The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis

The latest in this line of educational comics is The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis. It’s written by Shin Takahashi, the author of The Manga Guide to Statistics, one of the earliest of similar works translated over here, with art by Iroha Inoue. Never have I seen such an adorable way to learn higher-level mathematical techniques. Regression analysis, as the preface tells us, consists of “statistical methods for predicting values”. The main example used here involves two waitresses at a […]

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 12

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma volume 12, story by Yuto Tsukuda and art by Shun Saeki, finally brings us to the cooking competition finals, a challenge that began in volume 6. Because the judges couldn’t pick a winner in the semi-final competition in the previous book, for the first time, there will be three competitors in the last cook-off, another way to extend the storytelling. Our hero Soma, the champion of “common cuisine”, is facing off against Kurokiba, a bad […]

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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has a fun concept with a tiny bit of social commentary behind it. It’s a multi-platform franchise, beginning as a light novel series by Satoshi Wagahara, translated and available from Yen On, with four volumes out so far. There was a great war of supernatural forces. The demon generals were defeated at the cusp of victory by a hero rallying the human forces. They all fled to other dimensions, and Sadao (formerly Satan), accompanied by […]

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Anne Happy: Unhappy Go Lucky! Volume 1

For cute and silly manga fun, Anne Happy: Unhappy Go Lucky! by Cotoji is a pretty good choice. It’s got a weird yet approachable premise: unlucky kids are all put in one high school class together. Hibari, with long dark hair, is our identifiable protagonist. She’s bemoaning her bad luck on her way to the first day of class when she meets Hanako (the Anne of the title, with a short orange cut), who managed to wind up hanging off […]

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What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 10

It’s been nine months since the previous volume, but What Did You Eat Yesterday? volume 10 was worth the wait. As the series has progressed, Fumi Yoshinaga has expanded the world of her characters. Shiro and Kenji now share meals with a lot more people than each other, as we see more about the wider circles of their lives. For example, in the first chapter, the administrative assistant from Shiro’s law firm has taken her co-workers out to her parents’ […]

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Servant x Service Volume 1

Servant x Service is a 4-koma manga, a collection of four-panel comic strips. Possibly the best-known of this type in the US is Azumanga Daioh, featuring a group of girls in a school setting. Many of the genre we see published here are based around a similar premise. Servant x Service differs in that it’s a workplace comedy. The series by Karino Takatsu focuses on three new public service workers: Yamagami, whose parents gave her a ridiculous number of names […]

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Emma Volume 4

With this fourth omnibus volume of Emma by Kaoru Mori, reprinting the original serialized volume 7 and volume 8, the main storyline concludes after 52 chapters. The leads, by this point, have nearly changed places. William, after being confronted by those who think he’s wronged his ex-fiancee, Eleanor, is determined to find his true love, Emma. Instead of doing what he’s supposed to, he takes action by scooping up Hakim and setting out on a search. Emma, meanwhile, who normally […]

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My Neighbor Seki Volume 7

I thought, by this point in the series, I wouldn’t have much to say about My Neighbor Seki volume 7, but then I remembered the earlier books. Back then, Rumi watched Seki’s creative transformations of his desk. She was an observer and interpreter for the reader, putting his actions into context. Now, it’s quite a contrast, as Rumi and Seki often wind up interacting. I mentioned this when commenting on the two books before this one, but this volume takes […]

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