Tag Archive for Yen Press

School-Live!, vol. 1

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The School Living Club, comprised of high school upperclassmen Yuki, Kurumi, Yuuri, and their faculty advisor Sakura-sensei, live at school in order to maximize their learning and social experiences. Their school is fully equipped with top-notch technology, allowing them to live…

The Angel of Elhamburg

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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…

The Wolf Gift

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Ashley Marie Witter is no stranger to the challenges of adapting the work of novelist Anne Rice. In 2012, she wrote and illustrated Claudia’s Story, a graphic retelling of Rice’s classic Interview with the Vampire told through the perspective of…

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…

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.…

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…

Akame ga Kill!, vol. 1

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Tatsumi is a young man with excellent combat skills who wishes to save his poverty-stricken hometown, so he seeks his fortune by joining the Capitol military force. Originally accompanied by his two childhood friends, Tatsumi finds himself separated from the…

Awkward

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  Awkward, adj.1. Embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: Penelope “Peppi” Torres, is starting middle school in a new town and automatically stumbles into an awkward moment in public. Adorable, adj. 1. Very attractive or delightful; charming:…

Pandora Hearts: Odds and Ends

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Rejoice Pandora Hearts fans! The manga’s writer/illustrator, Jun Mochizuki, now has an art book that spotlights Pandora Hearts, as well as her lesser known one-shot manga, Crimson-Shell. Pandora Hearts: Odds and Ends features over one hundred pages of full-color images,…

Log Horizon, vol. 1

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Shiroe has a high-level character in the popular MMORPG Elder Tales, but when the twelfth expansion pack comes out, something goes wrong. Thirty thousand players all over Japan are suddenly stuck in the bodies of their characters in the online world of Elder…

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…

High School DxD, vols. 4-5

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In my previous review of the High School DxD manga, I learned to enjoy the story of pervert Issei Hyoudou and his so-called life as a demon. In earlier volumes, there was plenty of hilarity to go around, which provided a good counterbalance to…

The Betrayal Knows My Name, vols. 1-6

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The Betrayal Knows My Name pairs emotional drama with an escalating battle against evil forces, featuring a number of characters with angst-ridden backgrounds. There are 52 chapters of this serialized manga available in six volumes, the last of which includes only four chapters.…

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…