Category Archives: Manga

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,...


Ninja Slayer Part 4 Review

Ninja Slayer continued its story of chaos within the city of Neo Saitama and its most ferocious denizens. (Ninjas.) After Part 4 of the manga, Ninja Slayer is assumed dead and the focus shifts towards a new cast of characters. The “protagonists” of the volume would be a Yakuza boss named Yamahiro, a petty thief named Taro Mazuda, and a masked vigilante known as Yakuza Tengu. The story opens with Yamahiro meeting with a ninja named Burglar whom he’s looking to do business with. Burglar requests half the proceeds of the venture, Yamahiro objects, watches his gang be wiped out, and then proceeds to get his ass kicked by Burglar. It’s a way...


Nisekoi Manga Finally Coming to A Climax

Almost 4 years and 229 chapters later, it seems that Nisekoi will finally be coming to an end. Yes you read that right, Nisekoi is Finally! coming to an end. In this year’s 35th issue of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, it will be announced that Naoshi Komi’s romantic comedy manga Nisekoi will be having its “climax” chapter in the 36th issue of the magazine. The chapter will be 25 pages long and will feature a special color opening page. Now while “climax” chapter doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to the last chapter. Fans who have been keeping up with the series know that there isn’t much left of the story to...


Immortal Hounds Volume 1 Review

The fear of death is typically something that everyone shares. However, only a small few hold this fear in Immortal Hounds. Welcome to a world where most people revive instantaneously as they die. Sick or injured? Kill yourself and you’re all better. For some with a disease called Resurrection Deficiency Syndrome (RDS), this constant cycle of death and reincarnation does not exist. These people, better known as Vectors, are constantly on the run and use individuals dubbed Escape Artists to flee.  Our story revolves around two groups: the Escape Artists and the Anti-Vector Police Task Force. You can tell this series is a seinen, as it does not pull any punches from the...


Nichijou: My Ordinary Life Volume 3 Review

If Nichijou: My Ordinary Life were to win an award, it would certainly be for being beautifully absurd. It takes regular jokes, then goes so far beyond the line with them, never taking itself seriously. Every character within this series is always trying to do something simple, and yet, things always manage to go awry. If you have watched the anime and just want to continue with Nichijou to further your need for the absurd, then this will do a great job of scratching that itch. Just don’t expect it to be as cohesive as the anime, as the manga moves between themes rather quickly. Mio and Yukko are up to more and more insane...


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 1 Review

As a disclaimer, I went into To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 1 with absolutely no idea of what I was getting myself into. Which was perfect, as I would argue is the best way to get into a new story is simply by diving right in. That being said, reading this review will deprive you of that chance with the benefit being that you have some idea if it’s something you’d be interested in. So let me say this instead; if you enjoy dark fantasy with a focus on hunters of monsters (think Bloodborne), you’ll probably enjoy this series. To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts takes place in a world that is recovering...


Seven Seas Licenses Kase-san and…

Someone over at Seven Seas Entertainment appears to be on quite the yuri manga binge as of late. With their latest announcement, they have acquired the Kase-san and… series. The series is still currently ongoing but has seven volumes currently in circulation. Each of the volumes can be read in chronological order or can be read on an individual basis. The first volume, Kase-san and Morning Glories, will be released on February 28, 2017 and will run you $14. Seven Seas describes the love story as: Yamada may be shy and rather clumsy, but the flower gardens at her school have always brought her happiness. Suddenly, a different sort of beauty...


Seven Seas Licenses Secret of the Princess

Today, the publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced their acquisition of the manga tale, Secret of the Princess. This tale of budding high school romance was written and illustrated by Milk Morinaga. Milk Morinaga is also known for her other yuri style works such as Girl Friends. Secret of the Princess started originally in 2015 and is currently published in Hirari Comics. Unlike a lot of other manga works, this story is only one volume long. Seven Seas Entertainment describes the series as: Fujiwara is the school’s most admired student and captain of the volleyball team, but her reputation is at risk when she accidentally breaks the principal’s most prized possession, a priceless vase. Fellow student Miu...


Ninja Slayer: Last Girl Standing Review

The world of Ninja Slayer is quite a dystopian and violent one. Last I reviewed it, I claimed the world as being pretty high quality, even if the narrative can be incredibly difficult to follow. Honestly, that claim is still perfectly valid. We are introduced to the concept of school being a very dangerous place to go to, due to the bus routes going through dangerous neighborhoods. There are vigilante student gangs and we find out that the abilities of the Ninja are apparently tied to the soul. While this is a cool concept, it basically says that ninja are martial arts wizards. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing given the set up of...


Witchcraft Works Volume 8 Review

I thought that entering into a new arc would present some interesting moments in Witchcraft Works volume 8, but I was severely mistaken. One of my gripes with the last volume of the series was that the story seemed to have slowed down a bit. With a message introducing the next arc, you’d think we’d be in for something special here, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems to me that this particular arc is more about exposition of the characters, and while that’s fine every now and then, I really hope to see a worthy payoff at the end. The jealousy between Honoka and his sister continue into Witchcraft...


Wolf Girl and Black Prince is Coming to an End

Shueisha’s official website for Bessatsu Margaret magazine has confirmed that Ayuko Hatta’s Shōjo comedy romance series, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, would be coming to its’ conclusion in the magazine’s June issue. The final chapter of the series will ship in about a month’s time as part of the June issue on May 13. This comes between the 15th compiled volume’s release on April 25 and the 16th and final compiled volume on May 25 (that’s a pretty quick turnaround).   Wolf Girl and Black Prince began serialization in 2011 and has been running strong since. An anime adaptation to the series was confirmed in the May 2014 issue of Bessatsu Margaret magazine. The series was...


My Hero Academia Volume 2 Review

When I started reading My Hero Academia with the first volume, I had high hopes for the series. It seemed almost as if it was made specifically to close the gap between Japanese and American comics, and that’s something that I felt gave it more appeal to western audiences, especially with the comic book craze in full effect. In My Hero Academia volume 2, I started to have my doubts. My Hero Academia is a story centered around superheroes, but it’s also a story centered around school. While I don’t mind a good story now and then, it’s tough to pull off a classroom setting outside of the slice of life...