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Battle Royale: Angels’ Border

Author: Koushun Takami and N-Cake Illustrator: Mioko Ohnishi and Youhei Oguma U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421571683 Released: June 2014 Original release: 2012 In 1999 Koushun Takami’s controversial cult classic Battle Royale was released upon the world, the novel soon after spawning a fifteen-volume manga adaptation illustrated by Masayuki Taguchi and inspiring two live-action films. […]

Real, Vol. 5

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519937 Released: July 2009 Original release: 2005 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award When I first started reading Takehiko Inoue’s prize-winning manga series Real, I didn’t expect to appreciate it as much as I do. Real has actually become one of my favorite series. I wasn’t particularly interested […]

Real, Vol. 4

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519920 Released: April 2009 Original release: 2004 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award I am a huge fan of Takehiko Inoue’s illustrations and manga. Everything that I have read by him has impressed me; his artistic skills and storytelling, as well as his complex characterizations, are fantastic. When […]

Real, Vol. 3

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519913 Released: January 2009 Original release: 2003 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award Takehiko Inoue is probably best known for his basketball manga series Slam Dunk. Now, I enjoy Slam Dunk quite a bit. However, it’s another basketball manga by Inoue that is my personal favorite–Real, which specifically […]

Real, Vol. 2

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519906 Released: October 2008 Original release: 2002 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award Although I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself to be a sports fan, I have come to the realization that I really enjoy sports manga. Out of all of the sports manga that I’ve so far read, […]

Real, Vol. 1

Creator: Takehiko Inoue U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421519890 Released: July 2008 Original release: 2001 Awards: Japan Media Arts Award When I first began reading Takehiko Inoue’s manga series Real it was simply because it was the only work of his that my local library had at the time. I was already familiar with and […]

Oishinbo, A la Carte: Fish, Sushi & Sashimi

Author: Tetsu Kariya Illustrator: Akira Hanasaki U.S. publisher: Viz Media ISBN: 9781421521428 Released: July 2009 Original release: 2005 Awards: Shogakukan Manga Award With over one hundred volumes, it is very unlikely that the award-winning food manga Oishinbo will ever be licensed in its entirety in English, especially considering that the series is still ongoing at […]

Let’s Get Visual: Takehiko Inoue

MICHELLE: It’s been a while, but Let’s Get Visual has awoken from its hibernation in time to celebrate the Takehiko Inoue Manga Moveable Feast. Joining me for this occasion is special guest host Anna Neatrour, who is also co-hosting the MMF with me! Welcome, Anna! ANNA: Thank you! I am excited to join in on […]

7 Essential VIZ Signature Manga

Are you an adult reader new to manga? Or a librarian who’s looking to add more graphic novels to your adult collection? Then this list is for you! The VIZ Signature imprint is one of the best resources for adults who read — or are curious about — manga. All of the Signature titles originally […]

The Best Manga You’re Not Reading: I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow

I’m not a big fan of squirm-inducing comedies like The Office; it’s hard to root for a loser who makes everyone uncomfortable with his general lack of self-awareness and humility. Yet The Office was undeniably compelling, even if it was sometimes hard to watch. The genius was in Ricky Gervais’ performance: he embodied a type […]

MMF: An Introduction to the VIZ Signature Imprint

If TOKYOPOP was the company that first embraced the teen market, licensing Sailor Moon and bringing manga to big chain stores, then VIZ was the company that first wooed adult readers, using distinctive packaging and punchy trade names to help older manga fans distinguish stories about boy ninjas from stories about disillusioned samurai. VIZ wasn’t […]

Let’s Get Visual: The Jibblies

MICHELLE: So, in our last installment of Let’s Get Visual we celebrated the pretty, so it seems only fitting that this time we devote our attentions to images that make us shudder with a feeling I like to call “the jibblies.” Just like beauty, creepy is a subjective thing, so we’ve each chosen a variety […]

Uzumaki, Vols. 1-3

By Junji Ito | Published by VIZ Media As with Ito’s two-volume work, Gyo, the best word to describe Uzumaki—despite a back cover blurb promising “terror in the tradition of The Ring”—is “weird.” High school student Kirie Goshima lives in Kurôzu-Cho, a small coastal town nestled between the sea and a line of hills. She […]

Gyo 1-2 by Junji Ito: B+

Walking fish aren’t the usual sort of monsters one associates with Halloween, but their invasion makes for creepy reading nonetheless! Tadashi and his high-maintenance girlfriend, Kaori, are vacationing in Okinawa when Kaori begins complaining of putrid smells. Soon after, a chase ensues between Tadashi and a barely glimpsed, fast-moving creature, culminating with the discovery that […]

Ristorante Paradiso by Natsume Ono: B+

Twenty-one-year-old Nicoletta arrives in Rome with the intention of confronting her absentee mother, Olga, and revealing the fact of her existence to Olga’s husband, Lorenzo, who had believed his wife to be childless. Instead, she becomes entranced by her mother’s world and ultimately finds a place in it. Olga and Lorenzo run a restaurant, and […]