Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4

December 3, 2014 1 comment

Welcome to another midweek manga review here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be taking a look at Kanae Hazuki’s fascinating Shojo series in my review of Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4. First though, some news!

And now onto this weeks review of Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4!

Say I Love You, Vol. 3Say I Love You, Vol. 3 + 4
by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16+)

Since the first volume, Kanae Hazuki has used Say I Love You to take a more realistic and grounded look into the love lives of teenagers. Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4 continue this trend, but striking a balance between more conventional shojo and her fascinating and, at times, disturbingly frank look at teen love is beginning to show it’s strain. Introverted loner, Mei, finds herself fending off new obstacles to her tender and awkward romance with the popular Yamato. This volume sees her struggling with Yamato’s burgeoning model career and struggling with her own desire to be with Yamato in a more romantic and intimate manner than she’s ever dared before.
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Brave 10, Vol. 4

November 26, 2014 1 comment

Welcome to this pre-U.S. Thanksgiving edition of my midweek manga reviews! This week I’ll be looking at Brave 10, Vol. 4 by Kairi Shimotsuki and published by DMP. But first, some news!

With the news out of the way, it’s time for this week’s review of Brave 10, Vol. 4!

Brave 10, Vol. 4Brave 10, Vol. 4
by Kairi Shimotsuki
DMP/, 208 pp
Rating: Young Adults (16 +)

The fourth volume of Kairi Shimotsuki’s historical fantasy, Brave 10, furthers the continuing adventures of Saizo, Isanami, Sarutobi Sasuke and the rest of the warriors who comprise Yukimura Sanada’s Ten Braves, as they attempt to fend off attempts by rival warlords and their minions to capture Isanami and the mysterious power of the Kushitama. This volume features crazy monks, mysterious ninjas, internal rivalries and Saizo excerise a surprising amount of self awareness as the plot thickens and one of the Braves takes his leave.
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No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Welcome to another midweek manga review. This week, I’ll be taking a look at No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8, but first, some news…

And now, onto this weeks review of No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8

No. 6, Vol. 7No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8
Story by Atsuko Asano, Art by Hinoki Kino
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Raised in the luxury of No. 6, a seemingly utopic city, Shion’s life changed forever when he helped a young fugitive by the name of Rat evade capture by the city’s authorities. Nearly a decade later Shion’s accused of murder and is forced to flee No. 6 with the help of Rat. No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8 sees the duo conduct a daring rescue operation, as they infiltrate No. 6’s Correctional Facility in hopes of freeing Shion’s childhood friend, Safu, from its depths. As they uncover the horrors of the Correctional Facility the duo are pushed to their physical and emotional limits as this manga adaption of Atsuko Asano’s light novels careens towards it’s climax in style, thanks to the visual stylings of Hinoki Kino!
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Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3

November 12, 2014 1 comment

After last weeks small delay, I’m back on track with my midweek manga reviews! This time around I’ll be taking a look at Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3, but first some news…

And now, onto this weeks review of Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3..

Kimagure Orange Road, Vol. 3Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3
by Izumi Matsumoto
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Izumi Matsumoto’s classic 80s teen romance manga series continues with Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3! These volumes are full of the romantic comedy hijinks you’d expect, as missed signals, misunderstandings and more plague Kyosuke as he wrestles with his feeling for Ayukawa despite his ongoing relationship with her best friend, Hikaru. While the first volume felt a bit flat and bland, the humor and development in these two volumes helps with that problem tremendously, as does Matsumoto’s decision to grow out the supporting cast with in the form of Ayukawa’s boss at a restaurant, and by the introduction of Yuu, a childhood friend of Hikaru and Ayukawa’s who’s got designs on winning Hikaru’s heart.
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Fairy Tail, Vols. 40 + 41

November 7, 2014 1 comment

Welcome to a belated midweek manga review! Apologies for the lateness of this, I was swamped under some school work. This week I’ll be looking at two volumes of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail with my review of Fairy Tail, Vols. 40 + 41! But before we get to that, here’s a few news items that have caught my eye from this past week…

The extra days gave me more time to gather some news items it seems. Hopefully that won’t mean next week will be exceptionally sparse. Anyway! On to my review of Fairy Tail, Vols. 40 + 41!

Fairy Tail, Vol. 40Fairy Tail, Vols. 40 + 41
By Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

For the last ten volumes, Hiro Mashima has introduced us to dozens of new characters and factions as part of the Grand Magic Games arc. Now, at long last, the arc reaches it’s climax as Fairy Tail battles not one, but seven dragons! There’s no rest for our intrepid heroes though, as the survivors soon find themselves targeted by a new threat emerging from the shadows!
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Monstrously Funny Cartoons

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m stepping out my comfort zone this Halloween to take a look at the latest Christopher Hart book on cartooning and illustration, and thankfully it’s perfect for the season!

Monstrously Funny CartoonsMonstrously Funny Cartoons
by Christopher Hart
Watson-Guptill Publications, 160 pp
Rating: NA

Monstrously Funny Cartoons is the latest in a long line of “how to” books from Christopher Hart, focusing on helping artists to get the hang of rendering their favorite monster, zombies and more in a cute and cartoony manner.
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Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2

October 29, 2014 1 comment

Welcome to another midweek manga review! With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to take a look at the Yoshiki Tonogai’s horror/mystery series, Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2! But first, some news…

And now, my review of Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2

Doubt, Vol. 1Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2
by Yoshiki Tonogai
Yen Press
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

The mobile phone game Rabbit Doubt is sweeping Japan! In it, players are “rabbits” who attempt to discover which player is the “wolf” before it’s too late. Among it’s many fans is Yuu, a highschooler about to attend a small gathering of other players. Unfortunately, for some the game of Rabbit Doubt isn’t limited to the digital world. Trapped in a seemingly empty warehouse, Yuu and his friends find themselves playing a real life game of Rabbit Doubt. Can they uncover the wolf in their midst before it’s too late? From Yen Press comes Yoshiki Tonogai’s, Doubt! The series takes elements from the slasher and whodunnit mystery genres and blends together in a entertaining series.
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