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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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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