science fiction

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,…

Arpeggio of Blue Steel, vols. 1-2

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Seventeen years ago, strange, ghostly ships and submarines appeared all over the world, quickly decimating the navies of every country on Earth. Dubbed the Fleet of Fog, these ships are nearly indestructible. They rule the waves, shooting down aircraft and…

Time Killers

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  The title Time Killers—placed on a wraparound cover with a vast cast of characters and featuring a kimono, ninja knife, katana, school uniform, cape and goggles, UFOs, first aid box, and even Native Americans on horseback—screams time travel. Sure, the subtitle says, “short story…

Ultraman, vol. 1

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   I revisited various incarnations of the storied Ultraman property before reading the all new manga, mostly to remind myself about the character and the main touchstones, but also as an excuse to take a trip down the good old…

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…

Accel World, vols. 1 & 2

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  Based on the award-winning light novel by Reki Kawahara of Sword Art Online fame, the manga adaptation of Accel World is a fast-paced and engaging story that combines futuristic “full-dive” virtual reality technology with the everyday struggles of ordinary middle school…

Trigun: Multiple Bullets

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  Trigun is perhaps one of the most popular anime series among Western audiences. Set on the hostile planet of Gunsmoke, this sci-fi western focuses on the exploits of Vash the Stampede: a gunfighter who has embraced a life of nonviolent heroism after a case…

The Clockwork Sky, vol. 1

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In 1895, twelve-year-old Sally is shunted off to her brooding inventor uncle, Erasmus Croach. Escaping his mansion becomes the spunky girl’s top priority and, luckily for Sally, no locks can restrain her for long. Her freedom could give her the…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 5

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    After falling into an ambush plotted by the criminal mastermind known only as The Wiseman, assassin-turned-vigilante Mamoru Hijikata finds his confidence completely shot. Were it not for the intervention of tween psychic Haruka Tooyama, he would be dead.…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 4

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  The vigilante Element Network’s plan to strike fear into the heart of Tokyo’s underworld has been a success, but it has also attracted the attention of super-cop Detective Genda. Assigned to the kidnapping of Haruka Tooyama, Genda has uncovered…

Trigun Maximum Omnibus, vol.1

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  Trigun Maximum can best be described using the line of text on its contents page: “DEEP SPACE PLANET FUTURE GUN ACTION!!” The series includes lots of over-the-top, gunslingin’ action, with machines and weapons advanced far beyond what the Wild West-style setting suggests, coupled with a…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 3

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  The third volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens in the thick of the action, with pre-teen psychic Haruka and her protector Mamoru on the run. Their pursuer is Fang, an international assassin who utilizes stolen military-grade technology…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 2

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  As the second volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens, blind swordsman/ex-criminal Mamoru and his allies in the Element Network have successfully protected tween psychic Haruka from her would-be kidnappers. However, the vigilantes have little time to rest on…

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…

Barrage, vol. 1

It is the Era of Warring Planets and Industria, a hardscrabble little world, has been invaded by aliens of all kinds. Enter Astro, a brave, caring fifteen-year-old who lives in the slums, supporting a ragtag collection of younger kids. Astro…

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…