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Ochikobore

Organized crime is a popular topic in fiction, and Japan’s yakuza have been the focus of numerous films, manga, video games and other media throughout the decades. Taking…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Onimaru Taishou

Born of Roman and Japanese heritage, a wild boy branded in fear as a literal demon finds unexpected and like-minded company as he traverses the country and engages…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Bartender (2024 mini series)

Those in need of a good drink can now make a long-awaited return to Eden Hall in a brand new iteration of Bartender バーテンダー, a 5 chapter mini…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Show-ha Shoten!

A dynamic partnership is formed, as a young two-man comedy act ascends the ranks of the manzai industry, crafting and honing their unique skills, while dealing with some…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Cycle Biyori (Psych House)

A review of the new Shonen Jump series Cycle Biyori さいくるびより (Psych House) from mangaka Kobayashi Omusuke 小林おむすけ.

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Ginga Shounen Densetsu- Dog Days

A tenured mangaka takes a break from his long-running canine action franchise to bring us memories of his childhood, from his harsh father, numerous siblings, rural home and…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Doya-gao Yuueki Jouhou Teikyou Oji-san

Doya-gao Yuueki Jouhou Teikyou Oji-san ドヤ顔有益情報提供おじさん (An Uncle with a Smug Face who provides Useful Information) is the uniquely specific title of a gag series that began in…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Ginga- Nagareboshi Gin

Tonight’s show and tell is a brutally violent and survivalist shonen title of the 1980s that launched a long-running franchise; starring a cast of canine soldiers, this action-packed…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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WHAT WE’RE READING: April 2024

Welcome back to our new monthly segment, highlighting our acquired manga from over the course of the past month! These volumes range from series we faithfully follow and…

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Dessert Eagle

The Dessert Eagle is a semiautomatic pistol wielded by a crooked gangster turned city operator in tonight’s show and tell- but it is also the name of the…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Kyokuto Necromance

Like a soul welcomed back from the dead, mangaka Naba Fusai 那波歩才 made a highly anticipated return to the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in issue 21 with…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Chin Piece

The multitalented protagonist of tonight’s show and tell has honed a particular “piece” of his body to replicate and parody the powers of a famous pirate captain, as…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Kamo no Negi ni wa Doku ga Aru – Kamo Kyouju no Ningen Keizagaku Kougi

A genius economics professor uses his knowledge and wealth to dismantle pyramid schemes and  expose exploitation, turning the tables on greedy evildoers to protect the economically vulnerable, as…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Negai no Astro (Astro Royale)

Given Wakui Ken’s 和久井健 fame and longtime record with Kodansha, perhaps the most surprising story of the year was the announcement of a new serialization round over at…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Nami no Gotoku

Nami no Gotoku 波の如く is a 1982 short story from prolific mangaka Motomiya Hiroshi 本宮ひろ志 that translates to Like a Wave- adequately named for protagonist Namijirou 波次郎, who…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Captain 2

I can just imagine Grand Jump editorial posing a suggestion to mangaka Kouji Joukura コージィ♡城倉 in a potential scenario- wouldn’t it be cool to start a sequel to…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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SPECIAL TOPIC: Bentame Jump

In April of 2023, Shueisha added a new publication to their popular line of “Jump” magazines-Bentame Jump 勉タメジャンプ, an educational magazine for kids with an all-star lineup of…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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What We’re Reading: March 2024

You may have wondered where all of our manga comes from here at Manga Musings. We’re proud to support official releases, and all of our reviews are sourced…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Kiwamete Kamoshida

Kiwamete means “extreme,” a word that precisely describes the behavior and antics of our hero in tonight’s shown and tell, a wacky, dirty and at times surreal early…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Tanin no Bengo wa Mitsu no Aji

Watching others suffer is mere entertainment the lawyer protagonist of ongoing Grand Jump Mucha serial, Tanin no Bengo wa Mitsu no Aji 他人の弁護は蜜の味 (Defending Others Tastes like Honey).…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Mukashi Banashi

Gather ‘round for story time from a manga master, with plenty of dancing tanuki, timid oni, dueling mountains, and sly human characters to stretch all the way around…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Hatena

Showing off his teeth on a volume cover resembling a poster at the dentist’s office, protagonist and zoologist Takayama Daizaburou is next shown shirtless, hairy and gleefully riding…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Ankoku Delta

A big eyed, horn-eared girl with bouncing curly hair trots down a zany, twisted purply colored hallway in the opening color page of Ankoku Delta 暗黒デルタ (Darkness Delta),…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Iron Familiar

An abandoned homunculus boy wields fearsome power, but just wants a warm hug from a loving family in this recent serial that hits the right chords of action,…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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SPECIAL TOPIC: The Golden Miracle of Shonen Jump, by editor Goto Hiroki

The 50th anniversary of the world’s most successful manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump, in 2018 brought a wave of related products, from reprints of classic magazine issues, a…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Rising Impact

A high-flying hero competes with optimism and determination against a lively cast of athletes in this impactful golf adventure from a versatile creator best known for his take…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Tanuma-dono to Gennai-san – Tokidoki Tokugawa Family

History can be both informative and funny, a balance cleverly struck in Yamada Shiita 山田しいた’s ongoing 2023 gag series, Tanuma-dono to Gennai-san – Tokidoki Tokugawa Family 田沼殿と源内さん〜ときどき徳川ファミリ…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Katabami to Ougon

The journey is just as important as the destination in this 19th century international adventure following an orphaned Irish farm girl and her family servant as they trek…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Kachou! Diet no Ojikan desu!

