Neo Parasyte F

January 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Neo Parasyte FNeo Parasyte F
by Various Creators, Parasyte created by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Translation by Kumar Sivasubramanian
Kodansha Comics, 288 pgs
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Originally crated by Hitoshi Iwaaki, Parasyte was a critically acclaimed sci-fi horror series from the late 80s/early 90s, which told the story of Shinichi, a teenage boy, and Migi, a parasitic organism which took control of his right hand. Despite ending over a twenty years ago, Parasyte still has some life left in it. It recently received an anime adaption, which was dubbed and aired in the US on the Toonami block in late 2015/early 2016. If that wasn’t enough, the original manga has been released in the U.S. by three different companies! With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Kodansha chose to bring over Neo Parasyte F, a single volume anthology which pays to tribute to the critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror series with. Full of stories set within the world he created, loving satires and more, it features contributions from no less than thirteen shojo creators!
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The Ghost and The Lady, Vol. 1

January 4, 2017 Leave a comment

The Ghost and the Lady, Vol. 1The Ghost and The Lady, Vol. 1
Created by Kazuhiro Fujita
Translation by Zack Davisson
Kodansha Comics, 304 pgs
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Florence Nightingale is perhaps best known as the mother of modern nursing. In the early 19th century she pioneered ideas such as cleanliness and advocated for better nursing care. The Ghost and The Lady, Vol. 1, introduces readers to an untold tale of Nightingale’s life. That of her relationship with Grey, the ghost of a duelist who has promised to take her life when she finally gives in to despair! From Kazuhiro Fujita, the creator of Ushio and Tora comes the first in this two volume retelling of the life of Florence Nightingale!
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Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1

December 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1
Created by Hiroyuki Takei
Translation by Alethea Nibley & Athena Nibley
Kodansha Comics, 192 pgs
Rating: Teens (13+)

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol. 1 is tale set in a feudal Japan primarily occupied by… cats. Enter the mysterious Norachiyo, a one eyed cat who’s now a masterless samurai, or a kept cat without their “person.” Left on his own he wanders the feudal landscape, getting into tussles with criminals and corrupt cats, all while looking for… something. From the Hiroyuki Takei, the man who gave us Shaman King and Ultimo, comes Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, Vol.1
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Happiness, Vol. 1

December 19, 2016 Leave a comment

Phew! After a length absence I am back! My schedule at the new school was a bit more overwhelming than I had expected, but with winter break underway, I’ve got time to catch up on my hefty backlog of books. So, apologies all around, and now… on to the review!

Happiness, Vol. 1Happiness, Vol. 1
Created by Shuzo Oshimi
Translation by Kevin Gifford
Kodansha Comics, 192 pgs
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Makoto Okazaki has the typical life of a high school freshman. He’s short, shy, bullied and generally at the bottom rung of the social ladder. Things at home don’t seem to be much better as his parents constantly compare him to his more successful older brother. Things start to change for Okazaki when, after a night time attack, his body begins to undergo some distinctly unnatural changes. From Shuzo Oshimi, creator of the critically acclaimed Flowers of Evil, comes a new tale of the struggles of awkward adolescence, Happiness, Vol. 1!
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Attack on Titan Anthology

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

aotanthologyAttack on Titan Anthology
by Various Creators.
Kodansha Comics, 256 pgs
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Trying to explain what the Attack on Titan Anthology is can be surprisingly difficult. The short answer, is that it’s an anthology from Kodansha Comics featuring American comic creators telling stories inspired by and based upon Hajime Isayama’s hit franchise, Attack on Titan. That doesn’t quite do it justice though, nor does it really delve into the depth of talent among the roughly 30 creators who contributed stories to it. If that wasn’t enough, the stories run the gamut from comedy strips, to stories placing Isayama’s creation into new and different worlds, to stories set in the world Attack on Titan fans know and which sit neatly alongside the rest of the franchise. Suffice it to say, the Attack on Titan Anthology probably has something for anyone holding even a passing interest in the franchise.
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Noragami, Vols. 10 – 12

September 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Noragami, Vol. 12Noragami, Vols. 10 – 12
by Adachitoka, translated by Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Yato’s trapped in the underworld and is at the mercy of the nightmarish, Izanami! Can his friends rescue him from the land of the dead? And if they do, what will the revelations of Yato’s family mean to the world of Noragami? All this and more in Noragami, Vols. 10 – 12 from Adachitoka.
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Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 1

August 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 1Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 1
by Leiji Matsumoto, translated by Zack Davisson
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

In the future mankind has taken to the stars, colonized other worlds and explored the vast reaches of space. There are few names known throughout the cosmos, but Emeraldas is one of them. A mysterious woman, alone aboard her massive ship The Queen Emeraldas, she eternally travels the sea of stars for reasons known only to herself. Created by the legendary Leiji Matsumoto, Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 1 represents one of the rare instance of his work coming to the U.S. thanks to translator Zack Davisson and the fine folks at Kodansha Comics.
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