Sarah's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Anime UK News, Project-Nerd Reviews: 155
8.3Avg. Review Rating

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10 Dance #1

Jan 19, 2019

10 Dance is a must-read for anyone whos enjoyed manga and anime about competitive dance (on or off the ice!) and the lives of the artists who devote themselves to being the very best.

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10 Dance #2

Mar 28, 2019

The pleasure in reading 10 Dance is that this is definitely manga for grown-ups. Theres a ve-ery slow burn going on in the nascent relationship between Suzuki and Sugiki and even though Inouesatohs love for dance shines through on every page, the interest doesnt lie in whether the protagonists are winning their way to the top from contest to contest but in the way they value their art. In so many other Boys Love manga, they would have fallen into bed together by now…but the mangaka's interests lie in portraying a relationship that grows from both men's burning need to dance, where the holds and steps act as a metaphor for feelings yet to be articulated or acknowledged. I can't wait to see where Inouesatoh will take Suzuki and Sugiki next.

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10 Dance #6

Feb 26, 2022

While its good to see the flamboyant Suzuki and the cool prince of ballroom Sugiki dancing together once more (as well as with their partners) its hard not to feel that the onward momentum of the story (10 Dance!) has been lost under a wealth of details, many of which are, frankly, irrelevant. The mangaka seems to be marking time and not picking up on which storylines need foregrounding. I can only hope that the next volume will get back in the groove and bring us what was promised.

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A Man & His Cat #1

Feb 18, 2020

Read the first pages of A Man & His Cat #1 at the publisher's website here.

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A Man & His Cat #2

Aug 15, 2020

As with the first volume, Square Enix have used good quality paper and included four colour images at front and back, including one very cute 4-koma page of the cats owner in cosplay. The translation by Taylor Engel continues to give us Fukumarus meowy voice very convincingly: Fukumaru Furry Flurry P-P-P-P-Punch!!!(attacking his own reflection in the mirror, because). Its another nicely produced volume which any cat owner or enthusiast will be happy to own and dip into! I can only hope that in subsequent volumes Umi Sakurai can keep the delicate balance between gentle humour and sentiment just right. Fukumarus personality (more than a little tsundere) will probably go a long way to ensuring his story stays the right side of the line.

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A Man & His Cat #3

Mar 14, 2021

A Man & His Cat delves deeper into Fuyuki Handas past as a concert pianist as his life with Fukumaru continues and the focus of the story shifts onto another man and his mother's cat.

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A Man & His Cat #4

Oct 8, 2021

I imagine that by now, Fukumaru and his gentle, kind-hearted ‘daddy' have found many fans in the English-reading manga community and, like me, they'll be looking forward to the next volume which is due out in December 2021. The cover art suggests that that black Maine coon is going to play a larger role in Fukumaru's life…

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A Man & His Cat #5

Jan 25, 2022

Bubbling under is the music-related story of young Moriyamas problems with the group he plays guitar with hopefully that will bear fruit in the next volume from Square Enix Manga (which is due out in June 2022).

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A Man & His Cat #6

Jul 13, 2022

There's never a dull moment in this latest instalment of the adventures of M. Kanda and his beloved cat Fukumaru if youre enjoying these delightful tales of music, musicians and their pets, then you wont want to miss this one!

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A Strange and Mystifying Story #1

Nov 17, 2017

If youre looking for a well-drawn, appealing urban fantasy BL with believable, relatable characters, then start here with A Strange and Mystifying Story. Just dont expect it to show all its strengths in this first volume; it gets much better later on!

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Again!! #1

Mar 19, 2018

Its early days in this twelve-volume series, but if Imamuras story continues in this vein, it will make for an engaging read.

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Allen: Son of Hellcock #1

Dec 5, 2015

Allen: Son of Hellcock is a great, fun read. The characters come to life and seem to pop off the page through beautiful, expressive art, and the imaginative storyline and silly characters are full of life and sarcasm;these things fill theHellcockworld.It's a bizarre combination of past and present, modernity and medieval, and that is a central part of what makes this particular comic so fascinating.

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Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night & Other Stories #1

Feb 20, 2019

All the ingredients that go into making Gunnma/Alita such a successful, gritty and exciting piece of cyberpunk storytelling are here: the rusting industrial landscapes; the merging of human brains and machines; the massive mecha and the lawless Wild West-style atmosphere that permeates this future society.

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Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle #1

Mar 6, 2018

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle has obvious appeal to all Alita fans as it delivers a fascinating revelation of her early life. Told in a gritty but compelling way, this dystopian SF tale of the red planet makes a great page-turner that will also appeal to readers who are new to the series.

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Beyond the Clouds #1

Apr 3, 2020

(Online cover images for Volume 1 have the subtitle ‘The Girl Fallen from the Sky' but Kodansha are using the subtitle ‘The Girl Who Fell from the Sky' on the print editions. A digital edition is promised but not yet available. )

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Billy The Pyro #1

Jul 9, 2014

These are questions that I'm sure will be answered in future issues. Billy the Pyro is definitely a series to pick up and read and I'm hoping that future issues will be just as well done as this one.

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Blue Period #1

Nov 12, 2020

Im looking forward to seeing where Yatoras new obsession with art takes him in the next volume. He makes a sympathetic protagonist and Yamaguchi has already introduced enough intriguing characters, some sympathetic, like Mori-senpai, others far less so, to show us that his way forward into the world of art is not going to be an easy one.

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Blue Period #2

Apr 23, 2021

In the second volume of Blue Period Tsubasa Yamaguchi delves deeper into the mindset of Yatora as he struggles to find his voice and style as an artist. There are some painful realisations for the young would-be artist to face up to, as well as for two of his fellow students: Ryuji/Yuka and Yotasuke. Recommended.

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Blue Period #3

Jul 27, 2021

Blue Period has some really important and meaningful things to say about expressing yourself in the creative arts and about the place of inspiration versus craft. If youre studying art or just making art for your own pleasure, many of Yatoras moments of soul-searching will ring true and inspire sympathy. Maybe some of the advice that hes given by his teachers will help unlock your talents?

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Blue Period #4

Sep 11, 2021

The tensions and self-doubts plaguing Yatora and his fellow students in the lead-up to their first examination are nail-bitingly portrayed. But a whole volume dedicated to one single examination? Happily, theres humour and empathy as well, making this fourth volume of Blue Period an unexpectedly rewarding and inspiring read.

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Blue Period #5

Dec 14, 2021

Looking back at Yatora in Volume 1, its fascinating to see now how hes changed. Yamaguchi portrays a very different young man at the beginning: his expression is self-confident but detached, hes rocking the bleached hair and pierced ears delinquent look. Making his own art strips away all those outer defences hes erected to protect himself; the Yatora in these chapters is vulnerable, filled with self-doubt yet able to talk honestly with Yuka for the first time. No wonder he says as he sits down to paint, My brush feels light today.

