Vinland Saga, Vol. 5

January 29, 2015 1 comment

Before we get to my midweek manga review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 5, have a few news items that caught my attention in what seemed like a rather slow news week.

And now onto this weeks review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 5!

VinlandSaga5Vinland Saga, Vol. 5
by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 448 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga enters into a new phase as, what fans have dubbed, “The Farmland Saga” gets under way with volume five! Thorfinn, once a deadly and determined fighter driven by a need for vengeance is now a broken man, serving as a slave on a farm working day to day with nary a hope or dream to sustain him. Filled with Apathy, Thorfinn finds himself attracting some unwanted attention from the farm’s overseers, attention which forces him to confront his past if he has any hope of a future.
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Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 12

January 26, 2015 3 comments

Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 12Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 12
By Tsutomu Nihei
Vertical Comics, 212 pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Tsutomu Nihei’s bizarre sci-fi/mecha/harem series trucks ever onwards to it’s weird biological horror field future with Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 12! Nagate and his companions in the Garde squads are assigned to the newly created defense cruiser, Mizuki, as it launches from the Sidonia to undertake a scientific mission involving a nearby sun. As one would expect this hardly goes off without a hitch and soon the Mizuki, Nagate and the rest of the Garde pilots find themselves up against a horde of the biological nightmares known as the Gauna.
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Brave 10, Vol. 5 + 6

January 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Welcome back to another midweek manga review! Hope you’ve all been catching the Monday reviews, this week’s was a look at The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3. I’m going to try and continue to Monday reviews for as long as I can, but I’ll be heading back to school soon so we’ll see how long it lasts. I’ll always make sure to have one for Wednesday, regardless of what happens to the Monday one. Anyway, this week I’ll be taking a look a Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10, Vols. 5 + 6, but first some news…

And now onto this weeks review of Brave 10, Vols. 5 + 6!

Brave 10, Vol. 5Brave 10, Vol. 5 + 6
by Kairi Shimotsuki
Rating: Young Adults (16 +)

Over the past four volumes of Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10 mysteries have been built up, cryptic dialogue thrown around, but little has really been explained. Well that’s about to change! With only two more volumes to go, everything is laid bare at last as Yukimura Sanada finally reveals his plans and reasons behind gathering the cadre of elite warriors known as the Brave 10. Just what are his plans for the mysterious item known as the Kushimitama and how do Saizo and the other Braves fit into the picture? All is revealed in these two volumes!
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The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3

January 19, 2015 1 comment

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3
By Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

The Sins continue their quest to aid Princess Elizabeth in freeing the Kingdom of Brtiannia from the rule of the Holy Knights. Following the skullduggery and chaos of the previous volume, our intrepid heroes add yet another Sin to their group as they “rescue” Ban from his long captivity. After leaving a trail of wreckage in their wake, the group attempts to lay low only to find themselves being hunted by an unexpected opponent… one of their own! Nakaba Suzuki’s shonen fantasy series trucks on with The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3.
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My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 1

January 14, 2015 1 comment

Welcome to another midweek manga review! This time around I’ll be taking a look at My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 1, but first some news…

And now onto this weeks review of My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 1!

My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 1My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 1
By Takuma Morishige
Vertical Comics, 176 pp
Rating: Not Rated

From the pages of Comic Flapper, the same magazine that gave us 7 Billion Needles, Twin Spica and Transluscent, comes Takuma Morishige’s My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 1! The manga, which was recently adapted into an anime series available on Crunchyroll, is a charming high school comedy about Rumi Yokoi and her bizarrely distracting classmate, Toshinari Seki.
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Kotoura-San, Vol. 1

January 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Kotoura-San, Vol. 1Kotoura-San, Vol. 1
By Enokids
DMP/Emanga, 146 pp
Rating: Teens (13 +)

Japanese comedy series tend to be rather hit or miss with me. There’s just something about the type of humor that makes its way into them that falls flat on its face for me. Kotoura-San, Vol. 1 by Enokids isn’t that different, but at least it’s not offensively bad like certain strains of Japanese humor that often turn up in manga and anime. Originally published on a website, Koutura-San tells the story a young psychic girl who tends to keep to herself due to her mind reading powers, and how her life changes when she transfers to a new school and finds herself caught up in their small ESP club.
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Noragami, Vol. 1

January 7, 2015 1 comment

Welcome to first midweek manga review of the 2015! As mentioned in Monday’s review of Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 2, I’ll be posting two reviews a week for the month of January, but only the Wednesday reviews will get the news round ups. So, before we get to my review of Noragami, Vol. 1, let’s take a look at some of the news highlights from the last month or so…

And now onto the midweek manga review of Noragami, Vol. 1!

Noragami, Vol. 1Noragami, Vol. 1
by Adachitoka
Kodansha Comics, 200 pp
Rating: Older Teen (16+)

From Adachitoka, artist of Alive: The Final Evolution, comes the supernatural action/adventure comedy, Noragami. Noragami, Vol. 1 introduces us to Yato, a down on his luck god desperate to build up a base of worshippers. Unfortunately he’s not a terribly likable fellow and has zero marketing skills. As a result he’s forced to leave his number in some rather suspect places, such as alley way walls, bathroom stall doors, park benches and more. As one might suspect, the kind of requests, prayers and pleas for help he receives are not exactly up to his demanding standards, thus hijinks ensue.
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