manga & anime

Whispered Words, vol. 1

Whispered Words Volume 1 Cover

Ushio Kazama is girl-crazy and everybody knows it. She has a different crush every week, and they all have three things in common: they are feminine, demure, and cute. In other words, they are the complete opposite of her best…

Black Bullet, vol. 1

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In the year 2021, the Gastrea Virus overwhelmed humanity and turned the majority of the human race into ravenous beasts. The rest were forced to retreat, unable to stand against the incredible power of the infected victims. Ten years later,…

The Angel of Elhamburg

The Angel of Elhamburg

There’s something undeniably satisfying about holding a well-crafted hardcover book in your hands, and Yen Press’s release of Aki’s one-shot The Angel of Elhamburg is easily the most well-crafted manga I have ever seen. When I unwrapped this volume and…

Thermae Romae, vol. 3

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Lucius Modestus Quintus, the time-traveling Roman architect, continues to research Japanese bathing culture with Satsuki’s help. Ito’s traditional bath houses are beginning to struggle to keep up with the times and Lucius is indignant that, thousands of years in the…

Tokyo Ghoul, vol. 2

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2

Tokyo Ghoul, originally published as a serial in the manga magazine Weekly Young Jump, follows college student Ken Kaneki as he attempts to survive in a world overrun by ghouls who look and act like humans, but kill and eat…

Yo-Kai Watch, vols. 1-2

Yo-Kai Watch, volume 1

Nate Adams is a normal elementary school student until he releases a yo-kai named Whisper. Whisper gives him a device called a “yo-kai watch” which allows Nate to see yo-kai and, to Nate’s surprise, Whisper insists on becoming his butler.…

Wandering Son, vols. 1-7

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Wandering Son is an important manga series, much celebrated for the sensitive treatment of its two young transgender protagonists. It offers nuanced portrayals of these two middle schoolers, their friends, and their families. The tone is sweet, gentle, and hopeful,…

Rose Guns Days: Season 1, vol. 1

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In 1944, Japan surrenders and members of the Sino-American Alliance take over. The Japanese rapidly become second-class citizens, and many have to turn to alternative lifestyles to keep from working menial jobs or joining the American or Chinese militaries. When former…

Karneval, vol. 1

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Things are not going well for Nai. Karoku, his only family, has disappeared, and without him, Nai has no idea what to do. Around twelve years old but remarkably naïve and ignorant for his age, Nai’s only goal is to see Karoku again.…

Ben-To: Complete Series

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You Satou is a poor high school freshman. Although he lives in a dorm, the school only provides students one meal per day and Satou is forced to fend for himself on the small allowance provided by his father. In an effort…

Kanokon Omnibus, vols. 1-9

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Kanokon is a nine-volume (or four-omnibus) manga based on a popular Japanese light novel series published between 2005 and 2010. The story follows fourteen-year-old Kouta Oyamada, a shy first-year student who has just transferred to Kunpo High School. On his…

D-Frag! vols. 1-2

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Reading D-Frag! is like listening to an excited four-year-old talk about their first trip to Disneyland: their elementary grasp of language makes it difficult to give you a full, coherent recap, leaving you to smile and nod. The problem with D-Frag! is…

The Celebration of Haruhi Suzumiya

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The world of Haruhi Suzumiya is a complicated one that has been developed through dozens of light novels and manga. Haruhi is obsessed with anything weird and paranormal, and her classmate Kyon is dragged into Haruhi’s hobby when she recruits him to…

One-Punch Man, vols. 1-2

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Saitama was having a rough life: lingering unemployment, lack of direction, and an omnipresent malaise that threatened to overwhelm him, all adding up to one very unsatisfied individual. Desperately searching for a purpose, Saitama made the fateful decision to become a…

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, vol. 1

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Let’s get something straight right away: unlike the original video games, Resident Evil is not scary in comics form. It may be bloody and tense, but if it weren’t for the tropes it uses, I wouldn’t call it horror. In The Marhawa Desire, readers will find a cheesy…