Manga Review: Pokémon Adventures V 2 by Hidenori Kusaka & Mato @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

We catch up this Red on his merry way to Celadon City, as he continues his research mission for Professor Oak. He is also on his own personal mission to become the world’s greatest Pokémon trainer. When he falls for a scam early in the Chapter 15 and is was cheated out of money, I wondered, again, about the wisdom of Red blazing a trail around the world on his own. But no matter! He caught on quickly, and hopefully learned his lesson.

Read more

Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund v 12 by Nozomu Tamaki

 

May Contain Spoilers

I have a love / hate relationship with this series. The action and the politics can be pretty fun, but the sexual abuse and gratuitous nudity detract from my reading experience. There was no reason for adult Mina to be running around without any clothes for half of this volume. Other than to give Akira an eyeful, I guess. The fan service might be a draw for other readers, but it does nothing for me.

Read more

Manga Review: Slam Dunk V 15 by Takehiko Inoue @shonenjump @vizmedia


May Contain Spoilers

The game against Kainan rages on. Two minutes to go, and Shohoku is down by two baskets. The team is running on fumes, and things aren’t looking so great. With Akagi nursing his injured ankle, Rukawa barely able to stand, and Mitsui zoning out from exhaustion, it’s up to Hanamichi to carry the team to victory. Can he do it?

Read more

Picture Book Review: Saving Fiona by Thane Maynard


May Contain Spoilers

I have been fascinated with Fiona since her premature birth was announced on the Cincinnati Zoo Facebook page. I follow many, many zoos on social media, and when I learned about Fiona, I, like thousands of other people, fell in love. Would this tiny, 29 pound hippo survive her premature birth? Let me tell you, every time I read an update I was a little apprehensive, especially in the beginning, when she wasn’t eating and the road ahead of her looked so bleak.

Read more

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.

Read more

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!

Read more

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!

Read more