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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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Assassination Classroom Volume 5 Review

“We are killers. And our target? Our teacher. That is our Assassination Classroom.” The opening words by Nagisa Siota opens up one of the most ridiculous concepts that are VERY well done in anime or manga. An octopus-like superorganism that has the ability to disintegrate 70% of the moon threatens to do the same to the Earth… but not before taking over as a teacher for the class of 3-E, otherwise known as the End Class. As this review is going to be for Assassination Classroom Volume 5, there are spoilers ahead! In volume 5, 3-E is in the middle of the Kunugigaoka Junior High School sports exhibition games. The...


Requiem of the Rose King Volume 2 Review

Requiem of the Rose King is an interesting tale that, so far, reminds me a lot of Game of Thrones. So far, only 2 English issues have been released, but issue 2 makes sure it’ll keep your attention. Since there are only 2 issues out it’s going to be really hard to review without getting into spoilers so this is your official spoiler warning. This manga also has blood and sexual situations. First thing that Requiem of the Rose King Volume 2 does very well is establish the setting of political intrigue within this era of England, with House York currently in a war with House Lancaster over the political...