Kachou! Diet no Ojikan desu! 課長! ダイエットのお時間です! (Manager! It’s Time to Go on a Diet!) begins exactly as its title implies- strict office middle manager Emuro Seiichi may…

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Boukyaku Battery

A brilliant and feared catcher who has lost his memory is brought back into the world of baseball by his former partner and pitcher in a heartfelt sports…

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Yo no Naka no Kemono

A protective father still reeling from the loss of his wife just wants to be a hero in tonight’s show and tell, but is threatened to be upstaged-…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Dear Anemone

Opening color pages are meant to both introduce a story and stoke curiosity, and Dear Anemone ディアーアネモネ easily accomplishes both, compelling us to quickly delve in further through…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Ahab

One man’s obsession leads a whaling crew on a deadly revenge mission in this fresh and complete adaptation of a classic novel, a tale in the futility of…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Choujun! Choujou-senpai (Super Psychic Policeman Chojo)

The double act of the straight man as a foil to a funny and eccentric partner is a common theme in gag manga- like Bo-bobo and Beauty in…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Sokonashi Ichizu

Suspicions of cheating plague a paranoid protagonist, who finds himself easily deceived and roped into a crime by a mysterious accomplice, in this whacky tale of twists, turns…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Diamond no Kouzai

An athlete and tragic hero earns accolades from his coaches, yet struggles to fit in with his peers due to his sports genius in this psychological and award…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Astro Baby

The title Astro Baby アストロベイビー brings several images to mind- like Tezuka Osamu’s legendary classic Tetsuwan Atom 鉄腕アトム (Astro Boy), or Shonen Jump mangaka Shinkai Hideo’s 2022 telekinetic…

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Hole in One

Success takes more than just a wild swing, as one rambunctious protagonist discovers through his partnering with an analytical caddy in a tournament to decide his fate at…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Marriagetoxin

In the world of Marriagetoxin マリッジトキシン, assassin Hikaru Gero navigates love and duty. After successfully completing a lethal contract, he rescues a marriage swindler, leading to an unexpected…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Bessekai no Kirakira Douki ga Ecchi na Illustration wo Kaite iru

A secret hobby and shared interest brings together two unlikely coworkers in a romantic comedy centered around fandom. Bessekai no Kirakira Douki ga Ecchi na Illustration wo Kaite…

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Gasu Tou Norainu Tanteidan

Tonight’s show and tell offers a trip back to Baker Street, London, to the early career of the world’s most famous detective, who is supported from the shadows…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken Xross Blade

With the long-running Shonen Jump classic Dragon Quest- Dai no Daibouken having ended over two decades ago, publisher Shueisha surely had to churn out some new content to…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Food Fighter Tabelu

Mangaka Usuta Kyousuke うすた京介 quickly rose to fame in Shonen Jump for his beloved 90’s hit, Sexy Commando Gaiden – Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san セクシーコマンドー外伝すごいよ!! マサルさん. The popular work…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Top 10 Manga Reviews of 2023

With the original Obscure Manga blog celebrating its 10th anniversary later this year in 2024, we thought it would be fun to look back over our most popular…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Red Mudan

Tonight’s show and tell looks back to the hardships of a young woman who eventually went down in history as the first and only female emperor of China,…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Takeki Ougon no Kuni- Inou Tadataka

After penning biographies covering various historical figures like Mitsubishi Motors founder Iwasaki Yataro, ruthless samurai Saitou Dousan, and swordsman and writer Yagyuu Munenori, career mangaka…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Trillion Game

The question of what to do with a trillion dollars has already been debunked by the protagonist’s of tonight’s show and tell, and investors are in for a…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Umi o Wataru be

Amidst the worldwide upending and uncertainty in the Spring of 2020 with the outbreak of COVID-19, I remember finding comfort and familiarity in the announcement of a new…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Flying Ben

Treasure maps, spies, secret elixirs, family feuds and loads of action mark this supernatural canine adventure from the God of Manga himself. My next series is Flying Ben…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga

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Mad Jam

You can’t judge a book by its cover- sometimes. The first volume cover of Iwata Yasuteru 岩田康照’s Mad Jam マッドジャム, a 1997 serialization from Young Sunday, smacks of…

Manga Musings: Obscure Manga