Manga Review: Blade of the Immortal Omnibus 1 by Hiroaki Samura @DarkHorseComics


May Contain Spoilers

I was first introduced to this series when Dark Horse was releasing the floppies over 20 years ago (!). That was before licensed manga was released right to left, but instead was flipped to read left to right. Blade of the Immortal was cut up and the panels arranged in an order more palatable to Western readers at the time. Boy how things have changed! Instead of taking the opportunity to release these omnibuses in their original layout, the publisher choose to keep everything the same, and just bound three volumes together for each omnibus. Since I read a digital review copy, I unfortunately can’t weigh in on production quality, other than to say that the digital review copy was so clean and crisp, and a joy to read, that I wish that they releasing this in digital format as well as paper.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 10 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

Bakuman has become one of my favorite series. Like One-Punch Man, it didn’t wow me from the beginning, but gradually earned my love. By volume 4 I was hooked, after wondering if I should continue on with a somewhat boring series about two middle school kids who vow become famous manga artists. While there was a lot of info-dumping at first, the series has settled into solid storytelling, with solid character growth for most of the characters. The women still don’t have much depth, but I guess I can’t have everything.

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Review: Born to the Blade Season One by Michael R Underwood, Marie Brennan, Malika Ann Older & Cassandra Khaw


May Contain Spoilers

Born to the Blade is currently running on Serial Box. Here’s some background on the publisher: Serial Box publishes serialized fiction created by teams of critically acclaimed and best-selling writers. Serials are released through the Serial Box app, website, and third party retailers in weekly installments in both e-book and audio formats. During a three-month season, each episode is a 30 minute read or an hour listen.

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Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 13 by ONE & Yusuke Murata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

This volume introduces more heroes and more villains, and slowly reveals some of the monsters’ plans. With the threat from Garo and the sudden appearance of all of the monsters, Atomic Samurai requests the aid of a group of martial arts masters, only to be derailed by Haragiri, who has been enticed to the side of the monsters!

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Manga Review: Honey So Sweet V 7 by Amu Meguro @shojobeat


May Contain Spoilers

When Nao realizes that Miyabi has a crush on Onise, at first she dismisses the other girl as harmless. She trusts Onise, and she knows that she doesn’t have anything to worry about. But when Miyabe invites herself to the festival with Nao and her friends, she starts to feel the sting of jealousy. Is her relationship with Onise really safe from interference from Miyabi?

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Manga Review: Horimiya V 1 by HERO & Daisuke Hagiwara


May Contain Spoilers

I noticed this in the community library catalog, thought it had a cute cover, and decided to request it. I knew nothing about it until I sat down and started reading it. While it shared similarities with other shoujo titles that I’ve read, I thought the characters were unique enough that I enjoyed it.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 3 by Takehiko Inoue

May Contain Spoilers

I had a copy of a Raijin release of Slam Dunk V 3. I didn’t even remember Gustoon! Entertainment until I found this in a box of books in the basement. As a subscriber to Raijin Comics, that’s just sad. I remember how exciting it was that a Japanese comics anthology was going to be released in the US. The hey days of Tokyopop, CMX, GoComi, and all of the other publishers who once released some great content, but then shuttered for various reasons, make me nostalgic. I still haven’t forgiven DC for closing CMX, and to this day rarely, if ever, pick up any of their mainstream comics. Bleh. So much for the glory days of manga. But things are looking up with Yen Press, Kodansha Digital Firsts, and of course, Viz, the company that picked up Slam Dunk after Raijin folded. But I digress. Sorry.

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