Category Archives: Manga

Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade Volume 3 Review

Oh the joys and struggles of The West Wind Brigade! Especially those well-endowed “joys”. If you don’t recall, The West Wind Brigade is a guild from Log Horizon led by Akihabara’s and the Round Table’s very own Soujiro Seta. The fiery and relentless dream boy followed by dozens of girls he would defend to his very last hit point. But I digress. More importantly, there is a puppy squad that searches for booby traps in this volume! The story picks up with Soujiro paralyzed on the ground in the hands Magus, a conniving adventurer who we learn is influencing the horde of player killers. The volume has a great opening...


Devil is a Part-Timer! High School! Volume 4 Review

I’ll start by being blunt; If you’re looking for the same quirky feeling the original series The Devil is a Part-Timer! left you with, then you might want to look elsewhere. Devil is a Part-Timer! High School! Volume 4 is similar to the original series in the characters it shares but differs in some significant ways. But I don’t mean to deter you, it has it’s own merits as well. The High School! spinoff reimagines the world of the devil king as a mundane high-schooler. In a much more condensed storyline, Maou and party are in a heated competition that will determine the school’s fate: the student council election! More...


World Trigger Author Takes Indefinite Hiatus

Bad news for fans of World Trigger. There were bad signs last week when fans found that the series was missing from last week’s issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and apparently the issue from last week has not yet been resolved. It seems that series creator Daisuke Ashihara has been rendered unable to work due to issues with his personal health. While it’s certainly sad to hear that Daisuke Ashihara is in a state where his health is keeping him from work, it’s not entirely surprising as the creator has had issues with his health in the past. Fans might remember that back in September of 2014, Ashihara had to take a week hiatus...


Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Manga Coming Stateside

According to Viz Media, they will be releasing another addition to the Gundam universe called Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is a newer manga series that is created by Yasuo Ohtagaki. The series originally debuted in 2012 and is still currently running¹. As of today, the story has received an original net animation as well as a movie that debuted in June of this year. Viz Media describes the first volume as: Into this maelstrom of destruction go two veteran Mobile Suit pilots: the deadly Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz, and Federation ace Io Fleming. It’s the beginning of a rivalry that can end only when one of them is destroyed. The lightning-streaked debris fields...


Seven Seas Licenses Concrete Revolutio

Now that two seasons of Concrete Revolutio have aired it was merely a matter of time before the manga was brought to North America. Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing Concrete Revolutio: The Complete Saga edition, which is an omnibus all in one edition (that includes two volumes).  It is expected to release on June 27th, 2017 for $19.99 USA / $22.99 CAN. The manga started at the same time as the anime series and is still currently running. The anime has 2 seasons and currently 24 episodes in total. It was directed by Seiji Mizushima (known for work such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Mobile Suite Gundam 00) and animated...


Seven Seas Licenses Otome Mania!! Manga

As the manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment hits its 12 year anniversary, they have announced that they have acquired Otome Mania!! for licensing. What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that the Otome Mania!! series will be available in print for the very first time in North America. It may not be my thing, but if Otome style stories are your thing then get ready to expect the first volume to hit the shelves on June 20th, 2017 (still a ways away). The second volume will follow on September 26th, 2017 for the price of $12.99 USA / $14.99 CAN. Otome Mania!! is written by Yurino Tsukigase and has a total of 13 chapters. The...


Seven Seas Releases orange eBooks

Today, Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that they are going to offer the hit series orange in a new digital edition. This means that all five of the orange volumes will be available for purchase across several platforms. The complete five volume printed set is currently available on BookWalker Global (and through several other outlets). The eBooks themselves, will see a release on Amazon’s Kindle and Comixology on October 19th, will all of the volumes becoming available by November 16th. Seven Seas has also mentioned that they will be available on the NOOK, but have made no mention as to when. orange is written by Ichigo Takano, and was originally released in two omnibus editions. orange originally made...


