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Flying Witch Volume 1 Review

The comforting warmth and peace prevalent in The Flying Witch is exactly what I expect from a slice of life manga. The unbound sincerity coupled with the slow pace is what I imagine what life would be like in a quiet rural town, which, Flying Witch captures perfectly. The experience of reading Flying Witch is almost like laying in a bed of flowers, surrounded by bunnies in an open field on the most beautiful Spring day. Life in the country can get a bit dull, but what better way to have some fun than by throwing in some MAGIC! The story follows Makoto Kowata, a young girl who has “come into age”...


Blame! Master Edition Volume 3 Review

Compared to Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia series, Blame! is on a completely different level. The best way I could describe Blame! would be to call it Knights of Sidonia‘s visceral older brother. If all the death and destruction that was brought about in that series was up your alley, then Blame! volume 3 is going to take that one step further. This volume continued the blood soaked path that our protagonists have experienced up until this point. It isn’t quite on the same level as something like Berserk but it still maintains it’s high level of violence throughout the entire book. Despite the story in volume two, volume three took things in an interesting direction with the concept of time dilation and...


Blame! Master Edition Volume 2 Review

Before we start anything out, we are going to mention some things about the Master Edition of Blame!. This master edition of the series is certainly that: a masterful rendition of the popular manga. It is heavy, the color and feel of the large book is incredible. If you are a collector of special editions of books, then this certainly needs to be added to your collection (unless you aren’t into science fiction violence). Now that we’ve covered that, let’s dive into the actual meat and bones of the manga. I know I shouldn’t have to put this in here but, this review contains spoilers for the first and second volume of the manga. You...


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 Review

Volume 2 of To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts  certainly left the reader with quite the cliffhanger; Cain Madhouse had unleashed a horde of incarnates on the nobles of Northern Patria in the city of Whitechurch, Nancy was shot by Cain at that same gathering, and Hank revealed his true incarnate form after seeing Nancy shot by Cain. It was truly a night to remember in Whitechurch. So I was elated when I was able to finally pick up To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 and see just where this crazy night would take us. Except it didn’t quite do that. To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 picks up a full year after the...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


My Neighbor Seki Volume 3 Review

With a series like My Neighbor Seki, that doesn’t rely on typical long-form storytelling, you never know what’s going to happen. The chapter to chapter nature, which is only loosely connected by the characters and the space they inhabit, makes the it rather unpredictable. In the first two volumes, some gags have been established, and they’re back in My Neighbor Seki Volume 3. But the third volume of My Neighbor Seki also introduces some new and interesting activities to the repertoire of our favorite procrastinator. One of the things Seki loves to do is create interesting scenarios with shogi pieces, and that’s back again this time. As always, it’s a little bit different in My...


Vertical Comics Licenses KizuMonogatari & More

This weekend at Katsucon, North American publisher Vertical Comics has revealed their lineup of light novels (LN) /mangas they will be publishing later this year. The lineup includes NisiOisin and VOFAN’s KizuMonogatari (LN),  an omnibus of Takuya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto’s Seraph of the End (LN) , and the Ninja Slayer manga, which is going to be adapted into a tv anime by none other than Studio Trigger. First title @Vertical_Ed confirmd.. Monogatari brand.. News confirmed only two days ago. pic.twitter.com/9nLf2uODpM — Linda (@animemiz) February 15, 2015 Releasing next month.. First @Vertical_Ed.. Vertical comics release… pic.twitter.com/Q64O9eDr3E — Linda (@animemiz) February 15, 2015 Another light novel.. Studio trigger anime tie in.. @Vertical_Ed...


From The New World Volume 7: Review

I hate to begin this review on such a negative note, but to be honest I really didn’t enjoy my time reading this last volume. It wasn’t the physical book itself that I didn’t enjoy (the quality seems pretty nice as far as books go). There was just something about these last few chapters that felt somewhat empty and rushed. I mean there was just so much, what seemed like to me and for the lack of a better term, wasted effort. That really does pain me to say it because I really did enjoy what the author did the with the concepts this story brought forward. They gave the...