Noragami: Stray Stories

June 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Noragami: Stray Stories
By Adachitoka, Translated by Alethea and Athena Nibley.
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Older Teens (16 +)

From Adachitoka comes the first spin-off to the hit Noragami series, Noragami: Stray Stories! This single volume contains several short stand alone tales of Yato, Yukine, Hiyori and the rest of the cast. Throughout the volume Yato and co. find themselves sucked into weird, awkward, and downright silly situations. These range from answering a prayer from a suicidal office worker, Yato getting a stalker, and an encounter with a serial killer. Don’t let the set ups fool you, Adachitoka manages to take each one in a surprisingly light and engaging direction, making for a surprisingly enjoyable comedic read!
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Sweetness and Lightning, Vols. 1 + 2

June 12, 2017 2 comments

Sweetness and Lightning, Vol. 1Sweetness and Lightning, Vols. 1 + 2
By Gido Amagakure, Translation by Adam Lensenmayer
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

Following the death of his wife, and attempting to juggle his teaching job with raising Tsumugi, his daughter, Kohei’s cooking fell off as he relied on pre-packaged meals and take out food. With the help of a student of his, Kotori, that begins to change. Together, the three find happiness and friendship through the art of cooking. From Gido Amagakure comes the heart warming, Sweetness and Lightning, Vols. 1 + 2!
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Ravina the Witch

June 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Ravina The Witch?Ravina The Witch
By Junko Mizuno, Translation by C.B. Cebulski, Patrick Macias, and Jason Thompson
Titan Comics, 48 pp.
Rating: Not Rated

From Junko Mizuno, the creator of Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu and Princess Mermaid, comes her latest work, Ravina the Witch; a short story about a little girl named Ravina, who lives in a garbage dump, and her adventures as she journeys across a fairy tale landscape.
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Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Vol. 1

June 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Vol. 1Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Vol. 1
Written by Hiroshi Seko, Art by Ryosuke Fuji, Attack on Titan originally created by Hajime Isayama, Translation by Ko Ransom
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: OT (16+)

From writer Hiroshi Seko and artist, Ryosuke Fuji, comes the latest Attack on Titan spin off series, Attack on Titan: Lost Girls! This short, two volume series focuses on the women of the franchise, with Annie Leonhart taking center stage in this volume. Annie finds herself dragged into an investigation which takes her to the grimy back alleys of Stohess District in search of the wealthy businessman’s missing daughter.
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Cells at Work!, Vol. 1

May 29, 2017 1 comment

Cells at Work!, Vol. 1Cells at Work!, Vol. 1
by Akane Shimizu, Translation by Yamato Tanaka
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

Creator Akane Shimizu anthropomorphizes the never ending war between the body’s immune system and diseases, viruses, and other sundry infections! The world this biological battle is set in takes the form of a city in which cells are blue collar workers and citizens, while the diseases look like they stepped off the set of Power Rangers or Kamen Rider. Can the various cells fend off allergies, influenza and more? Find out, in Cells at Work!, Vol. 1!
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Fire Force, Vol. 1

May 21, 2017 1 comment

Fire Force, Vol. 1Fire Force, Vol. 1
by Atsushi Ohkubo, Translation by Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

Tokyo is beset by a wave of spontaneous human combustion, but the victims don’t just burn to death, they become creatures known as infernal. To combat this threat, Tokyo puts together the Special Fire Force, a group made up of ex-military, fire fighters, and those who have manifested special abilities due to encounters with infernals. Enter Shinra, as a child he lost his mother and brother to a mysterious fire caused by an infernal, but he was left to take the blame. Determined to keep others from losing their families, he becomes the latest recruit to Fire Force Company 8! From Atsushi Ohkubo, the creator of Soul Eater, comes Fire Force, Vol. 1!
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Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

May 15, 2017 1 comment

Ichi-FIchi-F
by Kazuto Tatsuta, Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 536 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

March 11, 2011, saw Japan rocked by one of the largest earthquakes of modern history. In the wake of the 9.0 quake, a massive tsunami devastated the region, wiping away entire towns, and leading to multiple meltdowns at the coastal Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. In the wake of that disaster people from around Japan came to the region as part of the clean up effort. Ichi-F is the story of the clean up efforts from one of those workers. In this mammoth 500 +page volume, Kazuto Tatsuta offers readers a peak into the daily life of the blue collar clean up crews and the slow but steady progress the region and its people are making towards recovery.
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