Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss V 2 by Julietta Suzuki @shojobeat


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When Nanami learns that super-idol Kurama will be attending her old high school, she decides to put her reservations about facing her classmates aside and start attending classes again. Who wouldn’t want a chance to breathe the same air as Kurama? Rumored to be a fallen angel with black wings, Nanami can’t get to class fast enough. Tomoe isn’t convinced that it’s a good idea.

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Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 7 by ONE & Yusuke Murata @shonenjump


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The heroes on the ground are still busy fighting Melzargard, but as the tide of the battle turns in their favor, fractures appear between the heroes. Some of them are just so selfish! Genos, who used to be a douche, recognizes a lot of similar behavior in himself before he met and was influenced by Saitama. While he is still pretty darn unemotional, Genos has realized that the ends don’t always justify the means.

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Manga Review: My Hero Academia V 3 by Kohei Horikoshi


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This volume didn’t hold my attention at all. The Calvary comes to class A1’s rescue, and all the police and UA officials are left with are questions. All Might’s ability to hold his muscled form continues to diminish, a worrisome discovery. Then, the students are reminded that sports day is fast approaching, and they need to perform at their best, and their future careers could balance on how they do during this most important festival.

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Manga Review: Sorry for My Familiar V 1 by Tekka Yaguraba


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I hadn’t heard of this series prior to receiving an email from the publisher, and I thought, what the heck? I have been trying to catch up on old series and discover new ones after my manga reading hiatus (which lasted for years), so I decided to check this out. Overall I found it silly and fun, more of a palate cleanser because of it’s light-hearted storylines.

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Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 6 by ONE & Yusuke Murata @shonenjump


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I don’t know how this happened, but One-Punch Man has catapulted into one of the top spots on my favorite manga list. How did this happen?! I remember being totally unimpressed with V 1 & V 2, but now, wow! The art is spectacular, and the story, while firmly shonen battle manga fare, is so much fun! There’s humor, edge of your seat battles, and clueless Saitama, cheerfully meandering from one adventure to the next. He always seems like he’s in somewhat of a fog, but he really comes through when he is needed the most.

An unprecedented prophesy has caused the Hero Association to call together all of the Class S heroes. Because Saitama just happened to be at Silverfang’s dojo, he tags along with the older hero and Genos to City A. There, we finally meet most of the Class S heroes, and it’s a wonder how they haven’t turned on each other and destroyed the world themselves. I can hardly wait to see how these heroes interact later in the series. They bicker, allow their enormous egos to get the better of them, and bemoan being called suddenly away for a calamity that may or may not happen. Of course disaster, in the form of deadly aliens in a monstrous space ship, quickly descend upon the Earth, destroying everything in City A but the heroes’ headquarters.

While most of the heroes are busy attempting to defeat Melzargard, a super strong alien with regeneration powers, Saitama infiltrates the star ship, merrily causing havoc with every step. I love how every character except Saitama is drawn with expressive detail. Saitama, on the other hand, is basically an egghead. He is simply rendered, with few realistic features, and little emotive detail. He usually appears unaffected by the events going on around him, regardless of how dire they may be. Detailed emotions are sparsely parsed when events are dire.   I used to hate how he looked, but over six volumes, it has grown on me, and I look forward to his steady resolve. He never gets the accolades he deserves, but I think that bothers me more than it bothers him.

The pacing for this volume is phenomenal.  After the quick set up, we have battle upon battle upon battle. Things look grim for all of our heroes, but they manage, somehow, to put their bluster behind them and work together. Even Puri-Puri Prisoner got a thumbs up in this volume. He is such a caricature that he normally bugs the snot out of me, but he got down to business and tried so hard to protect the men of City A that I have to give him a few props. This ends on a cliffhanger, so I’m happy that I have the next volume already loaded on my Kindle.

Grade: 4.5 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!
An emergency summons gathers Class S heroes at headquarters…and Saitama tags along. There, they learn that the great seer Shibabawa left the following prophecy: “The Earth is in danger!” What in the world is going to happen?!

Manga Review: Bakuman V 7 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


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Argh! When Moritaka and Akito’s Detective Trap is canceled, they are devastated. They decide that the best way to get over their disappointment is to get to work on a new project, while studying for their college entrance exams. When they have a disagreement with their editor regarding the direction of their next work, things look bleak.

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 22 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump


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This volume didn’t work for me as well as previous installments, and that’s because Karasuno takes a backseat to the other teams attempting to qualify for the Spring Tournament. And while my favorite team other than Karasuno is probably Nekoma, I just don’t feel as invested in their players. This volume is all about Nekoma playing against Fukurodani, and then against the smarmy Nohebi team.

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Manga Review: My Hero Academia V2 by Kohei Horikoshi


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Now that Izuku is a student at UA High, the real work begins! Izuku is still trying to figure how to control One for All, the quirk passed on to him from the super hero All Might. As danger builds around him, he might not have the time to figure things out! When a horde of super villains attack his class, it’s all hands on deck!

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