Category Archives: Manga

My Love Story!! Volume 2

Now that the massively masculine Takeo and the delightfully delicate Yamato have realized they like each other, as we saw in volume 1, we settle down to the confusion of dating in My Love Story!! volume 2. The writer, Kazune Kawahara, has good ideas for short moments that convey how the characters are perceived by others. For instance, when they come across a woman struggling with a baby stroller on a flight of steps, Takeo immediately grabs the stroller and […]

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Manga Dogs Volume 1

A light gag manga is just what I need during busy times, and Manga Dogs by Ema Toyama fits the bill, with a slight overlay of information on making comics for the Japanese industry. Kanna Tezuka is thrilled that her high school has established a manga degree program, since she’s already a published author. She writes and draws “Teach Me (Heart) Buddha”, a shojo manga. She’s excited that she can work on her story during school, although she hopes to […]

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Legal Drug Omnibus Out; Sequel Drug & Drop Available to Pre-Order

Out today in comic book stores is the Legal Drug Omnibus, a manga license rescue collection. CLAMP’s Legal Drug originally was published in three volumes in English by Tokyopop. (You can get the three books cheaply used, possibly because the story wasn’t concluded… but see below.) Dark Horse has now reprinted the series in one big volume, complete with color pages. It’s a hard-to-describe tale, about two boys who are drawn to each other while working at a drugstore. One […]

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My Love Story!! Volume 1

A simple premise, executed with care for all the characters, makes for an enjoyable read in My Love Story!! volume 1. Takeo and Sunakawa are schoolboy best friends. Takeo already looks like an adult, though, and maybe a wrestler — he’s large and bulky. Sunakawa, on the other hand, is your typical manga pretty boy, so he always gets the girls. Until they meet Yamato. They rescue her from a groper on the train, and when she comes to Takeo’s […]

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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Volume 1

Food Wars! is due out in print at the beginning of next month, but it’s been available digitally (along with book 2) for months now. If you enjoy cooking competition manga like Iron Wok Jan or Yakitate!! Japan, this is another strong entry in that category. It’s written by Yuto Tsukuda and drawn by Shun Saeki. Soma Yukihira is a scrappy teen cook. He’s been raised in the family restaurant, and he’s quite talented, but unpolished. He winds up attending […]

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Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to Return, No Date Given

At Anime Expo, Dark Horse announced that they would be continuing the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga series. The last volume released was volume 13, which came out at the end of 2012. Although it’s a horror series, with a group of misfits dealing with zombies and investigating sometimes grotesque murders, I quite enjoy Kurosagi for its exploration of the dark side of human nature and its gruesomely lovely, detailed art, so I’m glad to hear we’ll get more. No […]

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xxxHOLiC Rei Volume 1

I never totally succumbed to the first xxxHOLiC series, but CLAMP (Legal Drug, Chobits) has its fans. I was glad, then, that this relaunch (“rei”, we’re told, means “return”) was comprehensible to the new-ish reader. Sure, if you read previous volumes, there are subtleties between the characters that you’ll notice, but the overall setup — mysterious witch Yuko takes clients and torments the nice young boy Watanuki who cooks for and takes care of her — is understandable enough. More […]

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Manga Dogs Coming From Kodansha This Fall

Kodansha Comics has announced an upcoming title I’m excited by, Manga Dogs. That’s their English title for GDGD-DOGS by Ema Toyama. Her previous works I Am Here! and Missions of Love have already been released in English. Manga Dogs is the story of three wannabe manga artists (all pretty boys) with “ridiculous delusions” about the craft. Their classmate Kanna is already published, so they fixate on her to teach them in their school’s drawing class. Kodansha calls it a “sharp-witted […]

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