Category Archives: Manga

The Garden of Words

story by Makoto Shinkai; art by Midori Motohashi A boy in his first year of high school takes shelter on days when it rains in a park gazebo. He sketches shoes and dreams of being a designer of ladies’ footwear. His family is moving apart without him, with his mother spending her time with a younger boyfriend and his big brother moving in with his girlfriend. On those mornings when he goes to the park, he has company — an […]

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My Love Story!! Volume 3

I continue to adore this cute and happy series by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko. Even when events become exaggerated — as here, where the young couple go picnicking and end up trapped in the wilderness after falling off a cliff — the love between gorilla-ish Takeo and fairy-ish Yamato is inspiring and heart-warming. Their innocence is adorable. Yamato’s friends assume that the two have lied to their parents so they can spend the night together, but the sincere young couple […]

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 3

The cooking competition manga Food Wars kicks into high gear with all the students heading out to a luxury resort hotel for a training camp and a new challenge. The “Friendship and Team-Building Cooking Camp” in Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma volume 3 has big consequences for the aspiring culinary students — if they don’t pass the assignments, they will immediately be sent back to school to be expelled. The challenges are set and judged by school alumni, making for […]

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Viking Manga Vinland Saga Put on Hiatus

I am sorry to hear this, because I very much enjoy reading Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura. It’s a beautifully illustrated, historical Viking story involving fierce warriors and family legacies and brave women holding down the homefront. The series was being released in hardcover omnibus editions, each containing the equivalent of two paperback volumes, so each one was a lot of reading to descend into. That may be part of the problem — I’m three volumes behind (there are five […]

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Mail, From the Artist of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Although it’s horror, I really enjoy The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, because it’s attractively drawn, and the twists in the stories give me something to focus on beyond the occasional gory or scary element. While I wait for it to return, I decided to check out the earlier Mail. It’s a three-volume series written and drawn by Housui Yamazaki, the artist of Kurosagi, and it’s got a similar “ghost investigator” premise. The books, originally released 2006-2007, are out of print, […]

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Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Return Dates From Amazon

This summer, Dark Horse announced that The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga series would be continuing. I’m glad to hear it, because I enjoy reading it, and we’d last seen a new volume with 13 at the end of 2012. Now, Amazon has listings for two related products: The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 14 is showing a release date of July 14, while the first omnibus edition, collecting books 1-3, is due September 8. I would have guessed that […]

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Manga Dogs Volume 2

At the end of the previous volume, manga artist Kanna had been kidnapped by a wannabe. More than her life, her work was in danger as her pages were taken hostage, preventing her from making her deadline. Of course, she’s rescued in this book — the advantage of a series made up of short (ten-page) chapters is that things move very quickly. The teacher of the manga class (made up of Kanna, the three aspiring guys, and the new character) […]

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Yukarism Volume 1

Chika Shiomi’s previous manga in English, Rasetsu and Yurara, provide a hint of what you’ll get here. They’re both supernaturally tinged romances involving well-meaning young women involved in forces beyond their control. Yukarism starts with an explanation of Yukari’s unique situation. He “was born without forgetting his previous life”, so he’s become quite popular for writing novels about the Edo Period that feel incredibly realistic. He’s able to do so without research because he previously lived then, in the Pleasure […]

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