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Manga the Week of 2/8/23

SEAN: It’s February now, everyone’s least favorite month. Let’s see what’s on tap. ASH: At least it’s short? Which I guess could be both a good and a…

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My Hero Academia: School Briefs, Vol. 6

By Kouhei Horikoshi and Anri Yoshi. Released in Japan by Shueisha. Released in North America by Viz Media. Translated by Caleb Cook. I’m not sure if this is…

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These Legs Don’t Lie! Harumi’s Legacy as the Strongest Mimic, Vol. 1

By Tsuyoshi Fujitaka and Yuunagi. Released in Japan as “Bikyaku Mimic, Harumi-san: Tensei Monster Isekai Nariagari Densetsu” by Earth Star Novels. Released in North America by J-Novel Club.…

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Housekeeping Mage from Another World: Making Your Adventures Feel Like Home!, Vol. 4

By You Fuguruma and Nama. Released in Japan as “Kasei Madoushi no Isekai Seikatsu: Boukenchuu no Kasei Fugyou Uketamawarimasu!” by Ichijinsha Bunko Iris NEO. Released in North America…

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Pick of the Week: Atomic Devastation

KATE: Though this is a lighter week than usual, I found two titles on the list that piqued my interest. The first is Maiden’s Bookshelf: The Moon Over…

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Formerly, the Fallen Daughter of the Duke, Vol. 3

By Ichibu Saki, Nemusuke, and Ushio Shirotori. Released in Japan as “Moto, Ochikobore Koushaku Reijou desu” by Mag Garden Novels. Released in North America by J-Novel Heart. Translated…

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Private Tutor to the Duke’s Daughter: The Lady of the Sword’s Lament and the War in the South

By Riku Nanano and cura. Released in Japan as “Koujo Denka no Kateikyoushi” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by William…

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The Manga Review: Lost in Translation

If you were on Twitter this week, you may have seen folks talking about Titan Comic’s Kamen Rider Kuuga for all the wrong reasons. Gizmodo’s James Whitlock summarized…

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I Swear I Won’t Bother You Again!, Vol. 3

By Reina Soratani and Haru Harukawa. Released in Japan as “Kondo wa Zettai ni Jama Shimasen!” by Gentosha Comics. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by…

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Manga the Week of 2/1/23

SEAN: It’s February 1st, but as readers of Manga the Week of know, that really means January. ASH: That it does. SEAN: It also means no Yen Press,…

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Bride of the Barrier Master, Vol. 1

By Kureha and Bodax. Released in Japan as “Kekkaishi no Ichirinka” by Kadokawa Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Linda Liu. Sometimes you get…

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Bookshelf Briefs 1/25/23

A Certain Scientific Railgun, Vol. 17 | By Kazuma Kamachi and Motoi Fuyukawa | Seven Seas – After briefly wrapping up the previous arc (and, sure enough, glossing…

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Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Vol. 11

By Toshio Satou and Nao Watanuki. Released in Japan as “Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shonen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari” by GA…

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Pick of the Week: Finding Gems

SEAN: There’s no new manga titles that really call out to me, and while I am interested in These Legs Don’t Lie!, that borderline H cover makes me…

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Yuri Tama: From Third Wheel to Trifecta, Vol. 2

By Toshizou and Kuro Shina. Released in Japan as “Yuri no Ma ni Hasamareta Watashi ga, Ikioi de Futamata Shite Shimatta” by Overlap Bunko. Released in North America…

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Honey Lemon Soda Vol 1 by Mayu Murata

Honey Lemon Soda Volume 1 by Mayu Murata I was aware that there was a great deal of anticipation when Honey Lemon Soda was licensed, and the first…

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Sabikui Bisco, Vol. 4

By Shinji Cobkubo and K Akagishi. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Jake Humphrey. This review really cannot happen…

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High School DxD: Lionheart of the Academy Festival

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. Generally speaking, when harem series…

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Manga the Week of 1/25/23

SEAN: The heavy part of January has passed us by, but there’s still lots of titles still to go. ASH: Woohoo! SEAN: No print for Airship this week,…

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The Manga Review [Insert Snappy Title Here]

Before I get to this week’s news and reviews, I’m making my quarterly appeal for help. Do you follow a podcast or YouTube channel that’s producing great manga-related…

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Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki, Vol. 9

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 Jennifer Ward. The Tomozaki…

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Baccano!: 1935-C The Grateful Bet

By Ryohgo Narita and Katsumi Enami. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Taylor Engel. The author has said a…

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My Friend’s Little Sister Has It In for Me!, Vol. 9

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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Pick of the Week: Soda, Idols, and PTSD

