Category Archives: Manga Reviews

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...


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...


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...


Tokyo ESP Volume 2 Review

The girl with the white hair returns in Tokyo ESP Volume 2 to kick more evil doers straight in the face. While the internet may still be full of criticism when it comes to the anime, at the very least, everyone can agree that the Tokyo ESP source material is still marvelous. It sometimes can be difficult to convince individuals to read Tokyo ESP  following the unsatisfactory anime, but believe us when we say, Tokyo ESP is a unique and energetic adventure filled with enough humor and pop-culture references to keep the reader well entertained. Now, it may not be the best thing since sliced bread, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a worthwhile journey. Tokyo ESP volume...


Terra Formars Volume 10 Review

Unlike the last volume of Terra Formars, you can expect action at a steady pace through Terra Formars Volume 10. This issue is a must read for multiple reasons, chief among them is that we finally see M.A.R.S. Rank #1 in action.  You wouldn’t be far off if you were thinking that this volume would be nothing but a slaughter of Terra Formars, however there’s also some important information here regarding politics back on Earth. So the story here is crucial. To avoid spoilers for Volume 10, you’ll want to skip the next three paragraphs. I found this volume more interesting than the last. Bao, M.A.R.S. #50, takes the critically injured Michelle and Akari prisoner after their fight with the Terra...


Terra Formars Volume 9 Review

Volume 9 of Terra Formars is chalk full of the backstory for relationships and is less focused on the fighting than what we’re used to. There is a lot of pre-mission Earth as well as tons of other backstory in this manga. If you’re worried that backstory means that you don’t get any action, don’t be. I’ll have to say that though this isn’t the Asimov and Liu fight, you still see some pretty neat combinations from both the U-NASA team and from the Terra Formars. To avoid spoilers, skip the next paragraph as there will volume 9 spoilers. Volume 9 starts (naturally) where Volume 8 left off with Michelle and Akari fighting off two...


Honey So Sweet Volume 1 Review

This one is a little out of the ordinary for stories I typically read. So instead I made a video to review the shojo Honey So Sweet volume by Amu Meguro. Check it out below: Author and Illustrator: Amu Meguro Publisher: VIZ Media Release Date: January 5, 2016 MSRP: $9.99 Disclaimer: A copy of Honey So Sweet Volume 1 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.


Ninja Slayer: Machine of Vengeance Part 1 Review

Ninja Slayer: Machine of Vengeance. A manga recommended on the cover to be for 13+. A well-deserved warning, honestly. It follows a ninja calling himself Ninja Slayer (the hypocrisy being explained within the volume as saying “Soldiers should not be stronger than ninja.”) on his quest to end all ninja. The world itself is set up as a dark and dingy “the rich screw over the poor” dystopian society. Ninja influence almost everything in the world, and yet most people don’t know for sure ninjas exist. The main antagonist is Laomoto, a yakuza head that is determined to end Ninja Slayer. Frankly the story is so ridiculous and over the...


Tiger & Bunny Volume 8 Review

Superheros, Corporate Sponsors, and Violence Induced Banter Tiger & Bunny volume 8 continues the very curious, action packed, and more often than not comical story. For those who are not aware, Tiger & Bunny is about superheros who not only fight crime, but also promote corporations on their TV show, Hero TV. It would be if the show COPS was sponsored by Pepsi and the police had superpowers. In this manga volume, Tiger and Bunny continue in their pursuit of Jake Martinez in order to find the Next (the term used for people with superpowers) controlling the Mad Bears and subsequently the person trying to destroy Stern Build. Like any good volume...


Witchcraft Works Volume 7 Review

Now that the latest arc in Witchcraft Works has wrapped up, things have started to slow down in a big way. Where the previous volumes have been increasingly action packed, Witchcraft Works Volume 7 takes things down a notch back to where things are normal again, or at least as normal as they can be in a town full of witches at war. It’s almost disappointing, despite the fact that Witchcraft Works isn’t really a series centered around battles. If anything, Witchcraft Works volume 7 serves as a reminder to that fact, as things start to feel a little more mundane. And while there are a few good moments here and there, this might be the most uneventful...


Tokyo ESP Volume 1 Review

It is not everyday where you get granted super powers and become a hero of justice by a school of flying fish. With enough blatant references to X-Men, Ghostbusters, and 300, Tokyo ESP does a lot of things right and manages to retain the reader’s engagement from start to finish. Easily one of the best elements of Tokyo ESP is the humor and the quick retorts from the various characters within the volume. The dialogue is rather quick and the behavior of a bunch of the characters isn’t always logical but the humor element always remains. The story is also painfully aware of some of the rather ridiculous aspects (the flying penguin for starters) and does its...