Ian Wolf's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Anime UK News Reviews: 40
7.2Avg. Review Rating

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A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow #1

Nov 7, 2019

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow is certain a good manga. The only thing that really needs clearing up is an explanation of the title. No snow appears in the first volume and Im not sure if there is a phrase or saying it relates to.

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Act-Age #1

Jul 3, 2020

The manga has already attracted praise, being nominated for a Kodansha Manga Award. It is also establishing other characters and rivalries. The end of the first volume sees Kei auditioning for a Battle Royale-style film in which the main talent from Stars, a woman named Chiyoko Momoshiro, is also starring. Thus we can expect growing tension, at least between Arisa and Sumiji and possibly between Kei and Chiyoko too. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

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Aho-Girl #1

Jul 16, 2017

But having read the manga, it did make me laugh a lot, and I look forward to the anime as well.

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Asadora! #1

Jan 19, 2021

This opening volume sets up plenty of tantalising treats as to what comes next, and it should make for a thrilling read.

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Blood on the Tracks #1

Feb 19, 2020

As it stands however, Blood on the Tracks has been thrilling reading so far, and it will be interesting to see where Oshimi takes the story.

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Cells at Work! Code Black #1

Sep 10, 2019

It is hard to know how fans of the original series will feel about reading this. Code Black is much darker in tone, it feels rather conflicting in the way it treats certain subjects, and the fan service might put people off, but it for those who want to know about some of the bad things we do to ourselves it is worth a read. After all, if this is what we do to ourselves when we live badly, it might make us improve our lifestyle and live better lives as a result.

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Chainsaw Man #1

Oct 4, 2020

Chainsaw Man has some things going for it and hopefully may well build up from a promising start.

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Chainsaw Man #2

Dec 2, 2020

For these reasons, Im less keen on this second volume. Hopefully the developing plot with the Gun Devil will improve things in future releases.

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City #1

Apr 7, 2018

You should also be familiar with Arawis wonderful art style, and with the translation, which is still using Jenny McKeon, the original nichijou translator in this work. There are some bits of the translation that have been made to simplify things for English readers though. For example, the police officer is never properly named in the manga, so in the Japanese version he is called Honkan, meaning Officer; while in English, he is just Officer or sometimes Mr. Officer. There is also a difference in presentation between the two books in that CITYis printed in a slightly larger format.

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Danganronpa: 2 - Goodbye Despair #1

Apr 30, 2020

Overall however, this manga is still worth a read for fans of the games and has been a long while coming. Hopefully the manga for V3 may eventually come soon too.

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Danganronpa: Another Episode - Ultra Despair Girls #1

Sep 28, 2019

So, if you havent familiarised yourself with the earlier titles, it's best to do so before reading Another Episode, but this is still a fun edition to the series.

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Danganronpa: Another Episode - Ultra Despair Girls #2

Jan 14, 2021

Volume 2 has been pretty entertaining. Just a shame that Volume 3 will be another long wait.

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Dr. Stone #1

Aug 31, 2018

As we have not entered the main body of the story, it is too early to say how big a hit Dr. Stone will be, if at all, but the early signs are promising.

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Edens Zero #1

Nov 30, 2018

The best way to comment on this series is that if you are a fan of Fairy Tail, then Edens Zero should also be right down your street. It is hard to tell what will come next. We havent even seen the actual Edens Zero yet, and the manga itself is very new. The second collected volume was only released in Japan a few weeks ago (it will come out in English in February), although individual chapters are available electronically every week. While I personally doubt it will become as successful as Fairy Tail, it is still worth a read, and I, for one, plan to look into some later chapters.

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Gleipnir #1

Mar 16, 2019

In terms of an overall reaction, while the story is enough to make me want to review the second volume, there are other titles I would probably want to spend my money on first before returning to this.

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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku #1

Mar 19, 2020

So far, it is an interesting read, and it will be good to see in what way the story progresses.

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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku #2

May 21, 2020

The story is again slowly building its world as the characters continue to find themselves in even greater peril. For these people due to be executed, there really is no peace for the wicked.

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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku #3

Jul 23, 2020

As we move forward, it certainly looks like there will still be more action to come as the gang continue in their quest, and face more dangers in their attempt to find the elixir. As to what the dangers are and how they will overcome them, that is to come.

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Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku #4

Sep 16, 2020

It does feel that the story is becoming a bit less entrancing as it is relying more on the sex and violence rather than the plot to move things forward. Hopefully things might pick up again in Volume 5.

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Hiro Mashimas Playground #1

Nov 29, 2018

Many of the stories follow the same basic structure of someone with magical abilities fighting off some wrongdoer, and thus they eventually become a bit predictable. While the Fairy Tail pilot is the main draw for most people, for me it was his earliest works, Magician and Bad Boys Song, that were the most interesting: Magician as it demonstrates what would be his signature style of storytelling, and Bad Boys Song for being drastically different to everything else in the collection.

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Junji Ito Story Collection: Venus in the Blind Spot OGN

Aug 18, 2020

Venus in the Blind Spot is still a thrilling, gripping read, if your stomach can stand some of the more grizzly aspects of Itos horror.

