Say I Love You, Vol. 9

January 6, 2016 1 comment

Say I Love You, Vol. 9Say I Love You, Vol. 9
by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics, 176 pgs
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Kanae Hazuki’s solid exploration of love, romance, friendship and all the tangled feelings that come with them continues with Say I Love You, Vol. 9! Following the contest in the previous volume, it’s time for the King and Queen to have their date! As Mei struggles with her insecurities and feelings for Yamato, he must venture on his date with Mei’s romantic rival, Megumi. Meanwhile, we catch up with Yamamto’s brother Daichi and learn about his own personal story of love and loss.
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Fairy Tail, Vol. 50

December 19, 2015 1 comment

Fairy Tail, Vol. 50Fairy Tail, Vol. 50
by Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics, 208
Rating: Teen (13 +)

As Natsu and Lucy attempt to rebuild Fairy Tail after a one year time skip, a new threat rears its head. The Avatar Black Magic Cult has appeared and is planning a ritual to summon Zeref. With Fairy Tail’s members separated and their fates unknown, who will be able to protect the world from this new danger? Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail, Vol. 50 ushers in a new age for the series!
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Devil Survivor, Vol. 1

November 24, 2015 1 comment

Devil Survivor, Vol. 1Devil Survivor, Vol. 1
created by Atlus, manga by Satoru Matsuba, original characters by Suzuhito Yasuda
Kodansha Comics, 208 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Kazuya and Atsuro make plans to meet the enigmatic Naoya in Shibuya, but their plans are turned on their head when another friend, Yuzu, arrives with gifts from Naoya… three mini-computers. Once Atsuro cracks the passwords on computers the trio find a mysterious email detailing events that have yet to occur, including demonic attacks! From Satoru Matsuba comes the first volume of Devil Survivor!
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Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1

November 6, 2015 1 comment

Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1
by Junko
Kodansha Comics, 160 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

After undergoing an emotional trauma, Kae returns to school with a new attractive body that gains the attention of her handsome classmates. Sadly, for Kae this isn’t a blessing but a nightmare because her mild exterior hides a dark secret.. Kae’s a fujoshi who enjoys shipping her pretty boy classmates! Now Kae’s shipping fantasies are being derailed thanks to her newly attractive body! From Junko comes the comedy, Kiss Him, Not Me, Vol. 1!
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Sword of Honor

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s been a while, I know. Sorry about that, classes have been running me ragged. I’ve got something a little different for you today, a novel review! The news and manga reviews will be returning shortly, but for today I’ll be taking a look a Sword of Honor by David Kirk!

Sword of HonorSword of Honor
by David Kirk
Doubleday, 464 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

David Kirk’s Sword of Honor is the second book is series about the life the legendary Japanese swordsman, Minamoto Musashi. Beginning shortly after the last, major battle of Japan’s Warring States Period in 1600, it depicts the feud between Miyamoto Musashi and the esteemed Yoshioka Sword School in Japan’s former capital of Kyoto.
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Vindland Saga, Vol. 6

October 11, 2015 1 comment

Sorry for the delay, but it’s better late then never, right? Plus, with NYCC going on, there’s plenty of news items out there as well! So enjoy a small news round up before taking a look at my thoughts on Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!

And now, onto this week’s review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!

Vinland Saga, Vol. 6Vinland Saga, Vol. 6
by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 400 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Makoto Yukimura’s viking saga returns with Vinland Saga, Vol. 6 and it doesn’t disappoint! After years of plotting, fighting and ruling England, King Canute’s plans near their end game as he finds himself mere days away from solidifying his rule of Denmark and England. Meanwhile back on the farm, Thorfinn and Einar find themselves nearing their own goal of attaining freedom, but an escaped slave throws that all into turmoil and Thorfinn finds his new pacifistic convictions put to the test.

This is easily one of my favorite manga series currently in print and this volume does wonders to show why that is. Between the absolutely gorgeous artwork and the themes of violence and vengeance, Makoto Yukimura has created an entertaining and engaging piece of work that fulfills all the eye candy and action needs, while also asking and taking a look at the cycle of violence and how realistic it is to believe that it can ever be broken.
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 3

September 25, 2015 4 comments

School has thrown my weekly review schedule into turmoil, but I’ll keep cranking them out when I can! Until then, news and reviews ahoy!

And now, onto this week’s review of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 3!

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 3Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 3
by Miki Yoshikawa
Kodansha Comics, 192 pgs
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

A new rival appears! as Ryu and the Supernatural Studies Club enjoy the fruits of his ability to switch bodies via smooching, student council member Nene Odagiri emerges to throw a wrench into their fun. With the threat of blackmail hanging over his head, Ryu finds himself slowly being drawn into the politics and power plays of the student council. From Miki Yoshikawa comes Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 3!
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