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Blue Period #6

May 2, 2022

And so the Exam Arc comes to an end and its been quite a journey for Yatora and for the reader too. Yamaguchis unique graphic style has brought her characters to vibrant life and I, for one, cant wait to follow them into the University Arc that starts in Volume 7 (due at the end of May).

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Blue Period #7

Jul 8, 2022

As Blue Period starts a new story arc, Tsubasa Yamaguchi explores the vital question: ‘can creativity be taught?' through Yatora's experiences. It doesn't sound as if it's going to grab the attention, but thanks to Yamaguchi's storytelling, engaging characters and quirky approach, it makes for vivid reading. Don't skip this volume!

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Blue Period #8

Sep 27, 2022

This eighth volume of Blue Period from Kodansha is again translated very ably by Ajani Oloye and reads well. No colour pictures, sadly, although the front and back cover art is superb and the mangakas splash pages are as witty and fun as in the other volumes. Volume 9 should already be out, although the delays continue with the physical editions. All in all, this volume delivers another fascinating look at the life of a group of young artists, trying to realize their dreams and become the best they can be in their chosen fields.

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Boarding School Juliet #1

Nov 11, 2018

If you enjoy this first volume, you can read ahead as Kodansha have also been issuing the series in digital form. The translation is by Amanda Haley and flows nicely although there are none of the usual (and helpful) Translation Notes weve come to expect from Kodansha. Included at the end are four pages of Early Design Work (Im guessing for the anime). And you can currently watch the anime streaming on Amazon Prime.

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Candy Color Paradox #1

Apr 2, 2019

Entertaining, amusing, even touching at times, Candy Color Paradox is a welcome addition to SuBLime Mangas Boys Love collection and is highly recommended.

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Charmed: Season 10 #1

Oct 15, 2014

The TV series might have ended, but the Halliwell sisters and their foes live on in these well-drawn and surprisingly familiar comics. Charmed: Season 10 #1 gives me hope that this next season will continue what has long been a favorite show for a lot of people. Thebookis still able to surprise fanswith new characters, interesting plot lines, and wry humor. It's definitely a series to catch upwith if you haven't already and a great start to the new series if you're up-to-date with the Charmed Ones.

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Cherry Magic! #1

Mar 16, 2020

Cherry Magic! is a pleasant surprise, a gentle and cute romantic comedy told with a light touch; theres something rather endearing about two 30-something salarymens mundane lives being transformed by a sprinkle of magic.

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Cherry Magic! #4

Apr 25, 2022

The translation is again by Taylor Engel and brings out the differences between the main pair well. There are also helpful translation notes. The lettering by Bianca Pistillo is vital for conveying when Adachi (and Tsuge) are hearing the inner thoughts of other people, rather than their voices. Square Enix's edition is, like the earlier volumes, printed on good quality paper and has a cute ‘cherrygram' colour page at the front. Hopefully we won't have too long to wait for Volume 5 as it's currently scheduled for July 2022!

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Cherry Magic! #5

Sep 3, 2022

So theres much to like in this charming, amusing and sometimes touching story of two salarymen unexpectedly finding love at the office although theres a development at the end of the volume thats going to cause big problems for Adachi and Kurosawa. Well just have to wait till January 2023 to find out in Volume 6 what happens next!

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Chis Sweet Adventures #1

May 4, 2018

This a delightful little book thats best to dip into or share with a younger reader. I say share because, even though Im keen to recommend manga titles that readers under eleven will enjoy, the lettering here is not very large and, in places, a little difficult to read due to the size of the panels. This is not, however, a major problem, and wont deter young and keen readers.

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Cryptocracy #1

Jun 20, 2016

Cryptocracy holds a lot of promise. It's beautifully written and doesn't hold back, with a creative story that is familiar but not like reading the same thing for the millionth time. It makes itself out to be different by fusing elements across genres and taking a look into the lifestyles of the rich and famous" but not the Hollywood type. These rich and famous are as deadly as they are, well, rich and famous, and given that the whole point of Cryptocracy is that there's some serious tensions that are growing between the nine families that control the world, it's probably not going to go well" or end well.

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Dear NOMAN #1

Feb 28, 2021

Dear Nomanmakes for a gentle supernatural read and falls on the subtle side of scary for those seeking out ghostly chills with a light sprinkling of shojo-ai to add a little spice.

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Dear NOMAN #1

Mar 2, 2021

Dear Noman makes for a gentle supernatural read and falls on the subtle side of scary for those seeking out ghostly chills with a light sprinkling of shojo-ai to add a little spice.

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Deko-Boko: Bittersweet Days OGN

Mar 21, 2022

The first volume Deko-Boko Sugar Days delivered a charming, feel-good story of the blossoming love between two childhood friends, enlivened by many cute chibi panels and amusing expressions.

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Descending Stories #1

Aug 21, 2017

Descending Stories brings the world of a unique performance art and the complicated relationships of its performers to life through mangaka Haruko Kumotas distinctive art and engrossing story-telling.

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Double #1

Sep 25, 2021

A genuinely intriguing, amusing first volume of this new ongoing manga series from Tokyopop which will appeal to anyone whos ever been involved in acting, amateur or professional and to all who are keen to know what goes on in the filming of a drama TV series.

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Double #2

Nov 25, 2021

The second volume of Double confirms that this is a unique and mature exploration of the insecure world of acting with fascinating glimpses of life on a film set seen from the actors point of view. Tokyopop are to be applauded for bringing us a seinen series that makes for compelling reading through believable and flawed characters trying to stay true to their art.

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Double #3

Jan 16, 2022

Even though these chapters are crammed full of events as we watch Takaras struggles to adjust to the major developments in his life, this feels like a transitional volume and its not until the final image that we sense that something has changed. Itll be a wait, though, until the fourth volume (due out in summer 2022) to discover exactly what that is and how it will impact everyone close to Takara including Yuujin.

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Double #4

Mar 16, 2022

This is a rich and rewarding volume, full of revelations about the characters and the art of theatre itself. The rehearsal scenes where the cast and director discuss the process of bringing the play to life and how they approach their roles make for utterly compelling reading, even though probably not many of us in the West are familiar with the play theyre working on. Sadly, were all caught up with Japan now when it comes to the release of complete volumes and as a live action series has recently been announced, its quite possible that the mangaka will be involved in the script process. So, it could be a while until we find out what happens when Hiryuuden opens to the general public!

