Master Keaton Volume 7

As a mature series, Master Keaton has settled into a groove that I find more enjoyable than I thought I would. That makes sense, since this volume seven is just past the halfway point of the eventual 12-volume Viz English run. (Assuming I’ve counted correctly. The Japanese series ran 18 books of 8 chapters each, but each translated volume contains 12 chapters, meaning that this volume 7 collects the original volume 10 and half of 11.) Each of these chapters […]

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Ten Count Volume 1

Ten Count, by Rihito Takarai and published by SuBLime, is the kind of yaoi manga I like — the kind with a plot beyond “let’s watch two cute guys make out”. In this case, it’s even based on a topic I’m immensely curious about. Shirotani is the assistant to a company president. He’s germ-phobic, to the extent of wearing gloves in daily life, and a compulsive hand-washer. He meets Kurose by accident. That’s fortuitous, because Kurose is a psychiatric counselor […]

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 13

I was about to give up on this series — I only read it for the food, and there are only so many times I can watch a cook-off — when this volume did something different that reignited my interest. But first, Food Wars volume 13 has to finish off the competition from the previous book, in which we find out whether Soma’s everyday cooking will make him the final champion of a tournament that began seven books ago. After […]

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Everyone’s Getting Married Volume 1

I don’t really believe the motivations of Asuka, the lead of Everyone’s Getting Married volume 1. She’s a successful career woman who can’t wait to give it all up to be a housewife and take care of her (future) husband. At a friend’s wedding, she meets Ryu, an up-and-coming newscaster. He prevents her falling down a staircase, which leads to her thinking, “I just met a great guy. Though we’ll probably never see each other again.” Of course, she’s wrong. […]

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Honey So Sweet Volume 3

Given how many comics I read, I couldn’t recall the specifics of the mismatched school-age couple found in Honey So Sweet volume 3 — after all, finding romance across class or social boundaries is common in shojo manga — so I brushed up on my memories of the first two books. Plus, there’s a much-appreciated “Story Thus Far” that reminded me of the key names. Now that the core couple, Nao and Onise, have admitted their feelings for each other, […]

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Servant x Service Volume 2

Instead of the occasional civil servant workplace jokes we got in the first volume by Karino Takatsu, Servant x Service volume 2 is pretty much all soap opera in four-panel comics. Which is a shame, since I don’t care that much about these characters to enjoy 300 pages of will Hasebe successfully ask out the book-obsessed Lucy? can they recover the chief, who speaks through a stuffed rabbit, when he’s accidentally mistaken for a toy? will Chihaya ever tell her […]

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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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