Alphabetical Index of Tokyopop Manga Reviews

Kat & Mouse: The Knave of Diamonds

It’s here! It’s here! The conclusion to the Kat & Mouse mystery started two years ago by Alex de Campi and Federica Manfredi! When we left our intrepid heroines, they were at the winter dance, where Chloe, the school princess, was wearing her mother’s diamond necklace without permission. When it was stolen, Chloe turned to Mouse and Kat for help, even though Kat had just been humiliated for wearing Chloe’s dress from last year. Finding the thief will mean catching […]

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Bizenghast Wins! Last OEL Manga Standing

I was surprised to receive a copy of Bizenghast volume 6, since I’d thought Tokyopop had ended all of their OEL manga print plans. (OEL manga are comics created by non-Japanese creators in the English language but drawn in a manga style. I’m ignoring Princess Ai, of course, since it’s co-created by Stuart Levy, CEO of Tokyopop, so it gets special treatment.) Even though I’ve never read earlier volumes in the series, I figured the longevity deserved recognition, so I’d […]

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CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk

My expectations, given that this was a spin-off tie-in, were low enough that I was pleasantly surprised to get a likable character and reasonably enjoyable story in CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk (story by Sekou Hamilton and art by Steven Cummings). Kiyomi is a student optimistically trying to cope with how badly the economy is treating her single father — the standard plucky manga schoolgirl type, in other words, who’s about to be given the opportunity to show how […]

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Vampire Manga: Vampire Knight, Bloody Kiss

With so much interest in the upcoming Twilight manga and the general trend of vampires in popular culture, I thought I’d look at some manga that feature vampire characters and their forbidden loves. These books were provided by publishers for the purpose of review. Vampire Knight Volume 7 by Matsuri Hino, Viz, $8.99 US This popular series is set at the exclusive Cross Academy, a school with a Night Class full of beautiful vampires and a Day Class that must […]

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Maid Sama! Volume 1

Misaki is an attending a former all-boys’ school that’s now co-ed but still mostly male. She’s president of the student council and something of a disciplinarian when it comes to school rules. She also works in a maid cafe after school. Popular boy Takumi has plenty of girls in love with him. He finds out about Misaki’s maid job secret but surprisingly, keeps this juicy gossip to himself, which confuses her. There’s a lot you have to accept to enjoy […]

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Aria Volume 4

After some trouble, I finally found a copy of the latest chapter of this gorgeous series. As volume 4 begins, it’s summer on Aqua, and Akari and her fellow gondolier trainees Aika and Alice vacation on a small island. Yes, it’s a bathing suit chapter, but the clothes are reasonable, and instead of body parts, the emphasis is on the fun and relaxation of the beach. The younger girls have never swum in an ocean before, and their feelings of […]

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Tokyopop in March: NG Life, Tsubasa: Those With Wings, Star Trek Manga Ultimate Edition

Tokyopop sent along some of their upcoming March releases for review. NG Life Volume 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi, $10.99 US Four-volume series High school student Keidai remembers his previous life in Pompeii. His love then, Serena, has been reincarnated as the new neighbor, Yuuma, a middle-school boy. His best friend then is now a female classmate, Mii, who at least listens to his memories that no one else shares. NG Life should make for enjoyable light comedy, but the impression […]

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Aria Volume 2

Where volume 1 covers autumn, as Aria volume 2 begins, winter is coming. The first chapter introduces the snowbugs, small creatures mistaken for dandelion puffs. They have seasonal lifecycles, coming out only in the cold and leaving right before the first snow. Lead character Akari is at least a teenager, with a career, but in the beginning of the book, when she’s never seen a fire in a fireplace, she seems very young. On the other hand, she’s from a […]

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