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Emma Dreams of Stars #1

Jan 10, 2022

Emma Dreams of Stars is an intriguing and entertaining account of a woman determined to make her way in a masculine-dominated profession. It's bound to appeal to fans of French and Japanese food!

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Eniale & Dewiela #1

Dec 21, 2020

It will be fun to see where Shirahama takes her quarrelling winged heroines next and whether over-keen exorcist Donovan is hot on their trail again in the next collection of stories, due out in February 2021. It looks as if theyll be paying a visit to London and Big Ben . Is nothing sacred? I cant wait to find out!

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Frau Faust #1

Sep 27, 2017

This is a treat for all readers who already love The Ancient Magus Bride, revealing Kore Yamazaki to be a skilled writer of contemporary fantasy who just happens to have chosen to tell her stories through manga (thus adding a rich extra dimension to the telling).

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Given #1

Feb 20, 2020

Given is published by SuBLime, so yes, its Boys Love, but its main themes are about love and loss, and what it means to be in a relationship, enhanced by the powerful metaphor of communication through music and playing together. Its as much about discovering your own creativity as discovering your soul-mate. The translation by Junko Goda captures the idle banter between high schoolers (and university students) convincingly, as well as Mafuyus difficulties in expressing himself. The story benefits from the mangaka's subtle touches of dry humour (Uenoyama often ‘sees' Mafuyu as a wide-eyed puppy) and the inclusion of her 4-koma pages at the end is a real bonus. This is one of the few manga that proves Boys' Love can tell a compelling story that will appeal to readers outside the usual target audience, creating memorable characters and illustrating them with accomplished and striking images.

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Go For It, Nakamura! OGN

Jul 20, 2018

Through Nakamura's heated imagination, Syundei manages to gently " yet affectionately " parody several of the over-used tropes of BL whilst at the same time creating a refreshingly believable and relatable central character. Highly recommended.

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Go For It, Nakamura! #1

Jul 20, 2018

In the Afterword, Syundei treats us to a brief but insightful breakdown of each chapter and the history of this collection (Nakamura began online in 2014, then was published by the enterprising BL magazine OPERA). One comment Syundei makes about Chapter 4: This story came about because I was thinking How can I sneak girl characters into a Boys Love manga?raises the thorny issue regarding the total absence of female characters in some BL works (or their inclusion only as love rivals or neglected fiances). But this isn't that kind of story and feels all the more natural as a depiction of growing up. Through Nakamura's heated imagination, Syundei manages to gently – yet affectionately – parody several of the over-used tropes of BL whilst at the same time creating a refreshingly believable and relatable central character. Highly recommended.

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Golosseum #1

May 22, 2018

Golosseum makes its entrance in true WWE larger-than-life style. Its violent. (Warning: dont read if youre fond of tigers.) Which element will win: the political satire, the historical mystery or the desire to just draw some really epic suplexes? (I know which one my moneys on…)

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Graineliers #1

Jan 6, 2018

The combination of beguilingly attractive art and an intriguing story concept will appeal to readers in search of something truly ‘different'. Recommended.

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Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk #1

Feb 1, 2016

Fans of Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales will fall easily into the universe created in this issue, losing themselves in the fun (and sometimes borderline insane) characters, the hijinks, and the heist plot throughout. Beautifully drawn and well written, this steampunk edition of a favorite comic will draw readers both old and new. It's got guns, a vibe reminiscent of Borderlands and westerns, and it's all-around tons of fun–a definite read for anyone who was a fan ofGrimm initially and an easy story to fall into for readers that maybe aren't quite as familiar with Zenescope's series.

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Hard-Boiled Stories from the Cat Bar #1

Jun 22, 2021

In spite of all its narrative complications, Hard-Boiled Stories from the Cat Bar is a fascinating, if frustrating seinen read and will keep readers turning (and turning back) the pages. I'm really interested to see what this promising mangaka, Yourei Ono, comes up with next.

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Heaven's Design Team #1

Nov 22, 2020

If youre interested in all kinds of creatures, youll be attracted to this for the factual side as well as the underlying story but if youre just looking for a new manga series, this fast-moving, funny and imaginative re-working of the creation myth is definitely recommended!

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Heaven's Design Team #2

Jan 13, 2021

If, like me, you enjoyed the first volume of Heavens Design Team, Im happy to report that theres no falling-off of quality in the second; the level of craziness is ramped up and theres some fascinating information about why fire-breathing, flying dragons wouldnt actually work.

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Heaven's Design Team #3

Jun 14, 2021

Praise yet again to translator/letterer JM Iitomi Crandall for their fluent translation, both of the lively conversations between the designers and all the factual material in the encyclopedia. The cover illustration (like the others in the print versions) uses a fluorescent orange (to match the bright neon green and yellow of the earlier volumes) and the catalogue cover illustration featured here doesn't really do it justice! This print edition originally appeared in Kodanshas digital-first range, so you can read ahead digitally, if you dont want to wait for the next print volume (six volumes, ongoing) to find out what the designers get up to next!

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Hitorijime My Hero #1

Jan 18, 2019

Hitorijime My Hero is a welcome addition to the (slowly growing) range of BL manga available in English translation. Its laid-back tone of voice and distinctive graphic style make it a fun read but there are some dramatic and emotional moments as well. Its only the first of eight volumes in an ongoing series and if youve watched the (excellent) anime series on HIDIVE, youll be aware that there are dark clouds massing on the horizon. Setty is a really endearing main character and youll be rooting for him as the problems start to build up.

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Hitorijime My Hero #2

Mar 20, 2019

The Translation Notes from Anne Lee are again not only helpful to explain cultural references but fun to read as well. The opening colour page is attractively painted in muted pastel shades that complement the palette used on the cover. And the mangakas Thrilling and Suspenseful Afterword will amuse anyone whos ever had been under pressure to make a deadline.

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I Cannot Reach You #1

Apr 17, 2021

There are some yonkoma at the end of the book as well as a small extra chapter: Popsicle and the mangakas Afterword which says, “I'd be so happy if we could meet again in Volume 2.” Luckily for us, Yen Press have this scheduled to be released in June (2021).

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I Cannot Reach You #2

Jul 12, 2021

I Cannot Reach You is a slow burn of a story, taking its time to depict the agonies of indecision, jealousy and self-doubt that both its protagonists are experiencing as they struggle to make sense of their changing emotions.

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I Cannot Reach You #3

Feb 2, 2022

BL readers who want to see the main pair get together and are impatient with a slow burn might lose interest in I Cannot Reach You. However, for readers who are invested in the characters (and theyre really well drawn, both graphically and in the way the story unfolds) this reaches a level of painful intensity that demands some kind of resolution or confession. Then, darn it, this volume ends on yet another nail-biting cliffhanger so I, for one, cant wait to see what happens next in Volume 4 (due out in April from Yen Press)!

