Tag Archive for VIZ

The Story of Saiunkoku, vols. 1-4

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Frustrated by laws barring women from taking part in government, civic-minded Shurei Hong resigns herself to teaching the local youngsters and picking up whatever odd jobs she can to support herself, her archivist father, and their faithful retainer. So when…

Ai Ore! Love Me, vol. 1

Boyish, confident Mizuki is the female “prince” of her all-girls school. She’s also the lead guitarist in her school’s popular all girl rock band, Blaue Rosen. When Kaoru, Blaue Rosen’s lead singer and Mizuki’s best friend, suddenly announces that she’s…

March Story

March Story takes place in 18th century Europe, where demons named Ill inhabit jewelry and other trinkets that will attract the notice of greedy humans. Once a human touches the evil trinket, the demon possesses the human and together, they…

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

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If you’ve never played the Professor Layton video games, there are two things you should know. First, you’re missing out on a wonderful series that mixes brain-tickling puzzles with brilliant visuals, dazzling music, and engaging, mysterious plotlines. The games hold…

Dengeki Daisy, vols. 2-6

As high-schooler Teru wrestles with whether or not to acknowledge what she does and doesn’t know about her mysterious friend and protector Daisy, whom she’s never “officially” met in person, and the cranky young school janitor Kurosaki who has drafted…

Pokémon: Black and White, vol. 1-2

Young Pokémon trainer Black has always had one dream: to win the Pokémon League Championship. To even compete, though, a trainer must collect badges by defeating the leaders of Pokémon gyms scattered all over the region. Black is just a…

Arata: the Legend, vol. 7

In the seventh volume of Arata: The Legend, Arata Hinohara goes up against Yorunami, one of the main Shinsho, who controls water. In order to force Hinohara to submit, Yorunami kidnaps Kotoha, Hinohara’s companion and the girl he has a…

Library Wars: Love & War, vol. 6

It’s Valentine’s Day and the Library Defense Force finds itself flooded with chocolates and romance! Iku schemes about the best way to get chocolates to Instructor Dojo without being too obvious about her feelings. Her roommate, Shibazaki, finds herself with…

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, vol. 1

Despite my having spent three years working in a comic books and games store, the Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomena largely passed me by. Oh, I was familiar enough with the game in general – I certainly sold enough cards for it! But…

Death Note Collection

Adapting a long-running manga series into a live-action feature film is no small feat, and doing it well seems almost impossible. When I asked my friend Maki—who recently moved to the United States after living in Japan for the past…

Mameshiba: On the Loose

Mameshiba: On the Loose

What is a Mameshiba? Bean shaped dog, dog shaped bean, who knows, and frankly when something is this cute, who cares. In Mameshiba: On the Loose, you meet the whole crow of “bean dogs”, from Edamame, the leader of the…

Itsuwaribito, Volume 1

“Someone who steals by sneaking into some place quietly without anyone knowing is called a burglar. Someone who steals by using words to trick someone is called a swindler. Someone who steals by using violence to beat someone up is…

Cross Game, vols. 1-5

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Fifth-grader Ko Kitamura’s family runs a sporting goods store down the street from the Tsukishima’s batting center and coffee shop. The two families and businesses have long been linked by Ko and the Tsukishima’s forthright second daughter (of four), Wakaba,…

Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life

In the distant past, legendary Pokémon Arceus was betrayed and nearly killed by a human it trusted. Now, after a long time healing itself in isolation, Arceus returns. Its reappearance blurs the borders between several dimensions, causing dangerous conflict between…

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…

Biomega, vol. 1-3

It’s the year 3005 and the N5S Virus—-a horrible disease that transforms people into walking zombies—–pushes humanity towards the brink of extinction. A synthetic human named Zoichi Kanoe searches the sprawling cityscapes for Eon Green, a teen girl who is…