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 2 Review

After finishing the first volume of To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, I found myself enthralled in the story and anxiously waiting for new volumes to be released. That time has come and I’m happy to say that To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 2 was no less of an enjoyable experience. We rejoin Schaal and Hank a little further in the future from where we left them as they make their way to Whitechurch by train in search of Cain Madhouse. On route, we get to learn a little about Hank’s history that I found pretty interesting. Most importantly, we learn that three people are responsible for the beasts: Hank’s love Ellaine is responsible...


Dimension W Volume 1 Review

Before we start, I’ll provide a TLDR review: Dimension W Volume 1 is good. It introduces an interesting world and cast of characters that left me invested enough to want more. If you like Sci-fi action with a bit of mystery to it, I doubt you’ll find yourself disappointed with this series’ introduction. With that out of the way, let’s get into the details of Dimension W Volume 1 and why I left the volume being a fan of the series. The first volume kicks off with an explanation of  the setting Dimension W takes place in: Inspired by Nikola Tesla’s dream to have a world powered through wireless energy, mankind has discovered a...


Tokyo ESP Volume 5 Review

Things have been looking rather dismal for our characters in this volume of Tokyo ESP. Since the last volume’s huge departure from the main characters we have experienced up until now, we were finally rewarded for our patience. Both old villains and heroes have finally returned and god does it feel good. Having the older characters come back has been a solid thing for the story. To have an entirely new and unique enemy without any ties to the old plot line would seem too tiredly familiar (we already have several plots like Tengen Toppa Gurren Laagan we don’t need more). Having the two integrate has been fantastic. Not to mention, Rinka’s entrance was exactly...


How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Volume 3 Review

The anime of Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend blindsided us back in the spring season of 2015. So it comes as no surprise that the manga would be just as solid. Those who are fans of the anime certainly need to check out the manga series. Currently, this manga is at a point where it is delving into the relationship that Tomoya has with other architects of his game. From a story standpoint, this volume has the meat of everything that we love about the series to begin with. In this volume, we get to relive the hotel scene shared between Tomoya and Utaha where he convinces her to join his team of...


Nichijou: My Ordinary Life Volume 4 Review

The thing about Nichijou: My Ordinary Life is it is absolutely absurd. By that, we mean that the humor, the plot, and every single dimwitted motion made by the two protagonists is some of the best absurd humor across the manga world.  Nichijou is purely unique in all the best ways. It’s not every day where a doctor, a robot, and cat play hide and go seek. Which is part of the reason why everything about this manga will put a stitch in your side. Be warned though, there will certainly be a couple of sections where you will have no clue what is going on or how they arrived there. However,...


Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 Review

So before we proceed with this review, it’s probably worth noting that what we see in Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 has been covered (for the most part) in the Twin Star Exorcists anime series. So if you’re the type that reads manga solely to catch up to a series, this may not be for you. Yet. But if you like the written format,catching the details that anime series inevitably glossed over, or are basically anyone else, PROCEED! Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 picks up right where the last volume left off; Seigen revealed to Benio that Rokuro killed everyone at the Hinatsuki Dormitory and is apparently responsible for the Hinatsuki tragedy. Except he’s...


Ninja Slayer Part 5 Review

Ninja Slayer Part 5 was a bit of a different experience for me. Thus far, every part (or volume) I’ve reviewed for the series felt different than what I saw when I watched the TRIGGER anime adaptation last year. Ninja Slayer Part 5 is different in that it’s not different from the TRIGGER adaptation. It’s almost like I was reading still frames from the series. Excluding the fact that the style is totally different and some small story elements anyway. Ninja Slayer Part 5 follows Ninja Slayer and a hacker named Nancy as they infiltrate the darkest parts of Neo Saitama’s netscape. Ninja Slayer is searching for the cure to the Takeuchi...


Tokyo ESP Volume 4 Review

Tokyo ESP apparently likes to jump around. Nothing is more evident of that than with the 4th volume in the series. Skip forward a year and a half following the incident granting everyone powers, we are introduced to two new protagonists (because forget Rinka and Azuma, right?) and things start off in a very harrowing way. Now it does feel a bit abrupt that the two main protagonists from the other three volumes aren’t there considering how things were left off from the last volume (with the romance and what not).  I would recommend keeping an open mind with proceeding with this one as I am sure by the end of it,...