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I Cannot Reach You #4

May 23, 2022

All in all, this makes for another engaging, heartfelt volume in which we get to know Yamato and Kakeru better (even as they get to know each other more) as well as the people around them. Where it spins it wheels a little is that were really not very much further on at the end than we were at the beginning. Bring on Volume 5, please, Yen Press!

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I Hear the Sunspot #1

Sep 14, 2017

Given the recent popularity of the anime film A Silent Voice, the sensitive topic of hearing impairment has been much to the fore. I Hear the Sunspot is a very different work but just as worthy of your time for its characterization and bitter-sweet depiction of a nascent relationship. And the artwork is gorgeous. Recommended.

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I Think Our Son is Gay #1

May 27, 2021

I Think Our Son Is Gay delivers an entertaining and feel-good read and the Teen rating means it will make a good addition to the LGBTQIA+ shelf in senior libraries.

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I Think Our Son is Gay #2

Dec 4, 2021

Perhaps, most touching of all is the mangakas afterword in which he reveals that he came out to his own mother between the publication of the first and second volumes of the manga. It seems to have gone all right!

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I Think Our Son is Gay #3

Jul 24, 2022

Even though I still have some reservations about the way OKURA is conveying his story, its good to have LGBT+ manga from mangaka who identify as gay and this series would make a very useful addition to a secondary school library, alongside the currently best-sellingHeartstopperby Alice Oseman.

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Intrepid #0

Apr 15, 2014

I'm looking forward to seeing how this story develops. It was an excellent first issue, not too cluttered and not too sparse, a great balance of story via a narrator and interaction via character voice. The art was beautiful as well, and I think that it could develop into something really awesome. Keeping this on my to-read list for future issues!

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IXth Generation #1

Jan 12, 2015

It seems as though IXth Generation has a lot of potential and a lot of possibilities that could come from the characters and the storyline — it's creative, interesting, and I still absolutely love the naming conventions for the characters. It's a cool blend of fantasy and science-fiction, and in a genre that's been rehashed over and over again, this is new and refreshing and, despite its pitfalls, has definite possibilities. This is one to keep up on and hopefully the universe will be expanded on and the characters will see a little more personality in upcoming issues.

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Kigurumi Guardians #1

Sep 16, 2017

Kodansha gives us a handsome trade paperback edition with a colour plate and an excellent translation (as always!) from Alethea and Athena Nibley, as well as two pages of helpful translators notes at the back.The second volume which is due out in October and I, for one, can't wait.

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Knight of the Ice #1

May 14, 2020

So, if you enjoy the world of competitive ice skating (and loved Yuri!!! On Ice, which, incidentally, this predates by four years) youre going to love this, even if it has a hetero couple at the centre of the narrative. Theres a need for entertaining, grown-up josei manga like this and Yayoi Ogawa is just the right mangaka to deliver an amusing and endearing story, which bowls along at a lively pace, yet takes enough time to develop the characters in a satisfying way. Theres ten more volumes to look forward to.

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Kowloon Generic Romance #1

Aug 16, 2022

Kowloon Generic Romance is one of those rare manga that, while being hard to categorize, is a fascinating and captivating read. There are images which will give readers a genuine frisson and the ingenious way the mangaka is revealing the story will make them very eager to grab the next volume as soon as it comes out (November 2022)!

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Last Unicorn #1

Oct 28, 2014

The Last Unicorn isan incredible adaptation of an already famous and well-known novel (not to mention the outstanding 1982 film) and a must read for anyone who has experienced the story. If you haven'texperienced the storyalready, then this comic is certainly a great way to do so. Despiteits adaptation acrossdifferent mediathroughout the years (including a soon-to-come Broadway play), The Last Unicorn isrequired for fantasy and comic fans everywhere.

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Let's Go Karaoke! #1

Jun 1, 2022

Lets Go Karaoke! is a little gem; a really well-constructed story with fascinating chalk-and-cheese characters brought together by the desire to make music (or not have to endure being given a painful tattoo by an over-eager boss).

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Like Two Peas in a Pod #1

Jul 26, 2021

Gorou Kanbe is one of the new to English translation BL authors from MAG Gardens BL list that Tokyopop have been featuring in their new LGBT+ LOVE x LOVE list. All her three titles (Like Two Peas in a Pod, Dont Call Me Dirty and Dont Call Me Daddy) are unusual, entertaining and perceptive pieces of graphic fiction. Her characters are really engaging, flaws and all; shes skilled at creating genuinely funny moments and heart-breaking ones as well. Highly recommended.

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Living-Room Matsunaga-San #1

Jun 9, 2020

The first volume of Living-Room Matsunaga-San ends tantalisingly, tempting us to read on and find out what happens next for Meeko. If you cant wait for the next print volume, you can, of course, go digital and carry on reading straight away!

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Lost Lad London #1

Jun 21, 2022

Lost Lad London will appeal to all readers who enjoy a taut and twisty murder mystery with an art style that looks more like a Western graphic novel (appropriate for a story set in 21st century London?) and compelling characters. Volume 2 is scheduled for August 2022 and I cant wait to see what Shima Shinya has up her sleeve as the plot thickens!

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Lost Lad London #2

Sep 11, 2022

Theres sadly only one more volume to go (January 2023) in this well-written and stylishly drawn mystery but I hope that Yen Press will bring us more from this gifted mangaka. Shima Shinya is definitely a talent to watch!

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Loved Circus OGN

Sep 7, 2022

Considering everything that the four central characters go through, Loved Circus is surprisingly upbeat and by the end, delivers an unexpected yet emotionally satisfying conclusion. This title is not for everyone but it's one of those rare manga that repay reading several times because of the mangaka's skill in creating a story peopled by characters you really come to care about.

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Mae #1

May 12, 2016

A clash of characters in the first issue seems to suggest further conflict will erupt in the future. It leaves the reader wondering, what happens if Mae disappears and goes off with Abbie? There're a lot of unanswered questions in the first issue, but I'm confident they'll be answered in the future. Gene Ha truly delivers with this imaginatively dark comic, leaving a lot open to interpretation and leaving readers wanting more. This one teems with mystery and intrigue at what exactly Abbie's been doing and how Mae is going to fit into this whole scheme.

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Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1

Jan 22, 2016

It's a great title for anyone who's looking for a strange, scary read to pick up. It's filled with creatures that are familiar fare but are clearly more deadly than most media makes them out to be; characters that are intriguing and have their own (sometimesvery dark) pasts, and a great, cohesive storyline that isinformative and fun to follow.Midnight Society: The Black Lake is a fantastic read, great for the horror fan craving a little something new.

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Mob Psycho 100: Reigen

Jan 24, 2021

This is a must-read for Mob Psycho 100 fans " and newcomers to the series could happily read it as a standalone too.

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Monster and the Beast #1

Jul 19, 2019

Sometimes amusing (Liam really is a cad!) sometimes touching, Renji has caught my attention with this different and attractively drawn take on the classic trope. The first volume ends on a tantalising cliff-hanger and I cant wait to find out what happens next when the second volume is released in the autumn.

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Moriarty the Patriot #1

Oct 6, 2020

As I write this review, Moriarty the Patriot (the anime TV series) is about to make its debut in the Autumn 2020 Season and Im sure this will bring many more readers to the manga. The trailer does a very effective job in evoking late nineteenth century London and well be covering this new anime in our Season Preview.

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Moriarty the Patriot #2

Jan 5, 2021

If youve been following the TV anime, youll know that it's moved far past these chapters and the predominantly dark tone of the series has managed to obscure the more clunky moments of the manga. (On purpose?) No sign of MI6 so far!

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My Boy #1

Apr 20, 2018

An unconventional friendship develops between two lonely individuals.My Boydelivers in its first volume a sensitive and beautifully drawn story that will make readers think about the pressures of modern life on adults and children alike.

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My Boy #2

Jul 28, 2018

Takano weaves a compelling but disturbing narrative in which none of the adults motives can be seen as wholly selfless. Mashuu is particularly well observed, although, perhaps a little young and unworldly for twelve in the way he is depicted. But by making him (and his classmates) children in the final year of grade school, poised between childhood and the coming of puberty and the teenage years, the mangaka is underlining the fleeting beauty that fades and changes as children grow into their adult selves.

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My Boy #3

Mar 21, 2019

The translation for Vertical Comics is again by Kumar Sivasubramanian and does an excellent job of conveying the dialogue very naturalistically (although I, personally, would prefer Japanese honorifics to be preserved).

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My Boy #4

May 22, 2019

My Boy continues to intrigue and beguile as the two-year gap in the narrative and change of point-of-view character provide a welcome change of focus. But the underlying question remains: why is Satoko so attached to a boy eighteen years her junior? The friendship is evidently important to both of them but can it be allowed to continue within the constraints of contemporary Japanese society?

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My Boy #5

Oct 7, 2019

Kumar Sivasubramanian continues to deliver a very readable, flowing translation for Vertical Comics which suits the mangakas style well as there are plenty of interior monologues for the three main protagonists of this volume. And the cover is lightly dusted with glitter which is a delightful and appropriate touch; are the warmer shades of amber and gold in the artwork indicative of happier moments to come, perhaps…? Or an impossible dream? This volume confirms how compelling this story is turning out to be and I'm now impatient to see where the mangaka takes the story in Volume 6.

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My Boy #6

Jul 30, 2020

If youve been following this unusual slice-of-life story, you wont be disappointed by the latest instalment to be translated into English. Even though it seems at first glance that this volume is just a series of meetings, theres a great deal going on below the surface of these ordinary peoples lives and Hitomi Takanos skill is in making them so relatable through her art and her portrayal of her flawed but fascinating characters.

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My Boy #7

May 3, 2021

It's Volume 7 and My Boy is still very readable, with not a panel wasted in pushing the story forward and keeping readers eagerly turning the pages. There's a constant sense of awareness now that it's treading a very narrow line between what's acceptable and not acceptable in society " as the fact that Satoko turns to Shoji for legal advice demonstrates.

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My Boy #8

Jan 7, 2022

The ninth volume (due out in March 2022) will be the last and it will be fascinating to see what kind of resolution Takano will offer her readers. The implications throughout the volumes have been that certain people are soul-mates, no matter what difference there might be in age between them, and like Platos incomplete, divided humans, they will search for their other halves so they can become whole. But will the mangaka allow her characters a happy ending?

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My Boy #9

May 26, 2022

And so, My Boy brings its main characters to a place of resolution from which, its implied, they can move forward in a positive and life-enhancing way. This was, maybe, not the ending we were hoping for and its open-ended final chapters imply the possibility of a sequel. However, at present, Hitomi Takano is writing a josei manga (not yet available in translation) with the intriguing title Gene Bride, so I dont envisage that happening any time soon.

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My Summer of You #1

Jul 13, 2021

The sequel promises to tell us more about Wataru and Saeki, now university students, passing another summer vacation together. I can't wait to to see how Nagisa Furuya develops their relationship in the next (and final?) volume, due out in November 2021 from Kodansha.

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My Summer of You #2

Apr 18, 2022

My Summer of You delivers a second atmospheric volume charting a slowly evolving relationship taking place against another hot Japanese summer. Hoping we wont have too long to wait before the third volume comes along

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New York, New York (2022) #1

Mar 31, 2022

N.B. The 2003 date in the copyright line refers to the later Hakuensha 2-in-1 edition, not the original version from c. 1995.

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New York, New York (2022) #2

Aug 30, 2022

The sharp swerve away from LGBT+ slice-of-life in late 20th century New York in Volume 1 into serial killer cop drama in Volume 2 may prove too great a tonal shift for some readers. Others will relish the skilful plotting and exciting yet disturbing drama that plays out in this volume. Either way, New York, New York delivers a fascinating glimpse into the range of shojo manga at the end of the last century; it was published in Hana to Yume which also brought out Fruits Basket, Angel Sanctuary and Descendants of Darkness (amongst other popular other 90s titles).

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Orphan Black #1

Feb 25, 2015

I enjoy comics that are based off of another established media, and Orphan Black #1 does an excellent job of transposing information " as a fan of the TV show, this is definitely a series that I'll continue to follow. It's a unique view into an already established universe, offering a plethora of background information that is somewhat unattainable through TV.

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Our Colors OGN

Jun 15, 2022

It's really heartening to be able to welcome the relatively recent appearance of manga like Our Colors by openly gay mangaka such as Gengoroh Tagame and Okura (I Think Our Son is Gay) that reflect on their own experiences of coming out in the hope that their work will spread greater understanding and, above all, offer reassurance and understanding to young people wondering about their own sexuality.

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Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare #1

May 16, 2019

Our Dreams at Dusk is only four volumes in length (and Seven Seas will bring all four out in 2019) but the mangakas considerable skills as a graphic storyteller are evident from the first page as we are plunged into the living hell of Tasuku's school life. Yet it's not a depressing read. There are some truly heart-wrenching moments but also some breathtaking images. The town of Onomichi is almost a character in its own right, depicted in loving detail. Above all, the story offers a compelling vision of hope for a future where we can be accepting of one another and welcome and celebrate difference. Tasuku has embarked on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, thanks to the mysterious and elusive Someone-san – I can't wait to see where it will lead him.

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Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide #1

Aug 28, 2021

This is a charming and lively travelogue, in which we follow the growth of a relationship against the backdrop of changing landscapes and cultures with all its ups and downs. Im really looking forward to the second volume (coming later this year) in which the travellers go to Finland, Germany and Italy!

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Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide #2

Nov 19, 2021

So which country will Mitsuki and Asahi visit next? Surely theyll be making their way to the United Kingdom soon? You can keep up with the next chapters in Japanese at the Mag Comi website but lets hope that Volume 3 will appear before too long. (This review is of the digital edition but if you prefer a paper copy, that currently is scheduled to be released on February 22nd 2022.)

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Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide #3

Sep 17, 2022

This is another fun-to-read volume in Mone Sorai's lively series, with plenty about the food of the countries visited as well as little snippets of history and culture. It also presents a realistic and believable portrait of a same-sex relationship navigating the ups and downs of living and travelling together and stands out from many other LGBTQIA+ manga in this respect. Recommended (and, given its Teen rating, accessible to younger readers).

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Penguin & House #1

Apr 14, 2022

Volume 2 is out already from Kodansha and there's a third to come at some stage.

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Penguin & House #2

Jul 28, 2022

And if youre interested in how to make Boba Tea from scratch, theres a whole chapter in which Pen and Hayakawas friend Ota have a go with cassava root; its a time-consuming, laborious process. Do they succeed? Youll have to read the book to find out!

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Ran and the Gray World #1

Feb 18, 2019

Ran and the Gray World gets off to a terrifically energetic and exuberant start, with a likable (unquenchable) young heroine, an imaginative treatment of its fantasy elements and some exceptional artwork. I cant wait to see where it goes in the ensuing six volumes (the series is complete)!

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Ran and the Gray World #2

Mar 14, 2019

Ran is a magical girl unlike any other and its going to be fascinating to see how Aki Irie makes her evolve and how this exciting mangaka nurtures and develops the seeds of several intertwining plots that shes cleverly planted in this volume.

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Raygun #1

Mar 23, 2016

Raygun #1 is beautifully illustrated, with all characters, panels, and settings coming across clearly. The characterization of Matthew comes across effectively and effortlessly in each page, displaying a boy who has been through a lot and still wants to come out fighting. Secondary characters don't have nearly as much interaction or dialogue but the players are clearly laid out"the bully, the sidekick, and our antihero. Overall, Raygun is a quick, interesting read, with real-life bases, and looks to be a promising series as we follow Matthew and the hunt for the weapon whose incredible powers have yet to be unleashed on the world.

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Robyn Hood (2014): 2015 Holiday Special

Dec 7, 2015

Overall, Zenescope's Robyn Hood Holiday Special: Reprieve isentertaining, the characters and monsters alike pop off the page, and the issue is filled with heartwarming moments " even when Robyn's being a total badass while fighting ice monsters and Krampus himself. It goes to show that even someone like Robyn, a girl that's been faced with such hardship and firmly believes that Christmas is cursed, can see past the darkness and uncertainty that shrouds her life, even if just for an evening. The moral of the issue is sweet and genuine and the pages carry a little something for everyone " action! adventure! sarcasm! destruction! " a true holiday tale for even the grumpiest of readers.

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Sasaki and Miyano #1

May 15, 2021

Sasaki and Miyano is very much an episodic, slice-of-life school story but after a slightly predictable start in which BL fanboy is in constant denial about being in a BL relationship (this joke can get old very quickly) it settles down into a better rhythm and starts to develop its characters in a very engaging way. But dont believe the BL means Boys Life label that was attached to it in some quarters this is very much about relationships as well as day-to-day life.

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Sasaki and Miyano #3

Aug 15, 2021

Now that weve reached the third volume of Sasaki and Miyano the series is revealing itself as a slow-burn, with no promises as to whether this senpai/kohai friendship will develop any further or not. But slow-burn, when handled with skill by the author, is much more rewarding for readers as it allows time to get to know the central characters really well.

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Sasaki and Miyano #4

Nov 17, 2021

Sasaki and Miyano is ongoing in Japan at seven volumes so far however, with the TV anime series imminent in early 2022, senpai Sasaki and his kouhai Miyano will soon become even more widely known (the TV anime effect!). Im hoping that this likable series will get as sympathetic an anime adaptation as Memeco Arii's Hitorijime My Hero and Kanna Kiis Seaside Stranger.

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Sasaki and Miyano #5

Apr 27, 2022

Volume 9 is launching in July in Japan. Volume 6 is scheduled for August 2022 from Yen Press, so hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to see a special image promised by the mangaka in her afterword!

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Sasaki and Miyano #6

Aug 27, 2022

Were going to have to wait till February 2023 to find out what happens in Volume 7 but fans of Sasaki and Miyano need not despair as Yen Press are bringing us the first volume of the spin-off Hirano and Kagiura in November 2022, followed by the novel in February. Yen Press, youre spoiling us!

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Sensei's Pious Lie #1

May 19, 2022

Its not clear exactly how the mangaka will go on to develop her themes throughout the next three volumes to come (all 2-in-1) but this volume ends with Minako asking Misuzu a leading question. My hope is that not all the male characters will end up portrayed as villains and not all the women will be shown to be victims or constantly trying to compete with each other. (Are these students ever going to get their final qualifications and graduate? Nobody seems to pay attention in class or do a shred of homework. Just saying) Volume 2 is due out in print in July.

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Seven Days: Monday - Sunday #1

Jan 8, 2020

This manga offers a relatable introduction to BL and its examination of what it means to be in a relationship unfolds in a sweet yet thoughtful way.

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Shadows House #1

Jul 22, 2022

Whether you've watched the TV anime series or not, Shadows House makes for a fascinating read. It reminds me a little of the tales of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston, set in an old house of great character in which time sometimes has no meaning. Shadows House is imaginatively conceived and manages to exude a sinister and compelling atmosphere that draws the reader in while at the same time, charming us with the growing friendship between Emilico and her mistress Miss Kate.

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Spy x Family #1

Jun 10, 2020

With a few light-hearted Bonus pages at the end of the first volume and credits to the mangakas team, this entertaining and decidedly non-PC spy caper merits several re-readings, as theres plenty of neat little hints and touches that are worth looking out for. Ongoing at four volumes, its brought to the West by VIZ Media as part of their SHONEN JUMP list.

