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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…

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…

K-On! High School

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K-On! High School succeeds K-On!, continuing the story of the high school pop music club after most of its members have graduated, leaving third-year student Azusa as the club’s captain, guitarist, and lone member. The story of Afterschool Tea Time’s…

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…

Anomal

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Anomal, offered by indie publisher Gen Manga, is a good light read for the horror aficionado and fans of the weird. Only 160 pages in length, the book contains seven stories, some only a few pages long. The subjects of these brief narratives live up…

Girls Und Panzer, vols. 1 & 2

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    Most high school girls spend their time studying, making friends, or carousing with cute boys. The girls of Ooarai Academy, however, have chosen to enlist in the school’s revitalized tankery club to practice World War II-style tank combat with…

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

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Assassination Classroom is exquisitely bizarre. One day, an alien being who looks like Pac-Man with tentacles destroys the Moon and threatens to do the same to Earth. Thanks to mysterious circumstances and an agreement with the Japanese government, the alien postpones his…

My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1

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  The beauty of the “slice of life” genre is that a multitude of content can be contained within a simple premise. If I tell you that Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star are each about a small group of high school girls and their everyday…

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,…