Category Archives: Manga

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...


Tokyo ESP Volume 3 Review

Just when things couldn’t get any more insane, Tokyo ESP volume 3 takes the story one step further. Although it may seem like everything was coming to a final explosive conclusion (literally), we still have much further to go. Given that this is Tokyo ESP, there are even more references to characters thrown into the mix. At the very least this element has been a fun reoccurring theme. Our latest additions to volume 3 are Steven Segal and John Travolta (well the character he played as in From Paris With Love). Combined with a floating National Diet Building, a secluded island, and an underground detention center, things get a bit wild. Being that in...


Seven Seas Licenses RE:MONSTER Manga

Today, Seven Seas has announced that they have acquired the license to the manga series RE:MONSTER. The series is written by Kanekiru Kogitsune and illustrated by Kobayakawa Haruyoshi is based off of a visual novel of the same name. The manga is expected to hit the US market on November 8th, 2016 for $12.99 USD and $13.99 CAN. Seven seas describes the series as: Tomokui Kanata has suffered an early death, but his adventures are far from over. He is reborn into a fantastical world of swords and magic– as a lowly goblin! Not content to let this stop him, the now renamed “Rou” uses his new physical abilities and his old memories...


Viz to Release Shuriken and Pleats

Viz Media has announced that it will be releasing Matsuri Hino’s newest manga series, Shuriken and Pleats, overseas. Matsuri Hino has published numerous series in the past such as Captive Hearts and Merupuri, both published by Viz. However, the author is best known for her widely popular fantasy romance shojo series Vampire Knight. The launch will begin (obviously) with Volume 1 of Shuriken and Pleats being available for purchase on March 1st at a price of $9.99 USD and rated T+ for Teens. The series will also launch digitally the same day on the Viz Media website and the Viz app. Additionally, the series will be available on the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and...


Seven Seas Licenses Bloom Into You

Seven Seas Entertainment decided to celebrate Valentine’s day with an announcement of their latest manga acquisition, Yuri Series Bloom Into You. The first volume is going to debut on January 3, 2017 and will run you about $12.99 USA / $14.99 CAN. So all you shoujo fiends out there, this series will be a must have. Seven Seas Entertainment describes Yuri Series Bloom Into You as: Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and hearts, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her…she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure...