manga & anime

High School DxD, vols. 4-5

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In my previous review of the High School DxD manga, I learned to enjoy the story of pervert Issei Hyoudou and his so-called life as a demon. In earlier volumes, there was plenty of hilarity to go around, which provided a good counterbalance to…

Crimson Spell, vols. 1-5

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In this high fantasy yaoi, cursed swords and epic quests combine with forbidden love and passionate sex. Prince Valdirgr, known as Vlad, has taken up a demon-cursed sword in order to save his people. Though wielding the sword wins the war, its curse…

Manga Classics: Emma

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One of the perks of being a Jane Austen fan (or Austenite) is the abundant para-literature on all of dear old Jane’s books. Current variations include zombies, vampires, and gender bending of characters with other formats in the mix. Manga Classics:…

Spell of Desire, vol. 1

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The opening volume of Tomu Ohmi’s latest josei manga series introduces Kaoruko “Koko” Mochizuki, a young woman who owns an herbal shop in a small seaside town. Never knowing her mother, Koko grew up with her grandmother, a gifted herbalist who trained Koko until…

Zero’s Familiar Omnibus 1-3

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Louise Francoise le Blanc de la Valliere is a noble in the land of Tristain, in which all nobles possess magical abilities and are served by commoners. She attends the Tristain Academy of Magic, but unfortunately for poor Louise, she’s a bit of a…

OniAi: Complete Series – S.A.V.E.

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OniAi is based on a simple premise that quickly gets old. The deceptively cute Akiko is driven by a single passion in her young adult life: to enjoy a physical relationship with her older brother Akito. When Akito transfers to his little sister’s school and…

Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition

First published in Japan in 2002 and translated into English in 2003, Junji Ito’s Gyo has been re-released this April in a deluxe hardback 2-in-1 edition by Viz Media. Designed to complement Ito’s classic Uzumaki, the handsome matte cover opens…

My Love Story!!, vols. 1-3

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Takeo Goda is the best thing to happen to shojo manga. He is a towering, muscular super-athlete, and characters like him are usually nowhere to be found in sparkly romances. His main love interest, the bubbly dessert cook Rinko Yamato,…

Witch Buster Vol. 1-2

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Tasha Godspell arrives in a new town only to find himself immediately thrown into jail. There he meets a young girl named East, who tells him the townsfolk are suspicious because of an ongoing war between humans and witches. East then proceeds to break out of jail, fight off the Witch…

Vermonia, vols. 1-8

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The planet Vermonia is no more, destroyed in a battle between two brothers: Uro, bent on darkness and destruction, and Boros, Vermonia’s staunchest defender. At the last moment, Vermonia’s queen sent her four most trusted and powerful ministers on a mission…

The Betrayal Knows My Name, vols. 1-6

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The Betrayal Knows My Name pairs emotional drama with an escalating battle against evil forces, featuring a number of characters with angst-ridden backgrounds. There are 52 chapters of this serialized manga available in six volumes, the last of which includes only four chapters.…

Good Luck Girl!: The Complete Series

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I’m thoroughly convinced that Good Luck Girl! is the anime equivalent of Animaniacs, a spin-off from Tiny Toon Adventures full of slapstick and non sequitur gags. Animaniacs flourished when the jokes were unpredictable and relentless, something that Good Luck Girl!…

Space Dandy, Season 1

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Good times are ahead with Shinichiro Watanabe at the helm. The director of the critically-acclaimed Cowboy Bebop returns with a series that is the antithesis of that musically-infused sci-fi noir action drama. Space Dandy is raucous and nonsensical, nonlinear and absurd, unhesitatingly breaking the…

Sword Art Online: Progressive, vol. 1

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Your assessment of Sword Art Online: Progressive will come down to your tolerance for fanservice: targeted objectification or hypersexualization of anime and manga characters. All fanservice aside, this is a fairly entertaining debut story for Asuna Yuuki, one of the breakout stars of…