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I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, Vol. 14

By Kisetsu Morita and Benio. Released in Japan as “Slime Taoshite 300 Nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level MAX ni Nattemashita” by GA Novels. Released in North America by…

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Blue Box, Vol. 8 | By Kouji Miura | Viz Media - After a couple of volumes that have been heavy on the sports, it makes sense that…

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Pick of the Week: Historical and Horror

KATE: This week's list has several tempting titles! In particular, I'm curious about two debuts: Nude Model and Other Stories and The Blue Wolves of Mibu, both of…

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Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss but I’m Not the Demon Lord, Vol. 4

By Satori Tanabata and Tea. Released in Japan as “Akuyaku Reijō Level 99: Watashi wa Ura Boss Desu ga Maō dewa Arimasen” by Kadokawa Books. Released in North…

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The Condemned Villainess Goes Back in Time and Aims to Become the Ultimate Villain, Vol. 1

By Bakufu Narayama and Ebisushi. Released in Japan as “Danzaisareta Akuyaku Reijō wa, Gyakkō-shite Kanpekina Akujo o Mezasu” by TO Books. Released in North America by Airship. Translated…

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You Are My Regret, Vol. 1

By Shimesaba and Ui Shigure. Released in Japan as “Kimi wa Boku no Regret” by Dash X Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Andria…

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The Kept Man of the Princess Knight, Vol. 1

By Toru Shirogane and Saki Mashima. Released in Japan as “Himekishi-sama no Himo” by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Stephen Paul. This…

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Manga the Week of 2/28/24

SEAN: Please close the door behind February as you exit. ASH: How is the shortest month not already over? SEAN: Airship starts us off with a print version…

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Miss Savage Fang: The Strongest Mercenary in History Is Reincarnated As an Unstoppable Noblewoman, Vol. 1

By Kakkaku Akashi and Kayahara. Released in Japan as “Savage Fang Ojō-sama: Shijō Saikyō no Yōhei wa Shijō Saikyō no Bōgyaku Reijō to natte Futatabime no Sekai o…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Astrea Record, Vol. 1

By Fujino Omori and Kakage. Released in Japan as “Astrea Record Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by GA Bunko. Released in North…

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BLADE & BASTARD: Return of the Hrathnir

By Kumo Kagyu and so-bin. Released in Japan as “Blade & Bastard” by Dre Novels. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Sean McCann. One of…

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Pick of the Week: Final Volumes and Ongoing Ones

SEAN: I didn't realize till I was writing up Manga the Week of post that Ako and Bambi is from the creator of Horimiya. That definitely pushes it…

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The Oblivious Saint Can’t Contain Her Power: Forget My Sister! Turns Out I Was the Real Saint All Along!, Vol. 1

By Almond and Yoshiro Ambe. Released in Japan as “Mujikaku Seijo wa Kyō mo Muishiki ni Chikara o Tare Nagasu: Imadai no Seijo wa Anede wa Naku, Imōto…

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The Manga Review: The Interview

As part of a broader conversation about the state of the comics industry, ICv2 just wrapped up a week of interviews with major figures in North American manga…

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Manga the Week of 2/21/24

SEAN: Forget it, Jake. It's Yen Press week. Yen On has a number of debuts. First up is Astrea Record: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up…

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Nia Liston: The Merciless Maiden, Vol. 1

By Umikaze Minamino and Kochimo. Released in Japan as “Kyōran Reijō Nia Liston: Byōjaku Reijō ni Tenseishita Kami-goroshi no Bujin no Kareinaru Musō Roku” by HJ Bunko. Released…

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Loner Life in Another World, Vol. 8

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

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Pick of the Week: Valentine Manga

MICHELLE: There are several interesting releases this week about boys in love. I honestly kind of wish I could pick Case File Compendium: Bing An Ben, because a…

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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Vol. 17

By Kumanano and 029. Released in Japan by PASH! Books. Released in North America by Airship. Translated by Jan Cash & Vincent Castaneda. Adapted by Lorin Christie. We…

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The Manga Review: Stacy’s Mom

It's crowdsourcing time! Last year, I asked readers to share which manga podcasts they liked best. I compiled everyone's suggestions and created a podcast directory at The Manga…

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RVing My Way into Exile with My Beloved Cat: This Villainess Is Trippin’, Vol. 1

By Punichan and Canarinu. Released in Japan as “Akuyaku Reijō wa Camping Car de Tabi ni Deru: Aibyō to Mankitsu Suru Self Kokugai Tsuihō ” by DRE Novels.…

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The Exiled Noble Rises as the Holy King: Befriending Fluffy Beasts and a Holy Maiden with My Ultimate Cheat Skill!, Vol. 1

By Yu Okano and TAPIOCA. Released in Japan as “Tsuihō Kizoku wa Saikyō Skill “Seiō” de Henkyō kara Nariagaru: Haikyōsha ni Nintei Sareta Ore da kedo Cheat Skill…

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Manga the Week of 2/14/24

SEAN: Manga readers, will you be our valentine? We start with Airship, which has Reincarnated as a Dragon Hatchling 6 in early digital. Amazon lists Denpa Books having…

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My Next Life As a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, Vol. 12

By Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka. Released in Japan as “Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei Shite Shimatta…” by Ichijinsha Bunko Iris. Released…

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Invaders of the Rokujouma!?, Vol. 43

By Takehaya and Poco. Released in Japan as “Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?” by HJ Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Warnis. (This talks about the…

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Pick of the Week: We Know What We Like

SEAN: There's a lot going on this week. Lots of great shoujo, some josei from Tokyopop (Stu's left, it's OK to buy them again), but I am who…

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Making Jam in the Woods: My Relaxing Life Starts in Another World, Vol. 2

By Kosuzu Kobato and Yuichi Murakami. Released in Japan as “Mori no Hotori de Jam wo Niru: Isekai de Hajimeru Slow Life” by Kadokawa Books. Released in North…

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The Abandoned Heiress Gets Rich with Alchemy and Scores an Enemy General!, Vol. 2

By Miyako Tsukahara and Satsuki Sheena. Released in Japan as “Suterare Reijō wa Renkinjutsu-shi ni Narimashita. Kaseida Okane de moto Tekikoku no Shō o Kōnyū Shimasu” by PASH!…

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Looks Are All You Need: Tatsuki’s Breakbeats

By Ghost Mikawa and necomi. Released in Japan as “Kao Sae Yokereba Ii Kyōshitsu” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Evie…

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Bakemonogatari, Vol. 20 | By NISIOISIN and Oh!Great | Kodansha Manga - This continues to take all the remaining arcs that Oh!Great wasn't going to have time to…

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The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten, Vol. 6

By Saekisan and Hanekoto. Released in Japan as “Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Ma ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken” by GA Bunko. Released in North…

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The Manga Review: Leaping into February

Sad news for shojo fans: Hinako Ashihara, creator of Sand Chronicles and Sexy Tanaka-San died by suicide earlier this week. Media outlets in Japan and the US have…

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Manga the Week of 2/7/24

SEAN: February is here, and it's even longer this year. Fortunately, there is manga. ASH: Always! SEAN: Viz debuts a new shoujo title, In the Name of the…

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My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer, Vol. 11

By MOJIKAKIYA and toi8. Released in Japan as “Boukensha ni Naritai to Miyako ni Deteitta Musume ga S-Rank ni Natteta” by Earth Star Novels. Released in North America…

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I Shall Survive Using Potions!, Vol. 9

By FUNA and Sukima. Released in Japan as “Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu!” by K Lanove Books. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Hiroya Watanabe. Again, I…

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Pick of the Week: Off the Radar

KATE: This week's list is uninspiring, to say the least. My recommendation? Go pick up the first volume of Tokyo These Days and be reminded why Taiyō Matsumoto…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 18

By Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda. Released in Japan as “Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?” by GA Bunko. Released in North America…

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Neighborhood Story Vol. 1 By Ai Yazawa

Neighborhood Story Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa Neighborhood Story is a manga I’ve been aware of for a long time, because the characters drop in on Ai Yazawa’s…

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The Princess of Convenient Plot Devices, Vol. 4

By Mamecyoro and Mitsuya Fuji. Released in Japan as “Watashi wa Gotsugou Shugi na Kaiketsu Tantou no Oujo de aru” by B’s-LOG Bunko. Released in North America by…

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Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, Vol. 10

By Zappon and Yasumo. Released in Japan as “Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasaretanode, Henkyou de Slow Life Surukoto ni Shimashita” by Kadokawa…

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The Manga Review: Rated Teen+

This week's must-read article focuses on manga rating systems. Otaku USA editor Danica Davidson sat down with Kodansha's Ben Applegate for an in-depth comparison between Japanese and North…

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Manga the Week of 1/31/24

SEAN: The end of January and the start of The Worst Month (tm). ASH: And an extra long one at that! SEAN: We start with Airship, which in…

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Reign of the Seven Spellblades, Vol. 10

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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Bibliophile Princess, Vol. 7

By Yui and Satsuki Sheena. Released in Japan as “Mushikaburi-hime” by Ichijinsha Bunko Iris NEO. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Tara Quinn. I suppose…

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Pick of the Week: Last Chances and Old Friends

SEAN: Sometimes I'm surprised how much I enjoy a series, and that's certainly been the case with the My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer…

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The Apothecary Diaries, Vol. 10

By Natsu Hyuuga and Touko Shino. Released in Japan as “Kusuriya no Hitorigoto” by Hero Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Kevin Steinbach. It’s…

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Death’s Daughter and the Ebony Blade, Vol. 7: Exordium

By Maito Ayamine and Cierra. Released in Japan as “Shinigami ni Sodaterareta Shoujo wa Shikkoku no Tsurugi wo Mune ni Idaku” by Overlap Bunko. Released in North America…

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The Manga Review: Freeze Frame

I usually start The Manga Review with industry news, but the announcement that Pitchfork was being folded into GQ has been on my mind this week. Whatever its…

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Manga the Week of 1/24/24

SEAN: After waiting for Yen Press to show up this year, we are finally here. ASH: Hold on tight, folks! SEAN: No debuts for Yen On, but we…

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Raven of the Inner Palace, Vol. 5

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. This series,…

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