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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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...