Manga Review: One Piece V 9 Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

I have to admit that I was feeling a little ho-hum about this story arc – at first. I did read this years ago, and I even saw these episodes of the anime, but for some reason, they didn’t leave much of an impression. I am not a big Nami fan (or I wasn’t), and the thought of sloughing through her backstory just wasn’t overly appealing. Oops. I was wrong. It was pretty angsty, and this volume has one of the most touching panel sequences to date.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 17 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

This was a great volume! Nanamine learned absolutely nothing after being trounced by Muto Ashirogi in the last volume. Nothing! He is so arrogant and overbearing, and he immediately passes the blame for his failure on to others, which is just what losers do. Now he’s back with a vengeance, and he’s taking no prisoners!

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Mini Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 14 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

The game against Kainan continues! Akagi’s back in the game, but can he play at 100%? His ankle looked like a pumpkin in the last volume! I don’t think an entire roll of tape is going to fix that. I hope he doesn’t do more damage and get himself knocked out of the rest of the tournament if Shohoku advances!

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Manga Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1—Phantom Blood, Vol. 3 by Hirohiko Araki


May Contain Spoilers

This series. I just don’t know. It’s a little gorier than the other Shonen Jump manga that I’m reading, and the character designs are baffling. How do these guys fit through most doors, which are designed to accommodate normally proportioned mortals?

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Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund V 11 by Nozomu Tamaki


May Contain Spoilers

I felt a little more connected to the story with this volume. After the long gap of time between reading the series, I, naturally, forgot what was going on, and who was doing what, and felt really out of touch with the previous volume. I settled into the story with V 11, and enjoyed it a lot more than V 10. Both because the story makes sense again, and because there was more action this time around. And the evil Mina imposter is about to get her comeuppance. I hope.

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Manga Review: A Bride’s Story V 2 by Kaoru Mori @yenpress


May Contain Spoilers

Wow. This series is stunning so far. The hardcover presentation is top-notch, and the art is gorgeous. The age difference between Karluk and Amir didn’t even bother me as much this time around. The entire volume was engaging, and I couldn’t put it down.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 13 by Takehiko Inoue @vizmedia @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

While Hanamichi is steaming on the bench, Rukawa rallies a drive against Kainan. Everything is cruising ahead like roses – until Akagi twists his ankle landing a jump. In obvious pain, he leaves the game, and Hanamichi overhears him instructing Ayako to tape it up. She fears that it’s broken, and Akagi, in an unusual show of temper, yells at her to do as he says. He has waited three years to make it to Nationals, and a little injury is not going to stop him. Inspired by his resolve, Hanamichi is determined to cover for Akagi and lead the team to victory!

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Manga Review: One Piece V 8 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

I actually read this in two chunks because I got distracted by life after Luffy’s battle with Don Krieg.  After several volumes of frantic action, sometimes the lulls are a little too tame for my mood. The next story arc with Arlong’s pirate crew wasn’t my favorite, so I didn’t really have much incentive for blowing through this volume. Let’s see if my opinion of Nami’s backstory has changed in 15+ years since I first read it.

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