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Spy x Family #2

Sep 3, 2020

As well as the official bonus, theres also an extra story at the end of Volume 2. Extra Mission 1 turns out to be designed for readers unfamiliar with the manga from its run on Shonen Jump as an introduction to the series. The Forgers go on an outing to Aqualand (Loid is desperate to convince the nosy neighbours that they really are a normal family unit who enjoy trips together) but, of course, nothing goes according to plan. If you like penguins, youre in for a treat because penguins are involved

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Spy x Family #3

Dec 4, 2020

If you're an Anya fan, you won't be disappointed as the youngest member of the Forger family has plenty of opportunities to react in her splendidly idiosyncratic way " and, for once, her unique telepathic abilities prove an advantage, rather than leading to yet more misunderstandings.

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Star-Crossed!! #1

May 13, 2021

If youre looking for a light-hearted and fun gender-swap manga, then youll enjoy Star-Crossed!! Junkos experience in writing same sex and shojo romcoms, coupled with her attractive* character designs makes this an undemanding but amusing read.

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Super! #1

Aug 5, 2014

Super! issues #1-3 are available in stores and on Comixology.

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Tales of the Kingdom (2022) #1

Sep 5, 2022

In the first volume of Tales of the Kingdom, the mangakas spare, elegant graphic style brings grace and beauty to her evocation of a far-distant fantasy land. Seeds of wonders and tragedies to come have been sown but it's too early to tell how they will develop although, given the artwork, it will be a pleasure to turn the pages!

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That Blue Sky Feeling #1

Sep 1, 2018

Are the feelings Noshiro is developing for Sanada stronger than friendship? Why are they so painful? It will be interesting to see where Okura takes Noshiro, Sanada and Ayumi in the second volume (not due out from VIZ until Spring 2019).

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That Blue Sky Feeling #2

Apr 18, 2019

This is quiet, realistic slice-of-life fiction about growing up with an aptly straightforward translation from Jocelyne Allen that suits the authors style really well.

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That Bulletproof Kid #1

Feb 26, 2016

Please note Project-Nerd Publishing is a division of Project-Nerd, LLC. All reviews are handled in a professional manner with an honest and unbiased breakdown of the materials.

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The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese #1

Nov 26, 2019

This manga earns its Mature rating with some realistic and explicit scenes. However, unlike several recent BL titles, these encounters are always earned theyre there because they tell us about the shifting relationships between the characters and the power dynamics involved. And Setona Mizushiro who has a very distinctive and easily recognizable graphic style amplifies and intensifies the impact of these scenes with her skillful portrayal of the characters emotions in their facial expressions. The pictures speak even without the dialogue, but when enhanced by the dialogue (or the characters' thoughts) they convey so much more to the reader. Even though shes produced other engaging (though non-BL) work since this title (Black Rose Alice, Shitsuren Chocolatier) this is probably her most intense and compelling love story. Like 10 Dance by Inouesatoh, this is manga for grown-ups: nuanced, bitter-sweet (with more bitter than sweet here) and difficult to put down. There are so many subtl

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The Girl From the Other Side: Siil, a Rn #1

Mar 15, 2017

At the end, we are promised that Volume 2 of A tranquil fairy tale about those human and inhuman is coming soon. But this volume ends on a nail-biting cliffhanger which is far from tranquil. The Girl from the Other Side is an unsettling yet strangely beautiful manga that will haunt you long after youve finished reading.

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The Girl From the Other Side: Siil, a Rn #2

May 30, 2017

An engaging follow-up to the exquisitely drawn first volume which even though not quite so successful still manages to enchant and chill in equal measure.

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The King's Beast #1

Feb 9, 2021

A promising start to this gender-swap fantasy, then, but with only three chapters, its a little difficult to tell how the story and the central servant-master relationship/romance is going to develop and whether it will distinguish itself from so many others in the same vein. Perhaps after Volume 2?

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The Other World's Books Depend on the Bean Counter #1

Aug 17, 2022

The Other World's Books Depend on the Bean Counter is a refreshing breath of fresh air in the ubiquitous isekai genre, brought to vivid life by Kazuki Irodoris attractive and accomplished artwork. Recommended!

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The Other World's Books Depend on the Bean Counter #2

Sep 15, 2022

Theres only a third volume out in Japan in this ongoing series and thus far Yen Press havent yet given us a date for it so one can only hope we wont have to wait too long as this volume ends abruptly on a dramatic cliffhanger!

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The Wicked + The Divine #1

Aug 18, 2014

It's stunning, beautiful, and interwoven with music and mythology. The Wicked + The Divine promises to be an incredible story, and I'm really looking forward to what creatorsKieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie, andMatt Wilsonhave in store for us. With characters that pop off the page and seem to be larger than life, the seriesisexplosive and powerful, both in narrative and artwork. Only two issues in means that you have plenty of time to catch up on this stunning comic. Issues #3and #4of The Wicked + The Divine will be available on August 20th and September 17th, respectively.

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The Witch and the Beast #1

Dec 9, 2020

The Witch and the Beast – Kodansha Comics – read a free extract here!

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The Witch and the Beast #2

Jan 18, 2021

The Witch and the Beast is not a comfortable read but to say so is to compliment mangaka Kousuke Satake on the genuine chills that their story generates in the reader. This time theres a real sense of the otherness of the world through which Ashaf and Guideau move. Magic and necromancy are a powerful and compelling combination in the hands of the right storyteller and the questions raised: When does love turn to obsession? What does necromancy really involve? are explored in unexpected ways that will linger in the reader's mind long after they've reached the end of the book.

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The Witch and the Beast #3

Mar 15, 2021

And now I cant wait to see what happens to Helga and Guideau in Volume 4. Will Helga change Guideaus deeply entrenched hatred of witches? This third volume is proof that Kousuke Satakes dark fantasy is going from strength to strength, delivering a supernatural tale that is quite different from the others.

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The Witch and the Beast #4

May 4, 2021

This volume ends on a significant cliff-hanger, so hopefully we wont have to wait too long for the fifth volume to see where this will lead!

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The Witch and the Beast #5

Aug 16, 2021

Having come this far with the two unlikely travelling companions, its going to be difficult to resist following them into the land of the vampires in Volume 6 and, most of all, seeing exactly how Ashaf is going to teach Guideau that very important lesson.

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The Witch and the Beast #6

Aug 17, 2021

Doubly frustrating is the fact that a good quarter of this volume is taken up with Chapter 0: Witch and Whim a one-shot (and, it seems, Satakes first published manga) which is set in a medieval-ish fantasy world and introduces the theme of the pretty but playfully wilful witch that the mangaka goes on to develop in The Witch and the Beast. The bonus is P.S. Beyond Death a rather dour little story about Necromancer Phanora Kristoffel (Volume 2) granting the wish of a bereaved daughter in the Be Careful What You Wish For tradition.

