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Sabikui Bisco, Vol. 2

By Shinji Cobkubo and K Akagishi. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Jake Humphrey. Last time I had asked…

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Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense, Vol. 5

By Yuumikan and KOIN. Released in Japan as “Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu” by Kadokawa Books. Released in North America by…

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The Manga Review, 5/13/22

April sales figures are in, and manga continues to dominate the NPD Adult Graphic Novels list. Though the list includes some perennial favorites–Berserk, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia—Spy…

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Modern Villainess: It’s Not Easy Building a Corporate Empire Before the Crash, Vol. 1

By Tofuro Futsukaichi and Kei. Released in Japan as “Gendai Shakai de Otome Game no Akuyaku Reijou wo Suru no wa Chotto Taihen” by Overlap Novels. Released in…

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Manga the Week of 5/18/22

SEAN: It’s May, but the winds are blowing here like it’s March. What manga is blowing our way? Airship debuts The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes…

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Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen, Vol. 8

By Keishi Ayasato and Saki Ukai. Released in Japan as “Isekai Goumon Hime” by MF Bunko J. Released in North America Yen On. Translated by Nathaniel Hiroshi Thrasher.…

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Reign of the Seven Spellblades, Vol. 5

By Bokuto Uno and Miyuki Ruria. Released in Japan as “Nanatsu no Maken ga Shihai suru” by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by…

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Rascal Does Not Dream of His First Love

By Hajime Kamoshida and Keji Mizoguchi. Released in Japan as “Seishun Buta Yarou wa Hatsukoi Shoujo no Yume wo Minai” by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by…

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Pick of the Week: Lovers, Gamers, and More Villainesses

SEAN: As always, I’m a sucker for Villainess novels, so my pick this week is Modern Villainess: It’s Not Easy Building a Corporate Empire Before the Crash. It…

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The Executioner and Her Way of Life: Crimson Nightmare

By Mato Sato and nilitsu. Released in Japan as “Shokei Shoujo no Virgin Road” by GA Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Jenny McKeon.…

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Ishura: The New Demon King War

By Keiso and Kureta. Released in Japan by Dengeki no Shin Bungei. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by David Musto. I almost didn’t get this.…

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Sword Art Online, Vol. 24: Unital Ring III

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Stephen Paul. Given that this series has now…

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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, Vol. 2

By Kota Nozomi and 029. Released in Japan as “Inou Battle wa Nichijoukei no Nakade” by GA Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Tristan…

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The Manga Review, 5/6/22

When it comes to manga commentary, I freely admit that I’m more of a reader than a listener. Mangasplaining, however, is helping change my mind about manga podcasts.…

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Manga the Week of 5/11/22

SEAN: The week of Mother’s Day, and what manga will moms be reading? Yen On has a 5th volume of Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so…

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My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex: “Even If We Aren’t Dating…”

By Kyosuke Kamishiro and TakayaKi. Released in Japan as “Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta” by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by…

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Bookshelf Briefs 5/4/22

Minami Nanami Wants to Shine, Vol. 1 | By Bana Yoshida and Yuki Yaku | Yen Press – For most of the volume, this feels like a typical…

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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Vol. 10

By Kumanano and 029. Released in Japan by PASH! Books. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Jan Cash & Vincent Castaneda. Adapted by M.B. Hare.…

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Saint? No! I’m Just a Passing Beast Tamer!: The Invincible Saint and the Quest for Fluff, Vol. 2

By Inumajin and Falmaro. Released in Japan as “Seijo-sama? Iie, Toorisugari no Mamono Tsukai desu! – Zettai Muteki no Seijo wa Mofumofu to Tabi wo suru” by Kadokawa…

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Pick of the Week: Witchy Picks

MICHELLE: Because I have enjoyed two previous series by Rei Toma, and specifically because Anna said it’s “a bit too sad,” now I’m really interested in getting caught…

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Can Someone Please Explain What’s Going On?! ~The Contract Couple’s Happily Ever After~, Vol. 9

By Tsuredurebana and Rin Hagiwara. Released in Japan as “Dareka Kono Joukyou wo Setsumei Shite Kudasai! ~Keiyaku Kara Hajimaru Wedding~” by ArianRose. Released in North America by J-Novel…

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In the Land of Leadale, Vol. 5

By Ceez and Tenmaso. Released in Japan as “Leadale no Daichi nite” by Famitsu Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Jessica Lange. We’ve introduced…

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The Manga Review, 4/29/22

Back in March, Titan Comics announced that it would launching its own manga imprint, Titan Manga, with the publication of a new “director’s cut” of Takashi Okazaki’s Afro-Samurai. This…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm: I’ll Do Anything to Become a Librarian!, Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy’s So-Called Library Committee, Vol. 6

By Miya Kazuki and You Shiina. Released in Japan as “Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen” by TO Books. Released in North…

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Manga the Week of 5/4/22

SEAN: It’s May! A time to smell the fresh air, get outside, and continue to wear a mask. ASH: Pretty helpful for seasonal allergies among other things. SEAN:…

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Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!: Runaway Goddess, Come Home!