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Junji Ito Story Collection: Smashed OGN

Apr 14, 2019

Obviously, with these collections, certain stories are better than others. My personal favourite is Library Vision, because it has a more psychological bent to the horror. There are spirits involved in this one as well, but there is the element of the victim's own paranoia taking hold which adds an extra layer to the plot. Meanwhile, I don't think that the haunted house stories needed to be a three-part tale. Those stories may have been more engaging as separate from each other because the characters lack a bit of depth to them.

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Knights of Sidonia: Master Edition 1 #1

Apr 17, 2019

Knights of Sidonia is a series that has attracted acclaim from other people in the world of anime, and the story itself is certainly entertaining. This complete collection will be pretty expensive, but there is plenty going for it.

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Land of the Lustrous #1

Jun 28, 2017

The artwork though might put off some readers. It is not the traditional, standard manga look, with Land of the Lustrous being more sketchy and often having very simplistic backgrounds. Sometimes there are no backgrounds at all. You get feeling however that if you read this manga in colour, and noticed how shiny and colourful the gems actually are, it would work better. The cover and introductory colour pages look great. Land of the Lustrous therefore might be one of those cases where the anime adaptation might be better than the original manga.

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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid #1

Oct 29, 2016

It is certainly a jolly title and it already has built a fan base. There is currently an anime adaptation of the series in the works, so watch out for more.

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Mob Psycho 100 #1

Mar 11, 2019

These are however, minor quibbles. Mostly the manga is entertaining and fun. The second volume is out on March 20th.

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Mob Psycho 100 #2

Apr 6, 2019

The battle between Mob and Teru is not over by the end of this book, so we will have to wait until Volume 3 to see how it progresses.

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Moteki: Love Strikes #1

May 19, 2018

Moteki is a nice fun read, and it will be interesting to see how the story will finally conclude.

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Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams #1

Jul 22, 2020

Many of Urasawas works are pretty lengthy, and so new readers might be put off by most of them. Thus, if you are new to him, then this short work may well tempt you into examining more. Of course, this title also has the ability to make you want to learn more about Osomatsu-kun. The latter is certainly true in my case.

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My Dress-Up Darling #1

May 16, 2020

If you can get past the fan-service and pile of fonts, you can see the relationship between Wakana and Marin is one that will probably expand and develop as the story continues.

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One Piece #89

Mar 5, 2019

Overall, though, you suspect the main elements in the arc are coming in the next volume of the story, which appears to be nearing its conclusion.

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Penguindrum #1

Dec 12, 2019

So far, the first edition of Penguindrum is a mixed bag, but the way the story is being told does tempt me into reading at least the next volume, especially given Ikuhara's previous work.

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Ping Pong #1

May 19, 2020

If you are into sports anime but are looking for something a bit different, then Ping Pong is a title to seek out.

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Prince Freya #1

Apr 14, 2020

It will be interesting to see how the story will now develop, as the first volume ends with Freya coming to the rescue of a kidnapped soldier. Let's hope for some added intrigue appears as the story progresses.

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Prince Freya #2

Jul 14, 2020

Overall, this edition is a somewhat impressive release, and one that makes the prospect of the next volume a highly anticipated one. However, some of the ways the story deals with the disguise of Freya are starting to seem a bit thin.

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Remina #1

Dec 16, 2020

Remina will appeal to fans of Ito, and this unusual venture into a more sci-fi driven tale sees the author working in different styles, while remaining true to the horror-driven work that has made him popular.

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Requiem of the Rose King #12

Jun 6, 2020

The series continues to be gripping, but the most disturbing part of the story is still to come. Given that this is all based, admittedly loosely, on historical fact, the next volume deals with the most contentious part of the entire story of Richard III. In unlucky Volume 13, we will begin to see what is in store for the Princes in the Tower.

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Requiem of the Rose King #13

Nov 9, 2020

One thing that deserves to be brought up is the coronation scene. Given the nature of the person, in both real life and in Shakespeares play upon which the manga is loosely based, it is perhaps only fitting that Richard III takes to the throne in the unlucky 13th volume. There is also the design of the crown which Richard wears in the coronation, which we also see on the front cover of this manga. This black, horned crown along with his heterochromic eyes all add to gothic, demonic vibe that adds to the tone of menace that is to come. Whether we witness how Kanno deals with the fate of the Princes in the Tower in the next volume or not is something that I am keen to find out.

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Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection OGN

Oct 19, 2020

Each of the stories comes with a commentary from Urasawa himself, and it is also nice to see two of these stories being coloured entirely. John Werry also appears to have no problems with his translation. For this and many other reasons, Sneeze is one of the best short story manga collections I have come across.

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Voices of a Distant Star OGN

Mar 12, 2018

However, the outdated phone technology is only a minor detail. In terms of the story, it is a nice tale of long-distance lovers, separated by light years. In terms of the plot concerning the effects of time dilation between two people, Distant Star is by no means the first to deal with it. Hideaki Annos Gunbuster dealt with similar ideas back in the 1980s, but Distant Staris more concerned with the relationship between Mikako and Noboru. It is a charming, and sometimes tragic tale about two people whom you worry will never be able to meet each other again.

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