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The Witch and the Beast #7

Jan 2, 2022

The Witch and the Beast is still compulsively readable and thats also thanks to Kevin Giffords fluent translation for Kodansha. Volume 8 is due out in February 2022, so we wont have long to find out if Ashaf and Guideau have been outmanoeuvred once and for all by the fearsome Queen of the Night.

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The Witch and the Beast #8

Jul 15, 2022

However, if youve been following this arc, youll really want to read this volume to find out what happens in the final acts of Four Levels Below and to appreciate some dark and powerful graphic evocations of a vampire court at war with itself.

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Tomb Raider (2016) #1

Feb 20, 2016

Seeing Lara Croft translated to the page is neat and just as much of an adventure story-wise as the games have been, and fans of Tomb Raider shouldn't hesitate to pull it this week, as it'll pick up where the 2015 game left off. It's a quick read and the start of an intriguing storyline, with the promise of more action and adventure to come.

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Tomorrow, Make Me Yours #1

Jan 30, 2022

Tomorrow, Make Me Yours is translated for TOKYOPOP by Christine Dashiell who gives us, as always, a fluent translation. It makes a pleasant but undemanding BL read – and is currently available as an e-book; the physical edition is due out in May 2022.

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Toritan: Birds of a Feather #1

Aug 23, 2020

The first volume of Toritan is a fun read and a good introduction to Kotetsuko Yamamotos work, showcasing her sense of humour and her gift to create attractive yet believable characters.

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Victorie City #1

Dec 31, 2015

Victorie Cityis created and written byKeith Carmack and illustrated by Vincent Nappi

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Wandance #1

Sep 23, 2022

Wandance is an ongoing series currently at eight volumes in Japan; the second volume is already out from Kodansha, with the third due in October 2022. After such a lively beginning, itll be fascinating to see where Coffee takes his two protagonists in the world of freestyle dance.

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Welcome to Showside #1

Oct 30, 2015

Welcome to Showside will entice fans of the shows that it arereminiscent ofSteven Universe and Adventure Time, and readers will find themselves waiting eagerly to see what happens next, whether it be simply the next panel or if it's the next issue. It is an excellent feat in art and a great comic all-around, an awesome addition to anyone's collection.

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Witch Hat Atelier #s

Aug 5, 2022

Kodanshas translation is again ably delivered by Stephen Kohler (yet more fantasy names!) enhanced by Lys Blakeslees lettering. Volume 10 is scheduled for late November 2022 and as Volume 9 ends on a nail-biting cliffhanger, it cant come soon enough!

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Witch Hat Atelier #1

Apr 29, 2019

Witch Hat Atelier plunges the reader into Cocos world and enchants and alarms the reader in equal measure; this first volume blends inspiringly magical art with a fascinating story and comes highly recommended.

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Witch Hat Atelier #2

Jul 9, 2019

This accomplished second volume of Witch Hat Atelier continues to enthral and delight; its fascinating to watch Coco meet new challenges and new people. Shes one of the most engaging young heroines Ive met in fantasy for a while and I recommend this series for fantasy readers of all ages (Kodansha suggest 10 upward…)

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Witch Hat Atelier #3

Aug 27, 2019

One very small negative point: Im not sure I like the rhyming blurbs on the reverse covers. They dont quite work for me…although the final line but ignorance is innocences curse is very pertinent to Cocos dilemma. But it's a minor complaint. This third enthralling instalment of Kamome Shirahamas exquisitely drawn manga reveals just enough of the rapidly thickening plot to keep the reader impatient to read what happens next!

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Witch Hat Atelier #4

Dec 21, 2019

Another volume of this involving fantasy will keep Coco's fans on the edge of their seats – but also impatient to wait for Volume 5 (not due out until February 2020) to find what happens next!

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Witch Hat Atelier #5

Apr 27, 2020

This volume concludes with a rather cute page by the mangaka explaining more about the different hats of Witch Hat, followed by a double-spread trailer for Volume 6 in Summer 2020. I, for one, cant wait to discover what awaits Coco in the depths of the Great Hall upon the base of the deep sea.

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Witch Hat Atelier #6

Oct 7, 2020

(This July, Witch Hat Atelier was joint winner with Taiyo Matsumoto's Cats of the Louvre of the Will Eisner Best U.S. Edition of International Material -Asia award. And it's just been announced as winner of this year's Best Manga at the Harvey Awards!)

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Witch Hat Atelier #7

May 14, 2021

Winner of the Eisner and Harvey awards in the USA, Witch Hat Atelier is still one of the most readable and imaginative fantasy manga available in translation. Shirahama has become very skilled at balancing the humorous moments (Olruggios frustrations with wealthy client Lord Cladd at Mistcall Castle deliver some nice character moments for Olruggio fans) alongside the darker moments of pure horror, most significantly the revelations about the damage that has been done to Qifrey. After a revelatory conversation in the final chapter, the mood lightens as Coco and the girls gather to watch the passage (shooting) stars and Coco is excited as the others tell her about Silver Eve, the upcoming festival of magic.

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With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun #1

Sep 26, 2020

This manga is a charming but hectic account of the days (and nights) in Matsumotos household that will appeal to pet-lovers everywhere who are bound to recognize the antics of their own pets in some of the behaviours lovingly recorded by the mangaka. An anime TV series starts in October 2020. This series began (and continues) on Twitter New Chapters Every Sunday (details given at the end of the volume).

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Yokai Rental Shop #1

Nov 15, 2017

Inevitably, as in Pet Shop of Horrors and xxxHOLIC (CLAMP), two earlier manga series dealing with supernatural shops, theres a slight danger of he/she got what they asked for when it comes to granting the customers wishes and thats where the twist in each tale comes, because, as with CLAMP, the customers are not always the victims they perceive themselves to be but may be harbouring secret desires and feelings that could prove to be their downfall. If you like either of these series (as I do), youll enjoy Yokai Rental Shop even though its very much its own story; theres none of CLAMPs evasive (and sometimes downright frustrating) hinting and lack of closure. Shin Mashiba moves the story along at a satisfyingly swift pace, each chapter delivering another surprising reveal. The series is only four volumes in length (unlike her earlier popular supernatural series Nightmare Inspector which runs to nine) so expect everything to proceed at a brisk pace!

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Zodiac Starforce #1

Aug 10, 2015

Starforce isn't 100% original in its content, but it has pulled together what looks to be a promising storyline with interesting characters, each distinct in their own personalities and motivations. I'm interested in seeing where this goes and will definitely be keeping up with it as the issues come out. It'll be a bright, happy addition to my comic collection.

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