By Natsume Akatsuki and Kurone Mishima. Released in Japan as “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!” by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated…

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The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System, Vol. 2

By Mo Xiang Tong Xiu and Xiao Tong Kong (Velinxi). Released in China as “Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong” on the JJWXC website. Released in North America by…

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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!. Vol. 21

By Satoshi Wagahara and 029. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen Press. Translated by Kevin Gifford. I suppose, if you know that…

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Pick of the Week: Beasts, Zombies, and Aliens

SEAN: I’ve always regarded Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, aka Fruits Basket for fantasy readers, so I’m going to make its final volume my pick. If…

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The Holy Grail of Eris, Vol. 1

By Kujira Tokiwa and Yu-nagi. Released in Japan as “Eris no Seihai” by GA Novels. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Winifred Bird. If you…

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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, Vol. 8

By Yuki Yaku and Fly. Released in Japan as “Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun” by Gagaga Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Winifred Bird. If you…

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The Manga Review, 4/22/22

Back in the roaring aughts–when earnest manga fans posted reviews on LiveJournal and Blogger–link posts were a simple, effective way to connect with like-minded readers. The widespread adoption…

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Manga the Week of 4/27/22

SEAN: The end of April means the end of innocence, getting ready for the boys of summer, and other things that are not Don Henley songs. We start…

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Bookshelf Briefs 4/21/22

Catch These Hands!, Vol. 1 | By murata | Yen Press – I’ve been enjoying the recent upswing in yuri manga starring actual adults and aimed at adults.…

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The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess, Vol. 1

By Kotei Kobayashi and riichu. Released in Japan as “Hikikomari Kyuuketsuki no Monmon” by GA Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Evie Lund. As…

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Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin, Vol. 1

By Kennoji and KWKM. Released in Japan as “Hazure Skill “Kage ga Usui” o Motsu Guild Shokuin ga, Jitsuha Densetsu no Ansatsusha” by Kadokawa Books. Released in North…

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Pick of the Week: No Skipping Pick Day

KATE: I only have eyes for one series this week: the delightful Skip and Loafer, a manga that portrays the inner life of a Serious Girl with humor…

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My Friend’s Little Sister Has It In for Me!, Vol. 6

By mikawaghost and tomari. Released in Japan as “Tomodachi no Imouto ga Ore ni dake Uzai” by GA Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by…

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Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire, Vol. 4

By Hayaken and Nagu. Released in Japan as “Eiyu-oh, Bu wo Kiwameru tame Tensei su. Soshite, Sekai Saikyou no Minarai Kisi ♀” by HJ Bunko. Released in North…

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Manga the Week of 4/20/22

SEAN: Are you buying manga, or eating the ears off your easter bunnies? ABLAZE Comics has a Collected Edition of the Space Pirate Captain Harlock comics they released…

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The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Vol. 1

By Piero Karasu and Yuri Kisaragi. Released in Japan as “Tensei Oujo to Tensai Reijou no Mahou Kakumei” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen…

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Apocalypse Bringer Mynoghra: World Conquest Starts with the Civilization of Ruin, Vol. 1

By Fehu Kazuno and Jun. Released in Japan as “Isekai Mokushiroku Mynoghra: Hametsu no Bunmei de Hajimeru Sekai Seifuku” by GC Novels. Released in North America by Cross…

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Pick of the Week: Princesses, Aliens, and Guardian Spirits

SEAN: Surprising no one, I’m staying on brand for this week’s pick, as The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady is hitting a…

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Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs, Vol. 1

By Mishima Yomu and Monda. Released in Japan as “Otomege Sekai wa Mobu ni Kibishii Sekai Desu” by GC Novels. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated…

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Slayers: Presages of Incarnation

By Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Elizabeth Ellis. One thing that I…

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The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes, Vol. 3

By Bisu and Yukiko. Released in Japan as “Tensei Oujo wa Kyou mo Hata o Tatakioru” by Arian Rose. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by…

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Manga the Week of 4/13/22

SEAN: Spring has sprung, the grass has ris’, I wonder where the manga is? MICHELLE: Wings? SEAN: Yen On has only one title, but it’s a debut. The…

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Culinary Chronicles of the Court Flower, Vol. 5

By Miri Mikawa and Kasumi Nagi. Released in Japan as “Ikka Kōkyū Ryōrichō” by Kadokawa Beans Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by afm.…

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Forget Being the Villainess, I Want to Be an Adventurer!, Vol. 2

By Hiro Oda and Tobi. Released in Japan as “Tensei Reijou wa Boukensha wo Kokorozasu” by Kadokawa Books. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Heart. Translated by…

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Pick of the Week: Spies, Assassins and Skip Beat!

MICHELLE: There is soooo much good stuff coming out this week and there’s really only one thing that beats Yona of the Dawn with such ease, and that…

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