Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 20 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia



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Shohoku is building up a double-digit lead over Ryonan, and it looks like luck may finally be on their side. They can make it to Nationals if they just hold on for eight more minutes. With Rukawa and the rest of the team on fire, things look good. Until Coach Taoka puts Uozumi back in the game. Can Shohoku hold their lead and pull off a win?

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Manga Review: Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe


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I had never heard of this manga until I saw it mentioned in a weekly roundup on Manga Bookshelf. I did a little Googling and decided that it was something I would like to check out, especially as I am almost finished with Slam Dunk. I checked the library without much hope, but ta-da!! They have the first 7 volumes, so I requested away!

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Manga Review: A Bride’s Story V 5 by Kaoru Mori


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Most of this volume centers around the twins’ wedding. They are, of course, their usual impulsive, self-indulgent selves, and I felt bad for Sarm and Sami. I don’t think the boys are going to know what hit them as they are ordered through life by their new demanding brides. To give the girls some depth, they finally realize that by marrying, they are effectively leaving their family and joining a new one instead. Oh, how the bitter tears of two young women who finally, FINALLY, realize that their lives have been changed more than they stopped and thought about. Lucky for them, their parents only live a short walk away.

The volume ended with Amir and Karluk. Amir finds an injured hawk, brings it home, and attempts to nurse it back to health. I thought this was a really depressing chapter especially after the jovial celebration in the beginning of the volume. As Amir tries desperately to heal the bird, Karluk starts feeling a bit neglected. He even seeks advice for dealing with his wayward wife. Amir has been hunting for the hawk nearly every day, and patiently hand feeding it morsels from her kills. When Amir realizes that she’s made Karluk feel bad, she is dismayed that she caused her husband distress. Ugh. Then I started thinking what is he going to do when they have kids?

The wedding celebration was an extravagant, jubilant affair, for everyone but the brides. Forced to sit in their ceremonial finery, for what the Laila and Leily must have left like absolute days,  they finally coerce Sami and Sarm into stealing food for them, and helping them to escape from their confinement in the house. It did seem rather unfair that the girls didn’t get to partake in their own wedding feast, but I despaired at them ever curbing their energetic behavior. Until, of course, they realized that they no longer had a place in their childhood home. Let the waterworks begin. Both Sami and Sarm were at their wits end trying to soothe their distraught wives. Poor guys.

Once again, the illustrations are simply stunning, and this series should be read for no other reason than to pour over Kaoru Mori’s highly detailed and exquisite artwork.

This is the last print edition of the series that I’ll review. The library only has one more volume, but I would rather read the digital edition when it is released in October.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori’s tale of life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road takes on an air of celebration as, at long last, Laila and Leily’s wedding day arrives! But the marriage ceremony may be even more taxing for the girls than their search for a pair of grooms. Sitting still and silent as their guests celebrate and eat is a trial that will push the girls’ patience to its limit, not to mention that of Sami and Sarm! As the twins finally make their vows and commit themselves to their husbands, the gravity of the moment finally sets in. Though they have dreamed of marriage for years, only now do they realize that everything in their lives is about to change…
Crafted in painstaking detail, Ms. Mori’s pen breathes life into the scenery and architecture of the period in this heart-warming, slice-of-life tale that is at once wholly exotic, yet familiar and accessible through the everyday lives of the characters she has created.

Manga Review: Limit V 5 by Keiko Suenobu


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Kamiya and Konno are determined to flush out Usui’s killer. They trade theories and suspicions, and decide to directly ask one of their number. Their story just doesn’t add up, and that person has information about Usui that was not possible – unless they saw her and killed her. They agree to tread carefully. Someone has already killed once, and that act led to Ichinose’s death.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 19 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia



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It’s time for the second half of the game against Ryonan! It seems that Shohoku is starting to wake up, thanks to Mistui’s three pointers. Now if only the rest of the guys would show a little spirit. Hanamichi is furious with himself and with Fukuda for getting the best of him. Will he be able to set aside his raging emotions and concentrate on playing the game?

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Manga Review: A Bride’s Story V 3 & 4 by Kaoru Mori

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In Volumes 3 and 4, the focus of A Bride’s Story shifts to Mr. Smith and the villagers he comes in to contact with on his journey to Ankara. Amir and Karluk make cameo appearances, so we don’t completely lose sight of them. Amir’s family has fallen on hard times because of their failure to steal her back and marry her off to another tribe, and I can’t say I felt too bad for them, even if Amir did.

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Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund V 14 by Nozomu Tamaki


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Welp, I have reached the final volume of Dance in the Vampire Bund. Only it’s not the end. It’s the end of part 1. So if you are looking for an actual conclusion, you need to look elsewhere, because this non-ending was disappointing.

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