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Inuyashiki, Vols. 1 – 10

June 3, 2020 Leave a comment

Cover to Inuyashiki, Vol. 1Inuyashiki, Vols. 1 – 10
by Hiroya Oku, translation by Stephen Paul
Rating: 16 +

Inuyashiki is an ailing, middle aged, office worker who’s ignored and looked down upon by colleagues and family alike. Diagnosed with fatal cancer and unable to muster up the emotional strength to tell his family, he instead takes a fateful nighttime walk which changes his life and the course of human history in an instant. The victim of an interstellar hit and run, Inuyashiki the man dies in the park and is reborn in the form of an advanced alien combat robot. Fed up with injustices he sees around him, Inuyashiki sets about helping and defending the people of Japan. However, he soon realizes he was not alone in the park that night, and finds himself on a collision course with the second victim of the interstellar hit and run, one who has a very different perspective on life than he does. From Hiroya Oku, creator of Gantz, comes the ten volume, sci-fi, superhero series, Inuyashiki!
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The New Gate, Vol. 1

April 13, 2020 2 comments

Cover to The New Gate, Vol. 1The New Gate, Vol. 1
Manga by Yoshiyuki Miwa, original story by Shinogi Kazanami, original book design by ansyyqdesign, original character design by Makai no Jumin.
Rating: Not Rated

For decades now, anime and manga have churned out story after story about people becoming trapped within a virtual reality world, and their adventures as they seek an escape from their digital prison. Numerous series have been built upon this premise, including the classic .hack franchise, but also more contemporary works such as Real Account. Fans of the genre can now add The New Gate—Yoshiyuki Miwa’s adaption of Shinogi Kazanami’s novel of the same name—to this ever growing list. What sets The New Gate apart from the others, is how it repurposes the endgame of many of the series into a starting point and the potential for it to delve into the aftermath of such events.
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Ryuko, Vols. 1 + 2

March 4, 2020 Leave a comment

Cover to Ryuko, Vol. 1 by Eldo YoshimizuRyuko, Vols. 1 + 2
by Eldo Yoshimizu, translated by Motoko Tamamuro and Jonathan Clements.

Titan Comics
Rating: 15 +

Ryuko, Vols. 1+2 tells a complicated story spanning decades and continents. From small villages in Afghanistan during the conflict with the Soviets, to the modern day streets of Tokyo, the sprawling story is one of international espionage, crime rings, and attempts by those trapped in that lifestyle to escape it’s never ending cycle of violence. Created by Eldo Yoshimizu, a contemporary fine artist, Ryuko represents his first foray into manga/comics and merges his background in fashion and design with an apparent fondness for so-called Pinky Violence films. It’s a combination which results in an ambitious, but deeply uneven, read.
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Guardians of the Louvre

July 24, 2018 1 comment

Cover to Guardians of the LouvreGuardians of the Louvre
by Jirô Taniguchi, Translation by Kumar Sivasubramanian
NBM Publishing, 136 pps.
Rating: Not Rated

Commissioned by the Louvre as part of The Louvre Collection—a series of graphic novels by various creators based upon the museum and its collection of works—Jirô Taniguchi’s Guardians of the Louvre is the tale of a Japanese artist’s fevered wanderings through the museum as he finds himself reliving moments from the history of the museums and its artwork.
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All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 3

April 24, 2015 1 comment

Sorry for the slight delay, as the end of the semester nears things have been a little hectic and I fell a bit behind schedule. Still, better late than never! So before we get to today’s review, have some news!

And now, onto the featured review of All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 3!

All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 3All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 3
by Sho Hidaka
DMP/, 212 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

After three bizarre volumes, Sho Hidaka’s comedy series,All-Purpose Chemistry Club comes to an end! Before it’s climax though, Ipponsugi, Akiyama, Boss and the rest of the gang must contend with talking eggs, relationship problems, health crisis and more!
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All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2

March 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Welcome the latest midweek manga review! This week I’ll be looking at All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2 from DMP, but first up a few news items.

And now onto this weeks review of All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2!

All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2
by Sho Hidaka
DMP/, 212 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

The wild hijinks of Ipponsugi and friends continues in Sho Hidaka’s All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2! More obstacles are thrown into Ipponsugi’s road to romance with his fellow classmate, Momiji as a rival club emerges to challenge the All Purpose Chemistry Club’s right to exist! If that wasn’t enough, camping trips gone horribly wrong, a mysterious and magical Christmas tree and more all provide plenty of challenges for Ipponsugi and the club to overcome.
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All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1

March 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Welcome the latest midweek manga review from yours truly! This week I’ll be looking at All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1 from DMP, but first some news…

And now onto this weeks review of All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1!

All Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1
by Sho Hidaka
DMP/, 210 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Sho Hidaka’s All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1 is, ostensibly, a romantic comedy about Ipponsugi Kaede, a high school student with a crush on his classmate Akiyama Momiji. In the hopes of wooing her and winning her affections he joins a club she’s in which is… odd. Lead by a hooded student known only as “Boss” the club leads him to wacky encounters with ghosts, aliens, rampaging komodo dragons and more. With so much insanity and seemingly random occurrences, will romance bloom for our beleaguered hero and heroine?
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Kotoura-San, Vol. 3

March 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Kotoura-San, Vol. 3Kotoura-San, Vol. 3
By Enokids
DMP/Emanga, 138 pp
Rating: Teens (13 +)

Kotoura and her friends struggle to deal with their involvement in a string of killings and come up with a plan to aid the police investigation. Time waits for no man or woman however, and Summer is fast approaching with its promise of fun in the sun… Assuming that Kotoura and her friends survive that long, that is! After the surprisingly dark turn of Kotoura-San, Vol. 2 with the introduction of a serial killer plot line, Enokids slowly begins to turn things down a notch as he returns to the series’ adorable, relationship based, comedic roots in Kotoura-San, Vol. 3!
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Brave 10, Vols. 7 + 8

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week will see an end to Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10, but before we get to that have some news!

And now onto this weeks review of Brave 10, Vols. 7 + 8!

Brave10v8Brave 10, Vol. 7 + 8
by Kairi Shimotsuki
Rating: Young Adults (16 +)

After 8 volumes Kairi Shomotsuki brings the Brave 10 to an end. After protecting Isanami and her mysterious power from a number of different warlords, Sanada has finally assembled all 10 of his warriors only to be faced with a betrayal from within. This betrayal was merely a prelude to an all out assault from the Iga Grotesque Five, an elite group of ninja led by Hattori Hanzo with designs on capturing Isanami and using her power to change the fate of the world. It all hangs in the balance with this final two volumes full of blood, action and battles!
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Kotoura-San, Vol. 2

February 19, 2015 1 comment

Welcome to another midweek manga review! Before we get to the usual news and featured review I wanted to take a moment to mention a change in my regular posting schedule. For the foreseeable future the Wednesday review is now being bumped to Thursday. With that out of the way, onto some news!

And now onto this weeks review of Kotoura-San, Vol. 2!

Kotoura-San, Vol. 2Kotoura-San, Vol. 2
By Enokids
DMP/Emanga, 146 pp
Rating: Teens (13 +)

What started out as a light, warm comedy takes some rather dark and disturbing turns in Kotoura-San, Vol. 2! With her new social life and circle of friends, things seem to be going rather well for the young school girl psychic Kotoura. Unfortunately for her things take a turn for the worst when she crosses paths with a serial killer! Torn between her desire to help, her inability to actually provide proof for what she knows, Kotoura and her friends find themselves struggling to deal with the murders and Kotoura’s ever growing sense of guilt and responsibility.
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