Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 26 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia

May Contain Spoilers

This is going to be more like a mini review, because the entire volume focuses on the first half of the game against Sanno. And while there have been previous volumes that are strictly confined to the arena of a game, the stakes seem so much higher here. One loss and Shohoku goes home. The season is over, and the seniors’ high school careers are over. I want so much more than that for Akagi; he’s worked hard his entire school career, and he deserves to have his dream of winning the Nationals come true. Even if Hanamichi inadvertently does everything to mess that up.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 25 by Takehiko Ionue @vizmedia @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

After surviving their first contest in the Nationals by the skin of their teeth, Shohoku is facing last year’s champs, Sannoh. Coach Anzai shows the team tapes from last year, and suddenly, the Shohoku players realize what a miracle it will be for them to beat this team. Sannoh has three elite players with Nationals experience, and this year’s team is rumored to be better than last year’s. Everyone but Sakuragi is consumed with self-doubt. Are they good enough to beat this monster team?

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Review: Who Was Alexander the Great by Robin A.H. Waterfield, Kathryn Waterfield, Andrew Thomson (Illustrator)


May Contain Spoilers

I love anything having to do with Alexander the Great (it must be because of Bucephalas), so when I saw Who Was Alexander the Great at the library, I grabbed it. I have read books in this series before, and I really like how the subject matter is presented. The information is given in easily digestible chapters for even the most reluctant reader, and there are many illustrations to break up the text.

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Manga Review: Black Clover V 12 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

After the fierce battle in the Forest of the Witches, Vanessa is released by her mother. The Queen then gives up a magic stone, as well as an info dump about the Eye of the Midnight Sun, some powerful elves who were obliterated from the face of the planet, and shares with Asta a rumor about his anti-magic swords. Then the gang goes back to headquarters, triumphant from their mission. Not bad for a day’s work!

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Manga Review: Made in Abyss V 1 by Akihito Tsukushi


May Contain Spoilers

I picked this up during a trip to the library. I liked the cover, the library had more than one volume of the series  (though I only checked out the first one), so I thought, what the heck. I didn’t even read the back – I just grabbed it and took it home.

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 24 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

The first round match against Toyotama continues! Rukawa had been elbowed in the head, causing his eye to become swollen shut. He can’t see out of it, and his depth perception is iffy at best. Shohoku is trailing by 10 points, and the team is starting to feel the pressure of playing an A ranked team. Can Anzai coach them to victory?

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Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 23 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia



May Contain Spoilers

And finally, it’s time for Nationals! On the train to the tournament, the Shohoku players have a little run-in with their first opponents – Toyotama. The tension is immediate and fierce. Power forward Kishimoto and Hanamichi almost come to blows. They are like a couple of roosters about to do battle in the chicken coop, and things quickly get out of hand. Until Toyotama points out Shohoku’s ranking in a basketball magazine. The entire Shohoku team’s morale is sucked away, in an instant.

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Manga Review: My Brother’s Husband V 1 by Gengoroh Tagame


May Contain Spoilers

Sometimes I read a book that wrenches such an emotional response that I am reluctant to review it. How can I ever adequately explain how that story made me feel? I went into My Brother’s Husband not really knowing what it was about. Sure, I knew that someone’s brother’s husband was going to show up in Japan, and that was about it. Imagine my delight when all of the characters were fleshed out, and made me empathize with each of them, despite their sometimes thoughtless behavior (Yaichi, I’m talking to you).

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