Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus V 8 (15 & 16) by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

Oh, boy! The game against To-oh continues! Kuroko’s misdirection skills are useless against this powerhouse team. Kagami can’t keep up with Aomine one on one, and things are looking grim for Seirin. Have they come this far, only to lose their bid to be the best basketball team in Japan?

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Manga Review: One-Punch Man v 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

I must finally be starting to appreciate the sheer ridiculousness of this series, because this volume really clicked with me. Maybe it’s because there is finally some structure to the chapters; Saitama has goals he has to meet if he hopes to continue being a member of the Hero Association. Or maybe because there were no booger jokes this time around.

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Manga Review: Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction V 1 by Inio Asano


May Contain Spoilers


I thought this was bit of a letdown. Aliens have parked a giant spaceship over Japan, and three years later, life goes on. Thousands died on 8/31, and Kadode is struggling to find meaning to her life. Her father disappeared during the first wave of the alien assault, her mother is an emotional and mental wreck, and the future doesn’t have much meaning. Kadode and her friends hang out, play video games, and try to pretend that a big black cloud of doom isn’t hanging over their heads.

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Manga Review: Wandering Island V 1 by Kenji Tsuruta


May Contain Spoilers

I noticed this title on the library’s catalog website and put in a request for a network library to send it to my library. I love this service, and if you are a huge library fan and you aren’t taking advantage of the Holds system, I highly recommend that you do so. I put in a request on Monday and had the book by the weekend. When I return it, an interlibrary van returns it to the lending library. I am so grateful that several libraries in our network have well-stocked manga collections!

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Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata


May Contain Spoilers

Continuing my exploration of One-Punch Man, I’m on the fence with this series. There is a decided lack of depth, and the humor is moronic. Lots of booger jokes, which I think are gross, but the fights are quite fun, if short. Saitama takes a few pulverizing blows and then BAM!! One punch and the villain, no matter how bad-ass, is done.

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Manga Review: Honey So Sweet V 2 Amu Meguro @shojobeat


May Contain Spoilers

Honey So Sweet is really sweet! The romance will give you cavities if you aren’t prepared for the sappiness of both Nao and Taiga, but it’s sappy in a good way. They are both kind, gentle teenagers, and they both have so much respect for each other’s feelings. This is a feel good, slice of life, high school drama, and this volume will have you smiling all the way through. Except for the last few pages, but more on that later.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

I think my opinion of Bakuman has hit a turning point. I found volume Four fascinating. The “battle” aspects between Moritaka, Akito, and the other Gold Future Cup entries made for some stressful moments. Who would win? Who would get offered a series? Would Miho and Moritaka EVER speak to each other on the phone?? Read more