Category Archives: Manga

The Man of Tango

I was eager to read SuBLime Manga’s The Man of Tango, since ballroom dancing is an interest of mine. What better to symbolize and visualize passion and desire than the most sensual dance? Angie (Angel) is a tango teacher and exhibition dancer. He and his partner Bene give lessons, although they get distracted by the men that fall in love with Angie but don’t last with him (which allows for the explicit sex scenes that give the book its mature […]

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Sherlock Bones Volumes 1-2

I enjoyed Sherlock Bones volume 3 enough that I tracked down the two previous volumes. I found that the cases covered there followed the same pattern, making this a read better spread out instead of tackled all at once, where it risks becoming repetitive. The first book opens with Takeru adopting Sherdog. I had wondered if there were details to how they got together beyond the brief version in the Story So Far section (or at the beginning of some […]

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Sherlock Bones Volume 3

What if Sherlock Holmes were reincarnated as an adorable puppy dog? That ran around with a pipe in his mouth because that’s the only way he could magically communicate? And only with Takeru, his Watson, because the pipe was a family heirloom? It would make for fun and cute mysteries, that’s what. Sherlock Bones is a light-hearted romp written by Yuma Ando and drawn by Yuki Sato. The series is actually short on deduction — the reader sees the crime […]

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Vinland Saga Volume 2

When I wrote about volume 1, I wasn’t as impressed by the battle scenes as I was by those of Viking home life. That’s changed in this volume, because the strategy and maneuvering among various factions are more compelling. Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga is a fascinating read on multiple levels. It’s the beginning of the 11th century, and the Vikings are invading England. The first chapter begins quietly, as an outspoken mother embarrasses her daughter by ranting about politics — […]

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Vinland Saga Volume 1

The long-anticipated series from Makoto Yukimura, creator of the much-loved Planetes, is Kodansha’s first hardcover manga, a double-sized volume with twice the amount of tough-guy content. Vinland Saga is the story of Thorfinn, an Icelandic orphan raised by Viking pirates to be one of them. He’s a super-fighter, fast and tough, motivated by revenge for his father’s death, particularly since he’s working under the man who killed him. Thorfinn’s father was a great, noble warrior, one of a tribe who […]

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Blue Morning

SuBLime Manga prints yaoi and boys’ love titles, and although almost all of their books are Mature rated, the actual amount of sexual content can vary widely among stories. Blue Morning turns out to be one of the books in the “not very much physical contact” category, which was fine by me, since I’d rather read about the emotions and relationships than watch scenes of the act. (However, please note: the one sex scene can be read as non-consensual, although […]

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SuBLime Manga Republishing Yaoi Titles From Defunct Publishers

I haven’t seen any official notice of this, so maybe everyone already knows and I just missed a press release, but while browsing the list of SuBLime Manga yaoi books at their website, I started noticing some familiar titles. All had one thing in common: a description that said “This volume was produced as a direct-to-Kindle release from Japan. Please enjoy!” I’m not sure what that means, or whether they’re available to non-Kindle readers, but all of these titles were […]

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Vinland Saga Coming in Fall From Kodansha

In October, Kodansha Comics will be publishing the first book of Vinland Saga, the story of Vikings in medieval England in the 1000s. This historical manga, already up to 12 volumes in Japan, is by Makoto Yukimura, author of the much-missed Planetes. I’m not a huge Viking fan, but I was very impressed by how interesting he made outer space garbage collecting in Planetes, so I’m definitely interested in giving it a try. This will be Kodansha’s first hardcover, made […]

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