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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A Silent Voice, Vol. 2

September 14, 2015 1 comment

Well, I missed a week. Apologies for that, but better late than never? At any rate, here’s a Manga Monday review of A Silent Voice, Vol. 2, plus a few news items that caught my eye.

And now, onto this week’s review of A Silent Voice, Vol. 2!

SilentVoice2A Silent Voice, Vol. 5
by Yoshitoki Oima
Kodansha Comics, 192 pgs
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Yoshitoki Oima’s touching drama about bullying and it’s affects on both the bully and the bullied returns. Shoya Ishida has finally tracked down Shoko Nishymiya, the deaf girl who was the target of his bullying several years ago in the hopes of somehow making amends. Does Shoko Nishymiya want an apology though?
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Noragami, Vol. 5

September 4, 2015 5 comments

Not sure if it can be called a midweek review when it’s coming on Friday, but whatever it’s called, this is it! Before we get to this week’s review of Noragami, Vol. 5, some news.

And now, onto this week’s review of Noragami, Vol. 5!

Noragami, Vol. 5Noragami, Vol. 5
by Adachitoka
Kodansha Comics, 200 pgs
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Intrigue, betrayal and tragedy abound in Noragami, Vol. 5 from Adachitoka! Kugaha, a resentful servent of Bishamon, continues to scheme against his mistress, spinning his web and luring other servants of Bishamon into doing his dirty work. However, even this master planner is surprised when Yato shows up on Bishamon’s doorstep!
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Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1

August 29, 2015 1 comment

Welcome to a very belated midweek manga review. It’s so late it should probably be called something else, but it won’t be because, reasons. Another fairly slow news week, but I still managed to ferret out a few stories to tide you over before heading off to this weeks review!

And now, onto this week’s review of Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1!

NinjaSlayerKills1Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1
Manga by Koutarou Sekine, Created by Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez
Kodansha Comics, 208 pgs
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Neo-Saitama, a futuristic dystopia straight out of a 90s cyberpunk novel, is controlled by the ruthless Soukai Syndicate. On their path to domination their cybernetically enhanced ninja battled rival gangs, uncaring of the civilians caught in the middle of the bloody gang war. Now, one year later, their actions have finally caught up with them in the form of the enigmatic Ninja Slayer! From new comer Koutarou Sekine comes Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1!
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Say I Love You, Vols. 7 + 8

August 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Say I Love You, Vol. 8Say I Love You, Vols. 7 + 8
by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

With Say I Love You, Vol. 9 being released this week, it’s time to finish catching up with Kanae Haruki’s romantic drama and take a look at Say I Love You, Vols. 7 + 8! As Mei and Yamato celebrate their one year anniversary together, teen model Megumi deals with the fall out of her actions and attempts to correct the direction her life is taking. Unfortunately for Mei, part of this correction involves Megumi entering and attempting to win the annual “School Idol Contest”! The prize? A date with the winner of the male competition, and the odd’s on favorite to win that is none other than Yamato!
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Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6

August 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Welcome to a belated midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6. It’s been a rather slow news week, but there’s still an item or two that’s caught my eye.

And now, onto this week’s review of Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6!

Say I Love You, Vol. 6Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6
by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

After a lengthy break it’s time to return to one of last years pleasant surprises, namely Kanae Hazuki’s Say I Love You! As the date of Mei Tachibana and Yamato Kurosawa’s one year anniversary draws near, they’re relationship hits a rough point thanks to the arrivals of Yamato’s old friend, Kai, and a rival for Yamato’s affections in the form of up and coming model, Megumi. Will their relationship weather this unexpected onslaught of adolescent desires and misunderstandings, or will Mei return to the life of solitude she had when the series started? All this and more in Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6!
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