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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...


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...


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...


Witchcraft Works Volume 6 Review

Witchcraft Works is a series that’s heavily reliant on humor, but for the past couple of volumes, it’s been steadily increasing the action as the witches wage war over Honoka and The White Princess. It’s been a pretty tense fight, and in Witchcraft Works volume 6 it finally starts to wrap up. There’s a lot of chaos and destruction, and it makes for some pretty interesting spreads. When I review Witchcraft Works, I don’t usually talk about it enough, but the art in the series is phenomenal and it’s really on display here as there are a fair amount of detailed scenes thanks to the hectic nature of this arc. Witchcraft Works volume 6 moves...


Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 6 Review

Ajin: Demi-Human has been ramping up for a while now, and while the story is still leading up to some of my favorite moments, Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 5 has a few heavy-hitting moments. Gamon Sakurai isn’t afraid to delve deep into real world issues, and it really shows in the case of Izumi Shimomura, a detective on the Anti-Sato Ops. We’ve seen her around before, but in this volume we get a significant portion of the story dedicated to her history as an individual, and boy is it dark. Her past is riddled with traumatic experiences, from abuse and depression to suicide, making her easily one of the most troubled characters introduced thus far....


Witchcraft Works Volume 5 Review

Witchcraft Works has proven to be a pretty funny reverse take on the whole damsel in distress trope, with Honoka Takamiya taking on the role of the princess and Ayaka Kagari as his protector. It’s not a very serious work, and while there is some action here and there, the focus is largely comedy. There have been a few fights here and there, but overall the past four volumes have spent more time on the dynamic of Honoka and Ayaka than anything else. In Witchcraft Works Volume 5, however, there’s a lot of action this time around. It’s still a very silly series, and there are a lot of gags, but volume 5...


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...


Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 5 Review

In the last volume of Ajin: Demi-Human, it became pretty clear as to what Sato was planning. He’s not simply content with living a normal life as a demi-human and hiding out of sight. No, unlike everyone else who wants to simply live their life, Sato wants to start a war. There are a lot more demi-humans than have actually been discovered, but the government doesn’t know about them because they want to live a peaceful and quiet life like your average human. He’s really the antithesis of the demi-humans we’ve seen so far throughout the series. That’s a big part of what makes Sato such a compelling villain, and...


What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 9 Review

Knowing how beloved this series is and not having read the previous 8 volumes made me a little hesitant to start of reading What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 9. While a bit confused at the beginning, I was actually quite surprised how easy it was to pick up on what was going in the series. I suppose that’s just a slice of life manga for you. With no main narrative, there isn’t really much I was missing out on (to my knowledge at least). A series like this is difficult to review since there not really much to go on. An example is how in chapter 65 the main plot...


Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Gets Manga

Fans of the hit series Attack on Titan should be in for a treat as Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine has announced that Attack on Titan: Lost Girls is being adapted into a manga. This is big news for two popular characters in the franchise. The teaser blurb for the announcement reads as follows: Attack on Titan’s spinoff novel is adapted into a manga! The unknown story of a certain day in Annie and Mikasa’s life. The novel was originally published in December and has three short stories inside of it: “Lost in the cruel world,” “Wall Sina, Goodbye,” and the titular “Lost Girls.” Vertical also announced that it has licensed the novel, so English-speaking fans can...


Dream Fossil Review

Satoshi Kon is somewhat of a legend in the business. If you’re into anime and manga, chances are — you’ve probably heard of him. Before reading Dream Fossil: The Complete Stories of Satoshi Kon, I had. But despite recommendations from several friends over the years, I never got around to familiarizing myself with his work. I had heard of Paprika but what I didn’t know was that Satoshi Kon had been creating stories for years prior. As the full title suggests, Dream Fossil collects those stories into one beautiful and, as I would later discover, well-deserved package. There are a total of fifteen stories collected in the book and because it’s a collection,...


Ajin: Demi-Human to Receive Anime Film Trilogy

Ajin: Demi-Human is finally getting an anime adaptation, but it’s not a television series. Instead, the series will be adapted as an anime film trilogy. This news comes from Kodansha’s Good! Afternoon magazine, as well as the most recent volume of the manga in Japan. The manga which is currently being written by Gamon Sakurai and published by Vertical here in North America tells the story of high schooler Kei Nagai as he realizes that he’s a demi-human, one of few immortal beings that are hunted, captured, and used for experimentation by governments around the world. Ajin: Demi-Human also came in at number four on our list of Five Titles to Read on...


Cardfight!! Vanguard Volume 5 Review

Cardfight!! Vanguard Volume 5 picks up right where Volume 4 left off. Aichi Sendou and Ren Suzugamori are locked in the middle of a battle, both of them using their Psy Qualia powers to the fullest. As the chapters continue, Aichi appears to be on the losing end of things as Ren continues his assault. This reaches its peak as Ren manages to call out the very card that he used to defeat Kai in the past. The volume does tend to focus a lot on the past of Aichi, Kai, and Ren and the paths the three of them have taken up to this point. Eventually, backstory gives way...