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Kitaro

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In his introduction, Matt Alt describes Kitaro as “quite possibly the single most famous Japanese manga series you’ve never heard of, even if you happen to be a manga fan.” In this series, Mizuki transforms classic yokai monsters from Japanese folklore into modern,…

JUDGE, vols. 1-4

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Yoshiki Tonogai has returned to torture teens once more in this judicial follow-up to Doubt. Previously, Tonogai’s victims were united by their interest in a mobile phone game called Rabbit Doubt. Their love of the game inevitably doomed them to participate in a real life version, created by a…

Deadman Wonderland, vol. 1

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When 14-year-old Ganta Igarashii’s entire class is killed by a flying man all dressed in red, Ganta is sentenced to death for the crime. The manner of his execution will be Deadman Wonderland, a giant privatized prison that also serves as a tourist…

Doubt, vol. 2

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Warning: this review contains spoilers. A good mystery has to end on a high note. Ideally, all the clues scattered throughout the narrative should come together to form a plausible finale. Unfortunately, Doubt leaves a great deal to be desired as its chaotic and…

Doubt, vol. 1

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Doubt, vol. 1 is a lengthy whodunit that pits six teenagers against each other in a life-or-death situation modeled after a popular cell phone game. The manga calls to mind character-driven thrillers like Saw, building an intricate mystery and connecting the victims beyond…

Another

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Koichi Sakakibara is a student transferring into Yomiyama North Middle School because of his mother’s recent death. The school is located in a small town that isn’t used to outsiders, so his mother’s sister helps Koichi adjust to his new environment.…

Attack on Titan, vol. 1

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Attack on Titan and the film adaptation of Starship Troopers share quite a few similarities. Both tell the story of young men driven by revenge against an enemy responsible for killing their families and besieging the human race. While Johnnie…

Zombie-Loan, volumes 8-13

After an exciting first seven volumes, the second half of the Zombie-Loan manga series does not disappoint. Our reluctant heroine, Michiru, is still hunting illegal zombies along with her Z-loan colleagues, the legal zombies Chika and Shito. Meanwhile, surprises keep…

7 Billion Needles, vols. 1-4

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Antisocial high-schooler Hikaru just wants to be left alone. But when she skips out on a class-trip dinner for a solitary walk on the beach, she attracts the attention of what she at first believes to be a shooting star…

Zombie-Loan, volumes 1-7

Michiru is a shy teenager with little self-worth, no confidence, and a rather unusual power of which she’s only dimly aware. When she removes her oversized glasses, Michiru can see things no one else can: gray rings around the necks…

Soul Eater NOT! Volume 1

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Story- Soul Eater NOT! is a spin off story of the popular shounen manga Soul Eater (a personal favorite). The story takes place before the events in Soul Eater and it’s recommended that you read Soul Eater first so you’re…

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 1-27

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When their beloved mother dies, precocious young Edward and Alphonse Elric resolve to do anything to bring her back, even breaking equilibrium-bound alchemy’s greatest taboo. But when the crackling energy from their transmutation circle fades, their mother’s still dead, Ed’s…

Soul Eater, Volume 1

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Soul Eater, Volume 1, written and illustrated by Atsushi Okubo, is definitely a 16+ title. Though it can be playful and silly and appeal to a younger crowd, there is a lot of sexuality—no full-fledged nip-slips, but there are panty…

Tenken

In a land still purging itself of the poisons of a past “dirty war,” people seek hope and comfort in tradition. As the busy festival season starts, construction worker Manaka finds himself drawn to Kishima, a capable yet secretive young…

Psyren, vol. 1

Teen-aged Ageha Yoshina’s life could be called pretty simple. He likes to fight, no matter the reason. So for a modest fee of 10,000 yen he’ll take on just about any cause for the chance to crack some heads. Unfortunately…

Black Butler, vol. 1-4

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Black Butler opens by introducing young Ciel Phantomhive, the head of the Phantomhive family and of the Funtom toy and candy corporation, and his butler Sebastian Michaelis. Sebastian is a butler above par. There seems to be nothing he can’t…

Grand Guignol Orchestra, vol. 1

The world has gone mad, with people infected by a virus which turns them into zombie dolls. There is one group who travels through the land fighting the zombies–The Grand Guignol Orchestra, led by the singer Lucille. But the members…

Deka Kyoshi, vol. 1

Police detective Toyama has been given a tough new undercover assignment: teaching a fifth-grade class! Their teacher was killed under mysterious circumstances and the police believe that the students are in danger as well. Toyama soon discovers that one boy,…