MICHELLE: I’m intrigued by [Oshi no Ko] and Honey Lemon Soda, but how could I not pick the finale of Lost Lad London, which I have enjoyed exceedingly…

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Raven of the Inner Palace, Vol. 1

By Kouko Shirakawa and Ayuko. Released in Japan as “Kōkyū no Karasu” by Shueisha Orange Bunko. Released in North America by Airship. Translated by Amelia Mason. Sometimes people…

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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Vol. 13

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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Bookshelf Briefs 1/14/23

Hello, Melancholic!, Vol. 3 | By Yayoi Ohsawa | Seven Seas I don’t think this series was cancelled, per se, but I am sad that this is the…

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I’m in Love with the Villainess: She’s So Cheeky for a Commoner, Vol. 1

By Inori and Hanagata. Released in Japan as “Heimin no Kuse ni Namaikina!” by GL Bunko. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Kevin Ishizaka. Adapted…

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Manga the Week of 1/18/23

SEAN: Good news, Yen Press have finally decided to join 2023, and they have STUFF. ASH: I’m not sure that I’ve fully joined 2023 yet, so that’s one…

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The Manga Review: Coming Attractions

According to the collective wisdom of the internet, Best of 2022 lists are out, and What to Read in 2023 lists are in! So in that spirit, here…

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Slayers: The Long Road Home

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. After the previous volume,…

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Tearmoon Empire, Vol. 9

By Nozomu Mochitsuki and Gilse. Released in Japan as “Tearmoon Teikoku Monogatari” by TO Books. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by David Teng. I’m not…

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Adachi and Shimamura, Vol. 10

By Hitoma Iruma and raemz. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Molly Lee. Finally, after two volumes with illustrations…

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Pick of the Week: Exciting Icelandic Sagas

SEAN: No question, my pick this week is I’m in Love with the Villainess: She’s so Cheeky for a Commoner. We’ve seen “the same events from another perspective”…

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My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex: “The Only You in the World”

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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The Drab Princess, the Black Cat, and the Satisfying Break-Up, Vol. 2

By Rino Mayumi and Machi. Released in Japan as “Jimihime to Kuroneko no, Enman na Konyaku Haki” by M Novels F. Released in North America by Cross Infinite…

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The Saga of Tanya the Evil: Alea Iacta Est

By Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki. Released in Japan as “Youjo Senki” by Enterbrain. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Richard Tobin. For most of…

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The Manga Review: Looking Backward

Buckle up, dear reader; this week’s Manga Review is bursting at the seams! The first order of business? The best (and worst) of 2022. The Comics Journal recently…

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Manga the Week of 1/11/23

SEAN: Manga is here for you whether it’s far too warm for January or far too cold. ASH: Far too warm and rainy here, at the moment. SEAN:…

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Bookshelf Briefs 1/5/23

Asumi-chan Is Interested in Lesbian Brothels!, Vol. 1 | By Kuro Itsuki | Seven Seas – I wasn’t originally planning to read this at all, but several people…

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Der Werwolf: The Annals of Veight, Vol. 15

By Hyougetsu and Nari Teshima. Released in Japan by SQEX Novels. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Ningen. This is a perfectly decent volume of…

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Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire, Vol. 7

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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Pick of the Week: Ravens, Killers, and Isekai

MICHELLE: I was originally going to pick I’m Kinda Chubby and I’m Your Hero, but a commenter on the Manga the Week of post described the Raven of…

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Loner Life in Another World, Vol. 4

By Shoji Goji and Saku Enomaru. Released in Japan as “Hitoribocchi no Isekai Kouryaku” by Overlap Bunko. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Eric Margolis.…

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The Best and Worst Manga of 2022

When I sat down to compose my Best of 2022 list, I was certain I’d compiled a list as recently as 2017, only to discover that I hadn’t…

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Hell Mode ~ The Hardcore Gamer Dominates in Another World with Garbage Balancing, Vol. 2

By Hamuo and Mo. Released in Japan as “Hell Mode – Yarikomi Suki no Gamer wa Hai Settei no Isekai de Musō Suru” by Earth Star Novels. Released…

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Reign of the Seven Spellblades, Vol. 7

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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In the Land of Leadale, Vol. 7

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. One of…

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Manga the Week of 1/4/23

SEAN: 2023! What’s new and exciting? No debuts for Viz Media, but we do get Blue Box 2, Dr. STONE 24, The Elusive Samurai 4, Kubo Won’t Let…

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Bookshelf Briefs 12/29/22

Catch These Hands!, Vol. 3 | By murata | Yen Press – This volume takes us back to Takebe’s initial thought process: all her former gang friends have…

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