga that the most memorable moments in the manga for me aren’t the Viking battle scenes but instead quiet moments that reveal more about the characters in the story. The clash of wills between determined young warrior […]

Attack on Titan: Junior High, Vol. 1

Creator: Saki Nakagawa U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612629162 Released: March 2014 Original release: 2013 Attack on Titan: Junior High is one of several spin-off series inspired by Hajime Isayama’s hit manga Attack on Titan. Saki Nakagawa was selected to work on an Attack on Titan series after entering a manga contest. (Coincidentally, both Nakagawa and […]

No. 6, Vol. 5

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612623597 Released: February 2014 Original release: 2012 As much as I would like to read them, it is highly unlikely that Atsuko Asano’s series of science fiction novels No. 6 will ever be licensed in English. Happily, two adaptations are available: the 2011 anime […]

MangaBox: What Is It & What’s Good to Read

A few weeks ago, I finally did what a rational manga consumer and someone who attempts to write about manga would do: consume everything that MangaBox has to offer and try and talk to people behind MangaBox. Let’s just say the last part was mostly a pipe dream. But I worked with what I got. […]

Vinland Saga, Vol. 2

Creator: Makoto Yukimura U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612624211 Released: January 2014 Original release: 2006-2007 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award, Kodansha Manga Award The second Vinland Saga omnibus, released by Kodansha in 2014, collects the third and fourth volumes of Makoto Yukimura’s historical manga series originally published in Japan in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Vinland Saga […]

Attack on Titan, Vol 1

Attack on Titan Vol 1 by Hajime Isayama At this point, given the ubiquity of Attack on Titan on manga best seller lists, reviewing it is a bit like reviewing the air, but I decided to finally get around to reading this series when Mangablog alerted me to the crazy deal for the kindle edition […]

No. 6, Vol. 4

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612623580 Released: December 2013 Original release: 2012 Hinoki Kino’s manga series No. 6 is an adaptation of a series of nine science fiction novels written by Atsuko Asano. The fourth volume of the No. 6 manga was originally published in Japan in 2012. The […]

No. 6, Vol. 3

Creator: Hinoki Kino Original story: Atsuko Asano U.S. publisher: Kodansha ISBN: 9781612623573 Released: October 2013 Original release: 2012 Hinoki Kino’s No. 6 manga is one of two adaptations available based on Atsuko Asano’s series of science fiction novels No. 6. My introduction to the story was through the anime series, but I am very glad […]