Genre: Manga

[Manga Monday] Claymore Volume 1

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11 September
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Hey, look, it’s Fry. I’m technically back into the reviewing groove after taking some time off. I hope you’ve missed me, or, you know, at least noticed I was gone. I’m going to take over our Manga Monday feature for the time being from our lovely friend Carol, who had to leave blogging for the time being due to some personal reasons. I hope at some point she can come back! With that, I am going to do things a little different than Carol did. She reviewed a whole series. I’m going to review a volume at a time, relishing in… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Ashita no Ousama

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01 December
[Manga Monday] Ashita no Ousama

Hello everyone. I hope your Thanksgivings were wonderful and full of plentiful food (and for readers not in the States, I hope your weekend’s been great). Let’s start December off with another Manga Monday! Today we’re looking at another theatre and showbiz manga called Ashita no Ousama. Also called Tomorrow’s King, this manga comes from Yachi Emiko. It was published back in 2005 and has 10 volumes out in Japan, with translations available soon in America. Before we go to the plot, let’s look at the cover. On the first volume, we see the fresh and vibrant face of a pig-tailed young woman. This… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Skip Beat

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17 November
[Manga Monday] Skip Beat

Hello manga lovers! This week on Manga Monday, we’re looking at Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura. Skip Beat! was first published in Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume in February 2002. Viz Media bought the rights and features it in Shojo Beat. As of September 2014, 35 volumes and one fanbook have been released in Japan, with 32 of those volumes out in the U.S. Let’s look at the cover. The image depicts a smiling girl with short, strawberry blond hair. She wears a denim shirt-dress, and looks very indicative to shojo manga. This is Kyoko Mogami, our protagonist. Kyoko grows up abandoned… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Akuma to Love Song

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03 November
[Manga Monday] Akuma to Love Song

Welcome back to Manga Monday. Today we’re looking at Akuma to Love Song. Akuma to Love Song, or A Devil and her Love Song in the US, is a shōjo manga. It was written by Miyoshi Tomori and first serialized in Biweekly Margaret. Viz Media picked up the English rights, and it is currently on-going in both the US and Japan. Looking at the cover, we see a very ‘haughty’ school girl with a smooth bob-cut hairstyle, holding a Celtic cross in her lips. The position inverts the cross, giving a very suggestive idea that she is wicked. This girl is our… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Franken Fran

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20 October
[Manga Monday] Franken Fran

Welcome back to Manga Monday! We round out October with Franken Fran by Katsuhisa Kigitsu. First published by Champion Red in 2006, Franken Fran is a manga series that, while having a few central characters that keep the narrative connected, is really about smaller stories that center around themes of body horror, gore, surgeries gone awry, and experiments in science. Most have a moral or a lesson to be learned, and others are just interesting (or horrifying) stories. But before we go too far in to the material, let’s look at the cover. Warning: Mature subject matter ahead. Only read if you are… Read more »

[Manga Monday] The Cain Saga

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06 October
[Manga Monday] The Cain Saga

It’s October and time for the scary, the spooky, and the macabre. To kick us off, I’m starting with The Cain Saga. Originally published as Count Cain, and called Earl Cain, and eventually The Cain Saga, the series was written and illustrated by Kaori Yuki, and debuted in 1991 in Hana to Yume. A sequel series, titled Godchild debuted 10 years later, feature a major art-shift and development, but picking up where the original series had left off. Before we go on, let’s have a look at the cover. We see a young man with golden-green eyes looking at us, his dark hair swept by the… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Black Butler

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22 September
[Manga Monday] Black Butler

Hello folks. This week we’re looking at the gothic comic, Black Butler. Black Butler, also called Kuroshitsuji, is a supernatural/mystery manga illustrated and written by Yana Toboso. It first appeared in the shōnen magazine Monthly GFantasy  from SqueakEnix. Yen Plus got the rights to bring it over to North America, and the series has since become a massive hit. It spawned an equally popular Anime series, and even a live-action film that debuted earlier this year. Let’s have a look at the cover. It depicts a dapper, devilishly handsome man, who is elaborately pouring tea from a silver teapot. This man is… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Ouran High School Host Club

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08 September
[Manga Monday] Ouran High School Host Club

I thought that to usher in the school year, we’d look at a manga centering upon school life. But this isn’t your typical slice-of-life. This is Ouran High School Host Club. Ouran High School Host Club was written by Bisco Hatori, and serialized in LaLa magazine, then in America in Viz’s Shojo Beat. The manga’s distribution extends to England, France, China, Austrailia, and even Singapore. It became excessively popular, and still has a fierce following in certain Anime conventions. An anime was released by Nippon Television in Japan, and Funimation in America, and while it lasts two seasons that are quite faithful to… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Sasameki Koto

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25 August
[Manga Monday] Sasameki Koto

Welcome! Today’s Manga Monday takes a look at Sasameki Koto, or Whispered Words by Takeshi Ikeda. Sasameki Koto was first serialized in Monthly Comic Alive between May of 2007 and September of 2011. It gained a 13 episode anime series in 2009, and gained some notability on its handling of subjects such as same-sex couples, cross dressing, and how one handles their sexuality in this age where being open about who you are and who you like is difficult because of the conflicting decrees of the ages gone by and the new era opening up before us. But before we wax philosophic,… Read more »

[Manga Mondays] Hikaru no Go

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11 August
[Manga Mondays] Hikaru no Go

Welcome back to Manga Monday! Today we’re looking at the manga Hikaru no Go, written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Hikaru no Go is a Shounen title, and began its serialization in Weekly Shounen Jump in 1998. It wone the Shogakukan Manga award in 2000 (a high honor), and caused a reawaken in the fad of Go. We’ll get more in to what that means in a bit. The series spawned an anime that didn’t follow the whole length of the manga, but still encouraged a hopeful and very uplifting ending, and became very popular even in America. It currently is… Read more »