Category Archives: Manga

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 5

The food competition series continues with the results of the breakfast cook-off from volume 4. The students, after being up all night, have to successfully serve 200 plates of an egg dish to breakfast buffet customers. Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma volume 5 once again provides cooking education along with its challenges. To satisfy a customer, a chef has to take into account how a dish will be served in order to keep it attractive in appearance and consistent in […]

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Jason Thompson Launches Manga Drawing Game Kickstarter

Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, has a new project. He’s put together a Kickstarter for Mangaka, which he describes as “the fast and furious game of drawing comics”. Currently, he’s about halfway to his goal of producing the first print run. I don’t know a lot about game Kickstarters, so I don’t know if $40-50 (depending on how early you pledge) is a typical price point or not, but the concept sounds fun. It’s like Pictionary, but […]

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Frederik Schodt in Madison This Afternoon

Frederik Schodt, author of the essential Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics as well as The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution, will be in Madison this afternoon giving a talk titled “Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy: Creating the Modern Manga/Anime Complex”. It will take place from 4-6 PM in Van Hise Hall, Room 104, at UW-Madison. It’s sponsored by the UW-Madison Comics Club, who also have a Tumblr. The Facebook event page elaborates […]

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My Neighbor Seki Volume 2

My Neighbor Seki volume 2 is just as cute and funny as the first volume by Takuma Morishige, and that consistency is a good thing. Yokoi is still distracted by the weirdly creative things Seki does with, on, and to his desk during class, but this installment expands their world a bit with the introduction of a new character and different settings. The first chapter features a “lucky laugher” game. I’m not familiar with this piece of Japanese culture, but […]

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Shojo Manga Overtaken by Shonen?

Ed Chavez, Vertical Marketing Director, tells the truth on their Ask.fm channel when answering reader questions. One recent topic caught my eye, when someone asked Why do you think shoujo manga isn’t in demand? Isn’t Fruits Basket the best selling manga series in the US? Aren’t the majority of manga buyers female ? After acknowledging that shojo manga is popular, particularly for Viz Media, Chavez lists out some of the signs that the genre has faced a pullback: …while most […]

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Planetes Returns as Dark Horse Omnibus

Now that Vinland Saga is returning, it’s about time that Makoto Yukimura’s earlier series Planetes becomes available again. (It was previously published by Tokyopop, which no longer functionally exists in this country.) Dark Horse will be putting out Planetes Omnibus volume 1 in late December of this year. According to this interview with editor Brendan Wright, there will be a total of two volumes with “many more color pages than the Tokyopop editions.” Also, “they’re being relettered using the original […]

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Manga Dogs Volume 3

And so the series ends, with more of the same. For me, Manga Dogs volume 3 demonstrates that the gag — of a school-age manga author bedeviled by three pretty boys who want to make manga but are woefully misinformed about what it takes — has run its course. As expected, the cliffhanger threat from volume 2, that Kanna’s series will get canceled under the new magazine editor, is addressed, but briefly — it was all a misunderstanding. Many of […]

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Vinland Saga to Return This Year

I’m awfully glad I kept that copy of Vinland Saga volume 6 on my Amazon wishlist, because I could see when the due date switched to September 1 of this year. (Gives me time to catch up on the volumes I haven’t read yet!) Previously, the Viking series had been on indefinite hiatus, but I’m thrilled to see it will be continuing. (Which ties into hints the publisher was making.) Preorders can currently save 25%, too. Show Kodansha there’s demand […]

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